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Now displaying: August, 2019
Aug 26, 2019

The CIA is the subject of the 151st episode.

Our guest is bestselling author Annie Jacobsen and her new book is, “Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators and Assassins”.

In this conversation, we explore the history of covert action, track Bin Laden’s movements before 9/11, examine the skills of CIA operator Billy Waugh, discuss what happens when a missions fails, consider whether there is sufficient congressional oversight and whether these missions are legal, and finally discuss sourcing, whether the CIA makes us safer, Hollywood depictions of the CIA, and her writing process.

Aug 21, 2019

Diversity and college campuses are the subjects of the 150th episode.

Our guest is New York Times bestselling author and Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald, author of the new book, “The Diversity Delusion.”

In this conversation we examine whether diversity is a virtue, the concept of mismatch, cancel culture on college campuses, affirmative action and white privilege, the social justice movement, policing, and how conservatives can turn back the culture.

Aug 16, 2019

The economy and the stock market are the subject of the 149th episode.

Our guest is author and Real Clear Markets editor John Tamny.

In this conversation, we review a wild week for the stock market, whether the inverted yield curve is predictive, the current strength of the economy, how he views the Trump tax cut, whether indexing cap gains to inflation would be stimulative, what he makes of recent Federal Reserve actions, how a strong or weak dollar matters, and the trade war with China.

Aug 9, 2019

Gun control is the subject of the 148th episode.

Our guest is Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Center.

In this conversation, we examine the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton and consider whether future attacks can be prevented by any of the solutions being suggested, including expanded background checks, an Assault Weapons Ban, or a Red Flag law .

Aug 2, 2019

The other side of the Russia story is our topic for the 147th episode.

John Solomon is an award-winning investigative reported and Executive Vice President at The Hill newspaper.

He has been breaking stories on the FBI, the Mueller inquiry, the Steele dossier, and FISA abuse for more than a year.

In this conversation, we explore media groupthink, scrutiny of former FBI Director James Comey’s role, FISA warrants, the I.G. report, the Steele Dossier, Mueller’s testimony, and how U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation may move this story in a new direction.

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