Featured Podcast Episodes 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018

As the end of 2018 draws near, we look back at a busy year of podcasting at the Hoover Institution. We continued to create new episodes of our established podcasts, The Classicist with Victor Davis HansonThe Libertarian, Area 45, and Uncommon Knowledge, and released two new podcasts, Reasonable Disagreements and Cyberspectives. We’ve gathered a list of the most popular episodes from this year, ranging from America’s trade war with China, to polarization in America, to an interview with Thomas Sowell.

Area 45

Hosted by Bill Whalen, this podcast proposes cerebral approaches to governing in this toxic political climate.

Is America Winning Against China?

President Trump delivered a UN address calling for China to change its American trade practices, which was followed by the two nations escalating their tariff war. Michael Auslin, Hoover Institution’s inaugural Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia, estimates what effect a prolonged trade war would have on the Chinese economy, as well as other aspects of US-Sino relations.

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For more by Area 45 click here. 


Victor Davis Hanson analyses ongoing issues of national security and current affairs in light of conflicts of the past. 

Modern Paradoxes

Victor Davis Hanson covers foreign policy and domestic affairs in a wide-ranging conversation about some of the most unexpected developments in world politics: from the seemingly inverse relationship between economic liberty and political freedom in China to the diminishing influence of the Middle East to an America that seems to grow weaker as it grows more prosperous.

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For more by The Classicist click here.

Reasonable Disagreements

Hoover fellows Richard Epstein and Adam White discuss major legal and policy issues and debate points of disagreement between their libertarian and conservative perspectives.

Trade-War Debate: Richard Epstein vs. Adam White

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced that “we’re putting the trade war [with China] on hold.” Meanwhile the NAFTA renegotiations seem to be stalling. Professors Epstein and White debate trade policy in theory and practice. Featuring cameo appearances by Ricardo, Keynes, Lincoln, Hamilton, Clay, Mnuchin, and Trump.

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For more by Reasonable Disagreements click here.


Richard Epstein analyses national developments in public policy and the law. 

Climate Change and the IPCC

Richard Epstein sheds light on the scientific and economic shortcomings of a new climate change report from the UN.

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For more by The Libertarian click here.


Hosted by John Villasenor, Cyberspectives provides insights and analysis on the technology, policy, and legal issues associated with ensuring cybersecurity in an increasingly complex technology environment.

National Cybersecurity Priorities with Andrew Grotto

In the inaugural episode, guest Andrew Grotto provides analysis on a broad range of cyber issues, including questions regarding areas of cybersecurity most in need of national level attention, aspects of cyber that are underappreciated, emerging opportunities in the commercial cybersecurity sector, and how the academic community can best contribute to the cyber policy dialog.

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For more by Cyberspectives click here.


Peter Robinson interviews today’s big thinkers on their views about the world. 

Thomas Sowell on the Myths of Economic Inequality

What are the myths of economic inequality, and why is socialism often posed as the solution?

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For more by Uncommon Knowledge click here.


Russ Roberts interviews an eclectic mix of people on how economics emerges in theory and practice. 

Jonah Goldberg on the Suicide of the West

Jonah Goldberg of National Review talks about his latest book, Suicide of the West, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Goldberg argues that both capitalism and democracy are at risk in the current contentious political environment. He argues that we take for granted what he calls "the miracle"—the transformation of the standard of living in the democracies with market economies. Goldberg argues that unless we actively work to preserve our political and economic systems, the forces of populism, nationalism, and tribalism will work steadily to destroy them.

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For more by EconTalk click here.