Featured Podcast Episodes For 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

As  2019 draws to a close, we look back at a busy year of podcasting at the Hoover Institution. We’ve assembled a list of the year’s most popular episodes, ranging from America’s trade war with China  to polarization and our increasingly dysfunctional politics.


Hosted by Bill Whalen, this podcast engages listeners with solutions to some of the most difficult political and policy issues.

The (Second) American Civil War? With Victor Davis Hanson

On the 210th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, some have suggested that United States faces a second “civil war” – a conflict over culture, economics, and world view. Victor Davis Hanson, the Hoover Institution’s Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow, contrasts the hands dealt to Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump.

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For more by Area 45 click here. 


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

Can Higher Education be Saved?

Victor Davis Hanson chronicles the factors that have led to the decline of American higher education and considers the prospects for recovery.

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For more by The Classicist click here.


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

Keith Smith on Free Market Health Care

Entrepreneur and Anesthesiologist Keith Smith of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma talks with host Russ Roberts about what it's like to run a surgery center that posts prices on the internet and that does not take insurance. Along the way, he discusses the distortions in the market for health care and how a real market for health care might function if government took a smaller role.

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For more by EconTalk click here.


A lively (and often funny) look at legislation and constitutional jurisprudence by preeminent law professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo. The show is hosted by Troy Senik.

Greek Fire

The men of Law Talk reconvene between their respective journeys to Greece and there’s a very full docket. On this episode: could President Trump’s conversations with Ukraine lay the predicate for impeachment? What’s the proper role for the U.S. in the Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict? Is the FDA within its rights to crack down on vaping? Should California be able to go its own way on regulating automobile emissions? Can the president solve West Coast homelessness? And why has New Mexico made it a little more dangerous to get married?

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

The Green New Deal

Richard Epstein dismantles the Green New Deal’s assertions about climate change, agriculture, labor, diversity, and transportation.

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For more by The Libertarian click here.


The 21st century may be the Pacific Century, and China appears poised to become America’s greatest rival for global power and influence. Hosts John Yoo and Michael Auslin broadly address developments in China and Asia. They discuss the latest politics, economics, law, and cultural news, with a focus on US policy in the region.

Niall Ferguson On The Coming Cold War With China

Historian Niall Ferguson joins Michael Auslin to discuss whether the United States is entering a new Cold War with China. Ferguson explains the quick change in public and government attitudes toward China and steps that the Trump administration is taking toward Chinese economic and military aggressiveness. Hoover fellows John Yoo and Auslin then discuss the pros and cons of the Cold War analogy, or whether the rise of Germany before WWI is the better comparison.

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For more by Pacific Century click here.


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

Impeachment, And What Trump Meant: Richard Epstein vs. Adam White

In their first episode back from a break, the Hoover Institution’s Richard Epstein and George Mason University’s Adam White manage to disagree about practically every aspect of the new controversy over President Trump, Ukraine, the Bidens, and impeachment.

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

The Death Of Europe, With Douglas Murray

In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson is joined by author and columnist Douglas Murray to discuss his new book The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity. Murray examines the most divisive issues today, including sexuality, gender, and technology, and how new culture wars are playing out everywhere in the name of social justice, identity politics, and intersectionality. Is European culture and society in a death spiral caused by immigration and assimilation? Robinson and Murray also discuss the roles that Brexit and the rise of populism in European politics play in writing immigration laws across the European Union.

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For more by Uncommon Knowledge click here.