Hold These Truths with Dan Crenshaw

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 Jul 25, 2021
This show is absolutely amazing! I've literally crossed party lines thanks in part to how the topics are discussed in this podcast.

 Jun 26, 2021

David Smith
 Jun 23, 2021
Crenshaw is an importan t sensible voice for our times. I'm a 24 yr veteran who has seen a fair bit of the world - the USA is not without flaws, but infinitely better than a huge portion of the world. Be proud of this country, and help keep it free.

 Jun 15, 2021
Dan Crenshaw always has great guests with an indepth knowledge of their subject. He also listens, asks clarifying questions and has his own opinions. Great podcast!


Congressman Dan Crenshaw joins the world's leading experts for deep and insightful conversations about the most important issues facing us today.

Episode Date
What Fauci Got Wrong | Congressman Mike Gallagher

Uncovering how and when COVID-19 emerged is crucial to understanding the nature of the virus and preventing the next global pandemic. So why have Dr. Fauci and the Democrats attempted to shut down every conversation about the pandemic's origins? Congressman Mike Gallagher joins us to talk about Dr. Fauci's underlying motivations, and set the record straight on everything we know and don't know about the origins of COVID-19. He also gets Dan to answer the question on everyone's minds: who would win in a fight - Dan or Jocko?

Rep. Mike Gallagher was first elected in 2016 to represent Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District. He serves on the Armed Services committee and Transportation and Infrastructure committee. He’s a graduate of Princeton (BA), the National Intelligence University (MS), and Georgetown (MS, MA, and PhD). He served in the Marine Corps as an intelligence officer and fought in Iraq. Follow Rep. Gallagher on Twitter and Instagram at @RepGallagher.

Aug 03, 2021
The Fearless and Noble Texas Democrats Who Exiled Themselves to Washington

Private jets. Miller Lite. Care packages. COVID in Speaker Pelosi's office. What do all these things have in common? Texas Democrats in Washington. You've heard a lot about the chaos that's unfolded surrounding the Texas State Representatives who fled to DC in order to block election security reforms, but you probably haven't heard much about the reasons why they're against these reforms. Dan unpacks and debunks their arguments in this quick solo episode.

Jul 27, 2021
The Whistleblower Files: The Marxist Conquest of Our Military | Matthew Lohmeier

Matthew Lohmeier is the former Space Force Commander who was fired after speaking out against the growing influence of Marxist ideology in military training. We talk about what he witnessed while in command, how CRT and the modern left's tactics are taken from the playbook of Mao's Cultural Revolution, and what service members can do to stop it.

Matthew Lohmeier is the author of "Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military." Follow him on Twitter at @matthewlohmeier.

Jul 23, 2021
Debt, Money Printers, and the Christian Argument for Free Markets | David Bahnsen

David Bahnsen joins us for a wide-ranging conversation on the self-inflicted wounds to America's economy which could end our status as a world superpower. Why is government debt the driving force behind our declining growth? What does it mean when the Federal Reserve "prints money" - and is it really as bad as it sounds? How did our Judeo-Christian heritage lead to the greatest economic prosperity the world has ever known - and what do we lose when we separate the sacred from the secular? We cover all that and much more in less than 60 minutes.

David Bahnsen is the founder of The Bahnsen Group - a private wealth management firm with over $3 billion in assets, and a frequent commentator on Fox News and CNBC, regular contributor to National Review, and the author of best-selling books including "Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It" and the soon to be released "There's No Free Lunch: 250 Economic Truths." Follow him on Twitter at @DavidBahnsen.

Jul 15, 2021
Jesse Watters Saves the World

Jesse Watters joins us to impart lessons learned from nearly two decades of facing off against the most radical, far-left activists in America. Find out how to survive a cancel culture mob, what it's really like to work in news media, and why humor and entertainment are the best weapons of political persuasion.

Jesse is the author of the new book "How I Saved the World" and the co-host of "The Five" and host of "Watters World" on Fox News Channel. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseBWatters and Instagram @jessewatters.

Jul 09, 2021
The Mind of Jordan Peterson

Dr. Jordan Peterson is the author of the bestselling books "Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life" & "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos" and the host of "The Jordan B Peterson Podcast." Follow him on Twitter at @jordanbpeterson and Instagram at @jordan.b.peterson.

Jul 05, 2021
America Begins: The Origins and Meaning of Our Declaration of Independence | Dr. Danielle Allen

What did the Founding Fathers mean by the words, "We hold these truths to be self evident..."? In what ways did they weave the concept of equality into this founding document? How should we deal with the hypocrisy of Jefferson and others who pledged their lives to the words "all men are created equal" while at the same time enslaving people? What's the difference between our political constitution and our social constitution, and how are they aligned in America today? Dr. Danielle Allen joins us to answer these questions and explore the history, meaning, and philosophical foundations of our Declaration of Independence.

Dr. Danielle Allen is the author of "Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality." She is also the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and the principle investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project. Follow her on Twitter at @dsallentess.

Jul 02, 2021
What’s at Stake: Keeping Our Promise to Our Afghan Allies | Abdul Sami and Matiullah, two Afghan SIV Recipients

The issue of keeping our promise to our Afghan allies is personal to me. My interpreter, Raqman, made the ultimate sacrifice on the day I was injured. I survived, he didn’t.

While Raqman cannot be here, two Afghan SIV recipients, Abdul Sami and Matiullah, join me to discuss the threats and perils Afghan linguist face and the difficulty of coming to the U.S. as Special Immigrant Visa recipients. Hear their moving story and help us get our Afghan’s allies to safety.

Jun 29, 2021
How to Confront Hostile Nations | Secretary Mike Pompeo

Iran is the greatest destabilizing force in the Middle East. China is waging an economic and information war against the western world. How should the United States confront each of these distinct threats to the global order? Secretary Mike Pompeo joins us to share the Trump Administration's approach and a behind-the-scenes look at the Soleimani Strike, the Abraham Accords, and checking the Chinese Communist Party's escalating aggression.

Sec. Pompeo served as Secretary of State for President Trump from April 2018 to Jan 2021. Prior to serving at State, he was the Director of the CIA and represented Kansas’ 4th Congressional District between 2011 and 2017. Follow Sec. Pompeo on Twitter at @mikepompeo and on Instagram at @mikepompeo86.

Jun 26, 2021
Why the Race Card Has Expired | John Guydon

John Guydon joins the podcast to help us navigate the uncomfortable topic of racism in America, the antiracism industry that’s incentivizing victimhood, and how to overcome people’s limiting beliefs about skin color.

John is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, and documentarian. Check out his TedX Talk here https://youtu.be/CxEuHNtxe2Y and follow him on Twitter at @IamJohnGuydon.

Jun 21, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About the Medicaid Debate | Seema Verma

Medicaid reform is one of the most complicated and misunderstood policy debates in America today. Luckily, we have Seema Verma to walk us through it. We cover everything you need to know about Medicaid, from its origins and purpose to how it's working today. We also discuss what it will take to build a modern health care system that brings better quality, better outcomes, and lower costs for everyone.

Seema Verma is a national health policy expert that served as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2017 to 2021, the longest tenure in modern history. As the Senate-confirmed head of CMS, Seema oversaw a budget of $1.3 trillion—nearly a third of the Federal budget—and health insurance programs for over 140 million Americans and managed over 6,000 employees.

Jun 18, 2021
Why MSNBC Doesn't Want You to Hear From This Small Business Owner | Chef Andrew Gruel

Chef Andrew Gruel has a nuanced, pragmatic view of the causes behind America's current labor market shortage and minimum wage debate. So why does MSNBC's business correspondent Stephanie Ruhle hold so much contempt for him and every other small business owner? Chef Gruel joins us to break down the recent twitter spat with Stephanie, and the economics of restaurant management in an age of rising inflation, unemployment, and oppressive government regulations.

Chef Gruel is a seafood guru, sandwich junkie, and restaurateur. He is the Founder and Executive Chef of Slapfish, which he bootstrapped from a food truck to 24 restaurant locations in less than 10 years. Follow him on Twitter at @ChefGruel.

Jun 14, 2021
How Critical Race Theory is Sabotaging Our Schools | Dr. Richard Johnson

The tenet of Critical Race Theory is that your skin color determines your fate in life. What happens when you teach children to believe that? Dr. Richard Johnson knows, and he's fighting to stop it and the rest of the woke left's Marxist ideology from being further incorporated into America's classrooms. He joins us to talk about the real change that's needed in our education culture, ending the school to prison pipeline in minority communities, and expanding access to school choice where it's needed most.

Richard A. Johnson, Ed.D., is the director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Booker T. Washington Initiative which examines the effects of public policy on African-American communities.

An educator for more than 20 years, Johnson has extensive experience in teaching and research. He worked as a research assistant at the University of Texas Mental Science Institute in the early 90s, studying the efficacy of counseling and pharmacological therapy on cocaine and heroin addicts. He began counseling inner-city adolescent males and founded an academy for troubled boys which provided education, discipline and residential substance abuse treatment. In 2007 he began teaching and research in the areas of psychology and academic performance.

A Texas native, he grew up in Houston’s Fifth Ward and graduated from Wiley College with a Bachelor’s in history and government. After obtaining his degree, he joined the U.S. Army where he not only obtained the rank of sergeant but also played for the All-Army Basketball Team. Following active duty, Johnson obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology and then a doctoral degree in education administration from Texas Southern University.

Most importantly, Johnson served as the President of the Louisiana Prison Chapel Foundation for nearly two decades, building more than 20 churches inside of prison walls. In addition, Johnson served as the co-founder and second president of 100 Black Men Metropolitan Houston, vice president of development for 100 Black Men San Antonio and co-chair of the education committee of the NAACP, Houston.


Jun 03, 2021
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in America | Speaker Paul Ryan

What's the best weapon to fight poverty in America? Speaker Paul Ryan spent his career in the House, and now as a private citizen, developing policies to help people rise out of poverty and make better lives for themselves. We talk about the moral foundations of capitalism, creating anti-poverty programs based on rigorous data and analysis (instead of ideology and partisanship), and the dangerous trend of politicians on the left and right to embrace populism untethered from principles.

Paul Ryan was the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from October 2015 to January 2019. In 2019, he launched the American Idea Foundation, a non-partisan, not for profit organization that expands economic opportunity by partnering with local organizations and academics to advance evidence-based public policies. Follow him on Twitter at @SpeakerRyan.

May 28, 2021
Middle East Conflict 101: On the Ground in Israel | Brigadier General (Ret.) Amir Avivi

Israeli Defense Forces Brigadier General (Ret) Amir Avivi joins us in our series examining the ongoing conflict in Israel. Gen. Avivi gives a closer look at the dynamics of the latest ceasefire and the evolution of Israeli Defense Forces operations against Hamas.

After his service, Gen. Avivi founded HaBithonisti, Protectors of Israel, a group of retired and reserve officers and soldiers of the IDF who work to promote Israel’s security.

May 25, 2021
Middle East 101: An Israeli-Arab Debunks the Big Apartheid Lie | Yoseph Haddad

Rep. Rashida Tlaib and the rest of the Squad, along with most of the woke left, want you to think that Israel is an apartheid state discriminating against and waging war on Arabs. So let's find out the truth from an Israeli-Arab living in Israel. Yoseph Haddad is a native of Haifa who served in the Israeli Defense Forces, an activist and founder of Vouch for Each Other. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @YosephHaddad.

May 25, 2021
A Reality Check on COVID | Dr. Reynolds Delgado

COVID hospitalizations are falling, immunity is rising, and a revolutionary vaccine is free and accessible to every American. So why does the fear, the call for lockdowns, and the “wear a mask at all times” doctrine – whether you’re vaccinated or not – still persist among the left and mainstream media? Dr. Reynolds Delgado returns to examine the collectivist ideology and slippery slope of social engineering which is driving much of the pandemic response, and the untold damage it’s causing our society. We also discuss how viruses evolve, the new tech behind vaccine production, and protecting the ecosystem of medical innovation which enables that tech to thrive in America.

Dr. Reynolds Delgado, III, is a cardiologist specializing in heart failure and heart transplantation at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center/Texas Heart Institute. Dr. Delgado has been a Basic Science Researcher in Heart Failure at the Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, and The University of Texas Houston Medical School since 1997, and has held the position of Medical Director of Mechanical Support Devices in Heart Failure at the Texas Heart Institute since 2003. His academic appointments include clinical assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and UT Health Science Center, Houston. He participates on numerous advisory boards, Including Thoratec Corporation, Medtronic Corporation, and Boston Scientific Corporation, and has been on the Medical Education Committee at Texas Heart Institute since 2004. He is also a long-standing research collaborator with NASA Johnson Space Center Human Space Flight Physiology Laboratory.

May 17, 2021
Middle East Conflict 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Israel-Hamas Conflict

Rockets are being fired from Gaza, Israel is responding with strikes, and there are riots on the Temple Mount - but no clear answers or context on the situation.

In this episode, Dan unpacks the situation and provides key context to better understand the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

May 14, 2021
The Colonial Pipeline Shutdown: The Costs and Vulnerabilities of Cyber Insecurity

The pipeline is back on line but millions of Americans are still running on empty and struggling to find gas. In this episode Dan discusses the Colonial Pipeline shut down, the Biden Administration's callous response that if people drove electric vehicles it wouldn't be a problem, and the real concerns of cyber security vulnerabilities on the American way of life.

May 13, 2021
What's Wrong With Congress? | Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg returns! Dan and Jonah discuss their agreements - and disagreements - on all of the important questions facing the conservative movement today. Is Congress working as intended? Who are the real DC swamp creatures? What does modern conservatism even mean?

Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute, he is the editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, and host of the podcast series “The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg.” Follow Jonah on Twitter at @JonahDispatch.

May 06, 2021
What's Happening With My Vision

Tara and Dan Crenshaw give an update on Dan's recovery following emergency surgery to repair his detaching retina, and share the story of how it all began with the IED blast in 2012 which set them on this journey.

May 02, 2021
The Situation in Latin America, with Ana Quintana

While the Indo-Pacific and the Middle East dominate our foreign policy debates, Latin America often seems to be an afterthought.
The Heritage Foundation's Ana Quintana joins Dan for a look into the conflicts and geopolitics shaping modern Latin America, the symbiotic relationship between the cartels and the Mexican government, what's motivating Mexican President Obrador, the situation in Northern Triangle countries, and what can be learned from Colombia's transition from infamy to prosperity.

Ana Quintana is a Senior Policy Analyst for Latin America and Western Hemisphere at the Heritage Foundation and previously a National Security Fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. She is a board member for the Strategic Intelligence Program at Patrick Henry College.

Apr 09, 2021
Big Tech Lost Our Trust - Here's How They Can Get It Back

‪The woke mob currently running the Democrat Party can't directly censor conservative speech, but can they bully big tech into doing it for them? That was the question Dan focused on with witnesses Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey at a recent Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on social media and censorship. Dan expands on his conversation with the two tech CEOs and looks at the growing acceptance of censorship in our culture, the critical difference between how Republicans and Democrats approach regulating big tech, and why corporations absolutely must - for the sake of our 1st Amendment - stand up to the woke mob.‬

Hold These Truths | Bonus Episode 6

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/CkS3aGNI9-w

Apr 05, 2021
Why Is Housing So Expensive? with Howard Husock

We take a deep dive into everything you need to know about housing policy in America - and we promise it's interesting. The San Francisco housing crisis, NYC rent controls, the COVID-era eviction moratoriums, lumber trade wars, millennials stuck in their parents' homes and so much more. We cover it all with urban housing policy expert Howard Husock.

Howard Husock is an adjunct scholar in Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on local government, civil society, and urban housing policy. He is concurrently an executive senior fellow with the Philanthropy Roundtable. His books include “Who Killed Civil Society? The Rise of Big Government and Decline of Bourgeois Norms”, “Philanthropy Under Fire”, and “America’s Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake: The Failure of American Housing Policy”.

Watch the show on YouTube: https://youtu.be/lPNEqNVaftY

Mar 31, 2021
Breaking Down the Democrats' Climate Agenda | Bonus Episode 5

The CLEAN Future Act, the Democrats' legislative agenda to implement the principles of the Green New Deal, which includes "net zero" emissions, "transitioning" energy jobs, and "temporarily" banning plastic production, would in reality make electricity more expensive, erase millions of American energy jobs, shift manufacturing of critical medical devices to China, and, under the best case scenario, reduce carbon emissions by only a few percent.

To help us understand why, Dan breaks down his Q&A session with the Democrats' expert witnesses on the CLEAN Future Act at an Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on March 24.

Mar 28, 2021
How Radical Environmentalists Weaponized the E.P.A., with Mandy Gunasekara

How is it possible that simple infrastructure proposals, such as installing a telephone pole, can get blocked by five year long environmental impact studies? The answer goes way beyond "government bureaucrats." Radical environmental groups and trial lawyers have made a billion dollar industry out of weak science and questionable regulations which, in the end, have no environmental benefits and make our lives miserable.

To help us understand how we got to this point, and how much worse it could get under the Biden Administration, we're joined by Mandy Gunasekara. Mandy is an environmental lawyer who served as Chief of Staff at the Environmental Protection Agency under President Trump. She is the founder of Energy 45, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to informing the public about recent environmental and economic gains. Follow Mandy on Twitter at @MississippiMG.

Mar 23, 2021
The Woke Military, with Rep. Mike Waltz

The military, like everything else in society, is becoming politicized. Critical race theory, taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgeries, unconscious bias training, and more priorities of the far left are radically reshaping it. It's time for our leaders in the Armed Forces to push back against the wokeism, because America's national security depends on its military maintaining a mission-focused, merit-based system of operations.

To help us with this conversation, we're joined by Congressman Michael Waltz. He's a Green Beret who has served his country his entire life. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, served over 24 years in the U.S. Army, and is presently serving in the National Guard. After being commissioned as an Army lieutenant, Mike graduated Ranger School and was then selected for the elite Green Berets, serving worldwide as a decorated Special Forces officer with multiple combat tours in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. For his actions in combat, Mike was awarded 4 Bronze Stars and 2 with valor. He is the first Green Beret to be elected to Congress. Follow Mike on Twitter at @michaelgwaltz.

Mar 18, 2021
What's Next for Texas Energy? with Commissioner Neil Chatterjee

In the aftermath of February’s winter freeze, the big debate is whether or not the Texas energy grid would have been better off if it was federally regulated and connected to the national grid. We explore those questions and more with returning guest Neil Chatterjee, former Chairman and current Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Commissioner Chatterjee was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in May 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2017. He served as Chairman from August 2017 to December 2017 and was again named Chairman on October 24, 2018 to November 5, 2020. Follow him on Twitter at @FERChatterjee.

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/w2GjSbaZSWA

Mar 16, 2021
The Road to Despotism, with Dr. Paul Kengor

Dr. Paul Kengor is the author of "The Devil and Karl Marx" and a professor of political science at Grove City College. He joined us to talk about the emergence of Marxism, how its "good" intentions inevitably lead to despotism, and the ways in which Marxism is woven into the ideology of the modern American left.

Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is a bestselling author whose works also include Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century; God and Ronald Reagan; God and George W. Bush; God and Hillary Clinton; and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism. His articles regularly appear in publications ranging from USA TODAY to The New York Times, plus numerous academic journals. A professor at Grove City College, Kengor is a frequent commentator on television and radio. Kengor earned his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and his master’s from American University.

Mar 12, 2021
The Crisis at Our Southern Border, with Mark Morgan

Mark Morgan, former Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs & Border Protection under the Trump Administration, joins us to examine how Biden’s executive orders on immigration are causing the crisis at the border.

Morgan previously served as the Acting Director of ICE and Chief of U.S. Border Patrol. His distinguished career includes service in the Marines, the LAPD, and the FBI. He is now a Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

Mar 09, 2021
Let's Talk About Transgenderism, with Scott Newgent

Scott Newgent is a transgender man and the founder of TReVoices, an organization working with governments around the world to develop laws and guidelines which inform and protect individuals who are considering gender reassignment surgery.

We talk about Scott's near-death experience with medically transitioning, the industry and ideology that is influencing LGBT adults and children to medically transition, and the how that ideology is attempting to radically change our politics, sports, military, and culture.

Learn more about Scott's work at www.trevoices.com and follow him on Twitter at @ScottNewgent.

Mar 05, 2021
How to fight...and persuade...the right way, Bonus Ep. 4

For the next bonus episode, Dan expands on the ideas in his recent column for the Daily Wire: "What It Really Means to Fight."

Read it here: https://www.dailywire.com/news/crenshaw-what-it-really-means-to-fight

Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/lxCkGJ65YYs

Feb 25, 2021
What Happened in Texas, with Alex Epstein and Robert Bryce

Alex Epstein and Robert Bryce join us to examine the truth about what went wrong with the Texas power grid this week.

Alex Epstein is the founder of Center for Industrial Progress, co-founder of Thoughtful.community, writer at EnergyTalkingPoints.com, and the author of "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels." Follow him on Twitter at @AlexEpstein.

Robert Bryce is host of The Power Hungry podcast and a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. He is the author of six best-selling, critically acclaimed books on American energy, including "Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron" and "A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations." He is the creator of the documentary "Juice: How Electricity Explains The World." Follow him on Twitter at @pwrhungry.

Feb 18, 2021
How Progressive Energy Policies Are Hurting Average Americans, with Robert Bryce

Robert Bryce, host of The Power Hungry podcast and a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, joins us to discuss how progressive politics is shaping energy regulations across the country, and why it is ultimately an "energy" injustice to low and middle class Americans. We also cover California's grid problems, solar subsidies, Biden's energy mandates, and much more.

Bryce is also the author of six best-selling, critically acclaimed books on American energy, including "Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron" and "A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations." Follow him on Twitter at @pwrhungry.

Feb 14, 2021
SEAL Reunion, with Mike Hayes - Bonus Ep. 3

Mike Hayes is a former commander of SEAL Team Two and one of Dan's first mentors in the SEAL Teams. They talk battle stories, taking risks, coping with tragedy, and lessons from the SEAL ethos that everyone should know.

Mike Hayes is the author of "Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning." He is the former Commanding Officer of SEAL Team Two, leading a two thousand–person Special Operations Task Force in Southeastern Afghanistan. In addition to a twenty-year career as a SEAL, Mike was a White House Fellow, served two years as Director of Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security Council, and has worked directly with both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Feb 09, 2021
Smarter Ways to Protect the Environment, with Dr. Bjorn Lomborg

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg returns! We examine the impractical realities of the Biden Administration's new energy mandates, how similar mandates have fared around the world, and a few simple policies that would have an enormous positive impact on Earth's ecosystem.. We also cover the bad second order effects of "renewable" energy on nature and developing countries, the truth about electric vehicles, how to debunk the left's most common and misleading argument on climate change, and much more.

Watch the video of this podcast on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Jj7WqsbOkw0

Feb 07, 2021
Left vs Right: The Definition of Free Speech - Bonus Ep. 2

For the next bonus episode, Dan expands on the ideas in his recent column for the Daily Wire: "Democrats and Republicans Have Different Definitions of Free Speech. That's A Problem."

Read it here: https://www.dailywire.com/news/crenshaw-democrats-and-republicans-have-different-definitions-of-free-speech-thats-a-problem

Watch and Subscribe to Hold These Truths on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2XDiCjAHtJqnSEzrHAY5IQ

Feb 06, 2021
The Secret to Prosperity in Life and Nations, with Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley joins us from across the pond for a wide-ranging conversation, including how British government works, post-Brexit Europe, vaccine distribution, and the key to prosperity in life, markets, and nations. And for all you Bridgerton fans out there - we cover what the title "Viscount" actually means.

Matt Ridley is a biologist, member of the British Parliament's House of Lords, and the bestselling author of How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom, The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, and The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattwridley.

Feb 02, 2021
COVID Culture Wars - Bonus Ep. 1

Dan expands on the ideas in his recently published opeds in the first of a series of bonus episodes for Hold These Truths.

First up is "COVID Culture Wars" - from an oped published recently in The Daily Wire - examining why policy decisions regarding COVID and lockdowns have fallen almost completely along partisan lines.

Read the oped on The Daily Wire here: https://www.dailywire.com/news/crenshaw-to-understand-illogical-lockdowns-we-must-understand-the-lefts-thinking

One more thing: Hold These Truths is coming to YouTube! This is our first episode with video accompanying, and soon every episode will feature video-taped interviews with Dan and guests. Over the next few weeks all 123 past episodes of the show will also be uploaded to YouTube. Follow along at Dan's official YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2XDiCjAHtJqnSEzrHAY5IQ

Feb 01, 2021
How a New Generation Is Empowering the Right to Life Movement, with Lila Rose

Lila Rose is the Founder and President of Live Action, an organization which, in just a few years, has completely transformed the way activists win hearts and minds over to the pro-life movement. Lila joins us to talk about the art of persuasion, how Live Action helped revitalize the movement, and the best strategies to pass meaningful pro-life legislation at the state and federal levels.

Follow Lila Rose on Twitter at @LilaGraceRose.

Jan 29, 2021
Is Everything Really Getting Worse? - with Marian Tupy

Cato Institute and HumanProgress.org's Marian Tupy joins us for a look at the current state of humanity and the trends we're seeing in everything from poverty to health care to the environment.

Marian L. Tupy is the editor of Human​Progress​.org, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity and co‐​author of The Simon Project. He specializes in globalization and global well‐​being, and politics and economics of Europe and Southern Africa. He is the co‐​author of the recent book, "Ten Global Trends that Every Smart Person Needs to Know: And Many Other Trends You Will Find Interesting."

Jan 25, 2021
Inside Biden's Agenda on Day One

On this solo episode, Dan gives you the truth about the Biden Administration's day one agenda.

Jan 21, 2021
The Truth About January 6th, with Trey Gowdy, Rep. Chip Roy, and UT Law's Steve Vladeck

For this special episode, we cover everything you need to know about what happened on January 6th. Trey Gowdy, Congressman Chip Roy, and UT Law Professor Steve Vladeck join Dan to explain what the vote was (and wasn't) really about, the lies you were told, and the constitutional arguments we heard from both sides.

Trey Gowdy is a former state and federal prosecutor, as well as the former U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 4th Congressional District. Follow Trey on Twitter at @TGowdySC.

Rep. Chip Roy is the Congressman for Texas' 21st Congressional District, a former prosecutor for the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, and former Chief of Staff for Senator Ted Cruz. Follow Chip on Twitter at @chiproytx.

Steve Vladeck holds the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law and is a nationally recognized expert on the federal courts, constitutional law, national security law, and military justice. Professor Vladeck has argued multiple cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and lower federal civilian and military courts. Follow Steve on Twitter at @steve_vladeck.

Jan 09, 2021
Barstool's President on Unjust Lockdowns and Building an Empire, with Dave Portnoy

Dave Portnoy, the founder and president of Barstool Sports, joins Dan to talk about why he's raising millions of dollars to support small businesses that have been hurt by the lockdowns, and share the story of his long journey to turn Barstool from a 4 page local Boston newspaper into the media empire we know today.

Follow Dave on Twitter at @stoolpresidente.

Jan 01, 2021
What Do We Do About Tech Censorship? with Canyon Brimhall

How do we get big tech companies like Twitter to abide by the spirit of the 1st Amendment, or at least moderate their users' content by a set of clear and definable standards? Canyon Brimhall joins us for the free market answer to this question, in the third episode of our series on big tech, free speech, and Section 230.

Canyon Brimhall is a Federal Government Affairs Manager at R Street, a public policy research organization whose mission is to engage in research and outreach that promotes free speech and limited, effective government. He works with the Technology & Innovation and National Security & Cybersecurity teams to promote pragmatic free-market policy solutions to complex technological issues. Follow him on Twitter at @canyonbrimhall.

Dec 29, 2020
Winning the 5G War, and What To Do About Section 230, with Brendan Carr

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr joins us to talk about the awesome potential of the 5G Network (it goes way beyond your cell phone), outcompeting China and Huawei, bringing internet coverage to rural America, and the FCC's role in protecting free speech from big tech overreach.

Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump, and he was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in 2017. In 2019, Carr was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve a new, five-year term. He previously served as General Counsel of the FCC. Follow him on Twitter at @BrendanCarrFCC.

Dec 22, 2020
Big Tech, Activist Media & The Monopoly of Speech, with David Harsanyi

National Review's David Harsanyi returns for the first in a series of episodes with experts on the debate over internet regulation, reforming Section 230, and how big tech companies like Facebook and Twitter use their power to censor speech and amplify progressive agendas.

David Harsanyi is a senior writer for National Review and a former senior editor at The Federalist. Follow him on Twitter at @davidharsanyi.

Dec 17, 2020
The Economics of Inequality, with Dr. John Cochrane

Dr. John Cochrane joins us for a look at the tradeoffs, incentives, and unintended consequences which result from the progressive economic policies championed by Democrat leaders like AOC and Bernie.

Dr. Cochrane is the Rose-Marie and Jack Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an adjunct scholar of the CATO Institute. Check out his blog "The Grumpy Economist" and follow him on Twitter at @JohnHCochrane.

Dec 09, 2020
Parasitic Minds, Honey Badgers, & Sneaky Breeders, with Dr. Gad Saad

Dr. Gad Saad joins us for a lively discussion about the psychological roots of woke progressivism, how to become antifragile, and many more fascinating insights into human behavior.

Dr. Gad Saad is an Evolutionary Behavioral Scientist, Professor of Marketing at Concordia University, host of The Saad Truth, and author of "The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense." Follow him on Twitter at @GadSaad.

Dec 02, 2020
Racing for the Blue, with Kyle Weatherman

For Thanksgiving break, we're taking a break from policy discussions for a special episode with NASCAR racer Kyle Weatherman. Kyle joins us to talk about supporting our first responders with his #BackTheBlue Chevy Camaro, the politicization of sports, and what it takes to race for NASCAR.

Follow Kyle on Twitter at @KyleWeatherman.

Nov 29, 2020
Gratitude: A Message on Thanksgiving
Nov 27, 2020
Why the Polling Failed (Again), with Kristen Soltis Anderson

Kristen Soltis Anderson returns! The conservative pollster and commentator shares everything you need to know about polling in 2020. How it works, what went wrong, and where pollsters should go from here. SPOILER ALERT: Dan reviews the new Star Wars - Disney ride.

Kristen Soltis Anderson is the co-founder of Echelon Insights, host of SiriusXM's "The Trendline" and author of "The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up)." Follow her on Twitter at @KSoltisAnderson.

Nov 24, 2020
Stop the Chaos - Fix Our Election System, with Hans von Spakovsky

Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky returns to examine the systemic failures which led to the election chaos we are currently witnessing - and what needs to be done to restore the integrity of future elections.

Hans von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Follow Hans on Twitter at @HvonSpakovsky.

Nov 20, 2020
How to Avoid Chaos & Make Elections Work, with Hans von Spakovsky (Repost)

This episode originally aired on June 1, 2020 - but the conversation could not be more relevant today. Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Heritage Foundation's Election Law Reform Initiative, joined us to examine how the radical Democrat reforms like universal mail-in voting threaten the integrity of our elections.

Hans von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Follow Hans on Twitter at @HvonSpakovsky.

Nov 12, 2020
The Politics of Victimhood, with Dr. Shelby Steele

Dr. Shelby Steele, acclaimed scholar of race relations and senior fellow at Hoover Institution, joins us to examine how America's past sins are exploited by today's leftists to manipulate and disempower the minority communities which they purport to serve.

Dr. Shelby Steele is a bestselling author, columnist, and documentary filmmaker. He is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, where he specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action.

Nov 09, 2020
How Nations Flourish - The Conservative Path to Prosperity, with Dr. Yuval Levin

Dr. Yuval Levin joins us to examine how American politics drift towards leftism is fundamentally transforming the way institutions shape our culture, and why conservatism is the only governing philosphy that leads to a nation where everyone can live and flourish.

Dr. Yuval Levin is the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Public Policy. The founding and current editor of National Affairs, he is also a senior editor of The New Atlantis and a contributing editor to National Review.

Nov 02, 2020
Wokeism, Culture Wars & the Rise of a Post-Christian Western Society, with Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a research fellow at Hoover Institution, author, and humanitarian fighting to end the harmful traditional practices which shame, hurt, or kill thousands of women and girls in the United States each year. She joins us for a conversation about wokeism, the culture wars, and how the left is redefining truth and morality to make a post-Christian western society.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the founder of The AHA Foundation - an organization dedicated to ending female genital mutilation, honor violence and forced marriages. Follow her on Twitter at @Ayaan.

Oct 24, 2020
A More Sensible Approach to Fixing Health Care, Dr. Avik Roy

Dr. Avik Roy returns for a conversation about market-driven solutions to creating affordable and accessible health care coverage for all Americans. As the national conversation continues shifting towards one-size-fits all single payer systems, Dr. Roy shows us how we can provide low-cost, high-quality coverage without destroying the foundations which make this the most innovative health care system in the world.

Dr. Avik Roy is the co-founder of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity – a non-partisan organization dedicated to considering the impact of public policies and proposed reforms on Americans with incomes or wealth below the U.S. median. He is the author of How Medicaid Fails the Poor, and Affordable Health Care for Every Generation: A Patient-Centered Plan for Universal Coverage and Permanent Fiscal Solvency. He is a senior advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, serves on the advisory board of the National Institute for Health Care Management, and co-chaired the Fixing Veterans Health Care Policy Taskforce. He is also the policy editor at Forbes. Follow him on Twitter at @Avik.

Oct 17, 2020
Innovating the Future: The Next Frontiers In Clean Energy, Vaccines, and Agriculture, with Rice University's Dr. Yousif Shamoo

Dr. Yousif Shamoo joins us for a conversation about Rice University's cutting edge innovation in everything that has an enormous impact on your life. Rice is leading the way in the research and development of next generation clean carbon technology, vaccines and antibiotics, and agricultural production that uses less land to feed more people. Dr. Shamoo takes us on a tour of a future brought to you by the world's leading scientists - all located within Houston, TX.

Dr. Yousif Shamoo has served as Vice Provost of Research at Rice University since 2014. He was appointed Professor of BioSciences in 2012, and first joined the Rice University faculty in 1998. He served as Rice’s Director of the Institute of BioSciences and Bioengineering from 2008-2014, leading the coordination of interdisciplinary research among Rice faculty. He received his Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 1988.

Oct 12, 2020
The Historian Teaching Your Kids to Hate America: The Truth About Howard Zinn, with Dr. Mary Grabar

You may have never heard of him, but no historian has had a greater influence on modern America than Howard Zinn. His most popular work, A Peoples History of the United States, was brought into the cultural mainstream with Matt Damon's Oscar winning 1997 film Good Will Hunting. The book is a precursor to the 1619 Project - tracing the roots of America's sins and inequities to Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage and the rise of capitalism.

So for Columbus Day Weekend we invited Dr. Mary Grabar, a historian and author of "Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned A Generation Against America", to join us for an objective look at Zinn's perspective on American history, his motivations for attacking the USA and capitalism, and the ramifications of his influence on generations of academia.

Dr. Mary Grabar is an author and a resident fellow at the The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. She is also the founder of the Dissident Prof Education Project. Follow her on Twitter at @MaryGrabar.

Oct 10, 2020
"How Many Seniors?" Steven Crowder on the Michigan Rally to Demand Accountability

Steven Crowder joins us to discuss the rally he's leading on Friday, October 2 outside the Michigan state capitol to pressure Gov. Gretchen Whitmer into releasing the data on the state's nursing home deaths. The COVID-19 death toll in all categories of long-term care facilities in Michigan remains a mystery. Although the state has reportedly been collecting data on coronavirus deaths since May 29, Michigan has not reported all of its data as other states have. Steven talks about this and much more, including how to grow the perfect cherry, making it in comedy, and the time he may have saved Ben Shapiro's life.

Steven Crowder is the host of Louder With Crowder and the Change My Mind series. Follow him on Twitter at @scrowder.

Oct 02, 2020
How Direct Primary Care Could Change The World of Health Care, with Dr. Glenn Davis, Dr. Geetinder Goyal, & Dr. Avik Roy

For this special episode, Dan is highlighting a new bill he just introduced called the "Direct Primary Care for America Act." Over the past few years the concept of direct primary care has been adopted by doctors all across America with lots of success. The idea is simple: you should have an affordable monthly fee for a primary-care doctor, without extra charges for visits and without third-party insurance. You can find a doctor near you by simply going to a website and typing in your ZIP code. This new model makes health care costs more transparent and affordable, and strengthens the doctor-patient relationship.

Joining us to discuss direct primary care are two doctors who have actually implemented the model in their practices - Dr. Glenn Davis and Dr. Geetinder Goyal - along with a returning guest and health care expert - Dr. Avik Roy.

Visit my website http://crenshaw.house.gov to learn more about my new bill and stay tuned for exciting developments in what could become the future of American health care.

Oct 01, 2020
Modern Battlegrounds: Defending America Against Threats of the 21st Century, with H.R. McMaster

H.R. McMaster, retired Army Lieutenant General and former National Security Advisor, joins us for a look into the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States today. What does America gain by maintaining a military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan? How do we handle the escalating tensions with Russia and China? General McMaster brings decades of experience on the geopolitical stage to answer these questions and much more.

General McMaster is the author of the just released "Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World." He served in Cold War Europe and led the Eagle Troop of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment during the first Gulf War. In 2004, he led the 3rd Armored Calvary in Tal Afar, Iraq, where he pioneered a new counter insurgency strategy. From February 2017 to April 2018, General McMaster served as National Security Advisor to the President. Follow him on Twitter at @LTGHRMcMaster.

Sep 27, 2020
Putting out the Left’s Fires on Forest Management, with Congressman Greg Walden

Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon’s Second Congressional District joins us to talk about the real benefits of forest management to reduce the size, intensity, and carbon emissions from wildfires in the West. What are the left’s arguments against forest management? How have radical Democrat environmental policies disrupted a healthy forest ecosystem? What laws do we need to change to fix the failed forest policies that have led to disastrous forest fires?

Congressman Greg Walden represents Oregon’s Second Congressional District. He is the Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over health care, energy, environment, and telecommunications policy.

Sep 22, 2020
The Creator of 'Dilbert' on Wildfires, Pandemics, & Antifa - with Scott Adams

For the 100th episode of Hold These Truths - Scott Adams returns! From the California wildfires to the pandemic response to the psychological motivations behind Antifa, Scott brings us his unique perspective on the events dominating America today.

Scott Adams is a cartoonist and creator of "Dilbert", writer, and certified hypnotist. He is the host of the podcast "Coffee with Scott Adams" and the best-selling author of books including Win Bigly, Loserthink, and How to Fail at Almost Everything And Still Win Big. Follow him on Twitter at @ScottAdamsSays.

Sep 17, 2020
Chronicling the Riots, Looting, and Violence Across America, with Michael Tracey

Roving journalist Michael Tracey joins us to discuss what he observed on his two month journey documenting the civil unrest across America. From Seattle to Philadelphia, with dozens of small and large cities in-between, Michael saw firsthand what's really motivating the riots, looting, and violence which has destroyed the lives and livelihoods of countless innocent Americans.

Michael Tracey is an independent journalist with articles appearing in The Wall Street Journal, Vice, The Federalist, and numerous other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @mtracey.

Sep 12, 2020
A More Sensible Approach to Future Pandemics, with Dr. Avik Roy

Dr. Avik Roy joins us for a pragmatic look at America’s approach to the COVID-19 response thus far and how it compares to other countries which fared better or worse than us. From lockdowns to school re-openings, there is much we can learn from the past eight months to better prepare ourselves for the future.

Dr. Avik Roy is the co-founder of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity – a non-partisan organization dedicated to considering the impact of public policies and proposed reforms on Americans with incomes or wealth below the U.S. median. He is the author of How Medicaid Fails the Poor, and Affordable Health Care for Every Generation: A Patient-Centered Plan for Universal Coverage and Permanent Fiscal Solvency. He is a senior advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, serves on the advisory board of the National Institute for Health Care Management, and co-chaired the Fixing Veterans Health Care Policy Taskforce. He is also the policy editor at Forbes. Follow him on Twitter at @Avik.

Sep 09, 2020
Climate Fatalism: How Green New Deal Policies Hurt the Planet & the Poor, with Dr. Bjorn Lomborg

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg joins us to continue the conversation on rational environmentalism which we left off with Michael Shellenberger. What are the second order effects of climate change policies, like the ones we find in the Green New Deal, on poor communities and developing countries? How do these policies - counterintuitively - actually hurt the environment more than doing nothing? And what are the 21st century solutions humanity should pursue to propel everybody into safer, cleaner societies?

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg is president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School. The Copenhagen Consensus Center is a think-tank that researches the smartest ways to do good. For this work, Lomborg was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. His most recent book is "False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet." Follow Dr. Lomborg on Twitter at @BjornLomborg.

Sep 02, 2020
Darwinism, Immortality & the Fourth Frontier: The Next Step in Human Evolution, with Dr. Bret Weinstein

Evolutionary biologist Dr. Bret Weinstein returns to explore the latest developments in gene splicing, stem cells, lifespan extension, the search for extraterrestrial civilizations, and the next (and perhaps final) step in human evolution - the Fourth Frontier.

Dr. Bret Weinstein is host of the DarkHorse Podcast and a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. Follow him on Twitter at @BretWeinstein.

Aug 29, 2020
Repeating the Mistakes of The Great Society, with Amity Shlaes

Historian Amity Shlaes joins us for a new look at the origins and aftermath of LBJ's Great Society – the massive federal poverty-reduction programs of the 1960's. The debates in that era were the same debates today: socialism vs capitalism, public-sector vs private-sector, victimhood vs self-empowerment. And the cost of these programs led to devastating outcomes which are still unfolding to this day.

Amity Shlaes’ most recent book is Great Society: A New History. She is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great DepressionThe Forgotten Man/GraphicCoolidge, and The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americans Crazy. Miss Shlaes chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and the Manhattan Institute's Hayek Book Prize, and serves as a scholar at the King's College. A former member of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board, Miss Shlaes published a weekly syndicated column for more than a decade, appearing first in the Financial Times, then in Bloomberg. Follow her on Twitter at @AmityShlaes.

Aug 25, 2020
Lessons on Leadership, Persuasion, & Happiness, with Dr. Arthur Brooks

Dr. Arthur Brooks is one of the world's most preeminent researchers on the topics of government, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. He joins us to talk about leadership principles that every aspiring politician needs to know, and how to use storytelling to craft a more persuasive argument for your opponent.

Dr. Arthur C. Brooks is Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July of 2019, he served for ten years as president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks. He is the author of eleven books, including the bestselling "Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from Our Culture of Contempt." Follow him on Twitter at @arthurbrooks.

Aug 22, 2020
Rational Environmentalism: The Truth About Renewables and Every Other Alarming Myth, with Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger is an environmental activist, TIME’s Hero of the Environment, an advisor to the U.N.’s Panel on Climate Change, and author of the new book "Apocalypse Never: How Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All." He joins us for an honest conversation about the devastating impact that wind and solar energy infrastructure is having on Earth's ecology, the sources of energy we can safely and efficiently utilize, and facts vs fiction behind everything from the rise in extreme weather events to plastics pollution. Follow Michael on Twitter at @ShellenbergerMD.

Episode Timeline:

1:50   Recent Testimony at the Committee on the Climate Crisis

8:00   Climate Fatalism and the Myth We’re All Going to Die in 12 Years

21:00 Climate Change Collusion + Backroom deals

32:00 Is Solar That Great?

42:00 California and the Grid 101

1:02:00 What about Wind?

1:13:00 Nuclear Proliferation

1:23:00 Why do People Hate Nuclear?

1:33:00 Extreme Weather Events

1:47:00: Plastic Straws and Plastic Waste

1:56:00 Recycling

1:58:00 Farting Cows and Meat Eating

2:04:00 Final Thoughts 

Aug 20, 2020
Gun Rights Are Women's Rights, with Antonia Okafor

Antonia Okafor is a Second Amendment advocate and the Founder of EMPOWERED, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, training, and equipping young women in the use of firearms for protection on college campuses. She joined us to talk about the practical reasons why young women should arm themselves, gun ownership in minority communities, and what's behind the skyrocketing demand for firearms since the rise of COVID-19.

Antonia was the Southwest Regional Director for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus and was instrumental in the passage and implementation of Texas’ 2015 “campus carry” law. Read her NY Times oped "Why I Bring My Gun to School" here. Follow Antonia on Twitter at @antonia_okafor.

Aug 18, 2020
Making a Better Argument for Conservatism, with T.W. Shannon

T.W. Shannon is the first African-American, and youngest person ever, to serve as the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He joins us to share what he's learned about debate and persuasion after years spent fighting in the political arena. How can Republicans do a better job at articulating why capitalism and conservative principles are the solution? What's the message we should be making to communities which believe they are systemically oppressed? T.W. answers these questions and much more.

T.W. Shannon was elected Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2013. Today he serves as the President and CEO of Chickasaw Community Bank and the State Highway Commissioner for Central Oklahoma. He was previously a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics (where he first met Dan). Follow him on Twitter at @TWShannon.

Aug 15, 2020
How the Media Spinned a Pandemic, with Rich Lowry

Rich Lowry returns to examine the mainstream media's manipulative (and often absurd) coverage of the pandemic. From propagating lies about the Trump Administration's national strategy to praising Gov. Cuomo while vilifying Gov. Abbott, there is one very obvious end goal to all of this toxic spin. Rich shares his reporting to uncover the truth and what all of this means for the future of our country.

Rich Lowry began his career as a research assistant for Charles Krauthammer. In 1997 he was selected by William F. Buckley to lead National Review. He is the author of Lincoln Unbound, The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free, and Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years — a New York Times bestseller. Follow him on Twitter at @RichLowry.

Aug 13, 2020
Is Being Yourself Good Enough? with Allie Beth Stuckey

Allie Beth Stuckey joins us for a conversation about her new book, "You're Not Enough (And That's Okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love." One of the most ubiquitous tenets of modern culture - preached by Instagram influencers and self-help gurus alike - is that the key to happiness is within you. All you have to do is find it. But is this quest to love yourself more actually making you miserable? Allie examines how trendy narcissism is harming individuals and society, and what we can do to overcome the trap of self-love.

Allie Beth Stuckey is host of the Blaze Media podcast Relatable, where she tackles theological, cultural and political issues from a conservative, Reformed perspective. Stuckey speaks to college students, Republican organizations, Christian ministries, and businesses across the country about the importance of biblical and conservative values. She also offers frequent commentary on Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @conservmillen.

Aug 11, 2020
Is Nationalism Really a Bad Word? with Rich Lowry

Rich Lowry, Editor-in-Chief of National Review, joins us for a conversation about the past, present, and future of American culture. What's happening to the American identity? How do we go from reasonable protests against police brutality to the firebombing of a courthouse every night? Why is a very small contingent of the political left able to wield their intolerance to dominate and coerce American society? Rich answers these questions and much more.

Rich Lowry began his career as a research assistant for Charles Krauthammer. In 1997 he was selected by William F. Buckley to lead National Review. He is the author of Lincoln Unbound, The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free, and Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years — a New York Times bestseller. Follow him on Twitter at @RichLowry.

Aug 07, 2020
Facts Not Fear: What Doctors Are Learning on the Front Lines of COVID-19, with Dr. Reynolds Delgado, III

Dr. Reynolds Delgado, III, is a cardiologist specializing in heart failure and heart transplantation at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center/Texas Heart Institute. He joins us for a conversation about what doctors like himself are learning as they treat patients on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Delgado has been a Basic Science Researcher in Heart Failure at the Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, and The University of Texas Houston Medical School since 1997, and has held the position of Medical Director of Mechanical Support Devices in Heart Failure at the Texas Heart Institute since 2003. His academic appointments include clinical assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and UT Health Science Center, Houston. He participates on numerous advisory boards, Including Thoratec Corporation, Medtronic Corporation, and Boston Scientific Corporation, and has been on the Medical Education Committee at Texas Heart Institute since 2004. He is also a long-standing research collaborator with NASA Johnson Space Center Human Space Flight Physiology Laboratory.

Aug 06, 2020
Are There Any Liberals Left? How the Cult of Campus Progressivism is Taking Over America, with Dr. Bret Weinstein

Biologist, evolutionary theorist, and member of the "Intellectual Dark Web" Dr. Bret Weinstein joins us for a conversation about cancel culture, politics, and his experience as a professor at Evergreen State College when he was one of the first people to be targeted for "cancellation" by radical progressives. Dr. Weinstein's research on human evolution gives us important insights into the impulses that motivate humans to join mobs and embrace chaos like what we see unfolding across America today - and which began on campuses like Evergreen just a few short years ago.

Dr. Bret Weinstein is host of the DarkHorse Podcast and a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. Follow him on Twitter at @BretWeinstein.

Aug 05, 2020
Defund, Dismantle, Destroy: Inside the Democrats' Radical New Playbook

Abolish the police. Take over free markets. End the Electoral College. Destroy our health care system. It's been a long time since Democrat leaders were this far apart from their Republican colleagues in either political or cultural perspectives. On this solo episode, Dan expands on his recent thoughts about the differences between the two parties policies, and what it all means for the future of America.

Aug 02, 2020
Antifa Unmasked: The Ideology and Tactics of Modern American Extremists, with Andy Ngo

Journalist Andy Ngo joins us for an inside look at the chaos unfolding in Portland, OR from the perspective of Antifa. Andy has been investigating Antifa since early on in the extremist group's history. He frequently works undercover - and has been assaulted and injured multiple times by the violent extremists. For the past two months, Andy and his colleagues have risked their lives to document the widespread burning, looting, and violence being perpetrated by the notorious anarcho-communist movement. While you're listening to this episode, visit Andy Ngo's twitter @MrAndyNgo to witness the shocking examples of what Antifa is getting away with on the streets of Portland and other major cities.

Andy Ngo is the Editor-at-Large of The Post Millenial and author of the forthcoming book "Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy."

Jul 30, 2020
Anarchists, "Storm Troopers" & Aliens: Protecting the Homeland from Antifa's Reign of Chaos, with Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf joins us for an inside look at his department’s operations to enforce and (in the case of Portland, OR) restore the law across America. For weeks, the federal courthouse in Portland has been the target of escalating attacks by anarchists, criminals, and opportunists. Local and state officials have given these radicals free reign to attack the courthouse and federal officers with fireworks, molotov cocktails, high-powered lasers, and more tools of destruction.

So how is Homeland Security protecting the courthouse? What's the truth behind the federal officers who Speaker Pelosi calls "storm troopers"? What's the current state of our southern border in the age of pandemic? And with the UFO bombshells coming out of the Pentagon, Dan obviously has to ask what Homeland Security is doing to protect us from aliens.

Chad F. Wolf was designated as the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security by President Donald J. Trump and was also confirmed as the first Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans (PLCY). Previously, he served as the Acting Under Secretary. As the senior official for PLCY, Mr. Wolf leads the Department’s policymaking process to develop and coordinate strategies and policies that advance the homeland security mission and protect the American public. Follow him on Twitter at @DHS_Wolf.

Jul 28, 2020
Leaving the Left: A Soldier's Awakening in American Politics, with Rob Smith

Veteran and political commentator Rob Smith joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about identity politics, the culture war, "road trips" across Iraq, and how the far left's takeover of the Democratic Party made him question his own liberal views - ultimately leading him to become a strong voice for the conservative movement.

Rob Smith is the author of the just released book, “Always a Soldier: Service, Sacrifice, and Coming Out as America’s Favorite Black, Gay Republican.” Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @robsmithonline.

Jul 24, 2020
Disintegrating America: How the Left is Erasing Our Philosophy, Culture & History, with Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro joins us to talk about his very prescient new book "How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps." Ben defines the chaos unfolding in America today as a split between distintegrationists and unionists. So who are the disintegrationists? And what do they gain by stoking the tribalism, outrage, cancel culture, and invented inequalities which is taking over America?

Ben is the Editor Emeritus of the Daily Wire, host of "The Ben Shapiro Show” podcast and syndicated radio, author of #1 NYT bestseller "The Right Side of History." Follow him on Twitter at @benshapiro.

Jul 21, 2020
Leaks, Dossiers, and Unmasking - with Ambassador Rick Grenell

Ambassador Rick Grenell, former Acting Director of National Intelligence, joins us for an inside look at leaks, dossiers, and unmasking since President Trump's election. Ambassador Grenell gives us a clear look inside a murky world as he discusses Russia's covert operations, the truth about the Steele Dossier, the Obama adminstration's investigations against President-elect Trump, and how Rep. Adam Schiff leaks and withholds classified information for political gain.

Ambassador Rick Grenell is currently the Special Presidential Envoy to Serbia and Kosovo Peace Negotiations. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2018 to 2020 and for three critical months he served as the Acting Director of National Intelligence. Follow him on Twitter at @RichardGrenell.

Jul 16, 2020
Made In America: The Redemption and Triumph of Mike Lindell

Mike Lindell spent decades nurturing an addiction to cocaine, cheated death dozens of times, won and lost fortunes gambling, and decimated his 20-year marriage because of drugs. Along the way he started multiple businesses, and invented a new kind of pillow which he struggled to generate interest in.

Then one night in 2009, after Mike hadn’t slept for two weeks, his own drug dealers staged an intervention for him. What happened next is one of the great American stories of redemption and triumph. Mike joins us to tell the tale - and give advice for anyone who ever feels like all hope is lost.

Mike Lindell is the inventor and CEO of MyPillow, Inc. and the author of "What Are the Odds? From Crack Addict to CEO." Follow Mike on Twitter at @realMikeLindell.

Jul 12, 2020
Saudi Arabia: Desert Diplomacy After 9/11, the Seeds of Terror, and the Looming Threat of China, with Ambassador Robert Jordan

One month after 9/11, Robert Jordan took the job of United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia – the country where 15 of the 19 hijackers called home. From the roots of Sunni extremism to the internal conflict in the days after 9/11, Robert gives us an inside look at the greatest power player in the Middle East and one of America’s most complicated alliances. What do U.S.-Saudi relations look like today, with China and Russia asserting more power in the region, the escalating threats from Iran, and the new dynamics of the war on terror?

Robert Jordan is diplomat in residence and adjunct professor of political science in the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001-2003. He was a partner in the international law firm Baker Botts L.L.P. for many years and headed the firm’s Middle East practice based in Dubai. He is the author of “Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11.”

Jul 08, 2020
America Begins: The Origins and Meaning of Our Declaration of Independence, with Dr. Danielle Allen

For this very special 4th of July episode, Dr. Danielle Allen returns to explore the history, meaning, and philosophical foundations of the Declaration of Independence. What did the Founding Fathers mean by the words, "We hold these truths to be self evident..."? In what ways did they weave the concept of equality into this founding document? How should we deal with the hypocrisy of Jefferson and others who pledged their lives to the words "all men are created equal" while at the same time enslaving people? What's the difference between our political constitution and our social constitution, and how are they aligned in America today?

Dr. Danielle Allen is the author of "Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality." She is also the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and the principle investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project. Follow her on Twitter at @dsallentess.

Jul 04, 2020
The mob vs the miracle: will Western civilization survive? with Jonah Goldberg

Is western civilization in decline? Author and political commentator Jonah Goldberg joins us for a conversation about his book "Suicide of the West" - an exploration of the history and founding principles which gave us the miracle that we call America. The progressive left has spent decades stoking tribalism and identity politics to tear that miracle apart, erase history, and remake civilization. Do the events of the past few months mean their efforts are succeeding?

Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute, is editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, and hosts the podcast “The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg.” Follow Jonah on Twitter at @JonahDispatch.

Jul 02, 2020
Rising Up in America, with Secretary Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, joins us to talk about lessons learned overcoming the barriers he's encountered on his remarkable journey, and the implications of the left's victimhood narrative on American policies and culture. Dr. Carson went from spending much of his childhood in poverty, written off by teachers as a below average student, to becoming one of the world's top brain surgeons, and now he leads the Trump administration's efforts to combat the inequities facing today's inner cities. Follow Dr. Carson on Twitter at @SecretaryCarson.

Jun 30, 2020
Ride Along: Reality on the Thin Blue Line, with Officer Joe Gamaldi

As the House prepares to vote on the Democrats’ police reform bill and Senate Democrats blocked Senator Tim Scott’s police reform bill from even being consider, it’s a good time to get the law enforcement perspective on these proposals from an actual police officer.

Joining us is Joe Gamaldi, the President of Houston Police Officers’ Union, Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police, and an active member of the Houston Police Department. Officer Gamaldi still patrols the streets and knows exactly what our cops face up against every day and as the President of the HPOU has his finger on the pulse of the larger force.

Officer Gamaldi served three years in the NYPD before coming to Houston in 2008. He’s been President of Houston Police Officers’ Union since 2017 and National Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police since 2019. Follow Officer Gamaldi on Twitter at @JoeGamaldi.

Jun 25, 2020
Dinesh D’Souza on the United States of Socialism

Author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza joins us for a conversation about his new book “United States of Socialism” - an examination of the twenty-first century resurrection of socialism and how the left weaves it together with identity politics to create the societal upheaval we see today.

Jun 23, 2020
Cutting Red Tape to Build Crucial Infrastructure, with Alex Herrgott

Alex Herrgott leads an independent federal entity whose sole focus is cutting millions of dollars in unnecessary project costs that environmental groups add, while slashing red tape and preventing anti-development activists from using the court system to prevent much needed economic recovery through acceleration of investment in our national infrastructure which provides immediate and lasting economic benefits for states, local communities and small businesses. Alex joined us to explain how the Permitting Council cuts through the bureaucracy and serves as a one-stop Federal shop to provide coordination across the Federal government for America's largest, most complex infrastructure projects.

Alex Herrgott was appointed by the President as the Executive Director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council on September 21st, 2018. Mr. Herrgott had been serving as the Associate Director for Infrastructure for the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) at the White House previously. Prior to his service with CEQ, Mr. Herrgott worked for Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma as Senior Staff from 2004-2011 at the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Jun 21, 2020
Law Enforcement in the Era of COVID-19, Riots, and “Defund the Police” - with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

In the midst of national conversations about police brutality, violent protests, and the constitutionality of lockdowns, Attorney General Ken Paxton is responsible for finding the right solution to each problem for Texas. What would “defunding the police” actually mean for communities that are most vulnerable to crime? How should officials draw the line to prevent peaceful demonstrations from becoming destructive? What are the proper roles for federal and state governments when enforcing restrictions during a pandemic? A.G. Paxton gives his views and experiences as Texas’s top law enforcement officer during one of the most contentious times in recent history.

Jun 16, 2020
How Bad Science Led to Disastrous COVID-19 Policies, with Dr. Scott Atlas

Dr. Scott Atlas joins us to examine the science, data, and reasoning (or lack thereof) used to justify indefinite lockdowns, school closures, and other fear-based mitigation strategies that are still happening across America.

Dr. Atlas is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a Member of Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Health Care Policy. He served as Professor of Radiology and Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center from 1998 until 2012. He is the author of “Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six-Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost.” Follow him on Twitter at @SWAtlasHoover.

Jun 14, 2020
The Constitutional and Political Dynamics of the Indefinite Lockdowns, with Randy Barnett

Professor Randy Barnett of Georgetown University Law Center joins us on the podcast to discuss some of the constitutional elements of the COVID-19 lockdowns, as well as the ideological undercurrents fueling our polarized political climate. What real, practical problems do the lockdowns pose with regards to the Fourteenth Amendment? How is the pandemic becoming an arena for the arbitrary exercise of the police power by government officials? What do the lockdowns and the recent protests reveal about modern liberalism? Are we witnessing the destruction of the “moderate left” in real-time? Professor Barnett tackles these issues and others with Congressman Crenshaw.

Professor Randy Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches constitutional law and contracts and is the director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. Professor Barnett has authored numerous books and textbooks, including the recently published "An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know," which he co-authored with Professor Josh Blackman. Follow him on Twitter at @RandyEBarnett.

Jun 12, 2020
Space Force, Extraterrestrials, and Martian Colonies, with NASA Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor

Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor has logged 197 days in space. She joined Dan to talk all things space travel. How close are we to colonizing the Moon and Mars? What’s it like to break atmosphere and spend months in zero gravity? What’s her take on the Navy UFO footage? From training in Antarctica to fixing toilets in outer space, being an astronaut brings surprising perspectives on life.

Jun 09, 2020
How the Small Business Administration is Empowering America’s Entrepreneurs, with Justin Crossie

Since 1953, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has empowered small business owners by giving them the tools and resources they need to launch and grow their businesses. With the rise of COVID-19 and the economic shutdown, the SBA is facing its most monumental challenge in generations. SBA Regional Administrator Justin Crossie joined Dan to discuss how the SBA is helping America’s entrepreneurs navigate this crisis, as well as ways the SBA can help guide entrepreneurs through the often confusing requirements for starting a business, hiring employees, and expanding operations.

Justin Crossie leads the SBA’s funding programs, counseling services, and government contracting and export initiatives for more than 3.8 million small businesses in the South-Central Region - including Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico.

Jun 04, 2020
How to Rig an Election: Fraud, Impersonation, and Illegal Voting in America, with Hans von Spakovsky

In the wake of COVID-19, Democrat leaders are pushing for a federal takeover of the election system in order to implement some radical reforms - including mail-in ballots for all voters, voting by phone, and ending voter ID requirements. Why are these reforms fraught with potential for voter fraud? Hans von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow and manager of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative - which has collected 1,285 proven cases of voter fraud in America. Hans joined Dan to examine the risks and how we can better protect the integrity of our election system.

Follow Hans on Twitter at @HvonSpakovsky.

Jun 01, 2020
The Man Behind the Curtain in the Fight Against COVID-19, with Dr. Robert Kadlec

Dr. Robert Kadlec is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, managing the national response to public health emergencies - a position that deals with everything from hurricane disasters to anthrax attacks. Now Dr. Kadlec is writing the playbook of countermeasures in America’s war against COVID-19. He joined Dan to examine how the nation’s strategy for pandemic response is adapting as we learn more about the virus.


May 27, 2020
Improv, Spielberg, and UFOs, with Adam Carolla

In this special episode, Dan joined comedian Adam Carolla for a live recording at Houston Improv to raise funds for the Houston Food Bank’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Support Houston Food Bank at www.houstonfoodbank.org.

Shout out to Adam Carolla for allowing us to re-broadcast this recording! Check out his own podcast The Adam Carolla Show at www.adamcarolla.com.

May 26, 2020
Economic Recovery in the Aftermath of COVID-19, with Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan

Robert Kaplan is the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. We’ve heard a lot about the Federal Reserve in the news lately, but what exactly is the purpose of America’s central bank? How has their mission changed since COVID-19 and the shutdown wrecked havoc on the economy? Robert joined Dan to give listeners a practical understanding of the Fed’s role in the financial system, and the pathway to economic recovery.

Follow Robert Kaplan on Twitter at @RobSKaplan.

May 22, 2020
Why Does Reopening Polarize Republicans and Democrats?

On this solo episode, Dan expands on his recently published oped for The Wall Street Journal to ponder the question, “Why do Democrats want to keep us shutdown and Republicans want us free to reopen?” The answer is part politics, part psychology.

Read the oped here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-does-reopening-polarize-us-11589842995

May 19, 2020
China: Global Domination, the New Silk Road, & the Return of History, with Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Jon Huntsman returns to the podcast to talk China and what he learned as Ambassador to America’s greatest trading partner and emerging rival. For the first time in centuries, China is a leader on the world stage. So how do Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party view their role as a global player? What moves are they making to change the geopolitical landscape across Asia and Europe? What is their endgame with the United States – and how should we react?

Jon Huntsman is the only ambassador to ever serve in both China (2009 – 2011) and Russia (2017 – 2019). He was the Governor of Utah (Jan. 2005 – Aug. 2009), served as the Chair of the Western Governors Association, and under his leadership Utah was ranked as the best managed state in America by Pew Center on the States.

May 17, 2020
$3 Trillion of Virtue Signaling

In this solo episode, Dan breaks down the Democrats' $3 trillion, 1800 page spending bill which was voted on by the House on Friday, May 15.

May 15, 2020
Russia: Spies, Disinformation Campaigns, and the Rise of Putinism, with Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Jon Huntsman, Jr. served as U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2017 – 2019, during one of the most difficult periods in bilateral relationships since deep in the Cold War.  He joined Dan to break down the complex foreign policy issues involving the two countries.  What’s the truth behind the Michael Flynn investigation and what would an actual Russian intelligence operation look like? How does the average Russian view America and their own country’s place in the world? Why has Vladimir Putin’s persona become so deeply entwined with their cultural identity? What is Putin’s worldview – is he Peter the Great or Ivan the Terrible – and what can we expect to happen to Russia when he does exit the stage?

Jon Huntsman is the only ambassador to ever serve in both China (2009 – 2011) and Russia (2017 – 2019), as well as Singapore (1992 – 1993). He was the Governor of Utah (Jan. 2005 – Aug. 2009), served as the Chair of the Western Governors Association, and under his leadership Utah was ranked as the best managed state in America by Pew Center on the States.

May 15, 2020
Turning Point, Political Persuasion, and the Issue Every Young Person Should Care Most About, with Charlie Kirk

Why are so many young people motivated to join the far left? Charlie Kirk talks with Dan about the shallow yet persuasive arguments used by leaders like AOC and Bernie to win over the millennial/z generations, and the best ways to counter them. What's the one issue young people disregard which matters most to their futures? How is the progressive movement doing on college campuses these days? Charlie and Dan dive into these questions and give advice every young person should know before they venture into politics.

Charlie Kirk is the Founder of Turning Point USA, host of The Charlie Kirk Show, and author of "The MAGA Doctrine." Follow him on Twitter at @charliekirk11.

May 10, 2020
Saving the American Economy, with Dr. John Diamond

Economist Dr. John Diamond joins Dan to examine the current state of the American economy and what’s on the horizon for businesses and labor markets. What’s working and not working with the CARES Act? How does an extended duration for unemployment relief slow the recovery even further? Are we close to reaching the crisis point with longer-term structural issues like entitlement programs, budget deficits, and government debt?

Dr. John Diamond is a professor and director of the Center for Public Finance at the Baker Institute, an adjunct professor of economics at Rice University and CEO of Tax Policy Advisers, LLC. His research interests are federal tax and expenditure policy, state and local public finance, tax reform and other policy issues. Follow him on Twitter at @jw_diamond.

May 09, 2020
Unreasonable and Unjust Laws in the Age of COVID-19, with Heritage Foundation’s Kay Coles James

Kay Coles James is President of Heritage Foundation and leads the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, an independent panel that works closely with the White House and congressional leaders to provide recommendations for the plan moving forward to protect the lives and livelihoods of Americans.

What looming threats to economic freedom and liberty do we see beginning to play out across America and how can we stop them? What actions need to be taken at the federal, state, and local levels of government to get America back on track? How can private individuals and institutions take ownership of the recovery process? Kay brings decades of experience in public service to create a blueprint for restoring the American economy while also protecting public health and individual freedom.

Learn more about the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission’s recommendations at www.coronaviruscommission.com.

May 06, 2020
Iraq: Aftermath of Retreat, ISIS, and the Iranian Threat, with Steven Nabil

Steven Nabil is a journalist with extensive experience covering Iraqi politics and security. He joined Dan to examine the current state of Iraq and its long conflict with Iran. What has become of ISIS? How effective was the Soleimani strike at disrupting Iranian operations in Iraq, and what does this tell us about Iran’s military power structure? What should we make of the ongoing Iraqi protests? Is it a movement toward peace and democracy or further terror across the region?

Follow Steven Nabil on Twitter at @thestevennabil.

May 04, 2020
The City of David at the Intersection of Faith, History, and Geopolitics, with Ze’ev Orenstein

On this very special episode, Dan brings listeners into the historic site of Biblical Jerusalem, the City of David, to discover the cultural, political, and spiritual connections this once lost city has with our world today. How was the City of David lost and then rediscovered? What major discoveries have archaeologists recently made that link back to the times of Jesus and King David? What are the important geopolitical implications for this site which is at the heart of a city under constant threat from Palestinian terrorism?

Our guide is Ze’ev Orenstein, the Director of International Affairs at the City of David Foundation. Learn more at  https://www.cityofdavid.org.il/en

May 03, 2020
Skin in the Game - Personal Responsibility in American Health Care, with Dr. Nicole Saphier

Dr. Nicole Saphier, physician and author of “Make America Healthy Again,” joins Dan to examine the current state of the American health care system and the path to making it more accessible for everyone. Why is there a disconnect between the growing prevalence of preventable diseases in America and the culture of healthy diets and exercise which is projected on social media? Is there a difference between health care access and rights? What does the race to develop a cure for COVID-19 tell us about the rising cost of health care? Is there a practical middle ground between government-run and free market systems? Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, rising cancer rates among millennials, and the opioid crisis are all examined in depth, along with practical ways for individuals to take ownership of their own health and well being. Follow Dr. Saphier on Twitter at @NBSaphierMD.

May 01, 2020
Iran: COVID-19, Nukes, and Terrorists, with Behnam Ben Taleblu

With everyone in America so focused on dealing with the hardships brought on by the economic shutdown, it is easy to miss the disaster unfolding in Iran at the hands of their totalitarian regime. What role has China played in causing Iran to become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East? How do the Iranian people view the regime’s handling of the crisis? What is the state of the Iranian regime five months out from the Soleimani strike?

Behnam Ben Taleblu is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a non-partisan research institute focusing on foreign policy and national security, where he focuses on Iranian security and political issues. Behnam has authored or coauthored articles appearing in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Fox News, The Hill, and The National Interest. Follow Foundation for Defense of Democracies on Twitter at @FDD.

Apr 30, 2020
American Cities in the Age of COVID-19, with Dr. Edward Glaeser

Harvard University’s Dr. Edward Glaeser joins Dan to examine the implications of COVID-19 on the economics of American cities. Why has the role of cities in battling pandemics changed dramatically over the past century? Will urban or rural communities recover more quickly after the economic shutdown ends? What is the best way to reduce the economic harm to workers who lost their incomes because of the shutdown? Should cities approach their housing and infrastructure policies differently going forward? Dr. Glaeser also sheds light on the more fundamental question of why cities exist in the first place.

Dr. Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He has published dozens of papers on the growth, law, and economics of cities. His work is focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago.

Apr 29, 2020
From Woke to Awake - Inside the Mind of Dave Rubin

On this episode we dive right into the mind of Dave Rubin. How did Dave evolve from being a “woke” leftist to a free thinking defender of individual rights and limited government? What’s the difference between old school liberals and the progressive left that dominates the Democratic Party today? From starting out as a comedian struggling to make it in New York City, to the epiphany he had about the far left and outrage culture while working with the Young Turks, and now as the host of The Rubin Report and author of “Don’t Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in the Age of Unreason” - Dave has developed deep, fascinating insights into the motivations of the far left and their governing principles - or lack thereof.

Apr 28, 2020
On the Front Line of the Battle Against COVID-19, with HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan

Eric Hargan is the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and management of the department in addition to leading policy and strategy development. What does it actually takes to develop a test for a new virus like COVID-19? What’s the strategy for implementing nationwide testing? How are HHS regulations evolving to enable telehealth? Eric joined Dan to answer these questions and more.

Apr 27, 2020
From Survivor to Leader: Courtney Litvak’s Journey to End the Scourge of Human Trafficking

Courtney Litvak was a junior in high school when her life took a downward spiral into the world of drugs and sex trafficking. With help from her faith and family, she pulled herself out of that world and dedicated her life to educating and supporting families who are affected by this crime. On April 24th, Courtney was appointed by President Trump to serve on the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.

Courtney joined Dan to talk about her journey, explain how sex traffickers target their victims, and the red flags to watch out for. Courtney debunks all the stereotypes about sex trafficking that we see in movies like Taken. The truth is it is a crime which can happen in any neighborhood, anywhere in America.

Courtney Litvak serves as Ambassador to Childproof America, an organization which empowers families in the battle against sex trafficking. Learn more at www.childproofamerica.org.

Apr 26, 2020
"A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats": The Economics of Human Flourishing Amidst a Pandemic, with Dr. Russ Roberts

While considerations of health are of the utmost importance during a pandemic, they may not tell the full story. Millions of Americans face increasing economic challenges in the face of COVID-19, and questions are looming as how best to respond. In this episode,  Dr. Russ Roberts of the Hoover Institution and Rep. Crenshaw discuss the current economic crisis, as well as past economic struggles. What constitutes human flourishing and truly "living"? Do our usual economic metrics take into account the "intangibles" or rather, those factors which are not traditionally quantified? Which economic policies would make the most sense right now, given the relatively unknown nature of this pandemic? How have long-standing, warped incentives within the healthcare industry contributed to our current supply chain woes? Dr. Roberts answers these questions, as well as a host of others. 

Dr. Russ Roberts is a Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and hosts the weekly podcast EconTalk.  He has written extensively, including his latest book Gambling With Other People’s Money: How Perverse Incentives Caused the Financial Crisis, which examines the role that historical bailouts played in fueling the 2008 crisis. He has taught at George Mason University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Rochester, Stanford University, and UCLA. Dr. Roberts earned his PhD from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Apr 24, 2020
Why Was Small Business Relief Delayed (Again)? Behind the Scenes with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy joined Dan to give a behind the scenes look at the negotiations surrounding the latest coronavirus relief package and to detail how Speaker Nancy Pelosi was responsible for needless delay once again. We asked Speaker Pelosi to join this podcast to offer the Democrat side of the story but the Speaker was not available. She has an open invitation.

Apr 23, 2020
The Creator of Dilbert Talks Persuasion, Hypnosis, and Living in the Matrix - with Scott Adams

How do you change the minds of your political opponents? Scott Adams knows. He has spent a lifetime studying psychology and persuasion to gain advantages in fields as diverse as banking, cartooning, writing, and even hypnosis. Scott joined Dan for a fascinating conversation about the differences between how Republicans and Democrats think, the top persuasion techniques you can start using immediately, and what coronavirus is teaching us about human motivations and decision-making.

Scott Adams is the creator of the comic strip “Dilbert” and author of “Loserthink - How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America.” Follow him on Twitter at @ScottAdamsSays.

Apr 22, 2020
How Medicare for All Would Make America’s Coronavirus Response Worse, with Chris Jacobs

What would America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic look like under a Medicare for All/single payer system? Could we have responded to the crisis faster? Would we have the health care capacity (doctors, hospitals, equipment) to meet the demands of patients? How does our response compare to other countries which do have single payer systems?

Chris Jacobs, author of “The Case Against Single Payer,” returns to the podcast to examine the Democrats' claims that our country would be better off with Medicare for All, or even Joe Biden’s expanded buy-in version, during the COVID-19 crisis.

Chris Jacobs is founder and CEO of Juniper Research Group. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisjacobsHC.

Apr 20, 2020
Fair Trading with China, the Truth About the Lockdowns, and the Economics of Recycling, with Peter Huntsman

As CEO of Huntsman Corp., a multinational chemicals and plastics manufacturer, Peter Huntsman understands exactly how our global supply chains are intertwined with our foreign policy. Peter joins Dan to talk about China, and how to deal with America’s largest trading partner and adversary. He also shares in-depth knowledge on the real cost of recycling, and Dan offers a thought experiment for how cities should choose when to lift their lockdowns.

Mr. Huntsman is also the Chairman and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which raises funds for and supports the ongoing research, treatment and educational programs of the world-renowned Huntsman Cancer Institute. He is also CEO of the Huntsman Foundation, which, most recently, committed $150 million to the University of Utah to establish the Huntsman Mental Health Institute, which is expected to become a nationally-recognized leader in mental health research, care, education and community outreach.

Apr 19, 2020
“The Lost Month of February” - How the Media is Rewriting History

In this quick episode, Dan gives the information you need to know to fire back at the left wing media’s latest talking points which claim that the White House’s coronavirus response in February is the reason our nation is suffering so much today.

Apr 17, 2020
Q&A EPISODE: COVID-19 Strategy, Socialized Medicine, Glass Eyes, and More

Dan returns for another solo episode to answer your questions. What should Phase 2 of America’s coronavirus response look like? What about the next “stimulus package?” Productivity tips while you’re stuck in lockdown? How do glass eyes work? All that and much more!

Send your questions for the next Q&A episode to @RepDanCrenshaw on Twitter or via our website www.crenshaw.house.gov.

Apr 15, 2020
America Divided: A Nation Polarized in Politics and Pandemic, with Dr. Frank Luntz

Dr. Frank Luntz ran his first focus group in 1988 and ever since then he has made it his life’s work to understand how people think and behave. That knowledge has never been more relevant than it is today as Americans become increasingly divided over politics and now even the response to COVID-19. Dr. Luntz joined Dan for a fascinating conversation about how we got to this point and what it takes to fix it.

Dr. Luntz has written, supervised, and conducted more than 2,500 surveys, focus groups, ad tests, and dial sessions in more than two dozen countries on six continents over the past 20 years. His political knowledge and skills are recognized globally, and he has served as an election consultant and commentator in Canada, Britain, Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Australia, Venezuela, and Ukraine. He has been a guest on virtually every talk show in America, including multiple appearances on The Daily Show and Real Time with Bill Maher, as well as 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, Nightline, The Today Show, the PBS News Hour, and Face the Nation.

Apr 15, 2020
Federal vs Local Control - Balancing Responsibilities During Crisis, with Judge Ed Emmett

Every American city is different in terms of its transportation infrastructure and population density, two variables (among many others) which have major implications for the spread of COVID-19. So to what extent should the response to this crisis be handled by the federal government vs state and local governments? Former County Judge Ed Emmett, who led the recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area in 2017, joins Dan to examine this complicated question and talk about the urgent need for governments to begin looking ahead to re-opening the economy and allowing Americans to get back to work.

Judge Emmett is an expert in emergency management at the local level, serving for almost 12 years as the County Judge for Harris County - the third most populous county in the country. He currently serves as a professor of public policy at The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.

Apr 13, 2020
Perspectives on American Media, with Dana Perino

Dana Perino has a unique perspective of American journalism, having served on both sides of the pulpit - first as press secretary under President George W. Bush and now as the anchor of The Daily Briefing and co-host of The Five on Fox News. Dana joined Dan to talk about the coronavirus coverage, the media’s crisis of credibility, and what she learned as press secretary in the White House.

Apr 10, 2020
Helping Restaurant Workers in the Fallout from COVID-19, with Chris Shepherd

The restaurant industry is in deep pain right now and the future looks very uncertain. Dan spoke with Chris Shepherd, award winning chef and owner of four Houston restaurants that employed 200 people before the shutdown, to learn about the creative approaches his business has taken to weather the crisis. Chris explains the tough economics of running a restaurant, policy ideas that would help businesses like his survive the shutdown, and the most effective ways to support your local restaurants and their employees during this crisis.

Chris Shepherd’s charitable foundation ‘Southern Smoke’ has donated more than $2 million to those in the food and beverage industry in crisis and to the National MS Society. In 2014 he won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest for his contributions to the incredibly diverse Houston culinary scene.

Apr 08, 2020
Mobilize and Transition: A Policy to Defeat COVID-19 and Restore America, with Dr. Danielle Allen

A binary choice is often given in the conversations about the right pathway to defeat the coronavirus: we must prioritize lives over the economy or the economy over lives. Political theorist Dr. Danielle Allen joins Dan to describe a third pathway - treating the virus as a major national security threat and aggressively building an infrastructure for fighting and surviving the pandemic. A wartime mentality that shifts our economy to the production of testing capacity and test administration, personal protective equipment, and tools for case identification and contact tracing.

Dr. Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), Education and Equality (2016), and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017). She is the co-editor of the award-winning Education, Justice, and Democracy (2013, with Rob Reich) and From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age (2015, with Jennifer Light). She is a former Chair of the Mellon Foundation Board, past Chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Allen is also the principal investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project, a distributed research and action lab at Harvard University. The Democratic Knowledge Project seeks to identify, strengthen, and disseminate the bodies of knowledge, skills, and capacities that democratic citizens need in order to succeed at operating their democracy.

Apr 06, 2020
Getting America Back to Business, with Mark Cuban

Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban joins Dan to give an inside look into what it takes to win on the long running reality show, shares his advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses trying to make it through the economic shutdown, and talks about how American manufacturing can stay competitive against countries like China and India in the coming decades.

Apr 05, 2020
Here’s the Truth SPECIAL: The Hypocritical Attacks Against President Trump’s COVID-19 Response

Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of “delay” and “denial” in the response to COVID-19. The political media was quick to repeat these talking points. But is that really the case? Were Democrats and the media sounding the alarm on coronavirus before the Trump Administration? Where did Democrats focus their attention as the White House ramped up their efforts to address coronavirus?

I answer those questions with a detailed timeline of the Trump Administration’s response to this pandemic, and compare the president’s actions with the priorities of Speaker Pelosi over the last several weeks.

Apr 03, 2020
How the Political Media Has Failed America, with David Harsanyi

Latest Gallup polling reveals that, among U.S. institutions and leaders, American media has the lowest approval rating in terms of its response to the coronavirus. Which aspects of the media's reporting on COVID-19 account for such unpopularity? How has the media's historical coverage of the Trump administration contributed to its current predicament? As we balance health and economic concerns amidst a pandemic, what kind of nuanced questions should the media be asking, but due to partisan "gotcha" games, are not? David Harsanyi shares his insight on these questions, as well as his take on the coronavirus relief package passed by Congress last week. 

David Harsanyi is a senior writer for National Review and a former senior editor at The Federalist. Harsanyi is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of four books. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, National Review, Reason, New York Post, and numerous other publications. David has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News and dozens of radio talk shows across the country. 

Apr 02, 2020
Making China Pay - How to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for COVID-19, with Gordon Chang

With the revelation that China has suppressed and manipulated the data on COVID-19, how do we, or any nation, trust China under the Chinese Communist Party? And what are the reasons behind the World Health Organization and many American politicians and media outlets parroting the CCP’s propaganda about the virus? China expert Gordon Chang joins us to answer these questions and examine how China is exploiting the virus to its geopolitical advantage.

Gordon Chang is a columnist, author, and lawyer who lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and National Review and he is the author of The Coming Collapse of China. Find him on twitter at @GordonGChang.

Apr 01, 2020
Corona Curveballs: Staying Houston Strong, with Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr

In this very special episode, Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr. joins Dan to talk about adapting to life in quarantine (hint: the training doesn’t stop, it just gets more creative). They dive into their workout routines, injury stories, and the right balance for celebrities and politics. Dan also shares further proof that he is in fact Wolverine.

Mar 30, 2020
Our debt just got a whole lot bigger - solutions every young person should be fighting for, with Dr. Charles Blahous

Social Security is projected to be insolvent in 2035 - which means that millennials and gen z paying into the program today may never receive its benefits. Dr. Charles Blahous returns to the show to talk about how we got to this point, and a realistic plan to save the program for future generations.

Dr. Charles Blahous is the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair and Senior Research Strategist at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he specializes in domestic economic policy and retirement security, as well as federal fiscal policy, entitlements, and health care programs. Blahous is the author of Social Security: The Unfinished Work and Pension Wise: Confronting Employer Pension Underfunding and Sparing Taxpayers the Next Bailout, as well as the influential studies The Costs of a National Single-Payer Healthcare System and The Fiscal Consequences of the Affordable Care Act.

Mar 29, 2020
The Consequences of Medicare-for-All and Single-Payer Health Care, with Chris Jacobs

Single-payer health care systems, such as Medicare-for-All, have long been pursued by far-left activists - but until recently remained on the fringes of the Democratic Party. Now it is front and center in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and openly advocated for in mainstream media. What would really happen if we gave the federal government complete control of our health care system? Health care expert Chris Jacobs joins Dan to shed light on a policy that would have dramatic consequences for every American.

Chris Jacobs, the Founder and CEO of Juniper Research Group, has spent more than 15 years studying health care on and off Capitol Hill. He has analyzed health policy and legislation for some of the leading lights of the conservative movement—including Jim DeMint, Bobby Jindal, Mike Pence, Pat Toomey, and Jeb Hensarling. He is the author of “The Case Against Single Payer - How ‘Medicare for All’ Will Wreck America’s Health Care System - And Its Economy”.

Mar 28, 2020
What Happened This Week - Everything You Need to Know About the Stimulus Bill

This is a special episode of the podcast. No guests this time, just Dan here to give you a very detailed overview of the stimulus bill. Find out what’s in it, what’s not in it, and how the Democrats have been lying through their teeth constantly in a game of petty politics. There is a ton of detail in this episode, so to help you sort through it we’ve included a breakdown of topics:

0:25 - Recap of what Democrats did this week to block passage of the stimulus bill.

3:12 - Why Americans need an economic rescue package and how this is very different from the 2008 bailout.

7:00 - What is really in the stimulus bill.

11:00 - The truth about Democrats claims that by delaying the bill’s passage they got stricter controls on provision of credit to big business.

16:45 - The long list of progressive items that had nothing to do with COVID-19 which the Democrats tried to add to the stimulus bill, like climate change studies and new emission standards for airlines.

19:35 - On the bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday night (almost the same bill which could have been passed last weekend but for the Democrats delays).

Details in the bill:

24:53 - Individual tax rebates

27:25 - Expansion of unemployment benefits

30:37 - Small business loans

32:40 - Housing support

33:38 - Support for medical professionals on the front lines

35:30 - Loans to distressed industries

37:14 - Education and student loan relief

Frequently asked questions about the bill:

39:00 - Is there really $25 million allocated to give Congress a raise?

39:38 - How does the bill help restaurants?

40:00 - What does the bill do to support airline workers and keep the airline industry afloat?

40:30 - What about the impact on non-profits like the YMCA?

40:47 - Does the bill include funding for PPE, grant CMS authority to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, and increase tele-health?

41:25 - Does the bill provide for student loan cancellation?

42:13 - Does it provide relief for health clubs and studios?

42:33 - What kind of stuff did Nancy Pelosi get into the bill that has nothing to do with COVID relief?

43:22 - Is there a loophole for Planned Parenthood to get funding?

43:37 - Will individuals who were injured and unable to work last year be eligible for stimulus?

43:51 - Is there a way for an individual to prove that their finances are substantially less than in the previous tax year, so that they can be considered eligible for the stimulus?

44:38 - Will this bill include Pelosi’s pork? Will there be consideration for the Green New Deal?

45:08 - Why are we bailing out cruise ships that are registered in other countries so they can avoid paying taxes?

45:34 - Are people that own their own businesses eligible for the crisis assistance?

45:45 - How will the assistance be disbursed? Will it be automatically deposited or will they have to apply for it individually?

45:59 - What about adults that don’t report anything to the IRS because their sole income comes from Social Security?

46:08 - Concluding thoughts about the bill and the way forward from here.

Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19, Outrage Culture, & the Future of Education - How one university is adapting in this tumultuous era, with Dr. Richard Ludwick

Dr. Richard Ludwick, President of the University of St. Thomas, joins Dan to talk about how his campus is adapting and responding to the threat of COVID-19, why skin in the game is so important for students choosing the major that will define their career, and how St. Thomas creates a culture of free and open dialogue among students in an era when identity politics and outrage culture are destroying many campuses.

Mar 25, 2020
Democrats Are Holding Americans Hostage, with Joe Pags

Dan went on the Joe Pags Show to discuss one of the most cynical, disgusting, malevolent actions committed by Democrats in recent history: blocking the urgent relief needed for Americans out of work, businesses of all sizes, and our health care system. Call the office of every Democrat in Congress. Do not let them get away with this.

Special thanks to Joe Pags for allowing us to re-broadcast his interview. Follow him on Twitter @JoeTalkShow.

Mar 24, 2020
Saving the American Economy - Why Congress Needs to Pass a Stimulus Package Immediately, with Oren Cass

On Sunday night the Democrats torpedoed a bipartisan emergency bill that would have increased unemployment benefits, provided payroll and rent for small businesses, and financial assistance for millions of American households. Oren Cass joins us to discuss these and other stimulus measures which would bring desperately needed economic relief to Americans in the age of COVID-19. We also have a wide-ranging conversation about everything from the real cost of climate change to whether or not the gig economy is undermining American industries, and much more.

Oren Cass is the executive director of American Compass, whose mission is to restore an economic orthodoxy that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity. From 2015 to 2019, Cass was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where his work on strengthening the labor market addressed issues ranging from the social safety net and environmental regulation to trade and immigration to education and organized labor. Cass regularly writes for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Affairs, and National Review, speaks at universities, and testifies before Congress. He is the author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.

Mar 23, 2020
The Psychology of a Pandemic, and How to be Anti-Fragile, with Dr. Jonathan Haidt

Best selling author Dr. Jonathan Haidt joins us to discuss the psychology of America’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and how to build resilience and thrive in this volatile, uncertain world. Along the way we explore the rise of micro aggression and “safetyism” on campuses, the moral roots of conservatives and liberals, the increasingly toxic polarization on social media and college campuses, and the implications for our democracy.

Dr. Haidt is a professor of social psychology at NYU-Stern and author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion and co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. He is also the co-founder of HeterodoxAcademy.org, a collaboration among nearly 2500 professors who are working to increase viewpoint diversity and freedom of inquiry in universities.

Mar 22, 2020
Could stem cells treat COVID-19? - The future of stem cell therapy, with Donna Chang

There are early indicators that the coronavirus harms a patient’s lungs, which is why older patients have trouble recovering from the virus – they don’t have the regenerative stem cells which develop naturally in our bodies as children. How does stem cell therapy help patients with coronavirus and other serious diseases and injuries? What are the challenges in getting this treatment to patients who need it? Stem cell innovator Donna Chang joins us to explain how stem cells work, their potential to change medicine forever, and the regulatory hurdles which researchers like her go through to bring this treatment to patients.

Donna Chang is the Founder and CEO of Hope Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company developing adult stem cell based therapeutics located in Sugar Land, Texas.

Mar 21, 2020
China’s Propaganda Machine - How the communist party is changing the narrative on COVID-19 - with Michael Sobolik

The Communist Party of China’s initial failings in their reaction to the emergence of the new coronavirus greatly contributed to the global pandemic we are experiencing today. How are the party’s leaders spinning its response to the crisis to spread propaganda, claim a global leadership role, and shift blame to America? China expert Michael Sobolik returns to the podcast to give insight into how the Chinese government thinks and operates.


Michael Sobolik is a Fellow in Indo-Pacific Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council and expert on China.

Mar 21, 2020
The Economics of a Pandemic – What makes for good economic policy in the age of COVID-19? - with Dr. Ed Lazear

It has been exactly two months since the first case of coronavirus was detected in the United States. As the stock market continues to fall and businesses temporarily close, questions are mounting as to how to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. How is the current economic downturn different from the 2008 recession? What should be the overarching aim of our economic policy moving forward? How can Congress target the individuals and businesses that need assistance the most – both in the short-term and the long-term? Dr. Ed Lazear offers answers to these questions and more.


Dr. Ed Lazear is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a Professor of Economics at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He served as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Lazear is a labor economist by trade and is the founder of the field of economics known as “personnel economics.” His extensive research, which has appeared in numerous economic journals, has focused primarily on employee incentive structures and productivity in firms. Dr. Lazear is the recipient of over two dozen awards and fellowships and is a frequent contributor to Wall Street Journal.

Mar 20, 2020
Why Is College So Expensive? Myths and Facts about Tuition, Student Loan Debt, and the New Alternatives - with Beth Akers

We dive into the depths of the student loan debate with higher education expert Beth Akers, co-author of Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt. Progressive politicians have made student loan forgiveness one of their major talking points this election cycle, citing astronomical numbers on student debt. But who really owes that money? Do loan forgiveness programs already exist for people in the worst financial hardship? What alternative tuition financing models are emerging in the free market? Beth also shares invaluable advice for students applying to colleges.

Beth Akers is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where her work focuses on labor economics and the economics of higher education. Previously, she was a fellow at the Brookings Institution and a staff economist with the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush. Her writing and research have been featured in, among others, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Quartz, Newsweek, and The Hill. She has appeared on CNBC, ABC News, Bloomberg TV, C-SPAN, among other TV and radio networks.

Mar 12, 2020
The Truth About Gun Bans, Violent Crime, and Universal Background Checks. What Really Happens When Firearms are Banned, with Dr. John Lott

Dr. John Lott is an economist and a world-recognized expert on guns and crime. What happens in communities where guns are banned? Do universal background checks really accomplish what advocates say - or are there unintended consequences? How does gun ownership empower the weakest members of society? Dr. Lott has spent decades researching the statistics behind questions like these, and his answers may surprise you.

Dr. Lott is Founder and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and written nine books, including “More Guns, Less Crime,” “The Bias Against Guns,” and “Freedomnomics.”

Mar 05, 2020
What It's Like Being On a Committee with "The Squad" - with Rep. Patrick McHenry

Rep. Patrick McHenry is back to offer insight into the left’s approach to governance and the broader implications for everything from your 401k to the cost of housing in California vs Texas. What are their principles? What’s their end goal? McHenry is in a unique position to know, since he serves as ranking member on House Financial Services with Chairwoman Maxine Waters and three members of the ’Squad’ (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and, Rashida Tlaib).

Mar 01, 2020
The New Energy Frontier, with Nigel Jenvey

What is carbon capture? Can we really use this technology to turn CO2 into a commodity? It might sound like science fiction, but it’s actually the New Energy Frontier in America.

Nigel Jenvey is an industry leader and expert in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), having previously held roles such as the chair of the CO2 Capture Project, chair of the North American CCS Association, and program chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers CCUS Technical Section. He leads the Carbon Management practice at Gaffney-Cline, a global oil and gas consultancy, helping clients understand the wide variety of options available that will ensure continued business success through the energy transition. He has over 23 years of global oil and gas industry experience in technology, exploration, development and production operations with major oil and gas operating companies.

Feb 26, 2020
$23 T in Debt & Magic Monetary Theory, with Maya MacGuineas

Maya MacGuineas, head of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, stopped by to help us pick apart Modern Monetary Theory, which is trendy again among certain members of Congress and presidential candidates. How are debts and deficits like termites in a basement? What are realistic paths toward a sustainable budget?

Maya MacGuineas is the president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Her areas of expertise include budget, tax, and economic policy. As a leading budget expert for the past twenty years and a political independent, she has worked closely with members of both parties and serves as a trusted resource on Capitol Hill. MacGuineas testifies regularly before Congress and has published broadly, including regularly in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Atlantic, and numerous other outlets.

Feb 22, 2020
Inequality in America, What’s True and What Isn’t, with Ramesh Ponnuru

The issue of inequality isn’t what many people think it is. Ramesh Ponnuru joins us to explain how to properly think about inequality and income mobility, and why tax increases and massive expansions of federal regulations do less to move people out of poverty and only increase wage stagnation, income immobility, the poverty rate, housing costs, student loan debt, and more. Ramesh and I discuss solutions that could actually benefit people who live in destitution, such as vocational training, occupational licensing reform, and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Ramesh is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute. Follow him on Twitter at @rameshponnuru for more amazing facts and ideas.

Feb 17, 2020
How Millennials Think, with Kristen Soltis Anderson

How have smart phones and social media shaped the political views of Millennials? What tricks do socialists like AOC and Bernie use to emotionally engage them into supporting programs like Medicare-for-All and the Green New Deal? Kristen Soltis Anderson joined me to delve into these topics and much more, including tips on how to bring young people into the conservative movement with honesty, not talking points.


Kristen is a pollster, speaker, commentator, and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up). She is co-founder of Echelon Insights, an opinion research and analytics firm that serves brands, trade associations, nonprofits, and political clients.

Feb 15, 2020
Rafting Over Dams, with Jay Faison

Jay Faison is a philanthropist and entrepreneur who founded ClearPath in 2013 to develop and advance conservative policies that accelerate clean energy innovation.

Jay joins Dan on the podcast to talk about the New Energy Frontier and to discuss why conservatives are (and have been) leading the way on clean energy and reducing emissions. They talk about American ingenuity and why the best way to tackle climate change is not through a carbon tax, but through the American innovation machine. There is also much discussion about "Wet and Sandys". Listen to find out more...

Feb 13, 2020
How 5G Will Unleash Everything Awesome, with Ajit Pai

Ajit Pai is Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. We talk about the future of the internet, net neutrality, rural broadband, and, of course, our favorite memes.  We also hit on how government can get out of the way of innovation, allowing for more efficient transportation, telemedicine, and small business creation.

Feb 09, 2020
Pulling Back the Curtain On Iran, with Ray Takeyh

Ray Takeyh is Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His areas of specialization are Iran, political reform in the Middle East, and Islamist movements and parties. We examined the truth behind the November uprising, how the regime suppresses the will of the Iranian people, how the strike on Soleimani will help restore our deterrence posture and the numerous flaws with the JCPOA nuclear deal. 

Feb 09, 2020
Do You Need 1000 Hours of Training to Dry Hair? Let’s Ask Shoshana Weissmann

Shoshana Weissmann is a Senior Manager and Research Fellow at R Street Institute and the self-declared Senator of Twitter. She has helped elevate the national conversation on the weird world of occupational licensing and the needed reforms. We also discussed the best kind of sloths and the worst kind of sloths (hint: there are no bad sloths).

Feb 09, 2020
How Bitcoin Is Already Changing the World, with Rep. Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District and the Republican leader of the House Committee on Financial Services. We talked about how blockchain technology and bitcoin works, why it matters, and the future of currency.  This is the authoritative podcast if you want to grasp the intricacies of bitcoin and explain it to your friends. 

Feb 09, 2020
Coffee and Guns, with JT from Black Rifle Coffee

Jarred “Landing” Taylor is an Air Force veteran and the President of Article 15 Clothing, the Marketing Director of Leadslingers Spirits, and works in business development for Black Rifle Coffee Company. We had a wide ranging conversation about everything from the latest frontiers in space exploration to the challenges facing soldiers coming home from combat.

Feb 09, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About China, with Michael Sobolik

Michael Sobolik is a Fellow in Indo-Pacific Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council. There is no doubt that China is our number one geoeconomic competitor, and what happens next in the U.S-China relationship may very well transform your life and how you see the world. We discussed China’s strategic goals and how America can retain its leadership of the global order.  We delved into China’s threatening behavior in the South China Sea, their abusive trade practices, and China’s harsh repression of millions of their own citizens.

Feb 09, 2020
Free Speech is Under Attack, with Former President of the ACLU, Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, Emerita at New York Law School. From 1991 through 2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Topics include the future of free speech and the role of social media companies in censorship. Nadine discussed why censorship so frequently fails and how limits on free speech were used to suppress the civil rights movement. We also debate abortion as it pertains to civil liberties. 

Feb 09, 2020
Saving the Environment with Clean, Cheap, and Exportable Energy, with Neil Chatterjee

Neil Chatterjee is the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Texas has an abundance of clean, cheap, exportable energy and no one knows that better than Chairman Chatterjee. We discussed Texas’s unique situation with competitive retail markets and the impact of American energy in decreasing global emissions and increasing global standards of living.

Feb 09, 2020
Why Embracing Capitalism Leads to a Better World for Everybody, with Marian Tupy of HumanProgress.org

Marian L. Tupy is the editor of Human​Progress​.org and a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He specializes in globalization and global well‐​being, and the political economy of Europe and sub‐​Saharan Africa. 

Poverty, human rights, education, life expectancy, and virtually every other aspect of our lives has improved dramatically over the last 100 years. We talked about why capitalism made this possible, and the disturbing rise in the popularity of socialism in today’s free societies.

Feb 09, 2020
Nuclear Energy, Chernobyl, and the Simpsons, with Maria Korsnick

Maria Korsnick is the President and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute. Clean energy is currently one of our most important conversations on Capitol Hill. Maria joined me to debunk some of the myths about nuclear energy, that there really is *no* green slime in nuclear plants, and why nuclear needs to be a critical piece of our clean energy plans.

Feb 09, 2020
The Medicare for All Fraud, with Charles Blahous

Charles Blahous is the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair and Senior Research Strategist at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he specializes in domestic economic policy and retirement security, as well as federal fiscal policy, entitlements, and health care programs. Blahous is the author of the influential studies The Costs of a National Single-Payer Healthcare System and The Fiscal Consequences of the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare for All is expensive -- and Dr. Blahous tells us exactly *how* expensive this single-payer system would be. This would impact not just the very top of the 1%, but your everyday middle class family.

Feb 09, 2020
Cheaper, Better, Prescription Drugs, with Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

Dr. Scott Gottlieb is the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he continues his work on improving public health through entrepreneurship and medical innovation and on expanding regulatory approaches to maintain patient and physician autonomy. 

We talked about regulatory approaches to making prescription drugs more affordable. Learn why price controls, like those which would be implemented in the Democrats’ drug pricing bill HR3, have terrible consequences for the development and innovation of prescription drugs.

Feb 09, 2020