The Way the World Works: A Tuttle Twins Podcast for Families

By Connor Boyack

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From the trusted team behind the Tuttle Twins books, join us as we tackle current events, hot topics, and fun ideas to help your family find clarity in a world full of confusion.

Episode Date
197. What is Anarcho-Capitalism?

From an early age, students are taught the Pledge of Allegiance to recite each morning at school. While many see this as a form of patriotism, there are some very problematic aspects of the Pledge. How it came to be and how it is used is actually anti-individualist.

Sep 24, 2021
196. What is Self-Reliance?

Practicing self-reliance in our own lives and in our communities is one of the most important ways we can strive for liberty. If we are going to prove that we don't need big government, we need to prove that we can come together as individuals and help each other out and practice self-reliance.

Sep 22, 2021
195. What Are Holidays?

We all love to celebrate a day off of work or school when a holiday comes around. But where do holidays come from? Today Brittany and Emma discuss the origins of holidays and the role governments play in their creation.

Sep 20, 2021
194. What Are Teacher Unions?

It's taken schools a long time to reopen during and after the pandemic, even though children have not been as heavily impacted by COVID as adults. Why has this happened? Because of politically powerful groups called teacher unions.

Sep 17, 2021
193. What Are Some Modern Examples of Creative Destruction?

Creative destruction is an important aspect of economics, as Connor and Brittany discussed in a previous episode. Today, Emma and Brittany give modern examples of creative destruction in action.

Sep 15, 2021
192. Who Was Murray Rothbard?

Murray Rothbard is one of the most important figures in Austrian Economics and the libertarian movement. Today Connor and Brittany dive into his biography and how he helped influence the modern liberty movement.

Sep 13, 2021
191. What Is A "Straw Man" Argument?

Continuing the discussion on logical fallacies, Brittany and Connor explain what the "straw man" is and how you can combat this tactic during a debate.

Sep 10, 2021
190. Was Alexander Hamilton a Hero or Villain?

You've seen him on the ten dollar bill, you have also probably heard the soundtrack from the Broadway musical. All around us in pop culture Alexander Hamilton is praised as a hero. But when we look closely at what he has done, is he a hero or a villain of liberty?

Sep 08, 2021
189. Why Should You Care About Austrian Economics?

Today, Connor and Brittany are joined by Jeff Deist, the president of the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. They discuss Austrian economics, and why it's so important to the concept of individual liberty and economic freedom.

Sep 06, 2021
188. How Do Statistics Work?

You’ve probably heard a lot of statistics thrown around in the last year with Covid. But statistics can be super misleading. In fact, they’re notorious for being twisted around by whoever is putting them together.

Sep 03, 2021
187. What Is An "Appeal to Emotions?"

Logical fallacies are all around us. Building on a previous episode, Emma and Brittany talk about the "appeal to emotions" and how it can be used against you in a philosophical discussion or debate.

Sep 01, 2021
186. What Does the "Candlestick Makers Petition" Teach Us?

Imagine a light company trying to sue the sun for stealing its jobs. Sounds ridiculous, but these types of protectionist complaints actually happen today in real life. In Frédéric Bastiat's "Candlestick Makers Petition" he uses satire to explain protectionism. But his comical piece later turned into a reality when a landscaping labor union tried to sue goats for stealing their jobs.

Aug 30, 2021
185. Can You Use Bitcoin As Money?

Today, Brittany and Connor sit down and talk with Austin Craig from the documentary, "Life on Bitcoin." Austin will explain how he was able to live off this crypto currency for several months and the obstacles he faced along the way.

Aug 27, 2021
184. Why Is Health Important?

If there is anything the pandemic has taught us, it’s the importance of health. But all too often people rely on the government to tell them what health standards to follow. But history has shown us that the government isn’t always the best entity to tell us what’s healthy and what is not.

Aug 25, 2021
183. Was Ron Paul Right? Part II

In Part II of this two-part episode, Emma and Brittany discuss President Biden's decision to pull US troops out of Afghanistan, why this has been such a big deal, and how the entire situation shows that, once again, Ron Paul was right about foreign policy all along.

Aug 23, 2021
182.Was Ron Paul Right? Part I

In Part I of this two-part episode, Emma and Brittany discuss President Biden's decision to pull US troops out of Afghanistan, why this has been such a big deal, and how the entire situation shows that, once again, Ron Paul was right about foreign policy all along.

Aug 23, 2021
181. What Are Subsidies?

The government shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers, but when governments give money to some companies to give them a leg up on the competition, that’s exactly what happens.

Aug 20, 2021
180. Why Is Self-Esteem Important?

Having good self-esteem and being confident in your abilities isn’t just good for your own well being, it helps other people too.

Aug 18, 2021
179. Who Are Your Heroes?

Today, Emma and Brittany talk about what makes someone a hero and give some examples of their own heroes.

Aug 16, 2021
178. How Can We "Sell" Liberty?

We all believe in the importance of liberty. But how can we best sell these ideas to others who might not be so sure?

Aug 13, 2021
177. What Is Critical Race Theory?

Should a person be judged by the content of their character, or the color of their skin? Our country was founded in the belief that all men are created equal, but there are new(ish) ideologies that threaten this belief and seek to have be judged solely on their ethnicity.

Aug 11, 2021
176. Why Was Martin Luther King Jr. So Important?

Most of us know who Martin Luther King jr. is, but today Connor and Brittany talk about what he can teach us about equality under the law and even civil disobedience.

Aug 09, 2021
175. How Were The French and American Revolutions Different?

The American Revolution was important not just for our own country, but for the entire world as well. While the French sought freedom from its own oppressive monarchy around the same time as the U.S., their motives were a bit different from the American colonists.

Aug 06, 2021
174. How Can Gratitude Make You Happier?

Life can be scary and difficult, but remembering to be grateful for what you have can help keep you happy even during the darkest of times.

Aug 04, 2021
173. Why Are Daily Routines So Important?

Productivity is an important part of building a successful life. One way you can improve your productivity is by having daily routines to keep you anchored and driven.

Aug 02, 2021
172. What is a Mentor, and How Can You Find One?

Everyone needs professional advice at some point in their career, and mentorships are a great way to get the information you need and stay accountable while you build your career.

Jul 30, 2021
171. What is the Fixed Pie Fallacy?

Is there only a fixed amount of wealth in this world, or can people create an infinite amount of value? On today's episode, Brittany and Emma discuss.

Jul 28, 2021
170. How Did Music Help Destroy Communism?

Art and music are powerful tools against the establishment. And during the cold war, when Eastern European was cutoff from most of western civilization and capitalism, rock & roll's influence couldn't be stopped.

Jul 26, 2021
169. What's Wrong with The Olympics?

Olympic season is upon us. But while many get excited to watch the games, there are many genuine concerns about the economic consequences of the Olympic games.

Jul 23, 2021
168. Who Was Lysander Spooner?

The government hates competition. But one man once dared to take on the United States Postal Service, creating a free market alternative... until he was shut down.

Jul 21, 2021
167. What Are Federal Agencies?

TSA, DEA, FDA... we are surrounded by federal agencies that have way too much power. On today's episode, we discuss what these agencies are and how they impact our daily lives.

Jul 19, 2021
166. Why Are Communities So Important for Individual Liberty?

Author Max Borders joins Brittany and Connor to discuss the important role communities play in promoting individual liberty and limited government.

Jul 16, 2021
165. What Is Objective Truth?

These days, you hear people talking about "their truth." Everyone seems to think they live in their own version of reality, but in a world where everyone has their own beliefs about what is true and what is not, is there any objective truth? Brittany and Emma discuss.

Jul 14, 2021
164. Who Is Satoshi Nakamoto?

You may have heard of Bitcoin and Blockchain, but have you ever heard of the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto? Today Brittany and Emma talk about the mysterious creator of Bitcoin, who walked away from the project as soon as it was born.

Jul 12, 2021
163. Who is Joe Gebbia?

The best entrepreneurs are those we dare to challenge the status quo. Airbnb cofounder Joe Gebbia took on the hotel industry by always asking the question, "how can I make this better?"

Jul 09, 2021
162. How Can You Make The Most of Your Summer?

Summer is here! But how can you make the most out of these three months of sunshine? Emma and Brittany offer a few ideas to make the most out of your summer.

Jul 07, 2021
161. Who Was Leonard Read?

If you're a fan of the Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil, you might have heard of Leonard Read. Read not only wrote I, Pencil, the book that inspired the Tuttle Twins book, he also founded the Foundation for Economic Education.

Jul 05, 2021
160. What Are Your Favorite Stories from The Revolutionary War?

In honor of Independence Day, Connor and Brittany talk about some of their favorite stories to come out of the Revolutionary War era and the founding of the United States.

Jul 02, 2021
159. How Can You Control Your Emotions?

Many of the courageous heroes we have discussed have one thing in common: an ability to think rationally and control their feelings. Today, Connor and Brittany brainstorm some ways to help you learn how to control your emotions and think about the facts, not just your feelings.

Jun 30, 2021
158. How Did One Man Save the World from Nuclear War?

Individuals can change the world. In 1983, Stanislav Petrov used logic to think rationally and avoid a nuclear war that would have changed the course of history.

Jun 28, 2021
157. How Did the 16th Amendment Change Life for All Americans?

There was a time in this country when we didn't have an income tax. Americans were allowed to keep all the money they had worked so hard to get. But when the 16th Amendment was ratified, all that changed.

Jun 25, 2021
156. A Year of "The Way The World Works!"

Connor and Brittany share their favorite memories and episodes from the past year and discuss why this podcast is so important for families.

Jun 23, 2021
155. How Can Entrepreneurship Fight Poverty?

Today, Connor and Brittany welcome Magatte Wade to the show, an incredible entrepreneur who is using the market to fight African poverty.

Jun 21, 2021
154. Who Was John D. Rockefeller?

John D. Rockefeller has a lot to teach us about self-control, focus, and work ethic that he later applied in life to show the world what can be accomplished with purpose, vision, planning, and execution.

Jun 18, 2021
153. What Do You Know About the Great Chicken Sandwich War of 2019?

Brand wars are an exciting demonstration of the market in action. In 2019, Popeyes and Chick-fil-A battled over who had the best chicken sandwich. As a result, consumers were the winners by having more delicious options at their disposal.

Jun 16, 2021
152. Who Were Sophie and Hans Scholl?

Heroes come in all ages. The Scholl siblings were just college students when they took on the Third Reich and stood up to the Nazis with their powerful words.

Jun 14, 2021
151. Who Is Richard Branson?

We love a good risk-taking, rugged, entrepreneur, and Richard Branson is exactly that. Today Connor and Brittany tell the story of Branson's many entrepreneurial ventures and how he has revolutionized every industry he's ever worked in.

Jun 11, 2021
150. Why Are People Scared of Innovation?

People have been scared of technological innovation since machines first came around during the Industrial Revolution. But why this fear of tech? And are any of these fears reasonable?

Jun 09, 2021
149. How Did Pepsi and Coke start the greatest "Brand War" in American History?

Competition makes the world go round. When companies compete for consumers, we all win. Pepsi and Coca-Cola have been fighting the "Cola Wars" since the late 1800s and the story behind this epic brand war is fascinating!

Jun 07, 2021
148. Welcome to Emma!

Emma Phillips is joining the podcast starting today! Learn a little bit about her in this brief episode.

Jun 04, 2021
147. What Are the Silliest Laws in America?

We live in a country with way too many laws, many of them completely unnecessary. Today, our hosts go down a list of some of the most absurd laws across the country.

Jun 02, 2021
146. How Should We Deal with Difficult People?

In life you're going to have to deal with people you don't get along with–that is just the way the world works. Today, Connor and Brittany talk about their own experiences and some tips on dealing with difficult people.

May 31, 2021
145. What is the Third Amendment?

The Third Amendment is not the most popular amendment, in fact it is not often spoken about. However, its history and its reason for being included in the Bill of Rights is just as important as all the others.

May 28, 2021
144. Who is Thomas Sowell?

Thomas Sowell is one of the most important living economist and philosopher. Today Brittany and Connor will discuss what makes him so relevant to our world today.

May 26, 2021
143. Should Big Tech Be Regulated?

The internet used to be the "wild west" of the world where everyone was free to say and do as they please. Today, big tech (Google, and FB) have started censoring what can be said. This isn't great, but what is the solution? Should government regulate big tech, or are there other ways?

May 24, 2021
142. Who Was William Wilberforce?

England abolished slavery before the United States, and one of the primary reasons for this was a man name William Wilberforce and his dedication to ending this horrible practice.

May 21, 2021
141. What is the Leviathan Crisis?

Today Connor and Brittany introduce the latest Tuttle Twins book, "The Tuttle Twins and The Leviathan Crisis."

May 19, 2021
140. What Is Nostalgia And Why Is It Important?

Ever notice how we miss things from our past, so much so that we go out of our way to play with old toys or watch old movies. Today Connor and Brittany dive into the reasons behind the powerful force called "nostalgia."

May 17, 2021
139. Who Were Rose and Laura Wilder?

This mother/daughter duo endured great hardships that made them stronger people. They also teamed up together to write one of the most popular children's book in history.

May 14, 2021
138. What is the Fourteenth Amendment?

The Bill of Rights are popular for being the first ten ratified. But there are other important amendments too. Today Brittany and Connor discuss the Fourteenth Amendment and how it holds the states accountable to the Constitution.

May 12, 2021
137. What is the Fifth Amendment?

Today Brittany and Connor continue discussing the amendments in the Bill of Rights, this time discussing the very important Fifth Amendment.

May 10, 2021
136. How did McDonald's Change The World?

When you think of McDonald's you might think of the Big Mac or maybe a McFlurry, but there is more to this global fast food chain than meets the eye. Behind this businesses is a story of innovation and entrepreneurship that can be inspirational to each of us

May 07, 2021
135. Can We Be Both Hero and Villain?

Building on previous episodes about the hero's journey, today Connor and Brittany talk about how you can be both hero and villain.

May 05, 2021
134. What Can Girl Scout Cookies Teach Us About Economics?

Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookie season, but there is more in those boxes than just delicious cookies. In fact, Girl Scout Cookie season can teach us a lot about an economic term called "scarcity."

May 03, 2021
133. Do Men Really Earn More Money Than Women?

There is a common belief that men earn more than women. But is this really true, or is there more to this story than mainstream economists and politicians would have you believe?

Apr 30, 2021
132. What Is the Tenth Amendment?

From both the federal and state governments, the gig economy is under attack. But what is the gig economy and why is it so important?

Apr 28, 2021
131. What Can Legos Teach Us about Entrepreneurship and Innovation?

Legos are one of the world's most cherished toys. But the untold story of the inventor of Legos is one of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Apr 26, 2021
130. Could You Be An Accidental Criminal?

When someone breaks the rules, or the law, they should understand the rule or law they are breaking, right? Well in some cases people have been given criminal convictions for breaking laws that they didn't even know they were breaking.

Apr 23, 2021
129. Did Covid or the government kill The Economy?

With so many businesses shutdown, the U.S. economy is struggling. But while so many people want to blame the virus for the economy, it was the government who caused it to tumble.

Apr 21, 2021
128. Who was Harriet Tubman?

One of the most courageous heroes in American history is Harriet Tubman, who used the Underground Railroad to bring free over 300 slaves. Today, Connor and Brittany share her story.

Apr 19, 2021
127. Should COVID Vaccines Be Mandatory?

With COVID Vaccines now being distributed, many government officials are talking about "vaccination passports," paperwork that would restrict a lot of our daily activities UNLESS we can prove we have been vaccinated? Should vaccines be mandatory, and is that even constitutional?

Apr 16, 2021
126. How Does Entrepreneurship Turns Former Criminals Into Innovators?

People make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are more severe than others and because of all the laws in our country, some result in nonviolent offenders spending years in jail and struggle to find jobs when they reenter society. But entrepreneurship is giving former offenders a second chance at a prosperous life. 

Apr 14, 2021
125. Are Some Jobs Better than Others?

We are often made to think that some jobs hold more dignity than others. While it is true that some careers are more profitable than others, there is dignity to be found in hard work, no matter what your line of work might be.

Apr 12, 2021
124. What Is Voluntaryism?

Today Brittany and Connor discuss "voluntaryism," a belief that all transactions between human beings should be voluntary and done without force from other individuals or institutions, like government.

Apr 09, 2021
123. How To Homeschool Like A Pro

Today, Connor and Brittany talk to Anna Martin, mother and homeschooler extraordinaire.

Apr 07, 2021
122. Who Is Elon Musk?

Today Connor and Brittany discuss one of our favorite entrepreneurs of all time: Elon Musk.

Apr 05, 2021
121. What Can We Learn from The Greatest Showman?

The Greatest Showman might be a fun musical movie, but there are a lot of lessons we can learn from the film, including the power of entrepreneurship.

Apr 02, 2021
120. How Can You Make Money as a Writer?

Love to write? Want to make money doing it? Both Connor and Brittany have been able to turn their love of writing into careers. Today they share some tips on building a fruitful career as a writer.

Mar 31, 2021
119. Why Is The Gig Economy So Important?

From both the federal and state governments, the gig economy is under attack. But what is the gig economy and why is it so important?

Mar 29, 2021
118. Is A Mask Mandate Constitutional?

The era of COVID, we are being told constantly to wear a mask. In fact, some places have even made laws forcing individuals to wear them. But are mask mandates really constitutional?

Mar 26, 2021
117. Why Are Capitalists Always the Villains?

Have you ever noticed how in many movies, the capitalists are always the bad guys? Why is the market always demonized while "socialism" and other "isms" are seen as virtuous?

Mar 24, 2021
116. What Is The Sunk Cost Fallacy?

What happens when you continue a pursuit you've invested a lot of time in, when that pursuit stops giving you meaning or value? Some people think you should stick with it, but this is a logical trap known as the "sunk cost fallacy." 

Mar 22, 2021
115. What is Classical Liberalism?

Over the last several decades, the word "liberalism" has lost its meaning. In fact, it's often associated with progressives. But before the term got hijacked, what did it really mean? Today, Connor and Brittany explain what "classical liberalism" means.

Mar 19, 2021
114. Why Is Personal Responsibility Important to Liberty?

To live in a world that is truly free, we have to be able to take personal responsibility for our actions. If we don't want to be ruled by a tyrannical government, we need to step up and show that we can take care of ourselves and our communities. 

Mar 17, 2021
113. Why Does Believing in Socialism Make You Miserable?

Socialism isn't just a threat to individual liberty, it's also a threat to people's well being. In fact, the economist Ludwig von Mises believed that believing in socialism can actually make people miserable.

Mar 15, 2021
112. Who was Booker T. Washington?

Today, Connor and Brittany tell the story of a true American hero: Booker T. Washington.

Mar 12, 2021
111. Why Kids Need Stories of Superheroes

Foundation for Economic Education's director of content joins Connor and Brittany today to tell us what superheroes can teach us about liberty.

Mar 10, 2021
110. Who Ludwig von Mises?

On today's episode, Brittany and Connor talk about the legendary economist, Ludwig von Mises.

Mar 08, 2021
109. Why Are Local Politics So Important?

People like to make a big fuss over federal politics, but local politics is just as exciting and even more important. The actions taken by local governments have a bigger impact on your day to day life than national politics so it is exceedingly important to be informed and get involved.

Mar 05, 2021
108. What Is The Social Contract?

Are individuals living in civil society obligated to give up their liberty for the security of government? According to some people, yes. This belief that society forces us to exchange freedom for safety is centered on something called the "Social Contract," and it's a rather controversial topic.

Mar 03, 2021
107. Who Was Zora Neal Hurston?

History is filled with examples of courageous heroes who have defended liberty and stood up for what was right even when they faced great opposition. Today, Connor and Brittany talk about Zora Neal Hurston, one of the first female libertarians who helped pave the way for the movement we have today.

Mar 01, 2021
106. Family-Friendly Movies with Liberty Themes

Today, Connor and Brittany discuss our favorite family friendly movies with liberty themes.

Feb 26, 2021
105. Is Robin Hood a Hero or Socialist Villain?

The story of Robin Hood is a classic story many families know. Today, Connor and Brittany talk about this story in depth and explain why Robin Hood's " Rob the rich to feed the poor" mantra often gets him unfairly pegged as a socialist when he is, in fact, an individualist hero.

Feb 24, 2021
104. What Is Permissionless Innovation?

With all the rules governments make today, it's becoming extremely hard for innovators and entrepreneurs to do what they do best. But what if we stopped asking for permission and instead, practiced something economists call "permissionless innovation?"

Feb 22, 2021
103. What Are the Five Ps of Entrepreneurship?

Today, Connor and Brittany talk to Scott Donnell, a serial entrepreneur who is giving families and kids the tools they need to start their own businesses.

Feb 19, 2021
102. Can The Market Combat Racism?

All throughout history there are examples of free market capitalism helping to combat racism. While many people think only the government can protect us against racial injustices, the market is the true instigator of social change because it helps change the hearts and minds of the people.

Feb 17, 2021
101. What is Free-Range Parenting?

Some parents might think it sounds crazy to send their nine-year-old to ride the Subway alone in New York City. But Lenore Skenazy, once dubbed the "worst mom in America" dared to trust her son and give him independence. She armed him with all the information and supplies he needed and not only did he get home safely, this incident also helped spark a movement that encourages parents to give their children more independence.

Feb 15, 2021
100. How Do You Deal with A Bully?

The world is unfortunately filled with unkind people. And sometimes, those people choose to bully others. Sometimes this is mean kids on the playground, sometimes its politicians. Either way, the non aggression principle can teach us a lot about dealing with bullies.

Feb 12, 2021
99. Can You Protect People from Unpleasant Experiences?

These days, everyone seems to want to protect young people from unpleasant experiences. But we've coddled young people so much, many don't know how to deal with hardships when they arise. Today Brittany and Connor discuss why it's important to to face challenges in life, instead of running away from them.

Feb 10, 2021
98. How Did American Education Get So Bad?

The American education system isn't what it used to be. Instead of encouraging individualism and critical thinking skills, schools have become production lines where kids are taught to all think the same things and hold the same opinions. But how did things get so bad? Today Connor and Brittany discuss what went wrong in our American education system.

Feb 08, 2021
97. How Can We Use Our Talents to Make a Difference?

Each person has unique talents and abilities that they can share with the world. But sometimes, we can even use our talents to help make a difference in the world. Today, FEE's Sean Malone joins us to talk about how he uses his music and video production skills to help change the world.

Feb 05, 2021