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Each episode of The Kevin Roberts Show is a weekly rallying cry for lovers of freedom everywhere, packed with Dr. Roberts’ analysis on the issues of the day and deep conversations with the movers and shakers of American politics and culture. And all of it backed by the academic excellence of The Heritage Foundation. 


As a former college professor and current president of The Heritage Foundation, America’s most influential policy organization, Dr. Roberts has spent his career learning, educating, and taking decisive action for a brighter America. He believes that conservatives have every reason to be hopeful, because conservative ideas are ideas that work. It’s time to go on offense. 



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Episode Date
BONUS | Rep. Bob Good
22:11

The grueling house fight for a speaker made one thing clear: Americans have had enough of the self-preserving politicians emanating from the Swamp. It is time to restore self-governance to the American people.


Congressman Bob Good (VA-5) sits down with Kevin to discuss his new legislation—the PISTOL Act—that fights back against Biden's assault on the Second Amendment, countering corruption in DC, and the role of Congress in protecting life in a post-Dobbs America.



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Feb 05, 2023
Episode 51 | Jeff Deist
33:10

What are the defining differences between libertarianism and conservatism? The Mises Institute’s Jeff Deist joins Kevin for a thought-provoking discussion into the nuances of libertarian policy, understanding economics, and the role of humanity and faith in the public square.


A former member of Ron Paul’s congressional staff and a leading light in the libertarian movement, Jeff Deist currently serves as President of the Mises Institute; a libertarian nonprofit think tank. Deist takes particular interest in private legal systems and private money as tools for radically decentralizing political power.



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Feb 01, 2023
Episode 50 | Dr. Keri Ingraham
40:48

In a post-COVID era, parents are more aware of the Left’s influence over academia. Their demand is loud and clear: quality, transparency, respect, and choice.


The Left’s extreme ideologies have taken root in school policies, practices, and curricula. What does the future hold for education in America and how can the conservative movement fight back against education indoctrination?


This National School Choice Week, Dr. Keri Ingraham joins the show to discuss the importance of breaking the K-12 education monopoly, the necessity of school choice, and equity in education.


A former classroom teacher, coach, and school administrator, Dr. Keri Ingraham currently serves as Fellow and Director of the Discovery Institute’s American Center for Transforming Education where she focuses much of her work on educational freedom and parent empowerment.



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Jan 25, 2023
Episode 49 | Rusty Reno
39:26

An American optimist, Rusty Reno joins Kevin to discuss how the Left’s crusade for social engineering is hurting our country by reengineering basic American principles and pushing a woke social agenda that fails to allow everyday Americans to flourish.


Declining religiosity in the United States has made American culture susceptible to the Left’s utopian idealism. It has allowed the politics of imagination to overshadow the fundamental philosophy of politics and helped progressivism flourish. A bold, conservative policy agenda rooted in tradition, however, can change the trajectory of American superiority for the years to come.


For over a decade, Rusty Reno has shared his systematic and moral theology at First Things, a conservative, Christian journal. As the current editor, he aims to share the voices of religiously serious people who want to shape the future of our country.



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Jan 18, 2023
BONUS | Rep. Jim Banks and Rep. Kevin Hern
44:47

Americans have had enough of the empty rhetoric emanating from the Swamp. From the lack of fiscal restraint to the suffocating influence of the administrative state, Americans are counting on the conservative movement to hold Congress accountable with a strong legislative agenda.

As both the Republican Study Committee and The Heritage Foundation enter their 50th years, join us for an exclusive ceremony as former RSC Chairman Jim Banks officially “passes the gavel” to the RSC's new Chairman, Kevin Hern.


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Jan 17, 2023
Episode 48 | Brad Wilcox
41:21

If the Left had their way, Americans would replace moms, dads, and community with government. Brad Wilcox joins Heritage President Kevin Roberts to refute the Left and cultural elites’ misguided skepticism about the role of the family in American society and highlight ways to strengthen future generations with American traditions.


Brad Wilcox has committed his career to understanding the causes and consequences of family change in the United States and around the globe. His research has focused on how marriage, parenthood, and religion influence societies and individuals’ quality of life. Wilcox has been recognized for his work by the American Sociological Association Religion Section and his research has been featured in outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic.



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Jan 11, 2023
Episode 47 | Henry Olsen
40:02

To what extent should the Republican party be organized behind “MAGA” principles? Henry Olsen joins Heritage President Kevin Roberts to analyze the current state of the GOP and what we can expect from an already tumultuous 118th Congress.


Henry Olsen, is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact on other democracies in the developed world.



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Jan 04, 2023
Episode 46 | Best Of: Revitalizing America Begins with Human Flourishing
41:48

Heritage President Kevin Roberts shares moments from a few of his favorite interviews from 2022.


This week’s guests:

Daron Babcock, a “social entrepreneur,” is the CEO of Bonton Farms, one of the largest urban farms in the United States nestled in a once-forgotten and crime-ridden neighborhood in South Dallas.


Yoram Hazony is chairman of the Edmund Burke Foundation, host of the National Conservatism Conference, president of the Herzl Institute and author of the new book, “Conservatism: A Rediscovery.”


Glenn Ellmers, Ph.D. is a senior fellow with the Claremont Institute and a visiting research fellow with Hillsdale College.


Delano Squires is a research fellow in the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family at The Heritage Foundation, and a contributor to Blaze Media and BlazeTV’s Fearless with Jason Whitlock podcast.



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Dec 28, 2022
Episode 45 | Al Mohler
11:47

From the National Conservative Conference in Miami, Florida, Al Mohler joins Kevin to discuss the Left’s assault on faithful Christians, the misguided secularization of America, and what we can do to fight against it to preserve faith in America. They also discuss what impact will the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” have on institutions like Dr. Mohler’s.


For more than 30 years, Al Mohler, Ph.D. has served as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary — the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. Dr. Mohler has been recognized by Time as the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”



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Dec 21, 2022
Episode 44 | Dr. Ed Feulner
38:11

The state of conservatism at home and abroad is under attack with little consensus on ways to advance our ideas and objectives. Still, conservatives remain a powerful voice both in Washington D.C., and across the United States.


Former Heritage President Dr. Ed Feulner joins Kevin to dig into the importance of politics and policy as 21st-century conservatives evaluate the effectiveness of American society and longstanding institutions.


Ed shares his perspective on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) while serving as chairman for Governor Glenn Youngkin’s commission responsible for appointing board members to state universities, “In some of the world’s greatest universities, woke is everywhere. We’re all in favor of more opportunity, but equity implies everyone will turn out equal and it has become more of a leveling down.”



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Dec 14, 2022
Episode 43 | Rachel Bovard
41:59

Today’s message is clear: our principles were made for this moment.


Heritage President Kevin Roberts is joined by the Conservative Partnership Institute’s Rachel Bovard for a robust discussion on what we can glean from conservative icons like Ronald Reagan while adapting to the current political environment, all with one goal: to take our country back.


Rachel Bovard has over a decade of experience fighting for conservative policies in Washington. Beginning in 2006, she served in both the House and Senate in various roles including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul.


Rachel went on to serve as policy director for the Senate Steering Committee under the successive chairmanships of Senator Pat Toomey and Senator Mike Lee, where she advised Committee members on strategy related to floor procedure and policy matters.



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Dec 07, 2022
Episode 42 | Chris Rufo
48:01

It is clearer than ever: American institutions are in decay, and something needs to be done about them if we are going to save this country. The good news is that Americans still value competent leadership.


Chris Rufo joins Kevin to tackle the pressing issues our country faces: conservatives winning elections, rebuilding decaying institutions, and developing new institutions to meet the demands of modern America.


Christopher Rufo is a senior fellow and director of the initiative on critical race theory at the Manhattan Institute. He is also a contributing editor of City Journal and writes on the issues of critical race theory (CRT), gender ideology, and urban decay.



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Nov 30, 2022
Episode 41 | The Liz Wheeler Show
21:09

In a special episode of “The Kevin Roberts Show,” Kevin joins the Liz Wheeler Show to talk about the dangers of the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act,” and Heritage’s new education freedom report card.


When it comes to education and school choice, how free is your state? Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts joins the Liz Wheeler Show to discuss Heritage's Education Freedom Report Card and how Americans can use this new tool to effect change in their home states. Kevin and Liz also discuss how to stop initiatives like Chuck Schumer’s so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” from restricting the religious freedom of Americans everywhere.



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Nov 23, 2022
Episode 40 | Nate Hochman
46:17

Could liberal cities be a catalyst for developing conservative citizens? Nate and Kevin dive into the concept of countercultures, building parallel institutions at the state and local level, and what the future of the movement looks like in the hands of “Gen Z Conservatives.” Plus, Nate gives an inside look at his investigation into Major League Baseball’s support of radical gender ideology through their “Pride Nights.”


Nate Hochman is a writer at National Review. His work has appeared in print and online in The American Conservative, City Journal, The Claremont Review of Books, National Affairs, National Review, The New York Times, and numerous other outlets. He was a 2021 Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute.



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Nov 16, 2022
Episode 39 | The Battle Plan for the Conservative Movement
18:50

Conservatives made important gains on Election Day—both in our state capitals and the halls of Congress. Battle-tested conservative governors won resounding victories, while the incoming Republican-controlled U.S. House will bring much-needed accountability to the Biden administration.


Those candidates who emerged victorious had something in common: They demonstrated bold leadership, with a clear policy agenda that improves the lives of everyday Americans.


At a time when many Americans are desperate for bold leadership and fresh ideas, Heritage will serve as America’s outpost in our nation’s capital—representing the forgotten men and women, and ensuring policymakers deliver on the promises made to voters.


This speech was given at Heritage's 2022 Resource Bank.



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Nov 09, 2022
Episode 38 | Yuval Levin
41:47

Americans have been losing trust in key institutions for nearly two generations. The reality is that those institutions—government, media, corporations, and education—have been in a state of decay for decades, the real-world effects of which are beginning to manifest on increasingly large scales.


Dr. Yuval Levin joins today’s episode of The Kevin Roberts Show to detail the origins of the current state of our institutions, why Americans have lost trust in them, and the standards we ought to hold them to.


Yuval shares how his experience becoming a US citizen has informed his worldview and helped to forge his career path defending the constitutional principles we hold dear.


Yuval Levin, Ph.D., is the Director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is the founder and editor of National Affairs and is an opinion writer at the New York Times. Under George W. Bush, Dr. Levin was a member of the White House domestic policy staff and the executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics.



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Nov 02, 2022
Episode 37 | Brendan Carr
35:11

At Heritage, we’re not afraid to call it how it is: Big Tech is an enemy of the American people. They have essentially unencumbered access to Americans’ personal information, have colluded to censor and de-platform dissenting voices—mostly conservatives—and perhaps worst of all, have partnered with the Chinese Communist Party to develop surveillance technologies to oppress its own people and military technologies that threaten ours.


Between the cancel culture mob and foreign adversaries, we must find a way to champion freedom of speech and national security; something much easier said than done.


Brendan Carr, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), gives an insider's perspective on how America is tackling today’s biggest tech issues.


Nominated by President Trump, Commissioner Brendan Carr is the senior Republican at the FCC. His goals for the commission include modernizing America’s communication infrastructure, upgrading to 5G, and expanding the skilled labor force.



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Oct 26, 2022
Episode 36 | Daron Babcock
36:06

In the current political environment, it may seem dubious to believe that one day 330 million Americans could wake up and believe that they’re part of a civil society that recognizes their dignity as a human person.


But it’s not impossible. Daron Babcock believes there is hope.


Human dignity ought to be the end-all-be-all that guides us. Restoring self-governance and cultivating human flourishing starts with community. Daron and Kevin address the importance of community in restoring lives and why a focus on independence, rather than dependence on decades of failed public programs, has been both the path to success in Bonton, Texas and a model for poverty-stricken cities across the country.


Bonton, Texas, a small South Dallas neighborhood has long been plagued by crime, drugs, and gang violence. Daron Babcock shares how a Bonton, where 85% of the men have been to prison, has become a beacon of hope and a model for success.


This week’s guest: Moved by his personal beliefs, Daron Babcock couldn’t sit idly by as he witnessed his neighbors in South Dallas be ravaged by institutional inequities. In 2012, he left a successful corporate career and moved from his home in North Dallas to serve inner-city residents of Bonton, Texas with his wife, Theda. Known for crime, violence, and extreme poverty, Bonton needed intervention at the macro-level – something Daron knew was not only necessary but possible.


Daron is referred to as a “social entrepreneur,” having started multiple successful social ventures; Bonton Honey Company, The Market at Bonton Farms, a Coffee House, a Farmers Market, and CityBuild Housing to name a few. Of all his ventures, the most notable, though, is Bonton Farms, one of the largest urban farms in the United States nestled in a once-forgotten neighborhood in South Dallas.



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Oct 19, 2022
Episode 35 | Tim Carney
42:38

America’s cultural institutions have been slowly eroding for decades. Today’s episode of “The Kevin Roberts Show” tackles the erosion of religion in the public square — an institution whose role as a binding agent that creates healthy neighborhoods and communities can’t be understated.


Kevin and Tim discuss why social pathologies such as a decline in the nuclear family and a lower birthrate have been slowly progressing, the importance of community life and the role church plays in it, and most importantly, how to solve these issues.


Tim Carney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he focuses on religion, civil society, and economic competition. Tim is also a senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner.


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Oct 12, 2022
Episode 34 | Pavlos Papadopoulos
28:15

America’s institutions of education need to be reclaimed both for the sake of students and for the future of the republic. Now is the time for conservatives to go on offense and reclaim the institutions we once trusted to educate and empower future generations, let alone the survival of our civilization.


Dr. Pavlos Papadopoulos, assistant professor of humanities at Wyoming Catholic College, sits down with Kevin to discuss why American education systems are in such disarray and unresponsive to the needs of both parents and the country.


Pavlos explains the chief differences between a correct and deficient regime and identifies areas where conservatives are complacent when it comes to higher education.


Pavlos Papadopoulos Ph.D. is an assistant professor of humanities at Wyoming Catholic College where he specializes in philosophy, trivium, and the classics. Dr. Papadopoulos uses his expansive knowledge of early western philosophy in his analysis of current events and the direction America is heading.


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Oct 05, 2022
BONUS | Mollie Hemingway
34:28
In a live recording of "The Kevin Roberts Show," Mollie Hemingway, Editor in Chief of The Federalist, shares her thoughts on the state of the conservative movement, why Americans should be concerned about the weaponization of the administrative state, and the role of the "propaganda press" in today's political landscape.

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Oct 03, 2022
Episode 33 | Rodney Scott
34:46

As the mayors of New York, DC, and Chicago are just beginning to learn, Biden’s open-borders agenda is putting Americans across this country at risk every day; turning every town into a border town.


The ongoing catastrophe at the border is far from being contained, and without strong, well-defined borders no nation can exist.


With 30 years of bipartisan experience, Rodney Scott shares insight on how Biden’s radical open-borders agenda is fueling our national opioid epidemic, putting more money in the hands of cartels and human traffickers, opening the border to terrorists and national security threats, and preventing ICE from deporting most of those here illegally — even convicted violent criminals and gang members.


Rodney Scott, a three-decade veteran and 24th Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol joins today’s episode of The Kevin Roberts Show. Serving as Border Patrol Chief under both the Trump and Biden administrations, Scott has keen insights on what policies succeed and fail at the southern border. Rodney is currently a Senior Distinguished Fellow for Border Security at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and has spent his career tirelessly fighting cartels and traffickers, and learning best practices for keeping our southern border secure.


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Sep 28, 2022
BONUS | Kevin Roberts: What Time is it in America? It’s Time to Fight
23:39

In his remarks to the third National Conservatism Conference on September 12, 2022, Heritage President Dr. Kevin Roberts argues that Three mortal threats besiege the West:


• The Stalinist cult of Wokeism;

• The Chinese Communist Party’s genocidal regime in Beijing, and;

• The globalist, technocratic elite that profits off both by surveilling, de-platforming, and dehumanizing anyone who resists their pharisaic tyranny.


Kevin shares that his conservative worldview was forged in childhood; both his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, and his own family were besieged by the early signs of our nation’s social decay, why he volunteered for Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign, and how ultimately, he forged a future in academia.


As the current President of the Heritage Foundation, Dr. Roberts closes with a question — a rallying cry: "What time is it in America? It’s time to fight, just like it’s always been."


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Sep 25, 2022
Episode 32 | Doug Ducey
43:50

The future of this country rests upon making sure each and every child has an opportunity to succeed.


It is clearer than ever: American education has flatlined. It is also evident that states, fulfilling their role as the laboratories of democracy, are making great strides in raising the quality of and access to educational opportunities.


Today’s episode of The Kevin Roberts Show celebrates Arizona’s second place standing in Heritage’s Education Freedom Report Card and what it took Governor Doug Ducey and the legislature to set the gold standard for education freedom in the United States with their recent adoption of universal school choice.


Learn more about the Report Card: Heritage.org/ReportCard


Governor Doug Ducey was elected as Arizona's 23rd governor in 2014 and re-elected in 2018 with more votes than anyone in state history. He is a former businessman and CEO of Cold Stone Creamery who also serves as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.



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Sep 21, 2022
Episode 31 | Yeonmi Park
17:50

What does freedom mean to you and what would you be willing to sacrifice to attain — or maintain — it?


For most in America, tyranny is a foreign concept that we study in textbooks, and maybe debate in the classroom. Having lived through the terrors of the North Korean regime and human trafficking, Yeonmi Park brings a haunting warning to Americans: there are parallels between the Left’s crackdown on self-expression and thought, and the brutal regime she risked her life to escape.


On today’s episode of The Kevin Roberts Show, Yeonmi Park shares what she has learned about, and her deep appreciation for freedom after enduring dire circumstances in her escape from North Korea.


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Sep 14, 2022
BONUS | "Will DC Outsider Dr. Kevin Roberts Help The Heritage Foundation Meet The Moment?"
44:01

Get an inside look into Kevin’s analysis of the growing energy within the conservative movement and the game plan for taking back our country.


In today’s episode of The Kevin Roberts Show, we give you a throwback to President Roberts’ interview on Federalist Radio Hour from October 2021.


Then-CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and incoming president of the Heritage Foundation, Kevin Roberts sat down with John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his plans to lead the nation’s most influential think tank.


A fifth-generation educator, Kevin has years of experience as a teacher, professor, headmaster, and president. Having led Wyoming Catholic College, he became nationally known for rejecting federal loans and grants that were contingent on the compromise of the school’s Catholic values. Immediately prior to Heritage, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the nation’s largest state-based think tank.



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Sep 11, 2022
Episode 30 | Carrie Lukas
39:00

The Left’s transgender march is a tremendous threat to women.


As the Left wages war on basic biology and the concepts of manhood and womanhood, the Independent Women's Forum has stepped into the breach. From defending women’s sports from the threat of transgender athletes to dismantling divisive ideology in schools, Carrie and IWF are taking up the banner of truth for American women.


In today’s episode of The Kevin Roberts Show, Independent Women’s Forum President Carrie Lukas shares how conservatives can go


Today's guest: Mom of five and President of Independent Women’s Forum, Carrie L. Lukas is championing women’s policy issues and leading the charge against the Left’s war on women.


Her twenty-five years of experience includes her work in the U.S. House of Representatives as the senior domestic policy analyst for the House Republican Policy Committee and a senior staff member of the Homeland Security Committee.



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Sep 07, 2022
Episode 29 | Hans von Spakovsky
11:13

When it comes to election integrity, the states are where the real action is.  


Hans von Spakovsky joins today’s episode of The Kevin Roberts Show to give an overview of wins for election integrity in the states, the Biden administration's continued effort to undermine those reforms, and what to expect during the midterms. 


Learn more about Heritage's Election Integrity Scorecard.


This week’s guest: Appointed by President Donald Trump to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in 2017, Hans A. von Spakovsky is one of the foremost legal minds on election integrity. 


Before joining Heritage in 2008, von Spakovsky served two years as a member of the Federal Election Commission, the authority charged with enforcing campaign finance laws for congressional and presidential elections, including public funding. 


He is the author of “Our Broken Elections: How the Left Changed the Way You Vote.” 



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Aug 31, 2022
Episode 28 | Elbridge Colby
41:32

When it comes to foreign policy, America is no longer leading from a place of “peace through strength.” As today’s guest puts it: “We’re both speaking softly and carrying a small stick.”   


That needs to change.


In an era of great power conflict, Americans are looking for a Third Way between the failed establishment on both sides of the aisle. Elbridge Colby joins the show to discuss what a 21st-century American foreign policy should look like given the growing threat of China and the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, and how to rebuild our reputation amongst our allies.



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Aug 24, 2022
Episode 27 | Corey DeAngelis
44:38

This back-to-school season, parents have a new item on their school supply list: the right to choose where their kids go to school.


School choice firebrand Corey DeAngelis joins the show to break down recent education freedom victories in the states and at the U.S. Supreme Court, why it is imperative for conservatives to capitalize on the School Choice Moment, and what it means to fund students, not systems.


The “General” of the school choice movement, Corey DeAngelis, has been relentless in the pursuit of empowering parents to make the best educational choices for their children. Corey serves as national director of research at the American Federation for Children, the executive director at Educational Freedom Institute, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and a senior fellow at Reason Foundation.



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Aug 17, 2022
Episode 26 | Sen. Ted Cruz
28:05

The ruling elite in Washington has a learned personality that combines southern efficiency with northern hospitality. 

 

Senator Ted Cruz and Dr. Kevin Roberts tackle key issues required to devolve centralized power from Washington, counter the threat of the Chinese Communist Party, and empower parents across the country to make the best educational choices for their kids. 



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Aug 10, 2022
Episode 25 | Alex Epstein
37:11

Fossil fuels cure the infection of poverty and make the world an abundant and safe place — but the alleged experts refuse to acknowledge the benefits of abundant, affordable energy.


So, what is the full story about fossil fuels?


In today’s episode of The Kevin Roberts Show, energy expert Alex Epstein challenges the framework of the anti-energy elite and argues that advancing human flourishing requires the use of fossil fuels.



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Aug 03, 2022
Episode 24 | Kristi Noem
28:24
Known to many as the "cowgirl governor," Kristi Noem joined the podcast to share her journey from ranch life to the governor's mansion, and the battles she’s led in South Dakota from tax reform to pandemic lockdowns.

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Jul 27, 2022
Episode 23 | Delano Squires
43:27

If politics is upstream from culture, Americans need a serious reality check. Ruling elites have used the deterioration of civil society to consolidate their power in a doomed effort to push an unpopular agenda. That has to change.


Three generations of elites — from Washington to Hollywood — have promised young Americans that severing the natural connections between sex, marriage, commitment, kids, and parenthood would be “liberating.” It has been anything but. The fact is, there is a policy and a civic component to revitalizing our institutions, communities, and human connections.


Delano and Kevin discuss the implications –and viable solutions– of a failing education system, the attack on the nuclear family, and a society where dads are replaced with government.



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Jul 20, 2022
BONUS | Chip Roy
21:15

Will congress throw its support behind the National Defense Authorization Act regardless of what's in it?


From funding Critical Race Theory and “green” initiatives that divert focus from the purpose and mission of the military to maintaining vaccine mandates that have forced hundreds of service members out, the NDAA deserves to be put under a microscope.


Texas Congressman Chip Roy joins the show to discuss why the NDAA leaves much to be desired, plus his take on the current state of the Biden border crisis.



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Jul 14, 2022
Episode 22 | Glenn Ellmers
41:28

As more and more of our institutions fall prey to the woke agenda, what exactly are conservatives trying to conserve?


Today's episode of The Kevin Roberts Show explores the demise of America's cultural institutions, the importance of our philosophical roots, and the beginning of a counter-revolutionary moment."


Glenn Ellmers holds a Ph.D. in politics from Claremont Graduate University and has focused much of his work on considering the role of statesmanship; begging the question: “Is ‘conservatism’ enough?” A student of the late Harry V. Jaffa, Glenn explores these complex topics and more in the first comprehensive examination of his teacher’s vast body of work: The Soul of Politics: Harry V. Jaffa and the Fight for America.



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Jul 13, 2022
Bonus Episode | Marty Makary MD, MPH
40:58
Cancel culture is not good for science. Dr. Marty Makary, a Johns Hopkins professor and one of the great thought leaders in medicine, joins the show to discuss lessons learned from the pandemic and how to rebuild trust in our scientific, health care, and public policy institutions.

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Jul 07, 2022
Episode 21 | Riley Moore
43:57

Like many in his family before him, Riley Moore began his career working as a welder in a West Virginia rock quarry. While welding, Riley put himself through school and eventually went on to receive a master’s degree from the National Defense University. His unique background has culminated in his role as West Virginia State Treasurer where he has embodied the “on-offense” spirit.


In today’s episode of The Kevin Roberts Show, West Virginia State Treasurer Riley Moore breaks down how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is less an investment strategy than a move towards progressive control over American society. He explains how states like his are fighting – and winning – this battle.



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Jul 06, 2022
Episode 20 | Jeremy Tedesco
36:30

The crusade against corporate cancel culture has a new tool: Alliance Defending Freedom's Viewpoint Diversity Score Business Index. The Index scores the most powerful corporate entities on the Fortune 1000 list on how well they respect religious and ideological diversity—or far more often, how they fail to do so.


Jeremy Tedesco, senior counsel and senior vice president of corporate engagement for Alliance Defending Freedom, joins the show to discuss ‘wokism’ within private industry, free speech on college campuses, and the courts as bulwarks against the mob’s attack on freedom.


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Jun 29, 2022
BREAKING | Kevin Roberts on Building a Culture of Life in a Post-Roe World
10:58

On the special episode Heritage President Dr. Kevin Roberts discusses the ramifications of today's SCOTUS decision on Roe v. Wade, with Roger Severino Vice President, Domestic Policy -- a national authority on civil rights, conscience and religious freedom, the administrative state, and information privacy,


This victory is not the end of the pro-life cause, but a new beginning. Now is the time for state lawmakers to protect life, which begins at conception. Congress also has an obligation at the federal level to protect the unborn.



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Jun 24, 2022
Episode 19 | Dr. Ryan Anderson
40:25

This is the fight of our age, building a pro-life culture. Revitalizing a culture of life goes beyond the duty to protect the unborn, requiring us to strengthen families, provide help to those in need, and show grace to all.


A compelling and reasoned voice in today’s most contentious cultural debates, Dr. Ryan T. Anderson joins the show to discuss why overturning Roe is just the beginning of the pro-life movement, and how each of us can play a part in building a culture of life.



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Jun 22, 2022
Episode 18 | Peter Rex
40:16

This week on “The Kevin Roberts Show” we’re laying out what real leadership looks like and how the American cultural and political landscape, if protected from cancel culture, can create an environment for building a business that makes the world a better place.


As a prominent entrepreneur, and the founding CEO of Rex—a Texas-based technology, investment, and real estate company—our guest, Peter Rex’s mission is to make a difference in the world. His company was recognized in Fortune’s Top 20 Places to Work and achieved a Top 5 ranking for apartment renovations completed. 



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Jun 15, 2022
Bonus Episode | Sen. Mike Lee
16:10

The left continues its torch and burn campaign, targeting foundational institutions of our nation. Now, the Supreme Court is in their crosshairs.


Sen. Mike Lee has been vocal in calling out this assault, and he joined the show for a special, bonus episode to talk about this key theme in his new book, “Saving Nine: The Fight Against the Left’s Audacious Plan to Pack the Supreme Court and Destroy American Liberty,” and more. 



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Jun 09, 2022
Episode 17 | Tiffany Justice
33:40

The left is attempting to jam its radical ideology, including critical race theory and progressive beliefs on sexuality and gender, into every corner of society — including classrooms across the country.


Parents, however, are pushing back and Tiffany Justice is one of them. A former school board member and co-founder of Moms for Liberty, she joins the show to explain what drove her to join the fight to protect education as well as parental rights, and how Moms for Liberty empowering Americans everywhere to do the same.



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Jun 08, 2022
Bonus Episode | Sen. Rand Paul
14:25
On another bonus episode of “The Kevin Roberts Show” Sen. Rand Paul joins us to break down the flawed Ukraine aid package and how the Biden administration’s reckless policies are driving inflation higher. 

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Jun 02, 2022
Episode 16 | Yoram Hazony
46:52

On this week’s episode of “The Kevin Roberts Show,” we’re joined by Yoram Hazony, author of the new book, “Conservatism: A Rediscovery.” He’s also host of the National Conservatism Conference, president of the Herzl Institute, and chairman of the Edmund Burke Foundation.


We dive into a discussion of nationalism, cover the history of the conservative movement, tackle some of the gravest threats to America’s existence emerging from the radical left, and hear why he believes Americans need to return to living more religiously devoted lives.



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Jun 01, 2022
Bonus Episode | Sen. Josh Hawley
19:21
On our first bonus episode of “The Kevin Roberts Show, ” we’re joined by Senator Josh Hawley for a discussion on Ukraine aid, the future of conservatism in foreign policy and beyond, and more.

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May 26, 2022
Episode 15 | Jim Carafano
50:43

On this week’s episode of “The Kevin Roberts Show,” we’re joined by one of Heritage’s very own: Dr. Jim Carafano — a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, and vice president of Heritage's Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy 

 

A graduate of West Point and 25-year Army veteran, Dr. Carafano carries a wealth of experience in this arena. 


We’ll identify the greatest threats to America throughout the world and our best means for shielding ourselves against them, and defining the type of leadership required to steer our nation into a safe and prosperous future. 


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May 25, 2022
Episode 14 | Josh Hammer
44:45

On this week’s episode of “The Kevin Roberts Show,” Josh Hammer, Newsweek’s opinion editor, syndicated columnist, and host of “The Josh Hammer Show,” joins us to share his views on the pulses of conservatism and culture with a critical eye.


We delve into why we as conservatives must combat a massive progressive push against freedom and liberty, but also provide solutions that offer Americans a better way of life.


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May 18, 2022
Episode 13 | Mark Paoletta
39:24

The left is hell-bent on tearing down our institutions. Their current target? The Supreme Court. 


In recent days, we’ve watched them invade neighborhoods across the Washington, D.C., area to demonstrate and protest at the residences of justices. They call them enemies of democracy and, ultimately, the American people. 


Mark Paoletta is an attorney, author, and personal friend of Justice Clarence Thomas. Under President George H.W. Bush, he played a pivotal role in his confirmation. 


Opening up on his personal relationship with Thomas, Paoletta offers a redeeming glimpse at a public servant the left has unceasingly attempted to vilify. We’ll discuss that, the exciting new book he’s co-authoring, “Created Equal,” and more on this week’s episode of The Kevin Roberts Show.


Show notes:

The leaked draft opinion from Justice Alito: https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000180-874f-dd36-a38c-c74f98520000




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May 11, 2022
Episode 12 | Peter Schweizer
28:32

The left-wing political elites in the centers of power in Washington, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley aren’t just disconnected from the rest of the country—they’re playing the field behind our backs. They’re pushing a leftist agenda and enriching themselves while compromising our nation’s values and our very safety and security.


And they’re playing right into China’s hands.


SHOW NOTES


Peter Schweizer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/peterschweizer


Daily Signal story on Dr. Li-Meng Yang: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/12/17/taking-a-cue-from-china-facebook-censors-chinese-whistleblower-on-covids-origins/



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May 04, 2022
Episode 11 | Chris Rufo
43:03

This week, we’re talking about Critical Race Theory — one of the most dangerous, subversive, and sinister ideologies facing us that classifies Americans based on the color of their skin, and pits them against one another, casting citizens as either oppressor or oppressed.


Joining to dive deeper into this issue is Chris Rufo, an investigative reporter who has worked tirelessly to uncover how Critical Race Theory’s and woke ideology are creeping into education, the corporate world, and beyond.


SHOW NOTES:


Heritage resources on Critical Race Theory: https://www.heritage.org/critical-race-theory

 

Check out Jonathan Butcher's new book, "Splintered: Critical Race Theory and the Progressive War on Truth" here: https://www.amazon.com/Splintered-Critical-Theory-Progressive-Truth/dp/1637582668

 

Submit documentation of CRT training at your school or workplace to...

Parents Defending Education (defendinged.org) 

Christopher Rufo (christopherrufo.com)

The Daily Signal (comments@dailysignal.com)

 

How to submit an Open Records Request: https://s3.amazonaws.com/hafa/Tips-for-Submitting-Open-Records-Request.pdf?mtime=20210601161910&focal=none

 

Read Jay Greene's work, here: https://www.heritage.org/staff/jay-p-greene-phd

 

Check out more of Chris Rufo's work, here: https://christopherrufo.com/



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Apr 27, 2022
Episode 10 | Valerie Huber
32:00

This week, we’re gonna pull back the curtain on the hypocrisy of the left’s so-called pro-woman agenda. In reality, it’s often pro-woman in name only. It’s a screen they hide behind to push a whole host of radical, far-left policies. 


When you peel back the layers, you’ll find that those policies are often actually extremely harmful to women. 


Joining the show to lay out policies that actually help and empower women is Valerie Huber, president and CEO of The Institute for Women’s Health.



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Apr 20, 2022
Episode 9 | Terry Schilling
39:44

This week, we’re going to talk about a crisis that strikes at the heart of our country, our society, and ultimately, our families — the boy crisis. 

 

An absence of fathers is a primary driver in this dilemma, one exacerbated by the left's push to dismantle the concept of family as we fundamentally understand it.

 

As we address this boy crisis, it becomes increasingly clear just how desperately our culture needs men — men guided by truth, who love their families, and take responsibility for bettering this country. 

 

So how do we reclaim boys, men, and ultimately families as an institutional building block of society? We’re tackling just that with Terry Schilling. 

 

Terry serves as president of the American Principles Project, an organization dedicated to making the family the most well-represented special interest group here in our nation’s capital. PLUS: Reactions to woke children’s books — books the left are employing in their attempt to radicalize your kids.



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Apr 13, 2022
Episode 8 | Jonathan Sanford
36:40

Our public education system has been utterly captured by woke activists more interested in politics than knowledge. During the Covid pandemic, teachers’ unions, school boards, and education bureaucracies proved themselves openly hostile to the rights of parents and interests of students – and above any accountability to the taxpayers and families they serve.


Leftist educational officials advocate for rolling both radical gender ideology and critical race theory into curricula. Their goal is indoctrinating the coming generations of Americans.


Meanwhile, American universities have not only turned on our country’s history and ideals. They have turned on the traditional idea of education itself.


How? Why? And what can Americans do about it? We’re taking all of it on. We’ll hear from University of Dallas president Jonathan Sanford, and Heritage Action for America executive director Jessica Anderson.



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Apr 06, 2022
Episode 7 | Erik Finman
42:21

Big Tech is bent on pushing a left-leaning agenda, inching us ever closer to a reality where those they disagree with — often conservatives — have their liberties hampered.


Their influence has spread to high echelons of government and continually deeper into our lives as our world becomes more and more integrated with the digital space.


As we’ve seen in the case of the Freedom Convoy truckers in Canada, something as simple as banking and purchasing power can be stripped away from citizens in this digital era.


Unfortunately, this problem isn’t bound to Canada, but has cropped up in the United States as well.


Joining us to confront the ugly reality of Big Tech’s ever tightening grip on our lives — on our speech, our politics, and even our commerce — and etch out how we can push back is Erik Finman, an entrepreneur who became a millionaire as a teenager building a multi-million dollar cryptocurrency company.



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Mar 30, 2022
Episode 6 | Mike Pompeo
33:24

This week, we’re talking about all the trouble in the world and, in particular, the greatest source of it: the Chinese Communist Party.


Even in the midst of war in Europe, and inflation and border crises here at home, there is no topic more important to America’s national interests these days than China, and no one better to hear from than former CIA Director and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


PLUS: We'll hear from Heritage's own Brent Sadler — a Navy Veteran with more than 25 years of experience who served on the China Branch at the Pentagon.



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Mar 23, 2022
Episode 5 | Rep. Brian Babin
44:21

In just a little over a year, Joe Biden has created the worst immigration crisis our country has ever faced. When he came into office, he went to work immediately uprooting and upending so many effective policies that were working to keep our border secure. 


We’ve seen men, women, and young children trafficked across the border by violent smugglers and drug cartels who extort them, abuse them, and even kill them.  


What’s more — the crisis has opened the floodgates to a surge of deadly drugs like fentanyl, which have become a serious problem in cities and towns across our land.


Simply put, Biden’s policies have sent a message to the rest of the world—a message that says America’s borders are wide open, and that lawbreaking is tolerated, and in some cases, rewarded. 


Joining us to break down just how bad things have become — and guidance on how we can shore up this influx of crime and — are Congressman Brian Babin and the former head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan.



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Mar 16, 2022
Episode 4 | Julio Rosas
35:05

We watch it, read it, listen to it — on our computers, our phones, and our televisions — even on the radio.

 

It’s the news.

 

Unfortunately, so many legacy and corporate news outlets prioritize advancing someone’s political agenda over revealing the truth — something that has become all too common. At a time when we need solid facts, Americans are often poorly served.

 

So how do we confront this dilemma? Is there anywhere we can turn for trustworthy and honest reporting?

 

Townhall reporter Julio Rosas — someone who has been on the front lines of critical stories in America — joins us to share his insights on the consequences of media malpractice.


PLUS: Armed with more than 20 years of journalism experience and recipient of prestigious awards in this field, Heritage’s own vice president of communication, Rob Bluey, weighs in on the issue.



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Mar 09, 2022
Episode 3 | Sen. Mike Lee
27:47

Economic freedom is one of mankind’s best ideas. It is responsible for more advances in living standards, health, knowledge, multicultural harmony and social justice than anything else we’ve come up with in the last 2,000 years. 


This week, we’re joined by Senator Mike Lee of Utah to dig into just what that freedom looks like, how the fight to preserve it is shaping up as the Biden administration continually pushes for radical spending that would further bloat the federal government, and more.


PLUS: Heritage’s own Matt Dickerson breaks down Capitol Hill’s budget process and how we can dig ourselves out of a hole of debt 30 trillion dollars deep.



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Mar 02, 2022
Episode 2 | Sen. Rick Scott
23:40

This week, we're digging into Special Counsel John Durham’s latest filing on the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation. This newest batch of information exposes the hypocrisy of not only the radical left, but just how far they’ll go to advance the interests of the elite over that of the American people. While lack of fair coverage from the legacy media is perhaps not surprising, it's certainly disappointing.


What's more — the scandal flies in the face of the narrative that Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 election — a narrative promoted by the Clinton campaign and others on the left.


None of this is lost on Senator Rick Scott; quite the contrary. The former Governor of Florida has long demanded transparency on this issue, calling for the media to cover it fairly. He joins the show to share his insight into what's going on — and what's next.


Plus: Heritage's own Mike Howell jumps in to share how policymakers can help prevent something like this from happening again. He also discusses Heritage's Conservative Oversight Project, and more.


Each episode of The Kevin Roberts Show is a weekly rallying cry for lovers of freedom everywhere, packed with Dr. Roberts’ analysis on the issues of the day and deep conversations with the movers and shakers of American politics and culture. And all of it backed by the academic excellence of The Heritage Foundation. 


As a former college professor and current president of The Heritage Foundation, America’s most influential policy organization, Dr. Roberts has spent his career learning, educating, and taking decisive action for a brighter America. He believes that conservatives have every reason to be hopeful, because conservative ideas are ideas that work. It’s time to go on offense.



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Feb 23, 2022
Episode 1 | Sen. Tom Cotton
33:37

Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, China served as an irresponsible global actor that threatened American interests and values world-wide. The rise of China is the most persistent and consequential challenge that will confront the United States for the next several decades.


From the surveillance of American athletes and their sway in Hollywood to their military capabilities, China’s presence is one that our nation can ill-afford to underestimate.


In the first episode of The Kevin Roberts Show, Senator Tom Cotton and Heritage’s very own Dean Cheng weigh in to help break down how what their growing influence means for America and the rest of the world — and what we need to do to hold China accountable and maintain freedom.


Each episode of The Kevin Roberts Show is a weekly rallying cry for lovers of freedom everywhere, packed with Dr. Roberts’ analysis on the issues of the day and deep conversations with the movers and shakers of American politics and culture. And all of it backed by the academic excellence of The Heritage Foundation. 


As a former college professor and current president of The Heritage Foundation, America’s most influential policy organization, Dr. Roberts has spent his career learning, educating, and taking decisive action for a brighter America. He believes that conservatives have every reason to be hopeful, because conservative ideas are ideas that work. It’s time to go on offense. 



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Feb 16, 2022
Introducing The Kevin Roberts Show
0:56

Introducing The Kevin Roberts show. Each episode of The Kevin Roberts Show is a weekly rallying cry for lovers of freedom everywhere, packed with Dr. Roberts’ analysis on the issues of the day and deep conversations with the movers and shakers of American politics and culture. And all of it backed by the academic excellence of The Heritage Foundation. 


As a former college professor and current president of The Heritage Foundation, America’s most influential policy organization, Dr. Roberts has spent his career learning, educating, and taking decisive action for a brighter America. He believes that conservatives have every reason to be hopeful, because conservative ideas are ideas that work. It’s time to go on offense. 



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Feb 10, 2022