Acton Line

Acton Line

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The official podcast of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.


The man vs. the myth: who was John Foster Dulles?
Feb 26 • 46 min
If you’ve traveled to Washington, D.C. before, it’s likely that you’ve flown through Washington Dulles International Airport, named after President Eisenhower’s Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles. In fact, over 60,000 people travel through Dulles…
Yuval Levin on why trust in institutions is declining
Feb 19 • 25 min
It’s not news that America’s trust in public institutions is falling. Gallup polls reveal that confidence in the church is at an all time low, and similarly, Pew Research has found that Americans’ trust in the federal government and in each other is…
Responding to the pope’s call for wealth redistribution
Feb 12 • 30 min
On February 5, Pope Francis addressed a crowd of economists and finance ministers that had gathered together for a seminar on “New Forms of Solidarity Towards Fraternal Inclusion, Integration and Innovation.” During his speech, the pope addressed the…
How should Christians engage the world? In conversation with Abraham Kuyper
Feb 5 • 26 min
Central to the mission of the Acton Institute is educating people of faith about the connections that exist between religious life and economic thinking. Abraham Kuyper helped lay the groundwork for this mission by establishing why it’s important for…
How we can save endangered species through markets
Jan 29 • 30 min
Did you know that there are over 1,300 endangered species in the United States? Polar bears, northern spotted owls, red wolves, Florida panthers and even monarch butterflies are all on the endangered species list. We’ve been given a mandate to take care…
Why we need Sir Roger Scruton’s true conservatism
Jan 22 • 28 min
When Sir Roger Scruton passed away at the age of 75 on January 12, the world lost a giant in philosophy. Scruton wrote approximately 50 books on topics ranging from food to music to conservative thought, and in 2016 he was knighted for his contribution to…
Terror in New York: Is anti-Semitism on the rise?
Jan 15 • 24 min
On December 10, 2019, shoppers in a Kosher market in Jersey City, N.J., became the targets of anti-Semitic violence. Two men opened fire in the grocery store, killing four people. Just a few weeks later, a man wielding a machete broke into a rabbi’s home…
Remembering Gertrude Himmelfarb with Yuval Levin
Jan 8 • 30 min
On this week’s episode, we pay tribute to Gertrude Himmelfarb who passed away last Monday, December 30th, at the age of 97. Gertrude Himmelfarb was a historian and leading intellectual voice in conservatism. Throughout her career, she wrote many books…
Behind China’s drive for global domination
Dec 24, 2019 • 35 min
During Christmastime in China in 2015, 1,700 churches were torn down or vandalized, a result of the Chinese government growing increasingly hostile to Christianity. In 2018, The Chinese government raided and shut down churches ahead of Christmas and…
Breaking down Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society with Amity Shlaes
Dec 18, 2019 • 27 min
On May 22nd, 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson launched his program for a “Great Society” in a speech at the University of Michigan. “The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all,” Johnson began. “It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to…
Elizabeth Warren wants $3 trillion tax hike; Mark Hall on America’s Christian founding
Dec 11, 2019 • 44 min
Massachusetts Democratic Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has proposed to increase taxes for big businesses and high earners to rake in nearly $3 trillion per year. Warren plans to use this tax to fund spending in health care,…
Rev. Robert Sirico responds to Marco Rubio’s ‘common good capitalism’
Dec 4, 2019 • 28 min
Sen. Marco Rubio’s recent proposals for ‘common good capitalism’ have sparked criticism and praise across the board. Rubio draws heavily from Catholic Social Teaching in his defense of common good capitalism, describing an economy for the common good…
The untold story of Stalin’s Ukrainian famine
Nov 27, 2019 • 28 min
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation recently released their annual poll for the year 2019, revealing that over one third of the millennial generation view communism favorably, 15% believing that the world would be “better off ” if the Soviet…
How property rights save the planet
Nov 20, 2019 • 30 min
Panic surrounding climate change and the environment is on the rise and doomsday predictions abound. Most headlines about the environment only tell one story: that the environment is on the decline and that this decline is a result of economic…
Are we all Keynesians now? Why Lord Acton matters today
Nov 13, 2019 • 36 min
In 1965, Milton Friedman was quoted by Time magazine for saying “We are all Keynesians now,” referring to how pervasive the thoughts of economist John Maynard Keynes had become in society and economics. Known as the founding father of macroeconomics,…
Liberation theology drives the Amazon synod; Remembering the Berlin Wall
Nov 6, 2019 • 55 min
On this episode, Acton’s Samuel Gregg joins the podcast to break down liberation theology, a Marxist movement that began in the 20th century and took root in the Catholic Church in Latin America. October 27 marked the close of the Synod of Bishops on the…
The conversion of Kanye West; What Wilhelm Röpke has to say about our digital age
Oct 30, 2019 • 38 min
In just the first week of the release of Kanye West’s new explicitly Christian record “Jesus is King,” it’s outsold his previous album “Ye,” projected to sell 225-275k copies. In addition to comments regarding his conversion to Christianity, he’s…
The morality of ‘Joker’; How Clarence Thomas is changing SCOTUS
Oct 23, 2019 • 43 min
The new super villain drama ‘Joker’ has shattered box office records and gained much controversial media attention along the way. Set to top $900 million worldwide, the dark film from director Todd Phillips and actor Joaquin Phoenix is already being…
Communist China dunks on NBA; Robert Doar on poverty in America
Oct 16, 2019 • 49 min
On October 4, Daryl Morey, manager of the Houston Rockets, posted a tweet that included the words “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong.” Afterwards, China severed several partnerships they had with the Rockets in retaliation, leading Morey to delete…
Special report: Churches and ministries at the front line of the opioid crisis
Oct 9, 2019 • 25 min
In 2017, a poll from NPR and Ipsos found that one in every three people in the U.S. has been affected by the opioid crisis in one way or another. One third of Americans know someone who has overdosed or know someone who is battling addiction — and the…
Is Catholicism at odds with the American experiment?
Oct 2, 2019 • 28 min
In 1995, Pope John Paul II spoke to a crowd in Baltimore, MD, saying, “Democracy cannot be sustained without a shared commitment to certain moral truths about the human person and human community. The basic question before a democratic society is: how…
Rebroadcast: Alexis de Tocqueville’s enduring insights
Sep 25, 2019 • 31 min
Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy In America is renowned as one of the best examinations of early American society and politics, and remains one of the most insightful commentaries ever written on the practice of democracy in the United States. In this…
Why the ‘1619 Project’ is a lie; Yes, we’ve tried ‘real socialism’
Sep 18, 2019 • 44 min
In August, the New York Times launched the ‘1619 Project,’ an initiative that includes school curriculum, videos, and a podcast, which aims to “reframe” the history of America’s founding around slavery. The Times claims that since the year 1619, “[n]o…
Boris Johnson fights for Brexit; The faith of Antonin Scalia
Sep 11, 2019 • 40 min
On June 23, 2016, Britain voted to exit the European Union, but since then, Members of Parliament have repeatedly delayed Brexit. While Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now fighting to keep Britain’s leave from the EU on schedule, establishment MPs are…
Why we need the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; The truth about recession rumors
Sep 4, 2019 • 36 min
On November 16, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law, a bill backed by nearly unanimous bipartisan support. While RFRA has since then protected the religious liberty of American citizens, it has lost…
What is woke capitalism? Daniel J. Mahoney on ‘The Idol of Our Age’
Aug 28, 2019 • 37 min
From Gillette to Pepsi, many companies are starting to market their products by advocating for social justice issues, signaling to consumers that they are “woke.” Is woke capitalism a trend that’s truly new in the market? Should businesses comment on…
What is cronyism? Samuel Gregg on reason and faith in Western civilization
Aug 21, 2019 • 39 min
Cronyism is everywhere, affecting industries, entrepreneurs and customers and distorting the market through political advantage. So what is cronyism and how does it compromise genuine capitalism? Anne Rathbone Bradley, the current academic director at The…
Prince Harry’s population bomb; A doctor diagnoses Medicare for All
Aug 14, 2019 • 38 min
In a recent interview for Vogue, Prince Harry declared to British anthropologist Jane Goodall that he and Meghan plan on having only two children, due to environmental concerns. Alarmist predictions about the results of overpopulation is nothing new, of…
Discrimination against faith-based adoption agencies; Lessons from the fall of ancient Rome
Aug 7, 2019 • 37 min
A crisis in the adoption and foster system is currently plaguing the nation. With over 400,000 children in need of homes, a shortage of placements is driving some states to desperate measures, even housing children in hotels and office buildings. States…
The reality of a $15 minimum wage; Should big tech be regulated?
Jul 31, 2019 • 38 min
On July 18, the Raise the Wage Act passed the U.S House of Representatives, a bill that would double federal minimum wage by 2025. Members of Congress who support the bill believe it will increase pay for 27 million workers and lift over one million…
Tackling populism with Ben Domenech
Jul 24, 2019 • 33 min
Populism is gaining traction, both abroad and in the United States. In 2017, the Swedish libertarian think tank Timbro and the European Policy Information Center released their “Authoritarian Populism Index,” showing that populist parties have gained the…
First Step Act brings home thousands of prisoners; A win for property rights
Jul 17, 2019 • 34 min
In a few short days, thousands of federal inmates will be returning home on “earned good time.” That’s a result of The First Step Act, a federal prison reform bill which was signed into law in December. Criminal justice reform advocate Mark Holden joins…
Glimmers of faith in North Korea; American religious liberty in a secular age
Jul 10, 2019 • 39 min
On June 14, an International Coalition for Religious Freedom in North Korea was launched, consisting of almost 200 activists, including Thae Yong-ho, a North Korean diplomat and defector to South Korea. President and co-founder of Acton Institute, Rev.…
Antifa explained; America’s Founders in the crosshairs
Jul 3, 2019 • 38 min
On June 29, violent riots between alt-right groups and antifa broke out in Portland, Oregon, leaving several people with severe injuries. Portland is becoming a hotbed for violent, left-wing groups. Who is antifa and what are they protesting? Rev. Ben…
Hong Kong’s freedom coming to an end? SCOTUS takes on regulatory state
Jun 26, 2019 • 55 min
Last week, nearly 2 million Hong Kong residents gathered to protest a newly proposed extradition bill. Helen Raleigh, senior writer at the Federalist, joins the show to explain the current extradition agreements held between Hong Kong and China, why so…
Why Marxism is still alive; The legacy of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Jun 19, 2019 • 46 min
On this episode of Acton Line, Romanian author and public intellectual, Mihail Neamtu, joins the show to talk about what he calls the “ghost” of Marxism. What defines Marxism and what remnants of the ideology are we seeing today? After that, Daniel J.…
Why you should watch ‘Chernobyl’; A federal commission for natural rights
Jun 12, 2019 • 24 min
On this episode of Acton Line, we talk about HBO’s new miniseries, ‘Chernobyl’ and the events surrounding the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine in 1986. Kyle Smith, writer at National Review, joins us for this segment and…
Understanding the Equality Act; Why Sweden is no utopia
Jun 5, 2019 • 29 min
On this episode of Acton Line, we first cover the Equality Act, a bill recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Keisha Russell, associate counsel at First Liberty…
A pretty good Tolkien movie; Public truths in the Gospel
May 29, 2019 • 44 min
On this episode of Acton Line, Bradley J. Birzer, History professor and the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College, joins the podcast to talk about the movie Tolkien, explaining what the film got right about the life of British…
Lessons on tyranny from Game of Thrones; Poverty and alienation in China
May 22, 2019 • 40 min
On this episode of Acton Line, Jordan Ballor and Tyler Groenendal break down the last season of Game of Thrones, discussing positive and negative aspects of the show as well as lessons on the role of government and the danger of power. Afterwards,…
Jonah Goldberg on his ‘Suicide of the West’; Remembering Fulton J. Sheen
May 15, 2019 • 43 min
On this episode, National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg speaks about his latest book, “Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Nationalism, Populism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy.” Jonah will also be speaking at our…
Andrew Klavan tackles AOC propaganda film; Rev. Robert Sirico on the religious left
May 8, 2019 • 37 min
On the episode of Acton Line, Andrew Klavan, award winning novelist, screenwriter, and regular host at the Daily Wire, joins the show to talk about the new Netflix documentary, “Knock Down the House.” The new political documentary follows four far…
The moral hazard of student debt; Unraveling Islam
May 1, 2019 • 40 min
On this episode of Acton Line, Caroline Roberts speaks with Andrew Kloster, the deputy director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University, about the student debt crisis. Kloster claims that the student debt crisis…
Green New Deal fantasies; Defending Andrew Jackson
Apr 24, 2019 • 44 min
On this episode, we bring John Baden onto the show. A rancher in Bozeman Montana, Baden has co-founded several organizations dedicated to free market environmentalism including the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment (FREE), dedicated…
Mourning the Notre-Dame cathedral inferno; Rev. Robert Sirico on education
Apr 17, 2019 • 42 min
On this episode of Acton Line, host Caroline Roberts is joined by Acton’s director of research, Samuel Gregg, to touch on the historical and religious significance of Notre-Dame in the wake of the fire that consumed much of the cathedral this past Monday.…
F.A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom; The media vs. ‘Unplanned’
Apr 10, 2019 • 47 min
On this episode of Acton Line, Caroline Roberts speaks with Sarah Estelle, professor of economics at Hope College, to revisit the life and work of F.A. Hayek on the 75th anniversary of the publishing of “The Road to Serfdom.” On the second segment,…
A trial for religious liberty; defining honorable business
Apr 4, 2019 • 36 min
On this episode of Acton Line, Trey Dimsdale, director of program outreach at Acton Institute, sits down with Andrew Graham, attorney at First Liberty Institute, a public interest law firm. Trey and Andrew talk about a current case threatening Bladensburg…
How secularization is killing middle America
Mar 27, 2019 • 32 min
On this episode of Acton Line, Acton’s director of communications, John Couretas, speaks with Tim Carney, editor at the Washington Examiner and a visiting fellow at AEI. They talk about Tim’s new book, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While…
Neighborly help for the poor; Americans flunk political science
Mar 20, 2019 • 40 min
On this week’s Acton Line podcast we hear about a church-based ministry that engages with the homeless and poor “relationally, responsibly, and compassionately.” James Whitford, executive director of Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission in Joplin,…
Denmark isn’t socialist; Who is William Penn?
Mar 13, 2019 • 42 min
On this episode of Acton Line, Caroline Roberts speaks with Acton’s senior editor, Rev. Ben Johnson, about a new study released by a free market think tank in Denmark, claiming that Denmark isn’t actually socialist. Although Denmark is regularly cited as…
Rev. Robert A. Sirico on the reality of socialism; Interview with a Venezuelan dissident
Mar 6, 2019 • 38 min
On this episode of Acton Line, Acton’s co-founder and president, Rev. Robert Sirico, sits down with Acton’s associate researcher and librarian, Dan Hugger, to discuss the realities of socialism seen specifically in Nicaragua and Venezuela. After that, a…
Is entrepreneurship declining? All jobs are on the A team
Feb 27, 2019 • 34 min
On this episode of Acton Line, Caroline Roberts is joined by the founder and president of the Center for American Entrepreneurship, John Dearie, to discuss the state of entrepreneurship in America. Dearie explains why start up innovation and small…
P.J. O’Rourke on capitalism; Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’
Feb 20, 2019 • 39 min
On this episode of Acton Line, research associate at the Acton Institute, Jordan Ballor, talks with best-selling author and leading political satirist, P.J. O’Rourke, about his newest book, “None of My Business.” O’Rourke will be giving a talk at Acton’s…
Love and economics; Ending poverty and saving farms
Feb 13, 2019 • 35 min
On this episode of Acton Line, producer Caroline Roberts speaks with Sarah Estelle, professor of economics at Hope College. Estelle breaks down some common misconceptions about economics and shares what our love for those around us has to do with…
How churches lost the schools; Chinese censorship of American movies
Feb 6, 2019 • 32 min
On this episode of Acton Line, Rev. Ben Johnson, senior editor at Acton, speaks with Rev. Richard Turnbull from the Center for Enterprise, Markets, and Ethics, to talk about the importance of private, voluntary institutions, drawing examples from how…
The life of Francis Schaeffer; Netflix’s ‘Watership Down’
Jan 23, 2019 • 31 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Caroline Roberts speaks with Stephen Nichols, the president of Reformation Bible College, about the life and work of Francis Schaeffer, 20th century protestant evangelist. After that, host Bruce Edward Walker talks…
Ashanti Bryant explains AmplifyGR; What is a government shutdown?
Jan 16, 2019 • 42 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Acton’s Tyler Groenendal speaks with Dave Hebert, professor of economics at Aquinas College, about the current government shutdown and what effect is has on individuals and businesses. In another segment, we have a…
A first step towards criminal justice reform; The human cost of unemployment part II
Jan 9, 2019 • 22 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, producer Caroline Roberts speaks with Sarah Estelle, associate professor of economics at Hope College. Caroline and Sarah discuss the subject of criminal justice reform in light of the recently passed, bipartisan bill,…
The legacy of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; The human cost of unemployment part I
Jan 2, 2019 • 30 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, John Couretas, Acton’s Director of Communications, talks with Daniel J. Mahoney, professor of political science at Assumption College, about the legacy of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in light of Solzhenitsyn’s memoir…
RFA Redux: David LaRocca on Brunello Cucinelli’s new philosophy of clothes
Dec 19, 2018 • 32 min
On this remastered episode of Radio Free Acton, we revisit an interview with David LaRocca: a philosopher, author, and filmmaker who has released a documentary on Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur Brunello Cuccinelli. Cucinelli has built a…
The Church and the market; Who is Lord Acton?
Dec 12, 2018 • 36 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Senior Editor at Acton, Rev. Ben Johnson, speaks with the Director of the Center for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics, Rev. Richard Turnbull, about the role the Church should take in the market and how that has played…
A.J. Jacobs on coffee and gratitude; The story of freedom in Estonia
Dec 5, 2018 • 29 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, producer Caroline Roberts speaks with A.J. Jacobs, journalist and New York Times bestselling author, about his latest book “Thanks a Thousand,” detailing his trip around to world to find and thank each person who…
The legacy of C.S.Lewis; Marvel’s Daredevil
Nov 28, 2018 • 34 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, producer Caroline Roberts speaks with Michael Ward, a British Scholar and professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University, about the work of the 20th century writer C.S. Lewis, in time for the anniversary of…
Gratitude in a tight knit world
Nov 21, 2018 • 18 min
In this special thanksgiving episode of Radio Free Acton, occasional host Anne Marie Schieber speaks with Liz Hilton, a designer, entrepreneur and 3D knit innovator. In 2015, Liz founded KNITit in response to the global need for customized knitting and is…
Defining a human right; Understanding Brexit
Nov 14, 2018 • 35 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton Trey Dimsdale, director of Program Outreach at Acton, speaks with Adam MacLeod, professor of law at Faulkner University, on what is a basic human right and how is the concept understood in the modern world? Then, Senior…
The need for Christian statesmanship; ‘Ideas have Consequences’
Nov 7, 2018 • 36 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Jordan Ballor, Director of Publishing at Acton, speaks with Hunter Baker, Acton Affiliate Scholar, about the need for Christian statesmanship in our current political climate and the attributes of a statesman. Then…
The story of Arthur Vandenberg; Russell Kirk’s horror fiction
Oct 31, 2018 • 35 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton: Gleaves Whitney, Director of Grand Valley State University Howenstein Center for Presidential Studies, talks with Hank Meijer, Co-Chairman and CEO of US supermarket chain Meijer, about the story of Arthur Vandenburg…
Hot, dirty, noisy: Purposeful work at Kerkstra Precast; Media blackout on Gosnell movie
Oct 24, 2018 • 21 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, award winning news anchor Anne Marie Schieber speaks with James Morgan about his job at Kerkstra Precast, an industrial plant. We get a look into James’ daily work and how he finds meaning and motivation in what he…
Was Jesus a socialist? The importance of poetry
Oct 17, 2018 • 29 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Dan Hugger, Research Associate at Acton, speaks with Larry Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education, about the question that seems to be cropping up everywhere nowadays: Was Jesus a socialist? Then,…
The debasement of human rights; Econ quiz on USMCA
Oct 10, 2018 • 28 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, John Couretas, Director of Communications at Acton, speaks with Aaron Rhodes, a human rights activist based out of Hamburg, Germany, about Aaron’s new book “The Debasement of Human Rights.” Where does the notion of…
Virtue in education; Discussing the literary greats
Oct 3, 2018 • 35 min
On this Episode of Radio Free Acton, Dan Churchwell, Director of Program Outreach at Acton, speaks with Nathan Hitchcock, education entrepreneur, about the role of character development and virtue play in education, and what the future of education might…
The connection of faith and work; the legacy of Walker Percy
Sep 26, 2018 • 33 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Associate Director of Program Outreach at Acton, Dan Churchwell, and Missy Wallace, Executive Director of the Nashville Institute for Faith and Work, discuss how Missy became interested in the connection between faith…
Inside the studio of a violin maker; Upstream on the film ‘Andrei Rublev’
Sep 19, 2018 • 25 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, award winning news anchor Anne Marie Schieber visits the studio of Matthew Noykos, a violin maker in Grand Rapids, MI, to learn more about his craft and discuss how he finds purpose and fulfillment in his everyday…
The good news about poverty; Upstream on ‘Operation Finale’
Sep 12, 2018 • 27 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Caroline Roberts, producer and host of Radio Free Acton, speaks with Joseph Connors, Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida Southern College, about the global decline in poverty and how we can continue to reduce…
‘Work in the age of robots’; Has classical music been forgotten?
Sep 5, 2018 • 34 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, John Couretas, Executive Producer of Radio Free Acton, interviews Mark Mills, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, on his new book “Work in the Age of Robots”, about what our jobs and the future of AI might look…
Entrepreneurship in Guatemala; Upstream on the future of the arts
Aug 29, 2018 • 32 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, host Caroline Roberts speaks with Jonathan Porta, co-founder of e-commerce platform UTZ Market in Guatemala, on his experiences in developing his business and on entrepreneurship in Guatemala, then on the Upstream…
What is natural law? Upstream on Netflix’s ‘Anon’
Aug 22, 2018 • 32 min
This episode of Radio Free Acton features a discussion between Drew McGinnis, Editorial Director and Research Fellow at Acton, and Eric Hutchinson, Associate Professor of Classics at Hillsdale College and translator of a book recently released in Acton’s…
Econ Quiz on pensions and public debt; Upstream on Frida Kahlo and Stalinism
Aug 15, 2018 • 33 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, host Caroline Roberts speaks with Dave Hebert, Professor of Economics at Aquinas College for another Econ Quiz segment on the topic of pensions and state debt. Then, on the Upstream segment, Bruce Edward Walker talks…
Luke Burgis tackles myths about entrepreneurship; Upstream on government funded art
Aug 8, 2018 • 26 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Victoria Antram, summer intern at Acton, speaks with Luke Burgis, a businessman who was named a top 25 under 25 entrepreneur by Business Week, about the myths and misconceptions about entrepreneurship. Then, on the…
Interview with a Venezuelan dissident; Jared Meyer on the sharing economy
Aug 1, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode of Radio Free Acton, Noah Gould, summer intern at Acton, interviews Javier Avila, a Venezuelan dissident who speaks of both the bleak and hopeful future he sees for the resistance against tyrannical government in Venezuela. Then, another…
Discussing the Trump-Putin summit with Mihail Neamtu; Upstream on how to read
Jul 25, 2018 • 28 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, host Caroline Roberts speaks with Mihail Neamtu, Romanian conservative author, on the Trump-Putin summit, Russia’s economy, and what Trump should have prioritized at his meeting with Putin. Then, on the Upstream…
Discussing the reconstruction era; Upstream on ‘First Reformed’
Jul 18, 2018 • 32 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, John Wilsey, affiliate scholar of theology and history at Acton, speaks with Allen Guelzo, professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg college, about reconstruction in the South after the Civil War. This discussion is…
Discussing the importance of free elections; Upstream on ‘Incredibles 2’
Jul 11, 2018 • 29 min
This episode of Radio Free Acton starts with another Transatlantic Intelligence segment, hosted by Senior Editor at Acton, Rev. Ben Johnson, who talks with Juan Pina, Secretary General of the Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty in Madrid, Spain on…
The religious roots of the American founding; Jewish contributions to American liberty
Jul 3, 2018 • 27 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Acton Director of Communications John Couretas speaks with Ray Nothstine of the Civitas Institute about the religious - and especially Puritan - roots of the American Revolution; then we hear an excerpt from Susan…
RFA redux: Why Abraham Kuyper matters
Jun 27, 2018 • 36 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, we revisit a segment aired 2 years ago. Marc Vander Maas, Audio/Visual Manager at Acton, talks to Jordan Ballor, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Publishing at Acton, about why the Dutch theologian and statesman…
RFA Reports on Christians in the civic arena; Discussion on the Trump-Kim summit
Jun 20, 2018 • 28 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, we are pleased to bring you the third edition of RFA Reports. Guest Anne Marie Schieber, an award-winning reporter and former anchor with Wood TV Grand Rapids, speaks with Rafael Cruz, father of former presidential…
Discussion on the morality of free trade; Upstream on the letters of Russell Kirk
Jun 13, 2018 • 32 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Tyler Groenendal, Foundation Relations Coordinator at Acton, speaks with Michael J. Clark, Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College, on the morality and importance free trade. Then, on the Upstream segment, Bruce…
RFA redux: John Stonestreet doesn’t want to talk about sex
Jun 6, 2018 • 33 min
On this remastered episode of Radio Free Acton, we revisit an interview we had with John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. We examine the major contributions of Christianity to western culture, try to figure out if…
Seeking flourishing in the context of poverty; Upstream on ‘Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts’
May 30, 2018 • 36 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Andrew Vanderput, PovertyCure strategy and engagement manager at Acton, holds a discussion with Peter Greer, president and CEO of Hope International, on how human flourishing can be brought about in the context of…
Discussing the problem of child marriage; Upstream on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ at 50
May 23, 2018 • 34 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Host Caroline Roberts speaks with Fr. Ben Johnson, senior editor at Acton, about his article in the latest issue of Religion & Liberty on the problem of child marriage. Then, on the Upstream segment, Bruce Edward…
Tech & Work: Israeli innovation; Upstream on HBO’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’
May 16, 2018 • 40 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Dan Churchwell, associate director of program outreach at Acton, speaks with Eugene Kandel, CEO of Start-Up Nation Central, on Israeli innovation. Then, on the Upstream segment, Bruce Edward Walker speaks with Phil…
Robert Whaples on Pope Francis’ views on Economics; Upstream on Bob Dylan and Thomas Merton
May 9, 2018 • 33 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Dan Hugger, librarian and research associate at Acton, speaks with Robert Whaples, research fellow at the Independent Institute and professor of economics at Wake Forest University on Pope Francis’ views on capitalism…
RFA Reports on Direct Primary Care part II; Upstream on ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
May 2, 2018 • 20 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, we feature the second installment of RFA Reports. Guest Anne Marie Schieber-Dykstra, an award-winning reporter and former anchor with WOODTV Grand Rapids, talks with experts and patients on ways in which Direct Primary…
RFA Reports on Direct Primary Care; Upstream on ‘Chappaquiddick’
Apr 25, 2018 • 21 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, we premier a new segment: RFA Reports. Guest Anne Marie Schieber, an award-winning reporter and former anchor with Wood TV Grand Rapids, discusses ways in which Christian healthcare centers are providing better care…
Business FX on workplace ethics; Upstream with blues group Kathy and the Kilowatts
Apr 18, 2018 • 35 min
This episode of Radio Free Acton starts off with the second installment of the Business FX segment, featuring a talk on ethics in the workplace between John Couretas, director of communications at Acton, and Phil Sotok, management consultant with DPMC.…
Discussing ‘Communism & Christian Faith’; Upstream with mystery novelist Sally Wright
Apr 4, 2018 • 40 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Acton’s Drew McGinnis and Dan Hugger discuss the book Communism & Christian Faith with Pavel Hanes, professor in the department of theology at Matej Bel University in Slovakia. Communism & Christian Faith was written…
Justice in taxation, How entrepreneurs make a freer society, and Upstream on ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
Mar 28, 2018 • 46 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Kevin Schmiesing, research fellow at Acton, speaks with Robert Kennedy, professor in the department of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, on ‘Justice in Taxation.’ Then, Caroline Roberts talks with Brett…
Tech & Work: The effect of technology on farming; Upstream on ‘The Rending and the Nest’
Mar 21, 2018 • 36 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Dan Churchwell, associate director of program outreach at Acton, speaks with Kevin Scott, a farmer from Valley Springs, SD, on sustainable farming and growing technology as well as the dramatic changes in agriculture…
Phil Sotok on purpose and fulfillment in the workplace; Upstream on the beat poets
Mar 14, 2018 • 45 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, John Couretas, Director of Communications at Acton, talks to Phil Sotok, management consultant with DPMC, examining purpose, fulfillment and ethics in the workplace. Then, on the Econ Quiz segment, Caroline Roberts…
Philip Booth on what’s missing from Laudato Si’; Upstream with jazz legend Norma Winstone
Mar 7, 2018 • 35 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Rev. Ben Johnson, Senior Editor at Acton, speaks with Philip Booth, Professor at St. Mary’s University in the UK about what’s missing from the 2015 Papal Encyclical: Laudato Si’. Then, on the Upstream segment, Bruce…
Yuval Levin on finding solidarity in the Age of Trump; Upstream on “Black Panther”
Feb 28, 2018 • 32 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Marc Vander Maas, audio/visual manager at Acton, speaks with Yuval Levin, Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, on finding solidarity in the “Age of Trump,” what it means, how it came about, and also…
Philip Booth on Catholic Social Teaching in China; Jay Richards on how technology affects work
Feb 21, 2018 • 43 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Rev. Ben Johnson, Senior Editor at Acton, speaks with Philip Booth, Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics, St. Mary’s University in the UK, about Catholic Social Teaching in China. Then, we have an Econ Quiz…
Greg Forster on the legacy of Whittaker Chambers, Upstream on Ursula K. Le Guin
Feb 14, 2018 • 47 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Paul Bonicelli, director of programs and education at Acton, and Trey Dimsdale, director of program outreach at Acton, speak with Greg Forster, director of the Oikonomia Network and visiting assistant professor of…
The fight for $15, stock market boom, and Oxfam’s 2018 inequality report
Jan 31, 2018 • 32 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Caroline Roberts talks to Joe Carter, Senior Editor at Acton, about minimum wage and the “Fight for $15.” Then on the Econ Quiz segment, Dave Hebert, Professor of Economics at Aquinas College, speaks with John…
Jennifer Roback Morse on family breakdown and the economy; Upstream on “Darkest Hour”
Jan 17, 2018 • 29 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Trey Dimsdale, Director of Program Outreach at Acton, speaks with Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute, about her upcoming Acton Lecture Series talk on family breakdown and the economy. Then, on the…
Liz Forkin Bohannon on wealth creation and effective poverty alleviation; Upstream on Godless
Jan 10, 2018 • 32 min
On this week’s episode of Radio Free Acton, Caroline Roberts speaks with Liz Forkin Bohannon, CEO and Founder of Sseko designs, on wealth creation and effective poverty alleviation. Then, on the Upstream segment, Bruce Edward Walker hosts a roundtable…
Alex Chafuen on the birth and work of the Acton Institute; Upstream on Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Dec 20, 2017 • 31 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Fr. Ben Johnson, Senior Editor at the Acton Institute, speaks with Alex Chafuen, President of the Atlas Network and as of January 1, 2018, Acton’s new Managing Director: International, on his past and upcoming work…
Sam Gregg on Röpke and Keynes; Upstream on Rolling Stone magazine
Dec 13, 2017 • 31 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Dylan Pahman, Research Fellow and Managing Editor of the Journal of Markets and Morality at Acton, speaks with Sam Gregg, Director of Research at Acton, about the prolific economists Wilhelm Röpke and John Maynard…
Police Chief Mac Tristan on servant leadership; Upstream on Flannery O’Connor
Dec 6, 2017 • 33 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Sarah Stanley, Managing Editor at the Acton Institute, speaks with Mac Tristan, Chief of Police in Coppell, Texas, on the topic of servant leadership: what is it, how has Mac found it helpful in his line of work, and…
Jordan Ballor on Kuyper, Bonhoeffer and Thanksgiving; Upstream on Alternative Country Music
Nov 22, 2017 • 31 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Bruce Edward Walker talks with Ray Nothstine, Opinion Editor of the the North State Journal and Editor at the Civitas Institute, on the alternative country music genre. Then, Caroline Roberts interviews Jordan Ballor,…
Rev. Ben Johnson on Religion & Liberty Transatlantic; Upstream on Thor: Ragnarok
Nov 15, 2017 • 31 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Caroline Roberts talks with Rev. Ben Johnson, Senior Editor at the Acton Institute, about the Religion & Liberty Transatlantic publication. They discuss the publication’s purpose, goals, as well as the spirit and…
Matt Kibbe on political cronyism; Upstream on Thank You for Your Service
Nov 8, 2017 • 34 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Dylan Pahman, Managing Editor of the Journal of Markets and Morality at the Acton Institute, speaks with Matt Kibbe, President and Director of Free the People, about political cronyism. Then, on the Upstream segment,…
Joe Carter on wealth creation; Upstream on recent Jazz releases
Nov 1, 2017 • 33 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Marc Vander Maas talks to Joe Carter, senior editor at the Acton Institute, on wealth creation versus redistribution of wealth. Then, on the Upstream segment, Bruce Edward Walker discusses recent jazz releases with…
Rev. Ben Johnson on how sin taxes support terrorism; Upstream on sci-fi writer Jerry Pournelle
Oct 25, 2017 • 30 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Caroline Roberts talks with Fr. Ben Johnson, Senior Editor at the Acton Institute on the pitfalls of sin taxes. Then, on the Econ Quiz segment, Caroline speaks to Anne Rathbone Bradley, Vice President of Economic…
Daniel Mahoney on the Bolshevik Revolution; Upstream on Blade Runner 2049
Oct 18, 2017 • 40 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, John Couretas, Director of Communications at the Acton Institute, speaks with Daniel J. Mahoney, Professor of Political Science at Assumption College, on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Then, on the…
Ben DeGrow on school choice; Econ Quiz on tax reform; Upstream on Ray Bradbury
Oct 11, 2017 • 36 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Caroline Roberts talks with Ben DeGrow, Director of Education Policy at The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, about school choice, previewing his panel presentation at Acton’s upcoming Education and Freedom event.…
Tom Lindsay on the future of higher education in America; Upstream on The Devil and Father Amorth
Oct 4, 2017 • 34 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Paul Bonicelli, Director of Programs and Education at the Acton Institute talks about Acton’s upcoming Education & Freedom conference and the future of education in America with Tom Lindsay, Director of the Texas…
Paul Kengor on Reagan and Pope John Paul II; Upstream on It and Mother!
Sep 27, 2017 • 29 min
On this episode of Radio Free Acton, Caroline Roberts talks with Paul Kengor, Professor of Political Science at Grove City College about his new book on the extraordinary relationship between President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. Then, on the…
Mollie Hemingway on fake news; Upstream on Fleet Foxes and R.E.M.
Sep 20, 2017 • 23 min
Today on Radio Free Acton, we are joined by Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor at the Federalist who speaks with Acton’s Sarah Stanley about fake news and the breakdown of trust in media institutions. Following that, Bruce Edward Walker speaks with musician…
Joe Carter on Antifa and the Alt Right; Upstream on artist Renee Radell
Sep 13, 2017 • 29 min
Today on Radio Free Acton we have Joe Carter, senior editor for Acton and Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Patrick Henry College talking with Caroline Roberts about Antifa, the Alt Right, and how Christians should respond to the messages of both groups.…
Gleaves Whitney on Russell Kirk; Upstream on Comrade Detective
Sep 6, 2017 • 36 min
Today on Radio Free Acton we have Gleaves Whitney, director of Grand Valley State’s Hauenstein center for Presidential Studies talking with Bruce Edward Walker on Russel Kirk and the Conservative Mind. Following up on that is another great Upstream…
Rev. Robert Sirico Acton Mailbag, Victor Claar on Hurricane Harvey, Upstream w/ Bruce Edward Walker
Aug 30, 2017 • 33 min
On today’s edition of Radio Free Acton we have Bruce Edward Walker talking to Sam Karnick on Prog Rock. After that we have Caroline Roberts interviewing economist Victor Claar on the morality of price gouging. Then to top it off we have another edition of…
Ismael Hernandez on “Detroit” in 2017 America; Jacqueline Isaacs on Libertarian Christianity
Aug 22, 2017 • 30 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Bruce Edward Walker speaks with Ismael Hernandez of the Freedom and Virtue Institute about “Detroit,” the new film from Katheryn Bigelow about the Algiers Motel incident during the 1967 Detroit riots, particularly…
Jacqueline Issacs on Christians and Libertarianism; Upstream on War for the Planet of the Apes
Aug 15, 2017 • 30 min
This week on Radio Free Acton we have guest Jacqueline Issacs on the show to preview her Acton on Tap lecture and talk a little about why you can be a libertarian Christian; she is interviewed by senior research fellow Jordan Ballor. After that Bruce…
Rev. Robert A. Sirico opens the Acton Mailbag; Upstream tackles Baby Driver
Aug 8, 2017 • 26 min
This week on Radio Free Acton, the co-founder and President of the Acton Institute - Rev. Robert A. Sirico - stops by to field questions from our summer interns, and Bruce Edward Walker, Dan Hugger, and Charissa Reul discuss “Baby Driver” in our Upstream…
Ray Nothstine on the spirit of “Dunkirk”; Seth Bartee on Russell Kirk and lesiure
Aug 1, 2017 • 41 min
This week on Radio Free Acton, Bruce Edward Walker welcomes Ray Nothstine of the North State Journal to “Upstream” to review Christopher Nolan’s latest film, “Dunkirk.” Then Walker speaks with Seth Bartee of the Kirk Center on Russell Kirk’s wisdom on…
Jim McGann on the world of think tanks; Upstream on Spiderman: Homecoming
Jul 25, 2017 • 41 min
This week we talk with Jim McGann (senior lecturer of International Studies at the Lauder Institute, director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program and senior fellow, Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania) about the world…
Chris Armstrong on C.S. Lewis and medieval thought; Upstream on Monterey Pop at 50
Jul 18, 2017 • 28 min
On today’s Radio Free Acton we have an interview from Acton University with Chris Armstrong, author of the new book “Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C.S. Lewis.” We look at the difference between…
Thomas Kidd on Benjamin Franklin & Upstream on Mavis Staples
Jul 12, 2017 • 31 min
We talk to Thomas Kidd professor of history at Baylor, Associate Director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion and author of the new book Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father. After that, Bruce Walker and Marc talk about the…
Dylan Pahman on the foundations of a free society; Upstream on current horror
Jul 4, 2017 • 30 min
This week, we talk with Acton Research Fellow and Managing Editor of the Journal of Markets and Morality Dylan Pahman on his new book, “Foundations of a Free and Virtuous Society.” Then on Upstream with Bruce Edward Walker, we catch up on current horror…
John Lauck on bringing midwestern culture back to the spotlight; Upstream on Roger Waters
Jun 20, 2017 • 33 min
This week, we talk with John Lauck - founding president of the Midwestern History Association, the associate editor and book review editor of the Middle West Review, and an adjunct professor of history and political science at the University of South…
The genuine humanity of Wonder Woman; Samuel Gregg on the UK election surprise
Jun 10, 2017 • 22 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we talk with Acton Institute Director of Research Samuel Gregg about the surprising results of the snap parliamentary election in the UK that saw the conservatives lose their majority in the House of Commons, and…
Lawrence Reed on cultivating heroism
May 23, 2017 • 23 min
Lawrence Reed is the President of the Foundation for Economic Education, and he joins us on this edition of Radio Free Acton to talk about his new book, “Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character, and Conviction”.
John Mark Reynolds on objective beauty and truth
May 8, 2017 • 37 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we’re joined in studio by Dr. John Mark Reynolds, President of the St. Constantine School, to talk about beauty, and whether or not we can truly know if something is beautiful or not. We also talk about the St.…
Micah Watson on C.S. Lewis and the dangers of democratic education
Apr 18, 2017 • 28 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we’re joined by Micah Watson, the William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar Chair at Calvin College, to discuss the views of C.S. Lewis on democracy, specifically as they relate to the area of education. Lewis was not a fan of…
John Stonestreet doesn’t want to talk about sex
Apr 2, 2017 • 38 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we’re excited to talk to John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. We examine the major contributions of Christianity to western culture, try to figure out if there’s a reasonable system…
Brent Waters on just capitalism
Mar 28, 2017 • 18 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we talk with Brent Waters, Jerre and Mary Joy Stead professor of Christian social ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and author of Just Capitalism: A Christian Ethic of Economic Globalization. The…
Scott Lincicome on how free trade benefits everyone
Mar 21, 2017 • 29 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, international trade attorney and Cato Institute Adjunct Scholar Scott Lincicome joins us to give us the real story on the benefits of international trade for the United States, and dispels some myths about the impacts…
Anne Rathbone Bradley on eliminating poverty through economic freedom
Mar 14, 2017 • 28 min
Today on Radio Free Acton, we talk with Anne Rathbone Bradley, Ph.D. She serves as Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, and joins us to talk about the vital role that economic freedom plays in lifting…
James Poulos on the Art of Being Free
Mar 7, 2017 • 34 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we welcome back John Wilsey - Assistant Professor of History and Christian Apologetics and Associate Director of the Land Center for Cultural Engagement at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - and hand over the…
Samuel Gregg on the life and impact of Michael Novak
Feb 28, 2017 • 33 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we speak with Acton Institute Director of Research Samuel Gregg about the life and impact of Michael Novak, who passed away on February 17, 2017. Novak, a Roman Catholic theologian, philosopher, and author, was a…
The Verdict on Judge Neil Gorsuch with Judge Joseph Scoville
Feb 9, 2017 • 37 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we’re joined by Judge Joseph Scoville, former United States magistrate judge for the western district of Michigan, to review the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the United…
Ilya Shapiro on the the politics of judicial nominations
Feb 7, 2017 • 20 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we’re joined by Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and the editor of the Cato Supreme Court Journal, to discuss the politics surrounding judicial nominations in modern America,…
Christian Democracy in America
Jan 31, 2017 • 37 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we have a panel discussion on the prospects for a Christian Democratic political movement in the United States.
Avik Roy on how to transcend Obamacare
Jan 24, 2017 • 33 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we’re joined by Avik Roy, Opinion Editor at Forbes magazine and the founder and president of a new think tank, The Foundation for Research on Economic Opportunity. He’s been an insightful critic of the health care…
David LaRocca on Brunello Cucinelli’s new philosophy of clothes
Dec 20, 2016 • 35 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we speak with David LaRocca, philosopher, author, and filmmaker, who has released a documentary on Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur Brunello Cuccinelli. Cucinelli has built a successful company by creating…
Daniel Garza on Latinos and Liberty
Nov 22, 2016 • 27 min
Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, discusses the prospects of the movement for liberty and free markets in the Latino community on this edition of Radio Free Acton.
Victoria Coates on the art of democracy
Nov 15, 2016 • 18 min
In this edition of Radio Free Acton, we speak with cultural historian and author Victoria Coates on the capacity of democracy to inspire great works of art. Coates is the author of David’s Sling: The History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art, and spoke on…
Benjamin Domenech On The Rise Of American Populism
Oct 25, 2016 • 31 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Jordan Ballor - Acton Research Fellow, Director of Publishing, and Executive Editor of the Journal of Markets and Morality - talks with Benjamin Domenech, Publisher of The Federalist, about the current populist moment…
John Wilsey on Tocqueville’s Enduring Insights
Oct 4, 2016 • 32 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we’re joined by John Wilsey, Assistant Professor of History and Christian Apologetics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, to discuss Alexis de Tocqueville’s masterwork “Democracy In America.”
Karl Zinsmeister on Philanthropy and Education Reform
Sep 20, 2016 • 24 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we speak with Karl Zinsmeister, Vice President at Philanthropy Roundtable, about efforts to improve public education outcomes over the years, why charter schools are succeeding where past reform efforts have failed,…
Jordan Ballor on Why Abraham Kuyper Matters
Sep 13, 2016 • 36 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we speak with Jordan Ballor, General Editor of the Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology, a major series of new translations of Abraham Kuyper’s key works. We discuss the genesis of the project, and examine…
Kevin Schmiesing on the Indivisibility of Religious and Economic Freedom
Aug 7, 2016 • 25 min
Acton Institute Research Fellow Kevin Schmiesing joins us on this edition of Radio Free Acton to discuss the latest book release from the Acton Institute, “One and Indivisible: The Relationship Between Religious and Economic Freedom.”
Brexit’s Aftermath with Todd Huizinga
Jun 26, 2016 • 33 min
Last week on Radio Free Acton, we sat down with Acton Institute Director of International Outreach Todd Huizinga to preview the then-upcoming Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom. This week, we’re back again with Todd to review the stunning results of…
Todd Huizinga Previews Brexit
Jun 12, 2016 • 20 min
Acton Institute Director of International Outreach Todd Huizinga, author of “The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe”, discusses the upcoming British referendum on leaving the European Union on this edition…
Raymond Arroyo on Mother Angelica and the Power of Story
Apr 25, 2016 • 26 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Acton Institute President Rev. Robert A. Sirico sits down with the host of EWTN’s The World Over, Raymond Arroyo, for a wide-ranging discussion that touches on the life of Mother Angelica, the power of story, and the…
Magatte Wade on African Entrepreneurship
Apr 14, 2016 • 26 min
This week on Radio Free Acton, Magatte Wade joins us to discuss the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur in Africa. Too often, people in the West tend to think of Africa as a place to send aid rather than a place to engage in Trade. Magatte is…
William Allen on Conscience and Liberty
Mar 29, 2016 • 24 min
William B. Allen, Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science and Emeritus Dean, James Madison College, at Michigan State University, joins the podcast to talk about what the 2016 presidential race says about the…
Todd Huizinga on The New Totalitarian Temptation
Feb 22, 2016 • 27 min
Acton Institute Director of International Outreach Todd Huizinga joins us on this week’s edition of Radio Free Acton to discuss his new book, The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe.
Remembering Scalia; The Future of Religious Liberty with Ryan Anderson
Feb 16, 2016 • 32 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we pay tribute to the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and look to the future of religious liberty in the United States with Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation.
Larry Reed on Puncturing Progressive Mythology
Dec 14, 2015 • 29 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Larry Reed - President of the Foundation for Economic Education - discusses the myths that permeate the progressive worldview, and his new book debunking them: “Excuse Me, Professor: Challenging the Myths of…
Marina Nemat on Life After Tehran
Nov 23, 2015 • 23 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we talk with Marina Nemat - author, columnist, human rights advocate, and former political prisoner in her native Iran. How does a person survive imprisonment, torture, and threats of execution, and emerge from the…
Bradley Birzer on Russell Kirk and the Genesis of American Conservatism
Nov 9, 2015 • 28 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we join Bradley J. Birzer (“Call me Brad”) to discuss his new biography of Russell Kirk, and to examine Kirk’s role as the founding father of the conservative movement in the United States.
Jay Nordlinger on the Children of Monsters
Nov 1, 2015 • 25 min
Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor at National Review Magazine, discusses his latest book - Children of Monsters: An Inquiry Into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators - on this edition of Radio Free Acton.
The Conservative Heart with Arthur C. Brooks
Oct 4, 2015 • 23 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we talk with American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks about his latest book, “The Conservative Heart,” and why it’s so important for people who love liberty tell good stories about how freedom lifts…
Sam Gregg & Todd Huizinga On The EU’s Refugee Crisis
Sep 29, 2015 • 22 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Acton Institute Director of Research Samuel Gregg and Director of International Outreach Todd Huizinga discuss the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, and the strain that the crisis is putting on the European Union.
Jared Meyer Explains How Washington is Betraying America’s Young
Jul 21, 2015 • 11 min
Jared Meyer, Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, discusses his new book - Disinherited: How Washington is Betraying America’s Young - On this edition of Radio Free Acton.
John Horvat on Order; Sam Gregg on Chaos
Jul 14, 2015 • 22 min
In this edition of Radio Free Acton, we speak with John Horvat, author of Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society, about what’s wrong with our society and culture and how to fix it. We also look into the latest on Greece’s…
Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus on The Poverty of Nations
Jun 16, 2015 • 26 min
Theologian Wayne Grudem has teamed up with economist Barry Asmus to write a book on poverty entitled The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution. On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we explore the fundamentals of growth and human flourishing, and how…
Partying with Hobbits and Jonathan Witt
Jun 9, 2015 • 20 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Marc bravely battles a late-spring cold to bring you an interview with Jonathan Witt, Managing Editor at TheStream.org, and author of The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that Tolkien Got and The West Forgot. Was…
Lela Gilbert on Persecution of Saturday and Sunday People
Jun 2, 2015 • 24 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we talk with Lela Gilbert - author, journalist, and Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute - about her book “Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel Through The Eyes of a Christian Sojourner”, and about the very real…
Faith and Freedom in High School
May 19, 2015 • 31 min
What happens when a group of high school students decide to form a student group to discuss the intersection of religion, liberty, and markets? At Grand Rapids West Catholic High School, they founded The Acton Club. Acton Institute Director of Programs…
George Weigel, Rev. Robert A. Sirico & Samuel Gregg on Pope Francis
May 12, 2015 • 30 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we’re joined in studio by eminent Catholic scholar George Weigel of the Ethics and Public Policy Center to discuss the pontificate of Pope Francis, his coverage by the global media, and his upcoming trip to the United…
Timothy Carney on Big Business and Economic Freedom
May 4, 2015 • 24 min
Timothy P. Carney is the guest on this edition of Radio Free Acton to talk about the threats to liberty posed by not only Big Government, but Big Business as well. We also talk to Michael Van Beek of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland,…
Mark Ohanian on the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Apr 26, 2015 • 23 min
Mark Ohanian, Director of Programs for International Orthodox Christian Charities, speaks with Acton Institute Director of Communications John Couretas about the current state of the Syrian civil war and the ongoing—and growing—refugee crisis caused by…
A Primer on Religious Liberty with Ryan T. Anderson
Apr 7, 2015 • 28 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we talk with Ryan T. Anderson, William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at the Heritage Foundation, about what exactly we mean when we say “religious liberty.” Is it simply the freedom to worship, or does…
Burt & Anita Folsom on Uncle Sam’s Inability to Count
Mar 30, 2015 • 22 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Burt and Anita Folsom discuss their latest book, “Uncle Sam Can’t Count.” We examine whether the government has a good track record in subsidizing industry and innovation, and look at some of the unforseen consequences…
Reformation and Vocation with Gene Veith
Mar 24, 2015 • 24 min
In this edition of Radio Free Acton, we talk with Dr. Gene Edward Veith, Provost and Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College. Dr. Veith discusses the influence of the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther’s understanding of vocation on the…
Todd Huizinga on Greece and the European Union
Mar 3, 2015 • 27 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Acton Institute Director of International Outreach Todd Huizinga draws on his wealth of diplomatic and international experience to help us understand the history and context of the ongoing financial difficulties of the…
Elise Graveline Hilton on Human Trafficking
Feb 10, 2015 • 35 min
In this week’s podcast, Elise Graveline Hilton talks about her monograph and provides some basic resources for everyone interested in fighting the scourge of human trafficking.
Jeffrey Tucker on Capitalism and Love
Jan 26, 2015 • 30 min
Jeffrey Tucker, Author, speaker, founder and Chief Liberty Officer of Liberty.me, joins Radio Free Acton this week to discuss the relationship between capitalism and love. It may sound strange - we’re used to hearing capitalism described as the creed of…
Luba Markewycz on Remembering Holodomor
Dec 30, 2014 • 30 min
In this edition of Radio Free Acton, Paul Edwards speaks with Luba Markewycz of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, Illinois about the Holodomor - the Great Famine of the 1930s inflicted on Ukraine by Josef Stalin’s Soviet Government that…
Frank Buckley on Crown Government in America
Nov 11, 2014 • 23 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Marc Vander Maas talks with F. H. Buckley, Foundation Professor at George Mason University School of Law and author of a number of books, his latest being The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in…
Gerard Lameiro on Renewing America’s Heritage of Freedom
Oct 28, 2014 • 14 min
In this podcast, we welcome Gerard Lameiro to Radio Free Acton to talk about the subject of his recent Acton lecture and his book, Renewing America and Its Heritage of Freedom.
The Global Vatican Part 2
Oct 19, 2014 • 26 min
In this edition of Radio Free Acton, Research Fellow Michael Matheson Miller continues his conversation with former US Ambassador to the Holy See Francis Rooney. They discuss the soft power influence of the Vatican on global affairs and some of the ins…
The Global Vatican, Part 1
Oct 7, 2014 • 22 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Ambassador Francis Rooney speaks with Acton Institute Research Fellow Michael Matheson Miller regarding his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2008. He discusses the Vatican’s influence in world…
David Bromwich on Edmund Burke, Part 2
Sep 19, 2014 • 28 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Michael Matheson Miller - Research Fellow at the Acton Institute - continues his interview with Yale’s Sterling Professor of English David Bromwich on his new book, “The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke.” This week’s…
Sound Money with Robert P. Murphy
Sep 15, 2014 • 22 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we talk about sound money with economist and author Robert P. Murphy. What is money? Why does it have value? What happens when a government detaches the value of money from gold or other commodities? We look at these…
Chelsen Vicari on the Religious Left
Sep 14, 2014 • 13 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Sarah Stanley speaks with Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Program Director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, about her new book Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith.
David Bromwich on Edmund Burke, Part 1
Sep 12, 2014 • 23 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Michael Matheson Miller - Research Fellow at the Acton Institute - interviews Yale’s Sterling Professor of English David Bromwich on his new book, “The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke.” This week’s podcast is part 1…
Os Guinness on Our Augustinian Moment
Sep 8, 2014 • 23 min
As we head into the fall of 2014, the world seems in many ways to be a very dark and dangerous place. Between the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria (and the resulting slaughter and displacement of Christians in the middle east) and the relentless advance of…
500 Years of Reformation
Sep 5, 2014 • 31 min
2017 will mark the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church, the event that would eventually lead to what we now know as the Protestant Reformation. In anticipation of this very significant…
Culture Care with Makoto Fujimura
Jun 24, 2014 • 49 min
What does it mean for Christians to use our gifts to fulfill God’s purposes in cultural flourishing? Makoto Fujimura, internationally renowned artist, intellectual, and founder of the International Arts Movement, is well placed to address this question.…
The Acton University Experience: Father Hans Jacobse
Apr 22, 2014 • 11 min
Father Hans Jacobse, founder of the American Orthodox Institute and regular contributor to Orthodoxy Today, discusses his experience as a participant and lecturer at Acton University.
Andrew Abela on A Catechism for Business
Apr 7, 2014 • 30 min
What is the end – the goal – of business anyway? Is it to merely maximize a profit or to do good, or some balance between the two? And what exactly does it mean for a business to “do good”? And if I happen to be a person of deep religious faith, do I have…
Human Exceptionalism with Wesley J. Smith
Mar 25, 2014 • 34 min
Paul Edwards talks with Wesley J. Smith of the Discovery Institute and author of the Human Exceptionalism blog on National Review Online about the very real threats to the core idea of the dignity of the human person that exist in the intellectual world…
Douglas Rushkoff on Human Flourishing in a Digital Age
Mar 20, 2014 • 36 min
We would all agree that digital technology has made life better in many respects. But in what ways do smartphones, email, social media and the Internet in general bring pressures to bear upon us that diminish human dignity and work against us in the free…
Evaluating the Presidents with Lawrence Reed
Mar 17, 2014 • 11 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Paul Edwards talks with Lawrence Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education, about the changing nature and expanding power of the American Presidency, and what threats that may pose to the liberty of…
For The Life Of The World: Writing the Letters to the Exiles
Mar 16, 2014 • 22 min
In this edition of Radio Free Acton, Paul Edwards goes behind the scenes at the premiere of For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles, the new curriculum produced by the Acton Institute that examines God’s mission in the world and our place in it.
Hidden No More: Exposing Human Trafficking
Mar 10, 2014 • 18 min
On March 28 2014 at the Acton Building in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Acton Institute will be hosting Hidden No More: Exposing Human Trafficking in West Michigan, an event that will examine the pervasive problem of human trafficking, how widespread it is…
Examining the Ukrainian Crisis
Feb 20, 2014 • 30 min
In this edition of Radio Free Acton, we take a look at the current state of the crisis in the Ukraine. Paul Edwards takes the mic as host, and talks with Acton Institute Director of Research Samuel Gregg about the geopolitical context of the crisis and…
The Acton University Experience with Becki Essner
Jan 14, 2014 • 19 min
What does Acton University have to offer to a high school teacher? We talk with Becki Essner (AU’11, ‘12 & ‘13) about her experiences at Acton U, the things that have impacted her the most at the conferences, and how she integrates the lessons learned at…
Reflecting on the Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI Part 2
Sep 27, 2013 • 23 min
Reflecting on the Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI Part 2 by Acton Institute
Primary Education
Aug 29, 2013 • 19 min
The Radio Free Acton crew expands this week to include Director of Programs Michael Miller and Acton Research Fellow Anthony Bradley, who join regulars Marc Vander Maas and Ray Nothstine to discuss the fallout from a busy political week. Super Tuesday has…
Reflecting on the Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI
Aug 26, 2013 • 21 min
In this episode of Radio Free Acton, Michael Matheson Miller is joined by Acton’s Director of Research Samuel Gregg to reflect on the papacy and legacy of retiring Pope Benedict XVI. This is part one of a two part podcast.
Amity Shlaes and ‘Coolidge’
Aug 5, 2012 • 20 min
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Amity Shlaes - bestselling author of The Forgotten Man - joins the show to talk about her forthcoming biography of Calvin Coolidge. This edition of RFA was originally released on August 6, 2012.
Concealing Christian Identity
Feb 15, 2011 • 44 min
Radio Free Acton hits the web once again, this time featuring an exchange between Hunter Baker, author of The End of Secularism, and Jonathan Malesic, author of Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity.…
More on American Exceptionalism: The Podcast
Nov 6, 2010 • 23 min
There has been quite the uptick regarding the topic because of fears that America has lost its greatness. “America’s Destiny Must Be Freedom,” is a commentary I penned in June related to that fear, as well as an overview of America’s freedom narrative. I…
The Stewardship of Art, Part 2
Apr 29, 2010 • 34 min
David Michael Phelps continues to lead the discussion between Professors Nathan Jacobs and Calvin Seerveld, who previously debated this topic in the Controversy section of our Journal of Markets & Morality. The first portion of that exchange is available…
The Stewardship of Art, Part 1
Apr 28, 2010 • 41 min
September in Grand Rapids means the return of ArtPrize, which bills itself as a “radically open” art competition, juried by the general public, and awarding the largest cash prize for an art competition in the world - $250,000 for first place. As the…
Perspectives on Health Care Reform, Part 2
Jul 27, 2009 • 16 min
Dr. Donald Condit and Kevin Schmiesing join us to discuss the ins and outs of the healthcare system as well as viable options for reforming and improving it.
Perspectives on Health Care Reform, Part 1
Jul 26, 2009 • 20 min
Dr. Donald Condit and Kevin Schmiesing join us to discuss the ins and outs of the healthcare system as well as viable options for reforming and improving it.
Glenn Sunshine on why you think the way you do
Jul 23, 2009 • 32 min
Glenn Sunshine, professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, joins us to talk about his book ‘Why You Think The Way You Do’, which demonstrates the massive impact that Christianity has had in the development of the modern Western…
Obama and Religion
Mar 19, 2008 • 20 min
The Radio Free Acton crew takes on the controversy over the highly-publicized statements of Rev. Jeremiah Wright who served as pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ and serves as a spiritual mentor to Presidential candidate Barack Obama.…
Remembering Buckley and Contemplating Consumerist Religion
Feb 26, 2008 • 22 min
On this edition of the podcast, we pause to remember the contributions of William F. Buckley to the Acton Institute and to the conservative movement as a whole with Acton President Rev. Robert A. Sirico. The Acton podcast crew is then joined by Professor…
Happiness Without God?
Jan 26, 2008 • 13 min
The Radio Free Acton crew discusses whether or not a “rich and famous” lifestyle can produce true happiness, and concludes that money can’t buy happiness. Indeed, a life lived in pursuit of nothing more than material gain will lead to emptiness; true…
Radio Free Acton: The Premiere Episode
Jan 12, 2008 • 19 min
The first edition of Radio Free Acton hits the web with a look at the influence of religion on the upcoming Michigan primary, which takes place on Tuesday, January 15. Host Marc Vander Maas is joined by Acton colleagues Jordan Ballor, Ray Nothstine, and…