Conversations with Bill Kristol

Conversations with Bill Kristol
Conversations with Bill Kristol features in-depth, thought-provoking discussions with leading figures in American public life, hosted by the Weekly Standard editor at large.
Mike Murphy II
Feb 9 • 57 min
On possible paths forward for the Trump administration and the parties in the midterms and in 2020.
John Podhoretz
Jan 27 • 72 min
The editor of Commentary discusses movies, TV, and American popular culture.
Garry Kasparov IV
Jan 15 • 52 min
On the political and social implications of new technologies including artificial intelligence.
Jack Goldsmith
Jan 2 • 48 min
The Harvard law professor shares his perspective on the state of American institutions during the Trump presidency.
Harvey Mansfield XIV
Dec 18, 2017 • 36 min
On the connection between the thought of Alexis de Tocqueville and Machiavelli.
Dan Balz
Dec 3, 2017 • 76 min
The Washington Post political reporter shares his perspective on the fragmentation of the media, our political parties, and the Trump presidency.
Kristen Soltis Anderson
Nov 20, 2017 • 77 min
The pollster and political analyst shares her perspective on millennials and American politics.
Jonah Goldberg III
Nov 6, 2017 • 87 min
On the Trump presidency and the future of conservatism.
Spencer Abraham and Vin Weber
Oct 20, 2017 • 79 min
On the current political moment, and looking ahead to 2018 and 2020.
Eric Edelman
Oct 8, 2017 • 90 min
On the rise of authoritarianism around the world, and his career in government.
Paul Cantor IV
Sep 25, 2017 • 96 min
On Shakespeare’s Rome, including discussions of “Coriolanus,” “Julius Caesar,” and “Antony and Cleopatra.”
Thomas Donnelly
Sep 11, 2017 • 54 min
The AEI scholar discusses challenges to American primacy, and why America must continue to lead.
Christina Hoff Sommers II
Aug 28, 2017 • 61 min
On Google, GamerGate, and challenges to free speech on campus and in corporate America.
Harvey Mansfield XIII
Aug 14, 2017 • 93 min
On Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels as a work of political philosophy, and Swift as a critic of modernity.
Irwin Stelzer
Jul 31, 2017 • 79 min
The economist and political thinker on strengthening and preserving American democratic capitalism.
Ronald Brownstein
Jul 16, 2017 • 72 min
The veteran political journalist on the demographic, geographic, and political challenges facing Democrats and Republicans.
Mike Murphy
Jul 3, 2017 • 69 min
The Republican political strategist discusses the 2016 elections, the first months of Trump’s presidency, and looking ahead to 2018 and 2020.
Martin Feldstein
Jun 19, 2017 • 70 min
The Harvard economics professor discusses the 2008 financial crisis and analyzes the current strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. economy.
Josh Bolten
Jun 3, 2017 • 81 min
The chief of staff to George W. Bush reflects on managing the White House in moments of crisis.
John Walters
May 22, 2017 • 67 min
The former Drug Czar discusses the nation’s opioid epidemic and how to address it.
Ben Sasse
May 8, 2017 • 60 min
The Nebraska senator on the state of American society and culture.
Harvey Mansfield XII
Apr 24, 2017 • 39 min
On the Senate’s confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch and the relationship between politics and law.
N. Gregory Mankiw
Apr 9, 2017 • 66 min
The Harvard professor of economics on the American economy and why we need free markets.
Christopher Caldwell
Mar 27, 2017 • 76 min
The Weekly Standard Senior Editor analyzes the political, economic, and cultural situation in Europe today.
Vin Weber
Mar 13, 2017 • 93 min
On Reaganite internationalism, the election of Donald Trump, and the state of our parties.
David Axelrod
Feb 27, 2017 • 82 min
The 2016 elections, possible paths forward for Democrats & Republicans, & the early days of the Trump presidency.
Christopher DeMuth and Adam White
Feb 11, 2017 • 86 min
On how the president, Congress, & courts might go about reforming the administrative state.
James Ceaser III
Jan 29, 2017 • 93 min
On Donald Trump, our political parties, and the relationship between populism and conservatism.
Andrew Ferguson
Jan 16, 2017 • 78 min
The Weekly Standard senior editor on journalism, politics, culture, and the state of higher education.
Jonah Goldberg II
Jan 3, 2017 • 88 min
On President-elect Donald Trump, the state of liberalism and conservatism in 2017, and American culture.
Harvey Mansfield XI
Dec 19, 2016 • 42 min
On Donald Trump and how political philosophy can inform our understanding of Trump and his election.
William Galston
Dec 5, 2016 • 89 min
On the 2016 elections, the populist moment, Trump’s political prospects, and the Democrats.
Elliott Abrams III
Dec 1, 2016 • 23 min
Elliott Abrams and Bill Kristol discuss the death of Fidel Castro and the future of Cuba.
2016 Post-Election Special
Nov 20, 2016 • 79 min
Abraham, Cost & Kristol analyze the elections & opportunities / challenges for the Trump administration.
Steven F. Hayward
Nov 7, 2016 • 66 min
On what made Ronald Reagan a successful president, and why we should study statesmen.
Clarence Thomas
Oct 22, 2016 • 69 min
Personal reflections on twenty-five years on the Court, his jurisprudence, and his education.
Elliott Abrams II
Oct 10, 2016 • 73 min
On foreign policy challenges the next president will face and what the U.S. must to do to restore its global standing.
Harvey Mansfield X
Sep 26, 2016 • 78 min
On crime and mystery novels, P.G. Wodehouse, James Q. Wilson, Winston Churchill, and Jonathan Swift.
Charles Murray II
Sep 12, 2016 • 70 min
A discussion of the decline in American civic life and its effects on the current political moment.
Mark Blitz II
Aug 29, 2016 • 62 min
The professor of political philosophy on American liberal democracy and its basis in individual natural rights.
Paul Cantor III
Aug 15, 2016 • 86 min
On works of literature from different periods and genres that can teach us about liberty.
2016 State of the Race
Aug 3, 2016 • 83 min
Former Sen. Spencer Abraham, The Weekly Standard‘s Jay Cost, and Bill Kristol analyze the 2016 presidential race.
Harvey Mansfield IX
Aug 1, 2016 • 56 min
On Justice Scalia, and how to think about the role of the Constitution in America.
Jonah Goldberg
Jul 18, 2016 • 92 min
The National Review senior editor on Donald Trump’s candidacy and the state of liberalism and conservatism.
David Petraeus II
Jul 5, 2016 • 69 min
On the need for American engagement in the world, our current military capabilities, and his education.
Garry Kasparov III
Jun 20, 2016 • 59 min
On Trump, Sanders, Clinton, Obama and the state of American politics today.
James Ceaser II
Jun 6, 2016 • 80 min
The University of Virginia politics professor on the intellectual roots of contemporary progressivism.
Peter Thiel II
May 22, 2016 • 83 min
The business founder and investor on the global economy, the state of technology, and artificial intelligence.
Harvey Mansfield VIII
May 9, 2016 • 74 min
On manliness and the political and philosophical debates about our gender-neutral society.
Garry Kasparov II
Apr 25, 2016 • 80 min
On American foreign policy, Russia since the end of the Cold War, and the rule of Vladimir Putin.
Robert P. George
Apr 11, 2016 • 83 min
The distinguished Princeton professor of legal and moral philosophy discusses the major themes of his work.
Stephen Rosen
Mar 28, 2016 • 87 min
The Harvard government professor on today’s geopolitical challenges and American leadership in the world.
Robert D. Putnam
Mar 14, 2016 • 70 min
The author of Bowling Alone and Our Kids on the decline of American communities and civic life.
Garry Kasparov
Feb 29, 2016 • 79 min
The chess champion and human rights activist on his life and politics in Soviet Russia.
2016 State of the Republican Race
Feb 24, 2016 • 84 min
Spencer Abraham, Jay Cost, and Bill Kristol analyze the race for the Republican nomination.
David Petraeus
Feb 15, 2016 • 67 min
A discussion of General Petraeus’s command in Iraq from 2007-2008 and of his execution of the “surge.”
Rich Lowry
Feb 3, 2016 • 45 min
The editor of National Review on conservatism, Donald Trump, and the 2016 race.
Harvey Mansfield VII
Feb 1, 2016 • 75 min
On the ideas behind our political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans.
Larry Summers II
Jan 18, 2016 • 74 min
The Harvard University Professor and President Emeritus on political correctness in our universities.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Jan 4, 2016 • 66 min
The best-selling author explains the challenge of radical Islam and what the West should do to combat it.
Leon Kass
Dec 21, 2015 • 100 min
The distinguished AEI scholar and University of Chicago Emeritus Professor on bioethics and the Bible.
Harvey Mansfield VI
Dec 7, 2015 • 67 min
A discussion of Niccolò Machiavelli as the founder of modern philosophy, politics, and economics.
Larry Summers
Nov 23, 2015 • 78 min
The former Treasury Secretary on his experiences in the Clinton and Obama administrations.
Thomas Donnelly and Gary Schmitt
Nov 9, 2015 • 85 min
The AEI scholars discuss the state of the U.S. military and American foreign policy.
Arthur Brooks
Oct 26, 2015 • 67 min
The president of the American Enterprise Institute on the work of AEI and the role of think tanks today.
Paul Cantor II
Oct 12, 2015 • 87 min
On American popular culture and what we can learn from the best television shows and movies.
Newt Gingrich II
Sep 28, 2015 • 79 min
On a dangerous world, reforming our feckless bureaucracy, and America after Barack Obama.
2016 State of the Race
Sep 12, 2015 • 77 min
Former Senator Spencer Abraham and The Weekly Standard’s Jay Cost analyze the race for the White House.
Harvey Mansfield V
Aug 31, 2015 • 72 min
On the political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville and his insights into democracy and America.
Mitch Daniels
Aug 17, 2015 • 80 min
The former governor of Indiana reflects on his career in business, politics, and education.
Christina Hoff Sommers
Aug 3, 2015 • 63 min
The AEI scholar and former philosophy professor on how feminism went awry.
Samuel Alito
Jul 20, 2015 • 81 min
Justice Alito reflects on the Supreme Court, recent controversial cases, and his education.
David Gelernter
Jul 6, 2015 • 58 min
The Yale computer scientist on technology, art, and the dumbing down of America.
Donald Kagan
Jun 22, 2015 • 80 min
The distinguished Yale classical historian discusses the major themes of his teaching and scholarship.
Peter Berkowitz
Jun 8, 2015 • 79 min
The Hoover Institution Senior Fellow on liberal education and our illiberal universities.
Fred Barnes
May 25, 2015 • 84 min
The Weekly Standard Executive Editor discusses his career in political journalism.
Harvey Mansfield IV
May 11, 2015 • 96 min
On the political philosopher Leo Strauss and the Straussian school of philosophy he founded.
Gary Bauer
Apr 27, 2015 • 76 min
The conservative, pro-family activist and former Reagan advisor on Main Street conservatism.
Charles Krauthammer
Apr 13, 2015 • 103 min
Reflections on a distinguished career in writing and ideas with the author and columnist.
Jeff Bell
Mar 30, 2015 • 90 min
The strategist and former Senate candidate on conservatism and the Republican party, from the 1960s until today.
Paul Begala
Mar 16, 2015 • 74 min
An insider’s account of Bill Clinton’s 1992 run for the White House and the Clinton presidency.
James Ceaser
Mar 2, 2015 • 64 min
Our party system, Barack Obama, and the case for Constitutional politics with the UVA professor.
Bill Bennett
Feb 16, 2015 • 71 min
The former Education Secretary and Drug Czar on the Book of Virtues, education in America, and the War on Drugs.
Frederick W. Kagan
Feb 2, 2015 • 94 min
How the 2006/07 surge in Iraq was devised, and a look at the U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at home.
Harvey Mansfield III
Jan 19, 2015 • 96 min
Party Government, Alexis de Tocqueville, Niccolò Machiavelli, and the limits of science in politics.
Newt Gingrich
Jan 5, 2015 • 106 min
On the 1994 Republican Revolution, his time in Washington, and presidents from Eisenhower to Obama.
Jim Manzi
Dec 22, 2014 • 70 min
The software entrepreneur and author discusses the scientific method in business and government.
Ruth Wisse
Dec 8, 2014 • 107 min
On anti-Semitism, Jewish politics, and why we should read Yiddish literature with the Harvard literature professor.
Brit Hume
Nov 25, 2014 • 79 min
A discussion of the career of Brit Hume, the ascent of Fox News, and the media today.
2014 Post-Election Special
Nov 11, 2014 • 89 min
Former Senator Spencer Abraham and The Weekly Standard’s Jay Cost analyze the results.
Joe Lieberman
Nov 10, 2014 • 61 min
Key moments in a distinguished political career, including Gore-Lieberman 2000 and his 2006 Senate race.
Christopher DeMuth
Oct 27, 2014 • 94 min
How ideas meet public policy with the former president of the American Enterprise Institute.
Dick Cheney
Oct 13, 2014 • 111 min
Personal reflections on key moments in his public life, from the Ford years to Bush-Cheney.
Jack Keane
Sep 29, 2014 • 90 min
A discussion of the 2007 Surge in Iraq and current military threats with the retired four-star general.
Peter Thiel
Sep 15, 2014 • 96 min
PayPal, Facebook, Palantir, and the state of technological progress with the business founder and investor.
Harvey Mansfield II
Sep 1, 2014 • 93 min
Conservatism in a liberal democracy, the wisdom of The Federalist, and the consequences of feminism.
Mark Blitz
Aug 18, 2014 • 105 min
A discussion on the great thinkers of the Western tradition, from Plato to Nietzsche, and their relevance today.
Yuval Levin
Aug 11, 2014 • 77 min
A discussion of modern conservatism and today’s challenges with the editor of National Affairs.
Paul Cantor
Jul 28, 2014 • 62 min
In part I of a II part series, a discussion of comedies, tragedies, and what Shakespeare can teach us about politics.
Charles Murray
Jul 14, 2014 • 72 min
Economic and moral well-being in America with one of the nation’s preeminent political scientists.
Elliott Abrams
Jun 30, 2014 • 130 min
An insider’s take on public affairs on the hill, at the Department of State, and in the White House.
Amy and Leon Kass
Jun 30, 2014 • 97 min
Love, friendship, and the promise of liberal education with the teaching duo married couple.
Harvey Mansfield
Jun 30, 2014 • 85 min
The distinguished Harvard political philosopher discusses the themes which have defined his career.