Conversations with Bill Kristol

Conversations with Bill Kristol

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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.
Ronald Brownstein on Red and Blue America, 2018, and 2020
Jul 14 • 84 min
Ronald Brownstein is a Senior Editor at The Atlantic, Senior Political Analyst at CNN, and a shrewd observer of American politics. In this Conversation, Brownstein analyzes factors that fuel our increasingly polarized politics. He explains why these…
Diana Schaub on the Life and Political Thought of Frederick Douglass
Jul 2 • 59 min
Diana Schaub is a professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland and a leading interpreter of political philosophy and American political thought. In this Conversation, Schaub considers the life and ideas of the statesman and political…
Paul Cantor on Shakespeare and Politics (Part II)
Jun 21 • 78 min
In July 2014, we released the first part of a Conversation with University of Virginia literature professor Paul Cantor on Shakespeare and politics. Now we are pleased to share the second part—in which Cantor analyzes central themes in the English history…
Christopher Caldwell on Populism and the Future of the European Union
Jun 15 • 59 min
A leading commentator on European politics, Caldwell shares his perspective on recent developments in Europe, particularly the surging populist movements that have upended politics in many countries. Caldwell focuses particularly on populist parties and…
Edward Conard on Innovation, Income Inequality, and High-Skilled Immigration
Jun 2 • 81 min
Edward Conard is a former Managing Director of Bain Capital and bestselling author. In this Conversation, Conard shares his perspective on why innovation is the key to America’s long-term economic vitality and how we can go about fostering it. To address…
Paul Begala on the Democratic Party, the Midterms, and 2020
May 19 • 72 min
Paul Begala is a veteran Democratic strategist and commentator, and served as counselor to the president in the Clinton White House. In this Conversation, Begala analyzes the key dynamics within the Democratic Party today. Looking ahead to the midterms…
Garry Kasparov on Dictators and Democracies
May 5 • 57 min
Former world chess champion and human rights activist Garry Kasparov shares his perspective on threats to Western democracies from dictators abroad and illiberal movements at home. Analyzing the geopolitical situation, Kasparov argues that the challenge…
Jonah Goldberg on Nationalism, Populism, and Identity Politics
Apr 21 • 79 min
Jonah Goldberg is a senior editor of National Review and Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute. Drawing on his new book Suicide of the West, Goldberg argues that strong tendencies in contemporary American culture—including…
Peter Berkowitz: Defending Liberal Democracy
Apr 7 • 64 min
Peter Berkowitz is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a leading scholar of political philosophy and American politics. He serves as dean of students for the Hertog Political Studies Program and The Public Interest Fellowship, and teaches for…
James C. Warren on Today’s Media Landscape and the Problem of Fake News
Mar 26 • 87 min
James Warren is a veteran reporter, columnist, and editor, having served as Washington Bureau chief for the New York Daily News and managing editor for the Chicago Tribune, among other posts. In this Conversation, Warren shares his perspective on the…
Nicholas Eberstadt: Understanding North Korea
Mar 9 • 64 min
Nicholas Eberstadt, a distinguished scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is one of the world’s preeminent experts on North Korea. In this “Conversation,” Eberstadt shares his perspective on the distinctive character of the North Korean regime and…
Charles Murray: Reflections on a Distinguished Career in Ideas
Feb 26 • 74 min
Charles Murray, one of America’s preeminent thinkers, is an emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. In this Conversation, Murray reflects on the major themes of his work and shares his perspective on the state of American society in 2018.…
Mike Murphy on the Trump Administration, the Midterms, and 2020
Feb 9 • 57 min
Veteran Republican political strategist and commentator Mike Murphy shares his perspective on possible scenarios as we head toward the midterm elections and 2020. Will Republicans hold Congress? What are Trump’s prospects for reelection (and…
John Podhoretz on Movies, TV, and American Popular Culture
Jan 27 • 72 min
John Podhoretz is the editor of “Commentary” and film critic of “The Weekly Standard.” Podhoretz shares his perspective on movies as an American art form, pivotal eras in filmmaking (the 1930s and the 1970s), Hollywood today, and the broader cultural…
Garry Kasparov on Artificial Intelligence, Technology and Politics, and AlphaZero Chess
Jan 15 • 52 min
In his fourth appearance on Conversations, former world chess champion and human rights activist Garry Kasparov discusses artificial intelligence and the political and social implications of it. Drawing on his recent book “Deep Thinking,” Kasparov…
Jack Goldsmith on American Institutions and the Trump Presidency
Jan 2 • 48 min
Jack Goldsmith is a professor of law at Harvard University and served as Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel (2003-2004). In this Conversation, Goldsmith shares his perspective on how American institutions, and political and cultural…
Harvey Mansfield on Tocqueville’s Machiavellianism
Dec 18, 2017 • 36 min
In this Conversation, Harvey Mansfield considers the connection between the thought of Alexis de Tocqueville and Niccolo Machiavelli. In Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America,” there is just one reference to Machiavelli. Yet, according to Mansfield’s…
Dan Balz on the media and Donald Trump’s presidency
Dec 3, 2017 • 76 min
Dan Balz is chief correspondent at The Washington Post, having been a political reporter and editor at the paper for four decades. In this Conversation, Balz shares his perspective on the increasing fragmentation of the media—and the dramatic rise of…
Kristen Soltis Anderson on Millennials and American Politics
Nov 20, 2017 • 77 min
Kristen Soltis Anderson is a pollster, author, and political analyst. In this Conversation with Bill Kristol, Anderson considers the millennial generation and shares her research on their political, social, and cultural attitudes. She also reflects on the…
Jonah Goldberg on Donald Trump and the Future of Conservatism
Nov 6, 2017 • 87 min
In his third appearance on Conversations, National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg joins Bill Kristol to discuss how the first year of the Trump presidency has affected American politics in general and conservatism in particular. Goldberg and Kristol…
Spencer Abraham and Vin Weber on Congress, Trump, and the Parties
Oct 20, 2017 • 79 min
Former Senator Spencer Abraham and former Congressman Vin Weber are both respected political strategists and thoughtful analysts of American politics. In this release, Abraham and Weber join Bill Kristol for a wide-ranging Conversation about our current…
Eric Edelman on the Global Threat of Authoritarianism
Oct 8, 2017 • 90 min
The Hertog Scholar at the Center for Strategic Studies, Eric Edelman has had a distinguished career in government, serving as ambassador to Turkey and to Finland, and as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the George W. Bush administration. In this…
Paul Cantor on Shakespeare’s Rome
Sep 25, 2017 • 96 min
In his fourth Conversation, University of Virginia literature professor Paul Cantor discusses Shakespeare’s view of ancient Rome. Drawing from his new book Shakespeare’s Roman Trilogy, Cantor presents illuminating interpretations of Coriolanus, Julius…
Thomas Donnelly on Addressing the Challenges to American Primacy
Sep 11, 2017 • 54 min
Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Thomas Donnelly analyzes the growing challenges to American primacy and explains why our “security, liberty, and prosperity seem to be at greater risk than…
Christina Hoff Sommers on Google, GamerGate, and Threats to Free Speech
Aug 28, 2017 • 61 min
Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and host of the popular online series, The Factual Feminist. In this Conversation, Sommers reflects on the “Google memo” and argues that the suppression of free speech at…
Harvey Mansfield on Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
Aug 14, 2017 • 93 min
The latest in our ongoing series with Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield is devoted to Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) and particularly his masterwork, Gulliver’s Travels. In this Conversation, Mansfield provides an in-depth interpretation of Swift’s writing,…
Irwin Stelzer: Strengthening and Preserving Democratic Capitalism
Jul 31, 2017 • 79 min
Irwin Stelzer is Director of Economic Policy Studies at Hudson Institute, a Sunday Times (London) columnist, and a thinker who combines wisdom about politics with penetrating insights into economics. In this Conversation, Stelzer shares his perspective on…
Ronald Brownstein on America’s Political and Electoral Fault Lines
Jul 16, 2017 • 72 min
Ronald Brownstein is a Senior Editor at The Atlantic, Senior Political Analyst at CNN, and a shrewd observer of American politics. In this Conversation, Brownstein shares his perspective on the 2016 elections and explains why Trump’s path to victory…
Mike Murphy on President Trump, 2018, and 2020
Jul 3, 2017 • 69 min
Mike Murphy is a Republican political strategist, commentator, and veteran of the campaign trail—having advised John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Spencer Abraham, Christie Whitman, among many others. In this Conversation, Murphy…
Martin Feldstein on America’s Economic Vitality
Jun 19, 2017 • 70 min
Martin Feldstein is a professor of economics at Harvard University, former president of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Reagan (1982-1984). In this Conversation, Feldstein…
Josh Bolten on Managing the White House in Moments of Crisis
Jun 3, 2017 • 81 min
Josh Bolten was White House Chief of Staff from 2006-2009, having served as Deputy Chief of Staff (2001-2003) and Director of the Office of Management and Budget (2003-2006). In this Conversation, Bolten reflects on his tenure in the George W. Bush…
John Walters on the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic
May 22, 2017 • 67 min
A veteran of the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, John Walters was “Drug Czar” of the George W. Bush administration (director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy from 2001-2009). In this Conversation, Walters discusses the opioid…
Senator Ben Sasse on American Society and Culture
May 8, 2017 • 60 min
Elected in 2014, Ben Sasse is a U.S. Senator from Nebraska. In this Conversation, Sasse shares his thoughts on the state of American society and culture. Drawing on themes from his forthcoming book, The Vanishing American Adult, Sasse highlights an…
Harvey Mansfield on the Neil Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings
Apr 24, 2017 • 39 min
In his twelfth Conversation with Bill Kristol, Harvey Mansfield discusses the Senate’s confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch. This event, says Mansfield, “turned out to be a lesson in politics. You were learning from people actually in politics about the…
N. Gregory Mankiw: America’s Economy and the Case for Free Markets
Apr 9, 2017 • 66 min
Greg Mankiw is a professor of economics at Harvard University and was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush (2003-2005). In this Conversation, Mankiw analyzes the American economy and shares his perspective on current…
Christopher Caldwell on the Situation in Europe
Mar 27, 2017 • 76 min
A senior editor at The Weekly Standard, Christopher Caldwell is one of America’s leading journalists and most thoughtful commentators on Europe. In this Conversation, Caldwell reflects on the difficult situation in Europe today, highlighting what he calls…
Vin Weber on American Internationalism, Trump, & Our Parties
Mar 13, 2017 • 93 min
Vin Weber is a former congressman from Minnesota, a respected political strategist, and a thoughtful analyst of American politics. In this Conversation, Weber reflects on Reaganite conservatism and makes the case for continued American leadership in the…
David Axelrod on the Democrats, the Republicans, and President Trump
Feb 27, 2017 • 82 min
Former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod discusses the 2016 elections, particularly at the presidential level, and reflects on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the victory of Donald Trump. He also considers challenges and opportunities for the Democrats…
Christopher DeMuth And Adam White on Reforming the Administrative State
Feb 11, 2017 • 86 min
On how the president, Congress, and courts might go about reforming the administrative state. Christopher DeMuth of the Hudson Institute and Adam J. White of the Hoover Institution diagnose the problems of the modern administrative state and reflect on…
James Ceaser on Our Parties, Conservatism, and President Trump
Jan 29, 2017 • 93 min
University of Virginia professor James Ceaser offers his account of the election of Donald Trump in his third conversation with Kristol. Ceaser considers what we might anticipate from the Trump administration—both on policies like immigration, trade, and…
Andrew Ferguson on Journalism, Politics, and Culture
Jan 16, 2017 • 78 min
A senior editor at The Weekly Standard, Andrew Ferguson is one of America’s leading writers and journalists. In this Conversation, Ferguson reflects on his career, including his work on American politics and culture, his time as a speechwriter for…
Jonah Goldberg on Conservatism and President Trump
Jan 3, 2017 • 88 min
National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg discusses President-elect Donald Trump and how conservatives might think about their task during Trump’s presidency, in this, his second Conversation with Bill Kristol. Goldberg and Kristol also reflect on the…
Harvey Mansfield on Donald Trump and Political Philosophy
Dec 19, 2016 • 42 min
In his eleventh Conversation, Harvey Mansfield discusses Donald Trump’s election and how political philosophy can inform our understanding of Trump. Mansfield and Kristol also discuss what Trump’s victory reveals about American politics and our parties.
William Galston on the 2016 Elections, Populism, and the Democrats
Dec 5, 2016 • 89 min
Brookings Institution Senior Fellow William A. Galston shares his perspective on American politics today, including the factors that led to the election of Donald Trump, the state of our parties after his election, and the prospects for the Trump…
Elliott Abrams on the Death of Fidel Castro and the Future of Cuba
Dec 1, 2016 • 23 min
In this brief and timely conversation, Elliott Abrams and Bill Kristol reflect on the dictatorship of Fidel Castro, its record of brutality and repression, and the romanticization of the Castro regime by certain figures of the Left. Abrams then considers…
2016 Post-Election Special: Spencer Abraham and Jay Cost
Nov 20, 2016 • 79 min
Kristol, Abraham, and Cost analyze the 2016 elections and the opportunities and challenges for the Trump administration, particularly during the transition and in the early days after inauguration. The group also discusses significant changes in American…
Steven F. Hayward on Ronald Reagan and the Study of Statesmen
Nov 7, 2016 • 66 min
Currently a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, Steven F. Hayward is a writer, political commentator, and author of a definitive biography of Ronald Reagan. In this conversation, Hayward discusses Reagan and the qualities that made him a successful…
Justice Clarence Thomas: Reflections on Twenty-five Years on the Court
Oct 22, 2016 • 69 min
Appointed by President George H.W. Bush, Justice Clarence Thomas has served on the Supreme Court since October 1991. In this conversation, Justice Thomas shares personal reflections on the Court, his jurisprudence, and the people, ideas, institutions, and…
Elliott Abrams: How Should the Next President Conduct U.S. Foreign Policy?
Oct 10, 2016 • 73 min
In his second appearance on Conversations, former Deputy National Security Advisor (under George W. Bush) and Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Elliott Abrams explains the challenges to a new president of quickly putting together a foreign policy…
Harvey Mansfield on Mysteries, Wodehouse, Wilson, Churchill, and Swift
Sep 26, 2016 • 78 min
In his tenth conversation with Bill Kristol, Harvey Mansfield recommends some important and diverting books from different genres. Mansfield discusses crime fiction, comedic novels, biographies, and political science and considers what we can learn from…
Charles Murray on Populism, Globalization, “The Bell Curve,” and Politics Today
Sep 12, 2016 • 70 min
In his second conversation with Bill Kristol, American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray discusses the state of American civic life and how this can help us understand the current political moment. Murray explains how the decline of communities,…
Mark Blitz on Natural Rights, Liberal Democracy, and the American Regime
Aug 29, 2016 • 62 min
In his second conversation with Bill Kristol, Claremont McKenna professor of political philosophy Mark Blitz discusses American liberal democracy. Blitz explains the meaning of individual natural rights and why they form the basis of American government.…
Paul Cantor on Literature and Liberty
Aug 15, 2016 • 86 min
In his third conversation with Bill Kristol, Paul Cantor focuses on works of literature—plays, short stories, and novels—that deepen our understanding of the characteristics and challenges of political and economic liberty. Cantor considers a variety of…
Spencer Abraham and Jay Cost on the 2016 Presidential Race
Aug 3, 2016 • 83 min
In their third “state of the 2016 race” conversation, Kristol, Abraham, Cost discuss how to think about the 2016 presidential race and consider whether the frequently underestimated Trump could win. The group also reflects on how various possible outcomes…
Harvey Mansfield on America’s Constitutional Soul
Aug 1, 2016 • 56 min
The ninth in our ongoing series with Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield focuses on the Constitution and what Mansfield calls “America’s Constitutional Soul.” In this conversation, Mansfield discusses the jurisprudence of the late Justice Antonin Scalia…
Jonah Goldberg on Donald Trump’s Candidacy, Liberalism, and Conservatism
Jul 18, 2016 • 92 min
Jonah Goldberg is a senior editor at National Review and a best-selling author and political commentator. In this conversation, Goldberg and Kristol reflect on Trump’s candidacy and its meaning for conservatism and the Republican Party. Goldberg also…
General David Petraeus on American Leadership in the World
Jul 5, 2016 • 69 min
In his second conversation with Bill, General Petraeus makes the case for continued American leadership in the world. Drawing on his experiences in command in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gen. Petraeus explains how the American military can best harness its…
Garry Kasparov on American Politics Today
Jun 20, 2016 • 59 min
Garry Kasparov’s third conversation with Bill Kristol focuses on American politics and the 2016 Presidential race. Kasparov argues that the Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders candidacies offer interesting and worrisome lessons about the current state of our…
James Ceaser on the New Progressivism
Jun 6, 2016 • 80 min
University of Virginia politics professor James Ceaser discusses the intellectual roots of contemporary progressivism and the role of progressivism in our politics today. Ceaser compares the new progressivism with the ideas of the early twentieth-century…
Peter Thiel on the Global Economy, Technology, and Artificial Intelligence
May 22, 2016 • 83 min
In this wide-ranging conversation, his second on “Conversations with Bill Kristol,” business founder and investor Peter Thiel discusses the global economy, the state of technology, and the future of computing and artificial intelligence. Thiel argues that…
Harvey Mansfield on Manliness
May 9, 2016 • 74 min
The eighth in our ongoing series with Harvard government professor Harvey Mansfield, this conversation marks the tenth anniversary of his important and provocative book “Manliness.” Mansfield offers his account of manliness and its importance as a…
Garry Kasparov on Russia Since the End of the Cold War
Apr 25, 2016 • 80 min
In his second conversation with Bill, Garry Kasparov discusses Russian and American politics since the end of the Cold War, and offers his account of the rise of Vladimir Putin and how we should understand Putin and his rule over Russia. In his discussion…
Robert P. George on Our Universities, Natural Law, and Social Conservatism
Apr 11, 2016 • 83 min
Princeton University professor, Robert George is one of the nation’s most distinguished students of legal and moral thought. In this conversation, George discusses the state of American conservatism as well as the condition of freedom of speech and…
Stephen Rosen on Our Geopolitical Challenges and American Leadership
Mar 28, 2016 • 87 min
Harvard University professor Stephen Rosen details the current geopolitical environment and challenges to the United States from the chaos in the Middle East, European retrenchment, Russian aggression, and the rise of China. Rosen explains how and why the…
Robert D. Putnam on Our Civic Life in Decline
Mar 14, 2016 • 70 min
A best-selling author (“Bowling Alone,” and “Our Kids”), and professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Robert Putnam is one of America’s leading political scientists. In recent years, he has written widely on the decline in America’s civic…
Garry Kasparov on Chess and Politics in Soviet Russia
Feb 29, 2016 • 79 min
In this conversation, Garry Kasparov reflects on his upbringing in Soviet Russia and his journey from questioning whether communism could be reformed toward the conviction that the Soviet Union had to go. Kasparov also recalls his epic series of chess…
Spencer Abraham and Jay Cost on the 2016 Republican Race
Feb 24, 2016 • 84 min
In their second “state of the 2016 race” conversation, former senator and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, Weekly Standard staff writer Jay Cost, and host Bill Kristol discuss how to think about the race for the Republican nomination as we head toward…
General David Petraeus on his Command in Iraq
Feb 15, 2016 • 67 min
In this conversation, Gen. Petraeus recalls his command in Iraq and the “surge.” Gen. Petraeus recounts what it was like to run the war—from day-to-day operations and navigating Iraqi politics to weekly videoconferences with President Bush and testifying…
Rich Lowry on Conservatism, Donald Trump, and the 2016 Race
Feb 3, 2016 • 45 min
In this special conversation, filmed the day after the Iowa caucus, Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, and Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, discuss conservatism, Trump, and the state of the 2016 race. Lowry and Kristol also consider the…
Harvey Mansfield on Our Political Parties
Feb 1, 2016 • 75 min
In his seventh conversation, Mansfield considers our two parties, the ideas behind them, and the qualities that often go with being a Democrat or a Republican. Mansfield argues that the Democrats are the “party of progress”—and that progressivism may be…
Larry Summers on Political Correctness and our Universities
Jan 18, 2016 • 74 min
In his second conversation with Bill Kristol, Harvard President Emeritus and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers reflects on the current climate of political correctness on campuses and its effects on freedom of thought and the pursuit of knowledge.…
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the Challenge of Radical Islam
Jan 4, 2016 • 66 min
A best-selling author and fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School and the American Enterprise Institute, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a brave, impassioned, and provocative analyst of the problems in Islam, today, including the dangers of what she calls “Islamic…
Leon Kass on Bioethics, the Bible, and “Athens and Jerusalem”
Dec 21, 2015 • 100 min
Leon R. Kass, M.D., is Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, the Madden-Jewett Chair at the American Enterprise Institute, and one of the nation’s most distinguished bioethicists. In this conversation, Kass recounts how he turned from the study…
Harvey Mansfield on Niccolo Machiavelli and the Origins of Modernity
Dec 7, 2015 • 67 min
In the sixth conversation in our series, Mansfield explains why we should consider Machiavelli not only the founder of modern politics but also a founder of modern science and economics. What was the character of Machiavelli’s critique of Christian…
Larry Summers: An Economist in Government
Nov 23, 2015 • 78 min
Larry Summers describes key moments from his time in government, including responses to the Mexican Peso Crisis of 1994 and the financial crisis of 2008. He also explains how he got involved in public policy and government, and offers some thoughts on…
Thomas Donnelly and Gary Schmitt on the U.S. Military and Foreign Policy
Nov 9, 2015 • 85 min
Thomas Donnelly and Gary Schmitt are Co-Directors of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. In this conversation, Donnelly and Schmitt explain how the U.S. military has become dangerously underfunded and what we…
Arthur Brooks on the American Enterprise Institute and Think Tanks Today
Oct 26, 2015 • 67 min
In this conversation, Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, offers an inside account of the work of AEI and reflects on the changing role of think tanks today. He also recounts his own intellectual path which took him from a…
Paul Cantor on Popular Culture
Oct 12, 2015 • 87 min
In his second conversation with Bill Kristol, University of Virginia literature professor Paul Cantor focuses on American popular culture and what we can learn about America and the world from our greatest television shows and movies. Cantor analyzes our…
Newt Gingrich on America and the State of the World
Sep 28, 2015 • 79 min
In his second conversation with Bill Kristol, Newt Gingrich reflects on the serious domestic and foreign policy challenges confronting the United States. Looking at the world, he offers his take on the threats posed by Islamism, Russia, and China. Here at…
Spencer Abraham and Jay Cost on the State of the 2016 Race
Sep 12, 2015 • 77 min
This conversation features former senator and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and Weekly Standard political analyst and staff writer Jay Cost. In the conversation Kristol, Abraham, and Cost analyze both the Republican and Democratic races and assess…
Harvey Mansfield on Alexis de Tocqueville
Aug 31, 2015 • 72 min
The fifth conversation in our ongoing series with the distinguished Harvard government professor considers the French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59). Mansfield and Kristol discuss key themes in Tocqueville’s work, including the…
Mitch Daniels on Making Government Work
Aug 17, 2015 • 80 min
Mitch Daniels served as director of the Office of Management and Budget (2001-03), governor of Indiana (2005-13), and currently is president of Purdue University. In this conversation, Daniels reflects on his career in politics, business, and education,…
Christina Hoff Sommers on How Feminism Went Awry
Aug 3, 2015 • 63 min
A resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and former philosophy professor, Christina Hoff Sommers is a thoughtful analyst and trenchant critic of radical feminism. In this conversation, Sommers and Kristol discuss how American feminism, once…
Justice Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court and His Education
Jul 20, 2015 • 81 min
Nominated by President George W. Bush, Samuel Alito has served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court since 2006. In this conversation, Justice Alito describes the inner workings of the Court, particularly how the justices arrive at decisions.…
David Gelernter on American Culture, Computer Science, and Art
Jul 6, 2015 • 58 min
Yale University professor David Gelernter is a pioneering computer scientist, cultural critic, and artist. In this conversation, Gelernter details the decline in America’s cultural literacy over the last few generations—a phenomenon Gelernter terms…
Donald Kagan on War and Human Nature
Jun 22, 2015 • 80 min
Professor Emeritus of Classics and History at Yale University, Donald Kagan is a preeminent historian of both the ancient and modern worlds. In this conversation, Kagan and Kristol discuss what humanity’s greatest wars—from the Peloponnesian War to World…
Peter Berkowitz on Liberal Education and Our Illiberal Universities
Jun 8, 2015 • 79 min
Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Peter Berkowitz is a leading scholar of political philosophy and American politics. In the conversation, Berkowitz discusses how our universities—due to a combination of political correctness…
Fred Barnes on Reporting on Politics
May 25, 2015 • 84 min
Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes is one of America’s most respected political commentators. In this conversation, Barnes reflects on key figures and events from his forty years of covering Washington, including Gerald Ford, Jimmy…
Harvey Mansfield on Leo Strauss and the Straussians
May 11, 2015 • 96 min
The fourth conversation in our ongoing series with the distinguished Harvard political philosopher considers the political philosopher Leo Strauss (1899 - 1973) and the “Straussian school” of philosophy he founded. Mansfield and Kristol discuss key themes…
Gary Bauer on Main Street Conservatism
Apr 27, 2015 • 76 min
An activist and former policy advisor to Ronald Reagan, Gary Bauer has been at the center of conservative policy battles for over three decades. In this conversation, Bauer recalls how he first became interested in politics as a teenager fighting…
Charles Krauthammer on His Career in Writing and Ideas
Apr 13, 2015 • 103 min
In this conversation, Charles Krauthammer reflects on his upbringing in a politically-tumultuous Quebec, his work in medicine, and his views on Zionism, Judaism, and religion. Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol also discuss some of the key ideas,…
Jeff Bell on the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party
Mar 30, 2015 • 90 min
Jeff Bell is a writer, strategist, and two-time Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate (1978 and 2014). In this conversation, Bell discusses the Senate campaigns and his advocacy for supply-side economics and a return to the gold standard. Bell also…
Paul Begala on Bill Clinton and the Clinton White House
Mar 16, 2015 • 74 min
Paul Begala is a political adviser, commentator, and former Counselor to President Bill Clinton. In this conversation with Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, Begala gives an inside account of the 1992 campaign and tells the story of how the Arkansas…
James Ceaser on the Constitution and Constitutional Politics
Mar 2, 2015 • 64 min
A professor of politics at the University of Virginia, James Ceaser is one of the leading authorities on American Constitutionalism. In this conversation, Ceaser explains why the Constitution should play a greater role in our politics rather than simply…
Bill Bennett on the Book of Virtues, Education Reform, and the War on Drugs
Feb 16, 2015 • 71 min
In this conversation, Bill Bennett reflects on key moments in his distinguished career, particular his tenure as secretary of education under Ronald Reagan, his work as the first drug czar under George W. H. Bush, and the writing of his best-selling The…
Frederick W. Kagan on the U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at home
Feb 2, 2015 • 94 min
Director of the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute, Fred Kagan is a foreign policy strategist and military historian. In this conversation, Kagan and Kristol discuss the strategy for the troop surge in Iraq in 2006/07, which…
Harvey Mansfield on Party Government and Modern Political Philosophy
Jan 19, 2015 • 96 min
This is the third conversation in our ongoing series with the distinguished Harvard political philosopher Harvey Mansfield. In this conversation, Harvey Mansfield and William Kristol explore the distinctive characteristics of our two political parties.…
Newt Gingrich on the 1994 Republican Revolution and his Career in Politics
Jan 5, 2015 • 106 min
In this conversation, Gingrich gives an inside account of the 1994 Republican Revolution, when Republicans took control of both Houses of Congress for the first time in forty years. The former speaker also recalls his first political campaigns and how he…
Jim Manzi on the Scientific Method in Business and Government
Dec 22, 2014 • 70 min
Jim Manzi is the founder and chairman of Applied Predictive Technologies, a software company that enables businesses to design and conduct large-scale experiments, and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. In this conversation, Kristol and Manzi…
Ruth Wisse on anti-Semitism, Jewish Politics, and Yiddish Literature
Dec 8, 2014 • 107 min
Ruth Wisse is Research Professor of Yiddish and Comparative Literature at Harvard and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Tikvah Fund. In this conversation, Kristol and Wisse discuss the politics of anti-Semitism, why Israel is under attack in our…
Brit Hume Podcast on the Ascent of Fox News and Our Media Today
Nov 25, 2014 • 79 min
In this conversation, Kristol and Hume discuss the early days of Fox News and the story of its ascent. Hume recalls his experiences in print journalism during the 1960’s and 1970’s and his work as a White House and Capitol Hill correspondent for ABC News…
2014 Post-Election Special
Nov 11, 2014 • 89 min
This conversation features former senator and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and “Weekly Standard” political analyst and staff writer Jay Cost. In the first segment, Kristol, Abraham, and Cost analyze the results of the 2014 midterm elections,…
Joe Lieberman: Reflections on a Career in Elected Office
Nov 10, 2014 • 61 min
In this conversation, Kristol and Lieberman discuss key moments of Lieberman’s career in public service from his ascent in Connecticut politics to Gore-Lieberman in 2000, as well as his successful Senate campaign as an independent in 2006. Lieberman also…
Christopher DeMuth on Ideas and Public Policy in Washington
Oct 27, 2014 • 94 min
The president of the American Enterprise Institute from 1986 to 2008, Christopher DeMuth is currently a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute. In this conversation, Kristol and DeMuth discuss political thinkers including Edward C. Banfield, James…
Dick Cheney: Personal Reflections on his Public Life
Oct 13, 2014 • 111 min
In this wide-ranging conversation, Kristol and Cheney discuss momentous events in Cheney’s career, including his service as secretary of defense during the Gulf War, his work as chief of staff for President Ford, his leadership in Congress during the…
Jack Keane on the U.S. Military and the Troop Surge in Iraq
Sep 29, 2014 • 90 min
Gen. Jack Keane is a retired four-star general and former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army. The conversation focuses on the advice that led President Bush to change strategies in the Iraq War via the troop surge, Gen. Keane’s remarkable career in the…
Peter Thiel on Innovation and Stagnation
Sep 15, 2014 • 96 min
Peter Thiel co-founded PayPal and Palantir Technologies, was the first outside investor in Facebook, and is the author of “Zero to One, Notes on StartUps, or How to Build the Future.” The conversation focuses on Thiel’s experiences founding companies, the…
Harvey Mansfield II on Conservatism, Constitutionalism, and Feminism
Sep 1, 2014 • 93 min
The second in an ongoing series with the distinguished Harvard government professor Harvey Mansfield, this conversation focuses on the political science of The Federalist, conservatism in America, and on feminism.
Mark Blitz on Ancient and Modern Political Philosophy
Aug 18, 2014 • 105 min
Mark Blitz is a professor of political philosophy at Claremont McKenna College and author, most recently, of “Plato’s Political Philosophy.” The discussion focuses on great thinkers in the history of political philosophy, ancient and modern (Plato,…
Yuval Levin on Reform Conservatism
Aug 11, 2014 • 77 min
The Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and editor of the policy journal “National Affairs”, Yuval Levin is a leading figure in the public policy movement that has come to be known as “Reform Conservatism.” This conversation focuses on…
Paul Cantor on Shakespeare
Jul 28, 2014 • 62 min
The Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Virginia, Paul Cantor is a leading scholar of Shakespeare as well as an authority on American popular culture. In part one of a two part series, Cantor…
Charles Murray on Economic and Moral Life in America
Jul 14, 2014 • 72 min
Charles Murray is one of America’s most distinguished political scientists and the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. This conversation focuses on Murray’s groundbreaking books from “Losing Ground” to “Coming Apart,” the…
Elliott Abrams on the State Department and the White House
Jun 30, 2014 • 130 min
A fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Elliott Abrams discusses his career in Washington, mostly in the State Department and the White House. Much of the conversation focuses on Abrams work on Latin American affairs and, particularly, Israel and…
Amy and Leon Kass on Liberal Education and Citizenship
Jun 30, 2014 • 97 min
Leon Kass and Amy Kass were for many years teachers at the University of Chicago. There, they taught great books, political philosophy, the Hebrew bible, literature, and many other subjects as part of the university’s then-commitment to a comprehensive…
Harvey Mansfield on Political Philosophy
Jun 30, 2014 • 85 min
The first in a series of conversations with the Harvard government professor Harvey Mansfield. In this conversation Mansfield discusses his work on Edmund Burke, Alexis de Tocqueville, Niccolo Machiavelli, and the importance of political philosophy. He…