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Dennis Prager and Julie Hartman explore all aspects of life, in particular the crisis of American education. Julie was a student senior at Harvard who sensed that most of her life she was exposed to one perspective. She found Dennis Prager’s book “Still the Best Hope,” and she realized she actually held many conservative beliefs. She reached out to Dennis and that was the beginning of a new partnership that culminates in their weekly podcast.
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The Blessing of Ignorance

The Blessing of Ignorance

2024-07-1401:10:16

Dennis is back from Greenland and Julie is in Italy as they discuss the benefits of travel.  Travelling broadens your perspective on what a privilege it is to live in the United States.  It also makes you realize the general ignorance of Americans, especially when it pertains to communism in eastern Europe.  Americans don’t understand communism …like citizens of communist countries don’t understand freedom.  Americans have an international reputation of being ignorant, and while the ignorance of communism is bad… the ignorance of evil is worse.  Dennis’ mustard analogy applies for tradition and culture, but it doesn’t apply to values and morality.  On the upside… the international view of Americans is that we are friendly, open, and trusting.  Freedom produces trust… authoritarian states breed distrust.  Do you ever consider the miracle of your existence? Americans are lucky that English is spoken around the world.Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Perspective is Everything

Perspective is Everything

2024-07-0701:24:51

Dennis and Julie share that without perspective happiness is impossible.  Being a good person requires perspective.  Life is not a bowl of cherries.  Inspired by Abigail Schrier’s book Bad Therapy they discuss the gradations of therapy. Without perspective you can’t be grateful… without being grateful you can’t be happy.  They explore the connection between happiness and being good.  Awareness of evil and knowledge of suffering provides perspective, which oddly enough, can lead to happiness.  Are you a crier?  Dennis talks about his son Aaron Prager, and APUnfiltered.  The role of the other spouse in marriage infidelity.  In most cases… victimhood is a lack of perspective. The power of example… like Charles Krauthammer.  Is victim culture the malignant outgrowth of a Judeo-Christian society? What produces better people… God’s judgement or God’s love?Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Artificial Boxes

Artificial Boxes

2024-06-3001:09:32

Dennis and Julie react to some listener emails, topics include: one who listens during her chemo treatments; transgenderism; life is complex… you must seek truth; putting people into boxes is a mistake; people want reality to conform to their view… another mistake: addiction; are there good addictions; conservative and common sense are synonymous; crimes and punishments; the differences between men and women with regard to sexuality; and the truth is decent.Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
God’s Will

God’s Will

2024-06-2301:10:40

Dennis and Julie ponder how much freewill people really have in life?  They discuss the impulse to steal, reasons for not stealing, and cheating on tests.  What are the five Commandments that people struggle with most?  The bible is a divine life manual.  If God gives people good individual natures… does God give people evil individual natures …or is it random/luck?  Did God create evil… or did God create the possibility for evil?Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Numb to Evil

Numb to Evil

2024-06-1601:18:31

Dennis and Julie discuss dignity and the pernicious nature of social media.  They breakdown self-promotion versus the cancer of social media.  There is too much needless posting and there are too many needless opinions.  Parents, mostly mothers, are using their children on social media for fame and money… it’s child abuse.  Pedophilia…. has social media exacerbated it?  Polylogism is the belief that different people or groups have different forms of logic.  Sharia law… is it all bad?  Many value systems exist… moral clarity is paramount.  The death of moral clarity will be the end of civilization.  The media of the West are a bigger threat than any terrorist organization… they cause more damage.  You must use reason and pursue truth at any cost.  Cultural appropriation … is it all bad?  Can you live an electronic-less life?  The desire to be an “influencer” …does the yearning to be “important” drive the social media life?  Being deep is more valuable than having fame.  Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dennis and Julie react to the Trump conviction.  Evil isn’t dark… it’s so bright that people don’t want to face it.  We are in a battle …civilizational versus anti-civilizational.  If you have a clear mind the Trump trial makes no sense to you.  In his book Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg brilliantly traces the intellectual roots of fascism to their surprising source.  Dennis says Judge Juan Merchan could have been one of Stalin’s judges.  The toughest question you can ask a Leftist in your family is… what were the 34 crimes Trump was convicted of?  We are in the age of inversion… who’s the real threat to Democracy?  Isaiah 5:20 - Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.  Dennis says there’s no hope for people who lie and believe their lies.  Do Leftist believe their lies? They discuss Israel versus Hamas… and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.  We are the beneficiaries of western civilization …we are obligated to protect it.  Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Seek Joy

Seek Joy

2024-06-0201:22:45

Dennis and Julie discuss joy and performance… passion is infectious.  Dennis recalls fondly his father, Max Prager’s lessons and examples in life.  Not achieving your God given potential will cause bitterness. If you are stuck in a situation… find a way to celebrate it.  The most powerful thing you can give a person is a good example.  Finding joy in life requires effort and enthusiasm matters.  They reflect on Jordan Peterson living in the public eye. The importance of being a good model and passing on values.  Being a good role model isn’t enough however, it also requires spoken word.  Conversely a negative role model can be equally effective… and devastating.  Is the influence of a bad role model more powerful than the influence of a good role model?    Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Wisdom

Wisdom

2024-05-2601:12:30

Dennis and Julie discuss the differences of working with women and men.  You should have close same sex friends… if you don’t, that is odd.  Very close opposite sex friendships rarely work.  Can you learn from someone else’s mistake… or must you experience the issue to understand? Beware of people who are too close to their parents, and conversely parents who are too close to their children.  D+J discuss three reasons parents attend their children’s games… are they healthy reasons?  The limits, boundaries, separations, and distinctions of appropriateness have been blurred in today’s society.  For the credit of being a good or bad person… you are not solely a product of your parents.  Reason without God leads to chaos.Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Age of Inversion

The Age of Inversion

2024-05-1901:19:38

Dennis and Julie examine having fun… male fun versus female fun; donkey versus monkey; language, pronunciation, and accents; Johnny Carson; Harrison Butker’s commencement speech; and Clarence Thomas.  The political is everywhere in society… there are no boundaries.  Leviticus 19 - “The Lord said to Moses, Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”  Chaos is the natural state of the world… civilization provides order, and we are moving backwards.  Bangladesh became the first country to grant its rivers the same legal status as humans.  A survivor of Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution said she has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since watching 'Marxist hordes' overrun US college campuses. How are parents reacting to, or handling, the “wokeness” in their kids?  Everything is upside down… those who accuse racism are racist… those who claim to protect trans kids are hurting them... those who claim tolerance are intolerant.  Are people brainwashed or mentally ill?  We are in an era of incompatible views… is the gap unbridgeable?Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
All or Nothing

All or Nothing

2024-05-1201:16:52

Dennis and Julie reflect on complimenting each other, when and how to take criticism, and avoiding “always” and “never.”  Today’s culture lacks nuance… very few positions in life are binary.  Bad ideas prevail because the vast majority of non-evil people are weak. Other topics include: the missing tile syndrome; the Israel protests; BLM; proper grammar; TDS; micro versus macro values; private versus public speech; Talmud wisdom - a bashful person cannot learn; aphorisms; The Book of Virtues – Bill Bennett’s book https://amzn.to/3WwyxKj; and the poem If by Rudyard KiplingMusic: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ruined U

Ruined U

2024-05-0501:26:04

Dennis and Julie start with the anti-Israel protests at Columbia University.  The damage that university professors have done to the country over the last eighty years is incalculable.  When moral confusion is accepted in one category it spreads to other categories.  Parents… what makes you think your child won’t be affected by this if you send your children to university?  Dennis reflects on his trip to South Africa.  They discuss Jewry in the United States versus Jewry around the world.  People become cynical because they started out naïve.  Learning how to say “thank you” in as many languages possible has served Dennis well.  It is a beautiful thing that there are many cultures in the world… it is not a beautiful thing that there are many moralities in the world.  Julie shares her experience on the subway in NYC.Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Take a Step

Take a Step

2024-04-2801:19:11

Dennis and Julie reveal that being sad is acceptable but being offended is not.  Don’t sweat the small stuff because the power of instant rage is staggering.  There is righteous anger… Julie was robbed of her college experience by the Covid lockdowns.  The differences between the Trump and Biden Presidencies are clear.  Derived from Aesop’s Fable - The Herdsman and The Lost Bull – D+J discuss that you should be careful what you wish for; your wish may be granted.  Raising the minimum wage has had some awful unintended effects on the workforce.  Secularism produces morons.  Diagnosing problems is good… offering solutions is better.  They analyze optimism versus pessimism. How can the average person fight?  Life is not a dress rehearsal.  Julie raises an email she received from a transgender viewer.Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dennis and Julie examine being “cat-called” in the USA versus in Italy.  Women do not see themselves the way men see them.  How people dress in public has become less important over the past half century. You become a persona of how you dress. The art and architecture that was inspired by divinity is infinitely more impressive and beautiful than anything produced since.  Dennis and Julie prefer American pizza to Italian pizza.  You must make time in your life to travel. You must ask yourself what will better my life rather than what do “I” want to do?  Dennis recalls traveling alone to Japan as a young man. Julie discusses why she's more adventurous when she travels.Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Israel or the World

Israel or the World

2024-04-1401:13:26

Dennis and Julie reflect on being paid to speak around the country. The Oklahoma Bombing Memorial and the case for capital punishment.  The U.N. is scum… it’s the United Governments, not Nations.  Numbers 23:9 – Balaam - For from the top of the rocks I see him. From the hills I see him. Behold, it is a people that dwells alone, and shall not be listed among the nations.  Dennis had a brain scan… if you could know all the illnesses that will strike you, would you want to know?  Dennis and Julie discuss aging and being ageless.  What do you wish you knew earlier in life?  Elevator Pitches for God: 70 One-Page Essays by Thought Leaders On Why They Believe - https://www.amazon.com/Elevator-Pitches-God-One-Page-Thought/dp/1962598004/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=    Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guts

Guts

2024-04-0701:15:35

Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman recently died… Julie asks Dennis why he didn’t support him as Al Gore’s VP nominee in 2000.  Dennis went to a brain expert, and he found the results intriguing. Do you follow your intuition or gut instinct?  Do you think most people nowadays follow their gut, or the herd?  Julie has become interested in reading the energy of people when it comes to friendships. Do you become who you want to be?  How important are your thoughts when it comes to becoming who you want to be? Elevator Pitches for God: 70 One-Page Essays by Thought Leaders On Why They Believe - https://www.amazon.com/Elevator-Pitches-God-One-Page-Thought/dp/1962598004/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dennis and Julie start with chivalry.  Dennis’ mentions his meticulous texts… what does bad grammar say about you?  Julie wonders why men try to look like pimps on dating sites.  Is sophistication shunned in today’s society… classy, traditional, and mature have been replaced with cool and casual.  Julie asks Dennis if there is anything about younger generations that he thinks they are doing well.  Dennis believes the baby boomer generation brought in the decline of the United States… the greatest generation didn’t pass on the things that made them great.  They discuss: the rape of language; eloquence; holding an elevated response; and setting a good example.  They debate the consequences of freedom of speech.  Why are the “woke-est” countries the freest?  Social norms have been derided… where is all of this headed… is it worse now than it ever was?Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dennis and Julie address a letter received about Julie using the world shalom.  Are some religious people too uptight or formal?  How bad was Senator Katie Britt’s SOTU response?  Why do we hear of Right-wing hypocrites… but never hear of Left-wing hypocrites?  Do Leftists purposefully lie… or are they unaware that they are lying?  The war on women …re-labeling… reducing women seems to be acceptable, whereas not accepted when it comes to men.   “You know what really frosts my cookies” …is that a real phrase?  People don’t care about blacks… they hate whites.  People don’t care about Palestinians… they hate Israel.  Dennis examines that Jews recovered quicker from the Holocaust than Blacks have recovered from Slavery.  Trump’s “blood bath” reference and the unwarranted outrage that followed.  Biden’s use of the term illegal and the apology tour afterward.  It is programmed into human nature to do what others do.  Driving habits in traffic are a microcosm of human existence.  “Hypocrisy is the compliment vice pays to virtue.”  – François de La Rochefoucauld.  Being offended - people are hurt even when they don’t have the right to be.  Writing important things down is a great way to remember them.Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Chaos versus Order

Chaos versus Order

2024-03-1701:24:45

Dennis and Julie point out that watching old tv shows is like a view into a time capsule …a time when you could smoke in planes and bibles were prominent.  Advocacy groups say they care about their group, but don’t really care.  The Left doesn’t want order… that’s what the battle is all about.  Other topics include: Leviticus; cathedrals; idolatry; the deleterious consequences of the death of God in society; religious versus secular government; Dennis and the Crucifix… did Jesus have a choice; Jewish suffering is not meaningless; why do protestants use the cross and not the crucifix; Julie’s religious evolution.Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Using God’s Name

Using God’s Name

2024-03-1101:18:15

Dennis and Julie start off with languages: Semitic; Arabic; Music; and the beauty of learning languages… inspired by Mario Pei’s book - The Story of Language.  Dennis explains the French’s mustard syndrome.  There are many ways of doing things… the only thing that matters is moral standards.  The question you should ask yourself is… am what I’m doing and saying going to age well?  Is it better to have an easy childhood… or a difficult one?  It is not a good thing to be liked by everyone.  They discuss the blurring of distinctions …there are/were boundaries for a reason.  Other topics include: India and Hinduism; Dennis’ favorite countries to visit; Navalny; victimhood; depression – there’s more suicide now than during the Great Depression; having courage; Tom Sowell’s great concept – Stage One Thinking.Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dennis and Julie discuss Alaska, experiencing 25 below, and missing the Northern Lights.  Life will disappoint you… you must deal with it and overcome.  Has Dennis been dog sledding?  Everything in life is… how you react to it.  Julie discusses college admissions, testing, working hard versus cheating, and succeeding on your own merits.  Is thinking rationally a curse?  Having beliefs is a luxury.  Being in snow is peaceful, unlike the rain.  It’s not about the existence of God, it’s about the necessity of God.  We are surrounded by manmade things… this can distance you from God.  People who suffer are more likely to believe in God than people with affluent lives.  Dennis loves the quote: “He Is a Self-Made Man.” “Yes, And He Worships His Creator.” Dennis shares the story of his last of the 50 states he’s visited.  How liberal Jews reacted to October 7t.  Being a naïve adult is a choice.  Truth is not a Left-wing value.  Are people who they will be throughout their lives?Music: Straight to the Point c 2022Richard Friedman Music Publishing 100%Richard Friedman Writers 100%ASCAP (PRO)IPI128741568RichardFriedmanMusic.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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