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The Radio Free Hillsdale Hour is a one-hour, weekly radio show/podcast advancing the efforts of Hillsdale College in radiating its knowledge and teaching to the world outside of campus. Listeners will hear the arguments and debates that make up the liberal arts education and will experience the learning and teaching that happens on campus. Hosted by Scot Bertram.
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Guests: Justin Jackson & Brad Wilcox Host Scot Bertram talks with Justin Jackson, chair and professor of English at Hillsdale College, about Hillsdale’s new online course on the Book of Exodus. And Brad Wilcox, professor of sociology and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, discusses why marriage is an important aspect of living a healthy, successful life and his new book Get Married: Why Americans Must Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families, and Save Civilization.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Khalil Habib, Tracy Lee Simmons, & Andrew Russell Host Scot Bertram talks with Khalil Habib, associate professor of politics at Hillsdale College, about Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and which of his observations about America ring true today. Author and journalist Tracy Lee Simmons discusses the decline of culture and his book On Being Civilized: A Few Lines Amid the Breakage. And Andrew Russell, associate professor of biology at Hillsdale College, describes his research into biofilms and beer taps.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Paul Moreno, Amity Shlaes, & D.G. Hart Host Scot Bertram talks with Paul Moreno, the William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History and professor of history at Hillsdale College, about the life and legacy of groundbreaking baseball player Jackie Robinson on the anniversary of his birth. Amity Shlaes, chair of the Coolidge Foundation and author of Coolidge, explains president Calvin Coolidge's legacy and how he navigated challenges like ours today. And D.G. Hart, associate professor of history at Hillsdale College, continues a series on the work of H. L. Mencken. This time, he focuses on Mencken’s dedication to the principle of free speech.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Kevin Portteus, J. Michael Waller, & Haley Strack Host Scot Bertram talks with Kevin Portteus, professor of politics and director of American Studies at Hillsdale College, about how and why the presidential nomination process was developed. J. Michael Waller, senior analyst for strategy at the Center for Security Policy, details how DEI initiatives have taken over the CIA and FBI before discussing his new book, “Big Intel: How the CIA and FBI Went from Cold War Heroes to Deep State Villains.” And Haley Strack, the William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at National Review and a 2023 Hillsdale graduate, updates us on the mining and energy beat and recalls her strange experience of visiting an active uranium mine.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: David Azerrad & Roger L. Simon Host Scot Bertram talks with David Azerrad, assistant professor and research fellow at Hillsdale’s Graduate School of Government in Washington, D.C., about keeping faith in the future of the American republic and his article “Against the Black Pill.” And Roger L. Simon, award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and columnist for The Epoch Times, explains why so many Americans are moving to red states and discusses his new book American Refugees: The Untold Story of the Mass Migration from Blue to Red States.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: David Diener, Joel Pollak, & Parker Thayer Host Scot Bertram talks with David Diener, assistant professor of education at Hillsdale College, about the philosophy of education and Hillsdale’s unique approach. Joel Pollak, senior editor-at-large at Breitbart News, explains the link between Anti-Americanism and antisemitism. And Parker Thayer, investigative reporter at Capital Research Center and Hillsdale College alumnus, reveals how charities secretly help win elections.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Scott Atlas, Christopher S. Busch, & Joseph Cella Host Scot Bertram talks with Scott Atlas, Robert Wesson Senior Fellow in health care policy at the Hoover Institution and fellow at Hillsdale College's Academy for Science and Freedom, about common-sense reforms to America's Health bureaucracy and his article “Today’s Public Health Emergency: Restoring Trust With Seven Steps." Christopher S. Busch, English Professor at Hillsdale College, finishes a series on the life and work of poet Robert Frost. And Joseph Cella, former United States Ambassador and founder and principal at The Pontifex Group, explains what an ambassador really does and how a transition team helps a new President adjust to his new role.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Host Scot Bertram recaps 2023 behind-the-scenes at The Radio Free Hillsdale Hour, unveils the most-listened-to shows of the year, and previews some of what is to come in 2024. Later, we talk with Bill Gray, chief marketing officer and vice president for marketing, about why the Hillsdale College Podcast Network exists, what the plans are for the future, and how you can help support podcasts and audio at Hillsdale College in 2024.  To learn more about Hillsdale's commitment to defend and uphold the principles and practices of liberty and to preserve free government for future generations, and to find out how you can get a Hillsdale College Christ Chapel Ornament, please visit hillsdale.edu/newyear.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Dwight Lindley, Jordan Joseph Wales, & Timothy McDonnell Host Scot Bertram continues a conversation with Dwight Lindley, associate professor of English at Hillsdale College, about Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Jordan Joseph Wales, John and Helen Kuczmarski Chair and associate professor of Theology at Hillsdale College, discusses the Christian doctrine of The Trinity and the concept of personhood. And Timothy McDonnell, associate professor of Music at Hillsdale College, describes the history and ideas behind the Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Dwight Lindley, Joy Pullmann, & Richard Samuelson Host Scot Bertram talks with Dwight Lindley, associate professor of English at Hillsdale College, about Hillsdale’s new online course on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Joy Pullmann, executive editor at The Federalist, discusses the benefits of a classical education and her essay "Schools That Teach The Classics Instead Of Marxism See Exponential Growth." And Richard Samuelson, associate professor of government at Hillsdale in D.C., tells us the story of American statesman Henry Clay.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Matthew Spalding, Timothy P. Carney, & D.G. Hart Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Spalding, vice president of Washington operations and dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government at Hillsdale in D.C., about a recent article he wrote on how the United States should educate its citizens. Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, discusses the demographic dangers of America’s dropping birthrates and his upcoming book Family Unfriendly: How Our Culture Made Raising Kids Much Harder Than It Needs to Be. And D.G. Hart, associate professor of history at Hillsdale College, begins a short series on the life and works of journalist and cultural critic H.L. Mencken.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Host Scot Bertram talks with Bill Gray, chief marketing officer and vice president for marketing, about the culture of thanks at Hillsdale College, the impact Hillsdale has had on his own life, and how to include Hillsdale in your Giving Tuesday plans. To learn more about Hillsdale's commitment to our country's founding principles, read George Washington and Thomas Jefferson's Thanksgiving proclamations, and watch a special address from Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn, visit our Thanksgiving landing page.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Matthew Mehan & Miranda Devine Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Mehan, associate dean and assistant professor of government at Hillsdale College’s Washington, D.C. campus, about the battle over parental rights and his article “More Schools Playing the Parental Role, But Not for the Good of Students.” Miranda Devine, columnist at the New York Post and Fox News contributor, dives into recent developments in the now-infamous “laptop from hell” and her book Laptop from Hell: Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Patrick Whalen, Thomas Conner & Peter Jennings Host Scot Bertram talks with Patrick Whalen, operations assistant to the president at Hillsdale College, about the unique qualifications that veterans bring to teaching and his article "Veterans Make Good Teachers." Thomas Conner, History professor emeritus at Hillsdale College, walks through the history of the American Battle Monuments Commission and his book War and Remembrance: The Story of the American Battle Monuments Commission. And Peter Jennings, associate professor of Leadership studies and Brouwer D. and Jane E. McIntyre chair in Business Administration at Hillsdale College, discusses leadership, service and Anton Myer's novel Once an Eagle.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Jon Fennell, Joe Kennedy, & Christopher Busch Host Scot Bertram talks with Jon Fennell, professor emeritus of education at Hillsdale College, about the reasoning for classical education and his article for Principia titled “An Epistemological Rationale for Classical Education.” Joe Kennedy, author of Average Joe: The Joe Kennedy Story, describes the years of difficult litigation behind his victory for religious liberty in front of the Supreme Court. And Christopher Busch, professor of English at Hillsdale College, continues his series on the poet Robert Frost, this time discussing the themes and images in his work.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Adam Carrington, Sam Faddis & Mickey Mattox Host Scot Bertram talks with Adam Carrington, William and Patricia LaMothe Chair in the U.S. Constitution and associate politics professor at Hillsdale College, about the history of the 17th Amendment and his article "How the 17th Amendment Ruined Federalism." Sam Faddis, author of Beyond Repair: The Decline And Fall Of The CIA, dives into the history of the CIA and how the once respectable organization has lost its way. And Mickey Mattox, Flack Family Foundation Chair and professor of theology at Hillsdale College, explains the legacy of Martin Luther as a reformer.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: John J. Miller, Megan Basham, & Stephen Naumann Host Scot Bertram talks with John J. Miller, director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College, about the growing movement among journalists to establish a "right to be forgotten." Megan Basham, author and reporter at The Daily Wire, discusses efforts by the Left to popularize liberal theological views in American churches as well as her upcoming book Bad Shepherds. And Stephen Naumann, associate professor of German at Hillsdale College, describes how to make the most of a vacation to Germany.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Paul A. Rahe, Andrew Biggio, & Courtney Meyet Host Scot Bertram talks with Paul A. Rahe, professor of history and Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College, about his new book Sparta's Sicilian Proxy War: The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta. Andrew Biggio, former U.S. Marine Corps infantry sergeant, discusses the healing power of memory and shares World War II stories from his new book The Rifle 2: Back to the Battlefield. And Courtney Meyet, chairwoman and associate professor of chemistry at Hillsdale College, tells us about her transition from Ironman Triathlon competitions to the world of gravel cycling.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Michael Tripepi, Owen Strachan, & Kelly Scott Franklin Host Scot Bertram talks with Michael Tripepi, assistant professor of physics at Hillsdale College, about the potential impact of changes in the rotational speed of the earth’s core. Owen Strachan, the provost and research professor of theology at Grace Bible Theological Seminary, lays out his view of biblical masculinity and previews his new book: The War on Men: Why Society Hates Them and Why We Need Them. And Kelly Scott Franklin, associate professor of English at Hillsdale College, discusses his analysis of Walt Whitman’s “Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night” in an article for the Wall Street Journal.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Kyle Murnen, Myron Magnet, & Benedict Whalen Host Scot Bertram talks with Kyle Murnen, director of Online Learning at Hillsdale College, about the brand-new podcast from the Online Learning team: The Hillsdale College Online Courses Podcast. Myron Magnet, historian and author of Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution, explains the history and goals of the "Antiracist" movement in his new article "The Antiracist Racket." And Benedict Whalen, associate professor of English at Hillsdale College, continues his series on the works of Christopher Marlowe with Doctor Faustus.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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