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Keeping democracy alive Democracy is not a spectator sport, it requires informed participating citizens. On Keeping Democracy Alive, we delve into dynamics that both inhibit democracy and reinvigorate it. looking into issues from: domestic economic issues to foreign, labor, trade, and education policy, NSA spying, the drug war, prison, police, and judicial issues, electoral and protest politics, middle east realities, right and left wing populism, environmental and energy issues, the wealth ...
 
For our regular listeners of Extremely Offline: It’s been a while! Since we effectively closed down XO, the world has gone to shit. We’re not necessarily saying the one caused the other, but just in case, we’re bringing the pod back, but under a new name. Zaid and I, along with our friend Shant Mesrobian, have launched a new show on YouTube called “The Backchannel,” and we’re going to stream it here as an audio podcast, as well. The format is a little different, and a little looser, than XO, ...
 
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Megyn Kelly is joined by Zaid Jilani, co-founder of the Inquire More Substack publication, and Andy Ngo, independent journalist and author of "Unmasked," to discuss COVID truth and censorship, failing of the corporate media, antifa's tactics, the rise of elite victimhood, the value of intellectual discomfort, ideological bias in the media, Big Tech…
 
There are signs of serious splits emerging in the very conservative Southern Baptist Convention, which is the largest Protestant denomination in America. Fifteen thousand of them just completed their annual gathering to elect a new president. The least hard liner The post Split Among Right Wing Evangelicals appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Gad Saad, evolutionary behavioral scientist and author of "The Parasitic Mind," to talk about the rise of victimhood in society and Harry and Meghan, fighting back in academia, the tyranny of the minority and "the murder of truth," the differences between men and women, "the oppression Olympics," the collective Munchausen s…
 
In the Scopes Trial of 1925, William Jennings Bryan spoke against teaching evolution, saying “I have all the information I need to live and die by.” Today’s intense fight against teaching Critical Race Theory is more of the same. To The post Critical Race Theory: Scopes Trial Redux? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Clay Travis and Buck Sexton, the co-hosts of the new radio show "The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show," launching today as the replacement on Premiere Networks for the Rush Limbaugh Show, to discuss COVID and mask hypocrisy, Jeffrey Toobin and CNN, Hunter Biden, the Victoria's Secret rebranding, the politics of envy, the te…
 
Like many professionals, doctors and medical providers are uncomfortable with plowing new ground. But that’s what trans medicine is, and there is growing need for best treatment practices. There is very little research or precedent but the needs of trans The post Trans Medicine: Brave New World? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Alice Marie Johnson, founder of the Taking Action for Good (TAG) Foundation, to talk about her journey that led to a conviction and life sentence, how President Trump, Kim Kardashian, Van Jones and others helped get her released in 2018 and pardoned, criminal justice reform and sentencing reform, her childhood and the mista…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Lue Elizondo, former director of AATIP (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program), and John Greenewald, CEO of The Black Vault, to talk about the history of UFOs, what AATIP was tasked with investigating, why UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) is the more accurate terminology for UFOs, possible explanations for wha…
 
It’s a rich country full of poor people. With his teaching pencil as a symbol, from the countryside Pedro Castillo is the winner of the very tight but certified free and fair June 6th presidential election. The candidate of the The post Rural Teacher Elected President in Peru While the Right Claims Fraud. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal columnist and author of "Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell," to talk about the rise in murders in America, media narratives about police, the truth about police and Black Americans, charter schools and teachers' unions, Critical Race Theory and slavery, Obama and the GOP's focus on cult…
 
Michael Winship writes: “Despite Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being in the White House, we remain in existential peril.” A big step toward tyranny is Senator Joe Manchin who announced he will not support an end to the filibuster which The post Manchin: Ego Rules Over Patriotism appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Josh Rogin, author of "Chaos Under Heaven," David Marcus, author of "Charade," and Richard Muller, physicist and co-author of a new Wall Street Journal column about the origins of COVID, to talk about what really happened in the Wuhan lab, what Dr. Fauci's emails reveal, what makes COVID-19 different from every other corona…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Sohrab Ahmari, author of "The Unbroken Thread," Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, hosts of "Breaking Points," and Dan Abrams, author of "Kennedy's Avenger," to talk exposing the embarrassing elites, on COVID cover-ups, racist teachings at elite colleges, Critical Race Theory in schools, tech censorship, media coverage of the …
 
Women in the military know they are more likely to be attacked by men of their own company than by an enemy. It’s been a long tradition that reports of sexual abuse are crushed. Commanders protecting their own reputation takes The post Sexual Assault in the Military: Foxes Guarding the Henhouse appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Dennis Prager, founder of PragerU and host of The Dennis Prager Show, to discuss President Biden's "anti-American speech," the leftward drift in schools (and how to fight back against it), "secular extremism," COVID media coverage, the social justice focus of the press, generalizations of the left, Israel and American excep…
 
Is it the revenge of the “deplorables?” We’ve seen how a culture of resentment affected Germany in the early 30s, and it has brought us dangerous Trumpism today. On this show, professor of history emeritus Walter Moss looks at the The post The Power of Resentment and The Threat to Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Matt Taibbi, TK News founder and co-host of the "Useful Idiots" podcast, to discuss Biden media coverage, COVID and Wuhan lab hypocrisy from the media and Dr. Fauci, the rise of "safetyism" in American society, cancel culture and Chrissy Teigen, "Slack-ized" office culture, Naomi Osaka and the decline of perseverance, VP Ka…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Robert O'Neill, Navy SEAL veteran and author of "The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior," to talk about the inside details of the bin Laden raid and O'Neill killing bin Laden, what led up to that famous raid, working with "Maya, the CIA analyst who found bin Laden, bei…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Ron Dermer, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., and Ying Ma, author of "Chinese Girl in the Ghetto," to talk about what's behind the rise of anti-Jewish and anti-Asian violence in America and around the world, as well as the status of the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, the media coverage of Israel-Gaza violence and Israel gener…
 
When Roe v Wade was decided in 1973, many thought the matter was settled. Nearly 50 years later, the new Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could overturn that landmark decision. On this show abortion law historian professor The post Supreme Court Case Threatens Roe, But It’s Not Over appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Dr. Nicole Saphier, radiologist and author of "Panic Attack: Playing Politics with Science in the Fight Against COVID-19," and Dr. Lucy McBride, practicing internist and author of the Atlantic column "I Tell My Patients Not To Mask Their Kids Outside," to talk about kids and masks (and whether they should get the vaccine), …
 
The world sees the “flare up” but not the ongoing banal policies that are at cause. The State of Israel is copying the successful “settling” of the American west, so what options for resistance are open to Palestinians being evicted, The post People Refusing to be Erased appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Daryl Davis, musician, author and pro-human activist, to talk about his work getting KKK members to leave the Klan, the focus on race in society today, lacking bitterness, policing in America, those who support his work like FAIR and those who don't, like some Black Lives Matter activists, and more. Follow The Megyn Kelly S…
 
What explains the worship of guns in America? It’s long been a mystery to many. Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz says guns have always been central to the insistent belief that God gave America to white Christian males. America’s first industry was The post America’s Altar of Guns Explained appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Lara Logan, award-winning journalist and host of "Lara Logan Has No Agenda" on Fox Nation, to talk about the state of the media, the dangers of technology for children and adults, Americans' loss of control, Dr. Fauci and COVID, the border under President Biden (and media coverage of it), the fallout after her 60 Minutes Be…
 
Grades 1 through 12 education may have been adequate to the 20th century. But not anymore. With emerging technology and a global economy, at least a two year community college degree is essential for America’s common good. On this show The post Free College: We Are Getting There. Really. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Alan Dershowitz, Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and host of The Dershow podcast, and Shadi Hamid, of the Brookings Institution and co-host of the Wisdom Of Crowds podcast, to talk about all the angles to what's happening in Israel and Gaza, today and throughout history, including the history of Israelis and Palest…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Carlos Watson, co-founder and CEO of OZY, to talk about the importance of having challenging conversations, race in America, the state of the media, the ingredients to success, how we can better American society today, his life going from "worst behaved" in school to Harvard, his hopes for raising kids, the need to talk abo…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Ryan Long, comedian and co-host of The Boyscast, to talk about the trouble with groupthink, the "intersectional trainwrecks" in Hollywood, Sarah Silverman's latest attack on Caitlyn Jenner, his viral video hits, COVID conspiracy theories and hypocrisy, comedy gone woke, the post-Trump media, victimhood culture, who has the …
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Chelsea Mitchell and Alanna Smith, two students involved in a lawsuit over trans athletes competing in girls sports, and their lawyer, Kristen Waggoner of Alliance Defending Freedom, as well as Joanna Harper, PhD researcher at Loughborough University, and Dr. Gregory Brown, professor of Exercise Science at University of Neb…
 
So many awful 20th century roads lead back to the First World War. And despite conventional wisdom, there could have been peace two years before it came to an official (but not really) end. Through a process of detective work, The post Peace Was On The Floor in 1916-17, but Wilson Failed to Pick It Up appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by John McWhorter, author of "Nine Nasty Words" and Columbia University professor, to discuss the power of the n-word (and other nasty words), systemic racism in America, how we can fix our culture's focus on race, the policing debate in America, MLK's message, why "White Fragility" is "the worst book ever written," and more. …
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Andrew Gutmann, the parent of a daughter at the Brearley School in New York City, who recently wrote a letter about the Critical Race Theory and "anti-racism" indoctrination at his daughter's school, that caused him to pull her out. Topics include the anti-racism pledge he was forced to sign, what caused him to write the le…
 
“Crisis at the Border.” The truth is: unless we get to the root of how bad it has to be to force people to leave home, the refugees will keep coming. On this show political anthropology professor David Vine reveals The post To Stop Northward Migration, Address the Causes appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Sen. Josh Hawley, author of the new book "The Tyranny of Big Tech," to talk about the danger of Big Tech, the implications of allowing tech platforms to be sued, media absurdity, why he decided to object to the 2020 election results and whether he has any regrets surrounding his actions about election fraud, the "Big Lie" s…
 
Traditional liberals argued we’d alienate some by civil disobedience in the streets of Washington. The idea was to stop the center of the war machine to stop the war, which went on an on despite marches and speeches and everyone The post The Remarkable Success of MayDay 1971 appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Adam Grant, bestselling author of Think Again and Organizational Psychologist at Wharton, to talk about how to win arguments (and how to lose graciously), how to have productive arguments with those we love, on values over politics and refusing to put on a political team jersey, the qualities we want in a leader, why we see…
 
The dehumanized Amazon warehouse as pictured in the movie Nomadland is more benign than reality. There is an “existential bleakness” where every instant is being watched, humans serve robots, and one can be fired by algorithm. In his powerful new The post The Biggest, Least Human Power in America: Amazon appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Kmele Foster, Michael Moynihan, and Matt Welch, the hosts of The Fifth Column podcast, to talk about President Biden's awkward address to Congress and Sen Tim Scott's speech in response (and the media reaction to it), the Chauvin verdict, woke culture in schools and workplaces, our culture's emphasis on race and identity, f…
 
Self-professed “patriots” stormed the US Capitol Building January 6th, but it was Vietnam Veterans Against the War in late April 1971 who were the real patriots. They came for what they considered another tour of duty, after serving in the The post In Military Gear, Patriots Invade the Capital: 50 Years Ago appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review to discuss President Biden's first 100 days, Biden's broken promises, COVID craziness with masks and schools, the COVID relief bill, divisiveness of our current political and digital culture, media coverage of the Ma'Khia Bryant case, police reform in America, Biden's 2nd Amendment "lie…
 
You may have read recently about a flare up of rioting in Belfast. It’s all a result of Boris Johnson’s Brexit. Scholar Kenneth Surin, a British citizen teaching in the US, explains what’s going on in Northern Ireland. Though it’s The post Troubles in Northern Ireland: Unforeseen Brexit Blues appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Michael Shellenberger, author of "Apocalypse Never," and Benji Backer, founder of the American Conservation Coalition, to talk about climate change truth, and separate alarmism from reality. They discuss what's really happening with global warming, the rise of climate alarmism in politics and the media, what happens if the …
 
As our guest Chuck Collins explains, it’s like one person orders expensive wine for a dinner crowd and sneaks out without paying. His new book is titled The Wealth Hoarders; How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Trillions. What he calls The post How the Wealth Defense Industry Poisons Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Paul Rossi, the former math teacher at Grace Church High School who recently broke his silence about the Critical Race Theory and racial essentialism at his school, for his first long-form interview, to discuss the reason he spoke out, how teachings have been "demonizing" kids at his school, the specifics of the "anti-racis…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by legal experts Alan Dershowitz, Arthur Aidala and Mark Eiglarsh to discuss the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd, what the verdict means, what happens next with sentencing and potential appeals, what the case will mean for future police brutality cases, the politicization of the case, th…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Scott Walker, former governor of Wisconsin and President of the Young Americas Foundation, to talk about the leftward drift in American schools (and fighting back against it), the patriotic optimism of Ronald Reagan, taking on unions (and winning), the GOP in 2024, preparing then VP Pence to debate now VP Harris, the cultur…
 
Megyn Kelly is joined by Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal, the hosts of the "Blocked and Reported" podcast, to talk about the latest culture wars, policing in America, the narcissism of small differences, the trans trend, breaking down LGBT and Q and P, what it means to be labeled a "TERF," and Singal's book, "The Quick Fix" on fad psychology, grit, a…
 
The monuments to Confederate leaders are all about altering the realities of history to empower and enforce old mythic beliefs. They are there on courthouse lawns to remind black southerners of their place. One this show, Southern historian Karen Cox The post No Common Ground for Confederate Monuments appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
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