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American Wonk is the signature podcast of FREOPP, the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. On the show, FREOPP President Avik Roy explores the most important national issues of our time—like the economy, health care, technology, pandemics, and the Supreme Court—with the experts and political leaders who know them best.
 
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Our American Experiment is a podcast that engages leading thinkers and doers creatively working to strengthen the United States of America-- the longest running experiment to defend individual liberty and promote human flourishing the world has ever seen. Cohosts include DC-based tech insider Jessica Dahl and Austin, TX, based serial entrepreneur Evan Baehr.
 
Wins & Losses with Clay Travis is a brand new original podcast featuring interviews with some of the most fascinating figures in the country. Clay Travis, host of “Outkick the Coverage” from 6-9am ET on Fox Sports Radio, goes deep with thought-leaders from all walks of life and explores the key wins and losses in their lives and careers. It is through these stories that shape how they’ve achieved wide-ranging levels of success. Join Clay as unique and inspiring stories are uncovered. Follow ...
 
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For decades, the race to space was the domain of the state. Today space is rapidly becoming commercialized, opening vast opportunities for entrepreneurs. The commercialization of space also brings challenges. In this episode, we're bringing you a panel discussion featuring Daniel Britt, PhD., Joel Sercel, PhD., and Paul Stimers, PhD., that was deli…
 
In January 1982, Marina Nemat, then just sixteen years old, was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death for political crimes. Until then, her life in Tehran had centered around school, summer parties at the lake, and her crush on Andre, the young man she had met at church. But when math and history were subordinated to the study of the Koran and…
 
Saul Alinsky might be called the "anti-Acton". As Lord Acton warned that power corrupts, Saul Alinsky, the father of modern "community organizing", rejoiced that corruption empowers. Decades after Alinsky's death his ideas and teaching continue to shape the American political and social landscape. This lecture given by Joseph A. Morris, President o…
 
In this episode, we're bringing you a presentation that was delivered as part of the 2021 Acton Lecture Series featuring Dr. Carl Trueman on his book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. In this timely work, he explores the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom—rather than the cause—of the human search for identity. Trueman surveys …
 
On today’s episode of American Wonk, Avik Roy talks to Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee and author of a pathbreaking health care reform bill called the Hospital Competition Act. Should the GOP shed it’s big business reputation to help kitchen table voters? More on the Hospital Competition Act here. After …
 
The greatest civilization of ancient times expired more than 1,500 years ago but the lessons to be learned from its experience are eternal. In this lecture, Lawrence W. Reed focuses on the Roman Republic—the key features, personalities and events that defined its rise as well as those that caused its decay in the First Century B.C. into an imperial…
 
The American Jobs Plan has been touted by Vice President Kamala Harris as the biggest jobs investment since World War II. But how exactly will we pay for $2 trillion in new spending on infrastructure, green energy, housing, and education reform? Do the benefits of increased spending outweigh the proposal’s impact on deficits and tax rates? Last wee…
 
On May 1st, Texas will hold a special election to fill the seat of late U.S. Congressman Ron Wright, who passed away in February from COVID-19. The contentious, all-party election has 23 candidates vying for the seat, including Rep. Wright’s widow Susan. One of the Republican candidates, Michael Wood, joins Avik Roy, President of FREOPP, to discuss…
 
In this episode, we're bringing you a presentation that was delivered as part of the 2021 Acton Lecture Series featuring Jessica Hooten Wilson speaking on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his fight against propaganda using art to force "even an opposing heart to surrender." Through fiction, Solzhenitsyn provides a way to love our so-called enemies, encou…
 
On today’s episode of Covid in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy talk about a new FREOPP report that ranks the pandemic performance of 31 countries, including the U.S. Which countries have moved up and down in the rankings, which country is number 1, and why is Europe having such a tough time? All that and more starting now. Measuring the…
 
In this episode we bring you an Acton Lecture featuring Dr. Patrick Gerry as he addresses the false promise of big government. The debate over the size and scope of the federal government has raged since the New Deal. So why have opponents of big government so rarely made political headway? Because they fail to address the fundamental issue. Patric…
 
This week on Wins & Losses, Clay Travis is joined for a second time by comedian Nate Bargatze! Clay asks Nate about his new Netflix special, and all of the difficulties and oddities that he faced during the past year with COVID. Clay and Nate also dive into the world of college sports, as Nate is a huge Vanderbilt fan, and of course, they talk some…
 
Beginning with a conversation prompted by African American scholars like Dr. Alvin Poussaint of Harvard Medical School, to the current Black Lives Matter movement, there has been much debate about what led to the death of George Floyd as well as other systemic challenges that undermine black thriving. Anthony Bradley provides a distinctly Christian…
 
Can conservative principles adapt to appeal to younger generations and minorities? What are realistic conservative policy goals for the 21st century? Is there a future for an inclusive, equal opportunity-oriented conservative movement? Patrick Ruffini from Echelon Insights, a next-generation polling, analytics, and intelligence firm, joins American…
 
On June 17th, 1997, United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the keynote address at the Acton Institute's 7th Annual Anniversary dinner. His remarks were entitled "On Interpreting the Constitution." Justice Scalia was arguably the Supreme Court’s most famous originalist in interpreting the Constitution. Scalia was equa…
 
Today, we’re bringing you a conversation from our recent Business Matters 2021 conference. Business Matters brought together leading experts and CEOs to address some of the most critical issue and biggest challenges facing businesses in these volatile times. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, and political turmoil, we have seldom seen a m…
 
In this episode, we’re bringing you an Acton Lecture Series event from December of 2016, featuring Ilya Shapiro speaking on judicial abdication and the growth of government. Ilya Shapiro is the director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review. In this discussion, S…
 
This week on Wins & Losses, Clay Travis is joined by Senator Ted Cruz. The two talk about the upcoming Super Bowl, and also about the importance of sports being able to lead the charge to a sense and return to normalcy during the pandemic. The two also discuss censorship in the world of Big Tech, as well as the NBA’s relationship with China. Clay a…
 
In this episode, we’re bringing you the most recent presentation from our Acton Lecture Series program, featuring the recipient of the Acton Institute’s 2020 Novak Award, Dr. Gregory Collins. Named after distinguished American theologian Michael Novak, this honor rewards new, outstanding scholarly research concerning the relationship between religi…
 
This week on Wins & Losses, Clay Travis is joined for a second time by Avik Roy. Clay and Avik discuss a number of different topics, all in relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic in this country and around the world. Clay asks Avik how he would grade the United States’ response to COVID, and the two also discuss the closures of schools that are still…
 
Today, we’re bringing you a presentation from our Acton Lecture Series program from January 2020 with Adam MacLeod, professor of law at Faulkner University, explaining the rise of morality in public discourse. According to MacLeod, our most contentious controversies today are moral. Political neutrality has failed. We disagree not only about questi…
 
On this edition of Wins & Losses with Clay Travis, BIG10 Commissioner Kevin Warren joins Clay to discuss a variety of topics from his upbringing to his handling of the COVID situation this year in football. Kevin discusses his early childhood days and how a major injury led to his current mindset of being thankful for every day, working hard and hi…
 
On December 2nd, 2020, the economist Walter E. Williams passed away at the age of 84. Williams worked his way out of grinding poverty in the Philadelphia housing projects to chair George Mason University’s economics department. Over his career he authored 10 books and more than 150 other publications, and become one of the most recognized commentat…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity talk about why the vaccines are not a vindication of Big Pharma, but of small, innovative biotech startups. Also, who’s first in line to get the vaccine? And what about the people who don’t want to take it? Join the convers…
 
In this Acton Lecture Series program from December 3rd, 2020, founder of the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation Justin Beene addressed the topic of transformational leadership in a time of crises. Today’s “new normal” demands authentic leaders who are grounded and yet reflective. Many of us go through life without a rhythm of both ref…
 
This week on Wins & Losses, Clay Travis is joined by former Sacramento Kings broadcaster, Grant Napear. Grant made headlines over the summer when he was fired from his position of 32 years following a tweet in response to DeMarcus Cousins. Clay and Grant discuss his career as a broadcaster, go into detail regarding his departure from the Kings broa…
 
In this Acton Lecture Series program from November 5, 2020, Acton Institute's Eric Kohn spoke with David French, senior editor at The Dispatch, about the outcomes of the 2020 election and his new book, “Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation.” In “Divided We Fall,” French surveys the landscape of a politically and…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity talk about this week’s vaccine news from Pfizer and Biontech. How good is the data? Are more vaccines on the horizon? Will Joe Biden strive to distribute vaccines around the world or prioritize Americans? Join the conversat…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about the World Health Organization’s new guidance that lockdowns are bad. What took them so long? And with the holidays coming up, Avik explains why his kids will be trick or treating and why he’s even looking forward to seeing his relatives. Join the convers…
 
This week on Wins & Losses, Clay Travis is joined by political commentator Tomi Lahren. Clay and Tomi talk about her upbringing in South Dakota, and her early interest in the world of politics. The two talk about her decision to go from growing up in South Dakota, to going to college in Las Vegas. Tomi details her first job in the world of media fr…
 
This week on Wins & Losses, Clay Travis is joined by legendary broadcaster Bob Costas. Clay asks Bob about his recent appearance on CNN regarding the return of college football, which oddly enough is the reason for his appearance on the podcast. The conversation covers a lot of ground, and Bob is able to share some incredible stories from early on …
 
On today’s episode of American Wonk, FREOPP’s Avik Roy talks with Ilya Shapiro, author of “Supreme Disorder,” a new book on the politics of the Supreme Court. They talk about Amy Coney Barrett and ask: what have conservatives gotten right and wrong in their quest to change how the Supreme Court thinks about the Constitution? Supreme Disorder: Judic…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about President Trump’s recovery from the virus. What really happened, and what do we need to know about the new treatments that Trump has taken? Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/covid-in-19-…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about Avik’s congressional testimony on data and COVID-19. Why haven’t we been better at measuring deaths in nursing homes? Why are so many lab tests coming back with false positive results, and what can we do about it? Join the conversation and comment on thi…
 
On today’s episode of Power Hungry, FREOPP Visiting Fellow Robert Bryce talks to California Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Democrat, about a letter he wrote accusing the Sierra Club of fueling environmental racism. What’s going wrong with energy policy in California? Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast…
 
This week on Wins & Losses, Clay Travis is joined by Megyn Kelly. Clay and Megyn discuss her background as an attorney, and the big decision she made to leave that world behind and pursue journalism. Megyn details how difficult that decision was, and also explains how her past career as a lawyer really prepared her to be a journalist. Clay and Megy…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about Joe Biden’s claim that Trump is responsible for all 200,000 COVID deaths in America. Also, how should we think about COVID’s impact on different ethnic groups? And how would the rollout of a vaccine actually work? The World Index of Healthcare Innovation…
 
Clay Travis interviewed President Donald Trump twice in as many months on Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis on FOX Sports Radio. He wants to make sure everybody can hear and revisit these groundbreaking interviews whenever they want, so we have dropped them here for your listening enjoyment. Some amazing stuff about sports and politics in these…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about Atlas-gate, the decision of Youtube to censor an interview that Trump coronavirus advisor and Stanford professor Scott Atlas did with the Hoover Institution. What was Youtube thinking? Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ri…
 
This week on Wins & Losses, Clay Travis is joined by Chris Fenton, author of “Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business.” Clay and Chris discuss Chris’s journey that led him from Cornell, to the entertainment business in LA, and eventually getting involved with China and the entertainment …
 
On today’s episode of Power Hungry, FREOPP Visiting Fellow Robert Bryce talks to Michael Shellenberger, founder of Environmental Progress, about his new book Apocalypse Never. Is nuclear power our best hope for reducing carbon emissions? They discuss that and more! http://robertbryce.com/ https://environmentalprogress.org/ https://freopp.org/ Join …
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about Los Angeles cancelling and then de-cancelling Halloween, and also the claim that a motorcycle rally in South Dakota led to a massive COVID outbreak. Also, why did Trump downplay the pandemic early on? Join the conversation and comment on this podcast epi…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Avik Roy of FREOPP and Scott Immergut of Ricochet talk Nancy Pelosi’s hair salon crime spree. They also discuss a fascinating New York Times report suggesting as many as 70% of people testing positive under PCR tests for COVID are actually negative. Email covidin19@ricochet.com with your questions, and we’ll answe…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Avik Roy of FREOPP and Scott Immergut of Ricochet talk CDC conspiracy theories: are we overcounting or undercounting the number of COVID deaths in the US? And why has the CDC stopped recommending testing for people with no symptoms? Email covidin19@ricochet.com with your questions, and we’ll answer them on the air…
 
On today’s episode of COVD in 19, Avik Roy of FREOPP and Scott Immergut of Ricochet talk about the California data debacle: why is it so hard for the tech capital of the world to accurately report its COVID statistics? Will encouraging news on the testing front solve all our problems? Email covidin19@ricochet.com with your questions, and we’ll answ…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Avik Roy of FREOPP and Scott Immergut of Ricochet talk about Day 1 of the Republican National Convention. Joe Biden says that if cases rise again, he would support another shutdown. But what does the science really say about the value of lockdowns? Have a question about the coronavirus or reopening plans? Email co…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Avik Roy of FREOPP and Scott Immergut of Ricochet talk about Biden’s acceptance speech at the Democratic convention. can the federal government force every American to wear a mask? Should you go see Christopher Nolan’s new blockbuster move in a theater? We discuss that and more in under 19 minutes. Join the conver…
 
This week on Wins & Losses with Clay Travis, Clay is joined by Avik Roy, the President and Founder of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity as well as Policy Editor for Forbes. The two talk about Avik’s educational background, which includes a degree from MIT, as well as medical degree from Yale. The two have a long conversation about th…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Avik Roy of FREOPP and Scott Immergut of Ricochet talk about the latest COVID stats — why is California, a lockdown state, seeing a rise in cases while Texas declines? Why are Democrats mad about President Trump tapping Scott Atlas for his Coronavirus Task Force? Catch Scott Atlas on the Uncommon Knowledge podcast…
 
This week on Wins & Losses with Clay Travis, Clay is joined by author and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson to have a discussion regarding the Coronavirus situation in the United States. Berenson gives Clay and the audience some background on his career as a reporter, and the two dive into what has been a crazy year in regards to the Cor…
 
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