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Founded in 1968, Reason is the planet's leading source of news, politics, and culture from a libertarian perspective. Hosted by Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, and other Reason journalists, our podcast explores "free minds and free markets." It features ...Show More
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Should Libertarians Care About Facebook Bans?

1:03:48 | May 6th

Should libertarians care if Facebook bans people for "dangerous" speech? @nickgillespie, @kmanguward, @petersuderman and @mattwelch have a vigorous debate on the Editors' Roundtable edition of the @Reason Podcast.
Trump Obstructed Justice, Says Judge Andrew Napolitano

15:19 | May 3rd

Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano, a hard-core libertarian, drew the wrath of Donald Trump when he said the president had clearly obstructed justice. Napolitano sat down with Reason's Nick Gillespie to defend his name, lay out his case against the pr...Show More
Hail Satan? A New Documentary Shows Devil Worshipers Are Unlikely Defenders of the First Amendment

16:26 | May 1st

"The Satanic Temple is a new religious organization that was founded in 2013, kind of as a prank, but very...
Democratic Contenders Apologize for Everything Except Their Lousy Economic Policies

57:18 | Apr 29th

Do the bold new economic proposals of Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke and Bernie Sanders add up even a little bit? Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward and Matt Welch discuss on the latest Editors Roundtable edition of ...Show More
Right to Try Gives Terminal Patients Access to Potentially Life-Saving Treatments Without FDA Permission

52:14 | Apr 26th

In May of 2018, President Donald Trump signed a new law allowing patients with life-threatening conditions to access experimental medications without obtaining FDA approval. In our latest podcast, Reason's Zach Weissmueller sits down with Christin...Show More
Emily Oster Will Help You Be a Better, More Statistically Literate Parent

40:37 | Apr 24th

Emily Oster is the parenting guru nerds have been waiting for. In her new book, Cribsheet, the Brown University economist examines the evidence on best practices for babies and toddlers. Her advice for parents of the 0–3 crowd on breastfeeding, swadd...Show More
The 26 Words That 'Created the Internet'—and Why They May Be on the Chopping Block

41:26 | Apr 23rd

Do you want to know the 26 words that, in the opinion of today's guest, "created the internet?" "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information...Show More
What Did Libertarians Learn from the Mueller Report?

1:06:42 | Apr 22nd

Now that the smoke has cleared from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Donald Trump's suspected (and now-disregarded) criminal conspiracy with Russia and his potential obstruction of the investigation thereof, there are many ques...Show More
What Will Post-Prohibition Drug Culture Look Like?

51:38 | Apr 19th

With the rise of legal recreational marijuana across the country and an unwinding of the drug war on the horizon, more and more people are thinking about how best to shape America's post-prohibition drug culture. Today's guest is working to stage ...Show More
Surprise: Virtually All Presidential Candidates (Including Trump) Are Good on Pot Legalization

47:05 | Apr 17th

One of the most amazing aspects of the 2020 presidential race is that virtually all candidates, including President Donald Trump, have indicated they favor letting individual states decide the legal status of marijuana. That position was unthinkable ...Show More
Happy Taxation-Is-Theft Day!

1:02:17 | Apr 15th

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) is engaging in some mildly awkward conversations about being a millionaire while constantly seeking to soak the rich. Which on this Tax Day, is kind of hilarious, so it's how we start this week's Editors' Roundtable editio...Show More
What Game of Thrones Can Teach Us About Political Power

58:49 | Apr 12th

In a special episode of the Reason Podcast, we drink and we know things.
What <em>Game of Thrones</em> Can Teach Us About Political Power

58:49 | Apr 12th

On Sunday night at 9 p.m., Game of Thrones returns to HBO. And here at Reason, we are ready. Join Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Robby Soave as we rip apart the first seven seasons of Game of Thrones like a hungry baby drag...Show More
John McWhorter: America Has Never Been Less Racist

44:06 | Apr 11th

The Columbia University linguist discusses the Jussie Smollett hoax, Donald Trump, and "antiracism" as a new secular religion.
John McWhorter: America Has Never Been Less Racist

44:06 | Apr 11th

When actor Jussie Smollet lied about being attacked by racist, MAGA-hat-wearing Trump supporters, Columbia University linguist John McWhorter actually interpreted it as a sign that "we have come further on race than we are often comfortable admitting...Show More
Is the Phrase 'Open Borders' a Libertarian Mistake?

1:07:03 | Apr 8th

As Trump cracks down yet again, Reason's editors disagree over labeling in immigration policy.
Is the Phrase 'Open Borders' a Libertarian Mistake?

1:07:03 | Apr 8th

Reason editors debate the phrases "open borders," "military-industrial complex," and more.
The Yale Professor Attacked by Angry Students Over Halloween Costumes Believes Evolution Wants Us To Get Along

31:43 | Apr 5th

In Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, Nicholas Christakis says our common humanity outweighs divisive tribalism.
The Yale Professor Attacked by Angry Students Over Halloween Costumes Believes Evolution Wants Us To Get Along

31:43 | Apr 5th

In 2015, an angry confrontation at Yale over how to dress up on Halloween caused a national sensation. Protesting students called for the university to fire Nicholas Christakis, a sociologist and physician, because they felt he and his wife, also tea...Show More
What Brothels Can Teach All of Us About Risk

46:07 | Apr 3rd

Allison Schrager's An Economist Walks Into a Brothel demystifies sex work, big-wave surfing, horse-breeding, and other high-risk professions.
What Brothels Can Teach All of Us About Risk

46:07 | Apr 3rd

Just when you might have thought that economics was played out as a way for us to understand the world, along comes Allison Schrager, a Ph.D. economist who writes for Quartz, teaches at New York University, and is the co-founder of LifeCycle Finance ...Show More
Hair-Sniffer Joe Biden Should Apologize for His Whole Career

1:04:19 | Apr 1st

The Reason Editors' Roundtable takes aim at the poor policy career of Joe Biden, the calamitous Donald Trump idea to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border, and Mark Zuckerburg's transparent attempt to cement his market share through regulation. Audio pro...Show More
Does Middle East Peace Require a Two-State Solution or a Palestinian Defeat? A Debate

1:33:30 | Mar 29th

Should Israel negotiate with Hamas and Fatah, or are they unwavering enemies in a protracted struggle?
Does Middle East Peace Require a Two-State Solution or a Palestinian Defeat? A Debate

1:33:30 | Mar 29th

"To resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel must first achieve defeat of the Palestinian movement." That was the topic of a debated hosted by the Soho Forum on March 18, 2019. It was an Oxford-style debate, in which the audience votes on th...Show More
Arthur Brooks Wants You To Love Your Enemies: Podcast

50:13 | Mar 27th

The president of the American Enterprise Institute says we need to reboot politics and that libertarians may hold the key.
Arthur Brooks Wants You To Love Your Enemies

50:13 | Mar 27th

About the only time that love is mentioned in conversations about politics is when a lawmaker gets caught in a sex scandal. Suddenly, the perp starts gushing about how much he loves his spouse, his kids, his constituents, and his country. The guest o...Show More
The Mueller Media Hall of Shame

1:02:14 | Mar 25th

"While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime," Robert Mueller's long-awaited homework stated, according to Atttorney General William Barr, "it also does not exonerate him." To which Donald Trump has predictably responded:...Show More
How Capitalism Will Get Us to Mars and Beyond: Podcast

1:10:51 | Mar 22nd

A conversation with Mike Solana, a vice president at Peter Thiel's venture capital firm
How Capitalism Will Get Us to Mars and Beyond

1:10:51 | Mar 22nd

Today's Reason Podcast conversation is with Michael Solana, a vice president at the venture capital firm Founders Fund. The firm, which is worth upwards of $3 billion, founded by Peter Thiel, PayPal co-founder Luke Nosek, former PayPal CFO Ken Howery...Show More
Lies About Vietnam Inspired Brian Lamb To Start C-SPAN

40:19 | Mar 19th

Forty years ago, one of the most momentous events in the history of politics and television took place: C-SPAN started broadcasting live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the United States House of Representatives. Long before reality TV shows like Real W...Show More
Lies About Vietnam Inspired Brian Lamb To Start C-SPAN: Podcast

40:19 | Mar 19th

Forty years ago, one of the most momentous events in the history of politics and television took place: C-SPAN started...
Is There a Libertarian Argument for Breaking up Big Tech?

58:36 | Mar 18th

Reason editors debate whether private concentrations of power in the tech industry, which Sen. Elizabeth Warren rails against, are worrisome enough to warrant government intervention. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Ragtime Dance' by Scott Joplin ...Show More
Is There a Libertarian Argument for Breaking up Big Tech?: Podcast

58:36 | Mar 18th

Elizabeth Warren, Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, and most of the 2020 presidential field agree that tech companies have too power. But maybe they don't like the competition.
A Tattooed Libertarian on the Arizona Supreme Court: Clint Bolick's Long Fight for Freedom

19:55 | Mar 15th

In 2016, Clint Bolick became an associate justice on the Arizona State Supreme Court, making him one of the most influential—and consequential—libertarians in today's legal world. That appointment is merely the most recent career highlight for the 6...Show More
A Tattooed Libertarian on the Arizona Supreme Court: Clint Bolick's Long Fight for Freedom

19:55 | Mar 15th

Q&A with the co-founder of Institute for Justice about immigration, his legal philosophy, his battles with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and that tattoo.
Elizabeth Warren Wants To Run Your Business for You: Podcast

46:13 | Mar 13th

George Mason's Todd Zywicki says the senator and presidential hopeful has inherited the ideas of Louis Brandeis without learning the lessons of overregulation.
Elizabeth Warren Wants To Run Your Business for You

46:13 | Mar 13th

"I am a capitalist," says Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is also a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. "I believe in markets." She's got a funny way of showing her faith. Last week, she unveiled her pla...Show More
The Socialists Are Coming! <em>Or Are They?</em>

1:06:42 | Mar 11th

The kids are trending "socialist," presidential candidates are disgorging mega-proposals like popcorn, and Republicans aren't governing like they worry about this stuff, so what's a libertarian to do except reach for the orange saffron diaper? Audio...Show More
The Socialists Are Coming! Or Are They?: Podcast

1:06:42 | Mar 11th

Democratic mega-proposals, GOP budgetary fictions, prostitution decriminalization surprises, and Zardoz moments galore
23-Year-Old Coleman Hughes Is Reframing the Discussion on Race: Podcast

52:49 | Mar 8th

Meet the undergrad who is recovering the legacy of gay, socialist civil-rights activist Bayard Rustin while explicating Kanye West's conservatism.
23-Year-Old Coleman Hughes Is Reframing the Discussion on Race

52:49 | Mar 8th

In today's Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie talks with Coleman Hughes, a 23-year-old junior at Columbia University who has emerged over the past year as one of the most prolific and insightful commentators on race and class in the United States. He's ...Show More
Peter Bagge on Underground Comics, Immigration, and Being a Libertarian Artist

57:37 | Mar 6th

In the new issue of Reason (subscribe now for as little at $14.97 a year!), legendary comics artist Peter Bagge contributes "Immigration Grunts," a four-page cartoon essay about people trying to help refugees and asylum-seekers stuck in a federal imm...Show More
Peter Bagge on Underground Comics, Immigration, and Being a Libertarian Artist: Podcast

57:37 | Mar 6th

The cartoonist talks about being libertarian, why Marvel is OK with "serums" but not drugs, and how comic books have evolved over the past 30 years.
Strange New Respect for…Nancy Pelosi?

1:02:37 | Mar 4th

Reason editors find themselves caught between executive branch power grabs on the right and Democratic socialist fantasies on the left. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Keymonica' by Pietnastka is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0
Strange New Respect for…Nancy Pelosi?: Podcast

1:02:37 | Mar 4th

We live in desperate times when the brake on both Democratic socialism and Republican executive-branch abuse is a 78-year-old San Francisco Democrat.
Why Parents Shouldn't Flip Out Over Too Much Screen Time

38:46 | Mar 1st

"How do I prepare my children for a future I can't imagine?" Adults project their fears onto children—our own or other people's—and especially tend to view new technologies (the internet) and cultural products (video games) as mortal threats to the ...Show More
Why Parents Shouldn't Flip Out Over Too Much Screen Time: Podcast

38:46 | Mar 1st

Jordan Shapiro's The New Childhood boldly embraces technological innovation and the interconnected world it's creating.
What Caused the 2008 Financial Crisis: Market Distortions or Market Failure? A Debate

1:18:06 | Feb 27th

Was the 2008 financial crisis caused by market distortions or market failure? That was the topic of a public debated hosted by the Soho Forum in New York City on February 20, 2019. It featured John Allison, former CEO of BB&T Bank and former CEO and...Show More
Is Hollywood Overthinking Representation?

1:06:24 | Feb 25th

On last week's Editors' Roundtable episode of the Reason Podcast, guest star Stephanie Slade argued near the end that the racial-reconciliation movie Green Book feels a bit out of step with where America's cultural conversation has moved these past f...Show More
Is Hollywood Overthinking Representation?: Podcast

1:06:24 | Feb 25th

The perils—and profits—of being identity-focused in business, content, and audience
Kurt Loder Wants Lady Gaga to Win an Oscar: Podcast

34:44 | Feb 22nd

Reason's movie reviewer handicaps the Academy Awards and explains why this is the best and worst time to be a consumer of popular culture.
Kurt Loder Wants Lady Gaga to Win an Oscar

34:44 | Feb 22nd

Kurt Loder is a cultural omnivore who started out writing for rock magazines in the 1970s, ending up at Rolling Stone. He co-authored Tina Turner's best-selling memoir (the basis for the movie What's Love Got To Do With It?) before moving on MTV, whe...Show More
Let's Talk About Sex Differences with Christina Hoff Sommers and Debra Soh

54:06 | Feb 20th

Few topics inspire more anxiety, anger, and confusion than sex differences between men and women. If you believe in evolution, you believe that sex differences between men and women are real and persistent. If you believe in libertarian values of ind...Show More
Let's Talk About Sex Differences with Christina Hoff Sommers and Debra Soh: Podcast

54:06 | Feb 20th

Frank talk about evolution, feminism, politics, and why we don't want to acknowledge social progress.
Are Libertarians Feeling the Bern?

1:06:33 | Feb 19th

Reason editors Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, Peter Suderman, and Stephanie Slade assess the Bernie Sanders candidacy for president.
Are Libertarians Feeling the Bern?: Podcast

1:06:33 | Feb 19th

How an independent helped shape the Democratic policy agenda.
Report from 'Alienated America'

57:39 | Feb 15th

"The American Dream is dead," declared Donald Trump in 2015 when he announced he was running for president. "If I get elected president, I will bring it back bigger and better than ever before." One of the most interesting outcomes of the 2016 elect...Show More
Report from 'Alienated America': Podcast

57:39 | Feb 15th

For his new book, Timothy Carney toured parts of the country that are working and parts that are not. What he found is deeply disturbing.
Donald Trump and Social Justice Warriors Are 'Unmaking America': Podcast

1:13:33 | Feb 13th

Noah Rothman says the right and the left are using appeals to victimization and identity politics to gain political power.
Donald Trump and Social Justice Warriors Are 'Unmaking America'

1:13:33 | Feb 13th

"The American tradition of political idealism, writes Noah Rothman in his new book Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America, "is imperiled by a growing obsession wit the demographic categories of race, sex, ethnicity, and sexual orientation...Show More
Green New WTF?

57:10 | Feb 11th

Reason editors discuss the contents, significance, and symbolism of the Green New Deal, and what it means for both the Democratic Party and the future of utopianism.
Green New WTF?: Podcast

57:10 | Feb 11th

Untethered from real-world constraints, progressive Democratic policy goes utopian.
Sex-Trafficking Hysteria Is Eroding Privacy in Hotels, Airplanes, and More: Podcast

37:53 | Feb 8th

Elizabeth Nolan Brown talks about DHS's "Blue Campaign," which is pushing hotel and airline workers to call the feds if they suspect human trafficking.
Sex-Trafficking Hysteria Is Eroding Privacy in Hotels, Airplanes, and More

37:53 | Feb 8th

In her blockbuster exposé "Are You a Woman Traveling Alone?," Reason's Elizabeth Nolan Brown does a deep dive on the Department of Homeland Security "Blue Campaign." This campaign pushes the hospitality industry, air travel companies, and other busin...Show More
The State of the Union Is Rockets, Socialism, Alliteration, and Nazis: Podcast

23:54 | Feb 6th

"The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican Agenda or a Democrat Agenda. It is the agenda of the American People."
The State of the Union Is Rockets, Socialism, Alliteration, and Nazis

23:54 | Feb 6th

In a quick reaction to the State of the Union, Reason Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward and Features Editor Peter Suderman talk rockets, socialism, American greatness, alliteration, uteruses, and Nazis.
What Fresh Horror Will the State of the Union Address Bring?

1:03:53 | Feb 4th

This past weekend gave witness to one of the most unimaginable political scandals of the 21st century, as yearbook photos from 1984 of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in either blackface or a KKK costume surfaced. Northam, 60, first apologized for the pi...Show More
What Fresh Horror Will the State of the Union Address Bring?: Podcast

1:03:53 | Feb 4th

What comes next in the Virginia governor scandal, why "Medicare for All" ain't happening, and how Baby Boomers are a fatberg clogging America's cultural sewers
Donald Trump Wants To Fire Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela. Is That a Good Idea?

20:00 | Feb 2nd

Desperate after years of economic disaster and political repression, Venezuelans are protesting in ever-greater numbers against the regime of President Nicolás Maduro, who was re-elected to a second six-year term last year in elections widely denounc...Show More
Donald Trump Wants To Fire Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela. Is That a Good Idea?: Podcast

20:00 | Feb 2nd

José Ignacio Guédez, a member of the oppostion party La Causa R, says economic sanctions and political pressure will help restore democracy.
The Secret History of Super Bowl LIII: Podcast

1:07:57 | Jan 30th

Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch talk about the deep and ever-changing political and cultural meaning of football's biggest game.
The Secret History of Super Bowl LIII

1:07:57 | Jan 30th

On Sunday, February 3, the New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, one of the year's biggest sporting events. For today's Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie talks with fellow Editor at Large Matt Welch, who has written in...Show More
Are Billionaires a Policy Failure?: Podcast

1:00:15 | Jan 28th

Assessing Elizabeth Warren's "tippy-top" tax, Howard Schultz's presidential candidacy, Donald Trump's shutdown-shutdown, and more
Are Billionaires a Policy Failure?

1:00:15 | Jan 28th

Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch assess Elizabeth Warren’s ‘tippy-top’ tax, Howard Schultz’s presidential candicacy, Donald Trump’s shutdown-shutdown, and more. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'The ...Show More
Why School Choice Is Growing Everywhere

35:09 | Jan 25th

National School Choice Week, an annual event that coordinates thousands of events nationwide designed to bring attention to alternatives to traditional public K-12 education, runs through Saturday, January 26 (go here for more information). For today...Show More
Why School Choice Is Growing Everywhere: Podcast

35:09 | Jan 25th

Q&A with the president of National School Choice Week, Andrew Campanella
Government Caused Housing Segregation. Do We Need More Government to Fix the Problem?

1:38:19 | Jan 23rd

"Racial segregation in America was, to a large degree, engineered by policy makers in Washington," writes the Economic Policy Institute's Richard Rothstein in the February 2019 issue of Reason, in an article adapted from his book, The Color of Law: A...Show More
Government Caused Housing Segregation. Do We Need More Government to Fix the Problem?

1:38:19 | Jan 23rd

The Manhattan Institute's Howard Husock debates Economic Policy Institute's Richard Rothstein at the Soho Forum.
Can We Just Light Twitter on Fire After This Past Weekend?: Podcast

57:52 | Jan 22nd

Covingtongate, Buzzfeed's bomb, Baby Hitler, Kamalamentum…maybe it's time to pull the plug.
Can We Just Light Twitter on Fire After This Past Weekend?

57:52 | Jan 22nd

How our social media wars turns Covington, Buzzfeed, and everything it touches into a garbage fire. Audio production by Ian Keyser and Mark McDaniel.
Meet Two Feminist Journalists Who Are Saying #MeNeither

38:45 | Jan 18th

Journalists Nancy Rommelmann and Leah McSweeney make no apologies for critiquing what they call the "toxic femininity" of Asia Argento and the anti-Semitism of some of the leaders of this weekend's Women's March in Washington, D.C. Argento, they tel...Show More
Meet Two Feminist Journalists Who Are Saying #MeNeither: Podcast

38:45 | Jan 18th

Nancy Rommelmann and Leah McSweeney on the "toxic femininity" of Asia Argento, anti-Semitism at the Women's March, and 21st-century sexual liberation.
Try Common Sense and Dump Old Right-Left Ideologies, Says Philip K. Howard in New Book: Podcast

53:32 | Jan 16th

He also offers up concrete proposals not just to reform government but to route around it and get on with our lives already.
Try Common Sense and Dump Old Right-Left Ideologies, Says Philip K. Howard in New Book

53:32 | Jan 16th

Philip K Howard burst on the scene over 20 years ago with his best-selling book, The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America, which argued that out-of-control lawsuits and and rules and regulations were choking off vitality, innovation,...Show More
Are Government Shutdowns Good for Libertarians?

58:58 | Jan 14th

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch discuss whether immigration is an "emergency," whether shutdowns are good for libertarians, and why Tulsi Gabbard is driving people crazy. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Hallon' ...Show More
Are Government Shutdowns Good for Libertarians?: Podcast

58:58 | Jan 14th

Rebutting Krugman, cracking on Graham, and searching in vain for "freedom" in a caucus.
When it Comes To Trump, the Bulwark's Charlie Sykes Is 'All Out of Fucks To Give': Podcast

41:53 | Jan 11th

Q&A about the rise of right-wing "grifters" such as Charlie Kirk, the death of The Weekly Standard, and the future of the American right.
When it Comes To Trump, the Bulwark's Charlie Sykes Is 'All Out of Fucks To Give'

41:53 | Jan 11th

"The conservative [movement] needs to be rethought in a variety of ways," says Charlie Sykes, the editor in chief of The Bulwark, the conservative website started in part by William Kristol in the wake of the demise of The Weekly Standard. "There's n...Show More
Assault Weapon Bans Are All About Appearance

0:00 | Jan 11th

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's latest bill classifies firearms not by what they do but based on how they look.
'We Are Fighting for Free Speech Every Single Day,' Says Students for Liberty's Wolf von Laer: Podcast

33:12 | Jan 9th

What to expect at LibertyCon, the annual meeting of the largest libertarian student group on the planet (plus how to get 40 percent off registration).
'We Are Fighting for Free Speech Every Single Day,' Says Students for Liberty's Wolf von Laer

33:12 | Jan 9th

"We are fighting for free speech every single day," says Students for Liberty's CEO Wolf von Laer, who also contends that college campuses around the world are "breeding grounds for socialism." Nick Gillespie spoke with Laer, who has a Ph.D. in poli...Show More
Does Tucker Carlson Get <em>Anything</em> Right About Libertarians?

1:04:39 | Jan 7th

Tucker Carlson delivered a memorable monologue last week telling conservatives why they should stop worshiping the market, and instead use government to help save the American family. Here's why he's wrong. Audio production by Ian Keyser. Valse in ...Show More
Does Tucker Carlson Get Anything Right About Libertarians?: Podcast

1:04:39 | Jan 7th

What conservatives against "market fundamentalism" can tell you about libertarians without power
'America Really Was the First Country Founded on Individualism'

50:24 | Jan 4th

In 1946, the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand started writing Textbook of Americanism, a series of brief and accessible essays that she felt would define the essential ideas and character of her adopted homeland. Publishing them in a small magazine ...Show More
'America Really Was the First Country Founded on Individualism': Podcast

50:24 | Jan 4th

Jonathan Hoenig, a devotee of Ayn Rand, founder of Capitalist Pig investments, and editor of The New Textbook of Americanism, isn't pulling any punches.
Mitt Romney Is Both Right and Wrong: Podcast

59:08 | Jan 2nd

The #Resistance GOP mixes tonal civility with foreign-policy hawkishness and immigration amnesia.
Mitt Romney Is Both Right and Wrong

59:08 | Jan 2nd

Mitt Romney's critique of Donald Trump mixes a call for tonal civility with foreign-policy hawkishness and immigration amnesia, say editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, in the latest Reason Podcast Audio produ...Show More
The Future of Science: Podcast

49:18 | Dec 28th, 2018

Michael Shermer, Ron Bailey, and Jim Epstein talk poverty-eradication, genomics, and blockchain at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration
The Future of Science

49:18 | Dec 28th, 2018

Michael Shermer, Ron Bailey, and Jim Epstein talk poverty-eradication, genomics, and blockchain at Reason’s 50th anniversary celebration
Democratizing Gun Production, Education, and Media

49:12 | Dec 26th, 2018

What happens when consumers control the means of production? J.D. Tuccille talks weaponry, Rob Long media/Hollywood, and Lisa Snell education, in a podcast recorded at Reason's 50th anniversary.
Democratizing Gun Production, Education, and Media: Podcast

49:12 | Dec 26th, 2018

J.D. Tuccille, Lisa Snell, and Rob Long discuss the democratization of everything at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration.
Donald Trump's Libertarian Christmas?: Podcast

1:04:29 | Dec 21st, 2018

Reason editors' best and worst moments of 2018, including the president's welcome and long-overdue drawdown from Afghanistan
Donald Trump's Libertarian Christmas?

1:04:29 | Dec 21st, 2018

Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch talk about the best and worst of 2018, starting with President Trump's troop-drawdown from Afghanistan
Finding a Cure for Our Fiscal Insanity: Podcast

45:07 | Dec 19th, 2018

Peter Suderman, Len Gilroy, and C. Boyden Gray diagnose the country's many fiscal woes, and offer some solutions, at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration.
Finding a Cure for Our Fiscal Insanity

45:07 | Dec 19th, 2018

Peter Suderman, Len Gilroy, and C. Boyden Gray diagnose the country's many fiscal woes, and offer some solutions, at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration.
Everybody Wants to Regulate the Internet Except Ajit Pai: Podcast

1:04:40 | Dec 17th, 2018

One year after Net Neutrality, connection speed is up, the discrimination critics feared is non-existent, and the debate about Internet regulation is abysmal.
Everybody Wants to Regulate the Internet Except Ajit Pai

1:04:40 | Dec 17th, 2018

On the one-year anniversary of the death of Net Neutrality, Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch take stock of the bipartisan urge to regulate the Internet. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Shake It!' b...Show More
A Crackdown on Cash and Bitcoin? Curbing Crime vs. Empowering the Surveillance State

1:33:02 | Dec 14th, 2018

Economists Kenneth Rogoff and Lawrence H. White face off over what the impact would be of a ban on cryptocurrency and phaseout of the $100 bill.
A Crackdown on Cash and Bitcoin? Curbing Crime vs. Empowering the Surveillance State

1:33:02 | Dec 14th, 2018

"Governments of the advanced industrial economies should phase out the use of paper money in the form of large-denomination notes and sharply restrict the use of cryptocurrencies." That was the resolution at a public debate hosted by the Soho Forum ...Show More
With Reason on "Freedom's Ramparts, America's Tomorrow's Will Always Dawn Brightly": Podcast

22:39 | Dec 12th, 2018

Listen to former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' keynote at our 50th anniversary dinner.
With <em>Reason</em> on "Freedom's Ramparts, America's Tomorrow's Will Always Dawn Brightly"

22:39 | Dec 12th, 2018

Today, we've got a special podcast: The speech that Mitch Daniels, the former two-term governor of Indiana and the current president of Purdue University, gave at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration, held in Los Angeles in early November. A thinki...Show More
How Psychedelics Changed the Life of One of America's Leading Novelists

29:17 | Dec 11th, 2018

Psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs are enjoying a revival—as agents of personal pleasure, mind expansion, and conventional medicine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently designated psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, as...Show More
How Psychedelics Changed the Life of One of America's Leading Novelists: Podcast

29:17 | Dec 11th, 2018

Tao Lin's Trip details how the author's experience with LSD, DMT, psilocybin, and more blew his mind while making him more human.
Is Rand Paul Right About Special Prosecutors Being Wrong?

1:04:45 | Dec 10th, 2018

Is Sen. Rand Paul right about special-prosecutor investigations being "banana republic"-style attempts to pin a crime on a president? Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch debate. Audio production by Ian ...Show More
Is Rand Paul Right About Special Prosecutors Being Wrong?: Podcast

1:04:45 | Dec 10th, 2018

Also: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez owns the cons while spouting policy B.S.
Beyond Pot Legalization: 21st Century Drug Policy Is about Wellness and Happiness

48:22 | Dec 7th, 2018

Without a doubt, one of the biggest policy wins for Reason since our debut in 1968 has been the legalization of marijuana in the United States. Currently, 10 states and the District of Columbia allow use for recreational purposes and another 33 all...Show More
Beyond Pot Legalization: 21st Century Drug Policy Is about Wellness and Happiness: Podcast

48:22 | Dec 7th, 2018

Jacob Sullum, Dana Rohrabacher, and Adrian Moore talk about the next steps in ending the war on drugs at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration.
On Repeal Day, Remember That Prohibition May Be Over, But Its Ripple Effects Are Still Making Drinking Worse

54:29 | Dec 5th, 2018

Raise your glass, folks! Today is Repeal Day, which marks the anniversary of the end of federal alcohol prohibition in the United States. To celebrate the occasion, Peter Suderman interviewed Jarrett Dieterle, a senior fellow at the R Street Institu...Show More
On Repeal Day, Remember That Prohibition May Be Over, But Its Ripple Effects Are Still Making Drinking Worse: Podcast

54:29 | Dec 5th, 2018

Drinks Reform editor Jarrett Dieterle talks about how Prohibition came about, and his new report on America's dumbest booze restrictions.
Darts and Laurels for the Late George H.W. Bush: Podcast

1:01:58 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Also: How much should we care that Trump & co. lied in 2016 about a Putin-proximate real estate deal in Russia?
Darts and Laurels for the Late George H.W. Bush

1:01:58 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch assess the George H.W. Bush legacy, from bogus supermarket-scanner stories to the disastrous fallout from the first Gulf War. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Fishin...Show More
Has Anti-Racism Become as Harmful as Racism? John McWhorter vs. Nikhil Singh

1:48:14 | Nov 30th, 2018

Has the message of anti-racism become as harmful a force in American life as racism itself? That was the resolution at a public debate hosted by the Soho Forum on November 14, 2018. It featured John McWhorter, associate professor of English at Colum...Show More
Live Webathon Edition of the Reason Podcast!

1:31:29 | Nov 28th, 2018

Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch take your questions.
Live Webathon Edition of the <em>Reason Podcast</em>!

1:31:29 | Nov 28th, 2018

Do you want to know what Reason's top editors really think about U.S. foreign policy, the national debt, net neutrality, Donald Trump, and personal drug use? Listen in a live stream of the Reason Podcast, in which Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-War...Show More
Adam Conover of <em>Adam Ruins Everything</em> on Seeking Truth in the Post-Truth Era

35:05 | Nov 26th, 2018

Since 2015, when Reason first sat down with Adam Conover, host of TruTV's hit show Adam Ruins Everything, a new president has taken office, a new media landscape has emerged, and some would say we're inhabiting a new reality. What's it like to make ...Show More
Adam Conover of Adam Ruins Everything on Seeking Truth in the Post-Truth Era

35:05 | Nov 26th, 2018

The host of TruTV's hit show has lost some faith in the power of rational discourse. And he has some ideas for how to fix the problem.
Does Trump Have a Point About Asylum?: Podcast

1:05:48 | Nov 26th, 2018

Reason editors check their premises on immigration.
Does Trump Have a Point About Asylum?

1:05:48 | Nov 26th, 2018

Reason editors check their premises about immigration in the wake of Sunday's border skirmish. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Hide the Horror' by Asthmatic Astronaut is licensed under CC BY NC SA 3.0
Is the First Amendment Flourishing or Floundering in the 21st Century?: Podcast

44:39 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Nadine Strossen, Eugene Volokh, and Stephanie Slade discuss freedom of speech, assembly, and religion at Reason's 50th anniversary.
Is the First Amendment Flourishing or Floundering in the 21st Century?

44:39 | Nov 23rd, 2018

A few weeks ago in Los Angeles, Reason celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark that milestone, we hosted a series of discussions taking the measure of how far the world has come since 1968 in relation to a bunch of topics that we've long been intere...Show More
That Time Ayn Rand Threatened <em>Reason</em> with Legal Action

1:03:51 | Nov 21st, 2018

Can you imagine a lawsuit called Rand v. Reason, pitting the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged against the nation's only magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets"? Well, it almost happened in the 1970s. In the latest Reason Podcast, one ...Show More
That Time Ayn Rand Threatened Reason with Legal Action: Podcast

1:03:51 | Nov 21st, 2018

One of Reason's founding editors, attorney Manny Klausner, tells tales from the early days of the magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets."
Is Trump vs. Acosta the Iran-Iraq War of 2018?: Podcast

55:14 | Nov 19th, 2018

Assessing the import of presidential tantrums, media hyperbole, military complaints, and the near-arrival of federal sentencing reform
Is Trump vs. Acosta the Iran-Iraq War of 2018?

55:14 | Nov 19th, 2018

Assessing the Trump-media wars, prospects for federal sentencing reform, and whether Rand Paul should puke on Mitch McConnell's desk. With Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Supera...Show More
Should Facebook and Twitter Censor Themselves? A Debate.

1:26:07 | Nov 16th, 2018

Should social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube only remove users who make true threats or incite violence? Or do they have an ethical obligation to hold their users to a higher standard? That was the topic of a recent public debat...Show More
Should Facebook and Twitter Censor Themselves? A Debate.

1:26:07 | Nov 16th, 2018

What should the culture of free speech, free expression, and ownership look like on our social media platforms?
Airbnb Made D.C. Affordable for Tourists. The City Council Just Voted to Rein It In.

0:00 | Nov 14th, 2018

Hosts will be required to get a license, report their activities, and only rent properties where they reside.
Libertarian Filmmaker, Podcaster Kmele Foster Wants To Change the World

46:40 | Nov 14th, 2018

In 2004, Michael Bell's 21-year-old son was killed by police during a routine traffic stop in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Within three days, local law enforcement declared it had fully investigated the matter and announced that police had acted properly thro...Show More
Libertarian Filmmaker, Podcaster Kmele Foster Wants To Change the World: Podcast

46:40 | Nov 14th, 2018

So far, the world is kind of listening. Q&A with the co-host of The Fifth Column and co-founder of Freethink Media.
We Are So Unprepared for the Coming Budgepocalypse

1:01:04 | Nov 12th, 2018

If you think politics is bad now, just wait until the economy goes south, and states come to debt-strapped Washington looking for a bailout, argue Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch on the latest Reason Podcast. Audi...Show More
Why Can't Psychedelics (and Other Drugs) Just Be for <em>Fun</em>?

56:55 | Nov 9th, 2018

In a career spanning 30 years, Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum has been one of the most insistent voices in favor of "pharmacological freedom," the right of individuals to use whatever substances they want to control, modulate, and change their min...Show More
Why Can't Psychedelics (and Other Drugs) Just Be for Fun?: Podcast

56:55 | Nov 9th, 2018

LSD, psilocybin, and other hallucinogenics are gaining new acceptance as serious medicine. But what if you want to do them just for fun, asks Jacob Sullum.
Will There Ever Be a Morning After the Midterms?

48:25 | Nov 8th, 2018

What are the libertarian takeaways from Tuesday's election? Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Matt Welch, and Katherine Mangu-Ward discuss on the Reason Podcast. Audio production by Ian Keyser.
Will There Ever Be a Morning After the Midterms?: Podcast

48:25 | Nov 8th, 2018

Before the news cycle spins forever into crazy-land, Reason editors pause to assess the deep meanings, and lack thereof, of this week's elections
How Much Don't We Know About the Midterms?

57:20 | Nov 5th, 2018

There will be a lot of confident predictions and tortured exit-polling analysis over these next 30 hours. Don't believe it, says Stephanie Slade on the latest Reason podcast, also featuring Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward and Matt Welch. Audio ...Show More
How Much Don't We Know About the Midterms?: Podcast

57:20 | Nov 5th, 2018

Polling uncertainty and a surge in voter enthusiasm could make tomorrow an embarrassing day for many in the political class.
How Blockchain Can Build Trust—and Reduce Government's Power

43:26 | Oct 31st, 2018

Blockchain, the decentralized, incorruptible ledger system that undergirds bitcoin, "gives you an actual power to affect change in the world," says hacker Lauri Love. "It's gonna scare the shit out of some very powerful people." Love is one of the p...Show More
How Blockchain Can Build Trust—and Reduce Government's Power: Podcast

43:26 | Oct 31st, 2018

Q&A with Alex Winter, whose new documentary, Trust Machine, explores the radical potential of blockchain to decentralize just about everything.
Are We in a New Era of Political Violence?

57:53 | Oct 29th, 2018

Are we in a new era of political violence? Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch debate on the latest Reason Podcast. Audio production by Ian Keyser.
Are We in a New Era of Political Violence?: Podcast

57:53 | Oct 29th, 2018

Are we all just living through Elon Musk's dystopian simulation?
Socialism vs. Capitalism: <em>Jacobin's</em> Bhaskar Sunkara and Economist Gene Epstein Debate

1:45:36 | Oct 25th, 2018

Is socialism more effective than capitalism in bringing freedom to the masses? That was the resolution at a recent public debated hosted by the Soho Forum on October 15, 2018. It featured Bhaskar Sunkara, the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin...Show More
Socialism vs. Capitalism: Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara and Economist Gene Epstein Debate

1:45:36 | Oct 25th, 2018

Which economic system is most effective at bringing freedom to the masses?
Tyler Cowen's Stubborn Attachments To Freedom and Prosperity: Podcast

40:23 | Oct 24th, 2018

The prolific George Mason University economist outlines his unabashedly libertarian argument for a government that does less and individuals who do more.
Tyler Cowen's <em>Stubborn Attachments</em> To Freedom and Prosperity

40:23 | Oct 24th, 2018

Over the past 20 years, arguably no libertarian thinker has cut a broader or deeper swath than Tyler Cowen, who holds the Holbert L. Harris Chair in economics at George Mason University and acts as chairman and general director of the Mercatus Center...Show More
Who Do You Want to Lose the Midterms Most?: Podcast

1:07:08 | Oct 22nd, 2018

If hatred is the country's main political motivator these days, you might as well lean into it.
Who Do <em>You</em> Want to Lose the Midterms Most?

1:07:08 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Politics in 2018 is the organization of political hatreds, so Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie & Matt Welch start their midterms discussion with a look at who'd they'd most like to see lose. Audio production by Ian...Show More
Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Why Civility Can't Return To Politics

0:00 | Oct 19th, 2018

When everything is politicized, everything becomes a death match. That ain't good.
Why 'Gun Culture' Is Every Bit a Part of America as 'Speech Culture': Podcast

37:33 | Oct 17th, 2018

David Harsanyi's First Freedom: A Ride Through America's Enduring History with the Gun documents the unique presence of firearms in U.S. life.
Why 'Gun Culture' Is Every Bit a Part of America as 'Speech Culture'

37:33 | Oct 17th, 2018

"We often hear the term 'gun culture' being thrown around as invective, says David Harsanyi in his new book, First Freedom: A Ride Through America's Enduring History with the Gun. But "'gun culture' is no less part of American life than 'religious cu...Show More
Should We Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia?

58:08 | Oct 15th, 2018

The alleged Saudi Arabia state murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi raises a thousand questions, beginning with: Should we sell arms to Saudi Arabia? Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch discuss. Audio p...Show More
Should We Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia?: Podcast

58:08 | Oct 15th, 2018

It's bad when U.S. presidents think of weapons sales to dictatorships as jobs programs, but should we remove political constraints on arms dealing altogether?
Most Libertarians Don't Understand Friedrich Hayek, Says Peter Boettke: Podcast

1:19:11 | Oct 12th, 2018

In a bold new book about Hayek, the George Mason economist says "too much time and effort has been put into repackaging and marketing a fixed doctrine of eternal truths."
Most Libertarians Don't Understand Friedrich Hayek, Says Peter Boettke

1:19:11 | Oct 12th, 2018

With populism on the rise, capitalism under attack, and socialism back in vogue, the work of Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek (1899–1992) is more relevant than ever. Hayek started his career as a wunderkind professor, joining the faculty of the Lon...Show More
Tom Woods: The Making of an Anti-War Libertarian

55:27 | Oct 10th, 2018

Reason's Matt Welch sat down with the popular libertarian writer and podcaster to discuss his ideological journey, his LP plans, and controversial past associations.
Tom Woods: The Making of an Anti-War Libertarian

55:27 | Oct 10th, 2018

Tom Woods stands accused of many things, but laziness is not one of them. A senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods is the author of a dozen books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. He's written curricula ...Show More
What Did We Learn from the Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation?

1:06:00 | Oct 8th, 2018

Is Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation really Michael Avenatti's fault? Is the best response really restructuring the way the U.S. government is put together? Was the fiasco really the product of Americans' thirst for political combat? Reason editors disc...Show More
What Did We Learn from the Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation?: Podcast

1:06:00 | Oct 8th, 2018

On the market for political combat and the lack of interest in the Afghanistan War
Median Household Income Is at an All-Time High. Are You Happy Yet?: Podcast

33:17 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Economist Mark J. Perry talks about rising incomes, flattening inequality, low unemployment, and why none of it seems to make us feel better.
Median Household Income Is at an All-Time High. Are You Happy Yet?

33:17 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Here's some really good news: Median household income in the United States is at a record-high, inflation-adjusted $61,372. When you factor in that today's households contain fewer people, the news is even better. In 1975, for instance, average incom...Show More
Texas Says 'Pickles' Only Come From Cucumbers. So This Couple's Farm Went Out of Business.

0:00 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Anita and Jim McHaney are suing to overturn "preposterous" regulations on cottage food production.
Kavanaugh Brawl Shows It's Time for a Controlled Burn of the State: Podcast

55:06 | Oct 1st, 2018

Lying about the Devil's Triangle may or may not be disqualifying for the Supreme Court, but this whole process is a reminder that the federal government's power makes politics too important.
Kavanaugh Brawl Shows It’s Time for a Controlled Burn of the State

55:06 | Oct 1st, 2018

Is Brett Kavanaugh lying about boofing, the Ralph Club, and the Devil's Triangle? And if so, should that be disqualifying for the Supreme Court, even if the process that led to such cross-examination was grotesquely cynical and partisan? Katherine Ma...Show More
'We Are Always on the Verge of Chaos:' The PJ O'Rourke Interview

45:08 | Sep 28th, 2018

The libertarian humorist talks about his new book, how to drink in war zones, and why the Chinese are more American than most U.S. citizens.
‘We Are Always on the Verge of Chaos:’ The PJ O’Rourke Interview

45:08 | Sep 28th, 2018

For the last 45 years, no writer has taken a bigger blowtorch to the sacred cows of American life than libertarian humorist P.J. O'Rourke. As a writer at National Lampoon in the 1970s, he co-authored best-selling parodies of high school yearbooks an...Show More
Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz, Hugo Chavez, and the Return of Socialism

59:43 | Sep 27th, 2018

For a quarter of a century, Gene Epstein was the economics editor and a columnist at the business magazine Barron's. Before that, he served as an economist for the New York Stock Exchange. Now, he runs The Soho Forum, a monthly Oxford-style debate se...Show More
Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz, Hugo Chavez, and the Return of Socialism: Podcast

59:43 | Sep 27th, 2018

Journalist and Soho Forum co-founder Gene Epstein on economists' romance with strongmen and his upcoming debate with Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara.
Francis Fukuyama Says Identity Politics Are Killing America and Empowering Donald Trump: Podcast

56:05 | Sep 26th, 2018

Since the publication of his 1989 essay "The End of History?," no political scientist has been more influential in discussions...
Francis Fukuyama Says Identity Politics Are Killing America and Empowering Donald Trump

56:05 | Sep 26th, 2018

Since the publication of his 1989 essay "The End of History?," no political scientist has been more influential in discussions of global democracy than Francis Fukuyama. In the years since then, the Stanford professor has authored a shelf full of pre...Show More
Would More Gun Control Lead to More Crime? A Debate

1:21:04 | Sep 24th, 2018

Does defensive gun use stop crime? Would more gun control save lives? Those were the topics of a public debate recently hosted by the Soho Forum, featuring Gary Kleck, a criminologist from Florida State University, and Paul Helmke, the former preside...Show More
Would More Gun Control Lead to More Crime? A Debate

1:21:04 | Sep 24th, 2018

Criminologist Gary Kleck debated Paul Helmke, the former president and CEO of the Brady Center, at the Soho Forum.
Will Public Discourse Ever Recover from the Kavanaugh Hearings?

1:04:15 | Sep 24th, 2018

Over the weekend, The New Yorker published explosive new allegations of sexual impropriety by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, this time involving an alleged incident from his freshman year at Yale in the early 1980s. Since then, Kavanaugh has ...Show More
Will Public Discourse Ever Recover from the Kavanaugh Hearings?: Podcast

1:04:15 | Sep 24th, 2018

Reason's editors discuss the latest Brett Kavanaugh revelations, Rod Rosentein's fate, and how to recover basic norms of political discourse.
Faisal Al Mutar Fights Radical Islam with Western Bestsellers

21:36 | Sep 21st, 2018

Imagine growing up in Baghdad and seeing your brother and cousin killed by Al Qaeda and other sectarian forces. Imagine getting death threats from groups such as the Madhi Army, a religious militia that once controlled large parts of the U.S.–occupie...Show More
Faisal Al Mutar Fights Radical Islam with Western Bestsellers

21:36 | Sep 21st, 2018

The head of Ideas Beyond Borders is translating books by Steven Pinker, Sam Harris, and others into Arabic and distributing them for free.
Meet Rachel Goldsmith, the Woman Running the Free State Project: Podcast

29:58 | Sep 18th, 2018

Members are moving to New Hampshire and running for office in record numbers. Will they bring "liberty in our lifetime"?
Meet Rachel Goldsmith, the Woman Running the Free State Project

29:58 | Sep 18th, 2018

Earlier this year, Rachel Goldsmith became executive director of the Free State Project, which describes itself as "a mass migration of more than 20,000 people who have pledged to move to New Hampshire." By concentrating themselves in one state, the ...Show More
The Brett Kavanaugh Sex Assault Controversy Will Only Get Worse

1:07:26 | Sep 17th, 2018

Should a late-breaking, single-source accusation about a drunken teenaged assault from 35 years ago be enough to scuttle a Supreme Court nomination? Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch debate. Audio pr...Show More
The Brett Kavanaugh Sex Assault Controversy Will Only Get Worse: Podcast

1:07:26 | Sep 17th, 2018

Reason's editors debate whether a single-source allegation from 35 years ago should be enough to derail a Supreme Court pick.
America Should be More Like Sweden. But Not for the Reasons You Think: Podcast

40:47 | Sep 14th, 2018

Johan Norberg's new documentary shows how the Nordic nation traded stagnant socialism for a modern mixed economy
America Should be More Like Sweden. But Not for the Reasons You Think

40:47 | Sep 14th, 2018

Should America be more like Sweden? Have the Swedes figured out how to combine a cradle-to-grave welfare state with a prosperous, modern economy? Swedish author Johan Norberg stars in a new documentary that debunks outdated utopian myths, making a ca...Show More
Can the Free Market End Global Poverty? Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz vs. NYU’s William Easterly

1:27:27 | Sep 13th, 2018

Watch two leading development economists debate at the Soho Forum.
Can the Free Market End Global Poverty? Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz vs. NYU's William Easterly

1:27:27 | Sep 13th, 2018

There has been a staggering reduction in global poverty over the last four decades. In China, sustained rates of economic growth have lifted 800 million people out of extreme poverty. Ethiopia, a country once synonymous with famine, has grown faster ...Show More
Who’s Ready for an Obama Lecture About Trump?: Podcast

1:06:21 | Sep 10th, 2018

Critiquing an ex-president's warnings about anti-media rhetoric, non-voting, and unelected bureaucrats
Who's Ready for an Obama Lecture About Trump?

1:06:21 | Sep 10th, 2018

When Barack Obama got back in the ring against Donald Trump, @reason editors had a lot of conflicting feelings. Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch discuss. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Government Funded Weed' by...Show More
Brett Kavanaugh Is a Done Deal. Will He Be Good for Libertarians?

33:39 | Sep 6th, 2018

"It's been a circus," says Reason Senior Editor Damon Root of the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Even before the hearings officially commenced, Democratic senators called for a halt to the proceedings. Sen. Co...Show More
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Overprotective Parenting Led to Fragility on Campus

54:10 | Sep 5th, 2018

In 2015, psychology professor Jonathan Haidt and free-speech activist Greg Lukianoff published "The Coddling of the American Mind" in The Atlantic. It argued that speech codes, trigger warnings, and safe spaces on college campuses are "disastrous for...Show More
Maybe Social Media 'Outrage' Is Just a Lazy Partisan Ritual

1:03:09 | Sep 4th, 2018

Maybe the people acting all outraged on social media are doing exactly that--*acting* all outraged. So discuss Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, and Peter Suderman. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'The Insider Theme' ...Show More
The Importance of Uncomfortable Conversations

11:00 | Aug 30th, 2018

Zachary R. Wood came to national attention when, as a undergraduate at ultra-liberal Williams College, the student group that he helped lead was pressured to cancel its invitation to Suzanne Venker, a conservative author and critic of feminism. Acti...Show More
Defense Distributed Lawyer Josh Blackman on 3D-Printed Guns and Free Speech

27:19 | Aug 28th, 2018

“There’s been a massive effort by both the federal government and now the state governments to stop Cody from putting information on the internet,” says Josh Blackman, attorney for Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, the self-described “anarchis...Show More
The Funeral Etiquette of Empire

56:46 | Aug 27th, 2018

It only took hours before the national remembrance of John McCain turned into a battle over imperial etiquette. Are we elevating Beltway manners over real-world policy impacts? Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and Matt W...Show More
Greg Gutfeld on Trump's Genius, Fox News After Sex Scandals, and the Power of Punk

36:17 | Aug 24th, 2018

As the eponymous host of The Greg Gutfeld Show, which airs Saturday evenings on Fox News, co-host of the network's hugely popular afternoon talk show, The Five, and creator of the defunct, path-breaking late night show, Red Eye, Greg Gutfeld is one o...Show More
Why the Press Conflates Prostitution with Sex Trafficking—and Why That's a Threat To Free Speech

40:43 | Aug 24th, 2018

In the early 1970s, Michael Lacey and James Larkin helped reshape the media landscape by making Phoenix New Times one of the scrappiest alt-weeklies of all time. Along the way, they built an underground media empire based on their "desert libertarian...Show More
Bret Easton Ellis on <em>American Psycho</em>, Hollywood Hypocrisy, and the Excesses of #MeToo

1:09:58 | Aug 22nd, 2018

In the 1980s and '90s, novelist Bret Easton Ellis captured more fully than anyone the excitement and ennui of a wealthy and smug America that was stumbling without knowing it into a century filled with terror, disruption, and generalized hostility. I...Show More
Elizabeth Warren's Corporate Buttinskyism Is the Future Liberals Want

59:15 | Aug 20th, 2018

Is the new corporate-charter bill unveiled by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) last week a plot to "To Destroy Capitalism By Pretending To 'Save' It," as the Scott Shackford headline put it? Or is it another "clear" example (in the words of Vox's Matt...Show More
George Gilder Is Excited about Life After Google and You Should Be Too

43:37 | Aug 16th, 2018

Google's dominance in so many aspects of our digital lives is "creating a walled garden that's basically controlled by two nerds in Silicon Valley," says George Gilder, the author who more than anyone else predicted today's imperfect online utopia in...Show More
Can 'Conscious Capitalism' Make Business a Heroic Enterprise? John Mackey Is Betting Yes

30:36 | Aug 14th, 2018

In 2013, Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey co-authored a business history-cum-manifesto titled Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. Drawing on his experiences with Whole Foods, Mackey outlined an unapologetically free mark...Show More
The Great Deplatforming War Rages On

1:01:37 | Aug 13th, 2018

"It's implausible," David Harsanyi recently wrote in this space, "to imagine a future in which liberal activists don't demand that Republican groups be de-platformed." Conservative activists, too, will happily whip out the ban-hammer, in the name eit...Show More
Why Would a Mother Throw Her Kids Off a Bridge?

40:29 | Aug 10th, 2018

In 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith dropped her children off a bridge in Portland, Oregon. Her 7-year-old daughter lived, screaming until she was fished out of the freezing river by a good Samaritan. Her 4-year-old son drowned. Writer (and occasional Reason ...Show More
Chapman U. President Doesn't Want His Campus 'UnKoched'

23:23 | Aug 9th, 2018

"The demand that research funding be declined because of its origin poses a grave threat to academic freedom," wrote Daniele Struppa, the president of Chapman University, a private school about 90 minutes south of Los Angeles, earlier this year in Th...Show More
<em>Popehat</em>'s Ken White: 'Free Speech Is in Just as Much Danger from Conservatives'

1:13:44 | Aug 8th, 2018

"When we buy into this narrative that free speech is a conservative value and censorship is a liberal value, we basically invite this chasm where the First Amendment and free speech values steadily get less and less support," says attorney Ken White,...Show More
'It's Not About Donald Trump Being Crappy, It's About the Government Being Crappy'

59:51 | Aug 6th, 2018

Over the weekend, Donald Trump tweeted that "tariffs are working big time" and said that his trade war would help us pay down the national debt. On today's Reason Podcast, special guests Eric Boehm and Robby Soave join Katherine Mangu-Ward and Peter ...Show More
Michael Shermer on Why Even Scientists, Transhumanists, and Atheists Want To Believe in Heaven

34:41 | Aug 3rd, 2018

In Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia, Michael Shermer seeks to explain why so many of us are deeply invested in the idea of a world beyond the one we're already living in. Shermer isn't just talking ab...Show More
'It Became Normal, It Became Hot, to Be Alternative' — Reason 50th Anniversary

1:14:26 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Reason magazine was founded 50 years ago, in 1968, by Lanny Friedlander (1947-2011), who was then a student at Boston University. As part of Reason's ongoing 50th anniversary celebration, Nick Gillespie has been interviewing past editors of the print...Show More
Cultural Appropriation Tastes Damn Good: How Immigrants, Commerce, and Fusion Keep Food Delicious

13:55 | Aug 1st, 2018

The late Jonathan Gold wrote about food in Southern California with an intimacy that brought readers closer to the people that made it. The Pulitzer Prize–winning critic visited high-end brick-and-mortar restaurants as well as low-end strip malls and...Show More
Meet Bari Weiss, the Conservative <em>New York Times</em> Columnist Who Is Pro-Choice

52:57 | Jul 31st, 2018

By the time she arrived last year at The New York Times to help write and edit its Opinion section, 34-year-old Bari Weiss had already done stints at the online magazine Tablet and The Wall Street Journal. She had also made a number of enemies who ac...Show More
Are Plastic Straw Bans Just Late Socialism?

1:03:10 | Jul 30th, 2018

President Donald Trump's current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spent the weekend calling Trump's previous lawyer, Michael Cohen, a liar, while Trump continued to make false statements about the Russia investigation. On today's podcast, Reason's Nick Gillesp...Show More
Randy Barnett on the Secret History of SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings

37:53 | Jul 27th, 2018

When President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Randy Barnett—a libertarian legal scholar, Georgetown Law professor, and Volokh Conspiracy blogger—praised the choice, writing that "Kavanaugh's appointment would move the Co...Show More
George Will Is Worried About 'The Big Flinch'—And You Should Be Too!

24:57 | Jul 26th, 2018

The Pulitzer-winning columnist George Will has been in Washington, D.C. since the 1970s and he's basically seen it all. But at a special Reason Podcast recorded at FreedomFest, the annual gathering of libertarians held every July in Las Vegas, he adm...Show More
Rep. Thomas Massie on Shakedowns, Cronyism—and Why He's Sticking With the GOP

33:35 | Jul 25th, 2018

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) is a thorn in the side of the GOP establishment. He has voted against so many bills, including measures championed by his own party, that in 2013 Politico dubbed him "Mr. No." Reason sat down with Massie at FreedomFest in ...Show More
Larry Kudlow Is Bad. So Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Chartreuse Is Good

53:05 | Jul 23rd, 2018

"Yeah, gigantic deficits are not good," says director of President Trump's National Economic Council Larry Kudlow in a clip at the top of today's Reason Podcast, before he goes on to make ridiculous excuses for gigantic deficits. Matt Welch is somewh...Show More
Should Facebook Ban Holocaust Deniers and Professional Trolls?

59:56 | Jul 21st, 2018

Reason's Nick Gillespie, Robby Soave, and Mike Riggs debate whether Mark Zuckerberg's should de-platform haters to improve the user experience at the world's largest social-media service.
Sen. Mike Lee on Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Tariffs, and Congressional Dysfunction

22:24 | Jul 20th, 2018

Congress is "given a pile of papers, sometimes a couple thousands pages long, a few hours before the expiration of a spending deadline," says Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). "When there's no opportunity for debate, for discussion, for amendment, for individu...Show More
Is Bitcoin the Future of Money? Peter Schiff vs. Erik Voorhees

1:22:10 | Jul 19th, 2018

On July 2, 2018, Reason and The Soho Forum hosted a debate between Erik Voorhees, the CEO of ShapeShift, and Peter Schiff, CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital. The proposition: "Bitcoin, or a similar form of cryptocurrency, will ...Show More
Yeah, Bill Weld Is Totally Running for the Libertarian Presidential Nod in 2020

40:34 | Jul 17th, 2018

"The huge standoff between the Republican and Democratic Parties, both of them being extreme right or extreme left,...make it more likely than it's ever been that a third party...will win the presidential election in 2020," says former Massachussetts...Show More
Is Rand Paul Really a Traitor?

1:06:19 | Jul 16th, 2018

Is Rand Paul really a traitor? Or are we losing our damn fool minds over everything Trump/Russia? Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and Matt Welch debate President Trump's bumbling statecraft, whether trading partne...Show More
Hernando de Soto Knows How To Make the Third World Richer than the First

20:51 | Jul 13th, 2018

In the spring of 1989, Chinese students occupied Tiananmen Square, erected a replica of the Statue of Liberty, and called for democracy and individual rights. By the fall, people living in East Germany took hammers and chisels to the Berlin Wall, unl...Show More
What Should Libertarians Fear Most from SCOTUS Pick Brett Kavanaugh?

45:54 | Jul 10th, 2018

President Donald Trump's new nomination to serve on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, is "supremely qualified" for the job, says Case Western Reserve University law professor and Volokh Conspiracy blogger Jonathan H. Adler. In most ways, he conti...Show More
Donald Trump's Supreme Court Pick Will Shred the Constitution! Or Save It!

1:05:17 | Jul 9th, 2018

"We're looking at a destruction of the Constitution of the United States," if Donald Trump gets to pick Supreme Court justices. That's what Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told MSNBC recently. A couple more appointments to the top court, she said to Ch...Show More
'When I Encountered Libertarian Ideas, They Just Resonated With Me'

1:05:23 | Jul 6th, 2018

"I was a college student during the Vietnam War era, but I was putting myself through college and was way too busy with that to be one of those students... When I landed with Reason... I didn't know what 'Berkeley' was... I didn't know who Goldwater ...Show More
Is Jonah Goldberg Turning Into a Libertarian? It Sure Sounds Like It.

48:48 | Jul 5th, 2018

In his new book, Suicide of the West, National Review's Jonah Goldberg talks about what he calls "the Miracle"—the immense and ongoing increase in human wealth, health, freedom, and longevity ushered in by the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolut...Show More
Heterodox Academy Fights For Intellectual Freedom and Diversity Among Professors

37:03 | Jul 4th, 2018

For all the student speech that's being squashed on college campuses these days, higher education faces an even-more serious threat: intellectual conformity among professors, researchers, and scholars. Over the past 25 years, for instance, the "Ameri...Show More
Will the Future Have <em>No</em> Work or Just <em>Less</em> Work?

1:03:05 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Imagine it’s sometime in the future, but not so far in the future that you’re not still putting together flat-packed furniture. You realize you need to drive some screws into the bookcase or whatever it is you're assembling. Instead of rummaging thr...Show More
Will Trump's Next SCOTUS Pick Be Able To Overturn <em>Roe v. Wade</em>?

1:21:56 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Last week was a huge week for Supreme Court related news and on today's Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Damon Root (author of 2014's highly regarded Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court), and Nick Gilles...Show More
Margaret Hoover Talks About Life on the Firing Line

10:55 | Jun 29th, 2018

Few TV shows—especially few political shows—can compare to Firing Line, the talk show hosted by William F. Buckley, Jr. In its original incarnation, it ran for 33 years and over 1,500 episodes and featured guests ranging from Muhammad Ali to Ronald R...Show More
Willett, Bolick, Sykes: Three Great Picks to Replace Anthony Kennedy

40:21 | Jun 28th, 2018

By announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court (effective at the end of July), Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy has poured more gas on a political season that's already in flames. Since joining the Court in the late 1980s, Kennedy has been seen...Show More
<em>Janus v. AFSCME</em> : Will Ending Mandatory Dues Kill Public-Sector Unions?

21:46 | Jun 27th, 2018

In a highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling, Janus v. AFSCME, the nation's high court said public-sector employees can no longer be forced to pay dues to unions to cover activities in connection with compensation, workplace rules, and related issues...Show More
Beyond Serena Williams: Why Athletes—and the Rest of Us—Are Getting Better as We Get Older

44:44 | Jun 26th, 2018

Did you ever notice that elite athletes seem to be getting...older? You're not imagining things. In 2016, Peyton Manning won a Super Bowl for the Indianapolis Colts at the ripe old age of 39. A year later, Tom Brady did the same thing at the same age...Show More
Is ‘Civility’ Possible, Let Alone Desirable, in Trump’s America?

1:04:47 | Jun 25th, 2018

Will the Red Hen episode lead to a Red Wedding America? @Reason editors @kmanguward, @petersuderman, @nickgillespie and @mattwelch duke it out over disassociation etiquette, family separation, and Fozzie Bear's existential angst
Has the U.S. Constitution Lost Its Meaning? A Debate

1:31:44 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Should the U.S. Constitution be interpreted and applied according to the original meaning of its text? On June 11, 2018, two leading constitutional legal scholars, Georgetown's Randy Barnett and Cornell's Michael Dorf, debated "originalism," which s...Show More
'We Started Seeing the Country Using Terms <em>Reason</em> Had Been Using For Years'

1:12:04 | Jun 21st, 2018

"In those original weeks of Ferguson," says Reason Editor at Large Matt Welch while talking about the 2014 police shooting that started nation-wide protests and conversations about police violence, "we started seeing the country use terms and looking...Show More
YAL's Cliff Maloney Wants To #MakeLibertyWin, Goddammit!

32:37 | Jun 20th, 2018

"Deregulate everything," reads a typical tweet from Cliff Maloney, the avuncular national president of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), a student group started by former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) on the heels of his insurgent runs for president in 20...Show More
This Libertarian Community Organizer Wants To 'Free the People'

48:18 | Jun 19th, 2018

In previous lives, Matt Kibbe has been a congressional staffer, the head of FreedomWorks, and a New York Times best-selling author. These days, he's the president and "chief community organizer" at Free the People, a libertarian nonprofit that defen...Show More
Maybe Snatching Toddlers From Their Asylum-Seeking Parents <em>Is</em> Who We Are

1:02:25 | Jun 18th, 2018

In our weekly round table, Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch argue about the Trump administration's family-separation policies, the Republican Party's dark fantasies about pro-immigrant elites, and Ha...Show More
Why Does the Press Routinely Misidentify Prostitution as 'Sex Trafficking'?

39:33 | Jun 15th, 2018

"You needn't be engaged in espionage, or anything illegal, to benefit from better digital privacy practices," writes Associate Editor Elizabeth Nolan Brown in the controversial, provocative "Burn After Reading" issue of Reason. In "Personal Encryptio...Show More
'I Am Absolutely a Product of the Libertarian-Industrial Complex'

1:25:40 | Jun 14th, 2018

Nick Gillespie talks with Reason magazine Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward about how she became a libertarian, why she likes to defend the indefensible, how she came up with the masterful "Burn After Reading" issue of Reason (which teaches you how to buil...Show More
When Does Speech About Crimes Become a Crime?

1:07:00 | Jun 13th, 2018

In today's episode of the Reason Podcast, Volokh Conspirator and University of California, Los Angeles, law professor Eugene Volokh and Reason Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward ponder the question: What is the difference between this month's editi...Show More
'The Libertarian Party Is the Right Answer, as Broken as It Is:' Larry Sharpe

25:14 | Jun 12th, 2018

The New York governor's race this fall has garnered outsized national attention partly because a well-known actress is mounting a left-wing challenge to the two-term Democratic incumbent, who just happens to be the son of a past governor, a one-time ...Show More
Surviving the Death of the West

56:48 | Jun 11th, 2018

There is no doubt that President Trump is shaking the hell out of the status quo. Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward Peter Suderman, Matt Welch & Zach Weissmueller sort through the pluses and minuses of presidential norm-breaking on trade, the G7, N...Show More
Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, and the Cult of Silicon Valley

31:02 | Jun 7th, 2018

Established in 2003, Theranos promised to save people from pain and disease through early detection and lead the way into an era of cheaper, more consumer-driven health care. Holmes' big idea was to replace traditional venous blood draws in a doctor'...Show More
<em>Reason</em> Totally Called the <em>Masterpiece Cakeshop</em> Case

1:04:47 | Jun 4th, 2018

The gay wedding cake saga was one of several culture-war conflicts discussed on today's editor-roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch. Others included: Bill Clinton's #...Show More
The Opioid Crisis Isn't What You Think It Is—and It Can't Be Stopped by <em>More</em> Drug War

55:54 | Jun 1st, 2018

Across the country, overdoses and crimes attributed to drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, and fentanyl are up. Heroin, once an exotic and expensive drug, is now widely available and reportedly as cheap as $5 a pop. Politicians, law enforc...Show More
The Great Populist Revolt Will Outlive Donald Trump

54:23 | May 31st, 2018

The 2016 presidential election was among the closest in U.S. history. If Hillary Clinton had won just 78,000 more votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, she would be president right now. How did Donald Trump squeak out his victory, and what ...Show More
Why Can't Anyone Get Their Immigration Facts Straight?

1:05:39 | May 29th, 2018

From @realDonaldTrump to Jeff Sessions to their detractors, people can't seem to talk about immigration without getting all kinds of facts heinously wrong in an attempt to whip up outrage. Alas and alack, say Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Pete...Show More
How We Became a 'Nation of Narcs' and How To Fix It

1:14:32 | May 25th, 2018

Reason reporter Mike Riggs talks with Nick Gillespie about his story "A Nation of Narcs," which argues that Americans have developed "a nasty habit of inviting the state into people's lives for tiny offenses." Riggs discusses how class, race, and eth...Show More
Resolved: The Government Should Cut Off All Funding to Colleges and Universities.

1:32:36 | May 24th, 2018

Should all government funding of higher education should be abolished? That provocative question was debated by economists Edward Glaeser and Bryan Caplan, author of the new book, The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Ti...Show More
A Libertarian Take on John McCain's <em>Restless Wave</em> and the Legacy of an 'Authoritarian Maverick'

43:32 | May 23rd, 2018

Few politicians have made more of an impact on their times than Arizona Sen. John McCain, who is battling brain cancer. His new book, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations, has just been published and is a...Show More
Reason Staff Bitterly Divided on Planned Parenthood Defunding

1:10:38 | May 21st, 2018

Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch argue with each other over Planned Parenthood defunding, the Trump/Russia investigation, gun-policy messaging, and more.
Fight Hate Speech with More Speech, Not Censorship: ACLU's Nadine Strossen

35:46 | May 18th, 2018

Nadine Strossen, who served as the president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1991 to 2008, is the author of the new book Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, which lays out a compelling argument against po...Show More
CNN's Mary Katharine Ham Loves Waffle House, Isn't So Sure About Twitter

47:41 | May 16th, 2018

"The beauty of a free country is that you can choose to Twitter or not to Twitter," says Mary Katharine Ham in a wide-ranging discussion about personal privacy, social media, and polarization. Ham first snuck into America's living rooms as a regular...Show More
Is Trump Just Doing the Crazy Things Republicans Always Promised?

1:01:33 | May 14th, 2018

From ripping families apart as illegal-immigration deterrence to nominating a torture-enabler as CIA director, President Trump is serially calling the GOP’s populist bluff, Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman & Matt We...Show More
Jake Tapper on <em>The Hellfire Club</em>, Donald Trump's Big Lies, and D.C.'s 'Bullshit Waterfall'

46:16 | May 11th, 2018

"I think that when you are in that chair, or standing there with a microphone, you are not there for yourself," says CNN anchor Jake Tapper, whose new novel, The Hellfire Club, is a dark thriller set in 1950s Washington. "You're there for the people ...Show More
Where Are <em>You</em> on the 'Happiness Curve'? Q&amp;A with Jonathan Rauch

1:05:14 | May 9th, 2018

In a country that fetishizes youth, writing a book subtitled Why Life Gets Better After 50 is practically an act of revolution. But that's exactly what the Jonathan Rauch has done. The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 is a mind-blowing...Show More
Should Robert Mueller Subpoena President Trump?

1:07:54 | May 7th, 2018

Should Robert Mueller subpoena President Trump? Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch discuss that plus the Iran/nuclear deal, the slippery politics of Millennials, bizarro econ policies in Seattle, Westwo...Show More
How <em>Reason</em> Became a 'Mainstream Intellectual Magazine with an Unusual Point of View'

22:26 | May 4th, 2018

"When I was in college," explains journalist, author, and speaker Virginia Postrel, "I developed the career aspiration to be the editor of Reason magazine." Just a few years after graduating, she had accomplished that goal (and much, much more), join...Show More
How Big Government Backed Bad Science and Made Americans Fat

18:04 | May 3rd, 2018

"Government made a big mistake with the dietary guidelines," says Nina Teicholz, author of the New York Times bestseller The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. "Given the track record that they have so far, you ca...Show More
Is Alex Tabarrok the Most Honest Economist in Academia?

50:03 | May 1st, 2018

When George Mason University economist Alex Tabarrok went looking for the effect of regulation on declining rates of entrepreneurship, he had a pretty good idea of what he would find. A libertarian since his childhood in Canada, he figured that feder...Show More
Politics Is Not Pretty

1:13:03 | Apr 30th, 2018

Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and Matt Welch rate the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the Korean peace talks, the photo optics of political summitry, and the revival of Zora Neale Hurston
Does Fractional Reserve Banking Endanger the Economy? A Debate

1:24:52 | Apr 27th, 2018

On April 16, 2018, two free market economists debated a topic that has long divided libertarians. Fractional reserve banking refers to banks' standard practice of keeping only a portion of their depositors' money on hand and loaning out the rest. In ...Show More
Should You Be Optimistic About America's Future? Q&amp;A with Russ Roberts

53:21 | Apr 26th, 2018

On Monday, April 23, Nick Gillespie taped a live podcast with Russ Roberts at Reason's Washington, D.C., studio in front of a live audience. An economist who taught for years at George Mason University, Washington University, and elsewhere, Roberts ...Show More
How The Simpsons Fights Fake News

55:03 | Apr 25th, 2018

In an age of bots, trolls, and "fake news," we need to up our media-literacy game like never before, says Michael Socolow, a journalism professor at University of Maine and the author of Six Minutes in Berlin: Broadcast Spectacle and Rowing Gold at t...Show More
What To Do With Kids Who Are Wards of the State

46:45 | Apr 24th, 2018

"You go into family court and it's the same experience as at the DMV, only there are children's lives on the line," says Naomi Schaefer Riley in today's conversation with Reason Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward. In today's podcast, we talk about ...Show More
Welcome to the Pot Resistance, Chuck Schumer!

1:05:47 | Apr 23rd, 2018

How over is the political War on Marijuana, as distinguished from the actually existing laws that continue to prohibit the stuff? This over: Longtime drug warrior Sen. Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, came out last week in favor of...Show More
How To Talk to People Who Think You're Evil and/or Insane

54:53 | Apr 20th, 2018

You know what's really difficult? Communicating an unpopular message to people who disagree with you. Today's Reason Podcast digs into the nitty gritty of persuading people to think differently about crime and punishment, to talk calmly about gender ...Show More
Will El Chapo’s Arrest Make the Drug Trade More Deadly?

14:05 | Apr 19th, 2018

Mexico's most notorious drug kingpin, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, has been awaiting trial in the United States since his dramatic capture in 2016. Federal prosecutors have filed charges of drug trafficking, murder, money laundering, and kidnapping aga...Show More
Dr. Helen Fisher on How Brain Chemistry Determines Personality and Politics

45:14 | Apr 18th, 2018

If libertarians are bold, impulsive, quick witted, adventurous, analytical, and willing to ignore social norms, is that because we have especially active dopamine and testosterone systems in our brains? That’s the hypothesis of the biological anthro...Show More
The Real Constitutional Crisis Is Congress' Unwillingness to Do Its Job

1:06:31 | Apr 16th, 2018

While James Comey and the Trump/Russia investigation soak up all the anxiety in Washington, our slow-moving constitutional crisis of Congress abdicating its basic duty continues apace. Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and Matt We...Show More
A Civil Rights Movement for Corporations? Inside the 400-Year Struggle

22:26 | Apr 16th, 2018

"The movement and struggle to win rights for corporations," says UCLA Law School Professor Adam Winkler, "[is] one of the least well-known, yet most successful civil rights movements in American history." An important chapter in that history was in...Show More
Bombs Away in Syria

1:10:57 | Apr 9th, 2018

The president said this morning that he would make a decision on responding to the "heinous attack" within the next 24-48 hours, adding that such a "barbaric attack...can't be allowed to happen." As he was making that announcement, the Reason Podcast...Show More
Rep. Justin Amash on Trump, Ryan, and the 'Stupidity' of How the Government Spends Your Money

1:01:34 | Apr 9th, 2018

Since arriving in Washington in 2011, Justin Amash has cast more consistently libertarian votes than any other member of Congress. A lawyer by training, the 37-year-old Michigan Republican is an outspoken defender of due process, civil liberties, and...Show More
Is There a 'Rape Culture' on College Campuses? Watch the Debate.

1:37:51 | Apr 4th, 2018

There is a rape culture on college campuses that creates an unsafe environment for female students." That was the resolution for the Reason-Soho Forum debate at the Subculture Theater in New York's East Village. Arguing in the affirmative was Micha...Show More
When Trump Goes to War With Amazon, Everybody Loses

59:38 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Will there be any winners—or even any survivors—after the war between President Donald Trump and Jeff Bezos' Amazon goes nuclear? Probably not. Today on the Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, and Katherine Mangu-Wa...Show More
Whole Foods’ John Mackey on Amazon Merger: ‘A Meeting of the Souls.’

15:27 | Mar 30th, 2018

"We're going to reinvent the supermarket business as we know it," says John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, about his company's recent, controversial merger with online retailer Amazon. Reason's Nick Gillespie caught up with him at LibertyCon, the annua...Show More
Silicon Valley's Ultimate Diversity Problem Is Ideological

10:25 | Mar 29th, 2018

Earlier this year, the Lincoln Network, a Bay Area group that works to bolster libertarian and conservative workers in the tech sector, published a survey on diversity and cultural norms in Silicon Valley. The results are preliminary but stunning. In...Show More
How Will <em>The Americans</em>' Final Season End? Q&amp;A With the Creators Behind the Cold War Spy Drama

33:41 | Mar 26th, 2018

Since 2013, The Americans has revisited 1980s America and Cold War politics with a depth and nuance usually reserved for PBS documentaries. The first season begins in the early Reagan years, when the Cold War seemed forever on the verge of escalating...Show More
A Dark and Stormy Week for Free Speech

1:03:48 | Mar 26th, 2018

While the world was going gaga at @StormyDaniels, legislators and other panicky types were curtailing your online free speech. @kmanguward, @nickgillespie, @petersuderman & @mattwelch discuss on the latest @Reason Podcast.
Steven Pinker Wants Enlightenment Now!

37:23 | Mar 22nd, 2018

America, observers are fond of saying, is the only country based upon an idea. That idea—that all men and women are created equal and have inalienable rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness—is directly informed by the Enlightenment, the ...Show More
Rand Paul Threatens to Filibuster Trump's CIA Pick, Because Torture

55:56 | Mar 19th, 2018

"On what level could torture ever be acceptable?" This weekend, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) declared that he would do everything in his power to block President Danald Trump's pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel, because of her role running a torture progr...Show More
Gary Taubes on How Big Government Made Us Fat

22:29 | Mar 15th, 2018

Science writer Gary Taubes has a knack for subverting the conventional wisdom. Sixteen years ago, he published a groundbreaking feature in the The New York Times Magazine, arguing that decades of government-approved nutritional advice attacking fatty...Show More
Executing Drug Dealers and Other Trump Punchlines

57:37 | Mar 12th, 2018

"The only way to solve the drug problem is through toughness," President Donald Trump asserted at a rally Friday, before launching into a laughter-generating anecdote about Chinese President Xi Jinping telling him that China doesn't have a drug probl...Show More
Want to Hack Your Own Body? <em>Neo.Life</em>'s Jane Metcalfe Is Making It Easier Than Ever

10:38 | Mar 9th, 2018

"How can we optimize ourselves personally to live the happiest, healthiest, longest lives possible? What does that look like? What are ethical ways of doing that? What are unethical ways of doing that? Where are the slippery slopes?" Those are the s...Show More
50 Years of Reason with Robert W. Poole

56:12 | Mar 8th, 2018

"Libertarianism" says Robert W. Poole, is "about more than just economics and politics, it really is. It's about human flourishing and what are the conditions for human beings to have satisfying, flourishing [lives]." Reason magazine was founded 50 ...Show More
Gary Johnson: 'I Always Thought Telling the Truth Would Rule the Day. And It Doesn't.'

30:57 | Mar 7th, 2018

"I always thought that honesty would rule the day. I always thought integrity would rule the day. I always thought that telling the truth would rule the day. And it doesn't," says Gary Johnson, the 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate and a two-ti...Show More
The Lunacy of Trump’s Trade War

1:04:33 | Mar 5th, 2018

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch talk about President Trump's half-cocked trade war, Academy Awards politics, a huge new threat to free speech dressed up as an anti-sex trafficking bill, and more
Kurt Loder on Why the Oscars Always Suck but Movies Are Great

34:49 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Legendary journalist—and Reason's resident movie reviewer—Kurt Loder talks with Nick Gillespie about this year's Academy Awards, which take place on Sunday, March 4, starting at 8:00 P.M. E.T. The Rolling Stone and MTV veteran discusses why he loved...Show More
Balaji Srinivasan: Technology Will Lead to a Borderless World

31:49 | Feb 28th, 2018

Balaji Srinivasan is a modern-day polymath who venture capitalist Marc Andreessen has called the person with "the highest output per minute of new ideas of anybody I've ever met in my life." A Ph.D. in electrical engineering, a co-founder of the gene...Show More
Should We Abolish the Sex Offender Registry? A Debate.

1:15:27 | Feb 26th, 2018

On February 12, 2018, Emily Horowitz debated Marci Hamilton about whether we should abolish the registry for convicted sex offenders. Horowitz is chair of the sociology and criminal justice department at St. Francis College, and Hamilton is the autho...Show More
The Parkland Shooting Screw-Ups Go All the Way to the Top

1:03:13 | Feb 26th, 2018

In today's Reason podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Eric Boehm, and Robby Soave discuss Mona Charen getting booed at CPAC and the strange new respect she's now getting from the readers of The New York Times, plus why the National Front s...Show More
Meet Mark Janus, Whose Supreme Court Case May End Compulsory Union Dues

26:44 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Mark Janus is a "child-support specialist" who works for the state of Illinois to ensure that minors are taken care of when it comes to divorce and guardianship. He's also at the center of a Supreme Court case that may end the ability of public-secto...Show More
After Pablo Escobar: Murder, Chaos, and the Failure of U.S. Drug Policy in Colombia

26:17 | Feb 21st, 2018

"The whole premise of the war on drugs is that if you focus on the supply side, you'll solve all of the U.S.'s problems with problematic drug use," says Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. But "no matte...Show More
Are Libertarian Responses to Mass Shootings Persuasive?

1:03:16 | Feb 20th, 2018

When mass shootings take place, libertarians at Reason and elsewhere usually respond by pointing out that gun violence is declining even as the number of weapons in circulation is climbing; that mass shootings are not increasing in number; and that m...Show More
Poker Champion Annie Duke on Making Smart Bets in Life, Politics, and Football

18:46 | Feb 20th, 2018

"Life is poker, not chess," says Annie Duke, a former professional poker player and the author of a new book, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts. Chess is a game of skill with "very little luck involved," whi...Show More
Forget Speech Codes, Trigger Warnings: These Students Protest FOR "Peace, Love, Liberty"

45:29 | Feb 16th, 2018

Students from all over the world will descend on Washington, DC on March 2nd to attend LibertyCon, the annual meeting for Students For Liberty. Active in 110 countries and hundreds of college campuses, the group is the leading organization working to...Show More
Did We Get the Tea Party Wrong?

57:33 | Feb 12th, 2018

Today's Reason Podcast, which features Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and yours truly talking news of the week, begins with an autopsy of sorts. Did we delude ourselves about the strength of the fiscal conservatism in the Tea P...Show More
Surprise: Voters Aren't More Polarized than Ever, Only Pols and Media Are

30:57 | Feb 12th, 2018

"You have two parties in a heterogeneous country where people have all kinds of views," says Morris Fiorina, a political scientist at Stanford and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. "It's simply not enough to represent diversity in this country...Show More
The Libertarianism of Frederick Douglass

45:36 | Feb 9th, 2018

Frederick Douglass was born 200 years ago this month, and while he's justifiably known as an escaped slave and influential abolitionist, he was also one of the 19th century's most outspoken classical liberals. "The great fact underlying the claim for...Show More
Dilbert's Scott Adams Explains How He Knew Trump Would 'Win Bigly'

1:04:33 | Feb 7th, 2018

In 2015, Scott Adams, the cartoonist behind the massively popular comic strip Dilbert, boldly predicted that Donald Trump would win the 2016 presidential election. Adams sat down with Reason's Nick Gillespie in front of a live audience in San Franci...Show More
The Financial Markets Are Spooked by Debt, So Why Aren’t We?

56:28 | Feb 5th, 2018

As you slept last night, yields on U.S. Treasury 10-year bond notes hit their highest level (2.885 percent) since January 2014. Coming on the heels of Friday's 666-point plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, this spike in the cost of federal bo...Show More
'The State Has Been One of the Largest Perpetrators of Gender Inequality and Violence'

54:18 | Feb 2nd, 2018

If you think libertarianism is just for middle-class white dudes, you really need to meet Kat Murti. She's the 29-year-old co-founder of Feminists for Liberty, a group that is "anti-sexism and anti-statism, pro-markets and pro-choice on everything." ...Show More
Trump Diminishes the Power of the State in Our Heads: <em>Wired</em> Co-Founder Louis Rossetto on Heroism, Politics, and the Dot-Com Bubble

15:27 | Feb 1st, 2018

"Trump is a refreshing reminder that the guy that's in the White House is another human being," says Louis Rossetto, the co-founder of Wired and author of the new book Change Is Good: A Story of the Heroic Era of the Internet. In 2013, Rossetto was ...Show More
Both the Grammys and the State of the Union Worship at the Cult of the Presidency

1:01:35 | Jan 29th, 2018

The Grammy Awards and State of the Union Address share the same root problem: The cult of the American presidency. So argues Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch on the Reason Podcast. Other topics covered include immi...Show More
Is Selfishness a Virtue? A Debate With Yaron Brook and Gene Epstein.

1:20:59 | Jan 29th, 2018

On January 16, 2018, the Ayn Rand Institute's Yaron Brook argued the affirmative in a debate with Gene Epstein, former Barron's economics editor, over whether selfishness is a virtue. It was an Oxford-style contest, in which the audience votes on the...Show More
"Micro-Schools" Might Be the Next Big Education Thing

38:44 | Jan 26th, 2018

One-room schoolhouses are making a comeback in the so-called micro-schooling movement. While a typical public high school might cram 2,000 students into a single grade, micro-schools cap out at around 150 for all grades. That allows students to mix a...Show More
The Case Against Education: Economist Bryan Caplan Says Government Spending of $1 Trillion a Year on Schooling Is a Waste

21:07 | Jan 22nd, 2018

"It's absolutely true that school makes people show up, sit down, shut up and that these are useful skills for people to have in adulthood, " says Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics at George Mason University, who blogs at EconLog, and is the aut...Show More
Sexual Politics Needs More Economics

47:17 | Jan 22nd, 2018

On today's podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Robby Soave, and Matt Welch discuss what economics can tell us about sexual politics, whether there's generational divide over #MeToo, why we should laugh AND cry about the government shutdown...Show More
Why This Is TV's Golden Age!

55:19 | Jan 18th, 2018

In the bad old days before cable and the internet, TV shows didn't need to be good to be watched by millions. Even cornball programs such as My Mother the Car pulled audiences that dwarf today's blockbusters on streaming services such as Neftlix, Ama...Show More
Is Chelsea Manning the First Real 21st Century Politician?

55:09 | Jan 16th, 2018

On today's Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and Matt Welch discuss Chelsea Manning's candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat. "Without her there is no Edward Snowden, there is no robust debate about FISA 702 and a wid...Show More