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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

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

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

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

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

'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

'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

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

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.

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

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

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

"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 <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

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

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

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

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 <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

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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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 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

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.

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

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 <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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

How the United States Can—And Cannot—Help Iranian Protesters

36:34 | Jan 12th, 2018

"There are just millions of Iranians who don't want to live under a corrupt clerical fascist state," says Bloomberg View writer Eli Lake about the current protests in Iran. That may not mean Iran is fed up with theocracy, just that they've had it wit...Show More

Matt Taibbi on Misogyny, the Left vs. Free Speech, and the Killing of Eric Garner

1:04:12 | Jan 11th, 2018

Few journalists have tossed more hand grenades or built more of a reputation for themselves than Matt Taibbi, who covers politics and culture for Rolling Stone when not writing bestselling books, such as Griftopia, Insane Clown President, and most re...Show More

Why on Earth Are We Talking About 'Oprah 2020'?

1:01:07 | Jan 8th, 2018

Today's Reason Podcast, featuring Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch, kicks off with the media's biggest takeaway from last night's Golden Globes awards in Hollywood—whether Oprah Winfrey should run for president in ...Show More

Jeff Sessions Can't Stop Pot Legalization

36:27 | Jan 5th, 2018

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed a 2013 Justice Department policy that worked to keep federal law enforcement from going after recreational and medical marijuana users and producers in states that have legalized pot. That's just st...Show More

Is Bitcoin the Death of Fiat Currency?

34:51 | Jan 4th, 2018

"Bitcoin is not competing with Visa or MasterCard. Bitcoin is competing with the Federal Reserve and the U.S. dollar," says Michael Goldstein, president of the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute and host of the Noded Bitcoin Podcast. His co-host and the inst...Show More

Stop Making Iran Protests About American Politics

52:57 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Today's Reason Podcast, which features myself, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Peter Suderman, begins with a discussion about the dramatic protests in Iran: their significance, the context, the vast amount that we don't know, the bad Twitte...Show More

What Feminists—and Islamists—Don't Get About Burqas

50:15 | Dec 29th, 2017

Born in Pakistan and educated in America, Rafia Zakaria is the author of Veil, a new book which explores the history and shifting meanings of female coverings in Islamic countries and Western secular society. In a wide-ranging conversation, she talks...Show More

Why Greg Gutfeld Is a Better Standard-Bearer for Conservatives than Roy Moore

38:20 | Dec 28th, 2017

The Republican candidate has managed to capture just 37 percent of the under-30 vote in each of the last two presidential elections. What do you expect when you run candidates such as Mitt Romney and Donald Trump and go deep on issues such as gay mar...Show More

The Massive Higher-Ed Scam You've Never Heard About

1:07:58 | Dec 26th, 2017

Historian and entrepreneur Thaddeus Russell has a bone to pick with American higher education. It's not simply that maverick opinions that stray from a liberal-progressive orthodoxy get squashed in classroom discussions and tenure decisions. Russell ...Show More

A Special Reason Festivus Airing of the Grievances

58:58 | Dec 22nd, 2017

"I got a lotta problems with you people; now, you're gonna hear about it!" So barked George* Costanza's dad Frank 20 years ago this week, in a classic episode of Seinfeld that introduced the country to Festivus, an alternative and heretofore private ...Show More

Resolved: 15 Million Americans Would Be Better Off Without Welfare

1:24:51 | Dec 20th, 2017

"Fifteen million able-bodied adults on government welfare would have a better chance at economic betterment if they were taken off welfare." That was the proposition debated at the most recent Soho Forum debate, held on December 11 at New York's Sub...Show More

Tax Reform, Paul Ryan, and a New Death of Hope

47:12 | Dec 18th, 2017

"The tree of hope has to be watered with the blood of young journalists," Katherine Mangu-Ward says on today's Reason Podcast. Was Reason's editor in chief talking about entitlement reform? The new Star Wars movie? Paul Ryan? All of the above? You'l...Show More

What the GOP Tax Bill Means for Libertarians

15:44 | Dec 15th, 2017

With Republican tax reform almost a sure thing, the nation is poised to experience the most sweeping and significant changes to the tax code since the late 1980s. But are those changes—including lower corporate and individual rates, reductions in som...Show More

Grover Norquist: GOP Tax Bill Is Good Enough For Now (He's Planning to 'Whine Later')

27:47 | Dec 13th, 2017

Tax reform bills have been approved by both the Republican-controlled House and Senate. Most observers believe the different versions will be reconciled into legislation representing the most thoroughgoing and consequential changes to the U.S. tax co...Show More

Is Libertarian Nihilism Partly to Blame for Washington Getting Worse and Worse?: Podcast

48:43 | Dec 4th, 2017

Nick Gillespie has already leveraged the Reason Podcast into a webathon pitch (speaking of which, DONATE TO REASON TODAY!), but I just want to point out that you'll be hard-pressed to find another free source of news commentary that produces such phr...Show More

They Mock The Govt's War on Boobs and Read Hillary's Book So You Don't Have To!: Podcast

31:56 | Dec 3rd, 2017

Mostly Weekly is a Reason TV web series that is a libertarian answer to Last Week with John Oliver, The Daily Show, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Created by Sarah Rose Siskind and Andrew Heaton (he also hosts), Mostly Weekly episodes have offer...Show More

Online Video Is Better Than Television: Podcast

50:47 | Dec 2nd, 2017

In the latest episode of the Reason Podcast, Reason TV Editor in Chief Nick Gillespie chats with Managing Editor Meredith Bragg and Deputy Managing Editor Jim Epstein about the 10th anniversary of our video platform, our backgrounds in journalism, wh...Show More

Should the U.S. Unilaterally Abolish All Tariffs And Duties? A Debate on Free Trade.

1:16:55 | Dec 1st, 2017

On November 13, George Mason University economist and Cafe Hayek blogger Don Boudreaux faced off against Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government in a public debate about free trade. The event was part of The Soho Forum, Reason's monthly deba...Show More

How Open-Access Journals Are Transforming Science

18:49 | Nov 30th, 2017

Michael Eisen's goal is to change the way scientific findings are disseminated. Most research papers today are locked behind paywalls, and access can cost hundreds of dollars per article. The general public, and most scientists, don't have comprehens...Show More

Liberals Are Freaking Out About Net Neutrality Because They Don't Understand Capitalism: Podcast

1:03:51 | Nov 27th, 2017

On today's episode of the Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch discuss the Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) sex scandal, last week's repeal of net neutrality, and Reason's upcoming Webathon. Support our jour...Show More

<em>The Martian</em>'s Andy Weir Talks Economics (and Sex) on the Moon in <em>Artemis</em>: Podcast

45:08 | Nov 24th, 2017

"One thing we've learned from The Phantom Menace is don't start a story with a dissertation of economics," says Andy Weir, author of The Martian. Last week he released a new novel, Artemis, about a settlement on the Moon. Where The Martian, which was...Show More

FCC Head Ajit Pai: Killing Net Neutrality Will Set the Internet Free

27:54 | Nov 21st, 2017

In an exclusive interview today just hours after announcing his plan to repeal "Net Neutrality" rules governing the actions of Internet-service providers (ISPs) and mobile carriers, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has an in-...Show More

What Charles Manson Teaches Us About Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, and Tax Reform: Podcast

1:06:00 | Nov 20th, 2017

On this week's Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch discuss everything that's wrong with the Republican tax-reform bills, what they would mean for Obamacare, whether the never-ending stream of sexual-as...Show More

How Trump's (and Obama's) Immigration Crackdowns Screw Over "Real" Americans: Podcast

58:38 | Nov 17th, 2017

As a candidate, President Donald Trump ran on a platform that called for the deportation of 11 million immigrants. In this, he was merely supercharging policies that had been put in place by his predecessors Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Cli...Show More

Reason Debates Jacobin on Capitalism, Socialism: Podcast

1:23:18 | Nov 15th, 2017

On November 3, Reason magazine Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward and I debated Vivek Chibber and Bhaskar Sunkara of Jacobin magazine in New York City. The proposition under discussion was "Is capitalism the best way to improve standards of livin...Show More

Should We Draw a Line Between Louis C.K. and 'Low-Level Lechery'?: Podcast

47:12 | Nov 13th, 2017

Since sexual assault and harassment charges have come to light against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, there's been an outpouring of other, similar charges against male entertainment figures, journalists and politicians. Most recently, comedian Louis C....Show More

Everyone Wants to Beat Up Libertarians: Podcast

1:10:21 | Nov 9th, 2017

After Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was assaulted by his neighbor while mowing the lawn, a surprising number of commentators have implied that he probably had it coming. In today's podcast, Reason's Matt Welch, Nick Gillespie, and Katherine Mangu-Ward discu...Show More

Egyptian Dissident Cynthia Farahat: The Middle East Is Hungry for Free Markets and Free Speech

14:09 | Nov 8th, 2017

In 2006, when Egypt was ruled by strongman Hosni Mubarak, then 22-year-old Cynthia Farahat co-founded the Liberal Egyptian Party, the first secular, classical liberal political party in the country's modern history. Reason's Justin Monticello spoke ...Show More

Trump Is a "Lunatic" on Free Trade, Immigration: Podcast

1:03:22 | Nov 7th, 2017

As the former chief economist for The New York Stock Exchange, a longtime economics editor at Barron's, and author of Econospinning: How to Read Between the Lines When the Media Manipulate the Numbers, Gene Epstein has been locked in an intellectual ...Show More

How To Protect Americans Without Destroying the 2nd Amendment: Podcast

27:11 | Nov 6th, 2017

On Sunday, November 5, a man identified as 26-year-old Devin Kelley opened fire in a church outside of San Antonio, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding at least another 20. Reason's Nick Gillespie speaks with Robert VerBruggen, the deputy managing ...Show More

What's More Sinister than Russian Election Hackers? [Podcast]

1:00:41 | Nov 3rd, 2017

This week Congress began hearings on Russian hackers and trolls' effects on the 2016 election. Meanwhile, Donna Brazille described how the Hillary Clinton campaign took over the Democratic Party from the inside. On today's podcast, Reason's Katherine...Show More

Bitcoin and the Blockchain Will Stomp Out Wall Street Fraud

34:52 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Reason's Nick Gillespie sat down with Caitlin Long, one of Inc. magazine's "10 business leaders changing the world through tech," a former managing director at Morgan Stanley, and the current president of Symbiont, which is bringing blockchain techno...Show More

What Manafort's Indictment Means for Trump: Podcast

1:01:54 | Oct 30th, 2017

Is former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort the first domino to fall, or just a garden variety money launderer? On today's podcast, Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, and Peter Suderman discuss the ramifications for Donald Trump and the Wh...Show More

Are Your Kids Too Fragile? How to Make the Next Generation More Resilient.

25:22 | Oct 26th, 2017

If you're a parent of a child under the age of 12, here's a question for you: When is the last time you let them walk to school by themselves, have an unscheduled play date, or—God forbid!—let them to go to the store to pick up a gallon of milk by th...Show More

Ex-Presidents We Want to Drink With: Podcast

1:07:06 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Last week, Barack Obama and George W. Bush emerged from the mothballs to criticize Trumpian dog-whistling and strategic incivility. Jimmy Carter, however, said he thinks Trump gets a raw deal from the press and appears to be plugging for a diplomatic...Show More

Students Are Bringing Capitalism to Latin America

06:41 | Oct 21st, 2017

President Trump's move to raise "barriers to people, to goods, to services," says Gabriel Calzada Alvarez, executive president of Guatemala's Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM), "is a danger not just for Central America [but] for the U.S. and for ...Show More

Meet a Doctor Who Picks Patients Over Insurance Companies: Podcast

26:07 | Oct 18th, 2017

You may know what your co-payment for a doctor's appointment is, but do you have any idea what your caregiver actually charges your insurance company for a routine visit? Almost certainly not, which means the whole system in out of economic whack: Pr...Show More

Harvey Weinstein and the End of Open Secrets: Podcast

1:02:51 | Oct 16th, 2017

Is Harvey Weinstein the embodiment of Hollywood sleaze, or the last straggler in a bygone age of pervasive sexual harassment? Reason's Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch join Andrew Heaton to discuss how social media is bringing an ...Show More

'Administrative State Is THE Leading Threat to Civil Liberties of Our Era.'

23:36 | Oct 12th, 2017

"The administrative state is the leading threat to civil liberties of our era," says Philip Hamburger, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and author of the recent books, Is Administrative Law Unlawful? (2015) and T...Show More

Vanessa Grigoriadis on the 'Blurred Lines' of Consensual Sex and Assault on Campus

50:29 | Oct 9th, 2017

"Young women are really putting their foot down and saying, 'These are our bodies,'" says Vanessa Grigoriadis, a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and the author of the new book, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus. '...Show More

Should You Be Able to Buy Birth Control—or a Tank—Over the Counter? [Podcast]

1:01:00 | Oct 9th, 2017

"The NRA is constantly doing these kind of dick moves... If a cop kills a black guy they're silent, if a white person gets caught in the crossfire then they're all pissed," says Reason's Nick Gillespie. "The NRA is a special interest group that pushe...Show More

Vegas Mass Shooting—Where Gun Control Meets Reality: Podcast

42:37 | Oct 4th, 2017

"Every time there's a mass shooting," says Reason's Jacob Sullum, "people who had already been in favor of gun control talk about how we need more gun control. . . they don't feel a need to really explain how [their particular policy] would have prev...Show More

How to Stop Post-Tragedy Panic Syndrome: Podcast

1:14:25 | Oct 2nd, 2017

On Sunday, a lone gunman perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Is this significant beyond the human tragedy? Are we a more deadly, violent society than ever before? On today's podcast, Reason's Nick Gillespie, Katherin...Show More

'Medicare Is a Bank Without Security Guards:' Media Executive David Goldhill Debates Princeton's Paul Starr

1:21:32 | Sep 29th, 2017

On September 19 at the Soho Forum, David Goldhill, former CEO of the Game Show Network and author of the exceptional 2013 book, Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father—and How We Can Fix It, faced off against Princeton sociologis...Show More

Puzder on Minimum Wage, Automation, and Withdrawing as Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee

28:35 | Sep 27th, 2017

When the minimum wage goes to $15 an hour "you kill jobs," says Andrew Puzder—"businesses close, businesses reduce staff and automate, and businesses reduce the hours of the employees they have." But "what you can't measure, which is really what hur...Show More

Screw Donald Trump—Go Ahead, Sit During the Anthem: Podcast

1:03:14 | Sep 25th, 2017

At a rally in Alabama last week, President Trump lambasted NFL players for "disrespect[ing] the flag." "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners...say 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now,'" Trump told the crowd. A few days later...Show More

The Juggalos Are the Forgotten Men and Women of America: Podcast

26:10 | Sep 21st, 2017

"The [Juggalos] have their own language, they have their own leaders, [and] they have their own ways of talking to each other," says Reason's Paul Detrick, who covered the group's march on Washington last weekend. "They exist in this strange world of...Show More

Getting Nose Jobs with Comedians: Joan Kron's Powerful Argument for Plastic Surgery

21:28 | Sep 20th, 2017

What do you think of when you think of plastic surgery? Fish-lipped women on the Real Housewives shows? Or maybe aging Hollywood actors who look like burn victims. Michael Jackson's disappearing nose? Or Lindsay Lohan's rubberized lips? When internet...Show More

Harvard's Spineless Administrators vs. Chelsea Manning: Podcast

50:51 | Sep 18th, 2017

Is Bernie's single-payer health care bill a serious threat? Whistleblower Chelsea Manning and murderess-cum-academic Michelle Jones aren't welcome at Harvard—so what? On today's Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, and ...Show More

The Social Justice Warrior Handbook: Podcast

31:35 | Sep 15th, 2017

"That victimhood mindset [really bothers me]," says Lisa De Pasquale, "and if you truly want to empower women, the last thing you should do is tell them that, no matter what you do, you're always going to be a victim of the patriarchy or the victim o...Show More

The Vietnam War Is the Key to Understanding Today's America: Q&amp;A with Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

41:02 | Sep 13th, 2017

The Vietnam War led to more than 1.3 million deaths and it's one of the most divisive, painful, and poorly understood episodes in American history. Documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have spent the past decade making a film that aims to exhume...Show More

Calm People vs. the Apocalypse [Podcast]

58:24 | Sep 11th, 2017

"Maybe the way of thinking about discourse in America is not about right and left, or liberal and conservative, or green and carbon belcher," says Reason's Nick Gillespie, "but are you an apocalyptic or not?" On today's podcast, Gillespie joins Kath...Show More

Nicholas Sarwark on the Future of the Libertarian Party

06:53 | Sep 10th, 2017

"The Republican Party hates libertarians," says Nicholas Sarwark, chairman of the Libertarian National Committee. "And as they show their disgust and distate, and try to punish their legislators, what they're doing is driving them into our arms." Sa...Show More

Libertarian Comedian Dave Smith on the Alt-Right, Christopher Cantwell, and How the Left 'Went Off the Rails'

42:06 | Sep 8th, 2017

New York comedian Dave Smith says he "became a libertarian through the Ron Paul movement. "He challenged all of my preconceived notions about what government was [and]...inspired me to read all of these people, like Rothbard, Mises, and Friedman." W...Show More

'Becoming Machines Is Part of Our Destiny,' Says Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan [Podcast]

39:07 | Sep 7th, 2017

Zoltan Istvan isn't just one of the world's leading transhumanists. He's one of its most unapologetic when it comes to using science and technology to improving and augmenting humanity. "If I could cut off my arm right now, to put on a stronger robo...Show More

Trump Boots Out Immigrant Kids [Podcast]

1:06:16 | Sep 5th, 2017

Is Trump merely peeling back his predecessor's executive overreach by rescinding DACA, the Obama-era program that shields immigrant children from deportation, or is the move just disastrous policy that also happens to be morally reprehensible? The la...Show More

Hurricane Harvey Isn't About Climate Change, It's About Bad Federal Policy (Podcast)

34:45 | Sep 1st, 2017

As the media and politicians rush to blame the intensity of and damage from Hurricane Harvey on climate change and zoning, Ray Lehmann of R Street wants to talk about a more obvious villain: public policies that use tax dollars to subsidize developme...Show More

Price Gougers Are Heroes! [Podcast]

1:06:34 | Aug 28th, 2017

"Price gougers are heroes," says Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward. When "people who go into disaster zones, we generally praise them," but when their motivations include "mak[ing] money...suddenly they're villains." In the latest Reason podcast, Mangu-...Show More

Can Science Reverse Aging?

08:04 | Aug 24th, 2017

"In 30 years, I will be younger than today, not older," says José Luis Cordeiro, who's a founding faculty member at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley think tank devoted to futurism. "Why? Because we are going to have rejuvenation techniques, a...Show More

The Government’s War on Cocktails [Podcast]

38:33 | Aug 23rd, 2017

"What we lost with Prohibition wasn't just a couple of drinks," says Reason's Peter Suderman, "we lost an art and a culinary tradition that is really this kind of great, uniquely American thing." In our latest podcast, Suderman joins Nick Gillespie ...Show More

Why Trump Hates Jeff Flake [Podcast]

1:05:46 | Aug 21st, 2017

Trump is heading to a rally in Arizona tomorrow, and the whole reason for the trip might be to skewer libertarian-leaning Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona). "It's illustrative that [Flake] is the person that Trump is going after," says Nick Gillespie, "...Show More

Steve Forbes on Trump, Taxes, and 100 Years of <em>Forbes</em> Magazine

16:24 | Aug 16th, 2017

"We don't see business as evil," says Forbes, marking the 100th anniversary of Forbes magazine, the iconic business publication started by his grandfather. "We see it as a noble undertaking." And thanks to capitalism, progress in the 20th century wi...Show More

Don't Let Fascists Steal Free Speech [Podcast]

1:02:28 | Aug 14th, 2017

"To say 'no free speech for fascists,' which was on many a protest sign this weekend, is [the equivalent of saying] 'no free speech for Muslims,'" says Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward. That killing someone with a car means "everybody loses their speech...Show More

Hostile-Workplace Laws Helped To Create "Google Memo" Drama [Podcast]

32:56 | Aug 11th, 2017

"Many outsiders look at a firing-over-speech and say it's just a private firm's decision. No public policy or First Amendment implications, right?," writes Walter Olson for USA Today. A longtime contributor to Reason, Olson is a senior fellow at the ...Show More

How Freedom Made Us Rich

25:45 | Aug 9th, 2017

In her new book, Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World, the third volume in a trilogy, economist Deirdre McCloskey argues that our vast accumulation of wealth over the past two hundred years— which she's dubbe...Show More

Mayor Bill de Blasio: The Perfect Ayn Rand Villain [Podcast]

1:19:41 | Aug 7th, 2017

If the GOP succeeds in making even harder to become an American, other nations "are going to be eating our lunch," says Reason's Nick Gillespie. The fact is the U.S. is no longer the "default destination" for foreign talent. On today's podcast, Gill...Show More

Do Too Many Libertarians Celebrate a False 'Perfection of the Market'? [Podcast]

56:42 | Aug 4th, 2017

Nick Gillespie talks with Michael Munger of Duke's political science department, who has written a caustic, fair, and even generous review of Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains. Even as he categorizes Democracy in Chains as a "work of speculative hi...Show More

Ending NAFTA Would Decimate American Jobs

12:21 | Aug 2nd, 2017

"The intellectual backwardness of many of Trump's trade advisors contrasts dramatically with some of the very good advice he's gotten in terms of deregulation," says Roberto Salinas-León, president of the Mexico Business Forum and adjunct scholar at ...Show More

Trump Throws Trans Troops Under the Bus [Podcast]

1:05:10 | Jul 31st, 2017

On today's podcast, Reason's Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, and Andrew Heaton discuss the trans military ban, Trump's management casualties, and free speech on Twitter. The president is making a lot of noise and staff shuffling, b...Show More

Rep. Justin Amash: The Two-Party System Needs to Die

29:20 | Jul 28th, 2017

"Hopefully, over time, [the] two parties start to fall apart," says Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) in an interview with Reason recorded last week at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas. "I can go straight to Twitter or Facebook or elsewhere and tell people exa...Show More

Nancy MacLean's Libertarian Conspiracy Theory [Podcast]

1:00:46 | Jul 24th, 2017

In today's podcast, Reason's Brian Doherty Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Andrew Heaton discuss how Duke historian Nancy MacLean fundamentally misunderstands her subject matter; this year's Freedom Fest (an annual convention for libertaria...Show More

Greg Gutfeld: Trump Turned Liberals Into Dean Wormer [Podcast]

40:13 | Jul 21st, 2017

"Conservatives and libertarians were always portrayed as the shrill and unhappy guys, and the left and liberals were always the people who are having fun," says Greg Gutfeld, host of Fox News' The Greg Gutfeld Show, co-host of The Five, former host o...Show More

Countdown To (Legalized) Ecstasy! Rick Doblin, MAPS, &amp; the Psychedelic Renaissance [Podcast]

40:13 | Jul 19th, 2017

"The experiences I've had with psychedelic drugs, namely psilocybin, MDMA, and LSD, but particularly MDMA, have been personally transformative for me," says Mike Riggs, a reporter for Reason and the author of a blockbuster new story about how medical...Show More

Donald Jr.: Traitor or Sleazeball? [Reason Podcast]

51:17 | Jul 17th, 2017

"Don't take the meeting, don't say I love it, and don't lie to people about it," says Reason's Matt Welch about revelations that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian attorney during the 2016 election to obtain potentially incriminating information abo...Show More

Bassem Youssef Was 'Egypt's Jon Stewart.' Then He Was Forced To Flee.

17:33 | Jul 14th, 2017

Bassem Youssef, known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," was the host of the most popular television show in the history of the Arab world. A heart surgeon by training, he was inspired by The Daily Show frontman to start a weekly YouTube show in 2011, ju...Show More

Is School Choice Good for Kids? Listen to Last Night's Debate. [Reason Podcast]

1:37:46 | Jul 12th, 2017

Should taxpayer funding follow children to schools that their parents select, or should it go directly to pay the costs of the existing system? In a debate held in New York City last night, Bob Bowdon, the executive director of the education news sit...Show More

Chuck Schumer Is Protecting the Nation From Snortable Chocolate [Reason Podcast]

1:03:04 | Jul 10th, 2017

Katherine Mangu-Ward joins fellow editors Nick Gillespie and Peter Suderman to discuss Mike Pence's call for boots on the Red Planet, President Trump's push for leaders at the G20 Conference to defend the West from annihilation (pitting his nationali...Show More

Journalism Historian: CNN's Malpractice Is 'a Gift From Heaven for' Trump

42:57 | Jul 7th, 2017

"The cases of misreported or erroneously reported major news stories begin to make you wonder, 'Are the news media just out there to get Trump,'" says W. Joseph Campbell, communications professor at American University and the author of Getting It Wr...Show More

Is Adam Smith the Father of Economics and Free-Market Capitalism? [Reason Podcast]

1:25:14 | Jul 5th, 2017

On June 13 at New York's Subculture Theater, The Soho Forum staged a debate over the resolution: "Adam Smith should be honored as the founder of modern economics and free-enterprise capitalism." FreedomFest impresario and economist Mark Skousen arg...Show More

Exclusive: Libertarian Activist Austin Petersen Is Running for U.S. a Republican! [Reason Podcast]

38:56 | Jul 4th, 2017

In an exclusive interview with Reason, Austin Petersen, the second-place finisher (to Gary Johnson and John McAfee) in the Libertarian Party's presidential primary, explains why he is running for the U.S. Senate in his home state of Missouri—as a Rep...Show More

Statism Is Failing in Venezuela, North Korea, and New Jersey [Reason Podcast]

1:04:42 | Jul 3rd, 2017

On today's podcast, Welch joins Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Andrew Heaton to discuss the president's Twitter outbursts (including his retweet of an anti-CNN wrestling video and his tirade against Mika Brzezinski), and the hijacking of a...Show More

Do Libertarian Voters Actually Exist? Yes, and in Droves [Reason Podcast]

48:21 | Jun 28th, 2017

Do libertarian voters actually dwell among the American electorate? A new analysis of the 2016 election concludes no. Dividing voters into one of four groups, he finds 44.6 percent are liberal ("liberal on both economic and identity issues"), 29 per...Show More

The Republican Health Care Dud, Harry Potter, and Supreme Court Shakeup [Reason Podcast]

1:11:38 | Jun 26th, 2017

Peter Suderman joins Nick Gillespie and Katherine Mangu-Ward in a discussion moderated by Andrew Heaton. In addition to making sense of the unimaginative Republican bill and suggesting more radical reforms in place of it, they discuss a new CATO piec...Show More

How the CIA Turned Us onto LSD and Heroin: Secrets of America's War on Drugs

26:25 | Jun 23rd, 2017

"There's a huge story to be told," says Anthony Lappé, "about the actual extent of the U.S. government's involvement in drug trafficking." And that's exactly the story Lappé and his co-producers Julian Hobbs and Elli Hakami tell in a mesmerizing fou...Show More

College Students No Longer Think 'Freedom Is a Big Deal'

17:32 | Jun 20th, 2017

"For the first time, a growing number of young people actually think freedom isn't a big deal," says sociologist Frank Furedi, who's an emeritus professor at the University of Kent and author of the new book, What Happened to the University: a sociol...Show More

Words Aren't Weapons! (Reason Podcast)

57:06 | Jun 19th, 2017

On today's episode of the Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward joins Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, and Andrew Heaton to discuss weaponizing words in the broader struggle for free speech; the recent congressional shooting; whether heightened political ...Show More

Tom Shillue Is a Mean Dad for a Better America [Reason Podcast]

45:50 | Jun 16th, 2017

In Mean Dads for a Better America, comedian and Fox News contributor Tom Shillue celebrates "the generous rewards of an old-fashioned childhood" of the kind he had growing up in a Boston suburb in the 1970s and '80s. Shillue's parents, he explains, w...Show More

The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock—and of Libertarianism [Reason Podcast]

53:21 | Jun 14th, 2017

"There's not a-vote-for-this-party type of politics" in progressive rock, says David Weigel, author of The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock, "There is a utopianism about it... 'Let's create a new world....It was very much a music ...Show More

Was Comey Convincing, Is Trump Julius Caesar, Is Alex Jones a Libertarian? [Reason Podcast]

58:10 | Jun 12th, 2017

"What we're witnessing," says Nick Gillespie on today's Reason Podcast, "is the end of a bunch of things"—the Clinton political dynasty, Brexit, French establishment politics, the collapse of the May government in the United Kingdom—"and in that end,...Show More

How the Government Created Housing Segregation [Reason Podcast]

49:19 | Jun 9th, 2017

"In many cases," says Richard Rothstein, "the federal government did create...segregation in metropolitan areas and in cities that had never known segregation before. In other did reinforce segregation that was already in existence. But th...Show More

Podcasting Star Ben Kissel Is Running For Brooklyn Borough President!

47:03 | Jun 7th, 2017

As the co-host of the immensely popular true-crime podcast Last Podcast on the Left, Ben Kissel regularly delves into the minds of serial killers and other moral monsters. And as the co-host of the political podcast Abe Lincoln's Top Hat, he susses o...Show More

The Huge Promise of Trump's 'Infrastructure Week' [Reason Podcast]

18:46 | Jun 6th, 2017

President Donald Trump has dubbed this week "infrastructure week" and promised to roll out plans to revamp how the federal government funds the building and maintenance of roads, railways, ports, and more. His first concrete proposal is to shift the ...Show More

The Progressive Left Devours Its Own [Reason Podcast]

1:04:36 | Jun 5th, 2017

Nick Gillespie, Andrew Heaton, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch discuss topics in the news, including the responses to the London terrorist attack; the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord; the fallout from Bill...Show More

The New Book Alyssa Milano Thinks Every Congressman Should Read [Reason Podcast]

45:35 | Jun 3rd, 2017

Congress's Constitution is a 500-page academic book about legislative authority, written over the course of a decade. How fortunate for author Josh Chafetz, a professor of law at Cornell University and contributor at The Hill, that his topic has sud...Show More

Bjorn Lomborg: The U.S. Was Right to Withdraw From the Paris Climate Accord [Reason Podcast]

20:07 | Jun 2nd, 2017

"The two things you need to know about the Paris agreement are, one, it is not going to do very much to tackle climate [change]...and it is incredibly costly." So says Bjorn Lomborg, the president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and author of The ...Show More

This is Your Brain on Acid (Seriously)

15:19 | Jun 1st, 2017

The study of psychedelics is "bringing psychotherapy and medicine together," says David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London and a co-author of the first imaging study looking at the effects of LSD on the human brain. "Drug-as...Show More

Silicon Valley Startup Lets Users Move Money Without Government Interference By Turning Their Phones Into Stand-Alone Banks [Reason Podcast]

35:05 | Jun 1st, 2017

Bill Barhydt, the founder and CEO of the Mountain View, California-based startup Abra, discusses his mission of making it possible to send money "between any two smartphones in the world with no bank in the middle," bitcoin as "regulatory arbitrage,"...Show More

The Glorious End of U.S. Global Supremacy [Reason Podcast]

1:00:51 | May 30th, 2017

Nick Gillespie joins fellow Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward and Matt Welch to discuss topics in the news, including Greg Gianforte's body-slamming of The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs; Trump's big trip and what it says about the future of U.S. dom...Show More

Is Nick Bilton's Book on Ross Ulbricht and the Silk Road a 'Media Lynching'?

26:10 | May 30th, 2017

"[The] problem with the all-out libertarian argument of 'anything goes' is that we live in a world where everything you do affects someone else," says Nick Bilton, former New York Times columnist, Vanity Fair special correspondent, and author of Amer...Show More

Are You Ready for the "Intimacy Economy"?

52:41 | May 26th, 2017

We've all heard of the "sharing economy" and the "gig economy," app-driven services such as Uber and Airbnb that have radically altered transportation, travel, and an infinite number of other business sectors. But are you ready for the "intimacy eco...Show More

Cory Doctorow on Cyber Warfare, Lawbreaking, and His New Novel 'Walkaway'

40:33 | May 25th, 2017

Cory Doctorow, author of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Little Brother, and Makers, is a three-time Prometheus Award winner, an honor bestowed on the best works of libertarian science fiction. In his most recent book, Walkaway, the super rich eng...Show More

Trump's Tough Talk in Saudi Arabia, Cultural Appropriation Follies, And Protesting Mike Pence [Reason Podcast]

1:11:01 | May 22nd, 2017

Speaking to a gathering of leaders of Middle-Eastern countries, President Donald Trump has declared that peace is only possible if "your nations drive out terrorists and extremists." In the same speech given over the weekend, Trump also called for fo...Show More

How Deregulation Gave Us FM Radio, HBO, and the iPhone

47:34 | May 22nd, 2017

"We've gone to a modern [broadcast] system that has a lot of places where stuff can happen without permission," says Thomas W. Hazlett, who's the FCC's former chief economist, a professor at Clemson University, and author of the new book The Politica...Show More

Are College Campuses Racist Environments? [Reason Podcast]

1:29:21 | May 19th, 2017

"We want to say that campus racism is wherever 'the other' is," says Lawrence Ross, author of Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses. "But no, [racism] happens at Missouri, Yale, Berkeley, Columbia, my alma mater, UCL...Show More

How Trump's Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan Could Succeed

10:47 | May 17th, 2017

"We're at a really interesting moment where public-private partnerships could blossom in a pretty dramatic way," says Stephen Goldsmith, former mayor of Indianapolis and professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. "If we have technologies th...Show More

Are the Wheels Coming Off Our 20th Century Political Institutions? [Reason Podcast]

49:09 | May 15th, 2017

"The best-case scenario [in terms of the Trump-Russia investigation] is that the executive branch gets harassed by the legislative branch," says Reason Editor at Large Matt Welch. "Let's have more investigations because [members of] the executive bra...Show More

30 Days a Black Man: How Ray Sprigle Exposed Jim Crow in 1940s America [Reason Podcast]

44:13 | May 12th, 2017

In 1948, veteran newsman Ray Sprigle, best-known for having exposed Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black's membership in the Ku Klux Klan, published an explosive series detailing his month-long trip through the Jim Crow South. A white man, Sprigle altere...Show More

Raging Bitch, Good Shit, and Flying Dog Beer's Fight for Free Speech

19:57 | May 10th, 2017

"I've lived my life as a pro free enterprise person," explains Flying Dog Brewery CEO Jim Caruso. "Not pro business. Pro free enterprise, pro consumer choice, artisanal manufacturing." A central player in America's craft beer revolution, Caruso is d...Show More

Colleges Think Women Having Sex Is Dangerous. This Feminist Says They’re Wrong.

37:07 | May 9th, 2017

"The rules and the codes [on campuses] have been rewritten behind closed doors such that almost all sex can be charged as something criminal," says feminist author and Northwestern University film professor Laura Kipnis. "It reinforces a traditional ...Show More

Trump's Mouth, Rape as a Pre-Existing Condition, &amp; Why Our Politics Is So Stupid [Reason Podcast]

41:24 | May 8th, 2017

On the latest episode of the Reason podcast, Peter Suderman chats with fellow Reasoners Nick Gillespie and Katherine Mangu-Ward about why the Republican health care bill is tax legislation in disguise (check out Suderman's Sunday New York Times op-ed...Show More

Why the GOP's "Repeal and Replace" Bill (AHCA) Is *Worse* than Obamacare [Reason Podcast]

30:27 | May 6th, 2017

In a new Reason Podcast, Reason's Peter Suderman tells Nick Gillespie why The American Health Care Act (AHCA) not only fails to really "repeal and replace" Obamcare but actually makes the system even worse. Indeed, the AHCA, which passed by four vot...Show More

Marijuana Policy in the Trump Era

53:52 | May 4th, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called marijuana "only slightly less awful" than heroin. But with cannabis legal in 28 states and Washington, D.C., it's clear that federal and state drug policies are at odds. Does the Trump administration want to ...Show More