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Is ISIS The true Face of Islam?

Guest: Joe Morris, Chris Robling

There are serious historic, Koranic and Sharia grounds for just such an assertion and Joe Morris reviews them here, noting some of the main reasons for the return (contested but potent) of beheadal-based Jihad.  Morris, one of the founding members of our A-Team, is a former Assistant Attorney General of…


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The Human Brain and What It Has Learned About Itself.

Guest: David Linden and Ariyeh Routenberg

It is not the "opposable thumb" or "bipedal locomotion" that accounts for human superiority over other animals. Rather---and of course---it is the evolved brain of homo sapiens. Two leading brain researchers discuss the role of the brain in "language, love, liberty" and other distinctive human attributes in this conversation from…


The Creation of the Oxford Dictionary

Guest: Simon Winchester

All you need to know about the English language is to be found in the great Oxford dictionary--except the tale of the strange genius who conceived and organized it and the many unusual assistants (including a murderer and a madman) who worked with him. All of that is to be…


The Nature of War

Guest: Donald Kagan

Two great historians covered the great 5th century (BC) war between Athens and Sparta. Thucydides was not available for interview but Kagan, Professor of History at Yale University, was. Our memorable conversation occurred in 2003 and provides a compelling illumination of the nature of war itself.


Robert Bork on Judicial Arrogance

Guest: Robert Bork

The famously rejected nominee takes on the Supreme Courts of the U.S., Canada and Israel and finds them representative of a great failing in western jurisprudence: i.e. seeking to make new law and, thus, to "legislate" instead of "adjudicate." He had just published (in 2003) a book laying out the…


Milton Friedman: A Panagyric

Guest: Leo Melamed, founder of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Sam Peltzman, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

In the new podcast with Sam Peltzman, recorded a week ago, he speaks of Friedman as his professor and colleague. Another such colleague was Leo Melamed and here, in this program from 2007, they recall Friedman as friend, as innovative contributor to the transformation of American economics and, basically, as…