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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…


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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…


Revolution Throughout History

Guest: Various Historians

A team of academically-based historical specialists examines "the anatomy of revolution" and inquires what was shared by--and distinctive about--the French, English, American and Russian revolutions. A guiding question is whether modern convulsions in the alteration of power are truly "revolutionary."


Poor Higher Education we may Always Have With Us

Guest: Gregg Lukianoff

This conversation with the main man at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) aroused and infuriated eight years ago---and all the more so today because the problems it highlighted then persist to the present moment. It doth indeed appear that on the American campus political correctness hath wrought…


Now, There Was a Monarch!

Guest: Carol Levin and Robert Bucholltz

Elizabeth the First had a much more demanding assignment (job description) than the current Queen of England. The arts of ambiguity (combined, where necessary, with ruthlessness) seem to have been the basis of her effective and creative rule. All of this is under delightfully detailed examination in this 2003 conversation…


Jesus and his Brother

Guest: Herschel Shanks and Ben Witherington

Eleven years ago biblical archeologists were enthused over the discovery of the container that had held the bones of the brother of Jesus. Two of the leading scholars of New Testament research reported the find and the way that it deepened our "knowledge" of the historical jesus. Here, in 2003,…