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CO093 Owen Poindexter on Basic Income
Owen Poindexter is a freelance writer and a presenter of the Basic Income podcast. He’s also a former Democratic candidate for the California Assembly. We talked about his article 18 Reasons to Support Basic Income.
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CO092 Larry Atkins on Media Bias
Larry Atkins is a journalist, university professor, columnist, lawyer, and author of the book Skewed: A Critical Thinker&#8217;s Guide to Media Bias published by Prometheus Books. ***** Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are two journalists with Reuters, and I apologize for what I&#8217;m sure is my terrible pronunciation of their names, but I think &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/09/24/co092-larry-atkins-on-media-bias/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO092 Larry Atkins on Media Bias"</span></a></p>
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CO091 Lori Price on Alternative News Values
Lori Price is the editor in chief of Legitgov.org, Citizens for a Legitimate Government. ***** Vladimir Putin is either very stupid or very clever. Yes, I&#8217;m talking about the Russian affair again. No, not that one, the other one – try to keep track. A nerve agent easily traceable to a Russian laboratory was used &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/09/17/co091-lori-price-on-alternative-news-values/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO091 Lori Price on Alternative News Values"</span></a></p>
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CO090 Greta Zarro on a World Without War
Greta Zarro describes herself as a vegetarian sociologist-environmentalist, and she is the organizing director of World Beyond War. We talked about this article she wrote, and in the podcast I also mentioned the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK, and the Haska Meyna wedding party airstrike. **** I was looking through the Reddit politics subreddit &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/09/10/co090-greta-zarro-on-a-world-without-war/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO090 Greta Zarro on a World Without War"</span></a></p>
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CO089 Dave Lefcourt on how Nostalgia Ain’t What it Used to Be
Dave Lefcourt is an author, writer and left-wing activist since the 1960s.
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CO088 Joseph Zernik on the Israeli Religious Divide
Dr Joseph Zernik is a writer, a researcher and a Human Rights activist based in Israel. Submissions which he wrote on behalf of the organisation Human Rights Alert &#8211; NGO have been incorporated into UN Human Rights Council Periodic Reports.
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CO087 Iona Italia on the Rights and Wrongs of Sarah Jeong
Iona Italia is the sub-editor of Areo Magazine and we discussed this piece that she wrote about Sarah Jeong.  ***** This is turning into a political correctness bumper edition, so sorry about that but I wanted to comment a bit about the controversy that blew up in the UK about Boris Johnson’s comment about Muslim &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/08/13/co087-iona-italia-on-the-rights-and-wrongs-of-sarah-jeong/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO087 Iona Italia on the Rights and Wrongs of Sarah Jeong"</span></a></p>
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CO086 Gary Kebbel on the Prospects for Journalism
Gary Kebbel served as dean at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the podcast, I mentioned my previous interview with Professor Henry Jenkins of USC.
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CO085 George Marlin on Defending Persecuted Christians
George Marlin is the author of Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy published by St Augustine’s Press. George also served two terms as Executive Director and CEO of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and he is chairman of Aid to the Church in Need. In our discussion I mentioned &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/07/30/co085-george-marlin-on-defending-persecuted-christians/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO085 George Marlin on Defending Persecuted Christians"</span></a></p>
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CO084 Henry Jenkins on Future Media
Henry Jenkins is the Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at USC Annenberg, and previously of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also presents the How Do you Like It So Far podcast. ***** I was watching the press conference after the Helsinki summit, the would-he-wouldn’t-he summit. I didn’t really have much of a &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/07/23/co084-henry-jenkins-on-future-media/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO084 Henry Jenkins on Future Media"</span></a></p>
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CO083 Helen Raleigh on the Rise of China
Helen Raleigh is an immigration policy Fellow at the Centennial Institute and she is a leading voice for a free market based legal immigration reform. In October 2016, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights appointed Helen to the Colorado State Advisory Committee. In November 2016, she was recognized as a &#8220;distinguished toastmaster&#8221; (DTM) by Toastmaster &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/07/16/co083-helen-raleigh-on-the-rise-of-china/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO083 Helen Raleigh on the Rise of China"</span></a></p>
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CO082 Ed Gogek on the Case Against Marijuana
Dr Ed Gogek is a psychiatrist and a specialist in treating addiction.  He&#8217;s also the author of Marijuana Debunked: A handbook for parents, pundits and politicians who want to know the case against legalization.  The BBC reported on the effects of marijuana legalization here. In addition I tried to bring up the Russell Newcombe and Sally &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/07/09/co082-ed-gogek-on-the-case-against-marijuana/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO082 Ed Gogek on the Case Against Marijuana"</span></a></p>
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CO081 Jeffrey Miron on Health and Drug Policy
Jeffrey Miron is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, as well as being Director of Economics Studies at the Cato Institute. We talked about the huge increase in the U.S. prison population &#8211; it really is striking: ***** By now you know all about the Mueller &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/07/02/co081-jeffrey-miron-on-health-and-drug-policy/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO081 Jeffrey Miron on Health and Drug Policy"</span></a></p>
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CO080 Gregory Schneider on The History of Conservatism
Dr Gregory L. Schneider  is Professor of History at Emproia State University, and he&#8217;s the author of The Conservative Century: From Reaction to Revolution (Critical Issues in American History). ***** This is the Meads v Meads text that I referred to. Lawyers, the story goes, were originally paid by the word when they were writing &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/06/25/co080-gregory-schneider-on-the-history-of-conservatism/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO080 Gregory Schneider on The History of Conservatism"</span></a></p>
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CO079 Mike Ludwig on Pruitt’s EPA
Mike Ludwig is a reporter for TruthOut.org. We talked about his article Scott Pruitt’s Embattled Science “Transparency” Rule Does Not Apply to Pesticides. I also mentioned the Royal Society of Chemistry&#8217;s £1m bounty for the UK&#8217;s first chemical-free product &#8211; they say that they will pay £1m for anyone who can provide a handful of any &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/06/18/co079-mike-ludwig-on-pruitts-epa/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO079 Mike Ludwig on Pruitt&#8217;s EPA"</span></a></p>
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CO078 Miranda Yardley on a Different Trans View
Miranda Yardley calls herself an &#8216;iconoclastic transexual&#8217; and caused controversy recently when, as was widely reported she was banned from Twitter for what was branded &#8216;hate speech&#8216;. In our discussion, I mentioned the very high level of violence suffered by transwomen in particular, as documented here and here.
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CO077 Daniel Ameli on Bitcoin
Daniel Ameli is a data scientist and cryptocurrency expert who has written extensively about Bitcoin. Failed, raided and fraudulent Bitcoin exchanges have included Mt. Gox, Bitomat, MyBitcoin, Bitcoinica, Bitcoin Savings and Trust, Bitfloor, Instawallet, Bitcoin Foundation, Inputs.io, Global Bond Limited, Flexcoin, Bter, Bitstamp, Cryptsy, Gatecoin, Bitfinex, and NiceHash. Aristotle defined money as follows: It must &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/06/04/co077-daniel-ameli-on-bitcoin/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO077 Daniel Ameli on Bitcoin"</span></a></p>
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CO076 Ani Zonneveld on Progressives in Islam
Ani Zonneveld is the founder of Muslims for Progressive Values. In our discussion I mentioned some opinion research among British Muslims. There was talk a couple of weeks back – among Trump supporters anyway – there was talk of Donald Trump winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Before you laugh, remember Obama won the Nobel Peace &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/05/28/co076-ani-zonneveld-on-progressives-in-islam/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO076 Ani Zonneveld on Progressives in Islam"</span></a></p>
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CO075 Natalie Parrott on Trans Issues and Feminism
Natalie Parrott produces the YouTube channel ContraPoints. I highly recommend her videos. I mentioned the interview I did Linda Bellos in February. In our discussion, I mentioned the soaring referrals to the UK&#8217;s Tavistock clinic (which specialises in gender reassignment) of children. I also mentioned James Caspian, the doctoral candidate at Bath Spa University who &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/05/21/co075-natalie-parrott-on-trans-issues-and-feminism/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO075 Natalie Parrott on Trans Issues and Feminism"</span></a></p>
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CO074 Christopher Novembrino on the Russia Investigation
Christopher Novembrino is a host of the Don&#8217;t Worry About The Government podcast. In the podcast I mentioned rival protests organised in Houston, Texas to protest and defend the local Muslim community, which were both organised by Russian-controlled Facebook groups.
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Demand your data from Cambridge Analytica
Under the UK&#8217;s Data Protection Act, if any company that holds computerized records on you, they must release that information in an &#8216;intelligible form&#8217; to you on request. First, check with Facebook by checking here if your data was harvested on behalf of Cambridge Analytica. If you are logged into Facebook it will tell you either &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/05/07/demand-your-data-from-cambridge-analytica/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Demand your data from Cambridge Analytica"</span></a></p>


CO073 Roifield Brown on American Exceptionalism
Roifield Brown is a student of history and the presenter of the Mid Atlantic podcast.
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CO072 Trita Parsi on Iranian-American Relations
Trita Parsi is the founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council, the author of several books on foreign policy, and he’s a regular media commentator. His latest book is Losing an Enemy, Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy.
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CO071 Hadley Heath Manning on the Gender Pay Gap
Hadley Heath Manning, is the director of policy for Independent Women&#8217;s Forum and Independent Women’s Voice, and a Fellow at the Steamboat Institute.In the podcast, I quoted from a piece by Steven Horwitz who is the right-leaning Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics at Ball State University, who says that The &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/04/23/co071-hadley-heath-manning-on-the-gender-pay-gap/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO071 Hadley Heath Manning on the Gender Pay Gap"</span></a></p>
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CO070 Ellen Brodsky on Fox News
Ellen Brodsky is the owner of the blog Newshounds.us and was a researcher for the film Outfoxed. We mentioned research that shows that torture doesn&#8217;t work in the podcast. A lot of people made fun of the questions Mark Zuckerberg was asked when he went to Congress last week, there were all sorts of gags &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/04/16/co070-ellen-brodsky-on-fox-news/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO070 Ellen Brodsky on Fox News"</span></a></p>
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CO069 Bill Scher on Does the Deficit Matter?
Bill Scher is a contributing editor at Politico magazine and a contributor at Real  Clear Politics. We talked about his article Deficits Don’t Matter. So Why Are Democrats Complaining About Them? &#160;
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CO068 Ilya Shapiro on Discrimination v Expression
Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, and editor in chief of Cato Supreme Court Review.
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CO067 Warren Farrell on Why Boys are Struggling
Dr Warren Farrell, along with co-author Dr John Gray, wrote The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It published by BenBella Books in March 2018. You can find him on Twitter or Facebook. There’s an uncomfortable parallel out there that some campaigners don’t like to acknowledge. You’ve probably seen &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/03/26/co067-warren-farrell-on-why-boys-are-struggling/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO067 Warren Farrell on Why Boys are Struggling"</span></a></p>
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CO066 Yaron Brook on Healthcare and Cellphones
Yaron Brook is an entrepreneur, podcaster and writer, and the current chairman of the board at the Ayn Rand Institute. You can watch his video that I raised here. Despite the NHS providing universal healthcare for everyone in the UK, the British government spends a lower percentage of UK GDP, and a far lower dollar &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/03/19/co066-yaron-brook-on-healthcare-and-cellphones/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO066 Yaron Brook on Healthcare and Cellphones"</span></a></p>
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CO065 Brad Friedman on What’s Up with the US Left
Brad Friedman is a blogger and the presenter of the daily Bradcast show &#8211; find him on Twitter and Facebook.
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CO064 Heather Jones on Leaving the Alt Right
Heather Jones appeared last year on the podcast to represent the Black Pigeon Speaks website. Since then, she has changed her views, particularly in relation to the Alt Right. The current editor of Black Pigeon Speaks has been in touch to clarify that Heather does not speak for the site and is no longer associated &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/03/05/co064-heather-jones-on-leaving-the-alt-right/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO064 Heather Jones on Leaving the Alt Right"</span></a></p>
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CO063 Sterling Burnett on the Heartland Institute and Climate Change
H Sterling Burnett Senior fellow in energy and the environment at Heartland Institute  and managing editor of environment and climate news there. He has a PhD environmental ethics. Sterling said that he didn&#8217;t remember disputing the existence of climate change. He is quoted in 2009 by his then-employer the NCPA as saying: Contrary to what &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/02/26/co063-sterling-burnett-on-the-heartland-institute-and-climate-change/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO063 Sterling Burnett on the Heartland Institute and Climate Change"</span></a></p>
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CO062 Linda Bellos on Battles in Feminism
Linda Bellos is a businesswoman, radical feminist and gay-rights activist. She was a member of the collective that produced Spare Rib, a British feminist magazine, and was a member of Lambeth Borough Council in London and was the leader of the council from 1986 to 1988. The term &#8216;TERF&#8216; is widely used as a term of &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/02/19/co062-linda-bellos-on-battles-in-feminism/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO062 Linda Bellos on Battles in Feminism"</span></a></p>
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CO061 Anthony Davies on Broken Windows and Income Inequality
Anthony Davies is associate professor of economics at the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University, and presents the podcast Words and Numbers, and has written many research papers including this one which I mentioned in the podcast. I&#8217;ve checked the sources, and it is clear that while real wages have risen slightly, they have &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/02/12/co061-anthony-davies-on-broken-windows-and-income-inequality/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO061 Anthony Davies on Broken Windows and Income Inequality"</span></a></p>
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CO060 Liz Posner on Me Too
Liz Posner is a managing editor at AlterNet. We talked about the #MeToo phenomenon, and her article on Aziz Ansari, following the anonymous article about an encounter with him published on the Babe website. Liz also mentioned the Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti, and an article on Study Soup about perceptions on what constitutes consent in a &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/02/05/co060-liz-posner-on-me-too/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO060 Liz Posner on Me Too"</span></a></p>
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CO059 Jay Townsend on Political Consultants
Jay Townsend is a political consultant from Indiana who has worked for a variety of candidates, mostly Republican. Jay said that he believed Ronald Reagan was not a racist, but it is worth noting the location for a high-profile speech by Reagan, in the immediate aftermath of winning the Republican Convention in 1980. He gave &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/01/22/co059-jay-townsend-on-political-consultants/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO059 Jay Townsend on Political Consultants"</span></a></p>
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CO058 Ryan Hagemann on AI
Ryan Hagemann is the the director of technology policy at the Niskanen Center. We talked about his article on AI. There’s a great film that you should watch if you haven&#8217;t already, called When We Were Kings. It’s about Muhammad Ali’s  Rumble in the Jungle boxing match against George Foreman. That’s right George Foreman used &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/01/15/co058-ryan-hagemann-on-ai/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO058 Ryan Hagemann on AI"</span></a></p>
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CO057 Zach Elwood on Fake Facebook Accounts
Zach Elwood is a former professional poker player and the editor of Reading Poker Tells, but I talked to him about the articles he wrote Examining fake-American Facebook accounts posting rightwing and pro-Trump content and Top 7 signs a Facebook account is fake. We talked about a few accounts he examined including that apparently belonging &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2018/01/01/co057-zach-elwood-on-fake-facebook-accounts/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO057 Zach Elwood on Fake Facebook Accounts"</span></a></p>
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CO056 Alex Kack on the Venezuelan Collapse
Alex Kack is a comedian and blogger, and we talked about his piece on Venezuela and its collapsing economy. The collapse is so severe that Venezuelans are literally starving; 75 per cent of Venezuelans have lost an average of 19lb, 8.5kg each. Rampant corruption is contributing to the problem, with looting by blackmarketeers &#8211; often &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/12/25/co056-alex-kack-on-the-venezuelan-collapse/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO056 Alex Kack on the Venezuelan Collapse"</span></a></p>
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CO055 Heather Mac Donald on the War on Cops
Heather Mac Donald is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She is the author of The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe.  Some statistics on our discussion: Black are men nearly three times as likely to die from police &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/12/18/co055-heather-mac-donald-on-the-war-on-cops/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO055 Heather Mac Donald on the War on Cops"</span></a></p>
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CO054 Kevin Gosztola on Media Consolidation
Kevin Gosztola is the managing editor of editor of Shadowproof. We talked about his article on the FCC under Ajit Pai relaxing the rules on cross-media ownership, and Kevin mentioned in particular this piece by John Oliver about the potential dominance of the Sinclair Broadcast Group: Over the past couple of weeks, Bitcoin has bounced &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/12/11/co054-kevin-gosztola-on-media-consolidation/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO054 Kevin Gosztola on Media Consolidation"</span></a></p>
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CO053 Mike Buchanan on Men’s Rights
Mike Buchanan is the leader of the Justice for Men and Boys party in the UK, (and is a former member of the more mainstream Conservative Party). The party hosted the 2016 International Conference on Men&#8217;s Issues in London, in 2016 in association with the organisations A Voice for Men. The leader of A Voice &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/12/04/co053-mike-buchanan-on-mens-rights/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO053 Mike Buchanan on Men&#8217;s Rights"</span></a></p>
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CO052 Lenore Skenazy on Child Hyper-Protection
Lenore Skenazy is an author, columnist, and president and chief blogger at Let Grow, a non-profit dedicated to overthrowing overprotection. In our discussion I mentioned Risk by John Adams, an excellent book on the topic of risk and risk-aversion. **************************** There’s something happening that you might not have noticed in the news. What’s happening is &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/11/13/co052-lenore-skenazy-on-child-hyper-protection/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO052 Lenore Skenazy on Child Hyper-Protection"</span></a></p>
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CO051 Barrett Holmes Pitner on the New Jim Crow
Barrett Holmes Pitner is a journalist who has written for The Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Daily Dot, and The Huffington Post.
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CO050 John Kiriakou on The West and the Islamic World
John Kiriakou is a former CIA spy who was jailed following his public statements about the the CIA&#8217;s use of torture. He is the author of Doing Time Like A Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison and Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA&#8217;s War on Terror. In &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/10/23/co050-john-kiriakou-on-the-west-and-the-islamic-world/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO050 John Kiriakou on The West and the Islamic World"</span></a></p>
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CO049 John Kiriakou on Going from the CIA to Federal Prison
John Kiriakou is a former CIA spy who was jailed following his public statements about the the CIA&#8217;s use of torture. He is the author of Doing Time Like A Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison and Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA&#8217;s War on Terror.
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CO048 Hayley Jones on News in the Age of Social Media
I talked to Hayley Jones who writes for The Daily Beast and I mentioned this story run by Rachel Maddow about Russian military intelligency figures boasting about their reach and ability to influence social media. Hayley mentioned that The Daily Beast had also run elements of this story. &#160;
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CO047 Bill Tatro on Finance and Millennials
Bill Tatro is an economist, writer and broadcaster who studied under John Kenneth Galbraith, who has been entertaining audiences on the radio and in seminars for over 30 years. We spoke about his article Those Damn Millennials. I mentioned When China Rules the World by Martin Jacques, but I made a mistake when I said Jacques &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/10/02/co047-bill-tatro-on-finance-and-millennials/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO047 Bill Tatro on Finance and Millennials"</span></a></p>
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CO046 Alex Nowrasteh on the Conservative Case for Immigration
Alex Nowrasteh is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. In our discussion, we mentioned the Chinese Exculsion Act and the Irish Americans who are descendants of people who immigrated to the US over several centuries.
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CO045 Heather Jones on the Alt-Right and Accuracy
Black Pigeon Speaks is a popular Alt-Right YouTube channel and associated website. Black Pigeon is the voice of the many videos on the channel. He is noted for his anti-immigrant, anti-Islam, racist, sexist and anti-trans views. Heather Jones is the Editor-in-Chief of BlackPigeonSpeaks.com, She self-identifies as &#8216;New-Right&#8217; or as a &#8216;Traditionalist&#8217; rather than &#8216;Alt-Right&#8217;. Below are videos from the Black Pigeon &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/09/18/co045-heather-jones-on-the-alt-right-and-accuracy/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO045 Heather Jones on the Alt-Right and Accuracy"</span></a></p>
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CO044 Darius McCullough on What is MGTOW?
Darius McCullough runs the YouTube channel MGTOW Knowledge &#8211; Darius. MGTOW is a subculture that is particularly active on YouTube, there are literally thousands of channels devoted to it.
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CO043 Jonathan Wood on Libertarian Environmentalism
Jonathan Wood is the author of FREEcology a blog on libertarian environmentalism. In addition he is also an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), an adjunct fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) and a member of the executive committee for the Federalist Society’s Environmental Law and Property Rights Practice Group. According to Jonathan&#8217;s blog Libertarian environmentalism has three &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/09/04/co043-jonathan-wood-on-libertarian-environmentalism/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO043 Jonathan Wood on Libertarian Environmentalism"</span></a></p>
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CO042 Aaron Bandler on Russia & WWII
Aaron Bandler is a staff writer with The Wire. We talked about his article about the Russian foreign ministry tweet taking credit for defeating the nazis. https://twitter.com/mfa_russia/status/900398021623656450 Aaron (and others) commented that this tweet was sent on the anniversary of the of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, the 1939 deal between Hitler and Stalin which promised peace &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/08/28/co042-aaron-bandler-on-russia-wwii/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO042 Aaron Bandler on Russia &#038; WWII"</span></a></p>
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CO041 Fr John Peck on Replacements for Religion
Fr John Peck is a priest in the American Orthodox Church, an Eastern Rite church which has strong links to the Russian and Greek Orthodox churches. He writes the blog The Orthodox Church of Tomorrow, and featured this article on his blog. In the conversation, I mentioned Sathya Sai Baba, an Indian guru who claimed &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/08/14/co041-fr-john-peck-on-replacements-for-religion/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO041 Fr John Peck on Replacements for Religion"</span></a></p>
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CO040 Sharyl Attkisson on Manipulating the News
Sharyl Attkisson is the presenter of Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, and a former news anchor for CBS and CNN. She has won Emmy awards for Investigative Journalism and Business and Financial Reporting. HarperCollins recently published her book The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/08/07/co040-sharyl-attkisson-on-manipulating-the-news/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO040 Sharyl Attkisson on Manipulating the News"</span></a></p>
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CO039 Peter Balint on Tolerance
Dr Peter Balint is a senior lecturer in International &#38; Political Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia. His book, Respecting Toleration Traditional Liberalism and Contemporary Diversity was published recently by Oxford University Press. In our discussion, I mentioned Pastafarianism, the parody religion that &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/07/31/co039-peter-balint-on-tolerance/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO039 Peter Balint on Tolerance"</span></a></p>
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CO038 Ryan Alford on The Rule of Law
Ryan Alford is an associate professor at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University, Ontario, and he&#8217;s also a US-qualified lawyer. He recently published the book Permanent State of Emergency; Unchecked Executive Power and the Demise of the Rule of Law.
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CO037 Jerry Newcombe on America as a Christian Nation
Jerry Newcombe is an author and pastor, who has written The Unstoppbable Jesus Christ and The Book that Made America. In our conversation I mentioned Thomas Paine&#8217;s, The Age of Reason and Reason, the Only Oracle of Man by Ethan Allen, both Founding Fathers, and I drew from the more modern book The Faiths of &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/07/16/co037-jerry-newcombe-on-america-as-a-christian-nation/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO037 Jerry Newcombe on America as a Christian Nation"</span></a></p>
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CO036 Michael Huttner on how to Resist Trump
Michael Huttner is the co-author of The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump with Markos Moulitsas, published by Disruption Books.  I mentioned Nate Silver&#8217;s article Donald Trump Is Making Europe Liberal Again, which has noted that association with Trump, particularly by the European far-right parties, seems to be hurting them politically.
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CO035 Dan Kovalik on the Vilification of Russia
Dan Kovalik is a human rights, labor rights lawyer and council for United Steelworkers Union.  His new book is called, The Plot to Scapegoat Russia,  (How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia). We also spoke about Dan&#8217;s related article, Listen liberals Russia is not our enemy. There is a list of &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/06/19/co035-dan-kovalik-on-the-vilification-of-russia/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO035 Dan Kovalik on the Vilification of Russia"</span></a></p>
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CO034 Richard Stratton on Being a Major Criminal
Richard Stratton is the author of Kingpin: Prisoner of the War on Drugs, and previously wrote Smuggler&#8217;s Blues: A True Story of the Hippie Mafia. both published by Arcade Publishing.
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CO033 Tarek Fatah on Liberal Islam
Tarek Fatah was born in Pakistan, he lives in Canadian now where he is a writer, broadcaster, activist, and writes a weekly column for the Toronto Sun. In our conversation, he mentioned some Muslims naming their children after Timur. *** There’s a video that you should see. It’s a drama made by the BBC, the &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/05/29/co033-tarek-fatah-on-liberal-islam/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO033 Tarek Fatah on Liberal Islam"</span></a></p>
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CO032 Rebecca Lemke on Purity Culture, Part 2
There are show notes from my interview with Rebecca Lemke with Part 1 of this interview. *** I don’t like Julian Assange. I don’t know Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, and I probably shouldn’t make a judgment on him as a person based on what I see of him through the media, but my impression is &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/05/22/co032-rebecca-lemke-on-purity-culture/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO032 Rebecca Lemke on Purity Culture, Part 2"</span></a></p>
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CO031 Christopher Snowdon on Fighting Obesity
Christopher Snowdon is the Head of Lifestyle Economics for the right-leaning Institute of Economic Affairs; he also writes for Spectator Health. I mentioned obesity statistics from the Centres for Disease Control: Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/05/19/co031-christopher-snowdon-on-fighting-obesity/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO031 Christopher Snowdon on Fighting Obesity"</span></a></p>
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CO030 Ben Orlin on Teaching Maths
Ben Orlin is a math teacher and the writer of the author of the Math With Bad Drawings blog.
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CO029 Rebecca Lemke on Purity Culture
Rebecca Lemke&#8217;s book, The Scarlet Virgins will be published soon. You can read about it, and her on her blog here, or on Facebook here. In our discussion, we talked about Purity Culture and its disadvantages, and its thought leaders including Josh Harris, who wrote I Kissed Dating Goodbye, and Bill Gothard who advocates total &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/05/15/co029-rebecca-lemke-on-purity-culture/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO029 Rebecca Lemke on Purity Culture"</span></a></p>
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CO028 John Iadarola talks to Challenging Opinions
John Iadarola is a co-presenter of The Young Turks and a presenter of Think Tank. In our discussion, we referred to the Backfire Effect which was documented in a study by Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler, which found that people with invested political opinions tend to believe them even more strongly when confronted with refuting evidence. We &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/05/12/co028-john-iadarola-talks-to-challenging-opinions/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO028 John Iadarola talks to Challenging Opinions"</span></a></p>
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CO027 Todd Feinburg on the Necessity of Government
Todd Feinburg is a conservative radio host and presenter of the Harvard Lunch Club podcast. Follow him on Twitter or @ToddTalk.
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CO026 Chris Tatem on Legalizing Prostitution
Chris Tatem is the presenter of the Cross Examined Life podcast. We talked about the Swedish model for prohibiting the purchase, but not the sale of sex by prostitutes, particularly in relation to the paper How to Argue About Prostitution by Michelle Madden Dempsey.
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CO025 Doug Payton on the Electoral College
Doug Payton is the presenter of the Consider This podcast, and he also co-presents Person of Interest and Chester&#8217;s Mill Gazette for Golden Spiral Media. Information about the US presidential Electoral College is here. This is the electoral system used to elect the mayor of London and this is the system used to elect the &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/05/05/co025-doug-payton-on-the-electoral-college/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO025 Doug Payton on the Electoral College"</span></a></p>
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CO024 Spocko on Data Privacy Rights
Spocko writes the blog SpockosBrain.com. In our discussion we discussed the Ashley Madison hack, and the exposure of the Hacking Team&#8216;s client list. This is a story about Spocko in the New York Times, and a clip about the TPP. This is a story about Spoco says Rush Limbaugh&#8217;s distributors hate him, and his take on Rupert Murdoch &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/05/03/co024-spocko-on-data-privacy-rights/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO024 Spocko on Data Privacy Rights"</span></a></p>
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CO023 Rodney Perry on Race and Oppression
Rodney Perry is a writer, photographer and presenter of the Life as King podcast. One of the things that I mentioned in our discussion was the Oppression Olympics, you can watch it here.
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CO022 Claire Berlinski on Margaret Thatcher
Claire Berlinski is a journalist, academic and author. She has lived and worked in Thailand, Laos, Turkey and France, an an academic for the American Foreign Policy Council and the Manhattan Institute. She has written a number of books, including There Is No Alternative about Margaret Thatcher. Claire&#8217;s GoFundMe page is here.
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CO021 Julio Ricardo Varela on Hispanics in America
Julio Ricardo Varela a co-host of the In The Thick podcast and a frequent contributor to other media including LatinoUSA. In our discussion I mentioned that, among Trump supporters, a huge proportion think that he is performing well in his first weeks in the job, and that he has strong backing from voters in areas &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/04/26/co021-julio-ricardo-varela-on-hispanics-in-america/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO021 Julio Ricardo Varela on Hispanics in America"</span></a></p>
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CO020 Joel Pollak on How Trump Won
Joel Pollak is the senior-editor-at-large for Breitbart News. He was the Republican candidate for U.S. Congress from Illinois&#8217;s 9th congressional district in 2010. He wrote the book How Trump Won based on his experiences following Donald Trump on the campaign trail.
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CO019 Larry Erickson on the American Left
Larry Erickson is the author of the blog Lotus &#8211; Surviving a Dark Time, and the presenter of Left Side of the Aisle show, and we discussed this blog post of his in particular.
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CO018 Virginia Postrel on Donating a Kidney
Virginia Postrel is an author and columnist. She writes for Bloomberg View and we talked about this column of hers. Virginia mentioned this book by Michele Goodwin, and I referenced this study of penalties for collecting children late from childcare.
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CO017 Jennifer Briney on the ‘Congressional Dish’
Jennifer Briney is the presenter of the excellent Congressional Dish podcast. In our discussion, we talked about the STOCK act which concerns transparency for how elected officials vote on issues that affect stocks they hold. She exposed how it was hobbled to prevent easy access by citizens.
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CO016 Michael Tobis on the Science of Climate Change
Michael Tobis is the author of In It for the Gold, and has a PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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CO015 Julie Davis on Being a Catholic
Julie Davis is a presenter of the podcast  A Good Story is Hard to Find and the author of the Happy Catholic blog. This is the source for the quote from Sam Harris that I mentioned, and the papal encyclical that Julie referred to is Laudato Si. This is Pascal&#8217;s Wager that Julie mentioned, and this is &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/04/12/co015-julie-davis-on-being-a-catholic/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO015 Julie Davis on Being a Catholic"</span></a></p>
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CO014 Nathan Damigo on White Nationalism Part 2
Nathan Damigo is the founder of Identity Evropa, and he and his organisation have widely been accused of racism, which he denies. This is part two of the interview which began last Monday. You can hear part one here.
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CO013 Rob Morse on Guns and Safety
Rob Morse is the author of Slow Facts and co-host of the Polite Society podcast. I referred to this Swiss study which concluded &#8220;The restriction of firearm availability in Switzerland resulting from the Army XXI reform was followed by an enduring decrease in the general suicide rate.&#8221; Rob and I disagreed on international crime rates. These rates &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/04/07/co013-rob-morse-on-guns-and-safety/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO013 Rob Morse on Guns and Safety"</span></a></p>
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CO012 Rob Lyons on Food Scares
Rob Lyons is the writer of the blog Panic on a Plate, and he wrote the book of the same name, which is availaible on Amazon. In the interview, we talked about this article in the UK Daily Telegraph which talked about taking &#8216;Best Before&#8217; dates off some food products such as salt and pasta in the European Union because those products have very &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/04/05/co012-rob-lyons-on-food-scares/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO012 Rob Lyons on Food Scares"</span></a></p>
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CO011 Nathan Damigo on White Nationalism – Part 1
Nathan Damigo is the founder of Identity Evropa, and he and his organisation have widely been accused of racism, which he denies. The Los Angeles Times reports: In November 2007, [Damigo] had been home for a month after his second tour of duty and was suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol abuse, paranoia and &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/04/03/co011-nathan-damigo-white-nationalism-part-1/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO011 Nathan Damigo on White Nationalism &#8211; Part 1"</span></a></p>
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CO010 Leslie Loftis on Being a Conservative Woman
Leslie Loftis blogs at an American Housewife in Texas, and also writes for PJ Media.
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CO009 Chris Kelly on America’s Military Advenutres
Chris Kelly is the coauthor of the books Italy Invades and America Invades. He&#8217;s also writes the American Conservative in London blog. The book Christopher Columbus and the Conquest of Paradise by Kirkpatrick Sale was where I got my references for Christopher Colombus.
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CO008 John Snider on Reforming Islam
John Snider is a member of American Atheists, and a prominent member of the Atlanta Freethought Society. He’s also a celebrant with the Humanist Society which means he conducts weddings and other ceremonies. He’s also a prolific writer including for Skeptic, for Secular Nation, and for Philosophy Now, as well as being the founder of &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/03/27/co008-john-snider-on-reforming-islam/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO008 John Snider on Reforming Islam"</span></a></p>
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CO007 Dr Jerome Huyler on Abolishing Welfare
Dr Jerome Huyler is the author of Everything You Have: The Case Against Welfare and Locke in America: The Moral Philosophy of the Founding Era. He is also a former assistant professor at Seton Hall University.
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CO006 Dr Robert Waldmann on Healthcare Economics
Dr Robert Waldmann is a professor of economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and he&#8217;s the editor of the Angry Bear blog. Here are some of the facts that we discussed about the cost of healthcare and the corresponding life expectancy in various countries.
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CO005 Vox Day on Sam Harris and Ethics
Vox Day writes the blog Vox Popoli. This is a reference to the No True Scotsman fallacy that I mentioned in the discussion.
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CO004 Eric Schansberg on Libertarianism
Eric Schansberg is writer of the SchansBlog. He was a Libertarian candidate for the US Congress, and he&#8217;s the author of the books Turn Neither to the Right Nor to the Left, Poor Policy: How Government Harms the Poor and Inheriting the Promised Land: Lessons in Victorious Christian Living from the Book of Joshua. As a professor of Economics at &#8230; <p class="link-more"><a href="https://podcast.challengingopinions.com/2017/03/24/eric-schansberg-talks-to-challenging-opinions/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "CO004 Eric Schansberg on Libertarianism"</span></a></p>
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CO003 RiShawn Biddle on Education Reform
RiShawn Biddle is the editor of DropoutNation.net, the leading online outlet covering and commenting on American public education and school reform. In the piece we mentioned the book Freakonomics.
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CO002 Ali Sina on Leaving Islam
Ali Sina is a former Muslim, originally from Iran, and he&#8217;s the editor of FaithFreedom.org.
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CO001 Dr Mark Thornton on Austrian Economics
Dr Mark Thornton is an economist with the Mises Institute, which is named after the Austrian economist,  Ludwig von Mises, who was one of the inspirations for the Austrian school of economics. I referred to in our conversation to the Clean Air Act of 1956, which was a successful government response to London&#8217;s Great Smog.
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