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The Radio Free Hillsdale Hour is a one-hour, weekly radio show/podcast advancing the efforts of Hillsdale College in radiating its knowledge and teaching to the world outside of campus. Listeners will hear the arguments and debates that make up the liberal arts education and will experience the learning and teaching that happens on campus. Hosted by Scot Bertram.
 
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TOPICS: The effectual truth of identity politics, the breakdown of higher education, & Laura Ingalls Wilder and the "Little House" seriesHost Scot Bertram talks with Thomas West, Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, about his recent essay titled, "The Effectual Truth of Identity Politics". John M. Ellis joins the show to discuss his book, TH…
 
TOPICS: Safety in the game of football, the recent book WRATH, drug addiction at the atomic level, & Hillsdale's Visiting Writers ProgramHost Scot Bertram talks with John J. Miller, Director of Hillsdale's Dow Journalism Program and author of THE BIG SCRUM, discusses changes made to keep the game of football safe and how President Teddy Roosevelt h…
 
TOPICS: Hillsdale's new Academy for Science and Freedom, Election reform and the Carter/Baker Commission, & the connections between the Renaissance and the ReformationHost Scot Bertram talks with Scott Atlas, Fellow at Hillsdale College's Academy for Science and Freedom, about the launch of the new program and what we can expect from the effort. Jo…
 
TOPICS: The Great Society programs, THE NIXON CONSPIRACY, & the life and thinking of Machiavelli Host Scot Bertram talks with Kevin Portteus, Professor of Politics & Director of American Studies at Hillsdale College, to look back on the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs as a new massive expansion of government is conside…
 
TOPICS: Supply chain problems, a tribute to Rush Limbaugh, and a Hillsdale alumnus in the writing worldHost Scot Bertram talks with Gary Wolfram, William Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Director of Economics, and Professor of Political Economy at Hillsdale College, in an attempt to explain our current supply chain problems. James Go…
 
TOPICS: The American virtue of hard work, the meaning of the 14th Amendment, and leadership & military serviceHost Scot Bertram talks with D.G. Hart, Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College, about a recent essay discussing the American virtue of hard work. Randy Barnett, Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown Univer…
 
TOPICS: Hillsdale's new Nimod Education Center, how woke media in undermining democracy, modern Irish poetry, & a Hillsdale alumnus spotlightHost Scot Bertram talks with Al Stewart, Director of the Nimrod Education Center, and Alan Taylor & Bob Radocy of the Nimrod Society to explain what the new effort is all about. Batya Ungar-Sargon joins us to …
 
TOPICS: Enforcement of Texas' new abortion law, stopping the slide to socialism, a tour of Meuse–Argonne America Cemetery, and liberal arts students in the militaryHost Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Mehan, Director of Academic Programs and Assistant Professor of Government at Hillsdale in D.C., about the enforcement mechanism in the recently sign…
 
TOPICS: The fall of the Berlin Wall, OUR BROKEN ELECTIONS, and French novelist Honoré de BalzacHost Scot Bertram talks with Fred Yaniga, Chairman and Associate Professor of German at Hillsdale College, who was in Germany when the Berlin Wall began to fall in 1989. Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, discusses the n…
 
TOPICS: Jackie Robinson, the new book EUROTRASH, & a look at the Renaissance philosopher ErasmusHost Scot Bertram talks with Paul Moreno, William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History, Professor of History & Dean of Social Sciences at Hillsdale College, about the story of Jackie Robinson and breaking the color barrier in Major Leagu…
 
TOPICS: Separation of powers, NO WAY TO TREAT A CHILD, the history of the book, and Justice Clarence Thomas' 30 years at the Supreme Court.Host Scot Bertram talks with Kevin Portteus, Professor of Politics & Director of American Studies at Hillsdale, about the design of the separation of powers in the federal government. Naomi Schaefer Riley, Senio…
 
TOPICS: Mollie Hemingway's new book, RIGGED, the poetry of Thomas Hardy, & the recent rise in homeschoolingHost Scot Bertram talks with Mollie Hemingway, Senior Journalism Fellow at Hillsdale College and senior editor at The Federalist, about her new book, RIGGED: HOW THE MEDIA, BIG TECH, AND THE DEMOCRATS SEIZED OUR ELECTIONS. Dwight Lindley, Asso…
 
TOPICS: Victor Davis Hanson's new book THE DYING CITIZEN, Euclid & Geometry, and "Freedom & Education"Host Scot Bertram talks with Victor Davis Hanson, Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College, about his new book THE DYING CITIZEN: HOW PROGRESSIVE ELITES, TRIBALISM, AND GLOBALIZATION ARE DESTROYING THE IDEA OF AME…
 
TOPICS: The story of David, inside The Babylon Bee & creating humor, & the readiness of the U.S. NavyHost Scot Bertram talks with Justin Jackson, Chair and Professor of English at Hillsdale College, about the new Hillsdale online course, "The Story of David". Kyle Mann, editor-in-chief of The Babylon Bee, discusses the importance of humor and attem…
 
TOPICS: Past, present, & future Supreme Court cases, HOW TO RAISE A CONSERVATIVE DAUGHTER, & chemistry as part of a liberal arts education.Host Scot Bertram talks with Adam Carrington, Associate Professor of Politics & William and Patricia LaMothe Chair in the U.S. Constitution at Hillsdale College, about recent opinions from the previous U.S. Supr…
 
TOPICS: Explaining inflation, DEBUNKING THE 1619 PROJECT, & a look at DON QUIXOTE.Host Scot Bertram talks with Gary Wolfram, William Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Director of Economics, & Professor of Political Economy at Hillsdale College, in an attempt to define and explain the concept of inflation. Mary Grabar discusses her lat…
 
TOPICS: Threats to the auto industry as we know it, the life & teaching of Harry V. Jaffa, and learning French as a foreign languageHost Scot Bertram talks with Robert Norton, Vice President and General Counsel of Hillsdale College and former Assistant General Counsel at Mercedes/Chrysler, about the threats to the auto industry as we know it. Glenn…
 
TOPICS: American self-government, THE VIKING HEART, the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins, & USA Shooting at the Olympics and HillsdaleHost Scot Bertram talks with Will Morrisey, Professor Emeritus of Politics at Hillsdale College, about his recent essay on "Self-Government, the American Way". Historian Arthur Herman joins us to discuss his new book TH…
 
TOPICS: The Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum in-depth, the recent film UNCLE TOM, and understanding moral disagreementHost Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Spalding, Vice President of Washington Operations and Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government at Hillsdale in D.C., to take an in-depth look at what makes up the Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum. L…
 
TOPICS: Liberty & Empire & National Interest, progressives' problems with nuclear power, why we listen to & study music, and the importance of radioHost Scot Bertram talks with Khalil Habib, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale, about a recent lecture regarding liberty, empire, and national interest. John Steele Gordon, business and finance…
 
TOPICS: The re-release of MEXIFORNIA, diving into TREASURE ISLAND, & the discovery of a new species of hickory treeHost Scot Bertram talks with Victor Davis Hanson, the Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College, about the re-release of his book MEXIFORNIA and the current state of our southern border. Dan Coupland, …
 
TOPICS: A key redistricting question, race preferences and higher education, the concept of definition, & a Hillsdale grad-turned-state lawmaker.Host Scot Bertram talks with Stephen Markman, a retired Michigan Supreme Court justice and professor of constitutional law at Hillsdale College, about a key redistricting question in Michigan that could ha…
 
TOPICS: The 1776 Curriculum, a history lesson on the Second Amendment, Christopher Dawson, & "Conservatism and Race"Host Scot Bertram talks with Dr. Kathleen O'Toole, Assistant Provost for K-12 Education at Hillsdale, about the release of The 1776 Curriculum. David Harsanyi, senior writer at National Review, discusses his recent essay, "The 1619 Pr…
 
TOPICS: A new children's book written by a Hillsdale professor, the erosion of American freedoms, & realism as a literary movement.Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Mehan, Director of Academic Programs for Hillsdale in D.C. and Assistant Professor of Government, about his new children's book, THE HANDSOME LITTLE CYGNET. Myron Magnet, Editor-at-L…
 
TOPICS: Journalist Ring Lardner & the Black Sox scandal, Charles Murray's FACING REALITY, & the philosopher Marsilio Ficino.Host Scot Bertram talks with John J. Miller, Director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College, about journalist Ring Lardner and the Black Sox scandal of 1919. Charles Murray, W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Ente…
 
TOPICS: Constitution 101, media malpractice and "fact checking," & Victorian poet Matthew ArnoldHost Scot Bertram talks with Kyle Murnen, Director of Online Learning at Hillsdale College, to discuss the upcoming six-week study group on the free "Constitution 101" course. John Daniel Davidson, a Hillsdale graduate and Political Editor at The Federal…
 
TOPICS: The case against reparations, the life of Alexander the Great, and how to think about climate changeHost Scot Bertram talks with David Azerrad, Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington, D.C., about his recent essay at Newsweek, "Contra Reparations". Ken Calvert, fro…
 
TOPICS: The hidden costs of electric cars, the life of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, & Protestantism in AmericaHost Scot Bertram talks with Robert Norton, Vice President and General Counsel of Hillsdale College and former Assistant General Counsel at Mercedes/Chrysler, about the hidden costs of electric vehicles. Arthur Herman, historian and senior fello…
 
TOPICS: Political journalism and bias, discovering the wisdom of tradition in an age of chaos, and a look at the concept of definitionHost Scot Bertram talks with Mollie Hemingway, Senior Journalism Fellow at Hillsdale College, Senior Editor at The Federalist & Fox News Contributor, about some recent controversies regarding media coverage and how w…
 
TOPICS: The rise and legacy of American progressivism, a great moment in The Odyssey, & a Hillsdale alumnus spotlightHost Scot Bertram talks with Ronald J. Pestritto, Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Politics, and Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution at Hillsdale College, about his new book AMERICA TRANSFORMED. Kell…
 
TOPICS: Keynesian economics, a new biography of Thomas Sowell, and liberal educationHost Scot Bertram talks with Charles Steele, Chairman of Economics, Business, and Accounting and Associate Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College about John Maynard Keynes and Keynesian economics. Jason Riley dives into MAVERICK, his new biography of one of Ame…
 
TOPICS: The 1776 Commission reconvenes, how the Apollo 1 tragedy helped put the U.S. on the moon, and a tour of Normandy American CemeteryHost Scot Bertram shares excerpts of a conversation among Dr. Larry Arnn, chairman of The 1776 Commission, Dr. Matthew Spalding, vice president of The 1776 Commission, and Dr. Carol Swain, vice chair of The 1776 …
 
On May 24, 2021, The 1776 Commission met at Hillsdale College’s Washington, D.C. campus to discuss civic education curricula, state civic education reform efforts, pending federal legislation and executive actions, and future activity of the Commission. Following the meeting, Dr. Matthew Spalding, executive director of The 1776 Commission, Dr. Larr…
 
TOPICS: New online course on Dante's DIVINE COMEDY, the Colorado baker whose case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, raising chickens, and politics in HollywoodHost Scot Bertram talks with Stephen Smith, Dean of Humanities, Temple Family Chair in English Literature, and Professor of English at Hillsdale, who also serves as your instructor for the C…
 
TOPICS: Good poetics and good politics, the details of HR1, and Robert BrowningHost Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Mehan, Director of Academic Programs for Hillsdale in D.C. and Assistant Professor of Government, about the importance of good poetics to good politics. Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, describes the…
 
TOPICS: "50 Years of Reparations," THE EMPEROR'S SWORD, math as part of a liberal arts education, and Elizebeth Smith FriedmanHost Scot Bertram talks with Paul Moreno, William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History, Professor of History, & Dean of Social Sciences at Hillsdale, about his recent essay at RealClearPolicy, "50 Years of R…
 
TOPICS: Christianity in politics, the autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, the Humanist movement, & slanted journalismHost Scot Bertram talks with John Grant, Associate Professor and Chairman of Politics at Hillsdale, about Christianity in politics. Amity Shlaes, Chair of the Coolidge Foundation, discusses the new edition of THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CALVI…
 
TOPICS: Civic and moral virtues, religious liberty in crisis, and AESOP'S FABLESHost Scot Bertram talks with Will Morrisey, Professor Emeritus of Politics at Hillsdale College, about his recent essay titled "Civic and Moral Virtues, the American Way". Ken Starr discusses his new book, RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN CRISIS: EXERCISING YOUR FAITH IN AN AGE OF …
 
TOPICS: Reagan, the Great Communicator, identity politics and other afflictions of our time, & a continuing discussion of definitionHost Scot Bertram talks with John J. Miller, head of the Hillsdale College Dow Journalism Program, about Ronald Reagan as "The Great Communicator" and his career in media. Joshua Mitchell, professor of political theory…
 
TOPICS: Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, the root causes of violent protests in the U.S., and "true crime" documentariesHost Scot Bertram talks with Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, about the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech. Mary Eberstadt discusses her essay, "The Fury of the Fatherless," looking at the r…
 
TOPICS: How baseball became big, why the Green New Deal is even worse than you think, Westward Expansion in America, & a Hillsdale alum shares his insightsHost Scot Bertram talks with Paul Moreno, a huge baseball fan who also serves as William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History, Professor of History, & Dean of Social Sciences at …
 
TOPICS: The nanny state, the future or artificial intelligence, the essays of Flannery O'Connor, & the philosophy of luckHost Scot Bertram talks with Paul Rahe, Professor of History & Chair in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale, about the origins of the "nanny state" and attempts to roll it back. Brian Christian, author of THE MOST HUMAN HUMAN discu…
 
TOPICS: The 1776 Report, political correctness and higher education, and the Hillsdale French Study Abroad programHost Scot Bertram talks with Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College & chairman of the 1776 Commission, about the expanded release of the 1776 REPORT and how listeners might find it useful. Williams College Professor of Political Sci…
 
TOPICS: Hillsdale's new online mathematics course, Lincoln and "'Anti-Racism," Alfred, Lord Tennyson, & Big Tech and political manipulationHost Scot Bertram talks with Thomas Treloar, Chairman and Professor of Mathematics at Hillsdale, about the College's new online course on mathematics and logic. Ken Masugi, Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institu…
 
TOPICS: The legacy of Rush Limbaugh, leaving Seattle for Texas, and John Henry NewmanHost Scot Bertram talks with James Brandon, Chairman and Professor of Theatre at Hillsdale College, about the legacy left by the late Rush Limbaugh. Long-time Seattle talk radio host Kirby Wilbur discusses his decision to retire and move from the Pacific Northwest …
 
TOPICS: Challenging claims of “systemic racism,” lowered expectations in education, & Alexander the GreatHost Scot Bertram talks with David Azerrad, Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Hillsdale College's Van Andel Graduate School of Government, about his recent essay titled, "On the Peculiar Character of American 'Racism'". Ian Rowe, reside…
 
TOPICS: Frederick Douglass the journalist, the CRISIS OF THE TWO CONSTITUTIONS, & discussing definitionHost Scot Bertram talks with John J. Miller, head of the Hillsdale College Dow Journalism Program, about Frederick Douglass the journalist. Charles Kesler, senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, shares insights from his new book, CRISIS OF THE …
 
TOPICS: The statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, reforming the U.S. Agency for Global Media, & Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMHost Scot Bertram talks with Kevin Portteus, Professor of Politics and Director of American Studies at Hillsdale College, about the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, on this the 212th anniversary of his birth. Michael P…
 
TOPICS: The 1776 Commission and its report, why literature matters, & what Americanization does to JudaismHost Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Spalding, Executive Director of the President's Advisory 1776 Commission, Vice President of Washington Operations, and Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government, about the Commission and its report…
 
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