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 Jul 20, 2020
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The official podcast of Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America: A Conversation with Michael Breidenbach
50:47

How did American Catholics go from subjects to citizens? Who is the "godfather" of the First Amendment? How can spiritual and temporal duties be reconciled? Michael Breidenbach, Associate Professor of History at Ave Maria University, joins the show to answer these questions and discuss his new book, "Our Dear-Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America." 

Jun 14, 2021
The Unbroken Thread: A Conversation with Sohrab Ahmari
36:36

Does God need politics? What does it mean to be free? Why should we care about tradition? Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor of the New York Post, joins Madison's Notes to discuss his new book, "The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos." 

 

The Unbroken Thread: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/623405/the-unbroken-thread-by-sohrab-ahmari/ 

 

From Fire by Water: https://www.ignatius.com/From-Fire-by-Water-P3122.aspx 

May 31, 2021
Locke, Tocqueville, and Civic Education: A Conversation with Jeffrey Sikkenga
36:14

Why is education so important in a democracy? Are democracies capable of producing the citizens they need? What do John Locke and Alexis de Tocqueville have to teach us about education in a liberal democracy? Jeffrey Sikkenga, Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center, joins Madison's Notes to answer these questions and more. 

 

About the Ashbrook Center: https://ashbrook.org/about/ 

May 17, 2021
Boomers: A Conversation with Helen Andrews
54:03

Helen Andrews, senior editor at The American Conservative, joins Madison's Notes to discuss her new book, "Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster."

 

Boomers: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/617494/boomers-by-helen-andrews/ 

 

May 03, 2021
The Apology of Socrates: A Conversation with Marcus Gibson
56:50

Was Socrates guilty? What is the relationship between the philosopher and the city? What does it mean to live an "examined life"? Marcus Gibson, John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University's James Madison Program, returns to the show to discuss The Apology of Socrates in this second episode of our series on the Platonic dialogues.

 

The Complete Works of Plato: https://www.hackettpublishing.com/philosophy/complete-works 

Apr 19, 2021
Imprisoned in Iran: A Conversation with Wang Xiyue
01:09:22

For 40 months, Wang Xiyue was imprisoned in Iran on false charges of espionage. A doctoral candidate in history at Princeton University, Wang Xiyue joins the show to discuss his imprisonment and U.S.-Iranian relations. 

 

Don’t let Iran’s human rights be sacrificed at the altar of a nuclear deal: https://www.aei.org/articles/dont-let-irans-human-rights-be-sacrificed-at-the-altar-of-a-nuclear-deal/

 

What I learned in an Iranian prison: https://www.aei.org/op-eds/what-i-learned-in-an-iranian-prison/ 

 

 

Apr 05, 2021
Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women's Rights: A Conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali
01:02:14

Born in Somalia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a women’s rights activist, free speech advocate, and New York Times bestselling author. She joins the show to discuss her new book, "Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women's Rights." [Note: This conversation includes discussion of sensitive topics related to sexual violence.]

Prey: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/prey-ayaan-hirsi-ali?variant=32126595203106 

Mar 22, 2021
Cynical Theories: A Conversation with James Lindsay
01:09:43

What is postmodernism? Does the Biden Administration support Critical Race Theory? How might a recommitment to classical liberal principles help fight "Woke-ism"? James Lindsay joins the show to answer these questions and more and discuss his book (co-written with Helen Pluckrose), "Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody." 

 

Cynical Theories: https://cynicaltheories.com/ 

 

Grievance Studies Affair: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/new-sokal-hoax/572212/ 

Mar 08, 2021
Plato and the Dialogues: A Conversation with Marcus Gibson
36:10

Why and how should we read Plato? Why did Plato write dialogues? Is Plato a friend to democracy? Dr. Marcus Gibson, John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University's James Madison Program, joins Madison's Notes to provide an introduction to Plato in preparation of a series of episodes on individual Platonic dialogues.

 

Plato: Complete Works (John M. Cooper): https://www.amazon.com/Plato-Complete-Works/dp/0872203492 

Feb 22, 2021
Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Conversation with John Cribb
46:49

John Cribb is the author of "Old Abe," an historical novel which former Vice President Mike Pence says is the "best book on President Lincoln" he has ever read. John joins to show to discuss the book, the importance of heroes, the "great man" approach to history, Facebook's attempts to "cancel" his book, and more! 

 

Old Abe: https://www.amazon.com/Old-Abe-Novel-John-Cribb/dp/1645720160 

 

"Facebook Cancels Abe Lincoln" by John Cribb: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/01/27/facebook_cancels_abe_lincoln_145125.html 

Feb 12, 2021
The Future of the Republican Party: A Conversation with Congressman Mike Gallagher '06
43:28

What does the future hold for the Republican Party? What are the greatest challenges facing America today? How many pull-ups should a young man be able to do? Congressman Mike Gallagher joins Madison's Notes to answer these questions and more. 

Jan 25, 2021
The Storming of the Capitol: A Conversation with Robert P. George and Allen C. Guelzo
01:00:55

On January 6th, 2021, the world watched in disbelief as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol  while the results of the Electoral College were being formally presented—and challenged—in Congress. The riots left at least 4 dead, and many others wounded. Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program, and Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, discuss the significance of this attack on the Capitol, the state of the Nation, and what Republicans and Democrats alike can do to fix this.

Jan 08, 2021
Unalienable Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy: A Conversation with Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Glendon
19:01

What is the relationship between America's Founding principles and her foreign policy? What are unalienable rights and how do we know they exist? How have other nations responded to the final report of the U.S. Department of State's Commission on Unalienable Rights? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Mary Ann Glendon, Chair of the Commission on Unalienable Rights, join Madison's Notes to answer these questions and others. 

 

Final Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights: https://www.state.gov/report-of-the-commission-on-unalienable-rights/ 

Dec 28, 2020
George Washington and American Honor: A Conversation with Craig Bruce Smith
54:47

What made George Washington the "greatest man in the world"? What is his legacy outside the United States? What did "honor" mean to America's Founding Fathers, and why was it so important to them? Craig Bruce Smith, author of American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals During the Revolutionary Era, joins the show to answer these questions and others. 

 

American Honor: https://www.amazon.com/American-Honor-Creation-Nations-Revolutionary/dp/1469638835 

 

Craig's piece for The Hill: https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/506980-a-monument-for-the-world 

Dec 14, 2020
A Warning to the West: A Conversation with Sergiu Klainerman
01:02:11

Sergiu Klainerman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. Born in communist Romania, he sees disturbing parallels between life in the Soviet Bloc and the "soft totalitarianism" or "pre-totalitarianism" taking root in America. He joins the show to discuss these parallels and reflect on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 1978 speech, "A World Split Apart."

Listen on YouTube (subtitles included): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWrbjGNEG0o 

(1:24) “Reflections on Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard Address,” Sergiu Klainerman, Quillette, October 24, 2020: https://quillette.com/2020/10/24/reflections-on-solzhenitsyns-harvard-address 

(45:48) “Princeton’s President Is Wrong. The University Is Not Systemically Racist,” Sergiu Klainerman, Newsweek, September 9, 2020: https://www.newsweek.com/princetons-president-wrong-university-not-systemically-racist-opinion-1530480 

(1:00:11) “How to Fight the Enemies of Academic Freedom,” Sergiu Klainerman, Quillette, August 10, 2020: https://quillette.com/2020/08/10/how-to-fight-the-enemies-of-academic-freedom 

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Addresses, lectures, articles, essays, and books by other authors:

(1:24) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Harvard address, June 8, 1978 (video and text of address) Prepared speech as written: https://www.solzhenitsyncenter.org/a-world-split-apart Speech as delivered (transcribed from live audio of the Russian-to-English interpreter/translator at Harvard): https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/alexandersolzhenitsynharvard.htm 

(4:29) Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler (1940)

(4:34) Animal Farm, George Orwell (1949)

(4:34) 1984, George Orwell (1945)

(19:10) “The Challenge of Marxism,” Yoram Hazony, Quillette, August 16, 2020 https://quillette.com/2020/08/16/the-challenge-of-marxism 

(24:35) Yuval Levin, “Why Institutions Matter: Three Lectures on Breakdown and Renewal,” series of three lectures delivered at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University, April 30 – May 3, 2018 https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/why-institutions-matter-three-lectures-breakdown-and-renewal 

(39:09) Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, Rod Dreher (2020)

(44:46) “Suicide of the Liberals,” Guy Saul Morson, First Things, October 2020 https://www.firstthings.com/article/2020/10/suicide-of-the-liberals 

(45:05) House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution, Yuri Slezkine (2017)

(54:43) “Live Not by Lies,” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (On the day Solzhenitsyn was arrested in the Soviet Union, February, 12, 1974, he released the text of his essay, “Live Not by Lies”; the next day, he was exiled to the West.): https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03064220408537357 

Dec 02, 2020
Lincoln at Gettysburg: A Conversation with Allen C. Guelzo
55:22

On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, joins the show to discuss the legacy of the Gettysburg Address and what Lincoln might say to us today.

 

Guelzo's 2013 article for The New York Times: https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/lincolns-sound-bite-have-faith-in-democracy/ 

 

Guelzo's 2013 piece in the Claremont Review of Books: https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/a-new-birth-of-freedom/ 

Nov 19, 2020
The Recovery of Family Life: A Conversation with Scott Yenor
51:04

Are transgenderism and feminism at odds? Are we living through another sexual revolution? Why have conservatives been so unsuccessful in fighting the "culture wars"? Scott Yenor, Professor of Political Science at Boise State University, joins Madison's Notes to answer these questions and discuss his new book, "The Recovery of Family Life: Exposing the Limits of Modern Ideologies." 

 

The Recovery of Family Life: https://www.amazon.com/Recovery-Family-Life-Exposing-Ideologies/dp/1481312820 

 

The False Science of Feminism: https://americanmind.org/salvo/the-false-science-of-feminism/ 

Nov 09, 2020
Live Not by Lies: A Conversation with Rod Dreher
58:10

Could totalitarianism take root in America? What does it mean to "live not by lies"? 

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative and the author of several books, including The Benedict Option. He joins the show to answer these questions and discuss his new book, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents.

 

Live Not by Lies: https://www.amazon.com/Live-Not-Lies-Christian-Dissidents/dp/0593087399 

 

Solzhenitsyn's 1974 essay: https://archive.org/stream/LiveNotByLies/Live%20Not%20By%20Lies_djvu.txt 

Oct 26, 2020
Supreme Disorder: A Conversation with Ilya Shapiro '99
47:11

Is the Supreme Court too powerful? When did judicial nominations become so contentious? Should we have term limits for judges and justices?

Ilya Shapiro '99, Director of the Cato Institute's Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, joins the show to answer these questions and discuss his new book, Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court.

 

Supreme Disorder: https://www.amazon.com/Supreme-Disorder-Judicial-Nominations-Politics/dp/1684510562

 

"The Brilliance Lives Loudly Within Her": https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-brilliance-lives-loudly-within-her 

Oct 12, 2020
America at the Point of No Return? A Conversation with Michael Anton
50:59

Is America still a democracy? What is at stake in the 2020 presidential election? Michael Anton, Lecturer at Hillsdale College and Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, joins the show to answer these questions and discuss his new book, "The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return." 

The Flight 93 Election: https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/digital/the-flight-93-election/ 

The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return: https://www.amazon.com/Stakes-2020-Election-Point-Return/dp/1684510619 

Sep 28, 2020
Judge Amy Coney Barrett on "The Constitution as Our Story"
01:01:52

Amy Coney Barrett is a judge on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2019, Judge Barrett delivered the James Madison Program's Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism. The lecture was entitled "The Constitution as Our Story."

 

The Constitution as Our Story (Video): https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/constitution-our-story 

Sep 14, 2020
Lost in Thought: A Conversation with Zena Hitz
45:39

What are the "great books"? What makes them great? Is the cultivation of an intellectual life especially important to citizens of a democratic republic? Zena Hitz, Tutor at St. John's College, joins the show to discuss all this and more!

 

Lost in Thought: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Thought-Hidden-Pleasures-Intellectual/dp/0691178712

Aug 31, 2020
Lincoln and the American Founding: A Conversation with Lucas Morel
47:47

What did Abraham Lincoln read? What makes him "America's greatest defender"? What should we do with Confederate memorials? Lucas Morel, the John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University, joins the show to discuss all this and more! 

 

"Why Lee should remain a namesake of my university": https://richmond.com/opinion/columnists/lucas-e-morel-column-why-lee-should-remain-a-namesake-of-my-university/article_5d6664f6-00e0-55e7-b567-0a10ae5b3403.html 

Lincoln and the American Founding: https://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-American-Founding-Concise-Library/dp/0809337851 

Aug 17, 2020
Abortion and the Pro-Life Movement: A Conversation with Alexandra DeSanctis
33:42

Alexandra DeSanctis is a Staff Writer for National Review and a Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. She joins Madison's Notes to discuss abortion, the Pro-Life movement in America, the state of free speech in journalism, and more! 

 

Bari Weiss' letter of resignation: https://www.bariweiss.com/resignation-letter

Aug 03, 2020
Robert P. George and Cornel West: A Plea for Honesty and Courage
09:17

In this special episode of Madison's Notes, Robert P. George and Cornel West urge Americans to be honest and courageous in confronting the challenges we face as a Nation.

 

 

In The Boston Globe: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/07/15/opinion/unite-country-we-need-honesty-courage/

Jul 23, 2020
God, The Founders, and Natural Law: A Conversation with Phil Muñoz
33:51

How did the American Founders understand religious liberty? Why should students study the Founding? What is the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? Dr. Vincent Phillip Muñoz, the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, joins Madison's Notes to discuss these questions and more! 

 

Dr. Muñoz's 2020 Test Lectures: https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/religious-liberty-and-american-founding-natural-rights-and-original-meaning-first-0#video 

Jul 20, 2020
The Founding: A Conversation with Robert P. George
53:43

On July 4, 2000, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions was founded at Princeton University. Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program, returns to Madison's Notes to discuss how and why the Madison Program came to be. After the conversation with Professor George you'll hear Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the Madison Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, read Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address—a fitting and proper way to celebrate the 4th of July. 

 

Make a gift: https://jmp.princeton.edu/gift 

Jul 04, 2020
Land of Hope: A Conversation with Bill McClay
51:31

Bill McClay is the G. T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma and the author of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story. He joins the show to discuss Land of Hope, the state of the history profession, nationalism, the New York Times' 1619 Project, and more. 

Land of Hope: https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/land-of-hope/#:~:text=A%20Refreshing%20Vision%20of%20American%20History&text=In%20Land%20of%20Hope%3A%20An,most%20popular%20U.S.%20history%20textbooks. 

Bill McClay's interview with Daniel Cullen: https://jackmillercenter.org/daniel-cullen-wilfred-mcclay-interview-land-of-hope/ 

Jun 28, 2020
Administrative State 101: A Conversation with Adam J. White
49:03

What is the Administrative State? Where did it come from? Is it a cause for concern or celebration? Adam J. White, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and Director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, answers these questions and more. 

"A Republic, If We Can Keep It" https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/02/a-republic-if-we-can-keep-it/605887/ 

Jun 15, 2020
Humble Beginnings: A Conversation with Robert P. George
01:01:55

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. In this inaugural episode of Madison's Notes, he speaks about his childhood, his decision to enter academia, the purpose of the university, academic freedom, and more. 

May 27, 2020