The Way the World Works: A Tuttle Twins Podcast for Families

By Connor Boyack

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From the trusted team behind the Tuttle Twins books, join us as we tackle current events, hot topics, and fun ideas to help your family find clarity in a world full of confusion.

Episode Date
227. What Were The Articles of Confederation?

Before the Constitution was ratified, the newly formed United States was governed by a document called the Articles of Confederation.

Dec 03, 2021
226. How Can We Teach Bastiat to Kids?

In the Tuttle Twins Learn about The Law, readers got to learn a bit about economist Frédéric Bastiat. Now, a new book, written by Jonathan Newman, continues to teach young people about Bastiat in his book "The Broken Window."

Dec 01, 2021
225. Who Was Adolf Hitler?

One of the most infamous tyrants of all time was Adolf Hitler who instituted the Nazi Regime in Germany seeking world domination and starting WWII.

Nov 29, 2021
224. How Does Someone Become A Tyrant?

Tyrants aren't born that way, they are created. And all tyrants follow the same formula to grab power and rule over their authoritarian regimes.

Nov 26, 2021
223. How Did A Kidpreneur Grow Up to Be A Successful Business Owner?

Today Connor and Brittany are joined by Tim Chermak, a successful business owner and former child serial entrepreneur.

Nov 24, 2021
222. What Are Unintended Consequences?

Unintended consequences is the idea that actions can sometimes have outcomes that you didn’t plan on, and that affect you or even the world around you negatively. Today Emma and Brittany discuss how unintended consequences can impact all of us.

Nov 22, 2021
221. What’s A Corporation?

The word “corporation” gets thrown around a lot, usually with bad associations. A lot of people like to blame big businesses for all of our problems, but it’s not always that straightforward.

Nov 19, 2021
220. What Is A "False Cause" Logical Fallacy?

Today Emma and Brittany discuss another logical fallacy called a "False Cause," and explain how correlation does not always equal causation?

Nov 17, 2021
219. Who Is Jesse Owens?

In 1936, Olympian runner Jesse Owens won four gold medals during the Berlin games, showing Hitler that race did not make a person inferior to another.

Nov 15, 2021
218. What Is The Problem with North Korea?

Of all the dictatorships and authoritarian regimes that have existed, North Korea is especially awful. On this episode Connor and Brittany discuss how North Korea came to be and what life is like for those who must live there.

Nov 12, 2021
217. What Is The Noble Lie?

Governments often spread lies in order to impact individual's behavior. Plato called this the "Noble Lie" because those in power believe that the people need to be lied to for their own good.

Nov 10, 2021
216. How Can Music Spread The Message of Liberty?

On this episode, Brittany and Connor chat with Eric July, a libertarian activists and musician who has used his music to spread the message of liberty.

Nov 08, 2021
215. What Does It Mean to Protest?

Today, lots of demonstrations labeled protests result in violence and destruction of property. But the best protests are those that use nonviolence to get their point across.

Nov 05, 2021
214. Why Is Everything Getting More Expensive?

If you've been to the grocery store lately, you'll notice that the price of everything has been skyrocketing. While inflation plays a huge role in this problem, there are other factors as well, including something called shrinkflation.

Nov 03, 2021
213. What Is A Social Credit Score?

Imagine being told you can't participate in society because of the things you believe? In China, this is already happening with something called a social credit score. And it's possible it could happen in America as well.

Nov 01, 2021
212. Who Was Dale Carnegie?

Like many of the entrepreneurs and heroes we discuss, Dale Carnegie lifted himself out of extreme poverty and taught himself how to be a great speaker, not only to help himself, but to teach others to overcome their obstacles and make something of themselves.

Oct 29, 2021
211. Why Is It Important to Know Yourself?

Knowing yourself well and understanding why you act the way you do can help you confront and overcome your weaknesses while strengthening the areas where you already excel. Today Brittany and Emma discuss ways in which you can learn to know yourself better.

Oct 27, 2021
210. Why Is It Important to Face Your Fears?

What’s best for you is not always the easiest path to follow. Sometimes we have to do the hard thing and face our fears in order to have a successful life. Today Connor and Brittany discuss how to face your fears productively.

Oct 25, 2021
209. Can A Universal Basic Income Work?

Calls for a universal basic income, a monthly check to all Americans, are plentiful these days. But what are the consequences of using taxpayer dollars to give everyone a government paycheck?

Oct 22, 2021
208. Can A Company Survive Creative Destruction?

Continuing an earlier discussion about creative destruction, today Brittany and Connor talk about innovation and how it can help an outdated product or company stay afloat when others have collapsed.

Oct 20, 2021
207. Do You Need to Go to College?

Today Connor and Brittany are joined by Cameron Sorsby, the CEO of Praxis, to discuss whether college is necessary for everyone.

Oct 18, 2021
206. Should We All Follow Our Passions?

Most of us have been given advice like “follow your passion,” or “pursue what you love.” But is this always the best advice for everyone? Or is there more to choosing a career than just doing what you love?

Oct 15, 2021
205. Does Privacy Matter?

Expanding on an earlier episode, Emma and Brittany discuss how privacy affects your day to day life.

Oct 13, 2021
204. Who Won The Burger Brand Wars?

Another brand war story! On this episode Emma and Brittany discuss the “Burger King v. McDonald's” war, and how Burger King used clever advertising to give a fast food giant a run for its money.

Oct 11, 2021
203. Why Is Self-Ownership Important?

One of the most important principles of individual liberty is the understanding that you own yourself. While the government likes to tell us what we can do and even what we can put in your body, only we can make those choices.

Oct 08, 2021
202. Can Services Like The Fire Department Be Privatized?

In a truly free market, communities would come together to pay for their own public services. But under our current system, public goods and are paid for by taxpayers who often don't get a say in anything. However, fire departments offer a unique perspective into how communities, and even private companies, are setting an example for public services.

Oct 06, 2021
201. Does AOC Understand The Importance of Private Charity?

When Democratic Socialist Congresswoman AOC recently spoke out about her grandmother's dire situation in Puerto Rico, she blamed Congress for not giving money to those in the area whose homes had been damaged after a bad storm. But when a private citizen tried to show her the power of private charity, she refused to take it. Today, Brittany and Connor talk about this story and explain what AOC doesn't understand about private charity.

Oct 04, 2021
200. What Was Operation Northwoods?

Many people believe that our government would never lie to us or put us in harm's way. Emma and Brittany discuss a true conspiracy from the Cold War that proves the opposite.

Oct 01, 2021
199. What Is Communism?

Communism is a word that's thrown around a lot, but rarely defined in detail. Today, Emma and Brittany discuss the history of this ideology, and break down why "sharing everything" isn't as great as it sounds.

Sep 29, 2021
198. What Is The History Behind the Pledge of Allegiance?

From an early age, students are taught the Pledge of Allegiance to recite each morning at school. While many see this as a form of patriotism, there are some very problematic aspects of the Pledge. How it came to be and how it is used is actually anti-individualist.

Sep 27, 2021
197. What is Anarcho-Capitalism?

From an early age, students are taught the Pledge of Allegiance to recite each morning at school. While many see this as a form of patriotism, there are some very problematic aspects of the Pledge. How it came to be and how it is used is actually anti-individualist.

Sep 24, 2021
196. What is Self-Reliance?

Practicing self-reliance in our own lives and in our communities is one of the most important ways we can strive for liberty. If we are going to prove that we don't need big government, we need to prove that we can come together as individuals and help each other out and practice self-reliance.

Sep 22, 2021
195. What Are Holidays?

We all love to celebrate a day off of work or school when a holiday comes around. But where do holidays come from? Today Brittany and Emma discuss the origins of holidays and the role governments play in their creation.

Sep 20, 2021
194. What Are Teacher Unions?

It's taken schools a long time to reopen during and after the pandemic, even though children have not been as heavily impacted by COVID as adults. Why has this happened? Because of politically powerful groups called teacher unions.

Sep 17, 2021
193. What Are Some Modern Examples of Creative Destruction?

Creative destruction is an important aspect of economics, as Connor and Brittany discussed in a previous episode. Today, Emma and Brittany give modern examples of creative destruction in action.

Sep 15, 2021
192. Who Was Murray Rothbard?

Murray Rothbard is one of the most important figures in Austrian Economics and the libertarian movement. Today Connor and Brittany dive into his biography and how he helped influence the modern liberty movement.

Sep 13, 2021
191. What Is A "Straw Man" Argument?

Continuing the discussion on logical fallacies, Brittany and Connor explain what the "straw man" is and how you can combat this tactic during a debate.

Sep 10, 2021
190. Was Alexander Hamilton a Hero or Villain?

You've seen him on the ten dollar bill, you have also probably heard the soundtrack from the Broadway musical. All around us in pop culture Alexander Hamilton is praised as a hero. But when we look closely at what he has done, is he a hero or a villain of liberty?

Sep 08, 2021
189. Why Should You Care About Austrian Economics?

Today, Connor and Brittany are joined by Jeff Deist, the president of the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. They discuss Austrian economics, and why it's so important to the concept of individual liberty and economic freedom.

Sep 06, 2021
188. How Do Statistics Work?

You’ve probably heard a lot of statistics thrown around in the last year with Covid. But statistics can be super misleading. In fact, they’re notorious for being twisted around by whoever is putting them together.

Sep 03, 2021
187. What Is An "Appeal to Emotions?"

Logical fallacies are all around us. Building on a previous episode, Emma and Brittany talk about the "appeal to emotions" and how it can be used against you in a philosophical discussion or debate.

Sep 01, 2021
186. What Does the "Candlestick Makers Petition" Teach Us?

Imagine a light company trying to sue the sun for stealing its jobs. Sounds ridiculous, but these types of protectionist complaints actually happen today in real life. In Frédéric Bastiat's "Candlestick Makers Petition" he uses satire to explain protectionism. But his comical piece later turned into a reality when a landscaping labor union tried to sue goats for stealing their jobs.

Aug 30, 2021
185. Can You Use Bitcoin As Money?

Today, Brittany and Connor sit down and talk with Austin Craig from the documentary, "Life on Bitcoin." Austin will explain how he was able to live off this crypto currency for several months and the obstacles he faced along the way.

Aug 27, 2021
184. Why Is Health Important?

If there is anything the pandemic has taught us, it’s the importance of health. But all too often people rely on the government to tell them what health standards to follow. But history has shown us that the government isn’t always the best entity to tell us what’s healthy and what is not.

Aug 25, 2021
183. Was Ron Paul Right? Part II

In Part II of this two-part episode, Emma and Brittany discuss President Biden's decision to pull US troops out of Afghanistan, why this has been such a big deal, and how the entire situation shows that, once again, Ron Paul was right about foreign policy all along.

Aug 23, 2021
182.Was Ron Paul Right? Part I

In Part I of this two-part episode, Emma and Brittany discuss President Biden's decision to pull US troops out of Afghanistan, why this has been such a big deal, and how the entire situation shows that, once again, Ron Paul was right about foreign policy all along.

Aug 23, 2021
181. What Are Subsidies?

The government shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers, but when governments give money to some companies to give them a leg up on the competition, that’s exactly what happens.

Aug 20, 2021
180. Why Is Self-Esteem Important?

Having good self-esteem and being confident in your abilities isn’t just good for your own well being, it helps other people too.

Aug 18, 2021
179. Who Are Your Heroes?

Today, Emma and Brittany talk about what makes someone a hero and give some examples of their own heroes.

Aug 16, 2021
178. How Can We "Sell" Liberty?

We all believe in the importance of liberty. But how can we best sell these ideas to others who might not be so sure?

Aug 13, 2021
177. What Is Critical Race Theory?

Should a person be judged by the content of their character, or the color of their skin? Our country was founded in the belief that all men are created equal, but there are new(ish) ideologies that threaten this belief and seek to have be judged solely on their ethnicity.

Aug 11, 2021
176. Why Was Martin Luther King Jr. So Important?

Most of us know who Martin Luther King jr. is, but today Connor and Brittany talk about what he can teach us about equality under the law and even civil disobedience.

Aug 09, 2021
175. How Were The French and American Revolutions Different?

The American Revolution was important not just for our own country, but for the entire world as well. While the French sought freedom from its own oppressive monarchy around the same time as the U.S., their motives were a bit different from the American colonists.

Aug 06, 2021
174. How Can Gratitude Make You Happier?

Life can be scary and difficult, but remembering to be grateful for what you have can help keep you happy even during the darkest of times.

Aug 04, 2021
173. Why Are Daily Routines So Important?

Productivity is an important part of building a successful life. One way you can improve your productivity is by having daily routines to keep you anchored and driven.

Aug 02, 2021
172. What is a Mentor, and How Can You Find One?

Everyone needs professional advice at some point in their career, and mentorships are a great way to get the information you need and stay accountable while you build your career.

Jul 30, 2021
171. What is the Fixed Pie Fallacy?

Is there only a fixed amount of wealth in this world, or can people create an infinite amount of value? On today's episode, Brittany and Emma discuss.

Jul 28, 2021
170. How Did Music Help Destroy Communism?

Art and music are powerful tools against the establishment. And during the cold war, when Eastern European was cutoff from most of western civilization and capitalism, rock & roll's influence couldn't be stopped.

Jul 26, 2021
169. What's Wrong with The Olympics?

Olympic season is upon us. But while many get excited to watch the games, there are many genuine concerns about the economic consequences of the Olympic games.

Jul 23, 2021
168. Who Was Lysander Spooner?

The government hates competition. But one man once dared to take on the United States Postal Service, creating a free market alternative... until he was shut down.

Jul 21, 2021
167. What Are Federal Agencies?

TSA, DEA, FDA... we are surrounded by federal agencies that have way too much power. On today's episode, we discuss what these agencies are and how they impact our daily lives.

Jul 19, 2021
166. Why Are Communities So Important for Individual Liberty?

Author Max Borders joins Brittany and Connor to discuss the important role communities play in promoting individual liberty and limited government.

Jul 16, 2021
165. What Is Objective Truth?

These days, you hear people talking about "their truth." Everyone seems to think they live in their own version of reality, but in a world where everyone has their own beliefs about what is true and what is not, is there any objective truth? Brittany and Emma discuss.

Jul 14, 2021
164. Who Is Satoshi Nakamoto?

You may have heard of Bitcoin and Blockchain, but have you ever heard of the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto? Today Brittany and Emma talk about the mysterious creator of Bitcoin, who walked away from the project as soon as it was born.

Jul 12, 2021
163. Who is Joe Gebbia?

The best entrepreneurs are those we dare to challenge the status quo. Airbnb cofounder Joe Gebbia took on the hotel industry by always asking the question, "how can I make this better?"

Jul 09, 2021
162. How Can You Make The Most of Your Summer?

Summer is here! But how can you make the most out of these three months of sunshine? Emma and Brittany offer a few ideas to make the most out of your summer.

Jul 07, 2021
161. Who Was Leonard Read?

If you're a fan of the Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil, you might have heard of Leonard Read. Read not only wrote I, Pencil, the book that inspired the Tuttle Twins book, he also founded the Foundation for Economic Education.

Jul 05, 2021
160. What Are Your Favorite Stories from The Revolutionary War?

In honor of Independence Day, Connor and Brittany talk about some of their favorite stories to come out of the Revolutionary War era and the founding of the United States.

Jul 02, 2021
159. How Can You Control Your Emotions?

Many of the courageous heroes we have discussed have one thing in common: an ability to think rationally and control their feelings. Today, Connor and Brittany brainstorm some ways to help you learn how to control your emotions and think about the facts, not just your feelings.

Jun 30, 2021
158. How Did One Man Save the World from Nuclear War?

Individuals can change the world. In 1983, Stanislav Petrov used logic to think rationally and avoid a nuclear war that would have changed the course of history.

Jun 28, 2021
157. How Did the 16th Amendment Change Life for All Americans?

There was a time in this country when we didn't have an income tax. Americans were allowed to keep all the money they had worked so hard to get. But when the 16th Amendment was ratified, all that changed.

Jun 25, 2021
156. A Year of "The Way The World Works!"

Connor and Brittany share their favorite memories and episodes from the past year and discuss why this podcast is so important for families.

Jun 23, 2021
155. How Can Entrepreneurship Fight Poverty?

Today, Connor and Brittany welcome Magatte Wade to the show, an incredible entrepreneur who is using the market to fight African poverty.

Jun 21, 2021
154. Who Was John D. Rockefeller?

John D. Rockefeller has a lot to teach us about self-control, focus, and work ethic that he later applied in life to show the world what can be accomplished with purpose, vision, planning, and execution.

Jun 18, 2021
153. What Do You Know About the Great Chicken Sandwich War of 2019?

Brand wars are an exciting demonstration of the market in action. In 2019, Popeyes and Chick-fil-A battled over who had the best chicken sandwich. As a result, consumers were the winners by having more delicious options at their disposal.

Jun 16, 2021
152. Who Were Sophie and Hans Scholl?

Heroes come in all ages. The Scholl siblings were just college students when they took on the Third Reich and stood up to the Nazis with their powerful words.

Jun 14, 2021
151. Who Is Richard Branson?

We love a good risk-taking, rugged, entrepreneur, and Richard Branson is exactly that. Today Connor and Brittany tell the story of Branson's many entrepreneurial ventures and how he has revolutionized every industry he's ever worked in.

Jun 11, 2021
150. Why Are People Scared of Innovation?

People have been scared of technological innovation since machines first came around during the Industrial Revolution. But why this fear of tech? And are any of these fears reasonable?

Jun 09, 2021
149. How Did Pepsi and Coke start the greatest "Brand War" in American History?

Competition makes the world go round. When companies compete for consumers, we all win. Pepsi and Coca-Cola have been fighting the "Cola Wars" since the late 1800s and the story behind this epic brand war is fascinating!

Jun 07, 2021
148. Welcome to Emma!

Emma Phillips is joining the podcast starting today! Learn a little bit about her in this brief episode.

Jun 04, 2021
147. What Are the Silliest Laws in America?

We live in a country with way too many laws, many of them completely unnecessary. Today, our hosts go down a list of some of the most absurd laws across the country.

Jun 02, 2021
146. How Should We Deal with Difficult People?

In life you're going to have to deal with people you don't get along with–that is just the way the world works. Today, Connor and Brittany talk about their own experiences and some tips on dealing with difficult people.

May 31, 2021
145. What is the Third Amendment?

The Third Amendment is not the most popular amendment, in fact it is not often spoken about. However, its history and its reason for being included in the Bill of Rights is just as important as all the others.

May 28, 2021
144. Who is Thomas Sowell?

Thomas Sowell is one of the most important living economist and philosopher. Today Brittany and Connor will discuss what makes him so relevant to our world today.

May 26, 2021
143. Should Big Tech Be Regulated?

The internet used to be the "wild west" of the world where everyone was free to say and do as they please. Today, big tech (Google, and FB) have started censoring what can be said. This isn't great, but what is the solution? Should government regulate big tech, or are there other ways?

May 24, 2021
142. Who Was William Wilberforce?

England abolished slavery before the United States, and one of the primary reasons for this was a man name William Wilberforce and his dedication to ending this horrible practice.

May 21, 2021
141. What is the Leviathan Crisis?

Today Connor and Brittany introduce the latest Tuttle Twins book, "The Tuttle Twins and The Leviathan Crisis."

May 19, 2021
140. What Is Nostalgia And Why Is It Important?

Ever notice how we miss things from our past, so much so that we go out of our way to play with old toys or watch old movies. Today Connor and Brittany dive into the reasons behind the powerful force called "nostalgia."

May 17, 2021
139. Who Were Rose and Laura Wilder?

This mother/daughter duo endured great hardships that made them stronger people. They also teamed up together to write one of the most popular children's book in history.

May 14, 2021
138. What is the Fourteenth Amendment?

The Bill of Rights are popular for being the first ten ratified. But there are other important amendments too. Today Brittany and Connor discuss the Fourteenth Amendment and how it holds the states accountable to the Constitution.

May 12, 2021
137. What is the Fifth Amendment?

Today Brittany and Connor continue discussing the amendments in the Bill of Rights, this time discussing the very important Fifth Amendment.

May 10, 2021
136. How did McDonald's Change The World?

When you think of McDonald's you might think of the Big Mac or maybe a McFlurry, but there is more to this global fast food chain than meets the eye. Behind this businesses is a story of innovation and entrepreneurship that can be inspirational to each of us

May 07, 2021
135. Can We Be Both Hero and Villain?

Building on previous episodes about the hero's journey, today Connor and Brittany talk about how you can be both hero and villain.

May 05, 2021
134. What Can Girl Scout Cookies Teach Us About Economics?

Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookie season, but there is more in those boxes than just delicious cookies. In fact, Girl Scout Cookie season can teach us a lot about an economic term called "scarcity."

May 03, 2021
133. Do Men Really Earn More Money Than Women?

There is a common belief that men earn more than women. But is this really true, or is there more to this story than mainstream economists and politicians would have you believe?

Apr 30, 2021
132. What Is the Tenth Amendment?

From both the federal and state governments, the gig economy is under attack. But what is the gig economy and why is it so important?

Apr 28, 2021
131. What Can Legos Teach Us about Entrepreneurship and Innovation?

Legos are one of the world's most cherished toys. But the untold story of the inventor of Legos is one of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Apr 26, 2021
130. Could You Be An Accidental Criminal?

When someone breaks the rules, or the law, they should understand the rule or law they are breaking, right? Well in some cases people have been given criminal convictions for breaking laws that they didn't even know they were breaking.

Apr 23, 2021
129. Did Covid or the government kill The Economy?

With so many businesses shutdown, the U.S. economy is struggling. But while so many people want to blame the virus for the economy, it was the government who caused it to tumble.

Apr 21, 2021
128. Who was Harriet Tubman?

One of the most courageous heroes in American history is Harriet Tubman, who used the Underground Railroad to bring free over 300 slaves. Today, Connor and Brittany share her story.

Apr 19, 2021
127. Should COVID Vaccines Be Mandatory?

With COVID Vaccines now being distributed, many government officials are talking about "vaccination passports," paperwork that would restrict a lot of our daily activities UNLESS we can prove we have been vaccinated? Should vaccines be mandatory, and is that even constitutional?

Apr 16, 2021