The Great Antidote

By Juliette Sellgren

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Adam Smith said, "Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition." So join us for interviews with the leading experts on today's biggest issues to learn more about economics, policy, and much more.

Episode Date
Randy Barnett on the 14th Amendment

Randy E. Barnett, professor of constitutional law and Georgetown University and Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, joins us this week to discuss (what else?) The Constitution of the United States, the 14th Amendment, the controversial 'Privileges and Immunities" clause, and what constitutional law might look like in the future.

Jun 17, 2021
Shikha Dalmia on Nationalism

Shikha Dalmia, columnist at the Week, and former senior analyst at Reason, joins us this week to discuss Nationalism, its history, and its rise in the modern world.

Jun 10, 2021
Megan McArdle on Failure

Megan McArdle, economic columnist at the Washington Post, joins us this week to discuss her ideas on personal failure, and why it is such an important and crucial part of development and growth.

Jun 03, 2021
Nick Gillespie on Independents

Nick Gillespie, author, journalist, and former editor-in-chief at Reason joins us this week to discuss libertarianism, elections, voting, and his book Declaration of Independents. 

May 27, 2021
Sally Satel on Addiction

Sally Satel, M.D., psychiatrist, lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine, and  Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joins us this week to discuss the misguided perception of addiction, policies aimed at fighting addiction, and the future of public health.

May 20, 2021
Tim Carney on Cronyism

Tim Carney, columnist at the Washington Examiner and Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins us this week to discuss the Export-Import Bank (EXIM), corporate welfare, and all the forms of cronyism in the United States.

May 13, 2021
Matt Welch on Teachers Unions

Matt Welch, author, blogger, and journalist, joins us this week to discuss libertarianism, teachers unions, and the future of education in the United States.

May 06, 2021
Michelle Minton on Vaping

Michelle Minton, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, joins us this week to discuss vaping, tobacco use, sodium intake, and regulations for consumer products and practices viewed as "immoral."

Apr 29, 2021
Chris Edwards on "Infrastructure"

Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, joins us this week to discuss the Biden administration's latest infrastructure endeavor, similar undertakings from US history, and what infrastructure actually means.

Apr 22, 2021
Colin Grabow on the Jones Act

Colin Grabow, policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, joins us this week to discuss foreign trade, protectionism, and the Jones Act.

Apr 15, 2021
Liya Palagashvili on The Future Economy

Liya Palagashvili, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, joins us this week to discuss the gig and sharing economy, independent contractors vs, employees, and the future of work regulation.

Apr 08, 2021
Jason Riley on Black America

Jason Riley, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute,  journalist, and author joins us this week to discuss the history of black America, the civil rights era, and the future of black empowerment.

Apr 01, 2021
Will Rinehart on Broadband Internet

Will Rinehart, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity,  joins us this week to discuss broadband access, broadband adaption, and plans to connect the "unconnected" and rural communities.

Mar 25, 2021
Lisa Snell on School Choice

Lisa Snell, the director of K-12 education policy partnerships at the Charles Koch Institute,  joins us this week to discuss funding for schools, the current state of education, and school choice.

Mar 18, 2021
Adam Michel on Taxes

Happy tax season! Adam Michel, Senior Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation,  joins us this week to discuss the federal tax system, expenditures, and potential tax policy improvements. 

Mar 11, 2021
Shoshana Weissmann on Positivity in Politics

Shoshana Weissmann, Senior Manager of Digital Communications and Policy Fellow at R-Street,  joins us this week to discuss occupational licensing reform, quiet research, Section 230, and how to Twitter. 

Mar 04, 2021
Lenore Skenazy on Free Range Kids

Lenore Skenazy, co-founder and President of Let Grow and author of "Free-Range Kids", joins us this week to discuss modern parenting, the nanny state, and the revolutionary free-range kids movement.

Feb 25, 2021
Todd Zywicki on Law and Economics

Todd Zywicki, Professor of Law at George Mason University, Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute, and former Executive Director of the GMU Law and Economics Center, joins us this week to discuss the national debt, financial regulation, minimum wage, and Law & Economics. 

Feb 18, 2021
Brian Riedl on the Federal Budget

Brian Riedl, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and former staff director of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, joins us this week to discuss the federal budget, tax reform, the national debt, and the future of U.S. economic policy.

Feb 11, 2021
Radley Balko on Criminal Justice

Radley Balko, journalist, author, and criminal justice blogger, joins us this week to discuss the U.S. criminal justice system as a whole, the problems with crime labs, the militarization of the police, and the future of enforcement.

Feb 04, 2021
Ronald Bailey on Human Progress and the "End of Doom"

Welcome to Season 2 of the Great Antidote! Ron Bailey, the science correspondent for Reason Magazine, joins us this week to discuss human progress, the supposed impending apocalypse, COVID-19 innovations, and his new book "The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century." 

Jan 28, 2021
Season One Recap

The Great Antidote is wrapping up its first season with this very special episode. Juliette reflects back on some of her favorite responses to the now well-known question "What is the most important thing people my age (17) or in my generation should know but don't?"

Dec 17, 2020
Trevor Burrus on Guns

Trevor Burrus, research fellow in the Cato Institute’s Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies and editor‐​in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Reviewjoins us this week to discuss guns, gun owners, and gun laws.

Dec 10, 2020
Tevi Troy on the U.S. Presidency

Tevi Troy, best-selling presidential historian, and a former senior government official joins us this week to discuss the U.S. presidency, executive staff, and presidents of the past.

Dec 03, 2020
Robby Soave on College Radicals

Robby Soave, a Senior Editor at Reason, joins us to discuss college culture, activism, and intersectionality.

Nov 19, 2020
Scott Lincicome on Daylight Savings and Free Trade

Scott Lincicome, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Cato Institue and International Trade Attorney, joins us to discuss daylight-savings, free trade, and barriers to economic growth.

Nov 12, 2020
Eli Dourado on Technology and Stagnation

Eli Dourado, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University,  joins us to discuss economic stagnation, technology, and innovation. 

Nov 05, 2020
John F. Cogan on The National Debt

John F. Cogan, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University, joins us to discuss the national debt, the federal budget, and entitlement programs. 

Oct 29, 2020
Jennifer Huddleston on Big Tech and Antitrust

Jennifer Huddeston, director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum, joins us for the second part of the antitrust series to talk about antitrust and big tech. 

Oct 22, 2020
Don Boudreaux on Antitrust Laws

Don Boudreaux, GMU economics professor and blogger at Cafe Hayek, talks to us about the origins, purpose, and effects of antitrust laws in this two-part series about antitrust.

Oct 15, 2020
Jonathan Rauch on Cancel Culture and Free Speech

Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, contributing editor of National Journal and The Atlantic and author of many books including Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought, continues the conversation of free speech and talks to us about cancel culture. 

Oct 08, 2020
Rachel Greszler on Paid Leave

Rachel Greszler, a senior research fellow in the Grover M. Hermann Center for the federal budget at the Heritage Foundation, talks to us about paid leave and whether it should be government-provided or mandated for employers to provide.

Oct 01, 2020
David Boaz on Libertarianism

David Boaz, executive vice president of Cato Institute and author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, talks to us about the libertarian mind and philosophy. 

Sep 24, 2020
Greg Lukianoff on Free Speech

Greg Lukianoff, the President and CEO of FIRE and co-author of the book "The Coddling of The American Mind", talks to us about free speech, the evolution of free speech over time, and the coddling of the minds of young people in the United States. 

Sep 17, 2020
Chris Freiman on Voting

Chris Freiman, a philosophy professor at William & Mary University and author of "Why it's OK to Ignore Politics", talks to us about the economic and moral arguments of voting

Sep 10, 2020
Scott Bullock on Criminal Justice

Scott Bullock, president and general counsel of the Institute for Justice and who represented Susette Kelo in the Supreme Court case Kelo v. The City of New London, talks to us about civil asset forfeiture and eminent domain. 

Sep 03, 2020
Russ Roberts on How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

Russ Roberts, host of EconTalk, author of several books, and research fellow at Hoover Institution, talks to us about his book How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness.

Aug 27, 2020
Terry Anderson on Free Market Environmentalism

Terry Anderson, a founder of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) and senior fellow at Hoover Institution at Stanford University, talks to us about something that sounds like an oxymoron but isn't: free market environmentalism

Aug 20, 2020
Benjamin Powell on Sweat Shops

Benjamin Powell, North American editor of the Review of Austrian Economics and director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, answers all the questions you could have about sweatshops. 

Aug 13, 2020
Adam Thierer on Permissionless Innovation

Adam Thierer, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and author of multiple books about entrepreneurship, talks to us about permissionless innovation and evasive entrepreneurship.

Aug 06, 2020
Aaron Ross Powell on the Libertarian Vision

Aaron Ross Powell, director and editor of and the cohost of the Free Thoughts podcast, talks to us about his new book with Paul Matzko called Visions of Liberty.

Jul 30, 2020
Ben Jones on the death penalty

Ben Jones, assistant director of the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State University, talks to us about the history of the death penalty, the evidence against the death penalty, and the philosophical case against the death penalty. 

Jul 07, 2020
Dan McLaughlin on DC statehood and the alternatives

Dan McLaughlin, senior writer a the National Review and a former attorney, talks to us about DC statehood and the history of DC, and alternatives. 

Jul 05, 2020
Brent Skorup on Drones

Brent Skorup, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at GMU, talks to us about the future of technology, specifically drones, flying cars, and self driving cars. 

Jun 30, 2020
Peter Van Doren on The Value of Life

Peter Van Doren, editor of Regulation, talks to us about the value of life and other science-y things. 

Jun 29, 2020
Matthew Feeney on Section 230

Matthew Feeney, director of Cato Institute's Project on Emerging Technologies, talks to us about section 230 of the communications decency act and many common misunderstandings about it from all sides of the political spectrum. 

Jun 24, 2020
Thomas Hazlett on the FCC

Thomas Hazlett, former economic director of the Federal Communications Commission and Hugh Macaulay endowed professor of economics at Clemson, talks to us about the FCC, section 230, and the ways the government intervenes in technology. 

Jun 21, 2020
George Will on Conservatism and Baseball

George Will, columnist for the Washington Post, talks to us about conservatism, the current state of congress, the importance of a dynamic economy, and baseball. 

Jun 16, 2020
Baylen Linnekin on food regulation

Baylen Linnekin, food lawyer and author, talks to us about the different silly ways the government regulates food. 

Jun 14, 2020
Deirdre McCloskey on How We Got Rich

Deirdre McCloskey, author of many books, a professor of many topics, and columnist, talks to us about how we got rich, liberalism, and her sex change. 

Jun 09, 2020
Andrea O'Sullivan on Bitcoin

Andrea O'Sullivan, director of the Center for Technology and Innovation at the James Madison Institute, talks to us about bitcoin and other crypto currencies

Jun 08, 2020
Clark Neily on Police Abuse and What to do About It

In this special episode, Clark Neily, vice president for criminal justice at Cato Institute, talks to us about recent police abuse  events, how we got here, and what to do about it.

Jun 04, 2020
Ed Glaeser on the Unseen Beauty of Cities

Ed Glaeser, economics professor at Harvard University, talks to us about the housing crisis and the advantages brought on by urban life. 

Jun 02, 2020
Randy Barnett on Constitutional Law

Randy Barnett, professor of legal theory at Georgetown University and the legal mind behind the legal challenge against Obamacare's individual mandate, talks to us about constitutional law, originalism, and his new book with Josh Blackman, An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know. 

May 26, 2020
David French on the First Amendment

David French, attorney, fellow at the National Review Institute, and senior editor of The Dispatch, talks to us about freedom of speech, especially on college campuses, and the freedom of religion. 

May 23, 2020
Michael Strain on the American Dream

Michael Strain, director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and author of the book The American Dream is not Dead (but Populism Could Kill it), talks to us about the American Dream today and everything about populism!

May 19, 2020
Matt Mitchell on CON laws and Occupational Licensing

Matt Mitchell, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, talks to us about cronyism, Certificate Of Needs legislation, and occupational licensing.

May 17, 2020
Sarah Skwire on Pro Market Literature and Feminism

Sarah Skwire, author and senior fellow at Liberty Fund, is the first woman to be interviewed on the podcast! She talks to us about how literature and its relation to markets and about feminism. She gives lots of good book recommendations!

May 10, 2020
Bryan Caplan on Open Borders

Bryan Caplan, economics professor at George Mason University, regular blogger at EconLog, and author of Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration, talks to us about different aspects of immigration. 

May 05, 2020
Chris Edwards on What You Didn't Know About Wealth Inequality

Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at Cato and editor of , talks to us about common misconceptions of wealth inequality (and income inequality)

Apr 29, 2020
David Henderson on Liberation from Lockdown Now

David Henderson, author of multiple books and fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, talks to us about why the COVID-19 lockdown should end now. 

Apr 28, 2020
John Stossel on the Nanny State

John Stossel, author and journalist who was been on ABC, Fox Business Channel, and is now partnering with Reason, talks to us about consumer protection, the nanny state, and ridiculous ways the government wastes your money.

Apr 20, 2020
Johan Norberg on Dead Wrong Ideas

Johan Norberg, author of several books and Executive Director of Free To Choose Media, talks to us about his video series Dead Wrong, Sweden, globalization, and organic farming. 

Apr 20, 2020
Trevor Burrus on the Drug War

Trevor Burrus, research fellow at Cato Institute's Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, talks to us about the war on drugs.

Apr 20, 2020
Vernon Smith on Experimental Economics, the Nobel Prize, and Life

Vernon Smith, Nobel Prize winning economics professor at Chapman University, talks to us about experimental economics, intellectual influences, the value of mistakes, and the Nobel Prize. 

Apr 20, 2020
Don Boudreaux on Bad Policies People Love

In this interview with Don Boudreaux, GMU economics professor and blogger at Cafe Hayek, we explore policies that are loved by the public but are actually bad: price gouging, rent control, minimum wage, and tariffs. 

Apr 20, 2020
Matt Ridley on Ideas Having Sex

Matt Ridley, former science and technology editor for The Economist magazine and best-selling author, talks to us about his book The Rational Optimist and the exchange of ideas and the importance of science. 

Apr 20, 2020
Tyler Cowen on His Love Letter to Big Biz

In this interview with Tyler Cowen, economics professor at GMU and blogger at the Marginal Revolution, we talk about his book Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-hero.

Apr 20, 2020