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September 3, 2019
One Hundred years after the Treaty of Versailles ended World War I, Victor Davis Hanson argues that the effects of the agreement are widely misunderstood. In this episode, we look at Versailles in the context of the wider war (and the wartime diplomacy of the era), examine the American role in World War I, parse the claim that the First World War was little more than a tragic mistake, and scrutinize claims that modern geopolitical tensions have parallels to those of 1914.
August 27, 2019
On the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Victor Davis Hanson reflects on how the short-lived German-Soviet treaty shaped the course of World War II — and what it revealed about the leadership styles of both Hitler and Stalin.
July 30, 2019
Victor Davis Hanson explores the factors driving the social, economic, and political decline of California.
July 25, 2019
Victor Davis Hanson explains why a change in circumstances since the Bush years necessitate a changed approach to the U.S. relationship with Iran.
May 21, 2019
With a new wave of congressional  progressives claiming America is insufficiently committed to social justice, Victor Davis Hanson defends the country’s history of progress — and explains why it was dependent on traditions of western civilization that the critics now denounce.
May 16, 2019
Victor Davis Hanson examines the strategic calculations behind China’s economic, political, military, and cultural initiatives.
February 7, 2019
Victor Davis Hanson chronicles the factors that have led to the decline of American higher education and considers the prospects for recovery.
January 15, 2019
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the current debate over immigration and the border wall, arguing that illegal immigration from Latin America actually subverts the goal of a more diverse country.
December 14, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson takes a historical lens to Donald Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again.” Have such things been done in the past? Have certain gifted leaders been able to arrest and even reverse nations in seemingly inexorable decline? Professor Hanson discusses the small group of leaders he believes met that mandate, and explains what they have in common.
November 19, 2018
With the midterm elections underscoring the deep divides in American politics, Victor Davis Hanson gives his diagnosis of the factors driving political polarization.
October 31, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson explores the modern history of the US relationship with China and Russia — and explains the lessons for present-day relations with Beijing and Moscow.
October 26, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how identity politics, political correctness, socialist-leaning economic policy, and cultural elitism are combining to ruin the Democratic Party’s ability to appeal to the center.
August 28, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the political, cultural, and economic factors that are driving Americans towards mutual animosity.
August 21, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson tracks the historical trajectory of NATO — and explains the factors that threaten its future viability.
July 3, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson covers foreign policy and domestic affairs in a wide-ranging conversation about some of the most unexpected developments in world politics: from the seemingly inverse relationship between economic liberty and political freedom in China to the diminishing influence of the Middle East to an America that seems to grow weaker as it grows more prosperous.
July 2, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson responds to the rhetorical escalation over immigration policy, explains how political dynamics in Mexico are shaping the current migration influx, and reflects on what a sensible immigration policy would look like.
April 19, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson describes the philosophical conceits employed by defenders of illegal immigration — and explains how they’re undermining American society. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 20:35)
April 16, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson describes how President Trump’s unconventional approach to foreign policy has often proved to be more effective than the conventional wisdom proffered by the Washington establishment. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 20:00)
March 10, 2018
The Hoover Institution hosted a discussion and a preview of the new film The Price of Peace from Free to Choose Media. How do we prevent war? How do we maintain peace? These questions have been posed by nations and people throughout history. The insights of historian and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson guide this documentary investigation of the United States’ successful deterrence of enemy aggression in the past and the efforts to sustain it in an era of rogue nations and nuclear proliferation. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 44:01)
February 21, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson argues that the best way to upend insular elites is to relocate political institutions out of cosmopolitan settings. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 19:56)
February 13, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson considers the accomplishments of the Trump Administration's first year, looks at the president's shortcomings, and assesses what's next for both the Democratic opposition and Never Trump Republicans. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 19:12)
January 27, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson describes how Donald Trump is systematically dismantling the legacy of the Obama Administration ... and explains why it's paying such rich dividends for the country. (Playing time: 24:32)
January 18, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on efforts to protect children brought into the United States illegally, considers how a humane immigration policy can be reconciled with America's national interests, and explains why paeans to diversity mask some of the most difficult issues surrounding immigration policy. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (20:24)
December 18, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson explains how identity politics threatens to undue America's standing as one of history's few successful multi-ethnic societies. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (20:23)
December 13, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the cultural factors that helped fuel -- and conceal -- widespread misconduct by powerful men in Hollywood and Washington. (Playing time: 16:35)
December 7, 2017
Seventy-six years ago, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America went to war. Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover senior fellow and author of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, discusses lessons learned from that conflict’s successes and failures and how they apply today. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 50:30)
November 2, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson takes listeners on a behind-the-scenes look at his career, including his rise through academia, the decline of military history as a scholarly discipline, the importance of visiting battlefields, and why he felt compelled to write a new book on World War II. (Playing time: 21:41)
October 30, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson gives listeners a guided tour of his new book, "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won." (Playing time: 21:04)
October 4, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the hobby horse issues of various identity politics groups—Black Lives Matter, LGBT advocates, modern feminists, and Hispanic activists—and explains how each of them are overlooking more dire threats facing their communities. (Playing time: 15:43)
September 26, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson critiques the recent wave of national anthem protests in the NFL, explains why the league's activism can't be squared with the way it actually does business, and considers the importance of politics-free zones in American life. (Playing time: 14:32)
August 16, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson places the new film Dunkirk in its full historical context, explaining the events that preceded it, the scope of the challenges facing the British military, and the reason why German forces didn't strike a killing blow despite Allied vulnerability.(Playing time: 17:38)
August 8, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the the threat North Korea poses to the US and our Asian allies, explains how 30 years of bipartisan failures led us to this point, and describes the horrors that would accompany a war on the Korean Peninsula. (Playing time: 13:05)
July 21, 2017
In an era of technology and automation, does tough physical work still matter? Victor Davis Hanson says the answer is yes -- and that, in fact, we have an innate desire to do work with our own two hands. Listen as he explores the cultural, intellectual, and psychological reasons that we should be wary of a future that promises the end of manual labor. (Playing time: 15:40)
July 14, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson examines the major foreign policy challenges facing the Trump Administration, including how to properly calibrate the US relationship with Russia, how to defang a nuclear North Korea, and how to combat terrorism as ISIS shifts to a new era. (Playing time: 16:09)
June 21, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson examines the growing political and cultural rifts between Red and Blue America, looks at the historical precedents for such alienation, and provides recommendations for how Americans can once again learn to live with one another. (Playing time: 20:32)
June 15, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson traces the parallels between President Trump and the Roman emperor Claudius, explaining what the former can learn from the latter. (Playing time: 18:56)
May 18, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson describes the Trump Administration's challenges with Russia, North Korea, and China. He also weighs in on the recent debate between Rex Tillerson and John McCain over the proper balance between advancing America's national security interests and advocating for human rights abroad. (Playing time: 15:57)
May 2, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the Left's rhetoric on the environment, immigration, and higher education have become increasingly divorced from reality. (Playing time: 17:59)
April 25, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how American warfare has changed since Vietnam and explains the implications for today's policymakers. (Playing time: 16:21)
April 13, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson examines how permissive attitudes towards illegal immigration undermine respect for the rule of law and traditional notions of citizenship.
April 7, 2017
On the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I, Victor Davis Hanson looks at the Great War's legacy in terms of politics, foreign policy, and military history.
February 17, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson explores the factors that led to widespread defeats for Democrats in 2016 -- and warns of trends within the party that may prevent it from commanding electoral majorities anytime soon.
February 10, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson examines the early initiatives coming out of the Trump Administration and reflects on whether the new president's momentum is sustainable over the long run.
January 28, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson explains how political and cultural changes in California have eroded the state's status as a national leader.
January 19, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson examines the constituent parts of Donald Trump's political beliefs and attempts to deduce the animating principles of Trumpism.
December 19, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson describes how higher education and the media have eroded -- and provides recommendations for reforming each.
December 15, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the controversies around Donald Trump's relationship with the Russian government and analyzes the trajectory of Washington's relationship with Moscow.
December 6, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson provides cultural and historical context for Donald Trump's presidential victory and speculates on what the early days of the new administration may yield.
November 16, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson talks about the just concluded 2016 presidential election and its implications for the future.
October 29, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson points to a future in which many of America's key political, social, and media institutions will erode as a consequence of the 2016 election cycle.
September 23, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson explains why the waning months of Barack Obama's presidency may turn out to be one of the most volatile periods for national security that America has seen in decades.
September 4, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson examines Donald Trump’s shifting tone on immigration — and provides a prescription for what a sensible immigration policy should look like.
August 30, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson explores the tensions between technological progress and cultural vitality.
August 21, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the year 1941 transformed World War II from a regional conflict into a global conflagration—and explains how lessons from that era apply to modern foreign policy challenges.
July 15, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors that may predict an irreversible American decline.
July 5, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors that may predict an irreversible American decline.
June 24, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson analyzes what Britain’s exit from the EU means for the future of European culture and international security.
June 15, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson looks at why America has been the historical exception to the failure of multiethnic societies – and examines the trends threatening to undo that accomplishment.
June 2, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson describes how a new class of young, entitled, culturally conformist leaders are rising to power in Washington, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley.
May 21, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson describes how progressive clichés like “settled science” and “the right side of history” distort political thought.
April 30, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson considers the issues that will face the next President of the United States both at home and abroad.
April 19, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors behind European decline – and analyzes whether they will soon manifest in the United States as well.
April 4, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson presents a Decalogue to guide the behavior of the next inhabitant of the Oval Office.
March 29, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the prospect of a contested GOP convention and the decision points in a general election that could pit Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton.
March 16, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how a declining respect for the rule of law and a rising tide of multiculturalism combine to exacerbate the problem of illegal immigration.
March 12, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson separates myth from fact in an in-depth discussion of the second Gulf War.
March 4, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson considers a future in which it’s increasingly likely Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee.
February 27, 2016
From Bernie to Beyonce, a look at the multitude of factors driving America’s cultural instability.
February 20, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how three events – the American intervention in Libya, the failure to maintain a military presence in Iraq, and the lack of follow-through on the Syrian “red line – led to the present instability in the Middle East.
February 17, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson examines the factors that have led to a decline in the quality – and an increase in the cost – of American higher education over the past several decades.
February 9, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson explains the dangers inherent in Donald Trump’s presidential bid – and why it would also be a mistake for Republicans to ignore his supporters.
January 13, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson explains the fundamentals of deterrence, looks at historical examples of its failures and successes, and examines how the Obama Administration has failed to use the strategy.
January 8, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson provides a series of New Year’s Resolutions for a politically correct America.
December 18, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson examines the fallout from the recent terror attack in San Bernardino and how it is shaping the 2016 presidential election.
December 1, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson surveys the history of missile defense initiatives and considers how the technology will have to adapt to new national security threats.
November 21, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the recent controversies attending free speech and political correctness on college campuses.
November 5, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the increasing tensions between rural Americans and their urban cousins and considers the implications for the nation’s politics and culture.
October 30, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson pulls away from the media’s stories du jour to examine the broader trends shaping the 2016 presidential election.
October 20, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the disjuncture between the values progressives claim to hold and the way they actually lead their lives.
October 2, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how current tensions in the European Union could lead to political fissures throughout the continent.
September 26, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the latest developments in both the Republican and Democratic presidential fields and considers what effect President Obama’s legacy will have on his successor.
September 14, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson considers the trajectory of the West’s war with terrorism and radical Islam in the fourteen years since the 9/11 attacks.
September 5, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson examines the dynamics within both the Republican and the Democratic Parties that are keeping Donald Trump’s presidential campaign afloat.
August 21, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the political dynamics surrounding congressional approval of the Iran deal and analyzes President Obama’s increasingly desperate defense of the pact.
August 15, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the controversies surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and explains how they reflect on deeper currents in US politics.
August 8, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson considers the chances of a US deal with the Iranian regime sparking a new war in the Middle East.
July 31, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson looks at what he considers the four great threats to US national security: Russia, China, Iran, and ISIS.
July 25, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson discusses the recent murder by an illegal immigrant in the sanctuary city of San Francisco and considers whether popular opinion on the topic of immigration is changing.
July 9, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson examines how social media and the growing influence of political correctness have led to a society in a perpetual state of outrage.
July 3, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson explains the elements of Greek national character that have led the country to the brink of economic calamity — and examines the implications for the future.
June 26, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson examines the impact of California’s ongoing drought and explains how it represents a microcosm of the state’s decline.
June 13, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the intellectual pathologies bred by Western affluence.
June 11, 2015
Victor Davis Hanson explores the consequences of huge inflows of immigrants into Europe and the United States.
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