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October 21, 2019
In this episode, George Weigel discusses his latest book, “The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform.”
October 18, 2019
On this episode, Robby Soave discusses his recent book, “Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump.”
October 15, 2019
David Bromwich discusses his book “American Breakdown: The Trump Years and How They Befell Us.”
October 11, 2019
Mary Eberstadt comes on the podcast to discuss her latest book, “Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics.”
October 7, 2019
Robert Wilken discusses his new book “Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom.”
October 4, 2019
Alexander Riley discusses his book “Angel Patriots: The Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America.”
September 30, 2019
In this episode, Mark Bauerlein and Peter Skerry discuss political hierarchies, populism, and the power of the media.
September 27, 2019
Greg Lukianoff discusses “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure," the book he co-authored with Jonathan Haidt.
September 20, 2019
Adeline Allen joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss how gestational surrogacy is dehumanizing—both for the child and for the birth mother.
September 13, 2019
On this episode, Robert Delfino discusses his book “Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas.”
September 6, 2019
Dale Ahlquist joins Mark to discuss G. K. Chesterton’s life and legacy—and what he would have made of today’s populist movements.
September 5, 2019
In this episode, Matthew Mehan discusses children’s literature, the power of poetry, and his recent book, “Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals.”
August 30, 2019
Marygrace Sexton joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the dangers of technology and how to combat smartphone addiction.
August 23, 2019
David Horowitz discusses his latest book, “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America.”
August 20, 2019
Tracy Lee Simmons joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the many benefits of studying Latin and the classics.
August 16, 2019
In this episode, Francis Beckwith discusses his book “Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant.”
August 9, 2019
C. R. Wiley discusses his latest book, “The Household and the War for the Cosmos: Recovering a Christian Vision for the Family.”
August 9, 2019
Pastor Kevin Martin and Editor R. R. Reno discuss the proper role of missions in the church—and why missionary work and “proselytizing“ are two very different things.
August 6, 2019
Kay Hymowitz joins Mark to discuss the loneliness epidemic in America.
August 2, 2019
Theodore Dalrymple discusses his book of essays “The Terror of Existence: From Ecclesiastes to Theatre of the Absurd,” co-authored with Kenneth Francis.
July 26, 2019
Samuel Gregg discusses his latest book, “Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization.”
July 19, 2019
On this episode, Timothy Goeglein discusses his book “American Restoration: How Faith, Family, and Personal Sacrifice Can Heal Our Nation.”
July 18, 2019
Bruce Frohnen discusses his book “Coming Home: Reclaiming America’s Conservative Soul.”
July 12, 2019
In this episode, Myron Magnet discusses his latest book, “Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution.”
July 3, 2019
Gerald Russello joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss “Russell Kirk’s Concise Guide to Conservatism.”
June 28, 2019
In this episode, Mark Bauerlein asks R. R. Reno about his 2016 book, “Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society.”
June 21, 2019
Ashley Berner joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss her book “Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School.”
June 14, 2019
David Moore discusses how Christians should talk about controversial topics in a polarized society, as well as how churches can reach out to those who consider themselves believers, but are also “done” with organized religion.
June 13, 2019
Paul Gottfried discusses his book “Fascism: The Career of a Concept” and the defining characteristics of a fascist regime.
June 7, 2019
Sohrab Ahmari discusses common good conservatism and his recent essay: “Against David French-ism.”
June 6, 2019
Dana Gioia joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Elizabeth Jennings, and Gioia's latest collection of essays, “The Catholic Writer Today.”
May 31, 2019
In this episode, Wilfred McClay discusses American history and his new book, “Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story.”
May 24, 2019
Dominic Green joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the aftermath of Brexit and the political situation in the United Kingdom.
May 17, 2019
Michael Pakaluk discusses his new book: “The Memoirs of St. Peter: A New Translation of the Gospel According to Mark.”
May 17, 2019
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein chats with Arthur Brooks about his latest book, “Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from Our Culture of Contempt.“
May 10, 2019
Matthew Wright and senior editor Mark Bauerlein discuss Wright's latest book: “A Vindication of Politics: On the Common Good and Human Flourishing.”
May 10, 2019
High schooler Braeden Sorbo joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss Gen Z.
May 3, 2019
Carson Holloway joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the proper role of the judicial branch in American political life.
April 26, 2019
Jacob Howland joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the misguided elimination of many of the humanities programs at the University of Tulsa.
April 19, 2019
Ryan Marr joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss John Henry Newman’s upcoming canonization and the theology of sainthood.
April 12, 2019
Charlie Copeland joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the decline of free speech on the college campus.
April 5, 2019
Fr. Peter Stravinskas joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the fate of Catholic schools in America and the work of the Catholic Education Foundation.
March 29, 2019
Tricia Bruce joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the large swath of Americans who self-identify as ”partially Catholic”—neither completely in nor completely out of the Church.
March 22, 2019
Salvatore Babones joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss William Jennings Bryan, the populist tradition in American history, Donald Trump, and Babones's latest book: ”The New Authoritarianism."
March 21, 2019
Author and Notre Dame priest-professor Wilson D. Miscamble tracks how Father Ted Hesburgh, longtime president of Notre Dame, transformed Catholic higher education in the postwar era and explores how he became a much-celebrated voice in America at large. Yet, beyond the hagiography that often surrounds Hesburgh’s legacy lies another more complex and challenging story. What exactly were his contributions to higher learning; what was his involvement in the civil rights movement; and what was the nature of his role as adviser to popes and presidents? Reverend Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C. joined the permanent faculty in the History Department at Notre Dame in 1988. He chaired the History Department from 1993 to 1998. He also served as Rector and Superior of Moreau Seminary (2000–2004), the principal formation site for the Congregation of Holy Cross in North America. Fr. Miscamble’s primary research interests are American foreign policy since World War II and the role of Catholics in twentieth-century U.S. foreign relations.
March 21, 2019
In a liberal democratic age, two words are widely used to contrast what liberal democracy is not: aristocracy and populism. Yet, we have both political factions emerging today in new and caustic forms that pit an increasingly corrupt elite against an increasingly coarse and angry populace. Both are morally adrift and engaged in politics as an assertion of power, albeit for different reasons. While the current trajectory of the West would appear to be an ongoing and inconclusive battle between these two factions, classical political theory understood that only an appropriately mixed regime could correct and even elevate the shortcomings of an opposing faction. In an age in which monarchy and inherited titles are rightly suspect, is there nevertheless a prospect for a mixed regime in the modern age that goes beyond pitting elite against populace and vice-versa, and which might instead give rise to a fruitful combination? In this lecture, Patrick Deneen will envision the prospects for an ennobled aristoi and a more refined populace. He will at once acknowledge the persistence of class and inequality even in a democratic age (denying a path forward lies in a growing sympathy for socialism), but will propose that only a well-formed elite can support a humane condition of the populace, and only a well-formed populace can fruitfully restrain the hubris of a liberal elite and even orient them toward virtue. Through such a mixed regime, practices supporting a common good might emerge, correcting the core weakness of a liberal order designed to forestall such a possibility.
March 18, 2019
Mark Lilla joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss identitarianism in America and his book ”The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.”
March 8, 2019
Mark Regnerus and senior editor Mark Bauerlein discuss worldwide trends in marriage and Regnerus's forthcoming book: "The Future of Christian Marriage."
March 1, 2019
Michael Anton joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss his recent book, ”After the Flight 93 Election: The Vote That Saved America and What We Still Have to Lose.”
February 22, 2019
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein interviews Darel E. Paul about his book ”From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage.”
February 21, 2019
Abigail Rine Favale joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss her book “Into the Deep,” a memoir recounting her journey from radical secular feminism to the Catholic Church.
February 15, 2019
Glenn Stanton joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the work of Focus on the Family.
February 14, 2019
Peter Levine joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss voter turnout and civics engagement among young Americans.
February 8, 2019
At Hillsdale College, Eric Hutchinson is teaching a humanities course that W. H. Auden originally designed and taught at the University of Michigan in 1941. Hutchinson joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss.
February 1, 2019
Heather Mac Donald joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss her latest book, “The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture.”
January 25, 2019
In this episode, Mark interviews Daniel J. Mahoney about his latest book, ”The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity.”
January 24, 2019
Robby Soave and senior editor Mark Bauerlein discuss media dishonesty and what really happened between Nathan Phillips and the boys from Covington Catholic High School.
January 18, 2019
Kathryn Jean Lopez joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the March for Life 2019 and the state of the pro-life movement today.
January 11, 2019
Father Thomas Guarino joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss Guarino’s book “The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II: Continuity and Reversal in Catholic Doctrine.”
January 10, 2019
Michael Aeschliman joins Editor R. R. Reno to discuss the legacy of Lionel Trilling.
January 4, 2019
On this episode, senior editor Mark Bauerlein talks classical education with Robert Jackson of Great Hearts Academies.
December 14, 2018
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein chats with Richard Brookhiser about his new biography, ”John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court.”
December 7, 2018
Sajay Samuel joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the legacy of philosopher and Catholic priest Ivan Illich.
November 30, 2018
Keith Nix joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss classical education and the work of the Veritas School in Richmond, Virginia.
November 21, 2018
Alexander Riley and Mark discuss Émile Durkheim on religion and Riley’s book “Impure Play: Sacredness, Transgression, and the Tragic in Popular Culture.”
November 16, 2018
Jacques Berlinerblau joins Mark to discuss his latest book: “Campus Confidential: How College Works, or Doesn’t, for Professors, Parents, and Students.”
November 9, 2018
Claudia MacMillan joins Mark to discuss liberal education and the work of the Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
November 2, 2018
Mark interviews Frank Furedi about his latest book, “How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the 21st Century.”
October 26, 2018
Mark and Philip Hamburger discuss Hamburger’s new book, “Liberal Suppression.”
October 19, 2018
Sunil Iyengar of the National Endowment for the Arts joins Mark to discuss current trends in Americans’ engagement with theater, visual arts, music, and literature.
October 12, 2018
Charlotte Allen joins Mark to discuss the 11th-century monastic Peter Damian and what the Catholic Church today should learn from his “Liber Gomorrhianus.”
October 5, 2018
C. C. Pecknold joins Mark to discuss the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.
September 28, 2018
Hadley Arkes joins Mark to discuss why it’s a mistake for conservatives to adopt an absolutist position on free speech.
September 21, 2018
Mark interviews F. H. Buckley about his latest book, “The Republican Workers Party.”
September 14, 2018
John Witte joins Mark to discuss the Cambridge Law and Christianity series and the relationship between law and religion.
August 31, 2018
Michael Hanby joins Mark to discuss his 2016 First Things article “A More Perfect Absolutism.”
August 24, 2018
David Sheppe joins Mark to discuss the work of the organization American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Près Church
August 24, 2018
Chris Weir and Elisabeth Sullivan join Mark to discuss their work with the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, an organization dedicated to revitalizing Catholic schools through the classical tradition of the liberal arts
August 24, 2018
Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, joins Mark to discuss the chief problems in higher education today.
August 3, 2018
Geoffrey Vaughan, editor of the recent volume “Leo Strauss and His Catholic Readers,” joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss Strauss’s understanding of religion and Catholic Social Thought.
July 27, 2018
Mark Movsesian joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
July 20, 2018
Matthew Franck joins Mark to discuss Justice Kennedy’s retirement, “NIFLA v. Becerra,” and the implications of the “Masterpiece Cakeshop” ruling.
July 13, 2018
Andrew Balio, principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the state of classical music in America today.
June 29, 2018
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein asks editor R. R. Reno about the books that formed him in youth.
June 27, 2018
Matthias Storme and Diederik Boomsma join editor R. R. Reno to discuss the Paris Statement and the future of Europe.
June 22, 2018
Rachel Fulton Brown joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss her new book, “Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought.”
June 20, 2018
In the inaugural episode of "From the Editor's Office," editor R. R. Reno discusses the June/July print edition.
June 15, 2018
Mark and Nicholas Tampio discuss Tampio's book “Common Core: National Education Standards and the Threat to Democracy.”
June 1, 2018
Fr. Peter Stravinskas joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss Ireland’s abortion referendum. He also weighs in on recent events in Philadelphia, where the city government has cut ties with Catholic foster care providers that refuse to place children with same-sex couples.
May 30, 2018
Hostos Community College professors Andrea Fabrizio and Gregory Marks join senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss teaching the great books to a diverse student body in the Bronx.
May 14, 2018
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein is joined by Jeremy Tate, president and co-founder of the Classic Learning Test, to discuss the revitalization of standardized testing and American education.
April 30, 2018
Mark Bauerlein discusses three poems about winter by American greats Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens.
April 12, 2018
Michael Doran delivers the 2018 First Things Lecture in Washington, D.C. This lecture is also available in the pages of First Things and on firstthings.com.
April 4, 2018
Richard Spady discusses his essay "Economics as Ideology," published in the April 2018 issue of First Things.
March 21, 2018
David Oakley and senior editor Mark Bauerlein discuss Oakley’s book “Inside the Mind of Thomas More: The Witness of His Writings.”
February 27, 2018
Amy Wax joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss how our society’s abandonment of bourgeois norms and values has resulted in widespread behavioral dysfunction.
February 12, 2018
Philip Hamburger and Mark Bauerlein discuss Hamburger’s new book, “The Administrative Threat,” and the ways in which today’s administrative state curtails Americans’ basic constitutional freedoms.
December 23, 2017
On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Editor Rusty Reno talks with senior editor Julia Yost about the allegations and revelations of sexual misconduct that occupied Americans all this fall. Are we actually just re-learning that men and women are different? Then, Julia examines the function of nostalgia in the great American Christmas songs, especially those composed by Jewish songwriters.
December 18, 2017
Mark Movsesian and senior editor Mark Bauerlein discuss the Supreme Court’s oral argument session regarding “Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.”
December 7, 2017
Heather Mac Donald joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss how America’s high out-of-wedlock birthrate is at the heart of inner-city violence today.
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