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Blind Politics with Dr. A.J. Nolte

Blind Politics with Dr. A.J. Nolte

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Drawing on history, comparative politics and arguments based on political principles, Blind Politics seeks to examine current events and future trends both at home and abroad, and to answer the big questions behind the headlines. Along the way, we’ll strive to find common ground and practical solutions to complex, polarized and seemingly intractable political problems. Your host, Dr. A.J. Nolte is Assistant Professor at Regent University’s Robertson School of Government. Don’t forget to rate and subscribe on your favorite podcast provider!
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What if America's Not About to Collapse? The Good News That Might Make Everyone Mad: 4/14/21
People all across the country often throw out the claim that America is about to collapse... but what if that's not true? Dr. Nolte explores this assertion and explains why it's probably not actually the case.
April 15, 2021
Remind Me Which Party is the Big Business Party Again: April 7, 2021
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses corporations, political parties, and the relationship between the two.
April 7, 2021
The Case for Solidarity with Professor Albert Thompson: 3/26/2021
In this episode, Dr. Nolte explores the American Solidarity Party with Prof. Albert Thompson, discussing its beliefs, goals, and why it should be a political party more people consider.
March 26, 2021
Oh Fickle Fortune, or How Luck and Character Determine Political Destiny: 3/19/21
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses how luck and character determine political destinies by examining the trajectories of modern politicians such as AOC, Ted Cruz, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, and more.
March 19, 2021
A History of Race, Racism, and White Supremacy ft. Prof. Albert Thompson: 3/16/2021
In this episode, Dr. Nolte interviews Professor Albert Thompson of Howard University about issues related to race, racism, and white supremacy in the United States today.
March 17, 2021
Evangelicals, Immigration, and the Way Ahead for the GOP: 3/10/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses how Evangelicals and the topic of immigration will influence the GOP in the coming years.
March 10, 2021
Reflections on Black History Month: 3/3/2021
In this episode, Dr. Nolte reflects on Black History month in a comprehensive way, looking at race, history, the United States, politics, the Civil War, and the 1619 project.
March 3, 2021
Is it Time for the GOP to Like Ike Again? 2/24/2021
In this episode, Dr. Nolte examines the future of the GOP and delves into whether it is time for them to embrace Eisenhower again.
February 24, 2021
Politics in Virginia in 2021 with Julianne Condrey: 2/12/2021
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses what politics in Virginia will look like in 2021 with Regent student and Virginia lobbyist Julianne Condrey! Tune in to hear all about the upcoming Gubernatorial election and other important issues and races!
February 12, 2021
Why Iran Has My Spidey-Sense Tingling: 2/3/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses what's been happening in Iran since COVID hit, why it's likely they're severely under-reporting their numbers, and whether this could be the downfall of the Iranian regime. 
February 3, 2021
Trust the Science... Except When It's Politically Inconvenient: 1/20/21
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the problems in how we interpret science today; how we often tout science as the gold-standard which we should all listen to and abide by... except when it doesn't line up with the narrative that is being pushed.
January 20, 2021
Unpacking the Dangers of the Current Moment: 1/15/21
In the second episode of his series on the insurrection that took place in Washington, D.C. on January 6, Dr. Nolte continues to unpack what happened and analyzes what the dangers of the movement are moving forward.
January 15, 2021
In the Aftermath of Insurrection: 1/13/21
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the events that took place in Washington, D.C. on January 6th. He looks at the reasons the insurrection took place,  who the participants were,  and President Trump's relations to the events, as well as how other notable politicians have handled it.
January 13, 2021
Blind Politics Christmas Special, the Quest for the Historical Santa: 12/24/2020
In this special Christmas episode, Dr. Nolte explains how Santa IS real... just maybe not quite the jolly elf we're all thinking of! 
December 24, 2020
The Union Forever? 12/16/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses whether or not the United States is actually on the cusp of secession, a claim that has been thrown around frequently throughout the 2020 election cycle. He then explains why secession is actually a very unlikely scenario, using real-world examples from other countries.
December 16, 2020
Predicting Year 1 of the Biden Administration: 12/9/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses how he anticipates the first year of the Biden administration will go and what some of the difficulties will be. 
December 9, 2020
What the 2020 Election Might Tell Us About the Future of Politics: 12/4/2020
In this election, Dr. Nolte discusses the new trends and shifts we've seen in the wake of the 2020 election and discusses how they will impact American politics moving forward.
December 4, 2020
Dissecting Dems Down-Ballot Disaster: 12/2/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the recent election and the down-ballot disaster that the Democrats have been experiencing. 
December 2, 2020
The Meaning and Importance of Gratitude in Politics: 11/25/2020
In this special Thanksgiving-themed episode, Dr. Nolte reflects on the meaning and importance of gratitude in both our lives and politics.
November 25, 2020
A Post-Mortum on the Trump Administration: 11/18/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte reviews the last four years and analyzes the successes and failures of the Trump administration and those affiliated with it. 
November 18, 2020
Big Tech Challenges in the Next Congress: 11/13/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte dives deep into the Big Tech challenges that our nation, and the world, are facing. What are we going to do about how Big Tech controls social media platforms, how they influence our political behavior, their control over our searching and buying behavior, and their problematic alliances they make with dictatorships around the world? Dr. Nolte suggests that these questions will be some of the most important that our congress will be facing in the coming years.
November 13, 2020
Election Takeaways and the Road Ahead: 11/11/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses what we've learned from the 2020 election and what things will look like moving forward!
November 11, 2020
I Want Something Else: a Review of Third Parties in 2020. 10/28/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses third parties and how they can become relevant in American politics. He also discusses the costs and benefits of voting for them in the 2020 election and who some of the up-and-coming third parties are!
October 29, 2020
The Politics of Persuasion vs. the Politics of Self-Expression: 10/23/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses how the tactics used by those interested in politics to convert others to their side have changed over time.  He argues that returning to the use of persuasion will be necessary in order to move past the political stalemate we currently find ourselves in.
October 23, 2020
Trump and Biden on Foreign Policy: 10/14/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the different ways that Trump and Biden approach foreign policy. He discusses whose views are better on many different issues, and even uses jelly bean analogies to illustrate what we can expect from each of them! This is an episode that you won't want to miss.
October 14, 2020
The State of the Race After the VP Debate: 10/9/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte analyzes what happened at the VP debate and discusses what the race will look like until November 3rd.
October 9, 2020
Breaking Down Virginia Amendment 1 with Brian Cannon: 10/6/2020
We're now just 4 weeks out from the election, and in this episode, Dr. Nolte and Brian Cannon discuss what will be the most important issue on the ballot for Virginia voters: Virginia Amendment 1. Virginia Amendment 1 is proposing a bipartisan redistricting commission and is a chance for Republicans and Democrats to both get a say in redistricting moving forward. Learn all about why this is so important right here!
October 6, 2020
Breaking Down the Amy Coney Barrett Nomination with Professor Brad Jacob: 10/2/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte interviews Regent law professor Brad Jacob about Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court. They discuss everything from what her views on how to interpret the Constitution may be to why people on both sides of the aisle feel very strongly about her nomination. 
October 2, 2020
Debate Reaction: What on Earth Was That? 9/30/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the recent Presidential Debate and why what happened is a situation we should never allow to happen again once this election season is over.
September 30, 2020
How We Got to This Point with Supreme Court Nominations: 9/26/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the current political climate in the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. Why is everyone so concerned with who the next justice will be? And what is the main issue that nobody will talk about, and why? Dr. Nolte discusses all this, and more, right here!
September 26, 2020
Jewish-Christian Cooperation and the Future of the Conservative Movement: 9/24/2020
In this special episode, Dr. Nolte interviews Ken Bricker and Hank Jones about how Jews and Christians across the world can cooperate in order to achieve common goals, and delve into many current political issues that are of the utmost importance for everyone. 
September 24, 2020
Tribalism, Polarization, and the Impossibility of Compromise: 9/18/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the great political divide in our country and explains how the polarization is caused by tribalism and an unwillingness to compromise with those across the aisle.
September 18, 2020
Counting COVID with Ryan Murnane: 9/16/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses how to analyze and understand COVID data with Dr. Ryan Murnane. The two discuss everything from why comparing the United States to other countries is like comparing apples to oranges to why you should look to the Governors of different states to really understand how things are actually going.
September 16, 2020
A Conversation on the American Political Tradition with Governor Bob McDonnell: 9/11/2020
In this very special episode, Dr. Nolte interviews the former Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, about the American Political Tradition. They discuss many facets of the American political tradition including what its most important aspects are, what the greatest threats to it today are, how it was developed, and so much more. This is an episode you won't want to miss!
September 11, 2020
A Post-Labor Day Look at the Election: 9/9/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte analyzes the state of the 2020 election season, looking at key races across the company and what will drive both Trump's and Biden's bases to the polls.
September 9, 2020
Voegelinian Varieties, Gnostic Nonsense and the Political Virtues of Incarnation: 8/26/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte gets into the weeds of both political philosophy and religion. He discusses Voegelin, church history, Gnosticism, and the impacts that Gnostic philosophy has on our politics today.
August 26, 2020
In Which Doctor Nolte Goes Postal: 8/21/2020
Confused about all the hullabaloo over the Post Office? In this episode, Dr. Nolte breaks everything down and explains why it is actually a non-issue.
August 21, 2020
Ask Me Anything #1: 8/19/20
You asked, Dr. Nolte answers. In this "Ask Me Anything" episode, Dr. Nolte answers all your burning questions. Previous pods that are mentioned in this episode: George Washington is Still, and will Always Be, the Greatest President: How Conservatives Can Join the Conversation on Race, and Why They Should: Pivot to China, with Special Guest Josh Hastey: part 1, part 2, China Strategy after Coronavirus with Professor Josh Hastey:
August 19, 2020
Analyzing the Israel-UAE Peace Agreement: 8/14/2020
In this special episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the historic peace agreement between Israel and the U.A.E. and analyzes the effects it will have in the region and for both countries individually. 
August 14, 2020
Kamala Harris Vice President Selection Reaction: 8/12/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the news of Kamala Harris being selected as Joe Biden's vice president and considers what benefits she will bring to his campaign and how she will play the game.
August 12, 2020
The Electoral College is Not The Problem: 8/7/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the history of the Electoral College, the importance it still has today, and how, if we want to change American politics, getting rid of the Electoral College is not the answer. He focuses on the often-ignored impacts of such a change and argues that, if we want the American people to have more power, we need to return some of the power that the President holds to Congress.
August 7, 2020
The Big 5 0, A Rambling and Retrospective Review: 7/29/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte reviews the past 50 episodes of the podcast, outlines the plans for the podcast moving forward, and discusses what the world will potentially be like after 50 more episodes!
July 29, 2020
George Washington is Still, and will Always Be, the Greatest President: 7/24/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses why and how George Washington became the greatest President. He pays special attention to how, in a time of crisis, Washington was able to reinvigorate his exhausted and angry troops in order to win the Revolutionary War, and how, despite being the Patriot King, he was still able to step away from the Presidency after only two terms and set a precedent that has shaped our country for the better for over 200 years.
July 24, 2020
How Should we Think about Experts: 7/22/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses how we should think about experts and expertise. Drawing on current events and using pop-culture figures such as Bill Nye and Neil Degrasse Tyson as examples, Dr. Nolte discusses how just because someone is in expert in something, that does not necessarily mean they are an expert on everything they choose to discuss. However, this does not mean we should disregard what experts tell us, we just need to evaluate whether they are discussing something that is actually in their field.
July 23, 2020
Assessing Recent Middle East Events through the Lens of Ideational Security: 7/15/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses two major recent events that have taken place in the Middle East: Turkey deciding to turn the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, and Iran's new alliance with China. Both of these events have consequences that could be further reaching than any of the involved countries truly understand, and Dr. Nolte explains exactly why this is.
July 15, 2020
If the Lost Cause won, everyone would have lost: 7/10/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses what would have happened if the Confederates had won the Civil War. He asserts that in that scenario, at this point in history the Confederates States of America would likely be extremely unstable, if not a failed state. The Confederates losing was perhaps the single best thing that could have happened for this country, because otherwise everybody would have lost (Unions, Confederates, and many other countries).
July 11, 2020
Could the Civil War have been prevented and would that have been a good thing?: 7/8/2020
This episode begins a new trilogy of episodes in which Dr. Nolte discusses Civil War counterfactuals and considers how our nation has been shaped by that event. He discusses whether or not the Civil War could have prevented, and examines what the impacts of that would have been on our country.
July 8, 2020
Conventional Wisdom: 7/3/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses whether or not the Republican and Democrat parties should hold conventions this summer, why conventions are normally held, and what some alternatives to the traditional "in-person" conventions could be in the age of Covid-19.
July 3, 2020
A Zone of Peace Grand Strategy for the U.S.: 7/1/2020
In this episode. Dr. Nolte discusses what our foreign policy should look like moving forward, and explains why he believes it will rely on building a "Zone of Peace" grand strategy with other democratic nations (that also have peaceful transitions of power) worldwide.
July 1, 2020
How Conservatives Can Join the Conversation on Race, and Why They Should: 6/16/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte examines how Conservatives can join the conversation on race, and discusses why the basis of racial equality should be acknowledging everyone's human dignity. 
June 16, 2020
Make Virtue Great Again: 6/12/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte continues to ponder the issues America is facing right now, and he explains how and why we ended up where we are. He articulates that a lack of virtue in American society is the primary reason we have ended up here, and calls on us all to return to virtue in order to help rightly re-order our society. 
June 12, 2020
How Gratitude and Justice Have Made Us Talk Past One Another: 6/10/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte tackles some of the difficult issues that have arisen over the past several weeks and discusses how the virtues of Gratitude and Justice shape different people's perspectives and cause people to talk past one another. He also discusses what the role of the Church should be in bridging the racial divide in our country. 
June 10, 2020
If you think partisanship today is bad, wait until you hear about the 1790s: 5/27/2020
Do you love American history? Are you obsessed with the second half of the hit musical Hamilton? Do you enjoy political drama? If so, this week's episode of Blind Politics will be right up your alley. Dr. Nolte discusses all the drama between our Founding Fathers and draws parallels between the partisanship that has become so prevalent today and that of the 1790s.
May 27, 2020
Meandering Media Meditations: 5/22/2020
The major role of media in United States politics is undeniable... whether you love it or hate it, it is a force to be reckoned with. In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses some of the impacts that the media has had during the 21st century, and what the role of media has been in the United States has been going all the way back to the Washington administration. He explains how the conception of media has changed since the 1700s, and explains how the idea of an "unbiased" media is a new idea and not something our Founding Father's intended when creating the First Amendment.
May 22, 2020
China Strategy after Coronavirus with Professor Josh Hastey: 5/19/2020
In this episode, Professor Josh Hastey returns to discuss what strategies the  United States, and world, should take when dealing with China in the wake of the Coronavirus.
May 19, 2020
We Need a Better Debate about Re-opening the Economy: 5/13/2020
The debate on re-opening the economy has largely come down on partisan lines, but in this episode, Dr. Nolte cuts across the partisan divide and evaluates and explains the arguments with empathy for all. He implores that we, as a society, come together during this time to figure out the best solution rather than assuming the worst about others because their opinion on how to handle this crisis moving forward differs from yours. Everybody wants what is best for society, and now is the time to show love and grace to all of our neighbors because this is a difficult and unprecedented time for everyone.
May 13, 2020
A Discussion on International Elections with Special Guest Hank Jones: 5/1/2020
In this exciting episodes, Dr. Nolte discusses international elections with expert Hank Jones (the newest faculty member of the Robertson School of Government). They cover a range of topics including how to deal with alleged mobsters, how different administrations have handled international foreign relations over the years, and why you should ALWAYS ask as many questions as possible when beginning a new job. Don't forget: from May 4-6, Regent will be hosting a thrilling webinar on how to fuel the fire of representative democracy in a time of pandemic. Please register at this link to attend ( and visit our Facebook page for full details.
May 1, 2020
Religious Freedom, Coronavirus and the Need for Restraint: 4/28/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses how Coronavirus has affected religious freedom and discusses the constitutional principles behind why churches are allowed to be closed down, and explains how and why religious leaders and local governments should work together in the face of this pandemic.
April 28, 2020
What Might the Post-Corona New Normal Look Like?: 4/22/2020
Coronavirus has changed life as we know it dramatically, but how will COVID change our lives and the political landscape in the future? In this episode, Dr. Nolte considers what life in the United States will look like in the next few years, how our international relations will change, and examines how our local politicians deeply affect our lives. 
April 22, 2020
Is Islam Compatible With...?: 4/17/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the histories of Islam and Christianity, how the structure of Islam is different than Christianity, and whether or not Islam is compatible with ideas such as women's rights
April 17, 2020
Capitalism and Virtue: 4/7/2020
This week, Dr. Nolte discusses the relationship between capitalism and virtue. He explains the history of capitalism and argues that without virtue, capitalism would not be able to exist.
April 7, 2020
A Coronavirus World Tour: 4/3/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte looks at the responses of several more authoritarian leaning countries and how they have handled the Coronavirus. He also delves into why so many countries and global organizations refuse to recognize Taiwan as a state, and why it could never successfully be reintegrated into China.
April 3, 2020
Democracy, Authoritarianism and Crisis Response, Analysis and Rant: 3/31/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte analyzes the responses of the United States, China, and Russia in regards to how they are handling the Coronavirus. He explains that despite the fact that democracies are often "messier" in how they respond, the fact that they share the truth of a given situation and learn from their mistakes is infinitely more valuable than any lies that an authoritarian country spits out.
March 31, 2020
Pizza, Path-dependence and the Politics of Institutional Change: 3/27/2020
"Political science requires sacrifice, and sometimes it requires sacrificing our deeply held convictions about the inadequacy of things like deep-dish pizza." To hear all about everyone's favorite food (pizza, of course), path-dependency, and the politics of institutional change, go ahead and listen to this thrilling episode wherever you find your podcasts!
March 27, 2020
Human Nature is at the Roots of Our Political Divide: 3/24/2020
This week, Dr. Nolte discusses how different views of human nature form the roots of political divide between conservatives and progressives. He also examines the Christian view of human nature, and how that relates to conservatism and progressivism. 
March 24, 2020
A Way Too Early General Election Episode: 3/20/2020
I know we're all sick of the Coronavirus, so this week, Dr. Nolte catapults us forward in time to discuss what he thinks the general election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump will look like in November. He discusses what their main campaign focuses will be, and the strategies each will use to attempt to defeat their opponent.
March 20, 2020
What we know, and don't know, about Coronavirus: 3/17/2020
The world has changed dramatically over the past several weeks due to the Coronavirus, and COVID-19 has become a focal point of many of our lives. This week, Dr. Nolte discusses what we know, and don't know, about the Coronavirus, and analyzes everything in a calm but thorough manner. If you're stuck at home, this is the perfect time to listen and share this with your friends and family. We don't want the Coronavirus to spread, but we definitely want this podcast to! Also, remember to wash your hands and look to the CDC for information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
March 17, 2020
AIPAC and the U.S.-Israel Alliance: 3/10/2020
In this week's episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the history of the U.S.-Israel alliance and what he learned at the AIPAC conference last weekend! He explains why support for Israel should be a bipartisan issue, and why all Israel supporters should unify over that issue regardless of what other political differences they may have. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
March 10, 2020
Night of the Living Joe Biden: 3/6/2020
Super Tuesday was an important day in American politics... we learned who the true front runner in the Democratic primary is, and we learned some interesting things about American voters. This week,  Dr. Nolte discusses why the vote went the way it did, and the possible paths for the different candidates moving forwards. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
March 6, 2020
Analyzing the Coronavirus Response with Admiral Larry Baucom: 2/3/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte and Admiral Larry Baucom discuss the rise of the coronavirus; how China has handled it, how the United States should handle it, the potential impacts it could have globally, and the precautions that every person should take in order to avoid catching it. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
March 3, 2020
Examining the Idea of Christendom: 2/28/2020
In his second episode on Conservatism in America, Dr. Nolte discusses the idea of Christendom. What is it? What is the history of Christendom? Would it be possible for the United States to be a Christendom? To find out the answers to these questions (and many more), go ahead and listen wherever you get your podcasts! Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 28, 2020
News and Notes with the Woman Behind the Curtain: 2/25/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte's producer asks him questions about headlines that have been in the news over the last couple of days. The four questions discussed are whether Bernie Sanders can win the general election, why Russia would be meddling in his campaign, what's going on in the Israeli elections, and whether the nuclear family was actually a mistake (a reference to the recent article by David Brooks). David Brooks article: Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 25, 2020
Pivot to China with Special Guest Josh Hastey, pt. 2: 2/21/2020
In the thrilling conclusion to Dr. Nolte's discussion with Professor Josh Hastey, the two discuss everything from Coronavirus to China's trade relations to the surveillance of the Uyghurs and whether or not it is acceptable to do business with China. Please remember to rate and subscribe where ever you get your podcasts! Sources: Haaretz article on China’s Uighurs: Beckley’s book on Amazon Shirk’s Book on Amazon: Babones’s Article on Foreign Affairs (dated but still good Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 21, 2020
Pivot to China, with Special Guest Josh Hastey: 2/18/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses China with China-expert Josh Hastey, a professor in the Roberston School of Government. In the first half of this special, two-part interview, Dr. Nolte and Professor Hastey discuss how countries develop power, China's territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and much more!
February 18, 2020
New Hampshire Primary Results Live Reactions: 2/14/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the results of the New Hampshire primary and analyzes in-depth what the future of the race looks like for the top candidates. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 14, 2020
Turkish Foreign Policy Under Erdogan: 2/11/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses what Turkish foreign policy has looked like in recent years under Erdogan.  He examines their foreign policy as it relates to the United States, the region as a whole, and examines how their foreign policy has changed over time. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 11, 2020
Breaking Down the Trump Peace Plan: 2/7/2020
There's been a lot going on politically in the past few weeks... speeches have been torn up, voting systems have completely and totally failed, and because of all this, it seems like there has been very little media coverage given to the Israeli/Palestinian Peace Plan that dropped a few days ago. This is actually an important development, so this week Dr. Nolte analyzes the plan, discussing the good and bad, and the potential impacts for the future of the conflict. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 7, 2020
Waiting for Iowa with Dr. Higgins, Dean Perry and Regent Students, live! 2/4/2020
This is our first ever episode recorded at a live event! In this episode, Dr. Nolte joins Dr. Higgins (from the College of Arts and Sciences at Regent) and Dean Perry (interim dean of the Robertson School of Government) to discuss the Iowa caucus and what the most likely (and most interesting) outcomes would be!  Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 4, 2020
An Analysis of Trump's March for Life Speech: 1/28/2020
Last Friday, President Trump made a speech at the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. In this week's episode, Dr. Nolte considers what this means for both Trump and the pro-life movement as a whole. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 28, 2020
We Need to Talk About Robots: 1/21/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte considers what the impacts of a more automated workforce will have on society as a whole. He examines the potential impacts that it will have on workers whose jobs are at risk of being automated, and also considers how it will ultimately be viewed by those whose jobs are not at risk of automation. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 21, 2020
Why Nationalism is a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea for Conservatives: 1/14/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the history of nationalism and why Conservatives should be very wary of it. He also artfully explains the difference between being a nationalist and American exceptionalist, and why that difference is so important. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 15, 2020
Iran Fall Out: 1/10/2020
In this week's special bonus episode, Dr. Nolte reviews the recent major events regarding the United States and Iran and determines what was done well, what was done poorly, and predicts what is most likely to happen next. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 10, 2020
Ideas on a New Form of Presidential Debate: 1/7/2020
Are you tired of the seemingly endless rounds of presidential debates? Do you wish you could learn about how candidates would truly react in a crisis? In this episode, Dr. Nolte considers how a new form of presidential debates, one that puts nominees in a real-life crisis scenario, could better equip voters to choose their next president. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 7, 2020
2019 in Review: 12/31/2019
In this episode, Dr. Nolte reviews the major political changes of 2019. He considers who is "stock-up" and "stock-down" in both the Democratic and Republican parties, and discusses major international events including the Hong Kong protests and what is happening in Venezuela. He then looks forward to 2020, exploring what is likely to happen both internationally and in the United States. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( 
December 31, 2019
Turmoil in the Middle East: Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel: 12/20/2019
Are you curious about what's been going on in the Middle East? Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel have all experienced serious upheavals in recent months that have resulted in some fascinating questions. Are we entering a second Arab Spring in Iraq and Lebanon? Is Israel undergoing a political shift that could transform Israeli society? And what does all this mean for the endemic conflict in the region between Iran and Saudi Arabia? In this week's special episode, Dr. Nolte will answer all these questions and more. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
December 20, 2019
Assessing Boris Johnson's 'Smashing' Election Win: 12/17/2019
Have you heard about the recent British election but aren’t quite sure what happened? This week, Dr. Nolte is here to clear all that up for you. He first discusses the results of the election and considers what the long term impacts on Britain, the United States, and the European Union will be. He then looks to the future to see what changes might come in British politics and foreign policy as a result. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
December 17, 2019
Lessons on Impeachment from the Case of Andrew Johnson: 12/10/2019
This week, using the historical case study of the infrequently discussed impeachment of Andrew Johnson, Dr. Nolte deftly explains what impeachment is, how it works, and why it’s so difficult. Dr. Nolte also looks into historical trends in order to predict what impeachments during the twenty-first century might look like moving forward. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
December 11, 2019
Handicapping the Democratic Primary: 12/3/19
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the dynamics that shape the democratic primary races. He explains why it is the front-winners usually win, and who the notable exceptions to this were throughout American history. He finally discusses who is going to most likely be the Democratic nominee, and who other notable candidates in the democratic primaries are.  Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
December 3, 2019
Zombies, Monsters, and the Politics of the End of the World: 11/21/19
In this episode, Dr. AJ Nolte talks with special guest Dr. Mary Manjikian about monsters, zombies, and the politics of the end of the world (oh my!). The two discuss everything from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" to the Walking Dead, and what our cultural obsession with zombies and horror has to do with politics today. Music from "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
November 21, 2019
Blind Politics Podcast Introduction: 11/6/2019
Welcome to Blind Politics with Dr. AJ Nolte, the brand new podcast from Regent University's Robertson School of Government! This podcast will bring you national news stories and political coverage from a unique perspective, that is both informative and backed in solid research. Get ready to listen along with Dr. Nolte as he delves into what makes our world spin yesterday, today, and into the future!
November 7, 2019