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Building the Right: Lawyer and Non-Profit Strategist Andrew Kloster
Welcome back to our multi-episode series on "Building the Right." This episode features Andrew Kloster, good friend of Garrett Snedeker, Senior Counsel at Compass Legal Group, and longtime fixture in the conservative movement.  Link to Andrew's substack:
June 21, 2022
"What Comes After the Religious Right?" with Nate Hochman
In this episode, Garrett Snedeker joins talented young journalist Nate Hochman to discuss his recent article, "What Comes After the Religious Right?" This article was featured as the lead essay for the New York Times' Sunday Section in early June of 2022 and is applauded for its detailed descriptions on the debate on the future of conservatism and the Republican party. 
June 09, 2022
Moral Truth & Constitutional Conservatism with Gerry Bradley, Part 2
In this special edition of the Anchoring Truths Podcast, Prof. Gerry Bradley, JWI Senior Scholar and Trustee, delivers a powerful account of the incoherence of a jurisprudence that avoids moral reasoning.
May 27, 2022
Moral Truth & Constitutional Conservatism with Gerry Bradley, Part 1
In this special edition of the Anchoring Truths Podcast, Prof. Gerry Bradley, JWI Senior Scholar and Trustee, delivers a powerful account of the incoherence of a jurisprudence that avoids moral reasoning.
May 13, 2022
Stan Evans: Conservative Wit with Author Steve Hayward
Author Steve Hayward joins Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and JWI Intern Emeline McClellan to discuss his recent book, M. Stanton Evans: Conservative Wit, Apostle of Freedom. In the podcast, we explore Evans’s career and legacy, the rise of conservative institutions such as YAF and the National Journalism Center, and the extraordinary wit that animated Evans’s dealings with both sides of the aisle.
May 06, 2022
Building the Right: Matthew Peterson on New Institutions
Join us for the first part of a multi-episode look at some of the individuals and groups building anew on the Right. Matt Peterson is President of New Founding and the founder of The American Mind.
April 21, 2022
"12 Angry Men & Natural Law" with Film Expert Onalee McGraw
Join us for a special edition of the Anchoring Truths Podcast at the movies as we unpack the classic legal drama 12 Angry Men with film expert Onalee McGraw. Dr. McGraw is the director of the Educational Guidance Institute. 
March 17, 2022
Conflicts in State Constitutional Law—Judge Jeff Sutton, Author of "Who Decides?"
Join us for a lively hour discussing conflicts in state constitutional law with Judge Jeff Sutton of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Topics also include judicial review, administrative law, and why lawyers do not sue in state court as often as federal court. Judge Sutton is the author of a new book, "Who Decides?: States as Laboratories of Constitutional Experimentation," available from Oxford University Press. 
December 17, 2021
Anchoring Truths Special Edition: David Forte and Adam White on the New Texas Abortion Law
In this special episode, Garrett speaks with JWI Scholar David Forte and AEI Fellow Adam White about the history of fetal heartbeat legislation, the new Texas Heartbeat Law, and its unique enforcement mechanism allowing a private right of action for any citizen to bring suit.
October 29, 2021
John Fisher and Thomas More: Keeping Their Souls While Losing Their Heads with Judge Robert Conrad
Join Garrett Snedeker and Seth Root as they interview Judge Robert Conrad of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. They discuss his new book, John Fisher and Thomas More: Keeping Their Souls While Losing Their Heads, and how the faith and integrity of these two men carried them through challenges and social upheaval.
October 22, 2021
Speechless with Michael Knowles
Michael Knowles, author of the new book "Speechless: Controlling Words, Controlling Minds," joins the Anchoring Truths Podcast to discuss how conservatives should not expect to win the culture war by abandoning all standards, how critical theory made its “long march through the institutions,” and the need for conservatives to adopt a view of free speech that is consonant with a coherent conservative worldview.
September 03, 2021
Special Podcast: Inside Look at JWI
And now for something different: a peek behind the curtain. For a special edition of our podcast, JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker convened Summer Interns Tom Sarrouf and Sean Tehan for a discussion of their experience with us. Topics included how they grappled with JWI's unique approach to law, their views on how JWI adds to their own understanding of jurisprudence, learning new skills such as podcasting, and becoming accustomed to juggling independent and team-based responsibilities. 
August 27, 2021
Harry Jaffa and The Soul of Politics with Author Glenn Ellmers
Glenn Ellmers, author of "The Soul of Politics: Harry V. Jaffa and the Fight for America," joins the Anchoring Truths Podcast to discuss the singular contributions of Jaffa to our understanding of the moral ground of the American regime. Topics include how Jaffa and JWI Founder Hadley Arkes overlap in their views on morality and law, the fight over conservatism in America since World War II, and Jaffa's recasting of Lincoln as the securer of the Founding.
August 13, 2021
Facing Reality: Two Truths About Race in America with Dr. Charles Murray
Dr. Charles Murray, Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joins the podcast to discuss his new book "Facing Reality: Two Truths About Race in America." Author of "The Bell Curve" and "Coming Apart," Murray shares insights into his book, which he believes is a timely reminder that the timeless moral principle of "all men are created equal" need not mandate equal outcomes for all racial groupings. 
July 27, 2021
Common Good Originalism with Josh Hammer
Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins the JWI Podcast again to discuss his influential new Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy piece, "Common Good Originalism." Topics include the history of the conservative legal movement, the influence of the Constitution's preamble on interpretation, and how a determination of the common good in constitutional interpretation draws both textual and philosophic support.
July 15, 2021
Our Dear Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America--Book Talk with Prof. Michael Breidenbach
We talk about Breidenbach's new book, Our Dear Bought Liberty, and how early American Catholics justified secularism and overcame suspicions of disloyalty during the time of the Founding while also transforming ideas of religious liberty in the process. We also discuss whether the religious character of the colonies and early states exemplified mini-integralist republics.
June 30, 2021
An Even Better Originalism?
Prof. Jesse Merriam of Patrick Henry College joins returning podcast guest Josh Hammer of Newsweek to discuss Merriam's critique of Hammer's co-authored piece "A Better Originalism" with fellow author and podcast host Garrett Snedeker.
June 22, 2021
Book Talk with Sohrab Ahmari: The Unbroken Thread, Part 2
Author and New York Post opinion editor Sohrab Ahmari joins JWI for a two-part discussion of his new book, "The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos." In Part 2, we continue our discussion of how tradition informs understandings of filial piety and the Sexual Revolution, while also hearing about how Ahmari reconciles modernity's avoidance of death against traditional acceptance of frailty as part of the human condition. 
May 24, 2021
Book Talk with Sohrab Ahmari: The Unbroken Thread, Part I
Author and New York Post opinion editor Sohrab Ahmari joins JWI for a two-part discussion of his new book, "The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos." In Part I, we discuss Ahmari's inspiration for writing the book, the failings of modernity to provide mass satisfaction in the West, traditional religious communities, filial piety, and the Sexual Revolution.
May 17, 2021
The Dictatorship of Woke Capital with Stephen Soukup
Stephen Soukup, author and publisher of The Political Forum, joins JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and intern Peter Spence to discuss his new book, "The Dictatorship of Woke Capital". Soukup's book examines the methodical takeover by the left of big business and finance over the last decade and the danger that this poses to our nation. Snedeker, Spence, and Soukup discuss different issues brought up in the book and look at the solutions that Soukup proposes.
April 19, 2021
The Recovery of Family Life with Scott Yenor
Author and Professor Scott Yenor joins JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and intern Peter Spence to discuss his new book, "The Recovery of Family Life". Professor Yenor's book explores the problems that the institution of the family is facing in modern society, the causes of these problems, and concrete solutions that we can implement to ensure the stability of marriage and the family going forward. Snedeker, Spence, and Yenor examine different issues discussed in the book and the policy solutions that Yenor suggests. 
March 02, 2021
Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke's Political Economy with Prof. Greg Collins
Author and Professor Greg Collins joined JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and intern Chance Cook to discuss his new book, “Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke’s Political Economy”. Collins’s book explores the intersection of Edmund Burke’s economic thought and views on natural law in light of newly discovered manuscripts and data. Prof. Collins gives a clear picture of Burke’s views on revenue, taxes, trade, and other economic issues. Snedeker, Cook, and Collins discuss different aspects of the book, and why it is important to study Burke’s philosophy.
January 26, 2021
The 1619 Project and its Challenge to the American Founding: Prof. Lucas Morel
Prof. Lucas Morel, distinguished Lincoln scholar at Washington and Lee University, discusses the 1619 Project and its challenge to the American Founding with Garrett Snedeker, JWI Deputy Director, and Jovan Tripkovic, JWI Intern.
December 08, 2020
Supreme Disorder with Ilya Shapiro
Ilya Shapiro joins Garrett Snedeker and Spencer Reeves to discuss his book, "Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court," which concerns the partisan battles over Supreme Court nominations that have become a focal point of judicial politics in the past few decades. He discusses the history of partisan Supreme Court nominations, the role of game theory, and some possible Supreme Court reforms that can finally end the partisan battles. 
September 14, 2020
America on Trial with Robert Reilly
Robert Reilly walks us through his book, America on Trial, which pushes back on recent theorists who have argued that the American founding brought with it the "Poison Pill" of modern liberalism. He goes through in detail, the traditions of thought that lead to the  American founding, arguing that it has its roots in Natural Law and the medieval constitutional tradition. 
August 17, 2020
Abigail Shrier on "Irreversible Damage: the Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters"
Author Abigail Shrier on transgenderism and its growth among American female teens
July 06, 2020
The Utopian Conceit and the War on Freedom
After the unexpected collapse of the Soviet Union, the categories of Left and Right continue to be used to describe political ideologies, despite their historic ambiguity and a shared utopian root. The idealistic belief that a perfect world is possible continues to dwell on existential hope for messianic salvation. This belief lay at the heart of the apocalyptic narratives of the Bible and reflects what the Greeks called hubris, a fatal and destructive form of conceit. This conceit reemerged in the Gnostic sects of early Christianity, then again in medieval millenarianism, Jacobinism, Marxism, Fascism, and secular liberal collectivism. Modern-day Salafi Islam is the latest manifestation in this nefarious tradition. In The Utopian Conceit and the War on Freedom, noted political philosopher Juliana Geran Pilon explores the roots of this malevolent ideology as the common ancestor of both anti-capitalism and anti-Semitism in the contemporary world, where political and religious freedom is increasingly under assault. In an age of rampant religious and philosophical skepticism and national and ethnic deracination, religious and quasi-religious ideologies bent on the vilification and destruction of entire communities are confronting and undermining a confused, guilt-ridden, materialistic, and often nihilistic Western society. In this bold and dynamic book, Pilon argues that a strong defense of freedom and pluralism, which forms the basis of constitutional democracy, is essential for the survival of civilization. Culturally sensitive and empirically tested outreach, predicated on an uncompromising defense against disinformation and terror, must be waged by all civilized nations, but especially the United States as its role evolves in a changing world.
June 15, 2020
Discussing Section 230: Social Media, Conservatives, and the Legal & Policy Landscape
Shoshana Weissmann is the senior manager of digital media and a fellow at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank. She oversees RSI’s social media, email marketing, and website while also working and writing on a variety of policy and regulatory subjects. She also likes SpongeBob. Jon Schweppe is the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for American Principles Project (APP). In this role, he develops and advances the organization’s legislative priorities by working with allied groups and with federal and state lawmakers. Prior to joining APP in late 2014, he worked on a number of political campaigns, focusing mainly on communications and policy. Schweppe was named a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute in 2020. He has been published at a number of outlets, including First Things, the New York Post, The Federalist, and the Daily Caller. He graduated from Augustana College in 2010 with majors in economics and finance. Shoshana and Jon lead us through a discussion of Section 230, the disagreements between different movements in the broader conservative movement and the implications for the internet in the future.
June 10, 2020
Josh Hammer, Lawyer and Legal Commentator
On Common Good Constitutionalism, Judicial Supremacy, and Nationwide Injunctions
April 20, 2020
Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State
An Interview with Peter Wallison
December 13, 2019
"John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court" with Richard Brookhiser
"John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court" with Richard Brookhiser
June 25, 2019
Interview with Prof. Joseph Postell
On his book: Bureaucracy in America: The Administrative State's Challenge to Constitutional Government (University of Missouri Press, 2017).
October 09, 2018
Can The Executive State Be Tamed?
Christopher DeMuth is a Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He was President of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) from 1986-2008 and D.C. Searle Senior Fellow at AEI from 2008-2011. In this lecture from 2014,  Mr. DeMuth addressed the unconstitutional actions taken by the Obama administration,  the active role of congress has in ceding its authority to the executive branch through regulatory agencies, and how these same agencies subvert the separation of powers.
December 08, 2017