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Episode 178: “Stops Along the Way” with Brent Bozell


Guest(s): Brent Bozell

Growing up Bozell. Stops Along the Way: A Catholic Soul, a Conservative Heart, an Irish Temper, and a Love of Life. Talking in this episode with L. Brent Bozell III, author of Stops Along the Way and who is one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today. Brent founded and is president of the Media Research Center, the largest media watchdog organization in America; and ForAmerica, which the New York Times declared was “one of the greatest unexpected influences on the 2016 election.” Lecturer, syndicated columnist, television commentator, debater, marketer, businessman, author, publisher, and activist …

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Episode 177: “A Nuclear War Scenario” with Dr Peter Vincent Pry


Guest(s): Dr. Peter Vincent Pry

This is a very upsetting episode. I’m joined by my frequent guest Dr Peter Vincent Pry and we’re talking about Ukraine and the likelihood of nuclear war. Dr Pry is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, served as chief of staff to the congressional EMP Commission, and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum. Just recently, he published a piece titled, “The Nuclear Crisis Nobody Knows” “I think we’re facing an unprecedented danger that we’ve never experienced in the nuclear missile age, worse than Cuba, a circumstance where we are on the threshold of a nuclear war, nuclear attack, from Russia.”

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Episode 176: “Ukraine First?” with Fred Fleitz and John Zadronzy


Guest(s): Fred FleitzJohn Zadrozny

For a wide ranging overview of how and why the Biden’s national and homeland security teams have made America more vulnerable on virtually every front, start here.
I’m joined on this episode by Fred Fleitz, Vice Chair of America First Policy Institute’s Center for American Security and who served as Deputy Assistant to President Trump and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council and  John Zadronzy, Director of America First Policy Institute’s Center for Homeland Security and Immigration, and who served as Deputy Assistant to President Trump in the office of Senior Advisor for Policy.

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Episode 174: “Race Marxism” with James Lindsay


James Lindsay is someone who truly understands Critical Race Theory and doesn’t believe a word of it.

As James explains in this episode of The Bill Walton Show,

“Critical Race Theory is a disaster. Critical Race Theory is the tip of a 100 year-long spear that’s being thrust into the side of Western civilization. In its simplest terms, CRT is Race Marxism.”

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Episode 173: The Desecrators with Matt & Mercy Schlapp


Guest(s): Mercedes SchlappMatt Schlapp

The subtitle of Matt Schlapp’s new book, written with Deal Hudson, sums up well why this book is a must read.   Defeating the cancel culture mob and reclaiming one nation under God   They write: “For half a century, people of faith have seen traditional ideas of morality undermined as a cascade of progressive revolutions impacted society. The waves of change hit the shores, but most nevertheless believed that families, the Church, truth, and education would all weather the storm.

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Episode 172: Ukraine: Is the Biden Administration Unleashing Furies It Does Not Understand? with Dr Peter Vincent Pry and J. Michael Waller


Guest(s): J. Michael WallerDr. Peter Vincent Pry

There are growing calls among political elites in Washington for the United States to “do something” about preventing a Russian invasion of the Ukraine. 

But do we have the military capabilities to stop it?

Why do we want Ukraine to join NATO?

Does Ukraine matter? 

Why are American politicians who have been so soft toward Moscow for their entire political careers all of a sudden turn uber hawks against Vladimir Putin.

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Episode 171: “Govzilla: How the Relentless Growth of Government Is Devouring Our Economy—And Our Freedom” with Steve Moore


Guest(s): Steve Moore

On this episode we’re talking with economist Steve Moore about his terrific new book Govzilla.

It’s a sobering, yet easy to read, tale of the gigantic expansion of government over the last 50 years, and especially over the last two years since COVID hit.

“The virus became an excuse to massively expand the powers of government,” says Steve, “the size of government, the regulatory reach of government, in ways that I think we would’ve found unimaginable a decade ago.”

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Episode 170: “Ethics at the Heart of Public Policy” with Ryan Anderson and Roger Severino


Guest(s): Ryan AndersonRoger Severino

America’s founding ideals and our nation’s rich Judeo-Christian heritage have been under constant attack from a so-called “progressive” Left for over a hundred years. 

Yet as they’ve marched through and deconstructed America’s great cultural institutions, instead of the “progress” they claim, we’re seeing the opposite.

It’s abundantly clear now that as the progressive elites prevail, the rest of us lose.

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Episode 169: George F. Will on “American Happiness and Discontents” with Don Boudreaux and John Tamny


Guest(s): George WillDonald J. BoudreauxJohn Tamny

In this episode we get to talk with George F. Will about his latest collection of essays, American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020, and also about his magnum opus, The Conservative Sensibility.

Joining in on the conversation are John Tamny, Vice President of FreedomWorks, editor of RealClearMarkets, and author of When Politicians Panicked, and Don Boudreaux, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, research scholar at Mercatus Center, who runs the go-to blog for free market economic thinking, Cafe Hayek.

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Episode 168: “No Rights, No Games” with Chen Guangcheng, Reggie Littlejohn and Yaxue Cao


Guest(s): Chen GuangchengReggie Littlejohn

The 2022 winter Olympics in Beijing China opens a few weeks from now, and the International Olympic Committee’s 2015 decision to have China host the event looks ever more dubious.

Since then, it’s become obvious to most observers that China, never a champion of human rights, is growing ever more oppressive. It’s Communist Party leadership has become even more deeply committed to preserving its monopoly on power through state sponsored repression, surveillance, and indoctrination.

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Episode 167: “The Great Reset” with Jay Richards and James Patrick


Guest(s): Jay Richards

Unprecedented government measures to stop the spread of an unstoppable virus have morphed into mortal threats to our liberties and civil rights, not just here in the United States, but worldwide.

First we were told that lockdowns, masks, and social distancing stop the spread of the virus. Do these things and we would be safe. There’s no clear correlation between these measures and the spread of the virus.

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Episode 166: “The Future of Energy and New Technologies” with Mark Mills


Guest(s): Mark Mills

Today’s episode is a treasure trove of important facts that we all should know about technology, society and the future.

My guest is once again Mark Mills, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute – who focuses on science, technology, energy, and future manufacturing technologies – and who has just published The Cloud Revolution: How the Convergence of New Technologies Will Unleash the Next Economic Boom and A Roaring 2020s Conventional wisdom as to how technology will change the future is wrong. And what is quite wrong is the view that the only technological revolution that matters will be found with renewable energy and electric cars.

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Episode 165: “Just Facts about the Virus” with Jim Agresti


Guest(s): Jim Agresti

Albert Einstein said science can only flourish in an atmosphere of free speech. 

Today, despite claims about “following the science” with regard to Covid 19, this is simply not happening. Why? Because “they” have taken away one of the essential elements of science: allowing people to disagree based on facts learned through experiments and observation, reconciling practical knowledge and ends with scientific laws. 

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Episode 164: “Wrath: America Enraged” with Peter Wood


Guest(s): Peter Wood

Over the course of roughly four generations, from around 1950 to the present, American culture has been transformed from a culture that believed in the value of self-control into a culture that celebrates self-expression. And that “self-expression” has now twisted into a new form of anger – political wrath – which makes a performance art out of our darkest emotions. So argues my guest on this episode, Peter Wood, author of Wrath: America Enraged and 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project and President of the National Association of Scholars.

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Episode 163: “Challenging Leviathan” with Mark Chenoweth and Jenin Younes


Guest(s): Jenin YounesMark Chenoweth

In this episode, we’re talking again about the coercive power of the Administrative State and its serious threat to our constitutional freedoms.

No other development in contemporary American law denies more rights to more Americans.

Joining me to discuss is Mark Chenoweth, Executive Director, and Jenin Younes, Litigation Counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) a public interest litigation and pro bono advocacy law firm.

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Episode 161: “Whose Interest Does Big Business Serve?” with Justin Danhof and Matt Schlapp


Guest(s): Matt SchlappJustin Danhof

In the past decade, America’s big businesses have increasingly moved to the political left. For evidence, take a look at their actions and stances on critical race theory indoctrination, vaccine mandates, radical climate change agendas, boardroom “diversity”, doing business and making common cause with a hostile China, etc … on issue after issue they align with the “woke” left. Now even the Federal Reserve and the Securities Exchange Commission are weighing in to support these agendas

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Episode 158: “After Covid: Recovering Our Liberty” with John Tamny and Don Boudreaux


Guest(s): John TamnyDonald J. Boudreaux

It’s almost two years on from the onset of the Covid virus and we know a lot now that we didn’t then. Society should be healing.

But we live in vitriolic and partisan times, and widespread disagreement abounds about what it was, what it is, what it isn’t and how to cope with it.

Yet to those who understand how economies work, this much seems clear: governments’ blunderbuss one-size-fits-all lockdowns and mandates have turned a manageable public health problem into a social, medical and economic catastrophe.

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Episode 157: “Standing Up For Truth” with Kevin Hassett


Guest(s): Kevin Hassett

First year economics classes usually begin the semester with the principles of supply and demand.

You learn that incentives matter and that to suggest otherwise is to betray basic principles of economics – and human nature.

You learn that you can ignore or violate these fundamental laws, but that you cannot change them.

You learn that throughout history the societies that have succeeded recognize and respect these economic laws – they use them to their advantage.

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Episode 156: “Liberty or Lockdown” with Jeffrey Tucker


Guest(s): Jeffrey Tucker

It is hard to overstate the assault  on civil liberties we are witnessing  in America today. 

What began over a year and a half ago as temporary government measures to keep us safe from a virus spread from China, have now metastasized into something much more sinister, spreading to all aspects of societies around the world. 

We need to name this thing, understand what’s happening to us,  and how to stop this threat to our freedoms. 

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Episode 154: “Restoring Our Election Integrity” with Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski


Guest(s): Ken KlukowskiKenneth Blackwell

Election Integrity:  Why we don’t have it, how we lost it and what to do about it.   In the election of 2020 we saw a dramatic loosening of the chain of custody of ballots. We saw an indiscriminate use of mass mail-in ballots. We saw a verification process junked and pushed aside. And as a consequence, we saw major irregularities in that election.  The result: a waning confidence among voters in the integrity of our election system.

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