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The Bill Walton Show

Episode 28: The Schools We Need with Jeanne Allen and Sarah Walton

05/10/2018

Guest(s): Sarah WaltonJeanne Allen

America’s K-12 education system and institutions were designed in a different era for a different society, and we are at grave risk today from this obsolete system, which fails to prepare all children to succeed as adults. In fact, the system we have now was never designed or intended to reach all children.

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Episode 27: It’s Time to Get Serious About China with Stefan Halper and Pat Mulloy

04/12/2018

Guest(s): Stefan HalperPat Mulloy

Just this year, the Chinese Communist Party held an election in the Great Hall of the People where Xi Jinping was voted “President for Life.” The vote was 2,958 for and six against. With this vote they proclaimed that China is now realizing its dream of national rejuvenation, and it’s grand strategy to restore its Empire.

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Episode 26: Why Bernie Sanders should understand Human Agency with Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley

03/29/2018

Guest(s): Anne Rathbone BradleySarah Walton

My guest, Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley, the free market economist and moral philosopher, wants to sit down with Bernie Sanders over a cup of coffee to talk about how to achieve the goals he proclaims. There’s a right way and a wrong way, and he’s not going to get there the way he’s going.

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Episode 24: The Politics of Nostalgia with Yuval Levin and Arnold Kling

03/15/2018

Every day, we’re confronted by headlines that reveal the ever-widening chasm between left and right in America. What’s driving this hyper-polarization? And are there any solutions? Thanks to a stimulating conversation with National Affairs Editor Yuval Levin of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and independent scholar and economist Arnold Kling, I’m learning that there are some pretty fundamental cultural trends that we need to understand if we want to get at the roots of our frustrations. In part, they lie in what Yuval calls the “politics of nostalgia.” For Arnold, the author of The Three Languages of Politics, our speech is exacerbating America’s political divide.

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Episode 23: “China’s led by Engineers, the U.S. by Lawyers. What could possibly go wrong?” with Riley Walters and Herman Pirchner

03/08/2018

Guest(s): Riley WaltersHerman Pirchner

How would you react if the government put facial recognition cameras everywhere and kept tabs on your every move – right down to to how many squares of toilet paper you are using? It’s happening in China, as the communist government there clamps down on freedom and ramps up its economic and territorial ambitions in its quest to become the dominant player on the world stage.

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Episode 21: What Acting Teaches You about You with Leigh Wilson Smiley

01/08/2018

Guest(s): Leigh Wilson Smiley

It was the 21st episode of The Bill Walton Show, but there were a lot of firsts. For the first time, we warmed up for a show. It was not the cacophony of listening to an orchestra prepare to perform, although the difference between the sounds made during the warmup and the actual performance were almost as dramatic. Instead, there was deep breathing, sighs big enough to be felt in every bone in the body, and burbling. Yes, burbling.

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Episode 14: Bill talks Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with Adam Michel and Rachel Greszler

11/09/2017

Guest(s): Adam MichelRachel Greszler

It’s beginning to look like an opportunity squandered. Our pro-prosperity president wants a pro-growth tax package, but our Republican Congress cannot break out of self-imposed constraints and pass one. (Note: The information in this show is current as of November 11, 2017)

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Episode 12: “Republic For Which We Stand” With John B. Henry, Bill Nitze, Bruce Fein

10/27/2017

Guest(s): John B. HenryBill NitzeBruce Fein

The Bill Walton Show: Episode 12 – Playwright John B. Henry and citizen actors Bill Nitze and Bruce Fein join fellow thespian Bill Walton to discuss “Republic For Which We Stand”, a new play by Mr. Henry which portrays the behind-the-scenes struggle of the Founding Fathers and Mothers in drafting the constitution to give only Congress the power to declare war.

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Episode 6: “Everything You Need to Know About Economics (in only 45 mins)” with Dr. Arthur Laffer

07/20/2017

Guest(s): Dr. Authur Laffer

The Bill Walton Show: Episode 06 – Dr. Authur Laffer, the famed economist who ushered in the era of supply side economics during the Reagan administration, sits down with Bill to discuss the policies that work, and those that don’t.

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Episode 5: “The Pursuit of Happiness” with Jimmy Kemp and Ralph Benko

07/13/2017

Guest(s): Jimmy KempRalph Benko

The Bill Walton Show: Episode 05 – Jack Kemp played a huge role in the successful tax policies of the 1980’s. His son, Jimmy Kemp, joins Bill to discuss the legacy of his father and what’s necessary going forward. Ralph Benko is a champion of supply-side economics as well, and adds to the discussion insight garnered from decades national experience.

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Episode 3: “The Power of Social Media” with Mike Thompson and Beverly Hallberg

06/15/2017

Guest(s): Mike ThompsonBeverly Hallberg

The Bill Walton Show: Episode 03 – Thanks to the Internet and, increasingly, social media, we’re more connected than ever. We have Facebook friends and Twitter followers. We use Snapchat and Instagram to show our spontaneous sides. We post, comment, like, share and retweet information like never before. We engage. We sell. We persuade.

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Episode 2: “Heritage Scholars’ Take on Today’s Pressing Economic Issues” with Jack Spencer and Norbert Michel

06/12/2017

Guest(s): Norbert MichelJack Spencer

The Bill Walton Show: Episode 02 – Bill sits down with two of The Heritage Foundation’s top economic experts – Jack Spencer and Norbert Michel – to discuss economic policy, tax reform, the Paris Climate Agreement, Dodd-Frank and more.

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