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Episode 139: Victims of Communism: Are We Condemned to Repeat the Past?

06/29/2021

Guest(s): Ambassador Andrew Bremberg, Edwin Feulner


America has a problem. Positive attitudes toward communism and socialism are at an all-time high in the United States. Almost 40% of Americans now view them favorably and half of our kids in their 20s say they favor socialism. This demonstrates a stunning lack of knowledge of the evils of communism. In the last century, communism murdered more than 100 million people, and forced billions in ...

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Episode 138: “Thinking Again about the Unthinkable” with Dr. Peter Vincent Pry

06/22/2021

Guest(s): Dr. Peter Vincent Pry


This show comes at time that this episode’s guest, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, calls our “hinge of fate.” Our topic is his riveting paper "Surprise Attack: ICBMs and the Real Nuclear Threat" where he lays bare the world’s current and future nuclear warfare realities. It’s an issue that many simply do not want to think about. As Peter puts it, “when it comes to nuclear weapons, U.S. ...

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Episode 137: “How Financial Regulations are Reshaping America” with Todd Zywicki and Brian Johnson

06/13/2021

Guest(s): Todd Zywicki, Brian Johnson


If you think a show about financial regulation is likely to be boring, I ask you to think again.   Financial regulations are really about money.   And in particular, ordinary Americans’ money.   Consumer credit and credit cards Student loans  Credit reporting Mortgage finance Fintech  Crypto currencies How small businesses get financed   And financial regulations have become yet another pr ...

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Episode 136: Why Republican Glenn Youngkin could become the next Governor of Virginia

06/08/2021

Guest(s): Glenn Youngkin


The most politically important election in America takes place this November - the race to become the next governor of Virginia. This race will not be just about Virginia. It will be the first statewide election since Joe Biden took office, and will also be a referendum: How do voters feel about where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are taking the country. Glenn Youngkin is the Republican candidate ...

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Episode 135: “A Woke CIA is a Broke CIA” with Fred Fleitz and Mike Waller

05/31/2021

Guest(s): Fred Fleitz, J. Michael Waller


“I used to struggle with imposter syndrome, but at age thirty six I refuse to internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be. I am tired of feeling like I'm supposed to apologize for the space I occupied rather than intoxicate people with my effort, my brilliance. I am proud of me, full stop.”    Is this a quote from a self-help workshop in a “safe space” on a u ...

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Episode 134: The TBWS Roundtable on “Joe Biden’s Horribles”

05/30/2021

Guest(s): Bill Walton, Frank Wazeter, Brian McNicoll, Greg Corombos, Rich McFadden


My friend Paul Teller keeps a running (and depressing) list of the destructive actions taken by Joe Biden’s Administration. Joe Biden has been in office for just a few months and already the list is a mile long.   Paul, who was a top aide to VP Mike Pence and is now his chief of staff, calls his list “The Horribles” The TBWS Team agrees that the name is apt. In yet another free association ...

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Episode 133: The Future of Policing in America

05/29/2021

Guest(s): Bill Walton, Alyona Wazeter, Frank Wazeter, Rich McFadden, Brian McNicoll, Greg Corombos


The Bill Walton Show Roundtable worries about what the future of law enforcement could look like in this country. In many cities, seasoned officers are rushing to retire - causing a major deficit as those positions are becoming harder to fill. Increasingly, resisting arrest is becoming a badge of protest.  And rather than punishing law breakers, police officers are being demonized for doing ...

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Episode 132: “Combating Woke Capitalism” with Justin Danhof and Matt Schlapp

05/18/2021

Guest(s): Justin Danhof, Matt Schlapp


For years, major American corporations have been drifting to the political Left.  Now that drift seems more like a tidal wave. Companies like Coca Cola, Delta Airlines … and even Major League Baseball have, for example, condemned Georgia’s legislature’s effort to protect free and fair elections. ...

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Episode 131: “The Chinese dominance of your medicine cabinet” with Rosemary Gibson

05/17/2021

Guest(s): Rosemary Gibson


When you think of all the things in your house that are "made in China", one thing you may not realize is how many medicines are. That bottle of aspirin? Made in China. Penicillin? Made in China. Even something as simple as Vitamin C is produced in China. And if that's not shocking enough, there's also a good chance your doctor doesn't even know where these medicines are being manufactured! ...

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Episode 130: “Refounding America” with Mercy and Matt Schlapp

05/11/2021

Guest(s): Matt Schlapp, Mercedes Schlapp


This past year has been filled with adversity, but with tough times can come great blessings. In my case, Sarah and I have found a wonderful blessing in our friendship with Mercy and Matt Schlapp and their five daughters. We all found ourselves locked down in our places in Madison and Rappahannock County, Virginia during the pandemic. So what did we do? We formed a “quarantine club” and got to ...

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Episode 129: “Weighing the Cost of Panic” with Jay Richards and John Tamny

05/09/2021

Guest(s): Jay Richards, John Tamny


In this episode, Bill talks with Jay Richards and John Tamny about the Covid-19 pandemic and the trade-offs between freedom and government mandated “safety.” Should governments have simply provided people with information about risks and precautionary measures, or were the microscopic instructions, lockdowns and mask mandates necessary? At this point the answer seems pretty clear. “ ...

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Episode 128: The Bard and The Bible

05/02/2021

Guest(s): Bob Hostetler


For the past year or so, I’ve been reading in a daily devotional titled the The Bard and The Bible. In it each day is a quote from William Shakespeare, a related passage from the King  James Bible and a witty and wise reading of how they might relate to us today. With Shakespeare, and of course anything related to the Bible, increasingly banned from American school curriculums, we ...

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Episode 127: An Actor’s Craft: A conversation with Tony LoBianco

04/25/2021

Guest(s): Tony LoBianco


During the last several years, I have had the great pleasure of getting to know a wonderful actor, Tony LoBianco.  It’s the 50th anniversary of his iconic movie “The French Connection” where he played Sal Boca, and a perfect occasion to invite him on the show to talk about the acting craft and working with other creatives. A leading actor in films, TV and the stage, he's made over 100 ...

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Episode 126: The Unsettling Truth About Green Energy with Mark Mills

04/16/2021

Guest(s): Mark Mills


In this episode, Mark Mills, Energy & Tech expert at the Manhattan Institute, and I go in-depth about the perils of so-called “green energy.” Case in point: February's deadly blackout in Texas. Texas, with the most wind farms in the country providing 25% of its energy, learned what happens when the weather gets cold and the wind goes away ...

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Episode 125: Warriors and Worriers with Joyce Benenson

04/09/2021

Guest(s): Joyce Benenson


What are the evolutionary differences between men and women, and how do they survive and thrive through differing competitive strategies?  In this episode, Dr. Joyce Benenson talks with Bill about her book Warriors and Worriers,which draws her extensive lifelong research on children's interactions. The result is fa ...

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Episode 124: The Strange Rabbit Hole of Theory with James Lindsay

04/06/2021

Guest(s): James Lindsay, PhD


If it's possible to have a fun and entertaining conversation about political correctness, critical race theory and the state of being "woke", this is it. Joining me is James Lindsay, PhD, Co-author of Cynical Theories and founder of the newdiscourses.com website and podcasts. James, who has been called the Donald Trump of Intellectuals (meant as an insult), because of his courage to take on polit ...

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Episode 123: Trans Men in Women’s Sports

03/31/2021

Guest(s): Bill Walton, Maureen O’Donnell, Digital Producer, Greg Corombos, Frank Wazeter, Alyona Wazeter, Brian McNicoll


On this episode, our TBWS Roundtable discusses the push by the radical woke left to let transgendered boy/girl athletes participate in girls and women’s sports.   After coming out strongly against trans men in women’s sports, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem recently vetoed a bill that would’ve banned it. Why? She says “it’s complicated” and she may be right.    The very woke NCAA ...

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Episode 122: The “Mis-Pricing” of Calvin Coolidge

03/26/2021

Guest(s): Amity Shlaes


On this episode, we look into the life and presidency of Calvin Coolidge with Amity Shlaes, author of The NY Times bestsellers Coolidge, The Forgotten Man, The Greedy Hand and The Great Society. Amity is also co-editor of a fascinating new edition of The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge revealing how he embodied the best of America's founding principles and the charac ...

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Episode 121: A Wide-Ranging Conversation with the Always Interesting Yaron Brook

03/19/2021

Guest(s): Yaron Brook


On this episode, I’m talking with Yaron Brook, Chair of the Ayn Rand Institute, in a wide-ranging conversation that launches into the case for why the profit motive is a good thing. Capitalism gets a bad rap in the media and pop culture, but should business be epitomized by Gordon Gecko or Steve Jobs? Was the 2008 financial crisis caused by greedy Wall Streeters or by wrongheaded government poli ...

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Episode 120: The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure with John Allison

03/04/2021

Guest(s): John Allison


On this episode, I'm joined by John Allison, named one of the 100 most successful CEOs in the world by the Harvard Business Review. In this wide-ranging interview, we talk about how he went from growing up in a lower-middle income family in North Carolina to becoming the head of BB&T, the Cato Institute and author of "The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure". John and I disc ...

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Episode 119: CPAC, Trump and the future of the GOP

03/03/2021

Guest(s): Rich McFadden, Greg Corombos, Frank Wazeter, Brian McNicoll, Bill Walton


The TBWS Roundtable discusses former President Trump's CPAC speech, and what it means for Republicans going forward. Has he learned anything about shoring up his weaknesses? Will he attempt another run for President? Should he? And if not, where does the Republican party go from here?We also look at the future for Mike Pence. What role will the former VP play in the party? Plus, we look at the ...

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Episode 118: “Just the Facts”

02/26/2021

Guest(s): Jim Agresti


The phrase “Just the facts” has taken on new meaning with the creation of media-based fact checkers. However, the definition of truth varies based on the organization doing the research. I’m joined today by Jim Agresti, the President and co-founder of Just Facts as we talk about why what you see in the media is often agenda driven and what his organization does to find the truth. ...

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Episode 117: “Sim City” COVID with Phil Magness and Jeffrey Tucker

02/18/2021

Guest(s): Jeffrey Tucker, Phil Magness


In this Episode, we continue our conversation with Jeffrey Tucker and are now joined by Phil Magness also with the American Institute for Economic Research regarding the current state of the nation due to the Coronavirus. How does the handling of the virus remind us of the video game "Sim City"? What does the future hold now that the vaccine is starting to be distributed? We also discuss what the ...

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Episode 116: A new clarity in a COVID world with Jeffrey Tucker

02/13/2021

Guest(s): Jeffrey Tucker


With the first anniversary of the emergence of the Coronavirus, Jeffrey Tucker head of research at the American Institute for Economic Research joins me for an in-depth discussion about what have we learned so far about the virus and what the future holds for our daily lives. We also talk about how 2020 was almost medieval, and how long it ...

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Episode 115: A light at the end of the COVID tunnel? with Phil Kerpen

02/11/2021

Guest(s): Phil Kerpen


As Coronavirus lockdowns around the country are slowly starting to be lifted, I'm joined by Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment to talk about what shutting down businesses and social activities have meant for our economy and our social fabric. We also discuss what the future holds now that vaccines are starting to be administered. ...

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