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Bradley Lectures Podcast

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Access historical commentary of today’s pressing issues, hosted by Tal Fortgang from the American Enterprise Institute.

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Access historical commentary of today’s pressing issues, hosted by Tal Fortgang from the American Enterprise Institute.

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Great content!

By Nancy Meyers - Sep 12 2018
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We need more! Bradley lectures in particular

So informative and timely

By Hchl - Jan 20 2018
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The AEI podcasts are fantastic. So glad to see the addition of New Skills Marketplace, which addresses the crucial intersection of education and the workforce.

iTunes Ratings

34 Ratings
Average Ratings
26
3
2
2
1

Great content!

By Nancy Meyers - Sep 12 2018
Read more
We need more! Bradley lectures in particular

So informative and timely

By Hchl - Jan 20 2018
Read more
The AEI podcasts are fantastic. So glad to see the addition of New Skills Marketplace, which addresses the crucial intersection of education and the workforce.
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Bradley Lectures Podcast

Latest release on Jan 20, 2020

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Rank #1: The post-humanist counterculture

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The counterculture that developed in the 1960s rocked post–World War II America and changed the course of the 21st century. Its art, protest culture, and worldview, moreover, led AEI Scholar Irving Kristol to identify the counterculture as “adversary to secular humanism” in a way that was previously “unthinkable.”

Kristol examines the origins and legacies of this counterculture — and how it continues to reverberate in the world of politics today.

This lecture was originally delivered in January 1994.

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Aug 12 2019

24mins

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Rank #2: Bradley Lecture Series Podcast: From Victorian virtues to modern values with Gertrude Himmelfarb

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This episode of the Bradley Lecture Series Podcast features Professor Gertrude Himmelfarb, one of the preeminent historians of the Victorian Era. In her lecture, Himmelfarb speaks about the cultural transformation from Victorian virtues to modern values in a morally relativist society. She argues that people during the Victorian era developed policies and social norms to encourage hard work, self-reliance, self-respect, and pride in country, while people today have demoralized social debates.

As controversies over values grow ever more divisive, Himmelfarb reminds listeners that values are no substitute for virtues — and that the Victorians, for all their flaws, had something important to teach us about what it means to live a worthwhile life.

This lecture was originally given on February 13, 1995. Full details can be found on the original event page here.

To view a full list of the Bradley Lectures, see the Bradley Lectures page on the AEI website.

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Sep 17 2018

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Rank #3: Making men normal

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Leave it to a legal scholar to ask: Is a stigma a tax? If so, can government act legitimately to remove that stigma?

To legal scholar Cass Sunstein, the answer is yes. Certain social norms, Sunstein explains, such as wearing a seatbelt in Hungary or carrying a gun in Sunstein’s neighborhood, act as taxes on particular behaviors. Norms that encourage certain behaviors are, analogously, subsidies.

Sunstein faces an uphill battle making this case against the backdrop of a liberal tradition of individual choice and respect for personal preferences. But he may find allies in conservatives and liberals alike.

This lecture was originally delivered at AEI in November 1996.

Listen to the full lecture here.

You can’t say that! Censorship in public discourse (feat. Sam Abrams)

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Jul 15 2019

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Rank #4: The measure of man

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“So much depends on our theory of human nature,” said psychologist Steven Pinker. “We use our conceptions of human nature to manage our relationships, to control our own behavior, and guide our policies in law and government.” But what is human nature?

In formulating his own understanding of human nature, Pinker rejects three popular conceptions and proposes his own framework based on recent scientific conclusions.

AEI researcher and resident skeptic Will Baird joins the podcast to discuss Pinker’s ideas and how they might lead us to important social or political conclusions.

This lecture was originally delivered in October 2002.

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Aug 02 2019

53mins

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Rank #5: Bradley Lecture Series Podcast: Abraham Lincoln at 200 with Walter Berns

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In this episode of the Bradley Lecture Series Podcast, released for President’s Day 2019, Walter Berns discusses the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. The ideas contained in this lecture were the fruits of life-long study and reflection, and Professor Berns offers us additional reasons for sharing his regard for Lincoln, a man supreme in both word and deed.

As we learn from Walter Berns, Abraham Lincoln may be said to be the poet or maker of the Americans, both by teaching us what to think about our place and posture in the world and the meaning of our humanity, but also by his own heroic example of what it takes to defend, preserve, and live up to the highest principles of our common life.

This lecture was originally delivered at AEI in February of 2009.

To view a full list of the Bradley Lectures, see the Bradley Lectures page on the AEI website.

Related:

A video tribute to Walter Berns 

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Feb 15 2019

55mins

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Rank #6: Bradley Lecture Series Podcast: Defining deviancy up with Charles Krauthammer

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In this episode of the Bradley Lecture Series Podcast, Charles Krauthammer discusses “Defining Deviancy Up.” This lecture was originally delivered at AEI in 1993.

Dr. Krauthammer worried that Americans were beginning to define typical, healthy behaviors as deviant, changing everything from middle-class family life to ordinary sexual relationships, all while giving a pass to genuine criminality.

This lecture was originally given in September 1993.

To view a full list of the Bradley Lectures, see the Bradley Lectures page on the AEI website.

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Jan 29 2019

41mins

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Rank #7: Bradley Lecture Series Podcast: Human flourishing and human excellence with Leon Kass

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In this episode of the Bradley Lecture Series, AEI’s Dr. Leon Kass explores fundamental questions.  What is human happiness, and how is it attained? What is the connection between human excellence and human flourishing?

The deepest, wisest, and (arguably) most relevant exploration of human flourishing and its connection with human excellence may be found in Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics,” the truth(s) of which are set forth here. Special attention is also paid to Aristotle’s great-souled man and the enduring relevance, even in modern democratic times, of this peak of moral nobility.

This lecture was originally given on January 22, 2015.  Full details can be found on the original event page here.

To view a full list of the Bradley Lectures, see the Bradley Lectures page on the AEI website.

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Sep 06 2018

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Rank #8: Bradley Lecture Series Podcast: What went wrong with the media and how to put it right with Paul Johnson

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In this episode of the Bradley Lecture Series Podcast, Paul Johnson discusses “What went wrong with the media and how to put it right.” This lecture was originally delivered at AEI in October of 1994.

This lecture predated “alternative facts” and “fake news,” and, most importantly, it was given before the internet became part of the media landscape. Yet Mr. Johnson’s contrast between the ideal and the reality of American media stands the test of time. Drawing on the Book of John, Thomas Jefferson, Milton, and Daniel Webster, Johnson asks his audience to demand a moral media aware of its moral obligations to society.

This lecture was originally given in October of 1994.

To view a full list of the Bradley Lectures, see the Bradley Lectures page on the AEI website.

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Dec 21 2018

43mins

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Rank #9: Bradley Lecture Series Podcast: The clash of civilizations with Samuel Huntington

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This episode of the Bradley Lecture Series podcast features Professor Samuel Huntington on his famous essay, “The Clash of Civilizations.”  In this lecture, given at AEI one year before the essay’s publication in Foreign Affairs, Huntington makes the case that the post–Cold War order is entering a new phase wherein conflicts will no longer be defined ideology or by economics. Rather, conflicts will fundamentally be about culture and culture’s broadest level of identity short of what distinguished human beings from other species — civilization. A quarter century after its initial release, Huntington’s ideas are being revisited and gaining new followers around the world.

This lecture was originally given on October 19, 1992. Full details can be found on the original event page here.

To view a full list of the Bradley Lectures, see the Bradley Lectures page on the AEI website.

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Oct 04 2018

39mins

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Rank #10: Stork realities (ft. Lyman Stone)

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Are we doomed? Probably. But the reason for that doom depends on whom you ask. If you ask a candidate at a recent Democratic town hall event on climate change, we might be doomed because our planet cannot sustain current population levels. But if you ask writer Jonathan V. Last, he will write a book explaining why the opposite is true: We need higher fertility rates to fend off the disastrous economic, social, and even environmental consequences of dwindling population levels.

Lyman Stone – AEI fellow, demographer, and unabashed baby-supporter – joins the podcast to discuss Last’s Bradley Lecture, “What to expect when no one’s expecting.”

This lecture was originally delivered in February 2013.

To read Lyman Stone’s report, “Declining fertility in America“, click here.

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Sep 24 2019

45mins

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