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The Genius of Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell might well be our greatest living Intellectual. His accomplishments span 6 decades and include over 40 books and thousands of columns and articles written on a wide range of topics, from economics to sociology to history to race and culture. It is hard to name another intellectual who has studied and written on as wide a range of topics in such a profound way. This podcast will discuss his ideas and is intended to provide a place for admirers of his work to discuss his contributions with other like minded thinkers.

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Clarence Thomas

In this episode we  discuss Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. We talk about what Clarence Thomas has to say about Sowell and also about what Sowell has to say about Clarence Thomas.Here are some useful links to deepen your appreciation of the episode:• Billy Joel SINGS "Angry Young Man" live at Shea Stadium. Lyrics HERE.• Full VIDEO of Clarence Thomas at the Old Parkland Conference May 2022.• "Intellectuals and Society" by Thomas Sowell HERE.• Post It Note quotes HERE.• Podcast Patreon HERE.• Podcast statistics HERE.• Letter from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito to Alan HERE.• "Live Not By Lies" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn HERE.• Thomas Sowell video truck ad campaign video HERE. THERE ARE 3 WAYS TO SUPPORT THE SHOW:1) Rate and review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. This helps a lot.2) Purchase our Thomas Sowell Post It Note pads:  You can find all 50 digital images of the post it notes HERE, feel free to download them and use them however you like. To purchase pads of printed post it notes, please  Paypal $3/pad to wolanalan@gmail.com or Venmo to @Alan-Wolan.  Please put your mailing address as well as your email address in the notes of the payment. International orders will cost more, please ask.Notice: Starting September 1, 2022, the price will go up to $4/pad, including postage and handling, Sorry but  you can thank Putin for the price hike.New: we are currently in the process of designing 50 additional quotes and will be printing them in post it note pads as well. Stay tuned to see those new quotes, they're fantastic!3) Support the show financially by subscribing with a monthly contribution on Patreon, link HERE.You can  email Alan at: WolanAlan@gmail.comThere are only so many hours in the day and that fact that you spend some of your precious time listening to my podcast is something I will never take for granted and will always appreciate.THANK YOU!

39mins

4 Aug 2022

Rank #1

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Abortion

In this episode, we discuss Sowell's views on the subject of Abortion.I open the episode with a discussion of Madonna's 1986 music video "Papa Don't Preach" and what the story of that song has to teach us about Abortion.You will appreciate this episode much more if you watch the video before listening, you can find it HERE on Youtube.Sowell tells us about a documentary film about the abortion procedure called "The Silent Scream" which you can watch HERE in full on Youtube. You can find Justice Samuel Alito's letter to me HERE.NEW NEWS THAT'S NEWSWORTHY:1) Basic Books (Sowell's publisher) is teaming up with The Genius of Thomas Sowell Podcast to offer listeners a chance to win 4 Sowell books. Enter at SowellBooks.com for a chance to win!2) We are having our first, live, in person Book Club meeting on Saturday, July 9, 2022 in Los Angeles. This is a free event.  We will be discussing Sowell's 2020 book "Charter Schools and Their Enemies." If you'd like to attend, please email me at WolanAlan@gmail.com and I'll give you the details.3) During the month of June we are running a truck advertising campaign in Los Angeles to promote the pod. Here's the VIDEO from the first day.THERE ARE 3 WAYS TO SUPPORT THE SHOW:1) Rate and review the podcast on Apple Podcasts2) Purchase our Thomas Sowell Post It Note pads:  You can find all 50 digital images of the post it notes HERE, feel free to download them and use them however you like. To purchase pads of printed post it notes, please  Paypal $3/pad to wolanalan@gmail.com or Venmo to @Alan-Wolan.  Please put your mailing address as well as your email address in the notes of the payment. International orders will cost more, please ask.3) Support the show financially by subscribing with a monthly contribution on Patreon, link HERE.You  email Alan at: WolanAlan@gmail.comThere are only so many hours in the day and that fact that you spend some of your precious time listening to my podcast is something I will never take for granted and will always appreciate.Thank you!Alan

36mins

24 Jun 2022

Rank #2

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Richard Sander about Sowell and Racial Preferences in Admissions

NEW NEWS THAT'S NEWSWORTHY:1) Basic Books (Sowell's publisher) is teaming up with The Genius of Thomas Sowell Podcast to offer listeners a chance to win 4 Sowell books. Enter at SowellBooks.com for a chance to win!2) We are having our first, live, in person Book Club meeting on Saturday, July 9, 2022 in Los Angeles. This is a free event.  We will be discussing Sowell's 2020 book "Charter Schools and Their Enemies." If you'd like to attend, please email me at WolanAlan@gmail.com and I'll give you the details.3) During the month of June we are running a truck advertising campaign in Los Angeles to promote the pod. Here's the VIDEO from the first day. You can find Alan's video interview on the "Cut The Bull" Podcast HERE.You can find Alan's appearance on the "Calmversations" Podcast with Benjamin Boyce HERE.-----In this episode, we continue to explore the subject of Affirmative Action which was inspired by reading Chapter 6 of Thomas Sowell's 1993 classic "Inside American Education."You can read Chapter 6 HERE.Today's episode features a long form interview with Richard Sander, law professor at UCLA Law School.You can find more information about Richard Sander HERE.I also interviewed Gustav Kuhn, Professor of Psychology at Goldsmith's University in London and Founder of The Magic Lab, about two ways politicians use the techniques of magicians to manipulate the public.    His website is HERE.If you would like to see the magic trick which baffled Professor Kuhn, you can watch it HERE.Notes:• Our updated listener statistics to the podcast can be found HERE.There are 3 ways to support the show:1) Rate and review the podcast on Apple Podcasts2) Purchase our Thomas Sowell Post It Note pads:  You can find all 50 digital images of the post it notes HERE, feel free to download them and use them however you like. To purchase pads of printed post it notes, please  Paypal $3/pad to wolanalan@gmail.com or Venmo to @Alan-Wolan.  Please put your mailing address as well as your email address in the notes of the payment. International orders will cost more, please ask.3) Support the show financially by subscribing with a monthly contribution on Patreon, link HERE.You  email Alan at: WolanAlan@gmail.com

1hr 34mins

9 Jun 2022

Rank #3

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Mediocracy and Affirmative Action • Part 5

NEW NEWS THAT'S NEWSWORTHY: Basic Books (Sowell's publisher) is teaming up with The Genius of Thomas Sowell Podcast to offer listeners a chance to win 4 Sowell books. Enter at SowellBooks.com for a chance to win! In this episode, we continue to explore the subject of Affirmative Action which was inspired by reading Chapter 6 of Thomas Sowell's 1993 classic "Inside American Education."You can read Chapter 6 HERE. We touch on the following subjects:• A case now before the US Supreme Court about affirmative action•  MIT bringing back the SAT exam• Elite high schools turning away from academic admissions exams• Will law schools no longer require that applicants take the LSAT?• Why students can now get 100 extra points on their SAT for living in a rough neighborhood• Affirmative action in TV commercials?• Should casting TV commercials be the same as casting university students?• Social EngineeringToday's episode features two separate interviews with scholars who study Affirmative Action:1) Peter Arcidiacono: Professor of Economics at Duke University.You can find Peter's CV and articles HERE.2) Zachary Bleemer: Soon to be Assistant Professor of Economics at Yale University.You can find Zach's CV and articles HERE.Notes:• Our updated listener statistics to the podcast can be found HERE.There are 3 ways to support the show:1) Rate and review the podcast on Apple Podcasts2) Purchase our Thomas Sowell Post It Note pads:  You can find all 50 digital images of the post it notes HERE, feel free to download them and use them however you like. To purchase pads of printed post it notes, please  Paypal $3/pad to wolanalan@gmail.com or Venmo to @Alan-Wolan.  Please put your mailing address as well as your email address in the notes of the payment. International orders will cost more, please ask.3) Support the show financially by subscribing with a monthly contribution on Patreon, link HERE.You can email Alan at: TheGeniusOfThomasSowell@gmail.com

2hr

16 May 2022

Rank #4

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Affirmative Action and Sowell's "Inside American Education" • Part 4

NEW NEWS THAT'S NEWSWORTHY:Basic Books (Sowell's publisher) is teaming up with The Genius of Thomas Sowell Podcast to offer listeners a chance to win 4 Sowell books. Enter at SowellBooks.com for a chance to win!New: Support us on PATREON at: Patreon.com/SowellGenius LINKIn this episode, we turn our attention to Chapter 6 of Thomas Sowell’s 1993 book “Inside American Education.” Sowell named the chapter “New Racism and Old Dogmatism” and his focus there was to analyze the real world effects of affirmative action policies which began in America in the 1960’s. Sowell makes a very surprising and counter-intuitive argument in this chapter; namely, that affirmative action policies, also called preferential admissions policies, don’t actually benefit the people they are intended to help. Sowell makes the claim that these policies not only harm their intended beneficiaries but that they also set in motion a series of incentives and constraints which harm the university system as well as society in general.This episode includes:• A summary of Chapter 6;• Interviews with students on campus of an elite Los Angeles University;• Clips from other Sowell books, Sowell interviews and other podcasters.Notes:• Here's a LINK to the full Chapter 6 of the book so you can read it for yourself;• Here's a LINK to the MIT announcement referred to in the podcast;•  Here's a LINK to the Rush song played in the episode, and HERE are the full lyrics.• Our updated listener statistics to the podcast can be found HERE.There are 3 ways to support the show:1) Rate and review the podcast on Apple Podcasts2) Purchase our Thomas Sowell Post It Note pads:  You can find all 50 digital images of the post it notes HERE, feel free to download them and use them however you like. To purchase pads of printed post it notes, please  Paypal $3/pad to wolanalan@gmail.com or Venmo to @Alan-Wolan.  Please put your mailing address as well as your email address in the notes of the payment. International orders will cost more, please ask.3) Support the show financially by subscribing with a monthly contribution on Patreon, link HERE.You can email Alan at: TheGeniusOfThomasSowell@gmail.com

1hr 30mins

24 Apr 2022

Rank #5

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The Will Smith Slap and Sowell's "Black Rednecks and White Liberals"

NEW NEWS THAT'S NEWSWORTHY:Basic Books (Sowell's publisher) is teaming up with The Genius of Thomas Sowell Podcast to offer listeners a chance to win 4 Sowell books. Enter at SowellBooks.com for a chance to win!For this episode, we depart from our focus on Sowell and the American education system to reflect on the unexpected altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock at this year's Academy Awards ceremony on March 28, 2022. In particular, we will weigh in on this incident through the lens of Thomas Sowell’s 2005 classic book “Black Rednecks and White Liberals”.• The listener statistics to the podcast can be found HERE.We will update these stats with each new episode released.• Beginning April 1, 2022 we are charging $3 per Post it note pad, which includes postage.  Each pad has 50 different Sowell quotes to stick around the house as a daily inspiration or as a way to introduce your friends and family to Sowell's ideas.  You can find all 50 digital images of the post it notes HERE, feel free to download them and use them however you like. To purchase pads of printed post it notes, please  Paypal $3/pad to wolanalan@gmail.com or Venmo to @Alan-Wolan.  Please put your mailing address in the notes of the payment.• Please rate and comment about the show on your podcast platform; it helps new listeners find the show.PS:  In Episode 18 we will be hosting a debate between Wilfred Reilly and Rod Graham about Sowell's views on Affirmative Action, as presented in chapter 6 of "Inside American Education."  I encourage you to read chapter 6 in advance, you can find the full chapter HERE.  Consider this your homework assignment.New: Support us on PATREON at: Patreon.com/SowellGenius LINK

24mins

12 Apr 2022

Rank #6

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The Dogmas of American Education: A Panel Discussion • Part 3

NEW NEWS THAT'S NEWSWORTHY:Basic Books (Sowell's publisher) is teaming up with The Genius of Thomas Sowell Podcast to offer listeners a chance to win 4 Sowell books. Enter at SowellBooks.com for a chance to win!In this episode, we discuss the educational dogmas presented by Thomas Sowell in Chapter 4 of his 1993 classic "Inside American Education."In Episode 14 we listened to a 1993 interview with Thomas Sowell about the book.  In Episode 15, I summarized the first 3 chapters of the book and interviewed elementary school teacher Ramona Bessinger about whether or not the observations made by Sowell match her 23 years experience as a teacher.In this episode we discuss the 6 dogmas outlined by Sowell in Chapter 4: 1) Multicultural diversity2) Sensitivity3) Relevance4) Educating the whole person5) Role Models, and6) Self esteemWe are joined by a panel of well known public school teachers:• Ramona Bessinger: a 23 year veteran English teacher in Providence, RI. Twitter: @RamonaBessinger• Frank McCormick: Frank has taught history for 10 years at Waukegan High School and Loyola Academy in Illinois.  He is an outspoken critic of the critical social justice movement and expresses his views on his Youtube channel HERE and on his Substack HERE.Twitter: @CBHeresy • Tony Kinnett: Tony was a public school science teacher in Indianapolis as well as a school administrator. He was fired from both of those positions for speaking out in opposition to an educational agenda which he feels is harmful to his students. He is also the founder of the “The Chalkboard Review” which is a website dedicated to featuring a diverse range of voices on all topics education related. Twitter: @TheTonus. The listener statistics to the podcast can be found HERE.We will update these stats with each new episode released.HERE'S the question I asked on the Alan Dershowitz podcast. HERE'S the question I asked on the Dinesh D'Souza podcast.In this episode, I mention the Los Angeles bilingual programs currently available. Here is a LINK to a complete listing of all these programs.• Beginning April 1, 2022 we are charging $3 per Post it note pad, which includes postage.  Each pad has 50 different Sowell quotes to stick around the house as a daily inspiration or as a way to introduce your friends and family to Sowell's ideas.  You can find all 50 digital images of the post it notes HERE, feel free to download them and use them however you like. To purchase pads of printed post it notes, please  Paypal $3/pad to wolanalan@gmail.com or Venmo to @Alan-Wolan.  Please put your mailing address in the notes of the payment. • Please rate and comment about the show on your podcast platform; it helps new listeners find the show.New: Support us on PATREON at: Patreon.com/SowellGenius LINK

1hr 18mins

4 Apr 2022

Rank #7

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Ramona Bessinger on Sowell's "Inside American Education" • Part 2

NEW NEWS THAT'S NEWSWORTHY:Basic Books (Sowell's publisher) is teaming up with The Genius of Thomas Sowell Podcast to offer listeners a chance to win 4 Sowell books. Enter at SowellBooks.com for a chance to win!In the previous episode, we listened to a 1993 interview with Thomas Sowell about his book “Inside American Education,” and we let Sowell himself introduce us to the main themes of that book. In this episode, I’d like to present a more structured summary of “Inside American Education” and discuss my thoughts on some of the key arguments of the first half of the book. Later in the show I interview an elementary school teacher named Ramona Bessinger about her take on the arguments in Sowell’s book and whether or not the trends identified by Sowell are still happening today, 30 years later.Here's a LINK to the original book on Amazon.Here's a LINK to my favorite quotes from the book.You can find Ramona Bessinger on Twitter: @RamonaBessingerSpecial thanks to Priyanka Wolan for reading the Sowell quotes used in this episode. Finally, if you recognized the background music which fades in at the end of this episode, you got a special treat. This is a guitar version of Pink Floyd's "We Don't Need No Education" masterfully played by Gabriella Quevedo.  Look her up on YouTube, you'll be glad you did. Here are some useful resources to help enjoy the show:1) TomSowell.com is the show website, chock full of useful information.2) Thomas Sowell quotes sticky post it notes are still in stock! Up until now we have been offering the pads for free, but beginning April 1, 2022 we will be charging $3 per pad, which includes postage.  Each pad has 50 different Sowell quotes to stick around the house as a daily inspiration or as a way to introduce your friends and family to Sowell's ideas.  You can find all 50 digital images of the post it notes HERE, feel free to download them and use them however you like. To get your free pad of printed post it notes, just email your mailing address to WolanAlan@gmail.com, and please put the word "Sowell" in the subject line. Remember, this free offer is only valid until the end of March 2022. Thereafter there will be a charge!3)  If you’d like to actively participate in this podcast, make a comment or ask a question, just record your comment or question using  the Voice Memos app on your smartphone, then email the recording to me at WolanAlan@gmail.com. On a future episode I’ll play your comment and respond to it.4) Please rate and comment about the show on your podcast platform; it helps new listeners find the show.Thanks for listening, and see you for Episode 16 where we will be analyzing the second half of Sowell's "Inside American Education."PS:  In an upcoing episode we will be hosting a debate between two terrific scholars about Sowell's views on Affirmative Action, as presented in chapter 6 of "Inside American Education." If you would like to maximize your enjoyment of this debate, I encourage you to read chapter 6 in advance, you can find the full chapter HERE.  Consider this your homework assignment

1hr 21mins

16 Mar 2022

Rank #8

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Sowell and the American Education System • Part I

NEW NEWS THAT'S NEWSWORTHY:Basic Books (Sowell's publisher) is teaming up with The Genius of Thomas Sowell Podcast to offer listeners a chance to win 4 Sowell books. Enter at SowellBooks.com for a chance to win!This episode features a January 1993 interview with Thomas Sowell about his book "Inside American Education."This episode is the first in a 3 part series about this book and about the subject of American education in general. The original 1993 fifty minute Sowell interview is split up into bite sized clips and Alan interrupts the interview in order to comment on various aspects of what is being discussed and how it relates to the present situation 29 years later.The original Youtube video can be watched in its entirety:Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.Sowell talks about the "old McGuffey Readers" and you can find them on Amazon HERE.Alan mention's St. John's College in the episode and promises a link to the school HERE.Alan mentions an article about the issue of selective public schools changing their admission criteria because of racial quotas, you can find that article HERE.Here are some useful resources to help enjoy the show:1) TomSowell.com is the show website, chock full of useful information.2) Thomas Sowell quotes sticky post it notes are still in stock! Each pad has 50 different Sowell quotes to stick around the house as a daily inspiration or as a way to introduce your friends and family to Sowell's ideas.  We are offering listeners one pad for free; no catch, no gimmicks.  You can find all 50 digital images of the post it notes HERE, feel free to download them and use them however you like. To get your free pad of printed post it notes, just email your mailing address to WolanAlan@gmail.com, and please put the word "Sowell" in the subject line.3)  If you’d like to actively participate in this podcast, make a comment or ask a question, just record your comment or question using  the Voice Memos app on your smartphone, then email the recording to me at WolanAlan@gmail.com. On a future episode I’ll play your comment and respond to it.4) Please rate and comment about the show on your podcast platform; it helps new listeners find the show.Thanks for listening, and see you for Episode 15!New: Support us on PATREON at: Patreon.com/SowellGenius LINK

1hr 14mins

23 Feb 2022

Rank #9

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Josh Lewis and Alan talk Sowell. Uncut and Unfiltered.

NEW NEWS THAT'S NEWSWORTHY:Basic Books (Sowell's publisher) is teaming up with The Genius of Thomas Sowell Podcast to offer listeners a chance to win 4 Sowell books. Enter at SowellBooks.com for a chance to win!I was recently invited to come on the Saving Elephants podcast to discuss Sowell’s work, and this episode features that conversation. Saving Elephants is the podcast hosted by Josh Lewis, a Tulsa Oklahoma based accountant and podcaster. Saving Elephants is a podcast dedicated to re-igniting conservatism among the Millennial generation, and Josh discusses all the great thinkers of the conservative movement, from Edmund Burke to Thomas Paine to Roger Scruton to William Buckley Jr to Thomas Sowell and many, many others. Josh and I had a great conversation about Sowell and his ideas. I was honored to be the featured guest of Josh’s one hundredth podcast episode. Given that this is only our 13th episode, I know how much work it is to produce 100 episodes.Here are some useful resources to help enjoy the show:1) TomSowell.com is the show website, chock full of useful information.2) Thomas Sowell quotes sticky post it notes are still in stock! Each pad has 50 different Sowell quotes to stick around the house as a daily inspiration or as a way to introduce your friends and family to Sowell's ideas.  We are offering listeners one pad for free; no catch, no gimmicks.  You can find all 50 digital images of the post it notes HERE, feel free to download them and use them however you like. To get your free pad of printed post it notes, just email your mailing address to WolanAlan@gmail.com, and please put the word "Sowell" in the subject line.3)  If you’d like to actively participate in this podcast, make a comment or ask a question, just record your comment or question using  the Voice Memos app on your smartphone, then email the recording to me at WolanAlan@gmail.com. On a future episode I’ll play your comment and respond to it.4) Please rate and comment about the show on your podcast platform; it helps new listeners find the show.Thanks for listening, and see you for Episode 14 where we will be featuring a very special, surprise guest to join me in discussing Sowell's book "Inside American Education" published in 1993. Stay tuned!

1hr 9mins

11 Feb 2022

Rank #10