120: Ben Swann on Social Media Censorship & His New Platform

120: Ben Swann on Social Media Censorship & His New Platform

If you want to see an example of what authentic investigative journalism looks like, look no further than Ben Swann. His “Reality Check” segments have been a highly popular alternative to the agenda-driven content being promoted by so many news outlets. Ben joins us to discuss the ongoing social media purge of dissenting voices and also to tell us about his new platform from which he is broadcasting.  
October 30, 2018
119: What Exactly Have We Been Up To?

119: What Exactly Have We Been Up To?

If you’re a regular listener to the Society and the State podcast, you’ve no doubt noticed that we’ve had a few gaps in posting new episodes lately. Given how much we enjoy doing this podcast, it would be more than a bit out of character for us to have grown tired or lazy about doing SATS. It turns out that some very exciting projects have been keeping Connor and Bryan burning the midnight oil these past few weeks. In this episode we’ll tell you what they are.
October 26, 2018
118: Brett Tolman Confessions of a Former U.S. Attorney

118: Brett Tolman Confessions of a Former U.S. Attorney

Most of us tend to take for granted that our justice system works. This means we assume that the system is hard at work protecting the innocent by only putting bad guys in jail. Our guest may cause you to rethink that assumption. Brett Tolman is a former U.S. Attorney and prosecutor for the federal government. Now, he is a criminal justice reformer who is working to address some serious problems within the system. Learn what he came to realize and what he is doing to correct some of the institutional obstacles to authentic justice. 
October 23, 2018
116: Matt Kibbe on How to Get the Attention of Millennials

116: Matt Kibbe on How to Get the Attention of Millennials

Knowing how to market ideas to the Millennial generation is a necessity for anyone who wants to succeed. This is especially true when it comes to promoting the cause of liberty and free markets. But not everyone has figured out how to turn good ideas into education and productive conversation. Matt Kibbe from Free the People joins us to offer his insights on how to effectively reach out to the liberty-curious. 
October 16, 2018
117: A Different Take on Abortion

117: A Different Take on Abortion

The topic of abortion has evolved into one of the most contentious subjects in modern day America. It likely rivals the intensity of the debates over slavery in 1840s America. Bottom line, it’s tough to have a principled discussion of a topic that is so emotionally laden. A recent viral social media post suggested that not only do men have zero interest in stopping abortion but also that unwanted pregnancies are caused by men. That’s a tough divide to bridge. What if abortion could be approached from a personal responsibility and property rights angle?
October 12, 2018
115: Why Are Supreme Court Nomination Hearings a Circus?

115: Why Are Supreme Court Nomination Hearings a Circus?

The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have been animated, to put it mildly. The circus-like atmosphere isn’t just a symptom of politics-as-usual. It’s an indicator that the American body politic has experienced some major shifts in how we perceive the role of our national government. What do these antics portend for the constitutional republic that our founders created? Is the Supreme Court supposed to be the linchpin on which our nation’s fate hangs?
September 22, 2018
114: Hannah Cox on Abolishing the Death Penalty

114: Hannah Cox on Abolishing the Death Penalty

Concern over the death penalty isn’t just limited to bleeding hearts and liberals. It’s not a matter of coddling criminals. DNA evidence and other technological advances are proving that genuinely innocent people are sitting on Death Row or have been executed. Questions about the inefficiency, inequity and inaccuracy within the justice system mean that opposition to the death penalty is finding acceptance in conservative circles as well. Hannah Cox from Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty joins us to discuss the issue.  
September 18, 2018
113: Are Ballot Initiatives a Bad Idea?

113: Are Ballot Initiatives a Bad Idea?

In a republic form of government, lawmaking is generally handled by elected representatives of the people. But is there also a place for direct democracy, where the people can exercise their franchise on specific issues via ballot initiative? In this episode, we explore the pros and cons of the initiative process as well as when and where it may be necessary to limit the power we’ve delegated to government.
September 7, 2018
112: Jeremy Travis on Why America’s Bail System is Broken

112: Jeremy Travis on Why America’s Bail System is Broken

Most of what people know about the criminal justice system is based on what they’ve watched on TV. Unless you or someone you know has had to be bailed out of jail, you’re probably not familiar with the bail process or some of the inherent problems with the current system. Even so, these problems affect millions of people each year in ways you may not have considered. Jeremy Travis from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation joins Connor to discuss the challenges of the bail system and some potential solutions.  
September 4, 2018
111: John McCain and the Hypocrisy of Reverential Treatment

111: John McCain and the Hypocrisy of Reverential Treatment

With the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain, we are experiencing a rare glimpse into the mindset of many members of the media and the political class. The state has never been shy about co-opting the word “hero” for its own purposes, and what better time to laud those who have served its interests than when they have died? But do the lavish pronouncements and official pageantry square with reality?
August 31, 2018