The American Idea

by Ashbrook Center

The American Idea explores America's Founding principles and their effect on American history and government. Through thoughtful conversations with renowned academics and public figures from across the country, we examine the history and political thought behind our country’s greatest documents and debates, as well as contemporary issues, American popular culture, and political statesmanship. The podcast is a production of t ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 4

  • Civilian-Military Relations from the Founding to Today

    Civilian-Military Relations from the Founding to Today

    Jeff discusses the unique history of American civilian-military relations with Miles Smith IV of Hillsdale College in today's episode.Suspicious of standing armies, but cognizant of the need for military power, the Founders were emphatic about civilian supremacy over the military - especially senior officers. From George Washington's handling of the Newburgh Conspiracy to Lincoln's relations with his generals, to the Cold War and Ike's concerns about the "military-industrial complex," we trace the evolution of ideas and norms in government and our culture from the Founding to today in this fascinating and thought-provoking episode. Subscribe to The American Idea podcast: https://linktr.ee/theamericanidea Visit the show's homepage: https://ashbrook.org/viewpoints/ Read Miles' article on Law & Liberty: https://lawliberty.org/the-lesson-of-newburgh/ Host: Jeff Sikkenga Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer Producer: Jeremy Gypton

  • Not Getting What We're Paying For: U.S. Healthcare Policy

    Not Getting What We're Paying For: U.S. Healthcare Policy

    Jeff discusses the evolution of the U.S. healthcare system since the late 19th Century with Dr. Lauren Hall of the Rochester Institute of Technology. At issue are the surprising, and disheartening, unintended consequences of changes in technology and policy that have yielded the high-cost, low-efficiency and in some ways even lower-effectiveness "system" Americans face today. Host: Jeff Sikkenga Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer Producer: Jeremy Gypton Subscribe: https://linktr.ee/theamericanidea

  • U.S. Energy Policy - The Pursuit of Failure

    U.S. Energy Policy - The Pursuit of Failure

    Jeff discusses the history and sad state of U.S. national energy policy with Peter Grossman, Emeritus Professor of Economics. Host: Jeff Sikkenga Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer Producer: Jeremy Gypton Subscribe: https://linktr.ee/theamericanidea

  • The Chevron Doctrine: What is it and How Does it Challenge Our Constitutional System?

    The Chevron Doctrine: What is it and How Does it Challenge Our Constitutional System?

    Jeff Sikkenga discusses the “Chevron Doctrine” with Mark Chenoweth, Director of the New Civil Liberties Alliance, and how this 1984 Supreme Court decision has led to a runaway federal regulatory regime. They discuss the history of the decision and current challenges to it - including NCLA’s appearance before the Supreme Court to challenge Chevron in January 2024 - as well as its implications for our constitutional system of government. Host: Dr. Jeff Sikkenga Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer Producer: Jeremy Gypton Philip Hamburger’s “Chevron Bias” article: https://www.gwlr.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/84-Geo.-Wash.-L.-Rev.-1187.pdf Podcast Subscription: https://linktr.ee/theamericanidea

  • Political Parties - Not Part of the Plan But There From the Beginning | Documents & Debates

    Political Parties - Not Part of the Plan But There From the Beginning | Documents & Debates

    Jeff is joined by Dr. Eric Sands of Berry College to discuss the origins, role, evolution, and impact of political parties in America. This is one of those episodes wherein you learn some history, and your understanding of our current situation becomes more clear. Host: Jeff Sikkenga Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer Producer: Jeremy Gypton Subscribe through your favorite platform: https://linktr.ee/theamericanidea