The American Idea

by Ashbrook Center

The American Idea explores America's Founding principles and their effect on American history and government. Through lively and thoughtful conversations with renowned academics and public figures from across the country, the podcast examines 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... Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • S02 E47 - Free Speech and the State of the American University

    S02 E47 - Free Speech and the State of the American University

    Dr. Robert George of Princeton University joins Jeff to discuss the sad shape of the American university as a function of a lack of clarity by many in higher education as to the core purpose of a university education. George asser...

    37:50
  • S02 E46 - The Great Society - A New History

    S02 E46 - The Great Society - A New History

    Jeff sat down with Amity Shlaes to discuss her book, "The Great Society - A New History," and the implications of the welfare state as envisioned by Lyndon Johnson. In addition to some of LBJ's various remarks and addresses while ...

    52:12
  • S02 E45 - Can We Save America? Abraham Lincoln and Our Troubled Politics

    S02 E45 - Can We Save America? Abraham Lincoln and Our Troubled Politics

    Jeff discusses our current political tensions with Dr. Lucas Morel, who proposes that an understanding of Lincoln - his ideas, his words, his actions - can help us navigate difficult political waters now, and in our future as Amer...

    01:05:10
  • S02 E44 - Elections 2022: Analysis and Commentary with UVA's Jim Ceaser

    S02 E44 - Elections 2022: Analysis and Commentary with UVA's Jim Ceaser

    Jeff discusses the results, surprises, and immediate fallout of the 2022 Midterm Congressional and several state gubernatorial elections. Of special focus is how badly most pollsters were wrong; how the Democrats avoided the histo...

    57:47
  • S02 E43 - The American Idea | Secretary Mike Pompeo

    S02 E43 - The American Idea | Secretary Mike Pompeo

    In this episode, Jeff sits down to talk with Mike Pompeo, former member of the House of Representatives, CIA Director, and the 70th Secretary of State. The two touch on notions of service to country, the foundation of Sec. Pompeo’...

    17:33