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Now displaying: July, 2007
Jul 27, 2007

Show 94  The Forgotten Man  A New History of the Great Depression interview with the author Amity Shlaes. At the Council on Foreign Relations. See the video at- CFR video interview.This interview is more in depth and covers additional material that our previous podcast does not. The first two minuets of the podcast is an introduction to the book from Newt Gingrich from his website  http://www.newt.org/ Podcast rating 6.5 out of 10.  60 min  14MB

Jul 25, 2007

Show 93 Audio interview with David Gelernter author of Americanism The fourth great western religion. Dennis Prager interviews him followed by Michael Medved.

What does it mean to “believe? in America? Why do we always speak of our country as having a mission or purpose that is higher than other nations? Modern liberals have invested a great deal in the notion that America was founded as a secular state, with religion relegated to the private sphere. David Gelernter argues that America is not secular at all, but a powerful religious idea—indeed, a religion in its own right. Gelernter argues that what we have come to call “Americanism? is in fact a secular version of Zionism. Not the Zionism of the ancient Hebrews, but that of the Puritan founders who saw themselves as the new children of Israel, creating a new Jerusalem in a new world. Their faith-based ideals of liberty, equality, and democratic governance had a greater influence on the nation’s founders than the Enlightenment. Gelernter traces the development of the American religion from its roots in the Puritan Zionism of seventeenth-century New England to the idealistic fighting faith it has become, a militant creed dedicated to spreading freedom around the world. The central figures in this process were Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson, who presided over the secularization of the American Zionist idea into the form we now know as Americanism. If America is a religion, it is a religion without a god, and it is a global religion. People who believe in America live all over the world. Its adherents have included oppressed and freedom-loving peoples everywhere—from the patriots of the Greek and Hungarian revolutions to the martyred Chinese dissidents of Tiananmen Square. Gelernter also shows that anti-Americanism, particularly the virulent kind that is found today in Europe, is a reaction against this religious conception of America on the part of those who adhere to a rival religion of pacifism and appeasement. A startlingly original argument about the religious meaning of America and why it is loved—and hated—with so much passion at home and abroad. Podcast rating is 5 out of 10.   72 min   16MB.  Download all of Dennis Pragers shows free at: http://www.townhall.com/talkradio/Show.aspx?RadioShowID=3  For all of Michael Medveds shows go to https://www.michaelmedved.com/site $4.95 per month. Both podcasts are highly recommended by ACU.

Jul 18, 2007

Show 92  Dennis Prager interviews the author of The Forgotten Man  A new history of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes. From the book jacket- In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes, one of the nation's most respected economic commentators, offers a reinterpretation of the Great Depression. Shlaes also traces the mounting agony of the New Dealers themselves as they discovered their errors. She shows how both Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt failed to understand the prosperity of the 1920s and heaped massive burdens on the country that more than offset the benefit of New Deal programs. The real question about the Depression, she argues, is not whether

Roosevelt ended it with World War II. It is why the Depression lasted so long. From 1929 to 1940, federal intervention helped to make the Depression great - in part by forgetting the men and women who sought to help one another. Podcast rating 6 out of 10.  34 min  8MB Download all of Dennis Pragers shows free at: http://www.townhall.com/talkradio/Show.aspx?RadioShowID=3   

Jul 3, 2007

Show 90 Freedomnomics Why the Free Market Works and other Half Baked Theories dont. Michael Medved interviews author of Freedomnomics Professor John Lott. Free markets bring freedom and prosperity. Closed markets, tarrifs, quotas, government over regulation achieve the opposite. Second half of this podcast is  Dennis Prager interviewing same author. Podcast rating is 5.5 out of 10. Podcast is 52 min and 12MB. Download all of Dennis Pragers shows free at: http://www.townhall.com/talkradio/Show.aspx?RadioShowID=3  

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Jul 2, 2007

Show 89 Dennis Prater talks to Yuri Felshtinsky, historian of post-Soviet Russia and author. His new book, based on the information provided by poisoned ex-KGB agent, Boris Litvinenko is Blowing Up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Terror. Download all of Dennis Pragers shows free at: http://www.townhall.com/talkradio/Show.aspx?RadioShowID=3 

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