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Debunking Howard Zinn with Mary Grabar

Peter Wood

A People’s History is easily one of the most common and popular history books in America, why? What makes this revisionist history so appealing? Listen in as Peter and Mary Grabar attempt to answer these questions and others about Howard Zinn's infamous career and legacy. 

Episode #46: Presidential Candidates On Higher Education with Rachelle Peterson

Peter Wood

Rachelle Peterson and Peter Wood discuss where the presidential candidates stand on higher education.

Lincoln Redux: Race and American History with Lucas Morel

David Randall

In this episode, David Randall and political scientist Lucas Morel discuss Morel's response to the lead essay of the New York Times' 1619 Project, as well as strategies for countering the  "1619 Project" view of history within American education.

Episode #45: Seth Forman on the Middle Class

Peter Wood

Seth Forman, the managing editor of NAS’s journal Academic Questions, joins Peter W. Wood to discuss the relationship between higher education and the middle class.

Episode #44: After Action Report on SFFA v. Harvard with Dennis Saffran

Peter Wood

Just a few weeks ago, federal district judge Allison Burroughs issued a decision in Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard, ruling that Harvard was not guilty of racial discrimination and affirming the value of diversity in college admissions. Today's guest, Dennis Saffran, wrote our amicus brief last year supporting SFFA. Listen in as we discuss what the judge's ruling means for the future of racial preferences.

Episode #43: Lincoln on the Golf Course

Peter Wood

In this episode, Peter Wood is joined by NAS Board of Directors member Tom Klingenstein to discuss Abraham Lincoln, multiculturalism, the liberal arts, and "the golf shot heard round the academic world."

The Vote to Abolish Racial Discrimination in Washington State

Peter Wood

In this special episode, Peter Wood is joined by Linda Yang of Washington Asians for Equality, the leading organization in the fight against Referendum 88. 

Episode #42: From Myanmar with Love

Peter Wood

In this episode, I’m joined by Craig Klafter, a legal historian, Rector Emeritus of the American University of Myanmar, international scholar, and fellow alumnus of John Silber’s administration at Boston University.

Episode #41: Amy Wax and Academic Courage

Peter Wood

When academic freedom isn't enough courage becomes necessary. In this episode, Peter W. Wood is joined by Penn Law Professor Amy Wax.

Episode #40: Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution with Myron Magnet

Peter Wood

Clarence Thomas joined the Supreme Court in 1991, he found many on the Court were interpreting a different Constitution than the one the Framers wrote. In this edition of Curriculum Vitae, Peter is joined by Myron Magnet to discuss the life and thought of Justice Thomas. 

Episode #39: Burdens of Freedom with Larry Mead

Peter Wood

What’s the chief threat to American leadership today? Larry Mead, Professor of Politics and Public Policy at New York University, argues that it is the decline of individualism.

Curriculum Vitae Season 2: Beach Books

Peter Wood

We are back to our podcast, Curriculum Vitae, now returning from summer break! We’re not quite ready to leave summer, though, because in this episode, Peter Wood and David Randall sit down to discuss “beach books,” the books colleges assign students to read over the summer.

Episode #37: Pushing Back on Polarization with David Blankenhorn

Peter Wood

David is the founder and president of the Institute for American Values, and the president and co-founder of Better Angels, a nonprofit that brings together Americans of all political leanings to understand one another and get beyond stereotypes. In this episode, we talk about what polarization is, when it is bad, and how to promote tolerance.

Episode #36: Silenced Stages with George LaNoue

Peter Wood

Professor George LaNoue describes his career teaching First Amendment law and the importance of student debate to intellectual growth. However, colleges increasingly seek to avoid controversy, and students often have no tolerance for engaging the other side of any argument.

Last Month, Today

Peter Wood

It may be summer, but there’s much ado in higher education. Three members of the NAS staff join me on this episode to discuss Oberlin, the Department of Education's investigation of foreign gifts, and the Democratic candidate's education policies.

Episode #34: Words on the Move with John McWhorter

Peter Wood

Professor John McWhorter is a linguist at Columbia University and host of the podcast, Lexicon Valley. Listen in as he discusses the exciting world of words. After which, we dive into the "Church of Social-Justice" and a broader discussion on race in America today.

Episode #33: A Once Great University with Martin Burke

Peter Wood

The City University of New York has a reputation for providing high-quality education to the poor, working class, and immigrants of New York City. CUNY Professor Martin Burke joins me to discuss CUNY's history and future.

Episode #32: Fixing College Costs with Richard Vedder

Peter Wood

Rich Vedder discusses the economics behind the skyrocketing cost of higher education.

Episode #31: Last Month, Today

Peter Wood

The NAS staff run through the news stories of the last month. Listen in as we discuss adversity scores, the college admissions scandal, and a Washington State law the reinstates racial preferences in hiring and admissions.

Episode #30: The Death of Common Sense with Philip Howard

Peter Wood

Regulations often have unintended consequences such as hurting the very people they are written to protect. I speak with Philip Howard about common sense regulatory reforms that save money and make bureaucracies work.

Episode #29: Faculty Unions with Daniel DiSalvo

Peter Wood

A conversation on the place of unions on campus, from faculty to grad students, and the recent case of St. Cloud University Professor Kathleen Uradnik. Our expert guest is an assistant professor at CUNY and a senior fellow at MI.

Episode #28: The Civility Trap with Rusty Reno

Peter Wood

What purpose does civility serve? How can it be misused? Listen in as I discuss these questions and more with Rusty Reno.

Episode #27: Last Month, Today

NAS

Join the NAS staff for coverage of April's most important higher education news stories and pressing issues for the month ahead. 

Neo-Segregation at Yale

Peter Wood

Separate but Equal, Again? Dion J. Pierre argues that 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, Yale still segregates students by race.

Episode #25: The Grad School Mess with Leonard Cassuto

Peter Wood

Does grad school need reform? Professor Cassuto and I discuss this and the secret history of American crime stories. 

Episode #24: The Never Ending College Story with Cheyne Zeller

Peter Wood

Peter is joined by his personal trainer for a conversation on the allure of a four-year degree, the struggles and debt these students face, and the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Episode #23: Calvin Coolidge and the Self-Made Scholar

Peter Wood

Amity Shlaes discusses the New Deal, Calvin Coolidge, and her story as a self-made scholar.

Episode #22: The Legacy of Reconstruction

NAS

Peter W. Wood is joined by Gene Dattel and author and scholar on race in America. We discuss the history of reconstruction, reparations, civil rights, and Black separatist movements. 

Episode #21: Last Month Today, March Newscast

NAS

March was a busy month, from college admission scandals to free speech executive orders we had our hands full. Listen in and hear what the NAS staff has to say about March's biggest higher education news stories.

Christopher Columbus: Villain or Hero?

Peter Wood

In the episode, Peter W. Wood is joined by Professor Bob Carle. They discuss his recent article in Academic Questions on Christopher Columbus and the redeeming heroes made into villains.

What is High Culture For?

NAS

Peter Wood interviews Nathaniel Peters of the Morningside Institute. 

Podcast #18: A Sixteenth Century Mystery with Eleanor Schneider

NAS

What happened to all the Latin grammar books?

Episode #17: Last Month Today (February News Edition)

Peter Wood

Peter W. Wood is joined by the NAS staff to discuss the news of February and what they're looking at in the month ahead.

Episode #16: Rob Koons on Philosophy and the Good Life

NAS

Listen in as Peter W. Wood and Rob Koons discuss some of the larger questions of life. 

Episode #15: Steve Balch and the Story of NAS

Peter Wood

Steve Balch, NAS's founder, joins Peter W. Wood for an hour of discussion on the story of NAS, the study of Western Civilization, and his hopes for the future of American higher education.

Episode #14: Regulatory Overreach with Larry Kogan

NAS

Peter W. Wood interviews Larry Kogan on sustainability. Join us as Larry takes us on an expedition to the dark underbelly of the regulatory regime.

Episode #13: Last Month Today (January)

NAS

Peter W. Wood sits down with the NAS staff to discuss higher education news and themes from January.

Episode #12: Elitist Status Symbols with Darel Paul

Peter Wood

Peter W. Wood sits down with Darel Paul, a professor of political science at Wiliams College and author of From Tolerance to Equality.

Episode #11: The Case for Freethinkers with Bruce Gilley

NAS

Peter interviews Bruce Gilley about "The Case for Colonialism," the troubles of Professor Boghossian, and the Academy's intolerance. 

Episode #10: Jay Nordlinger and the Politics of Shame

NAS

Listen in as Peter and Jay discuss how America has become a shame culture, shame in our personal lives, and public outrage. 

Curriculum Vitae, Episode #9: Renaissance Men with William Meyers

NAS

Listen in as Peter and William Meyers discuss photography, studying subjects outside your own, and the small business experience.

Episode #8: The Cultural Heartbeat with Nahma Sandrow

NAS

In this week's edition of Curriculum Vitae, Peter Wood sits down to discuss her career in Yiddish theatre. 

Curriculum Vitae: Episode #7

NAS

Jude Russo, Rachelle Peterson, and David Randall sit down with Peter Wood to talk about the books they have been reading and those they recommend for the year ahead.

Episode 6: Race, Crime, and Culture with Barry Latzer

NAS

On this episode of Curriculum Vitae, Peter Wood and Barry Latzer discuss race, crime, and Barry’s battles with the progressive guardians of the publishing world.

Episode #5: Argument by Epithet with Mark Bauerlein

NAS

Peter W. Wood sits down with Mark Bauerlein to discuss his recent article in Academic Questions and argument by epithet. 

Curriculum Vitae: Episode #4

NAS

In this episode of Curriculum Vitae, Peter W. Wood and Johnathan Leaf discuss how art transformed from a pursuit of excellence into a political spectical. 

Curriculum Vitae: Episode #3

NAS

Peter W. Wood sits down with KC Johnson to unpack what happened to Title IX and what should be done to fix it.

Curriculum Vitae: Podcast #2

NAS

Peter W. Wood sits down with NAS Director of Research David Randall to discuss the College Board. 

Announcing Our Podcast, Curriculum Vitae

NAS

In our inaugural podcast, NAS President Peter W. Wood sits down with Dennis Saffran to discuss Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard.

Confucius Institutes: Centers of Chinese Cultural Exchange, or Trojan Horses

NAS

PODCAST: Rachelle Peterson sits down with Ben Weingarten, host of "Big Ideas" to discuss Confucius Institutes.

Episode #27: Last Month, Today

Join the NAS staff for coverage of April's most important higher education news stories and pressing issues for the month ahead.