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The Battle of Pea Ridge, Part 2: Elkhorn Tavern

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

03/13/2019Audio/Video
Chris Calton outlines the fighting at Elkhorn Tavern during the Battle of Pea Ridge, and how the grim conflict ended.
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The Battle of Pea Ridge, Part 1: Confederate Disaster at Leetown

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

03/06/2019Audio/Video
Chris Calton recounts how the Confederate forces were defeated at Leetown—despite greatly outnumbering their Union opponents.
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The Emergence of Grant, Part 4: Unconditional Surrender

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

02/27/2019Audio/Video
After Grant pushes the Confederates back to Fort Donelson, the southern leaders must decide whether to attempt escape or surrender.
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The Emergence of Grant, Part 3: Fort Donelson

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

02/20/2019Audio/Video
Chris Calton details Ulysses S. Grant's attack on Fort Donelson by land and water.
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Capitalism Doesn't Cause Consumerism — Governments Do

InterventionismPolitical Theory

02/14/2019Audio/Video
It's government — not markets — that intervene to "stimulate" ever greater amounts of spending and consumption. A healthy market economy, meanwhile, relies on both saving and spending.
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The Emergence of Grant, Part 2: Fort Henry

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

02/13/2019Audio/Video
Chris Calton recounts a victory that would give the Union access to the Confederate heartland—the capture of Fort Henry.
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If Climate Change Is Killing Us, Why Is Life Expectancy Increasing?

Bureaucracy and RegulationThe Environment

02/08/2019Audio/Video
If climate change effects aren't enough to put a noticeable dent in life expectancy, then why is climate change talked about as an apocalypse?
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The Left Isn't Convinced by Your Economics Arguments

InterventionismPolitical Theory

02/07/2019Audio/Video
Many people on the left regard economics as neither a science nor a principled field of study. For them, economics is just a pseudo-science invented as corporate propaganda, and people who push "free-market economics" do so because they are either evil or brainwashed by corporate masters.
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The "Homo Economicus" Straw Man

Free MarketsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

02/06/2019Audio/Video
To understand the marketplace, it is not necessary to believe in the existence of a selfish, profit-maximizing human.
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The Emergence of Grant, Part 1: Finding the Gateway

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

02/06/2019Audio/Video
Chris Calton details Ulysses S. Grant's early actions in the Civil War.
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