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Author: Dan Crenshaw

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Congressman Dan Crenshaw joins the world's leading experts for deep and insightful conversations about the most important issues facing us today.
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In the wake of COVID-19, Democrat leaders are pushing for a federal takeover of the election system in order to implement some radical reforms - including mail-in ballots for all voters, voting by phone, and ending voter ID requirements. Why are these reforms fraught with potential for voter fraud? Hans von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow and manager of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative - which has collected 1,285 proven cases of voter fraud in America. Hans joined Dan to examine the risks and how we can better protect the integrity of our election system. Follow Hans on Twitter at @HvonSpakovsky.
Dr. Robert Kadlec is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, managing the national response to public health emergencies - a position that deals with everything from hurricane disasters to anthrax attacks. Now Dr. Kadlec is writing the playbook of countermeasures in America’s war against COVID-19. He joined Dan to examine how the nation’s strategy for pandemic response is adapting as we learn more about the virus.  
In this special episode, Dan joined comedian Adam Carolla for a live recording at Houston Improv to raise funds for the Houston Food Bank’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Support Houston Food Bank at www.houstonfoodbank.org. Shout out to Adam Carolla for allowing us to re-broadcast this recording! Check out his own podcast The Adam Carolla Show at www.adamcarolla.com.
Robert Kaplan is the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. We’ve heard a lot about the Federal Reserve in the news lately, but what exactly is the purpose of America’s central bank? How has their mission changed since COVID-19 and the shutdown wrecked havoc on the economy? Robert joined Dan to give listeners a practical understanding of the Fed’s role in the financial system, and the pathway to economic recovery. Follow Robert Kaplan on Twitter at @RobSKaplan.
On this solo episode, Dan expands on his recently published oped for The Wall Street Journal to ponder the question, “Why do Democrats want to keep us shutdown and Republicans want us free to reopen?” The answer is part politics, part psychology. Read the oped here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-does-reopening-polarize-us-11589842995
Jon Huntsman returns to the podcast to talk China and what he learned as Ambassador to America’s greatest trading partner and emerging rival. For the first time in centuries, China is a leader on the world stage. So how do Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party view their role as a global player? What moves are they making to change the geopolitical landscape across Asia and Europe? What is their endgame with the United States – and how should we react? Jon Huntsman is the only ambassador to ever serve in both China (2009 – 2011) and Russia (2017 – 2019). He was the Governor of Utah (Jan. 2005 – Aug. 2009), served as the Chair of the Western Governors Association, and under his leadership Utah was ranked as the best managed state in America by Pew Center on the States.
In this solo episode, Dan breaks down the Democrats' $3 trillion, 1800 page spending bill which was voted on by the House on Friday, May 15.
Jon Huntsman, Jr. served as U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2017 – 2019, during one of the most difficult periods in bilateral relationships since deep in the Cold War.  He joined Dan to break down the complex foreign policy issues involving the two countries.  What’s the truth behind the Michael Flynn investigation and what would an actual Russian intelligence operation look like? How does the average Russian view America and their own country’s place in the world? Why has Vladimir Putin’s persona become so deeply entwined with their cultural identity? What is Putin’s worldview – is he Peter the Great or Ivan the Terrible – and what can we expect to happen to Russia when he does exit the stage? Jon Huntsman is the only ambassador to ever serve in both China (2009 – 2011) and Russia (2017 – 2019), as well as Singapore (1992 – 1993). He was the Governor of Utah (Jan. 2005 – Aug. 2009), served as the Chair of the Western Governors Association, and under his leadership Utah was ranked as the best managed state in America by Pew Center on the States.
Why are so many young people motivated to join the far left? Charlie Kirk talks with Dan about the shallow yet persuasive arguments used by leaders like AOC and Bernie to win over the millennial/z generations, and the best ways to counter them. What's the one issue young people disregard which matters most to their futures? How is the progressive movement doing on college campuses these days? Charlie and Dan dive into these questions and give advice every young person should know before they venture into politics. Charlie Kirk is the Founder of Turning Point USA, host of The Charlie Kirk Show, and author of "The MAGA Doctrine." Follow him on Twitter at @charliekirk11.
Economist Dr. John Diamond joins Dan to examine the current state of the American economy and what’s on the horizon for businesses and labor markets. What’s working and not working with the CARES Act? How does an extended duration for unemployment relief slow the recovery even further? Are we close to reaching the crisis point with longer-term structural issues like entitlement programs, budget deficits, and government debt? Dr. John Diamond is a professor and director of the Center for Public Finance at the Baker Institute, an adjunct professor of economics at Rice University and CEO of Tax Policy Advisers, LLC. His research interests are federal tax and expenditure policy, state and local public finance, tax reform and other policy issues. Follow him on Twitter at @jw_diamond.
Kay Coles James is President of Heritage Foundation and leads the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, an independent panel that works closely with the White House and congressional leaders to provide recommendations for the plan moving forward to protect the lives and livelihoods of Americans. What looming threats to economic freedom and liberty do we see beginning to play out across America and how can we stop them? What actions need to be taken at the federal, state, and local levels of government to get America back on track? How can private individuals and institutions take ownership of the recovery process? Kay brings decades of experience in public service to create a blueprint for restoring the American economy while also protecting public health and individual freedom. Learn more about the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission’s recommendations at www.coronaviruscommission.com.
Steven Nabil is a journalist with extensive experience covering Iraqi politics and security. He joined Dan to examine the current state of Iraq and its long conflict with Iran. What has become of ISIS? How effective was the Soleimani strike at disrupting Iranian operations in Iraq, and what does this tell us about Iran’s military power structure? What should we make of the ongoing Iraqi protests? Is it a movement toward peace and democracy or further terror across the region? Follow Steven Nabil on Twitter at @thestevennabil.
On this very special episode, Dan brings listeners into the historic site of Biblical Jerusalem, the City of David, to discover the cultural, political, and spiritual connections this once lost city has with our world today. How was the City of David lost and then rediscovered? What major discoveries have archaeologists recently made that link back to the times of Jesus and King David? What are the important geopolitical implications for this site which is at the heart of a city under constant threat from Palestinian terrorism? Our guide is Ze’ev Orenstein, the Director of International Affairs at the City of David Foundation. Learn more at  https://www.cityofdavid.org.il/en
Dr. Nicole Saphier, physician and author of “Make America Healthy Again,” joins Dan to examine the current state of the American health care system and the path to making it more accessible for everyone. Why is there a disconnect between the growing prevalence of preventable diseases in America and the culture of healthy diets and exercise which is projected on social media? Is there a difference between health care access and rights? What does the race to develop a cure for COVID-19 tell us about the rising cost of health care? Is there a practical middle ground between government-run and free market systems? Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, rising cancer rates among millennials, and the opioid crisis are all examined in depth, along with practical ways for individuals to take ownership of their own health and well being. Follow Dr. Saphier on Twitter at @NBSaphierMD.
With everyone in America so focused on dealing with the hardships brought on by the economic shutdown, it is easy to miss the disaster unfolding in Iran at the hands of their totalitarian regime. What role has China played in causing Iran to become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East? How do the Iranian people view the regime’s handling of the crisis? What is the state of the Iranian regime five months out from the Soleimani strike? Behnam Ben Taleblu is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a non-partisan research institute focusing on foreign policy and national security, where he focuses on Iranian security and political issues. Behnam has authored or coauthored articles appearing in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Fox News, The Hill, and The National Interest. Follow Foundation for Defense of Democracies on Twitter at @FDD.
Harvard University’s Dr. Edward Glaeser joins Dan to examine the implications of COVID-19 on the economics of American cities. Why has the role of cities in battling pandemics changed dramatically over the past century? Will urban or rural communities recover more quickly after the economic shutdown ends? What is the best way to reduce the economic harm to workers who lost their incomes because of the shutdown? Should cities approach their housing and infrastructure policies differently going forward? Dr. Glaeser also sheds light on the more fundamental question of why cities exist in the first place. Dr. Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He has published dozens of papers on the growth, law, and economics of cities. His work is focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago.
On this episode we dive right into the mind of Dave Rubin. How did Dave evolve from being a “woke” leftist to a free thinking defender of individual rights and limited government? What’s the difference between old school liberals and the progressive left that dominates the Democratic Party today? From starting out as a comedian struggling to make it in New York City, to the epiphany he had about the far left and outrage culture while working with the Young Turks, and now as the host of The Rubin Report and author of “Don’t Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in the Age of Unreason” - Dave has developed deep, fascinating insights into the motivations of the far left and their governing principles - or lack thereof.
Eric Hargan is the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and management of the department in addition to leading policy and strategy development. What does it actually takes to develop a test for a new virus like COVID-19? What’s the strategy for implementing nationwide testing? How are HHS regulations evolving to enable telehealth? Eric joined Dan to answer these questions and more.
Courtney Litvak was a junior in high school when her life took a downward spiral into the world of drugs and sex trafficking. With help from her faith and family, she pulled herself out of that world and dedicated her life to educating and supporting families who are affected by this crime. On April 24th, Courtney was appointed by President Trump to serve on the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. Courtney joined Dan to talk about her journey, explain how sex traffickers target their victims, and the red flags to watch out for. Courtney debunks all the stereotypes about sex trafficking that we see in movies like Taken. The truth is it is a crime which can happen in any neighborhood, anywhere in America. Courtney Litvak serves as Ambassador to Childproof America, an organization which empowers families in the battle against sex trafficking. Learn more at www.childproofamerica.org.
While considerations of health are of the utmost importance during a pandemic, they may not tell the full story. Millions of Americans face increasing economic challenges in the face of COVID-19, and questions are looming as how best to respond. In this episode,  Dr. Russ Roberts of the Hoover Institution and Rep. Crenshaw discuss the current economic crisis, as well as past economic struggles. What constitutes human flourishing and truly "living"? Do our usual economic metrics take into account the "intangibles" or rather, those factors which are not traditionally quantified? Which economic policies would make the most sense right now, given the relatively unknown nature of this pandemic? How have long-standing, warped incentives within the healthcare industry contributed to our current supply chain woes? Dr. Roberts answers these questions, as well as a host of others.  Dr. Russ Roberts is a Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and hosts the weekly podcast EconTalk.  He has written extensively, including his latest book Gambling With Other People’s Money: How Perverse Incentives Caused the Financial Crisis, which examines the role that historical bailouts played in fueling the 2008 crisis. He has taught at George Mason University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Rochester, Stanford University, and UCLA. Dr. Roberts earned his PhD from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Beverly Tucker

another fun podcast

Jun 4th
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Melvin Frohike

I live in Wisconsin and this guy if full of B.S. The elections were a complete mess. There was not any social distancing or any of the safety measures that he talked about.

Jun 1st
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E J

He is doing a great job on this podcast

May 27th
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Brad DeShano

OMG, DAN, you HAVE to start taking your eye out and throwing it at people....

May 27th
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E J

Great episode!!! I didn't stop laughing 👍👍👍🇺🇲

May 26th
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William Beshlian

Here's a thought. Do you think conservatives are wired to take calculated risks. Look at the jobs you mentioned pilot, military, construction. Jobs that have a high degree of risk but if you are trained to understand the risk and mitigate it, you feel comfortable attempting the task.

May 20th
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William Beshlian

Dan, you're right. Stop cherry picking the data to support your narrative.

May 20th
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David Evensen

My favorite podcast. Great guests, common sense topics and facts verse politics. Thank you for using this platform to keep America informed.

May 13th
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E J

👍Great economist, but I can only take so much😫😓

May 9th
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Matthew Gonzales

This shows how much our country has changed even during a pandemic they refuse to support our president and instead of being for the people they are for themselves and furthering their careers as politicians. Our government really needs rules set in place to protect the people from politicians that are only looking to get richer instead of enriching the lives of the people who live in this country!

May 8th
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Beverly Tucker

excellent interview. it gave me a better understanding of the Iraqi people's mindset.

May 6th
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Ivan Terrero

Very interesting Interview

May 3rd
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Hayley Bowden

I believe these talks or "debates" are good there needs to be a middle ground from both sides. Being pro-life I still understand the need for compromise. I actually love talking to my friends and showing that I'm open-minded and willing to civilly talk about different problems. I think that helps show that most of the conservative minds are not about "I'm right and you're wrong". Where there is a problem, at least in my mind, is seeing the left being willing to give up freedom for more government. Political correctness has made this country to tear each other apart. By trying to include everyone it's actually creating more division. I believe we are all humans and we all have opportunities to make our lives better for ourselves, or our family. I know hardships happen, I've had my fair share, but getting up and pushing forward makes the reward so much better. I agree with both of you on this podcast there needs to be more responsibility put on the individual! It was great listening to you guys talk. Love hearing your points Mr. Crenshaw! Bless the Lone Star State! ❤️🤍💙

Apr 30th
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William Beshlian

Dan, Eric said the "magic" word, regulatory. They should have been allowed to include the private sector from the beginning.

Apr 28th
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stinky rex

i always love to listen to Russ, on his podcast or anywhere else he shows up. excellent talk, very educational!

Apr 25th
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Ramona K

You need to explain why you think contact tracing is ok, in the "free" United States. We are still free, aren't we? And yet, you think it's a good idea for the government to be allowed to track our every movement? Also, when your guest said rights are all the same and you said nothing in response? He said, in effect, "If you have a right to kill my grandma, (speaking of going out in public without a mask, or some such) then I have a right to murder you." What a moronic statement! Yet you said nothing!?! What's up? I'm beginning to wonder where your loyalties lie.

Apr 24th
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David Evensen

One of the best explanations with examples of oil vs green energy, plastic manufacturing and identification of the real polluter "China". If everyone understood these basic principles (plastic uses and America first oil production) there would be more productive conversations and realistic planning for future. great examples to highlight mis-perception being portrayed by the left, irt plastic straws, natural gas and electric cars.

Apr 21st
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Scott Grossweiler

it struck me that the end of the conversation they talked about 100 years ago sone Americans actively worried about starvation. modern Western society has created something that has never been seen in the history of mankind the "overweight poor person"

Apr 20th
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Anthony edohen

good job

Apr 20th
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Donny Pulliam

100% agree with you Dan, and I will pass it on 🤙

Apr 18th
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