Madison’s Notes

The official podcast of Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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Are Books VIII and IX the climax of the Republic? Is 21st century America a democratic or oligarchic society? Are democratic societies destined for tyranny? Marcus Gibson, Director of the Princeton In...
July 19, 2021
Is the Declaration of Independence unique? Does the Declaration prescribe a form of government? What is the relationship between the Declaration and the Constitution? Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the ...
July 5, 2021
Gigi Georges has had an extensive career in politics, public service, and academia. She joins Madison's Notes to discuss her new book, "Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America...
June 28, 2021
How did American Catholics go from subjects to citizens? Who is the "godfather" of the First Amendment? How can spiritual and temporal duties be reconciled? Michael Breidenbach, Associate Professor of...
June 14, 2021
Does God need politics? What does it mean to be free? Why should we care about tradition? Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor of the New York Post, joins Madison's Notes to discuss his new book, "The Unbroken...
May 31, 2021
Why is education so important in a democracy? Are democracies capable of producing the citizens they need? What do John Locke and Alexis de Tocqueville have to teach us about education in a liberal de...
May 17, 2021
Helen Andrews, senior editor at The American Conservative, joins Madison's Notes to discuss her new book, "Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster."   Boomers: https://w...
May 3, 2021
Was Socrates guilty? What is the relationship between the philosopher and the city? What does it mean to live an "examined life"? Marcus Gibson, John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Pr...
April 19, 2021
For 40 months, Wang Xiyue was imprisoned in Iran on false charges of espionage. A doctoral candidate in history at Princeton University, Wang Xiyue joins the show to discuss his imprisonment and U.S.-...
April 5, 2021
Born in Somalia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a women’s rights activist, free speech advocate, and New York Times bestselling author. She joins the show to discuss her new book, "Prey: Immigration, Islam, and t...
March 22, 2021
What is postmodernism? Does the Biden Administration support Critical Race Theory? How might a recommitment to classical liberal principles help fight "Woke-ism"? James Lindsay joins the show to answe...
March 8, 2021
Why and how should we read Plato? Why did Plato write dialogues? Is Plato a friend to democracy? Dr. Marcus Gibson, John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University's James Ma...
February 22, 2021
John Cribb is the author of "Old Abe," an historical novel which former Vice President Mike Pence says is the "best book on President Lincoln" he has ever read. John joins to show to discuss the book,...
February 12, 2021
What does the future hold for the Republican Party? What are the greatest challenges facing America today? How many pull-ups should a young man be able to do? Congressman Mike Gallagher joins Madison'...
January 25, 2021
On January 6th, 2021, the world watched in disbelief as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol  while the results of the Electoral College were being formally presented—and challenged—in Congress. The riots...
January 8, 2021
What is the relationship between America's Founding principles and her foreign policy? What are unalienable rights and how do we know they exist? How have other nations responded to the final report o...
December 28, 2020
What made George Washington the "greatest man in the world"? What is his legacy outside the United States? What did "honor" mean to America's Founding Fathers, and why was it so important to them? Cra...
December 14, 2020
Sergiu Klainerman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. Born in communist Romania, he sees disturbing parallels between life in the Soviet Bloc and the "soft totalita...
December 2, 2020
On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, joins the show to discuss the...
November 19, 2020
Are transgenderism and feminism at odds? Are we living through another sexual revolution? Why have conservatives been so unsuccessful in fighting the "culture wars"? Scott Yenor, Professor of Politica...
November 9, 2020

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