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John Anderson: Conversations

English, Public affairs, 1 season, 134 episodes, 5 days, 10 hours, 11 minutes
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Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia John Anderson talks to different people on politics, culture and society.
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Conversations: Peter Court and Walter Purio, Experts in Maritime Security

In this interview, John Anderson speaks with Peter Court and Walter Purio, experts in maritime security, about Australia's vulnerabilities in shipping logistics and maritime defence. They highlight Australia's lack of domestically registered international trading ships, leaving the country heavily reliant on foreign vessels. They also examine the economic and strategic risks posed by this dependency, especially during crises.
6/7/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 34 seconds
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Direct: Alexander Downer AC, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia

In this conversation, John joins Alexander Downer to explore the significant geopolitical challenges of today, drawing comparisons to the dangerous period of the 1930s. Alexander warns of potential large-scale conflicts stemming from entanglements in Ukraine, the Middle East, and the South China Sea, emphasizing the need for a strong, principled approach to foreign policy.
5/24/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 39 seconds
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Direct: Dennis Prager, Commentator and Author

Dennis Prager joins John to explore the deepening divisions in America today. Concerned with the destructive tendencies of left-wing movements, Dennis points to growing difficulties for young men and women who are deprived of the structure and blessings of Western civilisation. He emphasises that while these issues are daunting, despair is not an option, echoing his belief that "despair is a sin.” Confronting the polarising shifts between red and blue states, which give little reasons for hope, Dennis opts to fight for goodness and truth on principle, regardless of the odds for victory.
5/17/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 33 seconds
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Direct: With Victor Davis Hanson, Historian, Commentator and Author

Professor Hanson joins John to discuss his new book The End of Everything, as well as the considerable unrest across America in the lead up to the 2024 Presidential election. They unpack the recent turmoil in higher education and its aggravation due to the unchecked left-wing ideology of those in leadership. They also discuss the unassailable appeal of Trump among Republican voters due to his outsider status and thick skin. They finish on a discussion of his new book The End of Everything, examining various historical parallels with our time, and the importance of recognising patterns of decline to prevent another civilisational catastrophe.
5/10/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 23 seconds
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Direct: With Dr Albert Mohler, Author, Commentator and Theologian

In this interview, John talks to highly esteemed author, commentator and theologian, Dr Albert Mohler. Dr Mohler and John discuss the political history and landscape of America in the lead up to the 2024 presidential election. Dr Mohler explores Christian perspectives on American politics, including the difficult choice both President Trump and Biden present to voters due to their disqualifying ethical views and character traits. They also address the rise of Christian nationalism, and the misunderstandings and hostilities towards evangelicalism.
5/3/202458 minutes, 7 seconds
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Direct: With Helen Joyce, Author and Journalist

In this interview, John is joined by author and journalist Helen Joyce to discuss the recent Cass review and its revelations that medical treatment for children with gender confusion has rested on ‘shaky foundations’. John and Helen talk about the history of transgenderism, where it stems from and where it is going. Helen explores the demographics affected by transgender ideology, namely, the large number of children that fall prey to it, and the struggles their parents face in trying to help them. Helen explains the insidious impact of this ideology on the institutions, including the fallout from the Tavistock scandal in the United Kingdom.
4/23/20240
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Direct: with Dave Rubin, Political Commentator and Talk Show Host

In this interview, John talks to Dave Rubin, author, TV personality and political commentator. John and Dave discuss the current political landscape of America, commenting on the upcoming US election in a time of deep polarisation. Dave examines the ineptitude found in the political class, and the contrasting roles of Generation X and Z for securing a hopeful future in America.    
4/12/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 16 seconds
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Direct: With Molly Worthen, Christian Historian and Journalist

In this interview John speaks with Molly Worthen, a highly acclaimed religious historian and journalist. They explore religious liberty, separation of church and state, and the impact of Christianity on America. Molly also speaks about her journey from thoughtful pragmatist to Christian convert, which has only occurred in recent years.
3/28/20240
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Conversations: Konstantin Kisin, Podcaster, Comedian & Commentator IV

John sits down with Konstantin Kisin to discuss a variety of topics, from the war in Ukraine, to multiculturalism and the gradual decline of the West, as well as what it's like to grow up on a farm. Raised in the Soviet Union, Konstantin is not persuaded by leftist visions of utopia, and exhorts reasonable people to speak out against the 'woke mob'. He also argues that multiculturalism should be rebranded as multi-ethnic societies with a 'mono-culture', uniting everyone from different backgrounds.
3/15/202459 minutes, 46 seconds
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John Anderson Conversations: With Danny Kruger, British Politician and Author

In this interview, John sits down with Conservative MP Danny Kruger at the recent ARC conference to discuss his role in the rise of 'New Conservatism'. Danny argues that over time the UK government has drifted away from the will of the people, eroding traditional values and focusing on global over domestic interests. This shift has provided an opportunity for conservatives to unite the country, appealing to basic traditional values people still possess, even in typically safe labor seats. This change was most evident in the Brexit referendum of 2016 and the election of Boris Johnson in 2019. Kruger argues that this 'New Conservatism' is not a matter of changing values, but rather returning to the values that the public never gave up, such as family, national sovereignty, and patriotism.
3/1/202440 minutes, 34 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Victor Davis Hanson, Historian and Writer

In this interview, John has an in-depth discussion with renowned historian and writer Victor Davis Hanson. They discuss a wide range of topics including immigration, the current state of tertiary education, the condition of the Biden administration, and the 2024 presidential election. John and Victor talk about changing demographics in politics, and how, against all odds, younger generations are tending towards independent, rather than institutionalised, views. Victor also addresses the conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, critiquing the concept of proportionality in war, and examining the extent to which western countries should be involved. Lastly, they explore emerging concerns about immigration, now that Americans are identifying it as one of the most important issues for the coming election.
2/16/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 45 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: with Mary Harrington

In this interview, John sits down with Mary Harrington for a discussion on a wide range of topics, from the advantages of conformity to transhumanism. Mary shares her journey from radical leftist and non-conformist, to discovering fulfillment in embracing traditional societal expectations. She uses her story to highlight our obsession with non-conformity, as is so often modelled in popular media. She also offers commentary on elitism and the current state of democracy, arguing that its current form fails to represent the will of the masses. This, she suggests, is due to their diminishing leverage over the ruling class in the modern age. Mary is a brave and original thinker who offers a perspective that will challenge the beliefs of any listener, regardless of their political or philosophical leanings.
2/2/20240
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Direct: Matthew Goodwin, Academic, Author and Pollster

In this interview, John speaks with British political scientist, Matthew Goodwin. Matthew recounts the emergence of a new class of elites and the ways in which they have diverged from the more traditional British ruling class, and more importantly, from the general public. They are distinguished by their elite education, lack of real-world experience, and a tendency to refuse engagement with the cultural issues that matter to the everyman. This phenomenon, Goodwin argues, is global and causing both sides of political establishment to drift further from their constituents. Matt Goodwin is an academic, bestselling author, pollster, and speaker known for his research on: politics, populism, elections, voting, public opinion, Brexit, Europe, academic freedom and more. He is Professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent, recently served as Senior Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, at Chatham House, Senior Fellow with the UK In a Changing Europe, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, and Senior Advisor to the UK Education Committee. In 2022, Matt was appointed Social Mobility Commissioner.
1/12/202458 minutes, 59 seconds
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Direct: Prof. Nancy Pearcey, American Evangelical Author

In this interview, John speaks with evangelical author Prof. Nancey Pearcey. Pearcey offers valuable insights into issues surrounding the concept of masculinity, from the importance of fatherhood, to the history of the nuclear family, and the impact of Christianity on marriage. She argues that the latest sociological research shows that faithful Christian men make the most stable marriages, loving fathers, and happy families despite claims Christianity makes men "toxic". Pearcey also critiques the modern loathing poured onto young boys and how it is manifesting in poor educational, physical, and familial outcomes. As a result, male social media influencers who present a harmful version of masculinity which encourages promiscuity and the rejection of marriage, have gained widespread support amongst young men. John and Pearcey conclude that to reverse these harmful effects, we should value fatherhood, promote positive Christian masculinity which is grounded in responsibility, and stop the open disdain of men in the public square.
12/20/20230
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Direct: Prof. John Mearsheimer, American political scientist

In this conversation, John speaks with political scientist and international relations scholar Professor John Mearsheimer about the recent war in Ukraine, and the potential for conflict in Taiwan. Mearsheimer argues for what he calls 'offensive realism,' which holds that conflicts between states are driven by the need to maximize power in relation to other states. This is in contrast to the heterodox liberal framework, which Mearsheimer contends was only tenable under the recently ended ‘unipolar’ era. Using this framework, Mearsheimer famously predicted the recent Russian invasion, arguing that it was an inevitable outcome of NATO's eastward expansion.
12/8/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 56 seconds
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Conversations: Dr. James Orr, A/Prof of Philosophy of Religion

 John sits down with Cambridge University Associate Professor James Orr to discuss multiculturalism, religion, and the therapeutic nature of modern society. He contends that religious communities are ‘bunkers’ in the modern world, acting as places of refuge from culture. Moreover, Dr. Orr addresses his controversial tweet, ‘import the Arab world, become the Arab world’, unpacking the complexities of multiculturalism. He also discusses how our increasingly therapeutic culture has had serious ramifications on our understanding of suffering, and on our relationship to the law and to the state.
11/24/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 56 seconds
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Conversations: Niall Ferguson, Historian and Author

John is re-joined by pre-eminent historian Niall Ferguson to analyse the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas. Ferguson argues that due to the nature of Hamas’ urban warfare, tunnel systems and civilian shields, Israel will have a long and difficult campaign ahead. He also points out that the decline in Western support for Israel, particularly in the younger generations, is due to a woke university system propagating Islamist and left-wing viewpoints, attempting to create a moral equivalence between the October 7 terrorist attacks and Israel’s response.
11/14/202357 minutes, 47 seconds
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Conversations: Douglas Murray, Journalist and Author

In this conversation, John sits down with journalist and author Douglas Murray to discuss the war on Western culture in light of the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas. Murray argues that Western Civilisation is being eroded by the collapse of history, faith and moral clarity. This cultural decay, Murray suggests, has been caused by a variety of factors including illegal immigration, secularisation, identity politics and the rise of radical Islam. Nonetheless, Murray is encouraged by the growing support for initiatives like the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC) and a common sense middle class who reject elitist identity politics.
11/8/20231 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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Conversations: Peter Hitchens, Journalist and Author

John sits down with journalist and author Peter Hitchens to discuss the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. This conversation was filmed on the 26th of October. While Hitchens labels himself as 'pro-Israel' he argues against their current course of action as both politically and militarily disasterous. Moreover, Hitchens is a self-proclaimed 'free speech absolutist' which he discusses in the context of anti-Semitic speech and the ongoing political challenges facing Britain.
11/3/202349 minutes, 17 seconds
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Conversations: Victor Davis Hanson, Historian and Writer

John is joined by military historian Victor Davis Hanson to discuss the escalating conflict in the Middle East. This conversation was recorded on Wednesday the 18th of October. Hanson argues that Israel is in a unique position to retaliate unencumbered by American opposition, due to the bi-partisan support it currently has in the US. However, he contends that conflicts like this, and others such as the war in Ukraine, would probably not have transpired had President Trump still been at the helm.
10/20/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 40 seconds
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Conversations: Glen Scrivener, Author, Minister and Director of Speak Life

In this interview, John sits down with author, minister and director of Speak Life, Glen Scrivener for a conversation on how the Christian worldview has shaped our society. Glen does a fantastic job communicating how thoroughly the Christian ethic has shaped and still continues to shape our culture today. Most remarkably, Glen highlights how even many of the arguments of Christianity’s biggest detractors are based on presuppositions that are fundamentally Christian in nature.
10/6/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 52 seconds
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Conversations: Anthony Dillon, Indigenous Academic and Commentator.

In this interview, John sits down with his good friend Anthony Dillon, an Indigenous academic and commentator. Anthony’s reflections on Indigenous affairs are particularly insightful as, in addition to his academic experience, he can offer the perspective of an Indigenous person who has both succeeded within modern Australia and is the son of Australia’s first Indigenous police officer, Colin Dillon.
9/22/202358 minutes, 40 seconds
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Conversations: With Seth Dillon, CEO and Owner of The Babylon Bee

In this conversation, John sits down with the owner and CEO of the immensely popular satirical news site, the Babylon Bee. In a wide-ranging conversation, they discuss everything from the intersection between Christianity and humour to the moral imperative to mock bad ideas. Along the way they also discuss the controversies that the Bee has found itself in over the years. Seth's faith, wits and sucess in both media and business give him a truely unique insight in the probelms that we are facing today.
9/8/202350 minutes, 16 seconds
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Conversations: With John Cleese, Comedian

John catches the iconic (and 'generous and warm-hearted', in his own words) John Cleese for a conversation during his Australian comedy tour 'An Evening with the Late John Cleese'.
8/25/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 19 seconds
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Conversations: With Dr. Andrew Browning, Author & Christian Missionary Doctor

In this conversation, John sits down with Dr. Andrew Browning, an obstetrician-gynecologist who has devoted his life to improving maternal health in Africa, with a particular focus on fistula surgery.
8/10/202355 minutes, 17 seconds
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Conversations: With Louise Perry, Author and Journalist

John is joined by journalist and author, Louise Perry, for a conversation that unpacks the aftermath of the sexual revolution. In their discussion, Louise outlines both the technological and ideological foundations of the sexual revolution, showing its seismic, often overlooked impact over the last 70 years.
7/28/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 37 seconds
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Conversations: With Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, British Conservative Member of Parliament

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg hosts John Anderson in his home for this Conversation. They discuss the roots and future of conservatism, British politics and economics, the role of the West in global affairs such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the Chinese Communist Party, as well as diving into what motivates Jacob in politics.
7/17/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 19 seconds
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Conversations: With Professor Nigel Biggar, Ethicist, Theologian and Author II

Through rigorous historical and ethical analysis, Nigel Biggar presents a strong case for why the ubiquitous anti-colonial narrative has little grounding in historical fact. Rather, Biggar argues, a survey of the actions of the British Empire in particular reveals it to be a strong force against slavery, racism, and the long list of other sins that are often attributed to it.
6/30/20231 hour, 1 minute, 33 seconds
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Conversations: With Yoram Hazony, Philosopher, Scholar & Political Theorist

Philosopher, scholar and political theorist Dr. Yoram Hazony joins John for a rich and interweaving conversation about conservatism, nationalism, democracy and modern politics. Dr. Hazony, who has recently completed books on several of these topics, provides a compelling critique of the political right - where has gone wrong, the great benefits it can convey for society and how it diverges from liberalism.
6/16/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 19 seconds
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Conversations: With Konstantin Kisin, Podcaster, Comedian & Commentator III

John joins Konstantin Kisin for the third time for a wide-ranging conversation. They discuss Kisin's experience as a new father and how that has changed him, his recent viral Oxford Union speech, and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
6/2/202356 minutes, 2 seconds
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Conversations: Featuring Melanie Phillips, Journalist, Author and Broadcaster III

In this conversation, John is joined by British journalist and author, Melanie Phillips. An outspoken British journalist with a reputation for fierce and honest opinions, Melanie offers cut-through commentary on a number of significant cultural and geopolitical issues. She and John discuss the coronation of Charles III, the cultural problems gripping the UK, and the relationship between Israel and the West.
5/24/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 24 seconds
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Conversations: with Walter Russell Mead, Foreign Policy Expert & Commentator

John is joined by Walter Russell Mead, an American academic widely regarded for his incisive analysis of geopolitics and foreign affairs. They consider the worrying isolationist streak that seems to be running through US politics, the continuing struggle for supremacy and global leadership between China and the US, the effectiveness of nuclear deterrence, Western cultural decadence and Israeli democracy.
5/12/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 37 seconds
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Conversations: with Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University

In this conversation, John is joined by Professor Steven Pinker, world renowned cognitive psychologist, psycholinguist and public intellectual. John and Steven discuss why, despite the profound influence of the Enlightenment on the modern world, so many have been captivated by postmodernism and critical theories which reject the essence of the Enlightenment - rationality and objective truth. They consider what it is to be rational, how rationality relates to being morally 'good', the difference between wisdom and knowledge, science and it's impact on modernity and why bad ideas so often stem from the halls of academia. Steven applies his mind to other topical questions, including the erosion of free speech, the rise of artificial intelligence and how aspiring writers can hone their craft.
4/28/20231 hour, 1 minute, 34 seconds
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Conversations, with Peter Costello AC, Former Treasurer of Australia

In this Conversation, John is joined by former cabinet colleague Peter Costello. Alongside John, Peter was an integral member of the Howard government, serving as Treasurer between 1996 and 2007. No Treasurer in Australia's history has held the position longer than he.
4/14/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 33 seconds
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Conversations: with Katy Faust and Stacy Manning, Co-Authors of ‘Them Before Us’

In this conversation, John travels to Seattle to interview Katy Faust and Stacy Manning, co-authors of Them Before Us, a book which argues for a revolution in how we think about the family, and a re-focus on the needs of children above the desires of parents. We need to consider government policies and social changes from the child's perspective, because they don't have a voice of their own.
3/31/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 45 seconds
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Conversations: with Nicholas Aroney, Professor of Constitutional Law at The University of Queensland

As Australia prepares to vote in a referendum on a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament, John sits down with one of Australia's foremost experts on constitutional law for a detailed analysis of what the Voice is likely to be, what it means for the Australian Constitution and system of representational government and what the implications of changing the Constitution to accomodate the Voice could be. 
3/17/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 51 seconds
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Conversations: with Douglas Wilson, Minister and Author

John Anderson enjoys a long conversation with Douglas Wilson on culture wars, American politics, what it means to be a Christian, and whether Christians can be nationalists.
3/3/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 34 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Nicholas Eberstadt, Political Economist & Author

John is joined by Nicholas Eberstadt for a Direct interview focused on his recent book, Men Without Work. Nicholas scrutinises economic figures in the United States, arguing that the often-cited unemployment rate doesn't account for the millions of prime-age men who have distanced themselves from work and civil society more broadly.
2/17/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 41 seconds
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Conversations: with Vishal Mangalwadi, Philosopher and Social Reformer

John and Vishal Mangalwadi look at how the Bible has created our modern world, through the lens of the British Empire in India.
2/3/20231 hour, 1 minute, 35 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Mary Eberstadt, Essayist, Author & Commentator

In this Direct interview, John is joined by author, essayist, novelist and commentator Mary Eberstadt to delve into contentious issues including the impacts of the sexual revolution, the abandonment of the nuclear family, the #MeToo movement, the politicisation of sexual identity and much more.
1/20/202359 minutes, 40 seconds
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Conversations: with Brad Wilcox, Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia

The central notions of a healthy relationship, according to Professor Wilcox, are built upon foundations of religious virtues, that can help withstand the challenges that married couples generally experience in a lifetime together.
1/5/202351 minutes, 58 seconds
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Conversations: with Os Guinness, Writer and Social Critic

As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, John is joined by author Os Guinness to remind us how vital that event was.
12/23/202254 minutes, 49 seconds
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Conversations: with Joel Kotkin, Demographer, Author, and Academic

John is joined by Joel Kotkin to discuss neo-feudalism and the American middle class' declining faith in democracy, as well as the burden they're facing as a collective.
12/9/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 45 seconds
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Conversations: with Zuby, Rapper, Author and Podcaster

John is joined by Zuby for a conversation on everything from the trans movement, to Black Lives Matter, to how he's using rap as a force for good.
11/25/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 3 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Victor Davis Hanson, on the 2022 Midterms

John is joined by regular contributor Victor Davis Hanson in the wake of the midterm elections to digest what the results mean for the major parties, the American people and the 2024 presidential election. Hanson points to the underlying malaise in American political culture that divides citizens into 'red' and 'blue' states as the greater threat to national stability. He argues the failure of Trump endorsed candidates, significantly higher election funding for the Democrats and the fracturing of the Republican party are all contributing factors to the 'red ripple'.
11/10/202258 minutes, 52 seconds
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Conversations: with Paul Rahe, Professor of History at Hillsdale College

John joins Professor Paul Rahe for a conversation about the current state of the West and our fragmented world order, centred on the importance of understanding history.
11/4/202253 minutes, 38 seconds
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Conversations: with Klon Kitchen, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

John speaks with national security and technology expert Klon Kitchen, exploring the impact of technology on the American social contract, and its role in contemporary warfare, including the role American 'Big Tech' companies have played in supporting Ukraine in their war with Putin's Russia.
10/21/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Professors Jay Bhattacharya and Gigi Foster

In this Direct interview, John is joined by professors Jay Bhattacharya and Gigi Foster for a scintillating reconsideration of global responses to the Covid pandemic. Among their topics of discussion includes the influence of public health bureaucracies in democratic nations, the impacts and necessity of lockdowns, essential tools for modelling public health economics and a consideration of the efficacy and safety of Covid-19 vaccines.
10/14/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 5 seconds
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Conversations: with Patrick Bet-David, Author and Entrepreneur

John joins Patrick Bet-David (PBD) in his LA studio for a discussion covering PBD's childhood in Iran, the lessons he's teaching his kids, what it takes for America to unite, and the dangers of a victim mentality.
10/7/20221 hour, 13 seconds
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Conversations: with Katharine Birbalsingh, Headmistress of Michaela Community School

John is joined in conversation by Katharine Birbalsingh, described by many as ‘Britain’s’ strictest teacher’. Birbalsingh’s passion for high-quality education provides for insightful and challenging perspectives on the state of our current school system and what can be done to improve it.
9/30/202252 minutes, 25 seconds
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Conversations: with Dennis Prager, Founder of PragerU, Radio Host & Writer

John joins Dennis Prager in his Los Angeles studios for a discussion on Western political philosophy, American politics, the interplay of liberty and safety, left-wing ideology and the British monarchy in the wake of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
9/23/202258 minutes, 29 seconds
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Conversations: with Victor Davis Hanson, Historian and Writer

John is joined again by author and historian Victor Davis Hanson to review the current State of the Union of American States as they approach the midterm elections.
9/16/202248 minutes, 40 seconds
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Conversations: with Tom Holland, Author and Historian

In this conversation, John joins Tom Holland in his London home to discuss Christianity’s role in shaping Western civilisation. Holland prompts us to reflect on the intricate moral web our society still upholds today and consider the intertwined history of the Western imagination and Christianity.
9/2/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 25 seconds
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Conversations: with Professor James Tooley, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

John is joined by Professor James Tooley, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham, for an insightful conversation about the role of education in the modern age, the relationship between parental and government oversight in education systems, the differences between public and private education, ideological uniformity in universities and more.
8/19/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 6 seconds
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Conversations: with John Lennox, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University

John is joined by mathematician, bioethicist and Christian apologist Professor John Lennox for a profound conversation centered on the current and future impacts of artificial intelligence technology. They discuss the shortcomings of science in the search for universal truth, the factors behind rising secularism in the West, China’s rapid AI implementation, our growing desire for immortality through biomedicine and the true meaning of 'faith’.
8/5/202252 minutes, 57 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Professor Richard A. Epstein, Legal Scholar & Academic

John is joined by renowned American legal scholar Richard A. Epstein for a discussion about American society in the wake of the overturn of Roe vs. Wade by the Supreme Court. Professor Epstein traces major changes in American legal theory and governance from independence through to the present, highlighting the shift in legislative power from the local to the national level and increasing activism by and politicisation of the Supreme Court.
7/22/202255 minutes, 28 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: with Baroness Claire Fox, Politician, Journalist & Writer

In this Direct interview, John is joined by Baroness Claire Fox for a discussion about British politics and society in the aftermath of Boris Johnson's resignation. The Baroness' fascinating background lends particular weight into her insights into matters including free speech, the power of bureaucracy, the green movement and cultural pessimism, among others.
7/15/202258 minutes, 7 seconds
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Conversations: with Nigel Biggar – Professor, Author and Theologian

John is joined by author and theologian Professor Nigel Biggar, for an insightful conversation on crucial ethical, historical, and philosophical questions, centred on the British Empire. They discuss war and whether it can be justified, the history of the world’s greatest empires and slavery within those empires, the British empire’s unbalanced reputation, rights and wrongs of colonisation, academic dishonesty in universities and more.
7/8/202256 minutes, 58 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: with John Haldane, Professor of Moral Philosophy at St Andrews University

John is joined by distinguished philosopher Professor John Haldane for a rigorous conversation centered on pressing philosophical questions.
6/24/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 15 seconds
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Conversations: With Lord Jonathan Sumption – Former Justice of the UK Supreme Court

6/10/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 6 seconds
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Conversations: With Bettina Arndt – Writer, Educator and Men’s Activist

6/3/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 5 seconds
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Conversations: With Peter Hitchens, Journalist, Author, and Broadcaster

5/27/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 59 seconds
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Conversations: With Professor John Gray, Political Philosopher & Author

5/13/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 28 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: with Daniel Wordsworth, CEO of World Vision Australia

5/6/202233 minutes, 27 seconds
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Conversations: With Konstantin Kisin, Podcaster, Comedian & Author

4/29/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 1 second
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Conversations: Phillip Jensen, Bible Teacher and Evangelist

4/14/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 30 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Dr John Lee, on Australia’s Tensions with China

4/11/202256 minutes, 48 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Peter Jennings, on Australia’s Security and Strategic Outlook

4/4/202251 minutes, 59 seconds
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Conversations: With Salvatore Babones

John is joined in conversation by Salvatore Babones, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Sydney. The two discuss matters concerning Australian universities, including the rise of the expert class, politics in university departments, free speech and morality, and China's involvement in our tertiary education system. All of this is collectively referenced in Salvatore's new book "Universities: Can they reform?"
3/25/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 26 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Rebeccah L. Heinrichs, on Russia, China and US Defence

3/16/20221 hour, 21 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Niall Ferguson, on Ukraine, Zelensky, Putin & China

3/11/202227 minutes, 23 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Victor Davis Hanson, On The War in Ukraine

3/2/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Dr David Berlinski, Academic, Polymath, Raconteur

2/18/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 36 seconds
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Environment Matters: Featuring Professor Robin Batterham

Introducing us to foundational philosophies of science too often forgotten today, Prof. Batterham applies his wisdom to areas such as climate change, emissions policies and agricultural technology. He makes the case for a promising heterodox technology that may serve to mitigate climate and agricultural problems - soil carbon sequestration.
2/4/20221 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Peter Hitchens, Author, Broadcaster & Journalist

1/21/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 25 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Professor Doug Stokes, Academic, Author and International Relations Expert

1/7/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 7 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With William Lane Craig, analytic philosopher, theologian and apologist

12/22/202147 minutes, 27 seconds
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Conversations: Mark Sneddon and Dr. Sarah Irving-Stonebraker

12/10/20211 hour, 48 minutes, 35 seconds
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Conversations: Dr. Andrew Stone, Economist and Author

Dr. Andrew Stone speaks with John about the concerning economic trends following government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. He and John discuss the rise of Modern Monetary Theory, The Great Reset, climate politics, and Australia’s trade war with China. They explore the relationship between rising interest and inflation rates, house prices, and the large-scale consequences for our economic future.
11/19/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 36 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Dr. Frank Furedi, Emeritus Professor of Sociology

11/5/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 38 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: Dr. Steve Koonin, Theoretical Physicist and Policymaker

John talks with Steve E. Koonin, a theoretical physicist and policymaker, about the future of energy and the politics of climate change. Steve reflects on how the politicisation of climate science has led to a lack of transparency regarding climate statistics.
10/22/202154 minutes, 54 seconds
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We’re at ground zero on carbon emissions target

John reads his op-ed published in The Australian, on soil carbon sequestration as a productive means to create a net-zero emissions agricultural sector.
10/8/20219 minutes, 49 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Niall Ferguson MA, D.Phil, Senior Fellow, Stanford University

John talks to world-renowned Stanford University Historian Niall Ferguson about global security, the perception of the West, the strength of alliances in the face of communist threats, and what China's rising power means for the geopolitical environment.
10/7/202159 minutes, 48 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: Dr. Erica Komisar, Psychoanalyst, Parent Coach and Author

John talks to Erica Komisar, a clinical social worker, psychoanalyst, parent coach and author, about the phenomenons plaguing parents and children in today's environments. Erica highlights the crucial periods for children's growth and the importance of intentional and nurturing motherhood from the moment a child enters the world.
9/24/202158 minutes, 33 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Victor Davis Hanson, Historian and Writer, IV

In this Direct interview, John is joined by Victor Davis Hanson, Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Dr. Hanson addresses Biden’s role in the Afghanistan crisis, increased tensions between China and the US, and the future of the US-Australia relationship. They also unpack the authoritarianism of woke politics, the mounting resistance against critical race theory in the West, and discuss Victor’s upcoming book, The Dying Citizen (October 2021).
9/10/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 28 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Jim Molan, Senator and Former Major-General

In this Direct interview, John is joined by Senator Jim Molan, AO, DSC, a former Major-General in the Australian Army and current Senator for New South Wales in the Australian Senate. They re-examine Australia's defence and national security threats in the wake of the United States' disastrous exit from Afghanistan, and consider the potential for war with China in the coming years; how it could come about, how it might be waged, Australia's defence preparedness and the readiness with which we can rely on the United States for support.
8/30/202153 minutes, 48 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Greg Sheridan, Journalist, Author and Commentator

In this Direct interview, John is joined by Greg Sheridan, widely-respected foreign editor for The Australian and author of Christians: The urgent case for Jesus in our world. They discuss the Christian foundations of Western civilisation and the importance of religion to society, communities and individuals. They delve into the deep rationality that undergirds the Christian faith and question the capacity for atheist philosophies to truly nourish the human soul.
8/20/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 11 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Abigail Shrier, Author and Journalist

8/6/202144 minutes, 57 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Professor Carl Trueman, Theologian and Historian

In this Direct interview, John is joined by Professor Carl Trueman, author of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. They discuss the modern self in an age of culture wars, including the societal shift of the perception of happiness and gratification, the technological revolution, and the sexual revolution and its ties to authoritarianism.
7/23/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 58 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Joel Kotkin, Demographer, Author and Academic

In this Direct interview, John is joined by American demographer, academic and author Joel Kotkin. John and Joel discuss some of the key theses of Joel’s widely-praised recent book, 'The Coming of Neo-Feudalism'. Joel shines the spotlight on the Western progressive elite or, as he terms them, the 'new clerisy', who sideline and silence anyone who speak or, increasingly, think against the orthodoxy. He paints a worrying comparison between this status quo, the Chinese experience of authoritarianism and the medieval feudalism known to Europe for hundreds of years.
7/2/202159 minutes, 15 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Yeonmi Park, Human Rights Activist and Author

Human rights activist and author Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, a brutal, communist society devoted to the worship of Kim Jong-Il. At the age of 13, she and her family made a daring escape to China in search of a life free of tyranny. In her viral talks, viewed online nearly 350 million times, Park urges audiences to recognise—and resist—the oppression that exists in North Korea, and around the world. In this interview she recounts her story of escape from North Korea, only to be sold into slavery in China, before eventually finding freedom in South Korea and the US. Her personal story is a cautionary one for us in the West as she articulates her concern that there is a creeping authoritarianism spreading through our society and its institutions. She warns us that our freedoms are precious and precarious and that we need to fight to keep hold of them. Her powerful memoir is called, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.
6/18/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 35 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Matthew McConaughey, Oscar-Winning Actor

In this direct interview, John is joined by American actor and philanthropist Matthew McConaughey. They discuss Matthew’s new memoir, Greenlights, and delve into his storied life so far – his acting career, upbringing, and the profound lessons he has learnt first-hand about victimhood, courage and self-responsibility. They investigate broader topics; the importance of learning from, rather than erasing history, how to heal a divided America, civility and freedoms, and Matthew’s (potential) political future.
5/28/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 18 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Matt Taibbi, Author, Journalist and Podcaster

John talks to distinguished American journalist and author Matt Taibbi about the current, perilous state of the media. Taibbi details the politicisation and polarisation of mainstream news media over the past 20 years. He unpacks what he believes to be the contributing factors to this descent, yet shines hope on the future of journalism, arguing that trust can and must be restored between the media and the public. Only after this will journalism be able to recover its important role as a pillar of healthy democracies.
5/14/202152 minutes, 42 seconds
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Conversations: Dr. Stephen Chavura, Author and Academic, Part II

4/30/202139 minutes, 11 seconds
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Conversations: Dr. Stephen Chavura, Author and Academic, Part I

4/16/202157 minutes, 58 seconds
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Conversations: The Most Rev Dr Peter Jensen, former Anglican Archbishop of Sydney

4/1/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 20 seconds
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It’s critical the West recovers its self-belief

John reads his op-ed published in The Australian, reflecting on his recent interview with Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay. John speaks to critical theory and the dangers it poses to our society and younger generations.
3/25/20219 minutes, 38 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Victor Davis Hanson, Historian and Writer, III

3/23/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 46 seconds
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Conversations: The Hon John Howard OM AC, 25th Prime Minister of Australia

3/3/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 23 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Greg Lukianoff, Constitutional Lawyer and Author

2/19/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 18 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Bret Weinstein, Professor, Evolutionary Theorist and Podcaster

2/3/202151 minutes, 28 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Dr. Warren Farrell, Author, Educator and Activist

1/21/202154 minutes, 38 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford

12/23/202048 minutes, 53 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Dr. James Lindsay and Helen Pluckrose

12/16/202055 minutes, 22 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Peter Robinson, Political Commentator, Speechwriter and Author

11/22/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 6 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Laurence Fox, Actor and Political Leader

11/19/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 2 seconds
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Conversations: Paul Kelly, Journalist and Political Commentator, Part II

11/13/202045 minutes, 40 seconds
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Conversations: Paul Kelly, Journalist and Political Commentator, Part I

11/11/202041 minutes, 5 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Victor Davis Hanson, Historian and Writer, II

11/7/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 38 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Dr. R. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

10/27/202058 minutes, 42 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Glenn Loury, Professor of Economics at Brown University

In this Direct episode, John is joined by Professor Glenn Loury, the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. They discuss the current political, social and economic issues facing the US, and the Western world more broadly, including the Black Lives Matter movement, the popular idea of 'systemic racism', the upcoming 2020 U.S. election and more.
10/9/202057 minutes, 58 seconds
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Conversations: Featuring Salvatore Babones, American Sociologist and Professor

10/7/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 19 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Dan Crenshaw, U.S. Representative for Texas

9/29/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Black lives matter… fathers matter too

John reads his recent op-ed published in The Australian on the problem of missing fathers, in disadvantaged communities and across all of society.
9/16/202011 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Unrecognised Gift of Good Fathering

In this special video release, John reads an op-ed he recently penned for Quadrant Magazine, entitled 'The Unrecognised Gift of Good Fathering'. The article is a personal account of John's relationship with his own father, and lays out why John is so passionate about the importance of present and involved fathers, particularly in the lives of our boys.
9/16/202013 minutes, 44 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University

8/24/202032 minutes, 41 seconds
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Environment Matters: Featuring Emma Zalcman, Sam Coggins and Harry Campbell-Ross from The Crawford Fund

8/14/202056 minutes
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John Anderson Direct: With Victor Davis Hanson, Historian and Writer

8/3/202059 minutes, 20 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Coleman Hughes, Writer and Podcast Host

7/22/202048 minutes, 14 seconds
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Conversations: Featuring Professor Geoffrey Blainey, Australian Historian and Writer

7/15/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Conversations: Featuring Professor Stephen Hicks, Professor of Philosophy

6/19/202057 minutes, 26 seconds
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Environment Matters: Featuring Dr. Terry McCosker, Farmer, Researcher and Agricultural Innovator

6/18/202058 minutes, 15 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Dr. Warren Farrell, Author, Educator and Activist

6/11/202059 minutes, 14 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Eric Metaxas, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author

6/4/202055 minutes, 16 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Professor Michael Levitt FRS, Biophysicist, Academic and Nobel Laureate

6/2/202055 minutes, 33 seconds
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Conversations: Featuring Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. Barnes, Businessman, Academic and Author

5/19/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 9 seconds
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Conversations with John Anderson: 2 years old

5/1/202049 minutes, 31 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Niall Ferguson MA, D.Phil, Senior Fellow, Stanford University

4/24/20201 hour, 1 minute, 3 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Peter Hitchens, Journalist, Author and Broadcaster

4/9/202050 minutes, 24 seconds
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Conversations: Featuring Konstantin Kisin, Comedian, Podcaster and Writer

4/7/202053 minutes, 12 seconds
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Conversations: Featuring Dr. Warren Farrell, Author, Educator and Activist

4/3/202054 minutes, 38 seconds
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John Anderson Direct: With Douglas Murray, Author and Journalist

3/26/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 12 seconds
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Conversations: Featuring Claire Lehmann, Founding Editor of Quillette Magazine

3/6/202042 minutes, 40 seconds
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Conversations: Featuring Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center

2/21/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 55 seconds