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Culture and Causation

28 EpisodesProduced by Objective Standard InstituteWebsite

Culture and Causation, a weekly podcast of OSI, explores social and cultural issues, including race relations and conditions in American cities, with Aaron Briley and guests.

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Mary Grabar on Howard Zinn and The 1619 Project

September 17th, 2021


Aaron interviews Dr. Mary Grabar, author of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America and Debunking The 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America, about the …

Neal McCluskey on The Virtues of School Choice

September 3rd, 2021


Aaron interviews Neal McCluskey, author of Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education, about …

Alex Nowrasteh on Free Immigration

August 27th, 2021


Aaron interviews Alex Nowrasteh, author of Wretched Refuse? The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions, about a broad range of immigration …

Kerry McDonald on Nontraditional Schooling

August 20th, 2021


Aaron interviews Kerry McDonald, author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom, about woke …

Charles Murray on Racially Disproportionate Outcomes

August 13th, 2021


Aaron interviews Dr. Charles Murray, author of Facing Reality: Two Truths About Race in America, about racially disproportionate outcomes, what they mean, and why recognizing two uncomfortable truths can preserve our …

Blair Schofield and Martin Lindeskog on Racism in the U.S. and Sweden

June 11th, 2021


Aaron interviews Blair Schofield and Martin Lindeskog, hosts of the podcast The Secular Foxhole, about how they understand race and racism, what …

Marc Hyden on Raising the Age of Adulthood in the Criminal Justice System

May 28th, 2021


Aaron interviews Marc Hyden, Director of State Government Affairs at the R Street Institute, about the benefits of raising the age of adulthood in …

Robert Begley on Celebrating the Life of Duke Ellington

April 30th, 2021


Aaron interviews Robert Begley, OSI’s Director of Operations and Development, about the cultural impact of Ellington, how he championed …

Jude Schwalbach on the Virtues of Charter Schools

April 23rd, 2021


Aaron interviews Jude Schwalbach, research associate and project coordinator in education policy at The Heritage Foundation, about the benefits of …

Robert Begley on the Greatness of Jackie Robinson

April 16th, 2021


Aaron interviews Robert Begley, lifelong fan of Jackie Robinson and OSI’s Director of Operations and Development, about the impact Robinson had on …

Nila Bala on Improving Employment Prospects for the Formerly Incarcerated

April 12th, 2021


Aaron interviews Nila Bala, R Street’s Associate Director of Criminal Justice Policy, about the employment challenges of people with criminal …

Casey Mulligan on How Regulation Negatively Affects the Poor

April 5th, 2021


Aaron interviews Dr. Casey Mulligan, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, about the destructiveness of regulation, how regulation …

The Danger of a Racial Identity

March 23rd, 2021


Aaron explains how holding a racial identity is destructive to the individual. 

Having a racial identity as one’s core self-conception destroys …

Richard Sander on Affirmative Action and Neighborhood Integration

February 22nd, 2021


Aaron interviews Dr. Richard Sander, author of Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It, and Moving Toward Integration: The Past and Future of Fair …

Marva Collins: An Educational Powerhouse

February 8th, 2021


Aaron discusses “Collins, Her Method, and ‘Her Philosophy for Living,’” by Carrie-Ann Biondi. Marva Collins’s unique approach to teaching transformed …

Who Is Aaron Briley?

February 2nd, 2021


Aaron shares a powerful influence on him growing up, how this eventually led to the world of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, and what inspired him to start a …

Jason Hill on Racism and the American Dream

January 19th, 2021


Aaron interviews Dr. Jason Hill, Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University,  about his inspirational journey to America, whether the U.S. is …

Peter Wood on The 1619 Project’s War on Objectivity

December 17th, 2020


Aaron interviews Dr. Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, about the aims of the 1619 Project, what it gets wrong, and how …

Andrew Bernstein on The Threat of Race War

December 14th, 2020


Aaron interviews Dr. Andrew Bernstein, philosopher and author of Heroes, Legends, Champions: Why Heroism Matters, about the rise of two destructive …

Nick Buckley on A Winning Mentality

December 10th, 2020


Aaron interviews Nick Buckley MBE, founder of Mancunian Way, about the mental health of at-risk youth, why positivity and hope matter, and how he instills a winning mentality in the young men he works with. 


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Aaron Briley on A Contract with Black America

December 7th, 2020


Aaron shares his thoughts on Ice Cube’s “A Contract with Black America,” a plan touted to increase economic and social mobility in the black community, and what he thinks are two of its fundamental problems. 


Paul Hastings on Poverty and Mental Health

November 30th, 2020


Aaron interviews Dr. Paul Hastings, Professor of Psychology at UC Davis, about the impact of poverty on the mental health of children, how the …

Nick Buckley on Fighting for What’s Right

October 30th, 2020


Aaron interviews Nick Buckley MBE, founder of Mancunian Way, about his work with troubled youth, his stand against Black Lives Matter, and where he …

Charles Murray on America’s Coming Apart

October 8th, 2020


Aaron interviews Dr. Charles Murray, author of Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, about the increasing polarization between social …

Nick Pilgrim on Enriching Black Culture

September 24th, 2020


Aaron interviews Nick Pilgrim, author of Black Culture Matters: Why It’s Time to Stop Pretending That Racism Is the Problem, about the racial …

Taleeb Starkes on Rising Above Victim Mentality

September 18th, 2020


In this interview with Taleeb Starkes, author of Black Lies Matter: Why Lies Matter to the Race Grievance Industry, we discuss how he avoided the pitfalls of inner-city life, why he started writing, and what he thinks …

Walter Williams on Black Families and BLM

September 10th, 2020


In this interview with Dr. Walter Williams, the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, we discuss why the …

Heather MacDonald on Crime and Policing

September 9th, 2020


In this interview with Heather MacDonald, the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a New York Times bestselling author, we discuss …

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