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Hosted by British born host Dr. Alan Campbell, Watching America combines interviews, engaging audio, and deep dive talks in to our local and national culture through the eloquent and ever-curious lens of a ‘Brit’ who has spent over two decades ‘figuring it all out’; Watching America.

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Poetic Song Verse: Blues-Based Popular Music & Poetry with Mike Mattison and Ernest Suarez

Dec 3 • 00:00
Singer-songwriter Mike Mattison is an award-winning musician and founding member of Scrapomatic and Tedeschi Trucks Band. Ernest Suarez the David M. O’Connell Professor of English at the Catholic University of America and the executive director of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. They joined forces to create “Poetic Song Verse: Blues-Based Popula...

A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century by Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying

Nov 12 • 00:00
Did evolution prepare us for modern times? According to two evolutionary biologists, the modern world is out of sync with our ancient brains and bodies.
On this episode of Watching America, Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying discuss their new book, “A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life.” Learn more: huntergatherersgui...

Michael Shellenberger: San FranSicko

Nov 5 • 00:00
Best-selling author Michael Shellenberger is a Time magazine “Hero of the Environment” and writes on environmental issues for various publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He graduated from the Peace and Global Studies program at Earlham College.
In this episode of Watching America, we hear about his latest book, “San Fran...

Phil Donahue & Marlo Thomas on "What Makes a Marriage Last"

Oct 29 • 00:00
Phil Donahue (The Phil Donahue Show) and Marlo Thomas (That Girl) have been married for 40 years. They authored a book last year titled “What Makes a Marriage Last,” featuring their interviews with 40 couples. In this interview from August 2020, we hear details about some of their most revealing and tender conversations. Dr. Alan Campbell also talks to Phil and Marlo about...

Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less by Leidy Klotz

Oct 22 • 00:00
Engineering professor Leidy Klotz says human beings are wired to add, not subtract. In fact, he says we're twice as disappointed to lose something as we are happy to gain something of the same value. The human aversion to subtraction can result in inferior design, unmanageable amounts of regulations, and a chaotic personal life.

In this conversation with Dr. Alan Campbell...

Laurence Leamer: "Capote's Women"

Oct 15 • 00:00
Truman Capote’s social life amongst the rich and famous is the latest topic examined by acclaimed biographer, Laurence Leamer. “Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era” looks at the author’s relationships with fabulously wealthy women, and why he betrayed them in the end.

Laurence Leamer is an award-winning journalist and author of multip...

Niall Ferguson on "Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe"

Oct 8 • 00:00
The Times says Niall Ferguson is the “most brilliant British historian of his generation.” He hails from Scotland precisely, and he’s now a U.S. citizen, just like Watching America’s host, Dr. Alan Campbell.
In this conversation between the two British Americans, we hear about Ferguson’s latest book, “Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe.” Ferguson claims that all disasters...

Dr. Randall Bell: Post-Traumatic Thriving

Oct 1 • 00:00
Dr. Randall Bell is an economist and a sociologist who boasts the nickname “Master of Disaster.” He’s been a consultant for hundreds of catastrophes, include the biggest tragedies of our time: the World Trade Center attack, Sandy Hook, Hurricane Katrina, the Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test sites, the BP Oil spill, the OJ Simpson trial, the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, and “Heaven...

FAIR: Bion Bartning & Daryl Davis discuss a "pro-human" approach to civil rights

Sep 17 • 00:00
FAIR (Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism) is a new organization founded by people from diverse backgrounds—its advisory board includes left-leaning thinkers like Steven Pinker to right-leaning economists like Glenn Loury. Many on the board are harder to define ideologically, including the guests on this episode of Watching America.

Bion Bartning is the executive dire...

Larry Elder: A Conversation From 2019

Sep 3 • 00:00
This is an intimate conversation with controversial radio talk show host and author, Larry Elder. We hear about his childhood, his relationship with his father, and his perspective on guns, race, and health care.

He’s said publicly on multiple occasions—including in this interview—that he would not run for office. Of course, we know that Elder is indeed running for offi...

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