Acton Line


P.J. O'Rourke on capitalism; Peter Jackson's 'They Shall Not Grow Old'

Ep. 165

On this episode of Acton Line, research associate at the Acton Institute, Jordan Ballor, talks with best-selling author and leading political satirist, P.J. O'Rourke, about his newest book, "None of My Business." O'Rourke will be giving a talk at Acton's upcoming event in Chicago on March 7 and registration is still open. In the second segment, Acton's director of communications, John Couretas, speaks with Ray Nothstine, editor at Civitas Institute, about the film "They Shall Not Grow Old." In director Peter Jackson's most recent movie, original World War I footage undergoes groundbreaking restoration, complete with voice over acting and sound affects.

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