Episode 83 | John Ratcliffe27:05The ominous specter of political persecution and the erosion of constitutional safeguards by U.S. intelligence agencies now loom as genuine threats to the bedrock of our republic. In recent years, both the FBI and the CIA have overstepped their bounds by engaging in unwarranted surveillance of American citizens, particularly those who hold conservative viewpoints. Shockingly, they have even wielded the threat of domestic terrorism investigations against parents who dared to raise their voices during school board meetings. Former Director of Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, joins Kevin to dissect the critical issues plaguing the U.S. intelligence community today. Together, they explore avenues for conservatives to reform this system, preserving our vital capabilities in the face of a mounting threat from China while staunchly defending against insidious political abuses. Following the harrowing events of 9/11, John Ratcliffe assumed the pivotal role of Chief of the Anti-Terrorism and National Security Office in East Texas, serving diligently under President George W. Bush. This marked the beginning of a distinguished career in public service, including his election to Congress and his appointment as Director of National Intelligence by President Donald Trump in 2019.
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Episode 82 | Arthur Milikh46:37Over the past decade, we've witnessed significant shifts in society, from evolving notions of gender and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives to immigration policies and government spending. Left-wing ideologies have increasingly shaped our national discourse, leaving many everyday Americans feeling unheard and unrepresented. Arthur Milikh joins Kevin to dissect the challenges conservatives face in a rapidly changing cultural and political landscape, and how they can regain influence. Milikh is the Executive Director of The Claremont Institute’s Center for the American Way of Life and the former Associate Director of the Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He is also the editor of Up from Conservatism, a new book arguing that the Right needs to carefully rethink its positions on the essential policy questions which will define the future of our country.
Episode 81 | Robert Greenway50:28Retired Special Forces Officer, career public servant, and principal architect of the historic Abraham Accords, Robert Greenway, joins Kevin to discuss conservative national defense priorities.Now serving as director of Heritage’s Center for National Defense, Robert lays out his vision to ensure military readiness and promote American strength on the world stage and security here at home.Greenway brings decades of experience in combat, military intelligence, national security, and diplomacy to his new role. Greenway previously served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director on the National Security Council under President Donald Trump. Greenway joined Heritage immediately after working as an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute and president and executive director of the Abraham Accords Peace Institute.
Episode 80 | Ryan Walters43:29This back-to-school season, parents across the country have something new on their supply list: agency over their child's education. The woke elites in charge of America's education system want to destroy children's innocence, parents' rights, and communities' authority over their schools. In these fights, Oklahoma State Superintendent Ryan Walters is on the front lines.___________________Oklahoma State Superintendent Ryan Walters taught eight years as a high school history teacher in his hometown at McAlester High School. During his time at MHS, Walters taught Advanced Placement courses in World History, U.S. History and U.S. Government. He also taught on-level history classes, special education classes and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes. The Oklahoma State Department of Education named Walters as an Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2016. Previously, Walters was appointed as Secretary of Public Education for the State of Oklahoma by Governor Kevin Stitt in September of 2020 where he oversaw various agencies, boards and commissions, including the State Board of Education, College and University Boards of Regents or Trustees, Office of Educational Quality and Accountability and the State Board of Career and Technology Education.
Episode 79 | Daniel Erspamer36:53After state decades of economic divide, a domineering central government, and political apathy, the state of Louisiana is emerging into a new era. Ahead lies a road unfettered by policy encumbrances of the past—an exit from the 100-year-long “rule of Huey Long,” according to this week’s guest and CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer.He brings lessons on the fight for freedom from in Louisiana—lessons universal to beyond The Pelican State—that can be used to make the founders’ vision of “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” more attainable for all Americans.
Episode 78 | Jorge Hidalgo48:41In the midst of Biden's chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, 13 Americans were killed outside Kabul's Karzai International Airport. Since then, a humanitarian catastrophe has swept the country and the Biden administration has failed to take accountability for the likely avoidable airport tragedy. After 20 years of fighting, and thousands of soldiers killed in action, Biden sold out Afghanistan to the Taliban with a stroke of his pen. In the wake of the U.S. withdrawal, millions of Afghanis are at risk of persecution by the Taliban and Al-Qaeda has a fertile breeding ground once again.Jorge Hidalgo, the gold star parent of 1st Lt. Daren Hidalgo, is the latest guest on The Kevin Roberts Show. Daren, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was stationed in Afghanistan when his unit was stumbled into an improvised explosive device (IED) that resulted in Daren being killed in action.The courageous sacrifice of soldiers like Daren is what keeps our nation safe. But the shameful actions of the Biden administration undermine the sacrifices made by Daren and the thousands of others who safeguard our freedoms.
Episode 77 | Paula Scanlan34:44In 2019, the University of Pennsylvania's swim team informed its female athletes that Lia Thomas, a man formerly known as William Thomas, would be competing alongside them. But the consequences of the university's decision wouldn't be limited to unfair competition. Although Thomas' teammates were told he would use separate locker-room facilities, he was instead allowed to use the same locker-room as the rest of the team, subjecting the all-female group to changing clothes in front of a man. This incident, and the University of Pennsylvania's intense crackdown on dissent, sparked many of its athletes to come forward and advocate for the future of women's sports.Paula Scanlan, a former University of Pennsylvania swimmer and teammate of Thomas, is the latest guest on The Kevin Roberts Show. Inspired by the injustice that she and her fellow Penn teammates suffered, Scanlan now spends her time making sure that the future of women's sports is safe, and that no one has to go through her experience ever again.Despite being part of the most pessimistic generation in American history, Scanlan fights to give hope to the millions of girls who use sports to pursue the American dream.