The Daily Signal Podcast


A New Look at Thomas Sowell, 'Great Black Intellectual' Ignored by Left

Thomas Sowell is considered by many to be one of the most influential and brilliant minds of the past half-century. He is most famous for his work as an economist, but is also a bestselling author, syndicated columnist, historian, and academic.

Yet he hasn't received much recognition. "When people talk about the great black intellectuals today, you hear names like Henry Louis Gates at Harvard or Cornel West ... or today you hear Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ibram X. Kendi," says Jason Riley, a journalist, scholar, and member of The Wall Street Journal's editorial board.

"But in my view, Tom has written circles around those guys and is much broader in subjects that he's covered as well as much deeper and his analysis is much more rigorous than those guys'," Riley says.

A new documentary, “Thomas Sowell: Common Sense in a Senseless World,” tells the story of Sowell’s life and how his logic and intellect have impacted society. 

Riley, who narrates the film, joins the show to discuss the documentary and the personal impact Sowell has had on his own life.

You can watch the full-length documentary here or by visiting

Plus, John Cooper, associate director of The Heritage Foundation’s Institute Communications and a big football fan, joins us to talk about what we can expect to see during Super Bowl LV this weekend. 

We also cover these stories:

  • Democrats urge President Joe Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for student loan borrowers.
  • Biden addresses the National Prayer Breakfast.
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence is joining The Heritage Foundation as a distinguished fellow.

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INTERVIEW | Retired Israeli General Breaks Down the Threat of a Nuclear Iran

Israel recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, and many Jews and Christians see the state's existence as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy, but a former Israeli general also raised the alarm about the growing threats from Iran and its allies in the East."Things have changed dramatically in the last year," Amir Avivi, a retired brigadier general in the Israeli Defense Forces, told The Daily Signal in an interview at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention last week. "We've seen the East moving towards adapting to the sanctions the West is imposing in the last year, especially on Russia and rightly so. But China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, all of these countries are getting closer and closer together. It enables them to overcome sanctions."In April, China brokered a deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia, signaling a new balance of power in the Middle East.Avivi, who currently serves as founder and chairman of the Israeli Defense and Security Forum, suggested the U.S. should engage more in the Middle East."The other option is the U.S. stepping forward, building a coalition in the Middle East, posing a credible military threat on Iran, and by doing so, stabilizing the region," the retired general said. "Bringing peace agreements—because the Saudis are willing to do peace with Israel. They're willing to expand this peace also to Pakistan and Indonesia and Oman.""But they will not go forward with a peace agreement without American commitment to stand strong with Israel and the Sunni world," Avivi said.The retired general, who also served as aide-de-camp to the chief of the General Staff of the IDF, said that Israel can defend itself by itself and has extremely strong capabilities, which he cannot reveal.Avivi also shared the story of how a visit to Jerusalem's holy sites inspired his men to fight harder on the front lines against Palestinian terrorism.Rabbi Dov Lipman, a former Knesset member and CEO of Yad L'Olim, also joined the podcast. He spoke about "this incredible miracle called Israel" that he views as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. His organization has helped over 30,000 Jewish families from over 41 different countries to move to Israel and adjust to life in the Holy Land. Enjoy the show!