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.

Enjoy the show!

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