Dar Williams is a musician and author. The New Yorker has described her as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters.” Her latest album is the self-produced and critically acclaimed Emerald, and her new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns, combines anthropological field work she conducted as a touring musician with scholarly research on the renaissance of American towns and small cities.
Michael Malice is the author of Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il, the subject of Harvey Pekar’s Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story, a columnist for The Observer, and a cable news renegade.
Janet Capron is the author of the memoir Blue Money, which chronicles her time as a prostitute in New York City in the early 1970s.
Bryan Callen is a stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster. He hosts the podcasts The Fighter & The Kid with Brendan Schaub and Mixed Mental Arts with Hunter Maats. His one-hour comedy special, Never Grow Up, is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.
Angela Nagle is the author of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Jacobin, Current Affairs, and the Irish Times. She’s the co-editor of Ireland Under Austerity from Manchester University Press.
Dave Smith is a stand-up comedian, CNN and HLN contributor, host of the podcast Part of the Problem, and co-host of the Legion of Skanks podcast. He can be seen regularly on CNN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered.
Elisa Albert is the author of the outstanding novel After Birth. Her work has appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, Post Road, The Guardian, Gulf Coast, Commentary, Salon, Tablet, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, The Rumpus, Time Magazine, on NPR, and in many anthologies. She is also on the visiting faculty of Bennington College.
Raised in a family of Christian conservative activists, Michael Boldin took a very different path. In 2006 he founded the Tenth Amendment Center, which has promoted the efforts of states and municipalities to block the enforcement of federal laws.
Christopher Ryan is an author, podcaster, and troublemaker, who puts out a weekly podcast, called Tangentially Speaking. His work has been featured all over: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic, Salon, and he has been a featured speaker all over the world, from TED to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
In a fantastically fun interview for the Reason podcast, Nick Gillespie and I talk about the work ethic in contemporary America, the puritanism of John Locke, why libertarians should be postmodernists, and “the massive higher-education scam you’ve never heard about.”