I’m not super-invested in audio shows. They usually feel drawn-out and a waste of time. However, the Harry Browne radio show has made libertarian radio shows, podcasts, etc., grow on me. In that spirit, I thought I’d link some of the better-known (or, in my opinion, at least credible) shows that entertain, even if they don’t inform.
Harry Browne is one of my favorite libertarian leaders from the Libertarian Party; I regret not reading and listening to him earlier in my life. Well thought-out, a relaxing voice, worthy of throwing on your .mp3 player. The linked page appears to be missing a few, but the torrent download includes more.
“Thinking Liberty is an anarchist radio show featuring insightful and bombastic discussion of world news and movements for freedom. We bring on guests who are building liberty, take calls, chat with listeners, and always keep an eye and a mouth on practical ideas for advancing freedom today.”
Four hosts on this one; occasionally random, with a chat during the broadcast if one feels so inclined.
“Powerful ideas for all lovers of personal and political freedom – Freedomain Radio is the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web, and was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Podcast Awards. Topics range from politics to philosophy to science to economics to relationships to atheism – and how to achieve real freedom in your life today. Passionate, articulate, funny and irreverent, Freedomain Radio shines a bold light on old topics, and invents a few new ones to boot!”
I haven’t listened to Freedomain Radio myself, but I’ve heard favorable reviews, and it’s probably the most popular libertarian podcast. Hosted by Stefan Molyneux.
“What’s on your mind? Unlike those right-wing or left-liberal extremist shows, Free Talk Live is talk radio that ANYONE can take control of. Yes, even you. Free Talk Live is the next generation of issues-oriented talk. What is the meaning of freedom? This show is about Liberty with a capital L. Check out some of the archives on the FTL main page to get an idea of what this all means.”
Another show I haven’t heard much, but one I should invest more time in.
“The Library of Economics and Liberty carries a weekly podcast, EconTalk, hosted by Russ Roberts. The talk show features one-on-one discussions with an eclectic mix of authors, professors, Nobel Laureates, entrepreneurs, leaders of charities and businesses, and people on the street. The emphases are on using topical books and the news to illustrate economic principles. Exploring how economics emerges in practice is a primary theme.”
The economic side of libertarianism from a fantastic economist. Download the archive and read Cafe Hayek where Roberts blogs with Don Boudreaux.
“The Cato Daily Podcast allows experts and scholars affiliated with the Cato Institute to comment on relevant news in a conversational, informal manner. By presenting issues in a concise and engaging way, the podcast invites listeners to rethink their assumptions about liberty and the proper role of government.”
I cannot recommend the Cato Institute enough; their podcasts always offer something new and interesting.