The Power of Independent Thinking

The Independent with Scott Atlas
Independent Institute Podcasts
Dr. Scott Atlas is a world-renowned expert in health care policy, frequent policy advisor to policymakers and government officials, and author of A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America. He investigates the role of government and the private sector in health care quality and access, global trends in health care innovation, and the key economic and civil liberty issues related to health policy. The Independent features Dr. Atlas in conversation with high profile, news-making guests around public health policy, science, civil liberties, censorship and free speech, higher education, the media, and more.
May 30, 2024
Dr. Atlas interviews Harmeet Dhillon, a nationally recognized attorney whose focus is employment law, First Amendment rights, election law and commercial litigation. She is a trial lawyer and the managing partner at Dhillon Law Group in San Francisco. She's also CEO and founder of the Center for American Liberty and the co-chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association. They have a wide-ranging conversation about key issues like free speech, the current state of our system of justice and its politicization, and separation of powers essential to our government's function.
May 2, 2024
Dr. Atlas interviews physician Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, former associate dean at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and founder of "Do No Harm". Dr. Goldfarb argues that American healthcare is being destroyed as political ideology increasingly supplants excellence in admission and training of medical students, as well as in medical care itself. They have an important conversation about how DEI, racial preferences, and woke politics in medical schools and medical care threaten the health and future of America.
April 12, 2024
Dr. Atlas interviews Dinesh D'Souza, bestselling author, award winning filmmaker, and investigative political commentator. D'souza served in the Reagan White House, was President of King's College, and is the author of many books including Illiberal Education, Letters to a Young Conservative, and United States of Socialism. His films include 2000 Mules, and America: Imagine a World Without Her. They discuss freedom in America, ongoing attacks on the ideals upon which the nation was founded, and the resulting division and lack of trust in institutions that threaten the very essence of the nation.
March 29, 2024
In this episode Dr. Atlas interviews Alex Epstein, bestselling author and philosopher. He is the author of "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels", arguing that human flourishing and freedom itself require that humanity use more fossil fuels, not less. His most recent book is "Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas—Not Less". They have a conversation about energy policy, its tradeoffs, and its moral basis, including required energy conversion, mandated electric vehicles, and other policies that have become dogmas to progressive policymakers and many citizens, to a point where even questioning these ideas provokes cancellation and attack.
March 20, 2024
Clip highlights from the first year of the podcast. Join us as we continue to seek clarity and truth!
February 7, 2024
In this episode Dr. Atlas interviews Dr. Naomi Wolf, bestselling author, columnist, professor, and graduate of Yale University. They have a wide-ranging discussion about the corporate media’s abandonment of journalistic ethics, the public’s loss of faith in the media, the danger of ideological echo chambers, and experiences they’ve had with social media deplatforming.
January 9, 2024
Dr. Atlas interviews Congressman Chip Roy of Texas. Rep. Roy previously served as Chief of Staff to Senator Ted Cruz and as First Assistant Attorney General of Texas. They discuss the lack of accountability for government malfeasance, censorship, and COVID mismanagement, as well as perspectives on healthcare reform and the proper scope of government and executive authority.
December 18, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews Professor Steven Koonin of NYU. Koonin served as Undersecretary for Science in the Department of Energy from 2009 to 2011 and was a professor at Cal Tech for nearly 30 years. They discuss the science on climate change and the general state of science, as climate and energy have become so prominent in the media and public policy debates.
November 14, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews Richard Corcoran, President of New College of Florida. They have an important and timely conversation about university education in the United States, including merit, free speech, and today's campus environment to develop the next generation of leaders for our country.
October 30, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews Dr. Peter Berkowitz, the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and former Director of Policy Planning at the State Department. They discuss what's going on in Israel and the rest of the Middle East in the wake of the October 7 attack by Hamas, the importance of the Trump-era Abraham Accords, and what to make of the Biden policies in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
October 12, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews Senator Rand Paul on exposing the egregious malfeasance and cover-up by government, public health bureaucrats, and university scientists in the COVID pandemic. They discuss COVID's origins, NIH funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, conflicts-of-interest involving government officials receiving royalties from pharmaceutical companies, and more.
September 18, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and world-renowned historian and scholar of classics and military history. They discuss the phrase “Threat to our Democracy” — who uses it, what it means, and what the real threats to democracy actually are.
September 5, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews John Yoo, the Emanuel Heller Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, and Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. They discuss the investigations of Presidents Biden and Trump, the appropriateness of criminal trials vs. political processes to adjudicate alleged misconduct by sitting presidents and ex-presidents, as well as broader concepts including separation of powers, and "threats to democracy."
August 17, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the San Francisco Archdiocese. He is outspoken on traditional issues relevant to Catholicism including abortion, the definition of marriage, and religious freedom particularly during the pandemic. They discuss how COVID restrictions and lockdowns impacted the church, the importance to society of religion today, and where we go from here in a time of relative crisis where there has been a loss of anchor in the culture.
July 28, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews competitive swimmer Riley Gaines, one of the leading voices for women’s rights, most notably in preserving women’s sports for biological females. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2022 as one of the most decorated swimmers in history. They discuss the challenges she has faced, pushing back against the singular focus of many in power to push the unlimited rights of trans athletes in women’s sports without regard for the impacts on the rights of women athletes themselves and on the damage to today's hard-earned status of women's competitive sports.

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