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.
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.
July 17, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews Kentucky State University Political Science Professor Wilfred Reilly, a leading voice in challenging popular mainstream narratives with an empirical analysis of the data that exposes the truth about some of America's most controversial topics. They discuss what we're witnessing in the United States including divisive narratives about race in this country that have led to a lack of civility among our fellow Americans, and where we go from here to unify our nation.
June 30, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews George Mason University Professor of Law Todd J. Zywicki. They discuss the philosophical basis for the modern concept of “wokism”, why it's a fundamentally flawed worldview, how it came to infiltrate and harm American culture, and where we can go from here to restore our nation's values.
June 6, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews John Etchemendy, former Provost at Stanford University and the Patrick Suppes Professor at Stanford's School of Humanities & Science and co-director of Stanford’s Human Centered Artificial Intelligence Center. They have an insightful conversation about the environment for the free exchange of ideas and critical thinking in academia today.
May 23, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews Heather Mac Donald, fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor at City Journal, and New York Times bestselling author. Her new book When Race Trumps Merit: How the Pursuit of Equity Sacrifices Excellence, Destroys Beauty, and Threatens Lives argues that lowering standards in an attempt to achieve racially equal outcomes is harmful to society.
May 1, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews George Mason University Professor of Law Todd J. Zywicki. They discuss how pandemic policies relate to the law and Constitution, how the public health establishment pushed anti-science policies such as denial of natural immunity, and more.
April 14, 2023
Dr. Atlas talks with Brown University economist and social scientist Dr. Glenn Loury about race, cancel culture, and where the country goes from here.
April 3, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews author and businesswoman Jennifer Sey. They discuss her courageous stand in facing the new corporate wokism, an unprecedented movement in private sector companies that threatens some of the most foundational values of a free-thinking ethical society.
March 20, 2023
Dr. Atlas and Victor Davis Hanson have a fascinating conversation about many critical issues that were exposed by the pandemic, including the historical context of when government has interposed draconian restrictions on civil liberties as well as the ideological takeover of America's universities and campuses.
March 9, 2023
Dr. Atlas interviews epidemiologist Martin Kulldorff on the dangers of groupthink and herd mentality in science and the solutions to preventing such thinking for future crises.
February 27, 2023
In this special presentation Dr. Atlas covers the real pandemic data on mortality rates, natural immunity, vaccines, lockdowns, school closures, and more, and how to restore trust and repair some of the damage that was done.
February 14, 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 have an illuminating conversation about many legal issues that have been exposed by the pandemic and management of the pandemic, such as civil liberties, censorship, and freedom.
February 4, 2023
Scott Atlas and Dr. John Ioannidis have an illuminating conversation about the pandemic, what happened in the early days, how our experts failed the American people, what was revealed and how to fix science itself. Dr. Ioannidis is a professor of medicine in the Stanford Prevention Research Center, Professor of Epidemiology at Stanford, and co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford.
January 20, 2023
In this episode of “Independent Truths with Dr. Scott Atlas,” Dr. Atlas welcomes Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Health Policy and Economics at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Jay and Scott have an illuminating conversation about Dr. Bhattacharya’s experience as a voice of reason during the COVID pandemic, and how we move forward as a society to restore trust and ethics in science and public health.
January 10, 2023
Dr. Atlas welcomes Mary Theroux, Chairman and CEO of the Independent Institute, as his first ever guest to the new show “Independent Truths with Dr. Scott Atlas”. Together, they discuss why they wanted to start the podcast, what they hope to accomplish, and why they felt it was important to do at this moment.

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