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“Now You’re Talking”: The Future of Talk Radio Looks Very Good Indeed

Wednesday, April 1, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

No, it isn’t an April’s Fools Joke. Here’s my piece from NationalReview.com on why nationally-syndicated conservative talk radio is booming –and why that’s good for the country and even the president.

My interviews yesterday with Mark Levin (transcript here) and with Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett (transcript here) both touched on the need for sustained, serious debate on the crucial issues facing the country and the planet. The key fact –which some on the left hate, but which remains a fact nonetheless– is that the highest quality debates and interviews about American politics take place on the radio. Sometimes they can be passionate, and still entertaining, informative and fact-filled (like my interview with Mark Levine). Sometimes they can be lengthy, fact-filled, and riveting while not remotely partisan (like my two-hour conversation with Dr. Barnett about globalization, part of an eight hour series on his new book, all the links for which are collected here.)

But far more than on television or in newspapers, and with a far greater audience than any web site has yet achieved, they occur over the AM and FM bands. Even in an era of great changes in media, the nationally-syndicated talk radio is growing because the demand for debate and information is growing.

Thomas P.M. Barnett and Mark Levin

Tuesday, March 31, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Two authors of two very important books will be on today’s show.

Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett joins me to wrap up my series of conversations with him about his new book, Great Powers: America and the World after Bush.

Today’s conversation will focus on the last chapter of the book in which Barnett focuses on the basics of grand strategy, the fear-mongering of global warming ideologues as well as his expectation of the “Greatest Awakening” ever as world religions experience explosive growth in the new era of globalization.

Barnett is a prophet of the enormous power of globalization to raise living standards around the world, and the book is a wonderful antidote for those fatigued by the current economic crisis and who forget that capitalism does have a business cycle that does produce periods of contraction followed by periods of even more dynamic growth and trade.

Great Powers: America and the World After Bush

The transcript of our conversation will be posted here later tonight. One of the reasons I love talk radio is it allows for the time required to explore in detail important books with skilled communicators like Barnett.

I will also be talking with another enormously skilled communicator, my friend and airwaves colleague Mark Levin about his important new book Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto.

Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

Mark’s book is a kick-in-the-pants for conservatives dismayed by the new president’s lurch left. There are reasons why freedom and statism compete, and there are reasons why again and again Americans turn back to conservative principles. Mark outlines the key arguments and the battles ahead. There’s a reason why the book is number 1 on Amazon.com, and you should get copies for yourself and any friends who need a refresher course in Reaganism.

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