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A show about what you’re not supposed to say. Thaddeus Russell, author of A Renegade History of the United States, interviews people who break the rules of conventional discourse and expand the realm of the possible.
Chris Carlsson is a co-founder of the Critical Mass bicycle movement, co-founder and editor of the former Processed World magazine, and director of the Shaping San Francisco and Found SF historical projects. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/93/

I questioned David Skarbek, the leading expert on prison gangs in the United States, about the implications of his finding that gangs serve as alternative governments inside prisons. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/92/

I talked with Robbie Martin, the maker of the multi-part documentary film, “A Very Heavy Agenda,” about the history of the neoconservative movement and our shared fascination with a particular history professor. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/91/

Daniel Coffeen is a fellow academic exile, a philosopher and word magician, a “Jew-clown know-it-all,” and the future star of Renegade University. He also holds a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley, where he was a lecturer for many years, and is the author of Reading the Way of Things: Towards a New Technology of … Continue reading Episode 90: Daniel Coffeen →

He’s been call the Willy Wonka of politics. He’s the author of a new book called, The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of Politics. He’s also the most requested guest on Unregistered. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/89/

This was the first live recording of Unregistered before a public audience, featuring the comedian Dave Smith and the Reason Editor at Large Nick Gillespie. Held at a former speakeasy and brothel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, this was raucous, sometimes contentious, and a total blast. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/88/

Tom Nickel is an educator on death and dying and he has a proposition to make: You cannot live your best life, until you’ve prepare for your death. Tom has worked as a hospice caregiver for the Zen Hospice Project and Kaiser Permanente. He may or may not have cancer. For full show notes, go … Continue reading Episode 87: Tom Nickel →

Katie Herzog is a staff writer at Seattle’s bi-weekly, The Stranger. Her work has been featured on Salon, The Guardian, Vox, Buzzfeed, Fusion, Mother Jones, High Times, and she is a former staff writer at Grist. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/86/

In February 2019 I spoke to students at a public high school in El Dorado County, California about the things they’re not allowed to say. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/85/

John Ziegler is a Mediaite senior columnist and the author of an investigative report on the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/84/

Isaac Morehouse is the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program that has been a highly successful alternative to traditional higher education. He is also the CEO of Crash, a new career launch platform. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/83/

My speech on the John Galton and Lily Forester case, the history of renegade black market criminals, and what it means to live free and stateless, at the February 2019 Anarchapulco conference in Acapulco, Mexico. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/82/

John Glaser is director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is the co-author, with Christopher A. Preble and A. Trevor Thrall, of the forthcoming Fuel to the Fire: How Trump Made America’s Broken Foreign Policy Even Worse (and How We Can Recover). For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/81/

Kmele Foster is the former co-host of The Independents, the co-founder and lead producer of FreeThink Media, the host of my second-favorite podcast, The Fifth Column, and one of the most original and important public intellectuals you will hear. This episode was recorded at the Renegade University Weekend in Washington D.C. For full show notes, … Continue reading Episode 80: Kmele Foster at Renegade University →

Elizabeth Nolan Brown is an associate editor at Reason magazine. She has won multiple awards for her writing on government wars on sex. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/79/

Daniele Bolelli is the host of the History on Fire podcast. This episode was recorded at the Renegade University Weekend in Los Angeles. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/78/

Jon Gabriel (a.k.a., @ExJon on Twitter) is the Editor-in-Chief of Ricochet and co-host of The Conservatarians podcast. Until 2012, he served as Director of Marketing for the free-market Goldwater Institute. He is a former submarine reactor operator for the U.S. Navy. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/77/

Three years ago Lily Forester fled the United States for Mexico with her partner, John Galton, to escape long-term prison sentences for the production and sale of cannabis. On February 1, John was murdered at their homestead on the outskirts of Acapulco. This is Lily’s first interview since John’s death. For full show notes, go … Continue reading Episode 76: Lily Forester →

Joe has been a cannabis farmer in Humboldt County, California since 1999. Like many Humboldt growers who operated for years illegally, he is struggling to survive the government’s attempts to rid the newly legal and increasingly corporate industry of people like him. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/75/

Katie Herzog is a staff writer at Seattle’s bi-weekly, The Stranger. Her work has been featured on Salon, The Guardian, Vox, Buzzfeed, Fusion, Mother Jones, High Times, and she is a former staff writer at Grist. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/74/

In our second “Ask Me Anything” episode I answer questions from Renegade University students and members of the Unregistered Underground supporting listeners group. The topics range from sex-positive feminism to the future of higher education to the renegade history of the world. To join the Unregistered Underground so you can participate in our AMAs, go … Continue reading Episode 73: Ask Me Anything →

I recently participated in a debate hosted by Reason, in a West Coast version of the popular New York City-based debate series, The Soho Forum— against Ken White, an attorney at Brown, White & Osborn, author at the legal blog Popehat. For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/72

Julien Nitzberg is a screenwriter, stage writer, lyricist, theater director and film director best known as the director of the documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. He also wrote the book and lyrics and directed the musical The Beastly Bombing or A Terrible Tale of Terrorists Tamed by the Tangles of True … Continue reading Episode 71: Julien Nitzberg →

Cathy Reisenwitz is a research analyst for Gartner and the author of the Unintended Consequences column for the Bay City Beacon. Her writing has appeared in Reason, The Week, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, and VICE Motherboard. For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/70

Daniel Coffeen holds a PhD in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley and is the author of Reading the Way of Things: Towards a New Technology of Making Sense. His lectures on the history of philosophy and rhetoric were legendary among undergraduates at UC Berkeley and are now available on iTunes. He now … Continue reading Episode 69: Daniel Coffeen →

Keith Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His work on American constitutional law, theory and politics, federalism, judicial politics, and the presidency has been published widely, and he is the author of many books. His most recent … Continue reading Episode 68: Keith Whittington →

Maggie McNeill and Mistress Matisse are two of the most prominent leaders of the emergent sex-worker rights movement. Maggie McNeill is the author of the indispensable Honest Courtesan blog, and Mistress Matisse is a former columnist for the Seattle-based alternative newspaper The Stranger and is the creator of Velvet Swing, a cannabis-infused sex lube. For … Continue reading Episode 67: Maggie McNeill & Mistress Matisse →

Daniel Bessner is the Anne H. H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Assistant Professor in American Foreign Policy in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and the author of Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual. For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/66

Conner Habib has performed in nearly 200 gay adult films. But he also founded a punk rock record label, studied organismic and evolutionary biology and creative writing in graduate school, taught college English courses, worked as a sex workers’ rights activist, and published essays in dozens of print and online publications, including The Stranger, Vice, … Continue reading Episode 65: Conner Habib →

Michael Brooks is the host of The Michael Brooks Show and the co-host of Majority Report with Sam Seder. For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/64

Joshua Childress recently resigned in protest from the U.S. Border Patrol. He previously served in the U.S. Army and National Guard, doing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/63

Emily Horowitz is a professor of sociology and criminal justice at St. Francis College (Brooklyn, NY). She also directs the Institute for Peace and Justice, and founded and co-directs the post-prison college program. She is the author of Protecting Our Kids? How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us. For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/62

I spoke with Bret Weinstein, the former professor of biology at Evergreen State University, on a panel organized by the Cato Institute at the Voice and Exit Conference in Austin, Texas. For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/61

Kevin Williamson is an author and journalist who was fired from his position at The Atlantic shortly after his hiring. According to the magazine’s editor, Williamson was let go because language he had used in the past was “callous and violent” and “runs contrary to The Atlantic’s tradition of respectful, well-reasoned debate, and to the … Continue reading Episode 60: Kevin Williamson →

Nancy Rommelmann is a journalist and the author of To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Magazine, and the LA Weekly, among other publications. For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/59

James Sullivan works at a jewelry store in Texas. He’s also one of my favorite philosophers. James is the host of James and the Giant Podcast. For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/58

Renegade University continued the revolution in higher education in New Orleans earlier this month. Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project helps me host a live podcast at the end of our third weekend. Big ideas and great people are such a wonderful mix, I can’t wait for the next one. For full show notes, … Continue reading Episode 57: Renegade University Live from New Orleans →

Shayne Lee is a professor of sociology at the University of Houston and the author of four books: Tyler Perry’s America: Inside His Films; Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality and Popular Culture; Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace; and T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, ABC, … Continue reading Episode 56: Shayne Lee →

Heidi Matthews is an assistant professor of international law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Her recent work on the #MeToo movement and women’s sexual agency has caused considerable controversy in all the best ways.  For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/55

Peter Bagge is a Harvey Award winning cartoonist whose best-known work includes the comics Hate and Neat Stuff and graphic biographies of Margaret Sanger and Zora Neale Hurston. For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/54

Swami Prem Niren, also known as Philip Toelkes, was the chief counsel for the Rajneesh spiritual organization and for its leader, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho. Niren is featured in the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country, which covers the dramatic conflict in the 1980s between the Rajneesh community in Oregon and local, state, … Continue reading Episode 53: Swami Prem Niren →

Kliph Nesteroff is the author of The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels & The History of American Comedy. His work has appeared in Vice, The New York Times, CNN, LA Weekly, and the National Post. He also worked as a stand-up comic for many years and he is the chief curator of George Carlin’s personal archive. … Continue reading Episode 52: Kliph Nesteroff →

C. Derick Varn is a poet, book editor, podcaster, and public school teacher in Utah. He previously taught in private education in South Korea, Mexico, and Egypt. He is also the author of the new book of poetry, Apocalyptics. 6gcbutyr For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/51

Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School. She was the president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008, and has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties. Her newest book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free … Continue reading Episode 50: Nadine Strossen →

Marvin Mutch spent over 40 years in prison (San Quentin) for a crime he may not have committed. He was 18 years old when he was sent to prison for the murder of a 13-year-old Cassie Riley in 1975, in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. For show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/49

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 … Continue reading Episode 48: Dar Williams →

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.