Michael conducts research for Capital Research Center. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he previously worked for a Washington, D.C. public relations firm.
October 29th, 2021 | 20 mins 59 secs
climate chaos, fossil free, leftist funding
In this episode: Mike Watson interviews CRC Research Assistant Parker Thayer on the little-covered "Climate Chaos Week," in which demonstrations were held for five days around Washington, DC and introduced the group Build Back Fossil Free to the world.
October 22nd, 2021 | 25 mins 13 secs
election integrity, local politics, unions
In this episode: Sarah Lee interviews Mike Watson on why local politics -- and the involvement of union organizers and activists at that level -- have played a role in some of the election integrity concerns plaguing modern American politics.
October 15th, 2021 | 27 mins 29 secs
2020 election, ctcl, zuckerberg
In this episode: Mike talks to William Doyle, Ph.D., principal researcher at Caesar Rodney Election Research Institute in Irving, Texas, about his thesis that, based on the data, the 2020 election wasn't stolen. It was instead purchased by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
October 11th, 2021 | 26 mins 1 sec
big philanthropy, ford foundation, jd vance
In this episode: The two Mikes (Watson and Hartmann) discuss the leftward direction of Big Philanthropy and whether or not it's reasonable to suggest reform that "seizes assets" of any nonprofit or charitable organization.
September 30th, 2021 | 20 mins 10 secs
conservatives, eco-right, environmentalism, green new deal
In this episode: Is there a way to be environmentally conscious without adopting the policy positions of leftists who want to implement radical policies like the Green New Deal? Mike Watson and Hayden Ludwig discuss Hayden's new report, "Rise of the Eco-Right."
September 24th, 2021 | 22 mins 5 secs
blm, heritage foundation, marxism
In this episode: CRC Research Director Mike Watson interviews Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Mike Gonzalez about his new book, "BLM: The Making of a New Marxist Revolution."
September 17th, 2021 | 16 mins 4 secs
big business, boardrooms, scam, social justice, woke culture
In this episode: CRC's Mike Watson interviews author and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy on the invasion of woke culture into America's boardrooms and businesses.
September 2nd, 2021 | 22 mins 36 secs
andrew cuomo, chesa boudin, pardon, soros das, weather underground
In this episode: Mike Watson interviews a fellow CRC analyst, Ken Braun, on his research and writing related to the 1981 Brink's armored car robbery -- a subject that's just hit the news again all these years later because of its association with The Weather Underground and one Soros-funded DA named Chesa Boudin.
August 26th, 2021 | 27 mins 24 secs
big government, elections, ken blackwell, states rights
In this episode: With both sides of the political aisle claiming a desire to protect elections, Mike Watson gets to the heart of the debate with the always edifying Ken Blackwell. Join them as they discuss the myths liberal legislators peddle as they attempt to pass H.R. 4, legislation that would federalize elections.
August 19th, 2021 | 26 mins 18 secs
american compass, national review, oren cass, redistributionist right, wall street journal
In this episode: Sarah Lee and Mike Watson talk about the merits (or lack thereof) in a conservative embrace of unions, a conversation that comes after Watson publicly called out American Compass (in an op-ed at National Review) for pushing a new "conservative" approach to labor unions while taking significant funding from decidedly less than conservative donors such as the Omidyar Network.
August 12th, 2021 | 21 mins 57 secs
censorship, colleges, first amendment, free speech, universities
In this episode: Cherise Trump, Executive Director of Speech First, joins the Influence Watch podcast to discuss the challenges and trends related to censorship and infringement of speech on college campuses.
August 5th, 2021 | 27 mins 48 secs
election integrity, election reform, honest elections
In this episode: Mike Watson talks with Jason Snead, executive director of the Honest Elections Project, about how the country can get back to having faith in elections again.
July 30th, 2021 | 28 mins 53 secs
critical race theory, education, leftism, parents defending education
In this episode: Parents of all political persuasions have begun to push back against the creeping curriculum known as Critical Race Theory by taking matters -- and their children's education -- into their own hands. Mike Watson interviews Parents Defending Education's Erika Sanzi on this new educational reality.
July 22nd, 2021 | 25 mins 46 secs
In this episode: Can unions continue to claim they advocate for the worker when they embrace social justice advocacy that has little or nothing to do with their original mandate? CRC's Research Director Mike Watson tries to answer this question.
July 16th, 2021 | 32 mins 28 secs
blm, castro, communism, conservative, cuba, democrat, demonstrations, freedom, john suarez, left, liberal, libertarian, liberty, politics, progressive, protests, republican, right, riot, society
In this episode: Since last Sunday, Cubans have publicly demonstrated against the Communist regime that has inflicted tyranny on their homeland for over sixty years. Joining us to discuss the background behind the demonstrations and the prospects for a freer Cuba is John Suarez, the executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba.
July 2nd, 2021 | 15 mins 42 secs
conservative, culture, elections, left, liberal, libertarian, manhattan institute, mayor, nyc, politics, progressive, ranked choice voting, right, society
In this episode: What do pizza toppings, test data, and waiting have to do with becoming Mayor of New York City? Thanks to the city’s new, confusing, and poorly administered “ranked choice voting” system, quite a lot. While New Yorkers voted last week on their party nominees for Mayor, on the Democratic side they still don’t know who won over a week later. Joining us to discuss the car-crash outcome in NYC is Michael Hendrix, director of state and local policy for the Manhattan Institute.