The podcast where we go beneath the surface to reveal the web of connected influence, money, and motivation driving the news, sourced primarily from our website InfluenceWatch.org, the Capital Research Center's online encyclopedia of the donors, non-profits, and influencers driving politics.
You can watch the video version of the podcast at: http://bit.ly/2rnQygY
January 21st, 2022 | 19 mins 30 secs
As Virginia has been turning blue, the education system in that Commonwealth has become more ingrained with leftist policies and ideals. However, shifts could be occurring upon the election of Glenn Youngkin and his executive orders banning divisive educational concepts and promoting parental involvement in their childrens' education.
January 14th, 2022 | 27 mins 23 secs
Listen to Dr. Jay Greene as he describes the impetus behind Critical Race Theory and why American parents are so upset.
January 7th, 2022 | 24 mins 17 secs
chicago, chicago teachers union, conservative, politics, teachers, teachers unions
Our host, Mike Watson, has a conversation with Mailee Smith, director of Labor Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute. She breaks down the the radical history behind the Chicago Teachers Union, its deep-rooted connections, and the impetus behind the latest action that Chicago Teachers are taking.
December 17th, 2021 | 15 mins 31 secs
conservative, deplatforming, equity audit
While conservatives chafe under the threat of censorship and “de-platforming” by Big Tech companies, liberals are pressuring Congress to make the left-wing industry even more left wing through “equity audits,” which would in essence assess how completely companies are aligning their practices with critical race theory. And Congress has been receptive to the push, with Democrats proposing a bill to fine companies $20,000 each day if they do not have such an “equity audit” in any given two years. Joining me to discuss this proposal and the powers behind it is Santi Ruiz, reporter for the Washington Free Beacon.
December 10th, 2021 | 25 mins 37 secs
authoritarianism, de blasio, vax mandate
On this episode: Mike Watson chats with Joel Zinberg, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, director of Paragon Health Institute’s Public Health and American Well-Being Initiative, and associate clinical professor of surgery at the Icahn Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, about de Blasio's nonsensical 11th hour vaccine mandate.
December 3rd, 2021 | 38 mins 39 secs
michael shellenberger, progressives, sick cities
In this episode: Mike Watson and CRC's Senior Investigative Researcher Ken Braun talk with Michael Shellenberger, author of "San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities" about the book and his work as President of the group Environmental Progress.
November 19th, 2021 | 22 mins 18 secs
2020 presidential election, election integrity, the federalist
In this episode: Mike Watson chats with Mollie Hemingway, senior editor of The Federalist, about her new book examining efforts by the left to "fortify" the 2020 election.
November 12th, 2021 | 24 mins 31 secs
leftism, municipal elections, teacher unions
In this episode: CRC's Mike Watson interviews Max Eden, a research fellow at AEI, on the extraordinary and little-discussed power teacher unions have to affect the outcome of municipal elections.
November 5th, 2021 | 13 mins 15 secs
domestic terrorists, nsba, osba, parents
In this episode: Mike Watson interviews Sara Clark, the Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio School Boards Association to discuss their decision -- emulated in states across the country -- to disassociate from the National School Boards Association following the now-infamous letter to President Biden.
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.