The John Stossel Interviews

The John Stossel Interviews

After 40+ years of reporting, I now understand the importance of limited government and personal freedom. Subscribe to this show, and you’ll get extended interviews with newsmakers and people who I think are interesting or have something important to say. You can watch my video reports on JohnStossel.com --------- John Stossel is a libertarian journalist who hosted a show on Fox Business and co-anchored ABC’s primetime newsmagazine show, 20/20. He has received 19 Emmy Awards and has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club.

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July 15, 2024 39 mins

Many people today want socialism.

They hate capitalism. They say it hurts the poor.

But that's just not true.

In this podcast, author and historian Johan Norberg explains how capitalism saves lives and why socialism always fails.

Norberg also busts other trending myths like the idea that loneliness is an "epidemic," economic growth is bad, and the widely repeated claim that his home country, Sweden, is a socialist s...

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Dave Rubin, host of “The Rubin Report,” used to be a leftist, but now he says progressives are “totalitarian.”

He’s been shouted down when he speaks on college campuses.

“They think I am a right-wing extremist,” Rubin tells me.

He’s even lost friends for his political views.

But Rubin’s show is hugely popular. He rightly recognized that people have an appetite for longer, in-depth interviews.

“If there were more people having hon...

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Governments spends trillions to fight climate change, but Environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg says many of these policies are a waste of money.

For saying this, Lomborg has been called "the devil." The Danish government even targeted him for his views on climate change.

"I'm not trying to do something that's immoral," he tells me, "I'm simply trying to make sure that we get it right."

Lomborg s...

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You’ve heard the mantra “safety first.” Politicians used it as a justification for Covid lockdowns. But Mike Rowe, former host of "Dirty Jobs”, has his own slogan: “safety third.” Why “safety third?” It’s easy to save lives, says Rowe, but LIVING life is more important. I made a couple of short videos with Rowe. But he has a lot of other interesting things to say on lockdowns, why college is a waste of money, the dign...

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis is more pro-freedom than many politicians.

He's a rare democrate who talks about economic freedom and individual liberty.

But I have problems with some things Polis believes.

He wants to force businesses to provide services for gay weddings. He signed universal pre-k, and Colorado lags in school choice.

Polis is also unusual because most Democrats won’t debate ideas with me. He will.

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Many people hate Charles Murray. They call him “dangerous” because he wrote about racial IQ differences. But angry protestors fail to recognize that Murray is not a white supremacist. He’s a thoughtful researcher who has published more than a dozen scholarly books about things like the impact of welfare, the pursuit of happiness, and the meaning of libertarianism. Some of his work influenced presidents. One of his books...

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Green activists want to BAN fossil fuels. I wish they’d listen to energy author Alex Epstein.

He explains how fossil fuels make the world better, and how banning them ruins lives.

How can fossil fuels be “moral" when activists tell us, “keep it in the ground?"

Because:

“3 billion people …. still use less electricity than a typical American refrigerator” says Epstein.

To allow them to have a modern life, “that's going ...

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The conservative Christian satire group, the Babylon Bee, is part of a growing movement of new, anti-establishment comedy and anti-woke comedy.

“Leftists have become so…religiously zealous about their beliefs,” says Editor-in-chief Kyle Mann.

That preachy establishment comedy created a market for something new.

“We have to create our own platform,” says Bee actor Chandler Juliet.

It’s good that comedy like this exists.

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I don’t like talking to politicians. But Ron Paul is different.

Paul talked about free markets and limited government long before I had a clue how important they were.

When I interviewed Paul in 2007 for ABC News, ABC wouldn't put the interview on Broadcast TV; they only played it online.

Now everything we do is online— I like it better this way, we were able to have a long conversation and cover many more topics.

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You’ve been hearing about DEI training. It’s supposed to make us aware of our unconscious prejudice. But Rhetoric Professor and former diversity trainer Erec Smith tells me today's DEI training does more harm than good. "If you can keep this race thing going," he explains, "then you will always have a business in getting rid of racism.”

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Basketball player Enes Kanter Freedom is outspoken about brutality in Turkey, China and elsewhere.

I’d think Freedom’s activism would be applauded by the NBA. Afterall, the league is a big supporter of activism from the Black Lives Matter movement.

But that wasn't the case.

When Freedom spoke out against China, he says it cost him his job.

Who is this principled player?

I wanted to learn more about what happened to him.

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Many politicians, and most climate scientists in the media, portray climate change as a crisis.

"People are dying!" shouts Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.

Bill Nye "the Science Guy" says "The planet's on ****ing fire! ... This is an actual crisis!"

But climate scientist Judith Curry bravely tells me: There is NO "crisis."

Global warming is a problem, yes, but it's manageable. She explains...

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If you follow the news, you know Megyn Kelly. But how much do you know about her?

I got to know Megyn Kelly when we worked together at Fox.

We, and our families, became friends.

Then I watched, sometimes in shock, as strange and nasty things happened to her.

We finally sat down to talk about that.

It’s easier to speak freely now that we’re both our own bosses.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is running for President. I want to know what he'll do if he wins.


The Governor is both popular and controversial.


I like some of what he has done. But I also worry he may be an authoritarian.


We talk about the good he’s done, and I confront him on what troubles me.

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Vivek Ramaswamy is a successful entrepreneur who created a biotech company. Now he’s running for president. “As a businessperson, you're saving lives…why politics?” I ask. "I think there is an opportunity to drive a national revival in our country,” he tells me. "I couldn't think of a better way to do it than to...get elected U.S. president.” Ramaswamy is obviously a long shot, but his arguments--that America...

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Adam Carolla is one of the most successful comedians around. Millions of people listen to his podcasts, attend his live shows, and read his books. In our full conversation, he goes much deeper into why he never apologizes for anything he says. He rails against the media’s Covid hysteria. He reacts to friends like Howard Stern and Jimmy Kimmel hammering his Covid opinions. And he tells me why overregulation in California is “i...

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Remember how government officials handled the pandemic? The so-called experts and media made lots of mistakes. Experts told us there was no way it could have leaked from a lab. Senator Rand Paul didn’t believe the experts. Now, his new book, “Deception: The Great Covid Cover-Up,” reveals details about the origins of Covid and the government's deceit. “So, evil Chinese scientists in a lab funded by America?” I ask. “I...

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November 17, 2023 1 min

I have a new podcast, “The John Stossel Interviews.”

I built my entire career shrinking news stories down to 5 or 10 minute segments because that’s usually my attention span.

But since I’ve started my online network, Stossel TV, I’ve learned something...many of you want longer conversations.

That's what I'll be posting here.

Subscribe to this show, and you’ll get extended interviews with newsmakers and people who I think h...

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