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Join former House Speaker, professor, historian, and futurist Newt Gingrich as he shares his lifetime of knowledge and access to the world’s most interesting minds in a new series that covers all aspects of our society. From history to health, national security to science, Newt offers stories, conversations, and context to uncover new perspectives, knowledge and insight. This podcast isn’t about politics; it’s about exploring the past, present, and future to understand where we’ve been and where we’re going. Welcome to Newt’s World, a podcast for independent thinkers.


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Join former House Speaker, professor, historian, and futurist Newt Gingrich as he shares his lifetime of knowledge and access to the world’s most interesting minds in a new series that covers all aspects of our society. From history to health, national security to science, Newt offers stories, conversations, and context to uncover new perspectives, knowledge and insight. This podcast isn’t about politics; it’s about exploring the past, present, and future to understand where we’ve been and where we’re going. Welcome to Newt’s World, a podcast for independent thinkers.




Episode 669: A.J. Tata on The Phalanx Code

Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, a retired US Army officer with a distinguished military career of over 28 years, is the guest on this episode of Newt's World. Tata has served in various commands including the 82nd Airborne, the 101st Airborne Division, and the 10th Mountain Division. He has also served in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Panama, and Haiti. Tata is the national bestselling author of more than 15 military thriller novels. His latest installment, The Phalanx Code, tells the story of Garrett Sinclair caught in a deadly game between two tech moguls. Tata has also served as the Under Secretary of Defense for policy, the number three position in the United States Department of Defense. See for privacy information.


Episode 668: Rob Henderson on Troubled

Rob Henderson, author of Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class, discusses his life journey from being born to a drug-addicted mother and never knowing his father, to being shuffled between seven foster homes, and finally being adopted into a loving family. Despite the stability of his adoptive family, Henderson faced challenges such as divorce, poverty, and violence during his adolescence. At 17, he joined the U.S. Air Force and later pursued his undergraduate education at Yale and a PhD from Cambridge. Henderson argues that stability at home is more important than external accomplishments and highlights the social disparities that exist in society. He also discusses the importance of role models and the impact of cultural beliefs on the lower classes. See for privacy information.


Episode 667: Craig Shirley on Ronald Reagan

Newt discusses the legacy of former President Ronald Reagan with Craig Shirley, a New York Times bestselling author and presidential historian and author of The Search for Reagan: The Appealing Intellectual Conservatism of Ronald Reagan. Shirley, who has written six books on Reagan, discusses the former president's unique approach to conservatism, his popularity, and his intellectual prowess. They also discuss Reagan's time as a union leader and his transition from a Democrat to a Republican. Shirley shares insights into Reagan's decision to run for governor and later president, as well as his approach to dealing with the Soviet Union. See for privacy information.


Episode 666: Strategic Thinking in a Dangerous World

Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich discusses the importance of strategic thinking in a dangerous world, particularly in relation to the United States' approach to global threats. He highlights the need for a coherent strategy to deal with countries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea, as well as terrorist organizations. He criticizes the current approach of bouncing from press conference to press conference and gimmick to gimmick, instead of developing a long-term strategic plan. He also discusses the dangers of nuclear war and the need to rethink the approach to it. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the true nature of leaders like Vladimir Putin and the threats they pose. See for privacy information.


Episode 665: Dr. Michael Roizen on The Great Age Reboot

Dr. Michael Roizen, Emeritus Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic and author of The Great Age Reboot, discusses the potential for humans to live longer, healthier lives. He explains that the key to longevity is avoiding chronic disease and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including stress management, physical activity, and a healthy diet. He also discusses the impact of scientific advancements, such as gene editing and cellular regeneration, on increasing life expectancy. Dr. Roizen believes that the next decade will see significant breakthroughs in longevity research, potentially allowing people to live to 115 while maintaining the health and vitality of a 40-year-old See for privacy information.


Episode 664: John Ondrasik on “OK”

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Ondrasik discusses his recent song and music video, "OK," which addresses the October 7th Hamas attacks on Israel. The song is not a political message, but a moral one, expressing Ondrasik's views on the attacks and the global reaction to them. Ondrasik also discusses his previous songs about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and support for Ukraine. He expresses concern about the lack of condemnation for Hamas and is disappointed by the lack of artists standing up against antisemitism. He also discusses the need for support and funding for Ukraine and Israel. See for privacy information.


Episode 663: Mark Halperin on Election 2024

Political reporter and analyst Mark Halperin discusses the current political landscape, the 2024 election, and his views on the potential nominees. He believes that Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee unless he faces a severe health problem or his son, Hunter Biden, is convicted and faces prison time. On the Republican side, Halperin predicts who will be Trump's vice-presidential pick. He also discusses his new platform, 2WAY. 2WAY is a live video platform that allows participants to take part in informative and civil conversations online with people from across the political spectrum. See for privacy information.


Episode 662: Brad Wilcox on Get Married

University of Virginia sociologist and director of the National Marriage Project, Dr. Brad Wilcox discusses his new book, Get Married: Why Americans Must Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families, and Save Civilization. Wilcox argues that marriage is a key predictor of happiness and that society flourishes when marriages are strong. He also highlights the negative impacts of the decline in marriage rates, such as increased loneliness. Wilcox suggests that cultural, policy, and religious changes are needed to support marriage and family life. He also emphasizes the importance of character and shared values in choosing a spouse. Despite current trends, Wilcox remains hopeful that individuals can forge strong and stable marriages. See for privacy information.


Episode 661: Michael Barone on The Founders

Michael Barone, a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, discusses his new book, "Mental Maps of the Founders: How Geographic Imagination Guided America's Revolutionary Leaders". The book explores the geographic orientation and mental maps of six of the founders: Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, and Gallatin. Barone explains how these mental maps helped shape the young republic whose geographical features and political boundaries were yet unknown. He also discusses the changes in American politics since he started writing for the Almanac in 1972, and how the political landscape has become more nationalized. See for privacy information.


Episode 660: Senator Tuberville on the Border Bill

Former college football coach and current U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville discusses the crisis at the U.S. Southern border and the border bill that is unlikely to pass. Tuberville also discusses the No Veterans Administration Resources for Illegal Aliens Act, which he introduced with Congressman Mike Bost. Tuberville criticizes the Biden administration for its handling of the border crisis, claiming it has led to numerous problems, including a strain on resources for veterans. He also expresses concern about the growing national debt and the potential impact on the country's economy and national security. See for privacy information.


Episode 659: Finding Amelia Earhart’s Plane

Amelia Earhart was a pioneer in aviation. However, she would not live to her 40th birthday. During an attempt at becoming the first woman to complete a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan, disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Her disappearance remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. For 87 years people have been trying to find her plane, a twin-engine Lockheed 10E Electra. Newt’s guest is Tony Romeo, CEO of Deep Sea Vision. He discusses the search for Earhart’s plane and his recent discovery. See for privacy information.


Episode 658: The Growing Threat of Iran-Backed Groups

Three American troops were killed and 40 others were wounded on January 28th in a drone strike on the military base known as Tower 22, in northeast Jordan near the Syrian border. Since mid-October, there have been at least 165 attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq, Syria and Jordan. The U.S. is striking targets across Iraq and Syria in retaliation. Newt talks with Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies about the growing threat of Iran-backed groups in the Middle East. See for privacy information.


Episode 657: Rob Reiner on Who Killed JFK?

Rob Reiner first came to fame as a two-time Emmy Award winning actor on the landmark television series All in the Family. He went on to become an acclaimed director of some of the most popular and influential motion pictures. His work ranges from the satire, This Is Spinal Tap to dramas like Stand By Me, Misery, A Few Good Men, and Ghosts of Mississippi to romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally, and The American President, to the enduring classic, The Princess Bride. He’s joining Newt to discuss his new 10-part podcast, Who Killed JFK? In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's tragic assassination, Reiner and journalist Soledad O’Brien interview CIA officials, medical experts, Pulitzer-prize winning journalists, eyewitnesses and a former Secret Service agent who, in 2023, came forward with groundbreaking new evidence. See for privacy information.


Episode 656: Scott Rasmussen on the Elite 1%

As the President of RMG Research, Scott Rasmussen has been polling Americans for their opinions for more than 35 years. Newt talks with Scott about his recent briefing on the Elite 1% in America and their views on issues. This is the first-ever survey research defining the characteristics and beliefs of the Elite 1% who are the root cause of political dysfunction in America today. See for privacy information.


Episode 655: Inflation and the Economy

On Friday the S&P 500 beat its previous record from January 2022. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also closed at a new record on Friday. The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly one and a half years. Yet, in poll after poll, Americans say inflation and the economy are their top issues. Newt’s guest is Thomas Hoenig. He is the former Vice Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, former President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. See for privacy information.


Episode 654: Crisis at the U.S.–Mexico Border

Last month set a new U.S.–Mexico border monthly migration record with 225,000 migrants crossing the U.S. southern border. We have seen scenes of the impact of their arrival in Eagle Pass, Texas, in the streets of El Paso, and at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. All locations that are trying to accommodate the huge influx of people coming to the United States illegally. How should Congress act to manage the crisis? Newt’s guest is Lora Ries, Director of the Border Security and Immigration Center at The Heritage Foundation. See for privacy information.


Episode 653: Beat the Incumbent

Dr. Louis Perron, PhD is a political scientist and consultant who has advised two presidents, a vice president, two cabinet members, five senators and three big city mayors on their races. During the past several years, he has worked in six countries and has won more than 15 competitive election campaigns. In his new book, Beat the Incumbent: Proven Strategies and Tactics to Win Elections he offers strategies that have won elections that were thought to be unwinnable. See for privacy information.


Episode 652: Kevin McCarthy on His Next Chapter

Former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy announced in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on December 6th, 2023 that he would be leaving Congress. McCarthy describes himself as an optimist, having served 17 years in the same congressional seat representing California’s 20th Congressional district from 2007 – 2023. Newt’s guest is Kevin McCarthy and they discuss his future projects, the upcoming elections and their new collaboration on a theme bar and restaurant. See for privacy information.


Episode 651: Election 2024 – Iowa and New Hampshire

The beginning of the 2024 election cycle begins this Monday, January 15th with the Iowa Caucuses. Newt discusses the candidates, the polling data and what he thinks the key issues will be in the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. See for privacy information.


Episode 650: The $20 Million Dollar Dinosaur

The New York Times published an article this week, What’s in a Name? The Battle of Baby T. Rex and Nanotyrannus profiling a $20 million-dollar dinosaur fossil for sale at the David Aaron Gallery in London. The gallery describes the fossil as a, “rare juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton”. Newt discusses the sale of the dinosaur with his guest Dr. Stephen Brusatte, Chair of Paleontology and Evolution in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. See for privacy information.