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Host Steve Hilton and his guests explore the meaning of, history and direction of "Positive Populism".

Host Steve Hilton and his guests explore the meaning of, history and direction of "Positive Populism".
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Host Steve Hilton and his guests explore the meaning of, history and direction of "Positive Populism".




Raymond Arroyo: “We drag our own carcasses to market”

Raymond Arroyo is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and producer that you may know best from his work on Laura Ingraham's radio show and appearing as a FOX News Contributor. Raymond and Steve discuss how he was a fan of Alexander Hamilton before it was cool, how he broke into the industry, and the impact that theater has on the way we view the world around us. Plus, Raymond explains why he thinks all Americans are a faithful people and the morality that the founding fathers...


“America’s Favorite Black, Gay, Republican”

Rob Smith is an Iraq War veteran and political analyst who is a contributor for Turning Point USA, an advocacy group for young conservatives and a FOX News Contributing Opinion Columnist. He refers to himself as, "America's favorite black, gay, Republican." Steve and Rob discuss his childhood growing up in Ohio's working-class, the policies he's passionate for and both of his "coming out" stories. Plus, Rob shares how he went from being a registered Democrat to a staunch Republican


Tomi Lahren: “I really wanted to challenge and I wanted to inform…start a dialogue”

Tomi Lahren currently serves as host of FOX Nation's daily programs First Thoughts and Final Thoughts. On First Thoughts (9:30AM/ET) Tomi delivers her opinion on the latest news in politics and pop culture. Following, her signature Final Thoughts (6PM/ET) recaps her views on the day's top stories. In addition to her role on FOX Nation, Lahren is a contributor for FNC, offering political commentary across the network's opinion programming, primarily on Hannity and FOX & Friends. Lahren...


Lisa Boothe

Lisa Boothe joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 2016 as a network contributor, providing political analysis and commentary across FNC's daytime and primetime programming. In addition to her role at FNC, Boothe is the founder and president of High Noon Strategies, a boutique political communications and public affairs firm. She is also a contributing writer for The Washington Examiner. Prior to her current positions, Boothe was part of the executive team of WPA Research where she led the...

Linda McMahon on handling the 24/7 news cycle, Running the SBA, and President Trump

American businesswoman and Former pro wrestling executive, Linda McMahon, resigned in March 2019 from her President Trump appointed position as Administrator of the Small Business Association and is now the Chairman of America First Action, a pro-Trump Super PAC. In 2009 McMahon left the WWE to run as a Republican for the United States Senate in Connecticut. While campaigning for the position a local reporter asked her what the hardest part of running was and she responded with a concise...


Ryan Williams: “His enemies have gone completely insane.”

This week's guest is Ryan Williams, President of the Claremont Institute and Publisher of the Claremont Review of Books. Mr. Williams started at the institute as a fellow and worked his way up through the years to eventually lead the conservative think tank. Steve and Ryan discuss the roots of populism, and President Trump's role in returning our country politically closer to those roots. "As Charles Kesler wrote a couple of years ago, you know, Trump in a way is returning the Republican...



Some fans remember Lisa Kennedy Montgomery from her days as a radio show host and MTV VJ. Now she is the host of FOX Business Networks' "Kennedy" and appears on FOX News Channel's "Outnumbered" regularly. What many people many not know is that Kennedy admits that she didn't graduate from high school. "I don't have a high school diploma, but I do have a bachelor's degree." She was politically active at a young age, and she found a way to craft a career out of two areas is passionate about,...


Ben Carson, “I read everything I could get my hands on at school.”

Ben Carson, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, joins the podcast this week. He has had an incredible career as a Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, an author of several books, and presidential candidate in the Republican primaries in 2016 prior to joining President Trump's cabinet. His appetite for knowledge started at a young age as an avid reader of books. "... for me reading really turned my life around completely. And I...


Sara Carter “And that’s when I stumbled on to Andrew McCabe.”

Sara Carter is an award winning investigative reporter and FOX News contributor who willingly takes on some pretty dangerous assignments. She has covered Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, the cartels trafficking drugs across the Mexico border, and so much more. She is a world traveler who has a insatiable appetite for getting to the truth and telling people's stories. "We have to look at every issue and every policy angle. But, it is about the people, and it is about what is important to the...


Tezlyn Figaro: “…I’m not disillusioned”

A former democrat, now an independent, a Political consultant, a crisis manager, 2016 National Racial Justice Director for the Bernie Sanders campaign, and public relations specialist are merely just a few of the titles and experience that Tezlyn Figaro holds. Tezlyn didn't have the easiest of environments growing up as a child surrounded by gangs and drugs. At an early age her family experienced the loss of her infant brother, her parent's divorced, and as a result her life experiences...

Henry Olsen: “I volunteered for the Republican Party starting when I was 12.”

Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and an opinion columnist for The Washington Post. Henry's work "focuses on how America's political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right." He also studies populism's impact in other democracies in the developed world. Mr. Olsen's opinion pieces for The Washington Post focus on politics, populism, foreign affairs and American conservative thought. He has authored several books...


Chris Buskirk: “I can say honestly that that it is purely because of Donald Trump”

Chris Buskirk is the editor and publisher of American Greatness. Chris learned to be an avid history buff at an early age. A stint working for the university as a graduate helped him realize that he was not interested in becoming an academic. Fast forward through 20 years of entrepreneurship in various finance businesses and we find Chris at a crossroads. "So, about three and a half-ish years ago... I was at a sort of crossroads career-wise, and I had all the things, I had time motivation...


Katrina Pierson: “Mr. Trump, you have to run. You’re the only one that can win.”

Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign, joins the show today. You won't believe her wonderful story of how she worked as a medical professional for 14 years and became politically active in the Tea Party. Katrina then recounts the bold moment she walked up to Mr. Trump and addressed him directly. It was at that moment she was thrust on a path that would lead to her eventually becoming the National Spokesperson for the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.

Tammy Bruce: “I thought to myself, you know, it’s the economy that sets us free.”

Tammy Bruce joins the program today with a very unique perspective. Tammy is a radio host and contributor on the FOX News Channel. There was a time where Tammy supported and represented the ideas of a "classic liberal." She served as the president of the Los Angeles chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) for six years between 1990 and 1996. But, at what point did she find that the liberal ideas and agenda were no longer the right fit for her.

Charlie Kirk: “I know nothing but war in my entire life.”

Charlie Kirk founded Turning Point USA at the ripe young age of 18. Charlie shares his fascinating story of how an unconventional pitch in a stairwell at the Republican National Convention lead to a $10,000 investment in Turning Point in 2012. Just four years later Charlie was asked to speak at the RNC where he met Donald Trump Jr. The two hit if off and he began to travel the country with Trump Jr., and eventually lead the youth efforts for the 2016 campaign. It's a fascinating story, and...

Reihan Salam – A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders

Reihan Salam is the executive editor of the National Review. He has a brilliant new book out called "Melting Pot Or Civil War? A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders." Reihan is a big influential figure in politics, and he joins us today to share his fascinating political origin story. Reihan is the newly named president of the conservative think tank, Manhattan Institute.

Sebastian Thrun – Making a Huge Impact

Sebastian Thrun is our first guest. He is an incredible computer scientist. One of the inventors of self-driving cars, now working on flying cars. He is the founder of a company called Udacity. It is an incredibly interesting company helping people to acquire skills for the jobs of the future. Sebastian was really the pioneer of the whole movement we've seen for what's called Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) which is online distance learning. There is so much more to unpack with Sebastian...

Jason Chaffetz: “Listen, the founders wanted this to happen.”

We welcome Jason Chaffetz to the podcast. Jason is a retired politician and now a political commentator. Some of you may have seen him many times as a contributor on the FOX News Channel. Prior to joining FOX News he was the U.S. Representative for the 3rd congressional district from 2009 until his resignation 2017. Jason shares his journey from high school, through his business career, and serving in Congress, and his role as a political analyst.

The Positive Populist Podcast Launch

Hi, I'm Steve Hilton and I'm excited to introduce my new podcast: "The Positive Populist." Every week we'll bring you a unique perspective on a personality from the Fox family and the worlds of politics, business and technology. How did they come to form the beliefs they hold today? What were the events in their life that led them to become who they are? And how do they relate to the populist movement that's sweeping America? If you're familiar with my show, The Next Revolution on the FOX...