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Honest Offense features conversations with diverse and iconoclastic thinkers united by their desire for an open exchange of ideas.

Honest Offense features conversations with diverse and iconoclastic thinkers united by their desire for an open exchange of ideas.


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Honest Offense features conversations with diverse and iconoclastic thinkers united by their desire for an open exchange of ideas.




65: Matt Balaker on Comedy Legend Greg Giraldo

Matt Balaker is a comic, writer, and author of "Greg Giraldo: A Comedian's Story." Greg Giraldo was one of the great standup comics of the early 2000s. He was a regular on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Lewis Black's Root of All Evil, and the network's annual roasts. Before getting into comedy, Greg graduated from Columbia and Harvard Law School and briefly practiced corporate law in New York. Greg died of an overdose in 2010 at age 44. "Greg Giraldo: A Comedian's Story":...


64: Pamela Zembiec on Service, Loss, Remembrance, and Moving Forward

Pamela Zembiec is the author of “Selfless Beyond Service: A Story about the Husband, Son and Father Behind the Lion of Fallujah.” The book beautifully details her relationship and marriage with Marine Major Doug Zembiec. Doug was nicked-named the "Lion of Fallujah" for his heroic leadership during Operation Vigilant Resolve in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. In 2007, Doug was in Baghdad leading a unit of Iraqi forces he had helped train when he was killed by enemy fire. According to Doug's Silver...


63: Jonathan Rauch on Defending Truth

Jonathan Rauch is a Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution. He is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and author of numerous books and articles on public policy, culture, and government. In 1993, he published “Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought,” which remains one of the best philosophical defenses of free speech. Jonathan’s new book is the Constitution of Knowledge, a 21st-century follow-up to Kindly Inquisitors. In this...


62: Eric Berkowitz on Dangerous Ideas

Eric Berkowitz is a writer, lawyer, and journalist. For more than 20 years, he practiced intellectual property and business litigation law in Los Angeles. He has published widely throughout his career, and his writing has appeared in periodicals such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Economist, the Los Angeles Times, and LA Weekly. Eric's new book is “Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News,” which is a fascinating and unique...


61: Jonathan Zimmerman on Free Speech and Why You Should Give a Damn

Jonathan Zimmerman is the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is one of the foremost education historians working today. He is also the author of "Free Speech: And Why You Should Give a Damn," which features drawings by the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Signe Wilkinson. We discuss the importance of free speech in giving a voice to the powerless, Judge Learned Hand and the Spirit of Liberty, listening to people you disagree with,...


60: Joseph F. Johnston on The Decline of Nations

Joseph F. Johnston is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He practiced law in New York City and Washington, D.C., was a visiting lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School and is a member of the American Law Institute. He is also the author of the book, “The Decline of Nations, Lessons for Strengthening America at Home and In the World.” We discuss the the state of formal education, the cowardice of today's elites, the rise and fall of past empires, Joe's relationship with former...


59: Ian Rosenberg on The Fight for Free Speech

Ian Rosenberg has over twenty years of experience as a media lawyer, and has worked as legal counsel for ABC News since 2003. Ian is also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, and teaches media law at Brooklyn College. His new book is "The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases That Define Our First Amendment Freedoms." In this conversation, we discuss the Supreme Court cases Ian highlights, the colorful free-speech champions throughout American history, looking at issues objectively, the...


58: Caleb Mason on Fourth Amendment Lessons from Jay-Z

Caleb Mason is a former federal prosecutor and a current partner in the Los Angeles office of Werksman, Jackson & Quinn, where he focuses his practice on complex litigation, including criminal defense. In 2012, as a professor at Southwestern Law School, he published an article titled "Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, Verse 2: A Close Reading with Fourth Amendment Guidance for Cops and Perps" in the Saint Louis University Law Journal. The article received national attention and has been used by various...


57: Robert Corn-Revere on Defending the First Amendment in Court

Robert Corn-Revere is considered by many people to be the preeminent First Amendment lawyer in America. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Davis Wright Tremaine and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. He has argued and been involved with some of the most significant and controversial First Amendment cases of the past 30 years. We discuss how Bob was able to get a pardon for Lenny Bruce, the importance of defending speech especially when it's unpopular, and some of the...


56: Marine Veteran Matthew Bradford on Service and Sacrifice

Matthew Bradford enlisted in the Marine Corps out of high school. In September 2006, his unit was deployed to Haditha, Iraq. In January 2007, Matt was severely wounded after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device in Haditha. Matt lost his vision and both of his legs. After a long rehab, Matt was able to realize his dream of reenlisting in the Marines. Matt continues to service as an inspiration through his message of #NoLegsNoVisionNoProblem. Matt’s website:...


55: Alfred Regnery on Publishing Controversial Books

Alfred Regnery spent nearly 20 years as president and publisher of Regnery Publishing, which was founded by his father in 1947. Regnery Publishing is responsible for some of the most significant books in conservative thought, including William F. Buckley, Jr.’s “God and Man at Yale,” and Russel Kirk’s “The Conservative Mind.” During Alfred's tenure, Regnery published 23 New York Times bestsellers. Alfred currently serves as President of Republic Book Publishers. We talk about the history of...


54: Comedian Lou Perez on Freedom and Funny

Lou Perez was the Head Writer and Producer of the comedy channel We the Internet TV. He now hosts The Lou Perez Podcast in addition to producing sketch comedy, stand-up, and opinion writing. We talk about some of Lou’s sketch work, including the great "Wolverine's Claws Suck"; the personality of comedians; comedy being dangerous again; the value of intellectual curiosity; the link between libertarianism and comedy; and tech censorship. Lou Perez website: https://www.thelouperez.com/ Lou...


53: Staying Sane While Following the News

Answering some listener questions about what to do in the current culture and highlighting a few good voices in the media. –––– Support the podcast and join the Honest Offense community at https://honestoffense.locals.com​​​​ Other ways to support the podcast: https://www.ericcervone.com/contribute


52: Attorney Kellie Miller on Legal Challenges to Critical Race Theory

Kellie Miller is an attorney who currently serves as director of the SchoolHouse Rights Project, which supports civil rights litigation in defense of students’ freedom of conscience in public education. SchoolHouse Rights is currently representing high school senior William Clark in federal court. Clark alleges that his charter school violated his First Amendment rights by “repeatedly compelling his speech involving intimate matters of race, gender, sexuality and religion” during a required...


51: Reed Kuhn on MMA Analytics

Reed Kuhn is a Silicon Valley executive who moonlights as an MMA analytics expert. He has been known as the Fight Scientist, writes a weekly MMA analysis column for ESPN, and authored the book "Fightnomics: the Hidden Numbers in Mixed Martial Arts and Why There's No Such Thing as a Fair Fight." In this episode, we talk about Reed's experience with MMA analytics and gambling, the growth of MMA, and the upcoming UFC 260 and 261 cards. We also tried to figure out why I’m so bad at MMA...


50: Charles Kesler on the Crisis of the Two Constitutions

Charles Kesler is a professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute, Editor of the Claremont Review of Books, and host of Claremont’s "The American Mind" video series. His new book is “Crisis of the Two Constitutions: The Rise, Decline, and Recovery of American Greatness.” Get the book: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crisis-of-the-two-constitutions-charles-r-kesler/1132542616 Claremont Institute:...


49: The Battle for the Soul of the Internet

Why online censorship is the issue of our time, the woke takeover of the military, and celebrity apologies. –––– Support the podcast and join the Honest Offense community at https://honestoffense.locals.com​ Other ways to support the podcast: https://www.ericcervone.com/contribute


48: Former CIA Director James Woolsey on Who Really Killed Kennedy

R. James Woolsey is a lawyer and diplomat who has served as the former director of the CIA, former undersecretary of the Navy, and former ambassador to the Negotiations on Conventional Armed forces in Europe. His recent book is "Operation Dragon: Inside the Kremlin’s Secret War on America," which he co-wrote with Ion Mihai Pacepa, a Former two-star general in communist Romania and the highest-ranking defector from the Eastern Bloc. In the book, Woolsey and Pacepa detail how it was the Soviet...


47: John Lindsey on the Sexy Side of Self-Storage and Entrepreneurship

John Lindsey is the co-founder and president of the Lindsey Self Storage Group. He is also the author of the upcoming book, "The Sexy Side of Self-Storage: An Insider's Guide to a Necessary Commodity." Lindsey Self Storage Group: https://lindseyselfstoragegroup.com/ –––– Support the podcast and join the Honest Offense community at https://honestoffense.locals.com​ Other ways to support the podcast: https://www.ericcervone.com/contribute


46: Donald Rainwater on Bringing Liberty into Office

Donald Rainwater was the Libertarian Party candidate for Indiana governor in 2020. He set an Indiana Libertarian Party record by earning over 11% of the vote (in the same year that the Libertarian presidential ticket earned just 1%). He recently launched the Liberty is Essential PAC, whose goal is to elect government officials in Indiana who promote individual liberty and constitutionally limited government. Liberty is Essential PAC: https://libertyisessential.us​ –––– Support the podcast...