Zach Wood On Free Debate And Thought On College Campuses

Everyone claims to support free speech, but do they actually? Especially at institutions of higher learning, hearing a wide range of perspectives is not often embraced. Zach Wood, a recent graduate of Williams College, is fighting to change that. On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks to Wood about his advocacy for intellectual diversity and honest, free debate on college campuses and why he thinks higher education is not more supportive of free speech. Wood, though a progressive Democrat himself, also critiques the Left's hostility toward differing opinions. And Proft and Wood dive into their wide range of policy disagreements – from education issues to welfare and much more – in an in-depth dialogue you won't be hearing at many universities, but should be.


ATC W/ Bob Woodson: Pushing Back Against The Left To Push Communities Forward

The Left often focuses on victim culture, and pushes that message to marginalized communities. But Bob Woodson, founder and president of the Woodson Center, has spent a lifetime working to deliver a different message focused on opportunity. On this installment of Against the Current, Woodson and Dan Proft talk about Woodson’s community development work, trying to empower individuals in underperforming communities to become leaders and achieve their potential - despite the narratives the Left pushes.


Discussing Race And Identity Politics W/ Filmmaker Eli Steele

How does America's longstanding preoccupation with race and identity affect our politics? Documentarian Eli Steele's new film "How Jack Became Black" explores just that, analyzing identity politics in America while drawing from Steele's own life experiences coming from a multiracial family. On this installment of "Against the Current," Proft and Steele discuss not only Steele's acclaimed film, but how racial identity shapes political discourse, and what the detrimental effects are of trying to put people into boxes.


How To Advance The Conservative Reform Agenda In IL

Conservatives are and have been in legislative minorities in Springfield, and now even a Republican governor has turned his back on them on key issues, making reform that much harder. So, what is the way forward to pass policies to turn the country's worst-governed state around?

On this installment of "Against the Current," Dan Proft talks to three leading conservative reform lawmakers – state Reps. Peter Breen, Margo McDermed and Tom Morrison – about how to reform Springfield and the state of Illinois while being outnumbered both by Democrats and big-government types in their own party. Proft and the three legislators address the most important questions facing conservatives in Illinois, among them: How do Republicans appeal to more voters throughout the state? How critical is the Jeanne Ives vs. Bruce Rauner race? And could Mike Madigan – under fire for mishandling sexual harassment allegations – be on the cusp of losing his power? All this and more in a wide-ranging discussion on "Against the Current."


How To Rebuild IL Manufacturing

The Great Lakes' states have traditionally been America's powerhouses for manufacturing – but that's not the case anymore for Illinois. As Illinois' Midwestern neighbors prosper, Illinois manufacturing falters. On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks to Zach Mottl, a fourth-generation manufacturing business owner and manufacturing advocate, about what policies need to be put in place both in Illinois and at the federal level to boost manufacturing jobs. Mottl dispels some myths often pushed in Springfield as to why the state can't reform its workers' compensation system or lower its property taxes, and Proft and Mottl discuss U.S. trade policy and what the country can do better.


ATC W/ Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

On this edition of Against The Current, Sen. Ted Cruz sits down with Dan Proft to discuss the lessons he took away from his POTUS run, his assessment of President Trump's performance eight months in, the four policy priorities he identifies for the GOP-controlled Congress and whether free market conservatism is still where the center of gravity exists within the party. Cruz doesn't just take the positions. He makes the arguments. And he does so on this special installment of Against The Current.


Dan Proft & Stephen Moore

Dan Proft sits down with The Sultan of Supply-Side Economics, Heritage Foundation Distinguished Fellow Stephen Moore. Can the GOP extricate itself from rent-seeking corporate interests? What should a GOP POTUS with a GOP-controlled Congress accomplish by 2020? What are the policy choices that make rich states rich and poor states poor? Proft and Moore discuss these and other questions. You can catch Moore with Proft every Wednesday morning at 7:35am on Chicago's Morning Answer, AM 560 (560TheAnswer.com).

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