Episode 36: Zach Whiting in Iowa Senate District 1

In this episode of the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, our host Shane Vander Hart talks to Zach Whiting, one of the three Republicans running to win the GOP nomination in order to challenge State Senator David Johnson (I-Ocheydan) in Iowa Senate District 1.

Episode 35: An Opinion Columnist Fired For His Views

This week on The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, our host, Shane Vander Hart, discusses the recent firing of Kevin Williamson, a prolific conservative writer, at The Atlantic over his views on abortion and capital punishment.

Episode 34: A Conversation With Congressman David Young

On The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Congressman David Young (R-Iowa) talks to Shane Vander Hart about why he voted for the Omnibus bill, President Trump’s tariff proposal, trade, and tax cuts.

Episode 33: Trail Life USA and Boys in Crisis

Boys are in crisis. On the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, our host, Shane Vander Hart, discusses this with Mark Hancock, the CEO of Trail Life USA, who explains how his ministry helps to address this crisis and the good it does for the boys it serves, as well as, the men who lead local chapters.

Episode 32: Vinnie Vernuccio Discusses Janus v. AFSCME

On the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart and Vinne Vernuccio, a senior fellow with Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, MI, discuss a current Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME, and the impact it could have on public employee unions.

Episode 31: Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act

This week on The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart discusses the Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act (SF 2383) that passed in the Iowa Senate 29 to 21 with Drew Klein, the Iowa State Director for Americans for Prosperity.

Episode 30: Reaching the Unreached for Christ

On the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Ruth Kramer, the executive producer for Mission Network News, discussed the effort to reach unreached people groups with our host Shane Vander Hart and highlighted the upcoming International Day of the Unreached on May 20th.

Episode 29: Expanding School Choice in Iowa

On the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart discusses a bill in the Iowa House that would expand school choice in Iowa with Trish Wilger of Iowa Advocates for Choice in Education and Mark Jacobs of Reaching Higher Iowa.

Episode 28: Republican Employee Fired for Op-Ed Supportive of Kim Reynolds

On the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart spoke with Anna Bergman, a Waukee City Councilwoman, who was fired as an attorney for the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) for an op-ed she wrote in The Des Moines Register supporting Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

Episode 27: The Memo Is Released!

On this episode of the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers discuss the memo released by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on how the FBI and Department of Justice obtained a FISA warrant to investigate Trump campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page.

Episode 26: Emmett McGroarty Discusses the REINS Act

On this episode of The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, host Shane Vander Hart and Emmett McGroarty, a senior fellow with American Principles Project and co-author of Deconstructing the Administrative State, discuss the REINS Act.

Episode 25: A Conversation With Cal Beisner

On this episode of The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, senior contributor Brian Myers had a conversation with Dr. E. Calvin (Cal) Beisner, founder and national spokesperson for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.

Episode 24: Tax Reform in Iowa

On this episode of The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart talks to Chris Ingstad of Iowans for Tax Relief about their 2018 legislative priorities, and discuss what Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds had to say about tax reform in her Condition of the State address.

Episode 23: Growing America’s Infrastructure

On The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart discusses America’s infrastructure challenges and what is needed for infrastructure reform with Craig Stevens with Growing America’s Infrastructure Now (GAIN).

Episode 22: Russia-U.S. Relations and the War on Terror

Shane Vander Hart discusses Russia-U.S. Relations as it relates to the War on Terror with national security and intelligence consultant Major General James A. Marks, USA, Retired.

Episode 21: Did Repealing Net Neutrality Break the Internet?

Shane Vander Hart discusses the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to repeal Net Neutrality with Dr. Roslyn Layton with the American Enterprise Institute.