Breaking Boundaries with Brad Polumbo

Your home for dissident perspectives without softball questions or partisan tribalism.

About the show

Journalist Brad Polumbo interviews top writers, politicians, and thinkers to give you a new perspective you won't find in the mainstream liberal media or right-wing echo chambers.


  • David French: Why America Could Break Up (The Real Threat of Secession)

    January 16th, 2021  |  41 mins 38 secs
    book, david french, divided we fall, interview, podcast, the dispatch, time magazine

    Conservative author David French joins the show to discuss his new book that outlines how polarization and division could lead America to split up.

  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: Will ‘Net Neutrality’ Make a Comeback Under Joe Biden?

    January 9th, 2021  |  20 mins 31 secs
    5g, ajit pai, fcc, net neutrality, repeal, section 230

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai joins the show to discuss his infamous 2017 repeal of the internet regulation 'Net Neutrality' and whether it will make a comeback under Joe Biden.

  • Former White House Economist: Flawed COVID Stimulus Has Been 'Fiscal Insanity'

    January 6th, 2021  |  36 mins 42 secs

    Economist Vance Ginn joins the show to break down the $3 trillion+ in taxpayer money Congress has spent on "stimulus" and the shortcomings of this Big Government approach.

  • Brian Nichols: Applying Marketing 101 to Politics (To Make Liberty Win)

    January 2nd, 2021  |  38 mins 32 secs
    black lives matter, brian nichols, business, campaign, covid-19, criminal justice, donald trump, election, interview, jo jorgensen, joe biden, libertarian, libertarian party, lockdowns, marketing, messaging, party, personality, political, politics, rand paul, ron paul, sales, strategy

    Marketing specialist and podcaster Brian Nicholas joins the show to discuss Marketing & Sales 101, and how these basic principles should apply to political campaigning.

  • Zaid Jillani: Does Income Inequality Matter? (And Whether Progressive Solutions Would Work)

    December 26th, 2020  |  45 mins 40 secs
    aoc, bernie sanders, billionaires, debate, economist, economy, income inequality, journalist, podcast, socialism, wealth

    Journalist and heterodox liberal Zaid Jilani joins the show to debate whether income inequality is a problem and discuss whether the progressive solutions championed by the AOCs of the world really make sense.

  • Shoshana Weissmann: How Capitalist Reforms Can Uplift the Working Class (Without Any Socialism)

    December 19th, 2020  |  35 mins 51 secs
    capitalism, criminal justice, cronyism, deregulation, doug doucey, east virginia, florist, flower, governor, hair braiding, institute, law, lobbying, neil gorsuch, occupational licensing, progressive, r street, radiology, regulation, senator, shoshana weissmann, socialism, supreme court, unions, workers

    Shoshana Weissmann joins the show to rebut the progressive narrative and explain how free-market, pro-capitalism policy reforms can uplift the working class.

  • BONUS: Hannah Cox on Brandon Bernard & the Conservative Case Against the Federal Death Penalty Spree

    December 16th, 2020  |  33 mins 8 secs
    brandon bernard, capital punishment, conservative, crime, death penalty, debate, deterrent, doj, execution, exoneration, hannah cox, innocent, justice, money, murder, pro-life, record, republican, save, trump

    With the Dec. 10 execution of Brandon Bernard, the Trump administration is on track to execute more prisoners than any administration in 130 years. Conservative commentator Hannah Cox joins the show to discuss why she believes conservatives should oppose the death penalty and this spree of executions.

  • Glenn "Kane" Jacobs: From WWE Superstar to Republican Mayor

    December 12th, 2020  |  27 mins 36 secs
    austrian, economics, federalism, glenn, government, income tax, jacobs, kane, knox county, libertarian, local, mayor, pizza, politics, republican, ron paul, wrestling, wwe

    Knoxville County, Tennessee Mayor Glenn "Kane" Jacobs joins the show to discuss his unusual journey from being a WWE wrestling superstar to libertarian-Republican elected official.

  • Daniel Di Martino: How Socialism Destroyed My Home in Venezuela and What the Right Gets Wrong on Immigration

    December 5th, 2020  |  33 mins 43 secs
    aoc, bernie sanders, chavez, communism, conservative, countries, daniel di martino, deficits, democratic socialism, democrats, denmark, destroy, education, expatriote, food, gop, green new deal, grocery, healthcare, hugo, ilhan omar, immigrant, immigration, inflation, lines, maduro, modern monetary theory, money, nationalization, nicholas, nordic, norway, nutella, shortages, socialism, spending, squad, stephanie kelton, sweden, trump, united states, venezuela

    Venezuela expatriate turned free-market economist Daniel Di Martino joins the show to explain how socialism ruined his home country and forever altered his life trajectory.

  • Gov. Chris Sununu: America's Most Fiscally-Conservative Governor on ZERO Income Taxes and the 'New Hampshire Advantage'

    November 28th, 2020  |  46 mins 56 secs
    2020, advantage, cato institute, chris, conservative, deregulation, economy, family leave, fiscal, free market, governor, income, minimum wage, new hampshire, payroll, poverty, republican, sunnunu, tax, unemployment

    After being ranked the #1 most fiscally conservative governor in the country by the Cato Institute, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sunnunu discusses the free-market policies that have led his state to success.

  • Cliff Maloney: How Libertarians Can Actually WIN ELECTIONS (And Did in 2020)

    November 21st, 2020  |  33 mins 24 secs
    2020, afghanistan, civil liberties, cliff maloney, drug war, election, foreign policy, free markets, gop, governors, libertarian, liberty, new hampshire, party, peace, politics, rand paul, republican, ron paul, state legislature, states, taxes, win at the door, young americans for liberty

    Young Americans for Liberty President Cliff Maloney joins the show to break down YAL's massive success electing hundreds of libertarian-leaning state legislators and local officials including many victories this November. We discuss how this was largely achieved through the GOP and Rand-Paul-esque "liberty Republicans," in contrast to the ideologically purist but perennially unsuccessful approach of the Libertarian Party.

  • Grace Panetta: Breaking Down President Trump's 'Rigged Election' Voter Fraud Narrative

    November 18th, 2020  |  33 mins 10 secs

    Business Insider elections reporter Grace Panetta joins the show to break down President Trump's argument that widespread voter fraud means the 2020 election results were 'rigged' against him. We honestly engage with Republican and conservative concerns one-by-one.

  • BONUS: Grover Norquist on Election Wins for Tax Cuts, Biden's Agenda, Trump's Record & Carbon Taxes

    November 11th, 2020  |  41 mins 48 secs
    $15 minimum wage, al gore, americans for tax reform, at &t, bonus, budget, budget crisis, businesses, carbon tax, china, climate change, colorado, corporate tax, covid-19, deficit, deregulation, economy, entitlement reform, florida, global warming, grover norquist, growth, illinois, jobs, joe biden, lockdowns, national debt, nuclear power, paul ryan, payroll tax, pence, steel, stock market, tariffs, tax cuts, taxes, tea party, trade war, trump, voters, wages, walmart, workers

    In a special bonus episode, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist joins the show to recap the various state-level tax cut referendums that won big on Election Day, what Biden's tax hikes would mean for the economy, Trump's record, and the right-of-center debate over a "carbon tax" to address climate change.

  • Hannah Cox: Election Venting, Previewing Biden-Harris, and the Libertarian Party's Showing

    November 7th, 2020  |  37 mins 18 secs
    2020, 2024, biden, criminal justice, drug decriminalization, election, foreign policy, gay marriage, immigration, jo jorgensen, justin amash, kamala harris, lgbt, libertarian party, marijuana, nominee, oregon, polls, spike cohen, trump, vote, voter

    Friend of the show and libertarian-conservative political commentator Hannah Cox joins the podcast to discuss election week, what policy might look like under a Biden-Harris administration, and the Libertarian Party's disappointing results.

  • Lauren Chen: Identity Politics, Media Bias, Big Tech Censorship & Immigration

    October 31st, 2020  |  52 mins 39 secs
    2020, amy coney barrett, biden, big tech, breakfast, censorship, corporate america, culture, facebook, feminism, h1-b visa, identity politics, immigration, islam, jobs, media bias, new york post, section 230, sharia law, skilled, trump, twitter, unskilled, wages

    Conservative YouTuber and Blaze TV host Lauren Chen joins the show to discuss identity politics and media bias, plus debate how to handle Big Tech censorship and immigration.

  • Sen. Rand Paul: Voting for Amy Coney Barrett, 2020, Afghanistan & Why Mayo Sucks

    October 24th, 2020  |  30 mins 54 secs
    2020, afghanistan, amy coney barrett, biden, court-packing, dc statehood, election, first amendment, food, foreign policy, fourth amendment, gop, immigration, kentucky, libertarian, mayo, privacy, puerto rico, rand paul, second amendment, senator, supreme court, surveillance, trade, troops, trump, war

    Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky joins the show to discuss why he's voting for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, the 2020 election, why he DESPISES mayonnaise, and more.