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5-Minute Videos are the flagship viral product that put PragerU on the map. They take the best ideas from the best minds and distill them into five focused minutes. Listen to hundreds of 5-Minute Videos to get reliable, truthful information about politics, economics, history, and America. These educational, entertaining videos, which are Judeo-Christian at their core and promote the values of liberty, economic freedom, and limited government, have been changing the hearts and minds of millions of young people for over a decade.

569 Episodes

The Good News about Climate Change

Is climate change an existential crisis? Judith Curry, former Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has spent her career studying this question. Her answer might surprise you. Take the pledge to stop climate misinformation and get the facts with a free PDF e-book of scripts from our climate videos.

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

America Must Be Colorblind

Should we judge people by the color of their skin or by their actions? The answer to this question was once obvious. Not anymore. Andre Archie, professor of philosophy at Colorado State University, explains why.

Transcribed - Published: 8 April 2024

Woodrow Wilson: World War I and the League of Nations

In his first term as president, Woodrow Wilson sought to transform America. In his second term, he sought to transform the world. RJ Pestritto, professor of politics at Hillsdale College, describes how this once-obscure academic became one of America’s most influential presidents.

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

Woodrow Wilson: The Founder of Big Government

As America’s 28th president, Woodrow Wilson greatly expanded the size and scope of the federal government. How did he do it, and why? RJ Pestritto, professor of politics at Hillsdale College, answers this important question.

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

Do We Have Health Care or Sick Care?

Science journalist and nutrition author Max Lugavere knows how to fix our badly broken healthcare system. His plan is simple and practical. He elaborates in this eye-opening video.

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2024

Arabs and Israelis: Finding Common Ground

Growing up in Bahrain, Fatema Al Harbi was taught that Jews hated her because she’s Muslim, and in turn, she should hate them because they’re Jews. What changed her mind?

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

Should America Defend Taiwan?

If China were to invade Taiwan—an island democracy in the South China Sea—would it be in America’s national interest to defend it? China scholar Helen Raleigh weighs in on this critically important question.

Transcribed - Published: 11 March 2024

A Moral Case for Capitalism

What is the only economic system that values freedom, lifts people out of poverty, disdains distinctions of race and creed, and draws us into productive networks of mutual dependency? Hint: it’s not a system of ever-increasing government control.

Transcribed - Published: 4 March 2024

What's Wrong with Censorship?

No one has a monopoly on truth. That’s why we need open, uncensored discussion and debate. Why, then, are the government and Big Tech platforms suppressing what we can read, see, and hear? Philip Hamburger, Professor of Law at Columbia University, sheds light on this alarming trend.

Transcribed - Published: 26 February 2024

William McKinley: The Man Who Could’ve Been on Rushmore

As much as anyone, William McKinley laid the foundation for US dominance in the 20th century. Why, then, is America’s 25th president given such little credit for his accomplishments? Jason R. Edwards, professor of history at Grove City College, sets the record straight.

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

Theodore Roosevelt: City Slicker to Cowboy President

Was there ever a more bold and brash character to occupy the White House than Theodore Roosevelt? Wilfred McClay, professor of history at Hillsdale College, tells the story of how this politician, cowboy, and war hero came to capture the American imagination.

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

Theodore Roosevelt: The Action Hero President

The time had come for America to take its place among the great nations of the world. There was no better man to lead this charge than Theodore Roosevelt. Wilfred McClay, professor of history at Hillsdale College, chronicles the complex career of America’s 26th president.

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

William Howard Taft: The Really Big President

William Howard Taft served as both the President of the United States and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court — the only man to ever do so. Richard Lim, host of the This American President podcast, recounts the unique career of America’s 27th president.

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

The Beginning of Wisdom

You need wisdom to navigate the challenges and complexities of life. But how do you get it? Owen Anderson, professor of philosophy at Arizona State University, suggests the perfect place to start.

Transcribed - Published: 12 February 2024

The Real Victims of Affirmative Action

After being valedictorian of his high school class and the winner of merit scholarships, Xaviaer DuRousseau was accepted to a top university. But all it took was one comment from a fellow student about affirmative action to make him doubt his real worth.

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2024

Benjamin Harrison: One Term Wonder

How could one president accomplish so much in such a short amount of time and not be reelected to a second term? Louis Picone, author of The President Is Dead!, explains the brief yet impactful presidency of Benjamin Harrison.

Transcribed - Published: 29 January 2024

Grover Cleveland: The 22nd and 24th President

Can a president who lost reelection return to the White House for a nonconsecutive term? One man did just that. Wilfred McClay, professor of history at Hillsdale College, shares the remarkable life and career of Grover Cleveland.

Transcribed - Published: 29 January 2024

Chester Alan Arthur: The President Who Didn't Want to Be President

Chester Alan Arthur loved being vice president: parties galore, and no responsibilities. But after the death of James Garfield, Arthur had to face the music. How did he react? Daily Wire Host Michael Knowles tells Arthur’s unique story.

Transcribed - Published: 29 January 2024

James A. Garfield: The Great President Who Never Was

James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, had all the makings of a great president. So why didn’t he become one? Louis Picone, author of The President Is Dead!, answers this tragic question.

Transcribed - Published: 29 January 2024

What Was the Holocaust?

During WWII, the Nazi regime, headed by Adolf Hitler, set out to exterminate every living Jew. They murdered 6 million. Why did they do it? How did they do it? And why do so many young people know so little about it?

Transcribed - Published: 22 January 2024

Why the Gilded Age Was Golden

The years 1880 to 1900—coined the Gilded Age—was a period of tremendous growth for American industry and technology. Many also criticize it as a time of greed, corruption, and exploitation of the lower and middle classes by the wealthy. Are we living in a second Gilded Age? Renowned historian Amity Shlaes answers this important question. This video was made possible through a generous donation from the Robert W. Plaster Foundation.

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

Wife, Mother, Extremist

Peachy Keenan, formerly a writer at a major entertainment company, now calls herself a domestic extremist. What does she mean by that? She makes the case that you should consider becoming one too.

Transcribed - Published: 1 January 2024

A World without Fossil Fuels

Environmentalists advocate for a world without fossil fuels. But what would the real-life consequences be? Would it even be a world you would want to live in?

Transcribed - Published: 18 December 2023

Big Business & Big Brother

We are on the brink of the biggest merger in history. If we don’t stop it, our constitutional rights could become a relic of the past. Philip Hamburger, Professor of Law at Columbia University and CEO of the New Civil Liberties Alliance, explains.

Transcribed - Published: 11 December 2023

What's Wrong with Marijuana?

Millions of Americans believe marijuana relieves pain, reduces anxiety, improves your mood, and has no side effects. Are they right? Dr. Drew Pinsky, physician, addiction medicine specialist, and media personality, answers this question.

Transcribed - Published: 4 December 2023

Rutherford B. Hayes: The Most Disputed President

The election of Rutherford B. Hayes remains the single most disputed presidential outcome in American history—even more than the elections of the 21st century. What happened, and what were the consequences?

Transcribed - Published: 27 November 2023

Did Europe Destroy Native American Culture?

It is undeniable that Native Americans suffered terribly after the arrival of European settlers, but was this the result of malice or tragic inevitability? Jeff Fynn-Paul, professor of economic and social history at Leiden University and author of Not Stolen: The Truth About European Colonialism in the New World, explores what happened when the Old World met the New.

Transcribed - Published: 20 November 2023

Your Parents Don't Deserve This

The Bible never commands us to love our parents, but it does command us to honor them. So, why have so many adult children decided to hurt their parents in one of the worst ways possible? This video was made possible through a generous donation from Dale and Nicole Judkins.

Transcribed - Published: 13 November 2023

Ulysses S. Grant: The General Who Saved the Union

No American led a more eventful life than Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States and the Union Army's most celebrated general. Civil War historian Garry Adelman tells Grant’s amazing story.

Transcribed - Published: 30 October 2023

NewsGuard: Fact-Checkers with Too Much Power

Have you heard of NewsGuard? Its mission is to “counter misinformation on behalf of readers, brands, and democracies.” In other words, it “guards” the news by telling you what you can and cannot trust. Of course, this begs the question: can you trust NewGuard?

Transcribed - Published: 23 October 2023

Zionism: Why All the Controversy?

What is Zionism? And why does it generate so much controversy, even hatred? CJ Pearson explains the history and philosophy of this ancient promise.

Transcribed - Published: 11 October 2023

Title IX: When a Good Law Turns Bad

Title IX was put in place in the early 1970s to promote opportunities for women. Is this still the case? Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos answers this question.

Transcribed - Published: 9 October 2023

Why Immigrants Should Love Columbus Day

As Columbus Day dies a slow, woke death, it might be a good idea to consider how this national holiday came about in the first place. The answer will surprise you.

Transcribed - Published: 2 October 2023

Andrew Johnson: The President Who Wasn’t Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated. To take the reins of power at this tumultuous moment required a man of compassion, discernment, and discipline. Was Lincoln’s vice president, Andrew Johnson, that man? Allen Guelzo of Princeton University has the answer.

Transcribed - Published: 24 September 2023

Sex Is Binary

Are sex categories—male and female—real, immutable, and binary? Or are they “social constructs”? Colin Wright, Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has the answer. This video was made possible by a generous donation from Joseph U. Oswald.

Transcribed - Published: 18 September 2023

Abraham Lincoln: The President We Needed

When Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States, he did not believe the country would soon be embroiled in a costly and bloody civil war. Allen Guelzo, author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, explains why Lincoln’s steely resolve and moral leadership were exactly what the country needed during its darkest days.

Transcribed - Published: 5 September 2023

Young Abe: From Log Cabin to White House

Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in the middle of nowhere. He had almost no formal schooling but rose to become the 16th President of the United States. Allen Guelzo, author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, shares the remarkable journey of this remarkable man.

Transcribed - Published: 5 September 2023

Who Wouldn't Want Universal Basic Income?

If the government gave people enough money to take care of their basic needs, could we eliminate poverty? Proponents of Universal Basic Income think so. Are they right? Would it really be that simple? Aldo Buttazzoni lays out the pros and cons of UBI.

Transcribed - Published: 28 August 2023

The Best Time to Be Alive

Are you worried about your future? Turn on the TV or scroll through social media and it’s hard not to be. But is there a brighter side to the story? Marian Tupy, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and co-author of Superabundance, explains why it’s a great time to be alive.

Transcribed - Published: 21 August 2023

Want a Full Life? Prepare for Pain.

Upon the passing of his beloved bulldog Otto, Dennis Prager reflects on the special bond between people and their dogs. What role should dogs play in our lives? And more importantly, what can we learn from this relationship?

Transcribed - Published: 15 August 2023

Don't Panic: Lessons from the Lost Ring

Reason, logic, and thinking through problems can get you out of almost any sticky situation. Gad Saad, Professor of Marketing at Concordia University, popular podcaster, and author of The Saad Truth About Happiness, demonstrates how to hold on to hope and never give up, even when things look bleak.

Transcribed - Published: 7 August 2023

James Buchanan: A Legacy of Failure

When James Buchanan—America’s 15th president—took office, the country was ready to explode over the issue of slavery. Buchanan thought he could avert civil war. Instead, his every action (and inaction) made it inevitable.

Transcribed - Published: 31 July 2023

How Dangerous Is Nuclear Waste?

Even environmentalists concede that nuclear power is a clean source of abundant, reliable energy. But they stop short of supporting it. Why? Because of the “waste problem.” But how real are their concerns? James Meigs, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, answers this question.

Transcribed - Published: 24 July 2023

Are We Living on Stolen Land?

Are Americans living on stolen land acquired by nefarious means? Jeff Fynn-Paul, professor of economic and social history at Leiden University and author of Not Stolen: The Truth About European Colonialism in the New World, dispels this misleading and destructive myth.

Transcribed - Published: 17 July 2023

Israel: Who Are the Indigenous People?

The Land of Israel has changed hands many times over the centuries. But it has always been the homeland of one particular people. Noa Tishby, author of Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth, explains.

Transcribed - Published: 10 July 2023

Franklin Pierce: A Torn President in a Torn Country

Franklin Pierce, America’s 14th President, had two simple goals: keep his party together and keep his country calm through the storm of the slavery debate. Simple, but not easy. Joseph Fornieri, Professor of Political Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, explains how Pierce’s leadership (or lack thereof) pushed America toward civil war.

Transcribed - Published: 26 June 2023

Russian Collusion and the Death of Journalism

We used to trust the mainstream media. They reported the facts and let us make our own decisions about the issues of the day. But that’s no longer the case. What changed and why? Investigative Journalist Ashley Rindsberg has the disturbing answers.

Transcribed - Published: 20 June 2023

This Way to Happiness

Happiness is more than a feeling or a state of mind. There are real, practical steps you can take to get on the path to a happier life—one with lasting contentment and fewer regrets. Gad Saad, a professor of marketing at Concordia Univ., popular podcaster, and author of The Saad Truth About Happiness, shares seven ways to maximize your happiness.

Transcribed - Published: 12 June 2023

Want a Revolution? Start a Business.

Is social activism the only way to improve the situation for minorities in America? Alfredo Ortiz, the son of Mexican immigrants and the CEO of Job Creators Network, has a different take.

Transcribed - Published: 5 June 2023

Millard Fillmore: The Last Whig President

Is Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States, the least significant of all the commanders in chief? Or the most underestimated? Jared Cohen, author of Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America, has the answer.

Transcribed - Published: 29 May 2023

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