Part 1 of Open Minds with Ryan Newman covers how his upbringing in the American southwest and his less conventional career, including military service, as well as judicial clerkships, and service in both state and federal government, shaped his life and thought. What does it mean to fight for what you believe in? What grounds our rights, and are there limits to those rights? How do political leaders balance our competing interests in national crises?


  • Ryan Newman, General Counsel, Executive Office of the Governor, State of Florida
  • Alida Kass, Vice President & Director, Strategic Initiatives and Freedom of Thought Project, The Federalist Society


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