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Thomas Sowell: Common Sense in a Senseless World Now Streaming

Thomas Sowell: Common Sense in a Senseless World, a one-hour documentary that explores the life and work of one of our era’s greatest authors on race, history, and economics has begun streaming on Amazon Prime, YouTube, and, according to a recent press release. The film, hosted by The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley, will also be airing on public television stations nationwide in February.

“You’re about to meet one of the greatest minds of the past half-century,” said Riley. “His story is both fascinating and illuminating.”

When Sowell was a boy, his family migrated to Harlem, NY, from rural North Carolina. It was there that his intellectual hunger and lifelong love of learning was kick-started with an introduction to the Harlem Library and culminated at the esteemed Hoover Institution.

Between Harlem and Hoover, Sowell’s intellectual honesty and quest for facts took him into the Marine’s Combat Camera Corps during the Korean War, then onto Harvard, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago for his Ph.D. in economics. He has earned positions at top universities as a professor, was a popular syndicated columnist for 30 years, and has written and published 37 books.

The program features insights from Sowell, interviews with colleagues, associates, and with those he has inspired, revealing why the intensely private Thomas Sowell is considered by many to be “the smartest person in the room.”

Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell, Riley’s new biography on Sowell, will be published May 25.

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