Commonwealth National Podcast

Ben Stein: How Not to Ruin Your Life (1/24/2008)

Duration: 
1:12:49

Ben Stein, Attorney, Professor, Author, Actor

As someone who is more than just a celebrity, Ben Stein will offer his insights on the financial, political and social issues facing the world today. Mainly known for his deadpan delivery in the 1986 comedic classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and his offbeat, Emmy award-winning trivia TV show, "Win Ben Stein's Money," Stein is also an author with vast political knowledge dating back to his days as a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon.

Stein’s celebrity life includes appearances in several TV shows, including “The Wonder Years,” “Seinfeld” and “Full House.” He currently hosts VH1’s “America’s Most Smartest Model,” a lighthearted competition show that determines the smartest among a group of photogenic contestants.

Stein’s writings have mostly revolved around politics, economics and personal finance. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron’s Magazine, and The American Spectator. He is the author of more than a dozen books, with his latest entitled “The Real Stars: In Today’s America, Who Are the True Heroes?”

Stein is mainly politically conservative and an outspoken pro-life advocate. In 2003, he received the Pro-Life Award by the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund.

Stein, who was born in Washington D.C., worked as a lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission before working for Nixon, and later, President Gerald Ford. He is a Yale Law School graduate and was a professor at UC Santa Cruz and Pepperdine University.

This program was recorded live on January 24, 2008.