The Ricochet Podcast
Episode 120: Prager and The Pursuit of Happiness

Guest: Dennis Prager
May 25, 2012
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Dennis Prager stops by to discuss his new book, Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. It’s a fascinating discussion on evil, multiculturalism, liberty, and of course, classical music, art, architecture, and happiness (this is Dennis Prager, after all). Then, a discussion on happy dads, grateful VPs, and Lileks’ work habits. Personal to Ricochet member katiev: You’re the winner of this week’s Ricochet Podcast Member Post of The Week! We’ll be in touch. 

Note: a thousand apologies for the audio quality during Dennis Prager’s segment. We stopped a couple of times to try and fix it to no avail. We’ll try and do better next time. 

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  1. Indaba

    Remarkable podcast because of the excellent summary of the religion of the Left. James Lileks spoke about his daughter’s indoctrination by the school system. Dennis P. summed it all up with his comment on what gets taught – bananas versus classical music. 

    Peter’s comments on the research findings that Dads are happier than men without children but there is no difference between women who are or are not Mums made me realize that I MISSED the whole point of that posting. I thought the research was saying Dads have got happier over the past years but not mums. Should have read the link!

    That is a whole other discussion. Was I the only dumbkopf? Can we discuss this again?  

  2. Butters

    Not trying to be rude, but am I the only one who fast forwards the first five minutes of the podcast?

    I”m interested in your takes on the news of the day, not so much how your weeks went.

    I find the best podcasts are the ones that get right down to it after maybe a 30 second intro.

  3. David Guaspari

    The chat about the funding of basic research overlooked an important point about costs and incentives: you can’t patent the law of gravity or Maxwell’s equations or the Higgs boson.  Even though scientific curiosity, ambition, etc., are incentives to make basic discoveries there is, in general, no way to recoup the costs of the research in the marketplace.  That’s the case for public funding of basic (as opposed to applied) research.

  4. Guruforhire

    I remember sometime ago Dennis Prager mentioned that he had quite a stereo.  I would like to hear more about this stereo, and his thinking behind it.

  5. ParisParamus

    Mr. Lileks, thanks for the shout out (and props…) to/for Grand Arny Plaza here in Park Slope Brooklyn. It ain’t Paris, but it’s a pretty good consolation prize.  My avatar is the arch in GAP!

  6. Boymoose

    Please PLease PLEase PLEAse PLEASe PLEASE

    Improve the audio quality of this podcast!

    Ask yourself this … will a potential member join or continue to listen (even to Dennis Prager) if there is a live squirrel being chased across a desk?

    Please kill the squirrel and limit what sounds like multi-tasking.  It will be interpreted as contempt for your audience which is not true of any host or guest on this podcast.

    Thanks for your otherwise excellent work.  It is a highlight of my week.

  7. Yeah...ok.

    James, just because Obama hasn’t yet announce his high speed transporter initiative doesn’t mean that our military has fallen behind in the travel thru space race.

  8. Guruforhire

    Mr. Lileks,

    I agree with you about research.  Unfortunately, we have traded research for entitlements.  Over the past 50 years we have spent on average 1.4-1.5% on research.  We presently spend .8% on research.  If we had a budget that normalized everything to their long term averages and a capped the total at 18% of GDP, we would have to INCREASE scientific research 10 billion.

    We can accomodate everybody we just cant be stupid, and we have to make choices.  With 2.2 Trillion on entitlements, and the upper limit on the size of government at 2.6 Trillion, there is no money for research, there is barely any money for government at all.

    There is room in america for more than one opinion, but we have to share what exists.

  9. R.J. Moeller

    Despite the audio issues, this was a great episode (as always)! And thanks for the “props”, James. You’re so hip!

  10. Larry Koler

    Great interview of Dennis — thanks, guys. I’ve been a member of Pragertopia from the very first day it started and it’s so nice to hear how much you guys like Prager, too. He’s a national treasure and you guys really helped flesh out his thoughts on how great this country is.

  11. Larry Koler
    Ningrim: Not trying to be rude, but am I the only one who fast forwards the first five minutes of the podcast?

    Not me — but I’m one of the groupies, so I love hearing about what’s been going on in their lives.

  12. Larry Koler
    EJHill

    David Knights: EJ, that image is stolen from 1776 (one of my favorite movies)  Do I win a prize?  

    You win an avatar! Private message me an idea and it’s alllllll yours! · 10 hours ago

    EJ, please consider sprucing up kateivs’ (pretty) picture with an avatar or something. I mean if she would just brighten it up it would help. I know she’s too modest to ask and it’s been bugging me for a while how dark it is. 

  13. David Knights

    EJ, that image is stolen from 1776 (one of my favorite movies)  Do I win a prize?

  14. Boymoose: Please PLease PLEase PLEAse PLEASe PLEASE

    Improve the audio quality of this podcast!

    Ask yourself this … will a potential member join or continue to listen (even to Dennis Prager) if there is a live squirrel being chased across a desk?

    Please kill the squirrel and limit what sounds like multi-tasking.  It will be interpreted as contempt for your audience which is not true of any host or guest on this podcast.

    Thanks for your otherwise excellent work.  It is a highlight of my week. · 2 hours ago

    Edited 2 hours ago

    That sound of the squirrel being chased across the desk was Dennis’ minions trying to fix the audio. You win some, you lose some. For more Dennis but less echo, I recommend this edition of the podcast from last fall. 

  15. Boymoose

    Thanks Blue.

  16. EJHill
    David Knights: EJ, that image is stolen from 1776 (one of my favorite movies)  Do I win a prize?  

    You win an avatar! Private message me an idea and it’s alllllll yours!

  17. Foxfier

    Depressing… Someone uses the phrase “Judeo-Christian values” and doesn’t have the basic response of “Well, the ten commandments are a good example, heard of those?”  Dang, I know I’m a total trepenwitz, but I think I could manage that much!

  18. Foxfier

    Did some research (AKA, walked over and asked TrueBlue) and his response was to have his eyes go out of focus and basically say: “Wow… that is a HUGE category… I have no idea where to START.  Um.  Family? Not killing the victims, like with rape?”  Once I suggested the Ten Commandments as a starting point, he agreed, but the point about people not knowing where to start has some point.

  19. EJHill

    James, nice rant on the Doctrinaire. You made it sound like an appliance maker…

  20. Caroline

    Because I can’t help repeating myself….Mahler over Bruckner any day.

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