The Ricochet Podcast
Episode 199: Swanning Around

Guests: Jonah Goldberg and Victor Davis Hanson
Jan 23, 2014
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There’s only one more show until the big live extravaganza (where there’ll be plenty of swanning, apparently). In this prelude to our big night in Los Angeles, we discuss the blackballing of Mike Huckabee, snow days in Washington D.C. (courtesy of guest Jonah Goldberg), umlauts vs. diaereses, and…puppies. Then, Victor Davis Hanson drops by to opine on Obama, entitlements, and whether he’ll ever run for Governor of California. He didn’t say no! 

Music from this week’s episode:

Swan Lake Ballet Suite, Op. 20 by Pyor Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Ricochet Podcast opening theme was composed and produced by James Lileks.

Nice codpiece, EJHill

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  1. EJHill

    Mr. Lileks … Are you just happy to see us?

  2. James Lileks
    C

    Apparently I am giving birth to an apple.

  3. Fredösphere

    I hereby join Jonah in denouncing the anti-diaeresis bigotry on display in today’s podcast.

    -Fredösphere

  4. DocJay

    Check out the unit on that guy.  

    James Lileks: Apparently I am giving birth to an apple. · 32 minutes ago

    Coo coo cachoo Mr. Robinson.

  5. Crow

    A package deal, I see.

  6. Meant to post this up top. Better late than never. Here’s Zoë, now hero to the coveted title of America’s Dog.

  7. Israel P.

    Hidden among your mentions of pop culture and literary references that are meaningless to people today, was James’ reference to “Israel is Palestine.” I am pleased that out podcast team knew this and do not take that for granted.

    It is truly unfortunate that it is not known today.

    Back in the 1920s-30s-40s, “Palestinian” meant “Jew.” The local Arabs considered themselves part of the wider Arab nation, or self-referenced according to the places they came here from after the Jews created a viable economy.

  8. Stephen Dawson

    How funny that one can ‘swan’ around in high society. Back in the mid-1970s when I was briefly a member of the Australian Army Reserve, our infantry tactics (still largely in thrall to the then recent Vietnam War) involved a great deal of walking through possibly ‘enemy’-held bushland. That was uniformly known as ‘swanning through the dongo’.

  9. Majestyk

    What I learned listening to the Ricochet Podcast today: A group of geese is a “gaggle,” a group of elk is a “gang” – A group of Ricochet contributors (Prager, Sajak, Lileks, Goldberg) is officially an “Embarrassment.”

  10. Joan of Ark La Tex

    Gentlemen, I have to say. The ladies of Ricochet are highly impressed by thy ….flexibility. 

  11. EJHill
    Crow’s Nest: A package deal, I see. · 33 minutes ago

    It could have a lot uglier.

  12. Crow
    EJHill: It could have a lot uglier. · 0 minutes ago

    I was sort of hoping for Lileks in full swan regalia giving a segue whilst riding a segue. 

    But this is excellent as is.

  13. Joan of Ark La Tex
    James Lileks: Apparently I am giving birth to an apple. · 2 hours ago

    That’s a long travel from the neck. 

  14. DocJay
    EJHill

    Crow’s Nest: A package deal, I see. · 33 minutes ago

    It could have a lotuglier. · 5 minutes ago

    I remember years ago when you asked me how I got so many girls and I revealed the secret of the apple in the speedos on the beach.   I should have been clearer because of how upset you were when you returned from that beach with the apple in the back.  

  15. EJHill
    Majestyk: What I learned listening to the Ricochet Podcast today: A group of swans is a “gaggle…”

    And do you know the major difference between swans in America and swans in the UK? (NO GOOGLING!)

  16. Also, here’s Rob’s tribute to legendary Paramount producer A.C. Lyles from Martini Shot, his weekly commentary on KCRW:

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  17. Majestyk
    EJHill

    Majestyk: What I learned listening to the Ricochet Podcast today: A group of swans is a “gaggle…”

    And do you know the major difference between swans in America and swans in the UK? (NO GOOGLING!) · 54 minutes ago

    Swans are the property of the Queen?

  18. Whiskey Sam

    Nice touch with Swan Lake at the end.  I still can’t hear that without immediately thinking of the 1930′s Universal horror movies that used it as an opening cue under the title cards.

  19. doc molloy

    Lileks- The larger your vocabulary the richer your cultural database is…

    Ludwig Wittgenstein — ‘The limits of your language are the limits of your world.’

  20. Basil Fawlty

    Finally.  My years of subscribing to Bryan Garner’s listserve have finally paid off.   Diaeresis has the accent on the second syllable.  You must have bedwetting on your minds.

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