This Week at Ricochet: The Greatest Hits Edition


From our friend, The Queen of Stuff 

We know life gets busy. Sometimes ridiculously busy. So whether you have a lot going on at work or at home, it can be hard to keep up with all the great content here at Ricochet. And that includes the posts on the Member Feed. Fear not! We’re always checking those posts out, and we’ve gathered a few for you to peruse.

This week’s picks cover a range of topics: killing in battle, free radicals, inspirational performances, and rock and roll music. We’re also sharing community news, including the winner of The Nightcap’s cocktail recipe contest!

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Top Talkers

iWe: Remember: Most People Do Not Want to Kill 

Russians and Ukrainians have a hard time dehumanizing each other, which makes killing even harder. Hence all the videos of unarmed civilians stopping tanks or dancing on Russian vehicles. 

iWe opens this short post with an eye-opening statistic about the percentage of soldiers who avoid killing. He then looks at the fighting in Ukraine, focusing on why it’s proving difficult for some people to kill each other and who might find it much easier. We appreciated not only this perspective but also the points (and questions) some of you raised in the comments section, including the statistic that changed the Army’s combat training models.

JacobHyatt: Free Radicals & Oxidative Stress 

Free Radicals sounds like a good name for a punk band but in medicine this refers to reactive oxygen species (ROS). 

First of all, we agree with JacobHyatt. Free Radicals does sound like a good name for a punk band. In this post, Jacob, a pharmacist, discusses a subject we had not thought too deeply about before. There’s some interesting stuff to learn here, from the damage oxygen radicals can cause to what reduces oxidative stress. And the last two lines (before you get to the helpful list of links) put a smile on our face. Thanks as always, Jacob, for sharing your expertise with the Ricochet community!

Susan Quinn: Inspirational, Magical Moments 

When we are in the midst of struggle, whether it is personal, or if we are watching family and friends at a loss, or the world is in chaos, it’s always a good plan to expose ourselves to a brighter world, one that demonstrates beauty, creativity and inspiration. 

Susan Quinn got our attention with that opening line. Times have been tough for many lately, and it’s nice to see some uplifting content. Here, Susan shares a few of her favorite performances, the ones that remind her of moments when time stood still and the only thing that mattered was immersing herself in what she was watching. Her picks include music, figure skating, and dancing. Need an inspirational, magical break from the chaos around you? Check out the post (if you haven’t already).

But Wait, There’s More

Vance Richards: Rock & Roll (?) Hall of Fame

So Ricochet, how do you define rock & roll? I might be among the “I can’t define it, but I know it when I hear it” crowd, but who is and isn’t rock & roll?

As you’ve likely heard, Dolly Parton declined a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination, explaining she doesn’t feel she’s earned the right to be considered. Vance Richards uses this as a jumping-off point for an intriguing musical discussion. We love posts like this, as they showcase the wide range of conversations you see in this community. Check out the comments section and share your thoughts.

Now Available for Your Viewing Pleasure: ‘No Dumb Questions’ With Victor Davis Hanson

Did you see this week’s “No Dumb Questions” webcast featuring historian, author, political commentator, and gentleman farmer Victor Davis Hanson? Or maybe you saw it but want to watch it again? Either way, it’s ready for you to enjoy! Many thanks to former National Review publisher Jack Fowler for moderating this wide-ranging discussion that started with Caesar, wound through World War II, and examined the world today, from Washington to Ukraine.

Remember: If you know folks who might enjoy these member-only webcasts, please encourage them to join Ricochet. They’ll get their first 14 days free, and you’ll get a free month if they join! Send them an invite at

Help Us Grow! Winter Membership Drive Continues

Have you referred anyone as part of our winter membership drive? If not, there’s still time to help us grow our terrific Ricochet community! As you know, we have plenty to offer to new members, including these recently added features:

  • “No Dumb Questions” webcast.
  • Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel’s live show “The Nightcap.”
  • Free memberships for college students.

We’re also adding new features (think member-only opportunities such as invites to happy hours, newsmaker interviews, and New York and Washington, D.C., parties and networking events).

Encourage your favorite people to sign up today at They’ll get 14 days of free access!

Thanks, as always, for your kind support!

Nightcap Cocktail Recipe Winner Announced

After carefully considering the entries for the best nightcap cocktail recipe, a contest created in honor of our new Callin show, “The Nightcap,” Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel picked the winner: Bryan G. Stephens. Congrats, Bryan! Your set of handcrafted cocktail glasses with “The Nightcap” logo is coming your way soon.

What’s that? You want to know what the winning recipe was, and you want the recipe itself? You’ll have to check Jon’s post for that.

Remember, The Nightcap, our freewheeling wrapup of the day’s news featuring Jon himself, airs live Mondays through Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the Callin app. Tune in and join the conversation!

Remember: Rob Long Joins Lean Right To Discuss Conservative Creatives

In just a few days, you can get the inside scoop on being a creative professional and a conservative from Ricochet Co-Founder Rob Long. Rob will discuss this topic in an online conversation with Lean Right, a community for Jews and friends of Jews who are conservatives, Republicans, right leaning, or just not super progressive.

The online event is Wednesday, March 23, from 7-8 p.m. ET/4-5 p.m. PT. Register today!

Ricochet Events

We’re hard at work creating great member-only events for you. Check out a few of them below, and visit the Ricochet Events page anytime for a quick, convenient look at what’s ahead.

Mark Your Calendars: Next ‘No Dumb Questions’ Webcast Is March 23

Don’t forget! Just in time for the Easter and Passover season, our March 23 “No Dumb Questions” webcast guest is radio talk show host Dennis Prager. Dennis also founded PragerU and authored “The Rational Bible,” which upon its first publication was the No. 1 bestselling nonfiction book in America, and the new “The Rational Passover Haggadah.”

Join Dennis and Ricochet contributor and podcast host James Lileks on Wednesday, March 23, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Remember: This is a Ricochet members-only webcast. If you know people who might enjoy it, please encourage them to join Ricochet. They’ll get their first 14 days for free (including a members-only pass to this event), and you’ll get a free month if they join! Send them an invite at

Coming Soon: Live Recording of the ‘Take Back Our Schools’ Podcast

Are you in the Reston, Virginia, area? If so, mark your calendar for March 30. Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, president of Young America’s Foundation, will join Ricochet Editor Bethany Mandel and Andrew Gutmann for a live recording of their “Take Back Our Schools” podcast. The trio will discuss the parent-led battle to restore K-12 education.

Location: 11480 Commerce Park Drive, Reston, VA, 20191.

Time and date: Event registration starts at 10:30 a.m. ET March 30. The podcast, hosted on the Ricochet network, will record from 11 a.m. to noon ET. A light lunch will follow.

If you can attend, register today! If you can’t, no worries. We’ll record the event and share it later.

Comment of the Week

The Member Feed isn’t the only thing that keeps people coming back for more at Ricochet. The comments do, too, serving as the backbone of the smart, civil conversation that makes us us. This week’s comment of the week is from Miffed White Male, pulled from Vance Richards’ post about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and what should be considered rock and roll.

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See you next week!

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