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May and June are typically busy months for me, thanks to the confluence of end-of-year volunteer work at the little Catholic school which, until the last one’s recent graduation, my younger three children attended, and the product release cycle of my largest client. During these months, pretty much everything else — the lawn, social media, folding the laundry, working out, recreational reading, my modest social life — takes a back seat to these seasonal exigencies.

However, my drive time remains unchanged, and I’m still able to fill it with podcasts. Two, in particular, seemed worth mentioning today.

Byron York’s eponymous podcast is a new one, and one I find myself downloading often for his balanced, non-sensational presentation and thoughtful commentary. His latest show, #14, on the subject of document declassification and the Trump administration’s refusal to accede to the latest Congressional demands, is a good example. In particular, I appreciated York’s clear explanation, in the latter half of his brief podcast, of why President Trump’s invocation of executive privilege is unlike (and more robust than) President Nixon’s.

Dave Sussman’s “Whiskey Politics” remains one of my favorite interview-focused podcasts, in large part because of the excellent guests Dave manages to snag. In his latest, #200, Dave interviews Bill Whittle, long my favorite video pundit. Whittle’s speculation about the positive implications of young men escaping into video games struck me as both plausible and hopeful — not entirely convincing, but worthy of consideration and interesting for what it suggests about the resilience of masculinity. Given my reflexive dislike of video game culture, Whittle’s comments have prompted me to pause and reconsider.

(Allow me a brief digression about my tastes in podcasters. There are a lot of smart podcasters on Ricochet, and a lot of entertaining ones. I am attracted both to serious people and to the thoughtfully humorous sorts, avoiding those who tend to pile on to trivial stories or lean toward the vitriolic or harshly critical. I listen to most of the majors — the flagship “Ricochet Podcast,” “Three Martini Lunch,” “The Daily Signal Podcast,” “The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson,” “The Libertarian with Richard Epstein,” and several more. I have particular respect for two men who have long been in the podcast business: Bill Whittle and Andrew Klavan. Though they’re very different men, they both strike me as deeply decent and thoughtful, and I always enjoy hearing them interviewed.

And, thinking now about my favorites, I realize that I tend to prefer men of approximately my own generation. Surprise.)

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  1. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Both are good. Good interviews. Newsy and informative.

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    • May 26, 2019, at 8:44 PM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    Henry Racette: And, thinking now about my favorites, I realize that I tend to prefer men of approximately my own generation.

    Only an old geezer knows what it is to be an old geezer. 👴

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    • May 26, 2019, at 11:43 PM PDT
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  3. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Henry Racette: And, thinking now about my favorites, I realize that I tend to prefer men of approximately my own generation.

    Only an old geezer knows what it is to be an old geezer. 👴

    Oh, I don’t think Henry is geezing yet, is he?

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    • May 27, 2019, at 3:04 PM PDT
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  4. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil Fawlty Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Henry Racette: And, thinking now about my favorites, I realize that I tend to prefer men of approximately my own generation. Surprise.)

    You don’t listen to Jennifer Rubin?

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    • May 27, 2019, at 3:44 PM PDT
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  5. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    Byron’s and Dave’s podcasts are both excellent. I eagerly await both every week. The list of podcasts has grown enormously, but very few are worth the time and effort to listen to. Those others mentioned, Three Martini Lunch, Daily Signal, Victor Davis Hanson, and Richard Epstein are certainly all worth listening to for their intelligent analysis. I subscribe to the Daily Wire specifically for Andrew Klavan’s commentary. I have enjoy Drew going back to his days on Pajamas Media when he and Bill Whittle worked together.

    Having said that, I have to say the Byron York is a brilliant reporter. I love his interviews, his insightful questions, and his valuable analysis. He is what journalism should be. Dave Sussman, though not as hard edged as York, is unafraid to ask the right questions, and I like his opinions and his choice of guests. I have never failed to find his interviews interesting and informative. He works hard at his craft, and it shows.

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    • May 27, 2019, at 4:07 PM PDT
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  6. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):

    Byron’s and Dave’s podcasts are both excellent. I eagerly await both every week. The list of podcasts has grown enormously, but very few are worth the time and effort to listen to. Those others mentioned, Three Martini Lunch, Daily Signal, Victor Davis Hanson, and Richard Epstein are certainly all worth listening to for their intelligent analysis. I subscribe to the Daily Wire specifically for Andrew Klavan’s commentary. I have enjoy Drew going back to his days on Pajamas Media when he and Bill Whittle worked together.

     

    I loved what they did on PJ Media. Bill’s essentially done the same thing on his own website, but I found I didn’t have time for Ricochet content and Bill’s. I’m frequently torn.

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    • May 27, 2019, at 4:11 PM PDT
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  7. Suspira Member

    Great. Now I want to subscribe to Whiskey Politics and York’s podcast. I already have waaaaaay too many podcasts on my phone, alternately mocking and chastising me.

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    • May 29, 2019, at 5:49 AM PDT
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