Introducing Kite & Key

 

Admit it: you’re a nerd. Admit it, Ricochet!

No worries — me too. And during my years as a think tank executive, that was always a frustration. People who casually followed politics would ask me how to get a quick understanding of a public policy issue and … I wouldn’t know where to send them.

TV and the major newspapers increasingly focus on the political dimensions of policy fights, without telling you anything meaningful about the substantive debates. But where was I going to steer people? To one of our white papers? To a book I knew they didn’t have the time to read? I got paid to be immersed in that stuff — and I loved it. But these people had lives to lead. They wanted to be responsible, informed citizens, but didn’t have endless free time to delve deep into policy research.

For the past year, along with one of my former think tank colleagues — (we’re all friends here, so you obviously know that she did most of the work while I just drank coffee and loudly complained) — I’ve been developing a digital media company dedicated to solving that problem. We’ve created short videos on public policy accessible for everyone from the diehard wonk to the most casual observer of American politics.

It’s called Kite & Key — and it launches today with three videos: one on housing costs, one on proposals to abolish the use of cash, and one on America’s reliance on foreign sources for critical minerals. There will be another new release every week.

We hope you’ll follow along on social media (@KiteandKeyMedia on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, and YouTube) and visit us at our website, where we have bonus content unavailable anywhere else. And as a special preview, here’s our minerals video, narrated with the velvety precision you’ve to come to expect from America’s (approximately 12th) favorite former presidential speechwriter.

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  1. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    I keep getting the error “We are unable to recognize your session. Please refresh”

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  2. Troy Senik Contributor
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    I keep getting the error “We are unable to recognize your session. Please refresh”

    On which platform are you encountering this error?

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  3. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Troy Senik (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    I keep getting the error “We are unable to recognize your session. Please refresh”

    On which platform are you encountering this error?

    Chrome. I am going to try again when I get home on a different machine. It might not like my hotspot

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  4. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
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    I mean, it is not a lot, seeing as I am going to be out of a Job in less than three weeks. Nothing like GDIII and his big $$

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  5. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
    The Cloaked Gaijin
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    Mollie Hemingway did you a solid.

    I just watched one of your videos on her twitter page.

     

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  6. T.C. Member
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    any plans for an RSS feed and audio track only podcast? (I suppose each RSS feed posting could contain links both to download an mp3 of audio, and a link to the YouTube video)

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  7. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
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    Oh, by the way, that symbol between the words kite and key at the end of one of the videos looks a bit like the Runic insignia of the Schutzstaffel — doppelte Siegrune.  I remember some U.S. army soldiers in Iraq got in trouble for using something similar in a logo, and all the Lefties roasted them.

    The BBC story was entitled, “US Marine sniper unit photographed with ‘Nazi SS’ flag”.

    Theguardian.com story was entitled, “The US marines in fresh controversy over sniper team photo with Nazi SS flag”.

    The Reuters story was entitled, “Marines spared punishment for posing with Nazi-like flag”.

    The Nazi-Flag Iraq whistleblower was a veteran who teaches at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

    … I just thought you should be warned.

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  8. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Troy Senik (View Comment):
    But I’m in the market for a new hometown, so let the bidding begin!

    Along with @vicrylcontessa, @randywebster, and @conctetevol, you have persuaded me that Tennessee is the place to be.  We are still in Minnesota for now but are looking at Cookeville and Johnson City as likely new hometowns.

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  9. Randy Webster Member
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Troy Senik (View Comment):
    But I’m in the market for a new hometown, so let the bidding begin!

    Along with @ vicrylcontessa, @ randywebster, and @ conctetevol, you have persuaded me that Tennessee is the place to be. We are still in Minnesota for now but are looking at Cookeville and Johnson City as likely new hometowns.

    Dr. Bastiat lived for several years near Johnson City.

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  10. Patrick McClure Coolidge
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    Troy Senik (View Comment):

    GLDIII Temporarily Essential (View Comment):

    Troy Senik: No worries — me too. And during my years as a think tank executive,

    Troy, I see past tense here. Have you abandoned the Acela corridor life and move out of the NYC/Connecticut nexus?

    So did you go back on the farm in Tennessee seeking mask-less solitude from the irritating throngs of the not so enlightened boroughs denizens who talk fast and funny?

    Inquiring minds you know.

    Still in the greater NYC area, which I count as a moral failing. The past tense is only in reference to my think tank work. I left the Manhattan Institute in late 2019, partially to start Kite & Key, partially to write the Grover Cleveland bio I’m releasing through Simon & Schuster next year (you know: typical launch a start-up/write an obscure presidential biography mid-life crisis). But I’m in the market for a new hometown, so let the bidding begin!

    Louisville KY Troy. Bourbon, horse racing and easy access to the rest of the country.

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  11. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
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    When I saw the title of this post I thought Troy was going to announce that his wife had twins.  Best of luck with your new venture, Troy.  I will go look at it when I have time.

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