Ali and Weiss: Two More Podcasts Worth Trying

 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is something rare and beautiful, a truly heroic figure who has faced life-threatening adversity without flinching, and without surrendering an ounce of dignity or resolve. I recently listened to her June 3 podcast with Megyn Kelly, hosted on Ricochet, about Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, and appreciated the common sense expressed both by Ms. Ali and Ms. Kelly. As one of the few conservatives who has never heard Megyn Kelly speak, I was impressed by her thoughtfulness and intelligence — and, in particular, by her willingness to bluntly reject the absurd claims of the gender identity movement. And Ms. Ali’s is a voice I hope is never silenced; I applaud Ricochet for providing her a platform and hope she does well.

I also listened to a June 16 Podcast by Bari Weiss and her guest Martin Gurri. This podcast appears not to be hosted on Ricochet, so I found it here: Revolt of the Public. What particularly struck me about this interview was Ms. Weiss’s professionalism: she asks intelligent questions, follows up when appropriate, and comes across as a serious woman and a serious interviewer. Mr. Gurri, an ex-CIA employee who left Cuba as a child and has, as he put it, witnessed both right-wing and left-wing totalitarianism, speaks sensibly and optimistically (albeit with some caution) about America. His views on the Internet — that it is transformative and destructive — in many ways comport with my own. I found his rejection of the popular notion that America is a racist country refreshing. I’ll probably read his book, The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium.

As an aside: I have long been put off by overly confident pundits who speak as if their views were the obviously correct views. Though both are accomplished and intelligent, neither of these women conveyed that impression, and I wonder if perhaps women may tend to have an advantage over men as hosts on the kinds of podcasts I like, given what I believe is their greater willingness to admit uncertainty and convey a bit of humility. (That’s probably sexist, but I’m okay with that.)

Anyway, two good programs I’ll happily recommend.

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  1. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Henry Racette: I also listened to a June 16 Podcast by Bari Weiss and her guest Martin Gurri. This podcast appears not to be hosted on Ricochet, so I found it here: Revolt of the Public. What particularly struck me about this interview was Ms. Weiss’s professionalism: she asks intelligent questions, follows up when appropriate, and comes across as a serious woman and a serious interviewer.

    Unfortunately, honest liberal journalists are being elbowed out by even more radical, fully indoctrinated youngsters . . .

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  2. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    Thank you Henry – I will check these out!

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  3. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    Ali is interesting. It’s nice to hear a more feminine side to things.

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