The King of Stuff welcomes Spencer Klavan, host of the Young Heretics podcast and Assistant Editor for The Claremont Review of Books and The American Mind. Jon and Spencer discuss why everyone should read the classics, why Western Civilization is worth saving, and the future of the academy.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Spencer’s songs of the week are “exile” by Taylor Swift and Bon Iver, and “Grow As We Go” by Ben Pratt. Jon’s are “Speigel im spiegel” by Arvo Pärt and “Watch You, Watch Me” by Suuns.

Spencer Klavan, host of “The Young Heretics” podcast, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky for a conversation focused on the philosophy of the modern left, from Nietzsche to Foucault to Darwin. Klavan also contextualizes this moment of cultural anxiety from a historical perspective and discusses how unprecedented technology is influencing our politics and culture.

What matters? Well, New York City for one. We get to that topic towards the end of this show, but prior to that we visit first with economist Kevin Warsh of the Hoover Institution. He has a lot to say about humongous stimulus packages, Congress, the role of China in this thing, and what the Fed should and shouldn’t be doing. Then, newly minted Ricochet podcaster and chip the old block Spencer Klavan stops by to explain why he’s a heretic and we’re not (at least not yet). Needless to say (but we’ll say it anyway), Young Heretics, his new podcast is a must listen. Finally, as promised — a meditation on New York City, the lockdown, why it needs to end, and why what happens there matters for the rest of the country and yes, even the world. Yes, it really is up to you, New York, New York.

Music from this week’s show: New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down by LCD Soundsystem