This year, Christmas finds Ricochet’s own Dave Carter enjoying life in Florida while savoring the memories of holidays on the bayou in his home state of Louisiana. Whether it’s childhood memories with his grandparents and great grandparents at Christmas, or stories of life in uniform, life on the road, or life in retail, Dave brings you center stage where you will experience events with him.

Roman Genn, whose extraordinary art regularly graces the covers of National Review, along with the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, the Library of Congress and the White House (to name only a few), joins Dave for a conversation that spans the globe. Born in Moscow, Roman’s political cartoons achieved a level of notoriety in the Soviet Union that resulted in his needing to leave the Workers’ Paradise and move to the United States in 1991. Informed by the perspectives of one who witnessed the machinations of a totalitarian state up close and personal, Roman has some thoughts to share on the Russian invasion of Ukraine that you may find arresting to say the least.  Oh yes, and you won’t want to miss Roman’s description of Christmas in Soviet Russia.

The king welcomes Troy Senik, author of A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland. Senik pulls Cleveland out of unjust obscurity, charting his dizzying rise from obscure lawyer to president in just three years, all thanks to honesty, principle, and an indefatigable work ethic.

Troy is also co-founder of Kite & Key Media, former Vice President of Policy and Programs for the Manhattan Institute, and most importantly, former Editor-in-Chief of Ricochet.

Jon then discusses other news buzz, including the latest from Ukraine and the state of the midterms. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon recommends “Billie Toppy” by Men I Trust.

Today we cover breaking news and the hardly recognizable past. Toby Young joins at the top to to tell us about his personal experience with PayPal’s shot at free speech. Later, our old pal Troy Senik returns to give Grover Cleveland the reassessment he deserves. (Get a copy of Troy’s book here!)

Peter, James and Charlie (Rob’s sub for the day) chew over the FBI given whistleblower Kyle Seraphin’s allegations; and they have thoughts on the Biden administration’s dilemma in announcing that the pandemic is over.

Move over Calvin Coolidge: Grover Cleveland has a valid claim to being regarded as the most constitutionally faithful and fiscally frugal president since the Civil War—a case made splendidly in Troy Senik’s new biography that is being published today, A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland.

What explains this outlier of a politician, who is so unlike Democrats before him, never mind all the Democrats who came after him? Senik, perhaps better known to the podcast world as the host of “Law Talk” with John Yoo and Richard Epstein, does a masterful job of exploring this remarkable figure, how he rose from obscurity to the White House in less than four years, and how he returned to the White House for a second non-consecutive term, amidst allegations of improper personal behavior and vote fraud. (If this all sounds familiar, it should.)

But wait—there’s more! Troy is the co-founder of Kite and Key Media, and we spend the last few minutes of our conversation on how and why Kite and Key was founded, and its deliberate editorial style. Kite and Key is worth checking out and adding to your regular internet rotation, if you haven’t done so already.

Our own Troy Senik, former Presidential Speechwriter, Editor in Chief of Ricochet, and current Co-Founder and Vice President for Content at Kite and Key Media, drops by to talk about the intersection of public policy with his new endeavor at Kite & Key.  But perhaps the best facet of this conversation is, simply, two friends enjoying a conversation that ranges from various approaches to communicating timely concepts to a broad audience, to super volcanos (also known as Flaming Death Holes), the attractions and liabilities of life in the northeast, and the drudgeries of going through life as “arm candy.”

Then, Ricochet member (and writer at The Federalist) Jenna Stocker stops by to talk about life in her hometown of Minneapolis against the backdrop of riots, Derek Chauvin trial, no-go zones in a once-vibrant city, and the tendency of people and businesses to vote with their feet when a city becomes unlivable. In an show that somehow manages to touch on nearly every facet of the current political scene, we think you’ll find this episode to be an oasis of refreshing perspective.

The King of Stuff welcomes Troy Senik, co-founder and vice president for content for Kite & Key Media. Troy has been a White House speechwriter, a think tank executive, a newspaper columnist, a podcaster, and a “Jeopardy!” Champion. He is currently at work on a biography of President Grover Cleveland.