Going outside? Wearing masks? Is there really a better holiday in this pandemic? Mary Katharine and Bethany hash out the reasons why they want a NORMAL halloween experience—and you should too.

Bethany and MK explore the new frontier of schooling in a pandemic. MK has taken the plunge, given up her former life as a Zoom butler, and joined Bethany’s homeschool cult, delighting no one more than Bethany. They’re on their inaugural field trip with 6 kids! Just like everything in 2020, this is fine, everything is fine.

Lyndsey has an elaborate plan… sort of. Can she visit her grandmothers? Should she? Hear Bethany Mandel and Lyndsey Fifield navigate the weird new world of road trips and social interaction and, frankly, just take some time to complain about how COMPLETELY BANANAS so much of the pandemic-theater has become (and, spoiler: Bethany lays out why she’s an antibody truther). Tuck in everyone—it’s not like you’ve got anywhere else to be.

Hello faithful Ricochet Podcast listeners. It’s us. We have another show for you. It’s a good one. We have Ricochet Editor and Twitter celebrity Bethany Mandel sitting in for Rob Long. We have the WSJ’s Jason Riley as a guest. We have political strategist to the stars, Luke Thompson as the other guest. We also discuss aliens and Ricochet member Kephalithos wins this week LPoW for the very intriguing post American Architectural Geography: Part 1, Timing. It’s a good show. You should listen. And tell your friends. Because we want more listeners.

Music from this week’s episode: Gone Till November by Wyclef Jean

We’re back after our 4th of July break (well, most of us are back — we have Ricochet Editor Bethany Mandel sitting in for the vacationing Peter Robinson) and we’ve got another super-sized episode to make up for our time off. First up, the always great Heather Mac Donald, who speaks truth to protestors like nobody else. Then, meet Shermichael Singleton, former political strategist, a former Deputy Chief of Staff at HUD, and a former member of the GOP. Shermichael tells us why he’s left the latter two organizations and it should be required listening at the RNC. Luckily for us, Shermichael is a current Ricochet podcaster and if you have not listened to the Speak-Easy podcast he co-hosts with Antonia Okafor, we highly recommend it. Also, a bit on the Harper’s free speech letter, the triumphant return of the Lileks Post of The Week, and Bethany has a new Twitter friend.

Music from this week’s show: Everything Is Broken by Bob Dylan

WWII historian Emily Zanotti teams up with homeschool mom (and lover of books) Bethany Mandel to lay out the best ways to study and learn from history—for adults and kids.

So you’re getting a puppy! Congratulations—now you’re probably overwhelmed with Google searches and check lists – what kind of food should you buy? When should you go to the dog park? Lyndsey Fifield helps Bethany Mandel prepare her family for a new addition.

Kelly Maher and Bethany Mandel are both launching really different Youtube channels—but they’re both hitting the same theme: Self-reliance. Kelly is going to document her adventures living off the land and Bethany is empowering Jewish families to educate their children at home. Listen up!

How can you protect yourself—and your family—from the mob? How can we help make our society a healthier place and finally begin to cancel “cancel culture?” Two ladybrains with a little experience dealing with online rage mobs—Bethany Mandel and Lyndsey Fifield—give their best advice and insights on how they think we can finally stop doxx mobs.

 

A lot of us are struggling these days—unable to plan the future, feeling helpless to help everyone who is suffering… how can we find peace in these times? Emily Zanotti and Bethany Mandel are serving up some great guidance and much-needed advice.

Better Help telecounseling (also a sponsor so a double-dip)
https://www.betterhelp.com/ladybrains Psychology Tools “Unhelpful Thinking” worksheet that I have on my fridge.
https://www.psychologytools.com/resource/unhelpful-thinking-styles/The “Anxiety Relieving GIF”
https://giphy.com/gifs/great-deep-anxiety-TnnNlUEmoUAms Headspace App (It’s free right now!)
https://www.headspace.com/ The “Heroic Journey,” exercises for a path to productive sanity
https://www.aheroicjourney.com/ Psychology Today, “How to Deal With Coronavirus Stress” (basically everything we talked about but in a really handy one-page article)
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sapient-nature/202004/top-ways-deal-coronavirus-stress

The coverage surrounding COVID-19 is mostly pundits, politicians, and policy wonks yelling at each other. If you want to end the lockdown, they say you want old people to die. If you want to extend the lockdown, they say you want to destroy the economy. This leaves out the rest of us: that vast majority of everyday people who want to protect our physical health along with our economic health. Teachers, nurses, small business owners, and parents from coast to coast are being ignored. And we want to give all of you a voice.

In this symposium hosted by Bethany Mandel and Jon Gabriel we hear from Ricochet members across the country (and even in South Korea!) about how their lives have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We hear from an Oklahoman living in South Korea, a pet store worker in Minnesota, a soon to be retired aerospace employee in Washington State, and we listen to stories from Georgia, Maryland, Louisiana, Arizona, and New Hampshire.

It’s usually impossible to get all the ladybrains in one place at one time—but thanks to the power of Zoom (and state mandated stay-at-home orders) all the brains were able to enjoy a fun night with a huge squad of listeners—getting to know a lot about YOU and definitely having a great time. On this week’s episode we’re bringing you along for the fun! We are definitely making this a regular event… maybe even after the pandemic passes!

You know what you need right now? A gardening AMA with Emily Zanotti and Bethany Mandel. Whether you’re someone who claims they “kill everything” or an experienced gardener with a few frustrations, you will definitely learn a lot and get some great ideas from this week’s episode. BONUS: How to use your garden to feed (and teach!) your tiny humans! But first: Emily has exciting news that Bethany predicted a year ago (and we’ve got the audio from Episode 112 to prove it — Thanks to super listener CeleneVictoria who provided the exact timestamp).

When we look back on how we handled this crisis, will we be proud of ourselves? If you’re starting to sink deeper into a spot on the couch, listen up as Mary Katharine Ham and Bethany Mandel lay out how they survive (and, frankly, thrive) in chaos—and you can too.

Elisha Krauss and Bethany Mandel share their best advice for keeping kids happy, healthy, and entertained while we’re all surviving a pandemic.

That’s it. Bethany and Lyndsey have had it with all the misinformation spreading about the Coronavirus. Buckle up for a few rants—and some much-needed facts before the ladies head off on an international trip on hopefully-empty airplanes to paradise for Mary Katharine’s wedding.

Our most requested episode ever: Veteran matchmakers Emily Zanotti and Bethany Mandel lay out the hard truths about dating—and their best advice. Listen up—but be prepared for some tough love!

It’s been three years since the ladybrains podcast started—and um… a lot has changed! Bethany Mandel and Mary Katharine Ham are here to reminisce and try to count how many kids we’ve all had since then (this was hard). We also review our bad Meghan Markle opinions (Lyndsey was right) and more. Join us for some water under the pirate ship!

Homeschool moms and homeschoolers get asked A LOT of questions about home education—what curriculum is best, what resources do parents need, will kids get a good education? You slid into our DMs with your BEST questions and homeschool mom Bethany Mandel joined homeschooler Lyndsey Fifield to tackle the biggest questions. Hopefully this episode can serve as a resource for any parents considering their options—or anyone who just needs to learn more about this growing form of education.

This is a follow-up to our episode on homeschooling with Elisha Krauss and Lyndsey from January 2019.

Lyndsey’s getting married! The night before heading off for a big wedding trip she has a slumber party with Bethany (naturally) and lays out why a wedding tour was the obvious choice—and, seriously, does she really NEED to take malaria pills?