If you’ve watched Billions, you know Kelly AuCoin. He plays “Dollar” Bill Stearn, the troublemaker who is fiercely loyal to Bobby Axelrod, going so far as to risking jail time for him. Kelly also played the role of Pastor Tim on one of the all-time great television series’ The Americans. Kelly stops by to discuss the craft and art of acting, what he’s learned since his early days, how the industry has changed and how he’s happy getting to do what he loves for a living.

Jay talks with Kat Rosenfield, writer and author. Her new novel, No One Will Miss her is available for purchase on Amazon. Kat discusses her influences, how she approaches writing the novel, the day to day outlook and getting over rough patches before having a finished product.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a long, storied, and sometimes controversial history. James Gagliano, a retired FBI agent with a career that spanned more than two decades and six FBI Directors, joins the conversation to talk about the FBI. He covers its’s history, it’s mission, his experience, and how someone who wants to join the FBI can do so. He has thoughts about the FBI Directors he served under during his career — a list that includes Louis Freeh, Robert Mueller, and James Comey.

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Jason Pye, Director of Rule of Law Initiatives at the Due Process Institute joins the show to talk about the issue of civil asset forfeiture. He goes into detail about how it works on the federal and state level, which states are making reforms and the uphill battle to reform the issue at the federal level.

Due Process Institute website.

Chances are, you’ve seen Jason Seiler’s art. Publications that have featured his work include, TIME, Business Week, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Examiner Magazine, MAD magazine, GOLF magazine, KING magazine, Revolver, Guitar Player, The Village Voice, Penguin Group, Disney, and The New York Observer.

On this episode, Jason discusses his work, his influences, and the business of doing illustrations for political magazines in a highly contentious political environment.

Conspiracy theories go back for centuries. Some of the more famous conspiracy theories in the United States include the JFK assassination, the supposed fake moon landing, 9/11 was inside job, and more recently, QAnon. But what about Bigfoot? Or the Loch Ness monster? Flat earth? Are they conspiracy theories? And what of the language about conspiracy theories being “dangerous?” For example, people say QAnon is “dangerous.” But is it? If people believe something, does that make it a danger? Professor Joe Uscinski from the University of Miami answers these questions and also discusses how we as a society have become “puritanical” about truth.

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Guns in today’s society and culture are a contentious issue. Whether it’s the type of gun or the ability to purchase certain types of weapons, when it comes to the debate, it’s a lot of noise. In this episode, Shermichael Singleton, a gun enthusiast and the co-host of Guns Out TV on YouTube takes a deep dive into the issue. He talks about guns, safety, training, the law and the perception of guns and gun laws in the black community and the attitudes aren’t as clear cut as we might think.

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Anti-Semitism is the kind of bigotry that doesn’t always seem clear-cut. But it’s there and it is ugly as racism. The issue goes deep because Jewish people are sometimes defined by their religion. At other times, defined by race. And finally, defined by ethnicity. Batya Ungar-Sargon knows all about the ugliness of anti-Semitism and takes a deep dive into the issue, discussing the bigotry as well as what it means to be Jewish, how anti-Semitism impacts Israel and how politicians manage to get away with anti-Semitism in a way they couldn’t with other examples of bigotry. Batya is the Deputy Opinion Editor of Newsweek and is also the author of the book Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy.

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Have you ever thought of what it means when people talk about civility? It wouldn’t be hard to find people who think our political culture and societal culture is not very civil. Although it often gets partially defined as politeness, Teresa Bejan believes the two are not the same. A professor of politcal theory at Oxford University, Bejan draws on what she wrote in her book, Mere Civility, to discuss with Jay how she defines civility, its history and how so much of what we think is “unprecented” in society as it relates to civility — is not.

Teresa’s Oxford profile.

In the debut episode of Closer Consideration, Jay talks with Yuval Levin, the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the Editor-in-Chief of National Affairs. Yuval and Jay discuss institutions in the United States, their importance in society, why trust in them is so low and what people can do on their own to help restore faith and trust in instiutions.

Called ‘The Architect’ by former President George W. Bush, Karl Rove led Bush to victories in 2000 and the last GOP presidential win in 2004 that secured the popular and electoral vote.

Rove goes in-depth on how Texas Republicans did so well in 2020, and where the GOP needs to start winning hearts and minds again to win elections. Rove also takes aim at Steve Bannon, QAnon, Oathkeepers, and others he says have no place in the Republican Party.

Seth and Jay welcomed former White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah to the show to get some more thoughts about the events of January 6th, the “stolen election” lie, and where the GOP goes from here.

Fourteen days after the riots at the U.S. Capitol, Joe Biden took the oath of office on the same grounds that became a scene of mayhem and violence, including the deaths of five people.

Jay and Seth discuss the inauguration, what it means in U.S. political culture and the work that will come next for Biden and members of Congress. They also discuss the press’s role and how they have a reputation to live up to despite the friendlier confines of a Democratic administration.

After a hiatus, the podcast is back!

In this episode, Seth and Jay along with guest Karol Markowicz, go through 2020 and offer up some ideas about 2021.

President Trump and former Vice-President Biden held their first of three debates in Cleveland with Fox News’ Chris Wallace playing the role of moderator. It was a mess to be sure. How bad was it and what’s the state of the debates after, especially when so many Biden supporters are telling him not to bother with anymore? Seth, Park, Jay, and Grant discuss.

Also, they briefly discuss the sports playoff scene as LeBron James goes for an NBA title with his third team and the Yankees beat up on Indians making it a tough night for Cleveland all around.

Donald Trump, whether people want to admit it or not, scored a pretty big foreign policy win as Israel normalized relations with UAE and Bahrain. Seth, Park, Jay, and Grant discuss the political implications for Trump and why people are so afraid (on either side) to credit anyone, not in their party for policy success.

Also, the guys discuss the coronavirus vaccine and the effects of both Trump over-promising and some Democrats flirting with anti-vax rhetoric because they don’t like Trump and argue the wrong point (that it won’t be ready by election day instead of assuming it will and saying they don’t trust the president).

Bob Woodward’s book, Rage, comes out next week. With the release of some snippets come the revelation of Trump admitting to Woodward he played down the coronavirus to stave off a panic. Does that excuse fly? And what of the criticisms of Woodward that if he knew about all of this, why not release it sooner instead of waiting for the book to come out?

Grant, Jay, Park, and Seth discuss all of that in addition to the continued Phase 2 “reopening” of Washington D.C., the return of the NFL, and the weekly picks from the latest issue of the Washington Examiner magazine!

Back to the regularly scheduled broadcast!

On this show, Seth, Park, Grant, and Jay discuss Joe Biden’s speech addressing protest violence, how the media narrative shifted to cover the protests, and whether or not Biden’s speech is more effective for quelling violence or for his campaign.

The Republican National Convention is over, Trump made his case for a second term and the country is in the middle of shootings, riots, lootings and not to mention, a pandemic.

Did Trump make the case for a second term? And how does the violence playing out across the country factor into the campaign and who does it hurt more? Biden? Trump?

Slim topic on this podcast. Seth, Park, Grant, and Jay mostly discuss the speeches given by Kamala Harris and Joe Biden as well as what their campaign will look like coming out of the convention and if Biden will maintain his center-left posture or fall to the very online mindset.

The guys also offer up a preview of what they think Trump will talk about in his speech next week.