President Coolidge fending off mendicant congressmen. (By Paul Rivoche, courtesy of Coolidge House in Washington DC)
The King of Stuff chats with Amity Shlaes, author of The Great Society, Coolidge, The Forgotten Man, and editor of the new Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge. She serves as chair of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and talks about his unique inauguration, his executive style, and what Joe Biden could learn from him. Then Jon talks about the end of the Trump era and the beginning of (shudder) the Biden Era.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. This week Jon offers “Ritchie Sacramento” by Mogwai.

The King of Stuff suffers déjà vu as the House of Representatives impeaches President Trump again. Jon takes on Pelosi’s gambit, McConnell’s refusal, and Big Tech’s cancel campaign. Oh, and shortwave radio. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guests. This week, Jon selects “Carousels” by Doves.

The King of Stuff conquers this crazy week, from the Georgia runoff disaster, the Capitol Hill riot, Biden’s divisive rhetoric, and the need for Americans to detach from DC. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. This week Jon selects “My Recliner” by Starflyer 59.

The King of Stuff flies solo to ring out the old year and ring in the new. Jon chats about New Year’s rituals, bad architecture, politics infecting religion, and COVID infecting churches. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. This week Jon selects “Can’t Go Wrong Without You” by His Name Is Alive.

The King of Stuff welcomes Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, an Orthodox priest, author, and podcaster extraordinaire. Until recently, Fr. Andrew served as the pastor of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA, and is now the Chief Content Officer of Ancient Faith Ministries.

Jon and Fr. Andrew chat about the real St. Nicholas, the “enchantment” of the ancient world, and everything you wanted to know about the Orthodox Church. His current podcasts are The Areopagus, Amon Sûl, Orthodox Engagement, and The Lord of Spirits. You can find his blog here and his books here.

The King of Stuff welcomes Tevi Troy, author of Fight House: Rivalries in the White House, from Truman to Trump. Ricochet’s own Peter Robinson said the book “presents such a vivid and accurate portrait of the strife, sniping, backbiting, leaking, and intrigue in the Reagan White House that I found it perfectly excruciating to read. I mean that as a compliment. Deeply researched, briskly written, and full of judicious, useful lessons, Fight House is just a marvelous book.”

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. This week Jon offers one of the oddest oddities ever, “Doctorin’ the Tardis” by The Timelords.

The King of Stuff flies solo this episode to discuss weed, taxes, voter fraud, propositions, the media vacation and COVID hypocrites.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. This week Jon has two: “Hide” by Deserta and “Cowards Starve” by Protomartyr.

The King of Stuff welcomes Jim Geraghty, senior political correspondent for National Review, host of the “Three Martini Lunch” podcast, and author of the new thriller Hunting Four Horsemen. Jon and Jim chat about the death of polling, the success of down-ticket Republicans, and writing fiction.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Jim’s been listening to Vince Guaraldi and Jon’s stuck on early New Order. Again.

The King of Stuff welcomes Matt Welch, editor-at-large for Reason.com and co-host of The Fifth Column podcast. Jon and Matt chat about the rise of political independents, the negative polarization of modern parties, and celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Velvet Revolution!

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Being International Teenage Fanclub Month, Matt chose the Scottish band’s album Songs from Northern Britain and Jon chose Bandwagonesque.

The King of Stuff interviews Jon Gabriel. Feared by men and adored by women, Jon is an expert on Sharpies, Rattlesnakes, and all things Arizona Politics. He also discusses the state of the election counts around the country, previews a possible Biden/Harris presidency, and outlines GOP pickups in the 2022 midterms.

The King of Stuff welcomes Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative, and formerly of the New York Post and National Review. He has authored several books including the best-selling The Benedict Option and How Dante Can Save Your Life. His new book is titled Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents.

For years, émigrés from the former Soviet bloc have been telling Rod they see telltale signs of “soft” totalitarianism cropping up in America–something more Brave New World than Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn famously said that one of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming totalitarianism can’t happen in their country. Many American Christians are making that mistake today, sleepwalking through the erosion of our freedoms. Live Not By Lies will wake them and equip them for the long resistance.

In this supersized episode, Jon talks to Charles R. Kesler and Becket Adams.

Prof. Kesler has released a new documentary on FoxNation called “Right Makes Might: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates.” He teaches Government at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University, and is the editor of the Claremont Review of Books.

The King of Stuff welcomes Gabriella Hoffman, media strategist, consultant, award-winning outdoor writer, and host of the weekly “District of Conservation” podcast. Jon and Gabby discuss the difference between conservation and preservation, the wildfire and energy mess on the West Coast, and Trump’s successes at the EPA.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Gabriella’s song of the week is “Waiting for Lightning” by The National Parks, and Jon’s is “Kings and Queens” by The Ocean Blue.

The King of Stuff welcomes Erielle Davidson, a senior policy analyst at the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) following the historic peace deals between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. She is an alumna of both the Hoover Institution and Claremont Institute, and has written for The Federalist, Washington Examiner, and The National Interest.

Jon and Erielle discuss the success of the Abraham Accords, the failures of the Iran Deal, and the absence of press coverage on both.

The King of Stuff welcomes Inez Feltscher Stepman, senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum and senior contributor to The Federalist. Jon and Inez discuss universities in the age of COVID, the perils of college funding, and why the wokeness gravy train might be coming to an end.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Inez’s song of the week is “So Long, Marianne” by Leonard Cohen, and Jon’s is “Seasons of Mist” by Dead Horse One.

The King of Stuff welcomes Evan Sayet, author of the new book The Woke Supremacy: An Anti-Socialist Manifesto. Evan Sayet spent years comedy writing for late-night talk shows but later went viral with a speech on how the left thinks. Jon and Evan discuss “Democratic Socialism” vs. regular old Socialism, globalism vs. nationalism, and why west-coast conservatives are more bare-knuckled than their east-coast peers.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Evan’s song of the week is “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen, and Jon’s is “Downfall” by Resplandor.

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.

The King of Stuff welcomes Jason Bedrick, the Director of Policy for EdChoice. Jason just wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal on teachers’ unions fighting against reopening K-12 schools and parents’ understandable frustration. Jon and Jason discuss the damage of not re-opening, districts charging for daycare, and the Tocquevillian rise of microschools and “pandemic pods.”

Previously, Bedrick was a policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, served as a legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and was an education policy research fellow at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.

Let’s face it: our chances of surviving this year aren’t great. So former co-host Stephen Miller returns early for our annual Best 5 Albums list! Stephen is a contributor to Spectator USA, hosts the Versus Media podcast, and follow him on Twitter.

All the songs featured on this episode are included on a special Spotify playlist.

The King of Stuff welcomes Kmele Foster, host of The Fifth Column podcast and Lead Producer of Freethink Media. Jon and Kmele discuss Kanye’s chances in 2020, Jo Jorgenson’s tweet heard ’round the libertarian world, and race in the current moment.

Subscribe to our brand-new Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Kmele’s song of the week is “Symphony” by Marvin Gaye and Jon’s is “The Gut” by Homeboy Sandman and Edan.