The King of Stuff rants about the latest news, from immigration fails to filibuster flops, and neo-racist drips to leadership tips. This episode has it all! And instead of adding a tune to the vaunted King of Stuff Spotify playlist, Jon pimps the brilliant BBC comedy “Toast of London” helmed by supergenius Matt Berry.

The King of Stuff talks with Lacy Cooper about the ongoing border crisis. Lacy was the border security section chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. She served 15 years as both a county and federal prosecutor targeting violent offenders, gang members, cartels, and terrorists. She is now Of Counsel with the law firm of Schmitt Schneck Even & Williams in Phoenix. Lacy wrote about the issue for USA Today and Jon wrote about it here.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. In honor of Memorial Day, Jon chooses “Remember Me” by British Sea Power.

The King of Stuff talks with Alexandra DeSanctis about the state of the pro-life movement. Alexandra is a staff writer for National Review, a visiting fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and regularly offers great reporting on issues of life and religious liberty. We discuss the continuing trials of whistleblower David Daleiden, state legislation limiting abortion, and SCOTUS finally taking on the issue.

Then, Jon talks about the suddenly respectable Wuhan lab leak theory and his travails on social media. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Alexandra recommends The Beach Boys and Jon chooses “The Boy With a Thorn In His Side” by The Smiths.

Ricochet Editors Jon Gabriel and Bethany Mandel talk about the increase in anti-semitic attacks, the challenges of naming kids, and how Jon influenced MLB pitcher Curt Schilling.

The King of Stuff talks with professional artist, writer, and icon carver Jonathan Pageau. Jonathan explores the symbolic structures that underlie our experience of the world through his popular YouTube channel and podcast, titled The Symbolic World. We chat about his long friendship with Jordan Peterson, the failure of the angry “New Atheists,” Orthodoxy, and the renewed search for meaning and structure in our culture.

You can see Jonathan’s art on his carving website, his Patreon Art page, or you can follow him on social media. His most recent viral hit was his conversation about faith with Jordan Peterson (1.5 million views and counting). And since Jonathan offers so much of his work on YouTube, this is the first time I’m uploading a video version of the King of Stuff podcast:

Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel is joined by Ricochet CEO Scott Immergut (a.k.a., Blue Yeti) to chat about the site with members. (Bethany Mandel had the night off.) How do we choose podcasts? Do we have an editorial policy? Where is Jon’s coffee mug?

With violence in Israel and provocations by Russia, China, and Iran, the world is getting crazier. The King of Stuff talks with Rebecca Heinrichs about the main global hotspots and a troubling report that Russia’s GRU might be using directed-energy weapons against US government personnel.

Rebeccah is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute specializing in US national defense policy with a focus on strategic deterrence. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics where she teaches nuclear deterrence theory. Rebeccah earned her M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College and her B.A. from Ashland University.

Ricochet editors Jon Gabriel and Bethany Mandel discuss the news of the week along with Ricochet members who joined the Zoom call. We talked about the unrest in Jerusalem, Biden’s reversal on unemployment, vaccines for ages 12 to 16, and the woke outrage at motherhood.

The King of Stuff covers Biden’s failing COVID rhetoric, the left’s love of lockdowns, the good news in Texas, and wonders what on earth Liz Cheney is up to. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon endorses “to some i’m genius” by snow ellet.

Ricochet editors Jon Gabriel and Bethany Mandel discuss the news of the week along with Ricochet members who joined the Zoom call. We talked about masks at summer camps, Texas voters’ rejection of homeless camps and critical race theory, and Joe Biden and Tim Scott’s speeches. Also… what’s the deal with Liz Cheney?

(Due to wifi issues, the video was iffy at best, so we’re only posting the audio this week.)

The King of Stuff talks with John J. Jacobson about his new novel, All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone., about a would-be cowboy who joins the French Legion and fights a death cult, Indiana Jones style. Publishers Weekly calls it a “rollicking debut … and a ride worth taking.” John and Jon talk about the book, the creative process, and conservatism in publishing. Then Jon talks about the Armenian genocide and Biden’s mixed signals on masks.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon endorses “Strawberry” by Doss.

Ricochet editors Jon Gabriel and Bethany Mandel chat with Ricochet members about the Oscars flop, New York losing seats in the House, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall, India’s Covid crisis, and, of course, wokeness in schools. Thanks to all the Ricochet members who joined us!

The verdict is in and the King of Stuff talks about Derek Chauvin’s conviction and the bizarre reaction by several progressive leaders. Maxine Waters, Joe Biden, and Minneapolis Mayor Joshua Frey tried to pressure the jury into guilty verdicts: did it work and what are the chances for appeal?

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Jon chose “Stare Into the Sun” by Shine. Also, check out his new podcast with Ricochet’s Bethany Mandel called Edit This!

Welcome to the second episode of Edit This!, the Ricochet editors podcast, hosted by Jon Gabriel and Bethany Mandel. Ricochet members Henry Racette, Sawatdeeka, and George Daelemans joined up on the chat about wokeness in private schools, threatened violence in Minnesota, and the overreaction to Covid.

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The King of Stuff is flying solo to talk about Biden and Fauci’s fumbling of the Covid messaging, the CDC “pausing” Johnson & Johnson’s vax due to a less than one-in-a-million chance of blood clots, and the riots and looting following another Minnesota police shooting.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Jon chose “Tom” by Damien Jurado. Also, check out his new podcast with Ricochet’s Bethany Mandel called Edit This!

Welcome to the first episode of Edit This!, the Ricochet editors podcast, hosted by Jon Gabriel and Bethany Mandel. On this introductory episode, Ricochet’s editors talk about the format of the new show, where we will engage with members, hear your comments, and answer questions about the site. We’ll also feature guests, review the past week and preview upcoming big stories. (Video version included below.)

The next episode will be live on Zoom, Sunday, April 18, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. All Ricochet members are welcome!

Remember when they repealed Net Neutrality and everyone died? The King of Stuff welcomes former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to chat about that 2017 hysteria and how the internet actually improved after he repealed Net Neutrality. His biggest critics warned that his action would silence online voices; today those same people are trying to silence whoever disagrees with them. Ajit served as Chairman of the FCC from 2017 to 2021 and served as an FCC commissioner since 2012.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Ajit goes with the old blues of Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Jon endorses Madison, WI, power-pop band Disq.

The King of Stuff welcomes Karol Markowicz to chat about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s troubles, Mayor Bill De Blasio’s schadenfreude, and everything New York. Karol is a Columnist at the New York Post, Contributor to Spectator USA, and a Contributing Writer at Washington Examiner Magazine.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Karol chose “Allentown” by Billy Joel and Jon chose “NYC” by Interpol.

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.

The King of Stuff welcomes Daniel Foster, Contributing Editor for National Review and writer published in The American Spectator, The American Prospect, the New York Post, and The Onion. Jon and Daniel talk about the mood in DC surrounding Covid and Capitol Hill’s security theater, belated media “corrections,” and Biden’s immigration crisis.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Daniel chose “Gigantic” by Pixies and Jon chose “Lout” by The Horrors.