Shoshana is the Senior Manager of Digital Media and a Policy Fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington DC — and a dominant presence on Twitter. She focuses on occupational licensing reform and has written for The Wall Street Journal and USA Today among others. Jon and Shoshana chat about dropping government restrictions all over the place, from localities and states all the way up to DC itself. We also talk about sloths.

The intro/outro song of the week is, “License to Confuse” by Sebadoh. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Jon Gabriel flies solo to discuss the developing Coronavirus lockdowns, a Twitter spat with a Senator, the perils of modeling, and the need for skeptics during an age of monothink. The intro/outro song of the week is “Locked Down” by Swedish band Turbonegro. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Coronavirus and the reactions to it are causing a lot of stress in our daily lives. How we react to that pressure is crucial. Michele Tafoya is the Sideline Reporter for “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, following success with ESPN, ABC, and CBS. She also has become an advocate for the ancient philosophy of Stoicism and has helped spread it through the NFL. Jon asks Michele how Stoic principles help her through tough times and her perspective on the temporary shutdown of professional sports.

The intro/outro song of the week is, of course, “Stoic Resemblance” by The Helio Sequence. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Preparation for Coronavirus is essential. Panic? Not so much. Jon welcomes his old friend from the blogging trenches Jim Lakely, now the Vice President and Director of Communications of the Heartland Institute, to discuss the media’s abysmal job at covering a pandemic. Prior to joining Heartland, Lakely spent 16 years in daily-deadline journalism, covered Capitol Hill, and was a member of the White House Press Corps for The Washington Times. Follow him on Twitter!

The intro/outro song of the week is, of course, “Panic” by The Smiths. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Benjamin Weingarten has written a new book titled American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party, focusing on Minnesota’s favorite Squad member. Ben is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and Senior Contributor at The Federalist. Follow him on Twitter!

The intro/outro song of the week is “Gratitude” by the Beastie Boys. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Jon’s happy to welcome back Michael Malice, host of “YOUR WELCOME,” bête noire of Twitter, and author of both The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics and Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il. We discuss Bernie’s hostile takeover of the Democratic Party, Trump’s chances in November, and the perfidy of the mainstream media.

The intro/outro song of the week is the 1999 live version of “One Way or Another” by Blondie. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Jon opened up Facebook and Twitter for “Ask Me Anything” questions and, wow, did he get a lot. From politics to the Navy to music to God to coffee, he covers it all in his first solo effort. Keep the conversation going by asking more questions in the comments for Jon to answer.

The intro/outro song of the week is “Ask” by The Smiths, of course. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Gotta make this brief as we are very, very busy around here: Peter Robinson? Not here this week. Jon Gabriel sits in for him. It’s really cold in NYC today. We break down the dumpster fire Democratic debate. Then, author and New York Times science writer (no that’s not a typo) John Tierny on his book The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It  We’re positive you are going to like it. Then, our pal Christina Hoffs Sommers from the Femsplainers podcast stops by to talk about Harvey Weinstein, Democratic primary candidate wackiness (and woke-i-ness) and why she thinks Bernie Sanders will be the nominee. Finally, pardon us, but we have to discuss the pardons, and Jon Gabriel humblebrags about reading some really old books. Yawn.

Music from this week’s show: Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson

Jon welcomes New York-based writer and A-list Twitter follow Kate Hyde. She was the news director of American Military News and a Penn State alum. We chat about impeachment, the Democratic primary, and cheeseburgers.

The intro/outro song of the week is “Kate Is Great” by The Bouncing Souls. Jon’s song of the week is “1992” by Beliefs and our special cameo guest’s song of the week is “Julia Take Your Man Home” by Wolf Parade. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Jon welcomes the brilliant Kevin D. Williamson to discuss his latest book, The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics. He’s a roving correspondent for National Review who’s written for many other publications, including The Atlantic for a brief time. We chat about the toxic nature of social media and the intoxicating nature of outrage.

The intro/outro song of the week is “New Minority” by Jeen. And to listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Amity Shlaes is the author of Great Society: A New History, a sweeping revision of our last great period of governmental idealism, the 1960s. She is the presidential scholar at The Kings College in New York, chairs the board of trustees of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, and previously wrote bestsellers The Forgotten Man and Coolidge. (You really need to read them all!)

The intro/outro song of the week is “Amity” by Elliot Smith. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Trump greased the commander of Iran’s Quds Force and terrorist mastermind Qaseem Soleimani. Jon invites Kurt Schlichter to spike the football in the mullahs’ face, propose next steps, and ask why the media and Democrats are rooting for the bad guys. Kurt has authored several books, writes for Townhall Media, and hosts his own podcast, “Unredacted.”

The intro/outro song of the week is “The Queen Is Dead” by The Smiths. And to listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Stephen Miller returns for The Conservatarians’ annual Albums of the Year podcast. Stephen hosts his own podcast on Versus Media. and you can follow him on Twitter here. All 10 songs in our “Best of 2019” list are on Spotify.

The intro/outro song of the week is “Bells” by The Vacant Lots. And to listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

While DC dithers, the real action is happening in the states. I attended the States and Nation Policy Summit this week, a conference organized by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The smartest local and national politicians and policymakers from Florida to Alaska shared how they’re improving the lives of their constituents. Here’s the lineup:

The intro/outro and Jon’s song of the week is “Mainland” by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Comedian, author, and commentator Stephen Kruiser joins Jon to discuss impeachment, cybertrucks, and the state of comedy. Check out his new Kruiser Kabana podcast and get his latest book, Straight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage.

The intro/outro is “Alone Again Or” by Calexico. Stephen’s song of the week is “Play Me a Hank Song” by Tyler Childers; Jon’s is “Season of Mist” by Dead Horse One. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Bridget Phetasy is a stand-up comedian, writer, and host of the Walk-ins Welcome podcast you can find right here on Ricochet. She’s written for everyone from the New York Post to being the “Playboy Advisor” for that august magazine. Bridget and Jon discuss the state of comedy, the joys of recovery, and her recent appearance on Joe Rogan’s number-one-rated podcast.

Bridget’s song of the week is “Graveyard” by Devil Makes Three. The intro/outro song and Jon’s song of the week is “Grey Cell Green” by Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

We’ve dragooned (#dragoon) commentator, cigar aficionado, and raconteur Tony Katz to discuss impeachment, Bloomberg entering the race, and what Hoosiers think of Pete Buttigieg. Like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast, “Eat, Drink, Smoke.”

The intro/outro song and Jon’s song of the week is “Step On” by the Happy Mondays. Tony’s song of the week is “Grounds for Divorce” by Elbow. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

The Conservatarians make a huge announcement, share touching words, then tackle Twitter banning political ads while Facebook stands firm (for now).

The intro/outro song and Stephen’s song of the week is “Serve the People” by Handsome Furs. Jon’s song of the week is “Same Old Tricks” by Poppy Jean Crawford. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Frank J. Fleming is the author of the new novel Hellbender and writer for The Babylon Bee. Follow him on Twitter! Then Stephen and Jon chat about the growing threat of impeachment and how GOP politicians will play it.

The intro/outro song and Jon’s song of the week is “Never Been to Paris” by Capitol. Stephen’s song of the week is “You’re the Only Good Thing in My Life” by Cigarettes After Sex. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Kimberley Strassel is the author of the new book Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters Are Breaking America and a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board. Her previous book was the bestseller The Intimidation Game. Then Stephen and Jon chat about Tulsi vs. Hillary and the state of the Dem primary.

The intro/outro song and Jon’s song of the week is “Sally Go Round the Roses” by Medicine. Stephen’s song of the week is “In Your Room” by Airiel. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!