The Conservatarians wrap up the Jussie Smollett hoax and the press misbehavior surrounding it, and weigh in on Trump’s emergency powers and Amazon’s departure from New York City.

The intro/outro and Stephen’s song of the week is “Boys Got to Go” by BRONCHO and Jon’s song of the week is “Vote for Me” by The Specials. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our all-new 2019 Spotify playlist!

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The Conservatarians ponder the Washington Post’s $5.2 million Super Bowl ad, Trump’s second State of the Union address, Warren’s diminishing 2020 chances, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s insane Green New Deal proposal.

Stephen’s song of the week is “Varieties of Exile” by Beirut and Jon’s song of the week is “Desire” by Josefine Öhrn & The Liberation. The outro song is “Plains” by Deerhunter. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our all-new 2019 Spotify playlist!

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Conservatarians pounce! Gov. Ralph Northam busted for blackface, Kamala Harris wants to abolish private health insurance, New York and Virginia go all in for infanticide, and Green New Dealers want to ban cars. Other than that, Dems had a pretty good week!

The intro/outro song is “Wait until Tomorrow” by Crocodiles. Stephen’s song of the week is “Dylan Thomas” by Better Oblivion Community Center and Jon’s song of the week is “Newport” by Kinski. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our all-new 2019 Spotify playlist!

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Roger Stone was arrested, reporters were laid-off, Covington kids were harassed, and Stephen was almost murdered on the mean streets of Brooklyn. The intro/outro song and Stephen’s song of the week is “Seventeen” by Sharon Van Etten. Jon’s song of the week is “Scholars” by Buke & Gase. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our all-new 2019 Spotify playlist!

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Is BuzzFeed’s story a blockbuster or a bust? Can Gillette clean up toxic masculinity? Does McDonald’s deliver to the White House? The intro/outro song and Jon’s song of the week is “Clean Up” by Pedro the Lion. Stephen’s song of the week is “Death in Midsummer” by Deerhunter. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our all-new 2019 Spotify playlist!

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Trump considers a border emergency, AM Radio keeps calling the shots in the White House, and Democrats are wondering how to control Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–Twitter). The intro/outro song is “Fake Palindromes” by Andrew Bird. Jon’s song of the week is “Swebeach” by Westkust, and Stephen’s song of the week is “Cheer Up Charley” by The Delines. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our all-new 2019 Spotify playlist!

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The wokemob drags Louis CK — then they drag Ellen DeGeneres for trying to redeem their previous target, Kevin Hart. Will we need to wait for the next generation to reclaim comedy?

The intro/outro song is “Natural” by Tanukichan. Jon’s song of the week is “Summer Nights” by Lightfoils, and Stephen’s song of the week is “Ode to a Friend” by Old Sea Brigade. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our all-new 2019 Spotify playlist!

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Jon and Stephen close out the year with our top five albums of 2018, with special guest Courtney E. Smith. Courtney is the author of Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time and reviews music for Refinery29. Before that, Courtney worked for MTV, CBS, and iHeart Radio.

We’ve created a Spotify playlist for all 15 of our picks, which you can listen to here:

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Mattis resigns, stocks plummet, Trump pulls out of Syria, and we might get both a government shutdown and a GoFundMe border wall. Jon and Stephen discuss the chaotic week in Washington.

The intro/outro song is “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” by Julian Casablancas. Jon’s song of the week is “Clear” by Nonn, and Stephen’s song of the week is “Growin’ Up” by Bruce Springsteen. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Michael Cohen gets three years in the big house. House Democrats gear up for impeachment. Mike Pence just wants to go home. Jon and Stephen discuss the busy week in Trump World.

The intro/outro song is “What Do I Get?” by The Buzzcocks (RIP, Pete Shelley). Jon’s song of the week is “Stitches” by Chorusgirl, and Stephen’s song of the week is “Hi Hello” by Johnny Marr. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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The Oscars booted Kevin Hart and USA Today dragged Heisman winner Kyler Murray for years-old tweets. Why are the intersectionality police targeting black men immediately after their greatest victories? Jon and Stephen also discuss the rumored death of The Weekly Standard.

Jon’s song of the week and the intro/outro song is “Paradiso” by FEWS. Stephen’s song of the week is “Some Birds” by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Jon and Stephen discuss the death of President George H.W. Bush and Twitter’s moves to silence their users. The intro/outro song is “The Funeral” by Band of Horses . Stephen’s song of the week is “My Beautiful Boy” by Phosphorescent and Jon’s is “Pontiac 87” by Preoccupations. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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The game Red Dead Redemption 2 is the runaway hit of the year, but it has (of course) met with political controversy. Jon and Stephen invited Leon Wolf, managing editor of The Blaze, to discuss the game, the hype, and whether the backlash will result in future problems for the industry.

The intro/outro song is “Crystal Frontier (Widescreen Version)” by Calexico. Stephen’s song of the week is “Guiding Light” by Mumford and Sons and Jon’s is “Keep on Walking” by Featherfin. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Jon and Stephen didn’t agree with Tom Nichols’ strategy of voting D in the midterms to save the GOP — so we invited him on the show! Tom Nichols is a professor at the US Naval War College and the author of the best-selling book, The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters. We also discuss the midterms and what it means for both parties as they prepare for 2020.

The intro/outro song is “Ray Purchase” by Peeping Drexels. Stephen’s song of the week is “One Trick Ponies” by Kurt Vile and Jon’s is “Narcissus” by TVAM. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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After the deadly shooting in Pittsburgh, the media again made the story all about themselves (naturally). Also, will Kyrsten Sinema really beat Martha McSally in Arizona?

The intro/outro song is “Electioneering” by Radiohead. Stephen’s song of the week is “Suspiria” by Thom Yorke and Jon’s is “Eleven Months” by Misty Coast. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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After allegedly sending crude bombs to Hillary, Obama, and many others, Cesar Sayoc Jr. of Plantation, FL was detained by the FBI. Is Trump to blame — and why did the media make it all about themselves?

The intro/outro song is “All Sparks” by Editors. Stephen’s song of the week is “Missing U” by Robyn and Jon’s is “Break the Elder” by The Declining Winter. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Elizabeth Warren falls for Trump’s troll and loses big with a genetic test showing her to be 1/1024th Native American or Peruvian or something. And the Saudis (allegedly) murder Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Should Trump punish them and, if so, how?

The intro/outro song and Jon’s song of the week is “The Celebration” by Film School. Stephen’s two songs of the week are “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas (Quiet Slang)” by Beach Slang and “New York (Piano Version)” by St. Vincent. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Jon and Stephen share their lessons learned from the Kavanaugh mess and tell Democrats why they lost — and why their party is in such a shambles. They also discuss a series of hoax “grievance studies” articles that wound up getting published in leading academic journals.

The intro/outro song is “The Light” by Virgin Tongues. Jon’s song of the week is “Leave Him Now” by Cloud Nothings. Stephen’s song of the week is “Six Feet Underground” by Virgin Tongues. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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At the 11th hour (and 58 minutes) Sen. Jeff Flake asks to wait another week for the FBI to investigate the charges against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Jon and Stephen discuss the state of play for the SCOTUS nominee and the emotional statements of the judge and his accuser.

The intro/outro song is “Teenage FBI” by Guided by Voices. Jon’s song of the week is “Elevator Teeth/On and On” by Metz. Stephen’s song of the week is “Clay Pigeons” by Blaze Foley. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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If the Democrats didn’t disgrace themselves in the Kavanaugh hearings, they certainly have over the past few days. The left has circled the wagons around Feinstein’s unsubstantiated allegations and the press is complicit. How should the GOP handle the mess?

The intro/outro song and Jon’s song of the week is “Softcore” by Tamaryn. Stephen’s song of the week is “Is It Ever Enough” by Geographer. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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