Summer’s here and that means vacations and that means….guest hosts! Today, Peter Robinson teams up with our podcasting colleagues at The Weekly Standard, Steve Hayes and Fred Barnes. They talk about Georgia’s 6th district race, and of course the new health care bill now in front of the Senate. On the topic, we call on the most knowledgeable person we know on health care law, Avik Roy. Also, Trump vs. Comey and the not so special special counsel.

Music from this week’s podcast: Complicated Avril Lavigne

From Steve Kerr to Bart Giamatti to class snobbery – NTK meanders this week. What the hosts are reading, watching, and thinking about on these long summer days.

Music: Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IV. Air con Variazioni “The Harmonious Blacksmith”

The LadyBrains from our pregnant moms episode regroup to welcome Kelly to the mom club. We talk birth, pregnancy highlights and low-lights and adjusting to the judgmental world of parenting.

Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) and Stephen Miller (aka @RedSteeze) welcome Tom Shillue to discuss his new book, Mean Dads for a Better America: The Generous Rewards of an Old-Fashioned Childhood. Tom is a Fox News contributor and hosted the late, great “Red Eye.” He’s also a popular stand-up comedian, tours with Jim Gaffigan, and regularly sings on Jimmy Fallon, barbershop quartet-style. Jon and Steve also discuss the big freedom-of-speech win in SCOTUS for synth-pop band The Slants, and the utter lameness of shouting down Shakespeare.

The intro song is “Fight Back” by The Slants. Jon’s song of the week is “Ghost Stories” by Dave Catching & Secret Secrets, and Stephen’s is “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” by Fleet Foxes. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist. You also should subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes!

Kelly, Emily, and Lyndsey debate Air Conditioning (yes, really) and break down the woo-woo GOOP Wellness Summit.

Another busy week with much to talk about and to help out we’ve got (along with @jongabriel sitting in for Rob Long) the great Yuval Levin and Adam Carolla. Yuval schools us on the rumors that the President will fire Robert Mueller and the black box that is the Congressional Budget Office, and Adam stops by to talk about his upcoming film the Dennis Prager (they’re raising money to underwrite it — donate here). Also, 30 years ago this week, Peter Robinson jotted down a few words for Ronald Reagan. We get some of the backstory in this very podcast. You don’t want to miss that.

Music from this week’s podcast: Psycho Killer by The Talking Heads

Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) and Stephen Miller (aka @RedSteeze) talk about the latest incident of leftist violence — the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and the GOP congressional baseball practice. Since the gunman was a Bernie Sanders volunteer and ardent Trump hater, progressives and the press insist that their lurid anti-Republican rhetoric shares none of the blame. This is quite a turn of events from their response to apolitical attacks on Democrats, such as Gabby Giffords in Tucson.

The intro song is “Red Flag” by The Moth & The Flame. Jon’s song of the week is “Sympathy for the Auto Industry” by HeCTA, and Stephen’s is “Remain” by Jay Som. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist. You also should subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes!

Prayers for Rep. Steve Scalise. Jay and Mona speak of the divisions in the country and whether this moment may lead to healing.

Mona reports from her home state’s primary, and Jay considers what U.S. policy in Egypt means for human rights.

As Jay says, John O’Sullivan is one of the most eminent political journalists in the English-speaking world. He is British — a Liverpudlian, and an exact contemporary of the Beatles — but he has lived all over and worked all over. In this “Q&A,” he joins Jay from his home in Budapest.

He talks about the British election. And Brexit. And the EU. And NATO. And immigration/assimilation. And other critical issues of our time. He also answers such questions as, “How did you acquire your views?”

With increasingly populist figures gaining traction across the world (even winning or nearly winning major elections), it seems as if the values of western liberalism are on the decline. But are these leaders and their policies the direct cause of populism, or rather a manifestation of years of brewing anxiety? Here to discuss this and his recent book, “The Retreat of Western Liberalism,” is Financial Times columnist and commentator Edward Luce.

We’ve got a new, piping hot GLoP served up with generous helpings of Julius Caesar, the best movies of the 21st century, why TV shows need to be good from the start, songs from the ’70s, silly sounding British towns, and more. Listen and laugh. We did.

Presidents are defined by rhetorical moments: Reagan and Kennedy at the Berlin Wall; George W. Bush rallying the nation after the 9/11 attacks. And Donald Trump? So far his presidency hasn’t been one of major addresses. Hoover fellow Peter Robinson, author of Reagan’s famous speech at the Brandenberg Gate, discusses the art of presidential wordsmithery in this age of shock tweets and nonstop news cycles.

In the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, Abe Greenwald and I survey the wreckage of Theresa May and point out that her disastrous showing represents the fourth major election in a year in which publics have rejected the idea that political professionalism is something to be sought in a leader. Why? They’ve forgotten, or have never learned, what the world was like until the fall of the Berlin Wall. Give a listen.

Stephen Miller (aka @RedSteeze) bought a ticket to Wonder Woman and the internet lost its collective mind. Alamo Drafthouse intended the viewing to be women-only … until Stephen decided to join them. The Conservatarians co-host returns from vacation to talk about his trip to the movies, the international media coverage it garnered, and the people on the right and left who tried to co-opt it.

Jon’s song of the week is “Lawman” by Girl Band, and Stephen’s is “Apocalypse” by Cigarettes After Sex. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist. You also should subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes!

Long Parkcasting

We’re all over the globe physically and all over the map topically this week as we cover the British elections with our guests Toby Young from The Spectator (read his take on the election here) and we’ve got the great Andrew McCarthy on Comey, the NSA, and Trump’s legal conundrums. Also, Rob is in a park in London. Yes, in a park. Now, that’s devotion.

It’s Comeypalooza on this installment of Law Talk, as Richard Epstein and John Yoo react to the former FBI director’s congressional testimony. We won’t give it away here, but the professors’ diagnosis is sure to surprise you. Then: Was Robert Mueller’s appointment as independent counsel necessary?; a disagreement on the proper use of the impeachment power; Which cabinet secretary should be packing his bags?; Understanding the 25th Amendment; and the legal and political implications of withdrawing from the Paris agreement on climate change. All that, plus Yoo in the south of France, Epstein in Chicago, and Senik ties the knot.

Jay is away this week. Charlie Sykes and Peter Wehner join Mona to evaluate the impact of the Comey hearings and discuss the broader questions facing conservatives in the age of Trump.

Music: Brahms. Variations on a theme by Paganini

In the last of this week’s Commentary podcasts, the gang (John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman) break down former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress: The headlines that are bad for Trump, the headlines that are good for Trump, and the revelations that will ultimately haunt the country. On that note, the hosts ruminate on the prospect of America’s norms prohibiting the corruption of federal public officials are gone forever. If they are, how can the country survive as we know it? Cheery stuff! Give a listen.

Richard Brookhiser is a journalist and historian — the author of many books about the Founders. His latest book is Founders’ Son, about Abraham Lincoln and his relation to the founding generation.

Brookhiser is also Jay’s fellow senior editor at National Review — and, in this podcast, they cover a lot of ground.

In this AEI Events Podcast, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) joins AEI President Arthur C. Brooks to discuss his book, The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis – and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance. Senator Sasse argues that debates about millennials miss the point. Millennials are different than different generations, but the problem is much more serious than many think. Their factory-style education has prevented them from learning the key inputs of being a good citizen: self-sufficiency, independence, and humility.

Sen. Sasse and Dr. Brooks agreed that too many high school graduates think they have to go to college. Sasse hypothesizes that this “college or bust” motif will not last long, as the demands of the economy will force education innovations that disrupt the model.

The hard thing about producing a weekly podcast is coming up with relevant topics to talk about. Nothing ever happens in this boring administration we’ve elected. Yawn. This week, we’ve got Pat Buchanan (you must buy his new book Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever) who weighs in on those endless Nixon/Trump comparisons, and gives us his take on how the President is doing so far. Then, our old pal Dennis Prager made some waves this week with a column titled Why Conservatives Still Attack Trump. We delve into that and his new project with Adam Corrolla (he’ll be on in a few weeks too), No Safe Spaces, a film on the decay of free speech/thought on college campuses and what this means for our country. Also, join us on July 23rd for a special taping of Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson at the Reagan Library, hosted by Pat Sajak. Details here.

Music from this week’s podcast: Fixing A Hole by The Beatles

Stephen Miller has the week off, so Jon Gabriel welcomed Ricochet favorites Mark and Mollie Hemingway as his very special guest hosts. The trio talk about the media’s covfefe of Trump, the double standards of covfefing political violence, and the meaning of covfefe.

Our intro and outro music (and Jon’s song of the week) is “Low” by TRAAMS, Mark’s pick is “Doesn’t Matter at All” by The Inky Depths, and Mollie’s is “Know” by Syd. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist. You also should subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes!

A few weeks ago, President Trump made some remarks about the Civil War. He said, “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” He also said that Andrew Jackson – had he been “a little bit later” – would have prevented the war.

Jay takes the occasion to have a “Q&A” with one of the most distinguished historians of the United States, and in particular of the American South: J. Mills Thornton III. They talk about the origins of the Civil War; the effect of slavery on Manifest Destiny; the issue of the Confederate flag today; and other things.

You might not be watching the new Twin Peaks, or care that it ever existed. But it changed TV, and one of the reasons that made it so unique was the music. Let’s go beyond the theme and explore the compositions of Angelo Badalamenti.

On this month’s episode of American Wonk, our topic is: What the heck is going on between Donald Trump, James Comey, and Russia? Is there fire underneath all that smoke? Is the President in any kind of legal jeopardy?

To answer these questions, we needed to go to someone who could wonk out with us on both foreign policy and constitutional questions, and so we’re very fortunate to have John Yoo join the program.