Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud David French for his patriotism and are relieved he is not jumping into the ugliest presidential race in a long time.  They also slam Bernie Sanders for only now discussing allegations of Hillary Clinton doing favors at the State Department for foreign governments that donated to the Clinton Foundation.  And we discuss Donald Trump ripping the judge in the Trump University case as a Mexican, Newt Gingrich rebuking Trump and Trump being upset with Gingrich.

86231President Obama visited Japan, reawakening old debates. Jay’s guest is superbly positioned to comment. He is Christopher Szpilman, a historian of modern Japan, who teaches in Japan. He is a particular expert on the Japanese Right. He is also the son of a famous memoirist: Wladyslaw, who wrote The Pianist. It was made into a movie in 2002. With his guest, Jay discusses this, too.



Mona begins with a guest: Walter Olson, of the Cato Institute. They talk about the Libertarian party and the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld. Then Jay joins wolsonMona for some Trump talk: Trump U, the “Mexican” judge, and so on. For the remainder of the show, Mona leads a discussion of some big problems facing America: runaway entitlements, debt, a feeble foreign policy. Jay chimes in dyspeptically. Mona is indulgent. In conclusion, Jay relates an unusual lunchtime encounter.

Music: The final section of the final movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 9 in C, Op. 59, No. 3

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are doubly depressed as Hillary Clinton, a proven disaster on the world stage, makes some accurate assessments about Donald Trump being completely unprepared to be commander-in-chief.  They also groan as the May jobs report comes in way below expectations.  And they unload on the thuggish, hard left protesters who assaulted Trump supporters Thursday night in California.

It’s another Super-Sized edition of the Ricochet Podcast (1 hour and 20 minutes!) and we’re all over the map and all over the news to bring you very best in podcast punditry. First up, the great George Gilder (his new book The Scandal of Money: Why Wall Street Recovers but the Economy Never Does is a must read) stops by to talk about why conservatives have such a hard time winning the economic debate in the court of public opinion and (perhaps related), the rise of digital currencies. Then, our pal Toby Young (listen to London Calling, the podcast he hosts with James Delingpole) stop by to discuss the looming Brexit and the new book he just edited Just Say No: The Spectator On The 1975 ReferendumShould Britain head for the economic exit? Let us know in the comments below. Finally, each we week take post from Ricochet’s  world renown Member Feed and give it some Ricochet Podcast love. This week’s featured post from DocJay (welcome back, sir) is titled What Will Happen to the Conservative Pundits When They Are Completely Unstuck and suffice to say it kindles a –shall we say– very passionate (but civil!) conversation. So come for the economics and stay for the punditry. You’ll be glad you did.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review enjoy watching Hillary Clinton continue to struggle in her battle with Bernie Sanders.  They also groan as 50 percent of Americans and 71 of Democrats says Hillary should stay in the race even if she is indicted.  And they slam ESPN writer Howard Bryant for being aghast that police and military are often featured at pro sports events.

Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and National Review’s Stephen Miller welcome special guest Nick Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief of and Reason TV. Nick shares his thoughts on the Libertarian Party convention in Orlando and the Gary Johnson/Bill Weld presidential ticket. Jon and Stephen also chat about Katie Couric’s indefensible gun control documentary and the potential candidacy of David French.

Intro and outro music is “Tick Tick Boom” by The Hives. Stephen’s music pick this week is Atomic by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai and Jon’s is Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest. Photoshop by E.J. Hill.

The twenty-first century economy is a rapidly evolving creature. What with automation, driverless cars, drones, aviation, the app economy, and social media, among other things, how we live and think about economic output is being transformed — causing no end of questions about labor market productivity.  You’d think we’re living in an age where such economic development and creativity go unrestricted by the hands of government. Yet government is attempting to regulate it. When you read a new study out of theMercatus Center that government has regulated innovation out of the economy to the tune of $4 trillion less growth from 1980 to 2012, you wonder: what would attempted regulation of these exciting new industries lead to? What will America lose?

NQfOz2Kf_400x400Here to discuss these sectors and the specter of government regulation is Eli Dourado, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program. He specializes in Internet governance, intellectual property, cryptocurrency, Internet security, and the economics of technology. He has written for The New York TimesThe Washington PostForeign PolicyThe GuardianArs Technica, and Wired, among other outlets,  and is a member of the State Department’s International Telecommunication Advisory Committee and has served on several U.S. delegations to UN treaty and policy conferences.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review discuss the media’s detestable reaction to the mere suggestion of a David French presidential run.  They also dissect the growing battle between Donald Trump and the media.  And they groan as another opinion piece suggests this whole election could still end with Paul Ryan as the next president.

This week, Larry Kudlow and Tim Pawlenty ponder what a loss in the California primary would do to Hillary’s chances of winning her party’s nomination. Also, Trump on free market energy policy (more coal!), and school vouchers, are McConnell and Ryan close to endorsing Trump, and is Janet Yellen about to raise interest rates?


Everything is terrible! But we try to keep our spirits up on this week’s podcast. John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman point out that the two major candidates are unpopular and unsavory in different ways, gorillas are dragging kids around, and suddenly Americans aren’t living as long as they used to. Despite all that, we’re full of energy and vim and vigor. It’s like being on an elevator in free fall — scary but exhilarating! Give a listen here.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.44.59 PMDavid French — lawyer, writer, soldier, father — and decent, humane man joins Mona and Jay to discuss matters of conscience and how to cope with the Republican Party’s embrace of an unstable, fascistic showman. The only good thing to emerge from the Year of Trump may be the demonstrated integrity of those who staunchly oppose him.

Music: “Ombra mai fu” from Handel’s opera “Xerxes” by George Frederich Handel. The voice sounds like a woman, but is actually a male countertenor.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review welcome Katie Couric’s reluctant admission she doctored the footage in her anti-gun documentary.  They also shake their heads as the Libertarian Party proves once again it’s not ready for prime time.  And they roll their eyes as Bill Kristol insists he has a new candidate ready to go but won’t announce them yet.

As bad as things are in Russia today, they may get worse, warns David Satter, author of The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Satter explains why Americans and Westerners fail to understand Russia, whether Donald Trump is naive to think he can strike deals with Vladmir Putin, and what it’s like to be the first U.S. journalist since the Cold War to be expelled from Russia.

IMG_1484Jay and Mona begin with some Memorial Day reflections and then turn to the grim business of politics. This podcast is a protracted answer to those who say that this election is just a contest like all the others, a choice of the lesser of two evils, a hold-your-nose-and-pick one case. They think it’s different, a hinge moment that could destroy conservatism, and possibly much more. The week offered a perfect contrast: Gov. Susana Martinez, they urge, is the antithesis of Trump. Little good cheer this week, but honesty aplenty.

Music is the Marine Corps hymn in honor of Cpl. Nicholas Thom (whom Mona mentioned) and all those who gave their lives for this country.


Garry Kasparov is a great chess champion. He is also a champion of human rights, freedom, and democracy. He is the chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, based in New York. And he was recently at the Oslo Freedom Forum, in Norway.

Kasparov’s new book is Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped.

We recorded this one yesterday in New York City, and due to travel and other issues, we’re posting it now. We talk Trump, the now official Republican nominee, get the inside scoop on that Facebook meeting from our guest Brent Bozell, and a theory about Joe Biden. Yes, Joe Biden. Finally, what’s Peter Robinson’s favorite Bob Dylan lyric? The answer may surprise you (it surprised us). Happy summer, everyone!

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are pleased to see the mainstream media covering the State Department report slamming Hillary Clinton and thrilled they are being tough on her. They are not at all surprised that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is lying in an effort to explain away his FBI investigation. And they rip Katie Couric for using false footage in her anti-gun documentary to make gun rights supporters look like they have no reasons to oppose background checks.

Antonio Ledezma is the mayor of Caracas. He is also a political prisoner – a prisoner of the chavista government, led by Nicolas Maduro. He was arrested last year, brutally. He was arrested because he is a democrat and the chavistas are not.

Freedom is eroding fast in Venezuela.

Anastasia Lin has an unusual résumé, and she has led an unusual life. She is a Chinese-Canadian actress. And beauty queen. And human-rights advocate. She is a practitioner of Falun Gong. In 2015, she was crowned Miss World Canada. But the international competition was held Anastasia+Lin, China. And the Chinese dictatorship blocked her from coming. And put terrible pressure on her family.

She and Jay talk about this most unusual life. And Anastasia Lin has profound things to say about the West and its dealings with police states.

LondonCalling_AlbumCover_02While waiting for Toby, James discusses last Sunday’s shocking episode of Game of Thrones with Ricochet editor Tom Meyer (spoilers). Toby joins them a few minutes in for more commentary on the show, before James and Toby turn their attention to British politics.

Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel welcomes his new co-host Stephen Miller of National Review. They discuss their dueling articles on leaving the GOP, the rise of Donald Trump, and who will be banned from their conservatarian Pirate Ship.

Follow them both on Twitter at @ExJon and @RedSteeze, and check out Stephen’s personal website, The Wilderness.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review welcome the State Department Inspector General’s report concluding that Hillary Clinton violated department rules by having her own email and server.  They also slam violent anti-Trump protesters and explain how these chaotic events help Trump immensely.  And they they flashback to April as Jim discovers that Trump claimed the New York Jets won two AFC titles while Rex Ryan was their coach.

In the latest COMMENTARY podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman explore the last ride of the Boomer generation in the form of a Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton presidential contest: How the wings of the liberal and conservative movements for whom nostalgia for various periods of the 1960s won the argument, and why this dynamic is suffocating American politics and stifling meaningful debate about where the country is moving.

Also, as the polls turn against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters threaten to burn the place down on their way out, the gang indulges a bit of well-earned schadenfreude over liberal panic.

As the spring semester comes to a close, Professors Epstein and Yoo wrestle with the big questions in the faculty lounge: Should Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees pacify nervous conservatives? Is an 8-member SCOTUS a crisis? Have Republicans finally figured out a way to beat Obamacare in the courts?

And, most important, who do the boys predict will be competing in the World Series? (Even though we spotted them a couple of months in the regular season, they’re still probably wrong).