Hillsdale College professor Will Morrisey says they may be the two greatest statesmen on their time, and he’s written a book about them: Churchill and de Gaulle: The Geopolitics of Liberty.Bookmonger Churchill de Gualle

The case for Churchill’s greatness is familiar, but what about the French guy? In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Morrisey explains his admiration for a leader whose career spanned much of the 20th century, from the horrors of First World War, through the disaster of the Second World War, and on to the West’s confrontation with Communism in the Cold War.

ntk-logo2013-0104-EPPC-Portraits-Ed-Whelan-0131-300x300-150x150Ed Whelan, sage of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and creator of Bench Memos, joins us to talk gay marriage, Justice Ginsburg’s ethics, and constitutional interpretation.

Jay and Mona then chew over the whole “if you knew then what we know now” way of evaluating public policy. They go on to consider the question of racial and ethnic quotas in university admissions. A consortium of Asian American groups is suing Harvard and other schools for discrimination. Also, are kids from Harvard et al really noticeably smarter?

Talk roams to Mozart, Anthony Hopkins, and more. Do join us.

MPwKP_1400x1400This week, Larry Kudlow and Tim Pawlenty debate when Janet Yellen will raise interest rates, is the US losing Iraq — Ramadi/ ISIS? Should George Stephenopoulos be permitted to cover the presidential campaign, and Rand Paul vs. Patriot Act/NSA.

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After a brief hiatus, The Ricochet Podcast returns with nothing short of revolution on its mind. Our guest this week: the Unknowngreat Charles Murray, to discuss his latest book By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, an argument for civil disobedience. Will it catch on? Also, who are the top ten GOP candidates, should our candidates appear on George Stephanopoulos’s show (h/t Ricochet member Brian Watt), and will Elian Gonzalez become a propaganda symbol if he visits the U.S. (another h/t to Ricochet member Richard Anderson). Finally, how should have Jeb Bush answered that question on the Iraq War? Our panel weighs in.

Music from this week’s episode:

Power Line Days of RageWhat do The Weathermen, The Symbionese Liberation Army, The FALN, and The Black Liberation Army all have in common? Well, besides being a swell bunch of fellas, they’re all featured in-depth throughout Bryan Burrough’s great new book, Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence.

The original Power Line crew welcomes Burrough to the show and he takes the team behind the scenes of the groups that bombed America for decades. Burrough not only tracked down the FBI agents and police officers for their accounts of the attacks on America, but he also spoke with several violent radicals who declared war on law enforcement and placed bombs throughout the country.

The guys also talk about the latest developments in Ramadi and try to determine whether or not George Stephanopoulus is actually a journalist.

Neal Stephenson, one of today’s most acclaimed writers of science fiction, joins the Bookmonger SevenevesThe Bookmonger for a 10-minute conversation about his palindromic new novel, Seveneves, which begins this way: “The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.”

We also discuss his worries about space debris and near-earth objects, his nostalgia for manned space exploration, and his interest in NASA’s upcoming fly-by of Pluto. Finally, Stephenson explains why his books are so darn long (Seveneves is 867 pages) in an age of allegedly decreasing attention spans.

Casper-Red-Antler-eyes-mark-011And please support The Bookmonger by supporting our advertisers.

conrad_blackAs Jay says in this “Q&A,” Conrad Black has lived a “big and tumultuous life.”  He has been a newspaper publisher, a media magnate.  He is a member of the British house of lords.  He spent long, difficult years in the U.S. legal system, including three and a half years in prison.  He is the author of many books, including biographies of FDR and Nixon.  His latest book is a history of Canada (his native land).

Lord Black has a lot to talk about, and he and Jay talk about some of it in this hour.

Topics include Obama, the British elections, and Canada (in particular, American attitudes toward).  Also, prison:  Black did some teaching of his fellow inmates, and Jay considers them lucky to have had the lessons.  Discussion then turns to newspapers:  Is their passing something to mourn?  Also, what does Conrad Black think of Rupert Murdoch?

david-letterman-hillary-clinton1It’s a special weekend broadcast of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe of the Nihilist in Golf Pantsreconvening to discuss the crucial issues of the day. Topics addressed include:

* David Letterman’s last week of broadcasting and his lost legacy

* Preview of the next Avenger’s movie

Radio Free Delingpole returns. This week, James is joined by Toby Young as they discuss the consequences of the election in the U.K. 2010 General Election Polling DayThey also discuss a very important lesson that Americans should keep in mind during the next 18 months: Don’t pay attention to the polls.

And are you disappointed with Game of Thrones, Season 5? James and Toby discuss how the season is unfolding slowly (though it’s not Downton Abbey-slow, right?). There’s most likely some good news (or a vicious blood bath) right around the corner.

Cannon,_Lou_1Jay’s guest today is Lou Cannon, the veteran political journalist – formerly with the Washington Post. He is renowned as a Reagan biographer. He also wrote what is surely the finest book on the L.A. riots of 1992. With Jay, he talks about Obama, Baltimore, the media, Reagan, 2016, and more. There’s a lot of experience packed into what he says.

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kudlow-pawlenty-14004This week, the banks prep defense for anti-Wall Street campaign to that end, what’s the Republican narrative going to be when Hillary blasts the banks for 2008 financial meltdown? Too big to fail? Bring back Glass Steagall?  Repeal CRA Fannie/Freddie? Ex Im vote? Then we cross the pond to ponder Ed Miliband’s loss. He attacked banks and business.   Didn’t do him any good.  Is there a lesson there?  Senator Warren won’t work. Finally, Fox’s Megyn Kelley interviewed Jeb Bush, but didn’t ask one question about the economy. For some reason, Larry has a problem with that. We wonder why…

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What would Ronald Reagan think of the Republican Party today? That’s one of the questions H.W. Brands takes up in The Bookmonger’s 10-minute podcast about his newest book, Reagan: The Life.Unknown

Brands is a veteran biographer of presidents, already having written on Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and both Roosevelts. He discusses why he wanted to write this book next as well as how he handled the problem that has haunted so many biographers of the 40th president: The claim that nobody really knew the man. Brands also reveals whether he voted for Reagan in the 1980s–and whether it’s even possible for a historian who participated in one of those elections to write dispassionately on this subject now.

WonkyTownThis week, Reihan and Patrick touch on two extremes of the policy world: what’s going on with Republican primary contenders, and a particularly insane urban-planning idea out in San Francisco. Patrick laments that Mike Huckabee has been offering some nonsense about Social Security, Medicare, and disability insurance; Reihan points out that Marco Rubio has been better on such topics and explains why these issues are tricky but important ground for any Republican candidate to cover. Then Wonky Town heads to the left coast: How crazy is it that San Francisco might try solving its housing crunch by imposing a moratorium on construction of market-rate housing. (Hint: Pretty crazy.)

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Unknown-1Unless you’re waking from a long coma* you’ve likely heard that the philanthropic endeavors of the Clinton Foundation may not just be for the common good.
But while TV’s talking heads have been discussing the book’s details, they’ve largely overlooked some of the fascinating stories inside Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.

Today on the Power Line Show, John, Paul, and Stephen have a wide-ranging conversation with the author, Peter Schweizer. During the show we hear some of the intriguing stories about the wealthy ne’er-do-wells who have been funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation over the past decade. Are the Clinton’s a global crime syndicate? Who are the foreigners who are giving so much money to the Clintons? And what are they getting in return?

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ntk-logoThose were some of Jay’s thoughts as he trooped around Istanbul. Need to Know doesn’t go for small-fry issues. So this week, it’s the rise and fall of empires! Do Americans appreciate and understand their past? Should we teach American history “virtues and all”? Certainly the left seems to have abandoned one of the key tenets of the founding – a belief in the near sanctity of free speech. Jay and Mona have a good deal to say about the left’s hypocrisy and cowardice on this score. They also discuss the British elections, the NHS, America’s duty to brave Iraqis who put their lives on the line for us, and much more. We close with one of Tchaikovsky’s most memorable melodies – the opening of his Piano Concerto #1. It got panned by critics when it debuted (the subject of a Great Courses lecture), but listeners can decide who has the last laugh.

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kudlow-pawlenty 1400This week, Larry and the Governor go long on Tom Brady  — the Republican supply-sider QB who evidently prefers slight deflation. Bonus: Larry outs a number of pro athletes you didn’t know were conservative.  Also, turn out that Fed Janet Yellen is also a stock strategist in her spare time.  Are stocks actually overvalued? Senator Ben Sasse told Larry at the NRI event that the coming Presidential election is the only real chance is to get rid of Obamacare. is that true or has the ship sailed? Finally,  we run the table on Carly/Carson/Huck. 

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“You didn’t build that,” said President Obama, notoriously. Oh yes we did, replies Philip F. Anschutz, in his new book, Out Where the West Begins: Profiles, Visions, and Strategies of Early Western Business Leaders.Bookmonger Out Where the West Begins

Anschutz doesn’t reply directly–the book is a work of history and “Obama” doesn’t appear in the index–but the president’s words were on his mind as he about finishing his manuscript, as he explains in this podcast with The Bookmonger.


This week, we turn our attentions across the pond and call on the endlessly entertaining and insightful James Delingpole to walk us through the intricacies of today’s elections in Great Britain as only he can. But that’s not all, we also cover the Texas shootings, the latest Presidential aspirants, Brady’s Ball-Ghazi (yes, a rare Ricochet Podcast sports topic), and if you live in Iowa or New Hampshire, Rob Long wants YOU! Do your duty, people.

Music from this week’s episode:

Top Presidential Disqualifiers


shutterstock_106049342The great unwashed have been polled by WSJ/NBC, and have spoken. The top three traits causing voters to be uncomfortable or have reservations about a president candidate are: 1. No previous elected experience (excludes Carson and Fiorina) 2. A leader of the Tea Party movement (excludes Cruz and possibly Rubio); and 3. No college degree (excludes Walker).

While I haven’t been able to dig up the methodology on this poll — and I suspect Democrats are over-sampled, as usual — I believe these results are instructive. The most favorable traits among the general electorate are for an African-American or a woman, which verifies my speculation that Hillary picks up six points just for being a woman, the way Barack Obama picked up six for being African-American. It also tells me that Americans are enamored by what identity politics says about them way more than they are interested in improving the country. I think that’s sad, but true.

The poll also indicates how hung-up the country has become on credentials, and how badly damaged the Tea Party brand has become. There’s also something deeply disturbing about the state of the nation’s moral compass that “corrupt” doesn’t even register as a category. That may be a flaw in the poll or, perhaps — as long as your team wins — it doesn’t matter if your candidate regularly sells her influence to the highest bidder <cough>Hillary Clinton<cough>. Hard to tell without more information.

ehrlichr-mdJay’s guest today is Bob Ehrlich, the former governor of Maryland. He is a Baltimore-area kid, a Reagan Republican, and a straight-talker. With Jay, he talks about what ails Baltimore, what ails America, and what we can do to get back to health. A lot of people find Ehrlich a breath of fresh air. Chances are you will too. Check him out.

P.S. He may – just may – run a dark-horse candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.

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The bicentennial of one of the greatest battles in history is almost upon us — and Bernard Cornwell provides a new account of it in Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles.Bookmonger Waterloo Ricochet

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Cornwell describes what was at stake on June 18, 1815, whether Napoleon or Wellington was the better general, and what it was like to be an ordinary soldier on the battlefield (short answer: awful). He also discusses why he paused his novel writing for this book, his first — an apparently last — work of nonfiction.

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 2.49.32 PMA conversation with Sen. Tom Cotton and John O’Sullivan, National Review/NRI. 

Adam Bellow, HarperCollins/Liberty Island,  Rob Long, National Review/Ricochet and Jeremy Boreing, from Friends of Abe discuss the influence of popular culture on the political process on the political process and conservatism.

Do you believe in life after death? William Peter Blatty does. He’s the author of The Exorcist — a terrifying novel that became a scary movie — and he says he has the proof in his new memoir, Finding Peter: A True Story of the Hand of Providence and Evidence of Life after Death.Unknown

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Blatty describes what he has witnessed since his son’s death, why he interprets these incidents as messages from beyond the grave, and how one of the world’s most acclaimed authors of horror could write such a life-affirming book.

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 1.26.49 PMIn this conversation with Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation, Ohio Governor John Kasich made it very clear he wants to run for president on Friday, repeatedly alluding to the prospect as he promoted his brand of unconventional, “compassionate” Republican politics.