If Chicago’s the Third City, New York is the first to be sure. So where does that leave Washington, D.C.? Without it, what would we be? But we’re not so concerned with prestige on this particular program as we are with what events, characters, considerations and compromises gave birth to these two superpowers of influence and, being based in Chicago as we are, naturally our own city is the measuring stick for comparing them both.

In hour one we are joined by Tom Lewis, professor emeritus, English at Skidmore College. He’s written extensively on the mid-Atlantic states and, for an aside, an absolutely superb history of our business of radio. In Washington: A History of Our National City, we learn of just what Washington the man had to overcome to give us a seat of government.

Bill Bennett is one of America’s great teachers. He taught, really, when he was secretary of education. He teaches daily on his radio show. And he teaches through his books, the latest of which is America the Strong: Conservative Ideas to Spark the Next Generation.

bennett-FB-icon3In this “Q&A,” Jay asks him to talk about drug legalization. And Common Core. And the terms “neocon” and “establishment.” He also asks him to identify big problems with 1) liberals, 2) conservatives, and 3) libertarians. There is also a little talk concerning the upcoming presidential election.

In this special New Year’s Eve edition of Kudlow and Pawlenty’s Money & Politics, Larry and Tim take a look at the year ahead and make some predictions.

Who will be the Republican nominee (one guess), what the establishment will do about it, how the economy will fare in the year ahead, the year in Hillary, and some thoughts on the primary season and the general election.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review close out their special year-in-review political awards by handing out the prestigious crystal martinis for person of the year and turncoat of the year.  They also share their political New Year’s resolutions.

Jay has a ‘Hammer, in this “Q&A.” With Dr. Charles Krauthammer, he covers a good bit of terrain. They begin with baseball, and then food. Then they talk about that curse on campus, political correctness. And the “establishment.” (What is it?) And Israel. And Syria. And Obama. And Hillary. And global warming. And the future of America. (Is decline a choice? Yes. A bad one? Most definitely.)

Charles Krauthammer will lift your spirits, even if his topic is on the grim side. Hailing him, Jay paraphrases the old GE slogan: “You bring good things to life.”

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review reveal their choices for most under-reported story, most over-reported story and the best story of 2015.

Charles Murray is the famous public-policy analyst whose books include “Losing Ground” (1984) and “Coming Apart” (2012). His new book is “By the People: Rebuilding Liberty without Permission.”

In this “Q&A,” Jay invites him to talk about some of the biggest issues. What is libertarianism? What is conservatism? What is Barack Obama? What is Hillary Clinton? How are race relations faring? Is America one big meth house? Are colleges worth sending your kids to these days? Do you err on the side of national security or civil liberties? Is America biting the dust?

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review hand out year-end political awards for best idea, worst idea and boldest tactic.

The greatest social injustice of our time isn’t income inequality or racism — it’s family breakdown, says Micheal Novak, co-author of Social Justice Isn’t What You Think It Is (with Paul Adams and Elizabeth Shaw).

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Novak describes the intellectual origins of “social justice,” how the Left has usurped the term, and what conservative candidates should say about it in 2016.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review continue their 2015 political awards.  Today they “honor” the worst scandal, the best political theater and the worst political theater.

Mona is joined by special guest host Rob Long this week filling in for a vacationing Jay Nordlinger. They consider the state of Christmas observance, conservatism in the age of Trump, the nature of Republican primary voters, weather free market solutions to our problems are what people really want or not, and other reflections on the state of the world. As Rob notes “everyone’s a pundit!” (Though actually running and winning ain’t so easy.)

The podcast closes with some observations about Hollywood from Rob, and some recommendations for your viewing pleasure.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review present the second installment of their 2015 year-end political awards.  Today they discuss the political figure they were sorry to see pass away in 2015, their top rising political stars and who they see fading into oblivion.

Welcome to the second episode of The Conservatarians, the thrill-a-minute, hit new podcast hosted by Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and KTAR-FM‘s Jim Sharpe. Jon and Jim dissect the week’s events, including Ann Telnaes’ attack on the Cruz kids, Donald Trump’s attack on Yiddish, and the Elf on the Shelf’s attack on personal privacy.

You can subscribe to the podcast here.

Prepare to geek out: Lileks monologues Star Wars past and present.

(No spoilers herein!)

It’s time to put on the tuxedos and hand out the crystal martinis.  It’s the start of our year-end political awards for 2015.  Today Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review hand out their choices for most underrated, most overrated and most honest political figures.

Welcome to our newest occasional podcast, The Ramble with James Lileks. 

This week, let’s Tiptoe past the Yoo Lips, as James and John Yoo —yes, that John Yoo— discuss the Walking Dead, dystopian sci-fi, why Minnesota would be zombie-free, and what 80s hair-metal band’s hit song would be perfect for a zombie show.

It’s a very special Tuesday night edition of HWX, with Brian Ward and Paul Happe reconvening to discuss the crucial issues of the day.  Topics addressed include:

  • Santa Claus is coming to town!  Should he be concerned about entering households in states with the Castle Doctrine?Castle-Doctrine-Map
  • Lindsey Graham withdraws from the GOP Presidential race.  Will the kid’s table debates ever be the same?  Including a special tribute to the highlights of his campaign, with an exciting new commercial sponsor.
  • Hillary Clinton and the state of the Democrat party Presidential race,  including Hillary’s reaction to Donald Trump’s recent comments that she was “schlonged” in 2008.
  • A musical tribute to the magical mix that is Christmas and Presidential comments, featuring carols from Bobby Jindal, Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
  • A preview of the release of a new holiday music classic, The Hillary and the Ivy, featuring the former first lady’s special touch  on your favorite holiday music.
  • The release of the latest Star Wars movie, and it’s cultural significance.  Also, an analysis of the recent Ipsos poll on how Star Wars characters would do if they were running for President.

HWX is brought to you by Harry’s Shave.  For the finest in shaving products, with the ultimate in convenience, and at an amazingly low price, check out Harry’s.  It the perfect gift for anyone who grows hair on their face in your family.  Enter HWX at checkout for an additional $5 off.

Margaret Thatcher performed one of the great feats of modern statesmanship in 1981, when she overcame her own unpopularity as well as foes within her own party–and became a political hero in the United Kingdom and beyond. Kwasi Kwarteng describes the challenge she faced and history’s verdict in Thatcher’s Trial: 180 Days that Created a Conservative Icon.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Kwarteng takes us back in time and extracts lessons for today’s conservatives. He also relates his single encounter with Thatcher, toward the end of her life. And Kwarteng — a Conservative MP — talks about what it takes for a professional politician to write a serious book.

Kevin_Corinth_300x225Should you give a homeless person money or food, or just keep walking? It’s a quandary many Americans face, especially those who live in big cities. Homelessness raises other questions as well. How can we reduce the problem? How do the data misrepresent the issues? In what cities are there real “states of emergency”? And are shelters for the homeless – a seemingly obvious solution to the profile – actually effective in solving the greater social problems that homelessness embodies?

I sat down with AEI’s Kevin Corinth to get some of the answers. Kevin Corinth is a research fellow in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on homelessness and the programs and policies put in place to assist the homeless. Corinth has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Boston College and a master’s and doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago, where he was also a lecturer.

So take a listen. And for more, see some his research on housing versus shelters here, on homeless families here, street homelessness here, and homelessness and the Christmas Spirit here.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review enjoy Hillary Clinton’s blatant lie about ISIS videos featuring Donald Trump because it reinforces her image as someone who will whenever it suits her.  They also slam Secretary of State John Kerry for telling Iran the tougher new visa waiver rules won’t really apply to Iran.  And they wade into the Cruz-Rubio immigration debate and separate fact from fiction.

Jim Baggott is an influential science writer. A scientist himself by training, he has turned toward a career in the commercial world as a successful author who popularizes complex scientific theories by making them, well, understandable.

His latest, Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation, is a concise history of how we got here, how life has evolved on this planet, and where life may be heading next. Baggott joins us here for an hour. We only wish that we’d had more time.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review welcome the exodus of Sen. Lindsey Graham from the 2016 Republican field.  They also rip President Obama for saying that the American people need to remember that while ISIS can kill us, they can never bring down the nation.  And as Obama identifies the frustrations driving support for Donald Trump, the president completely misses any responsibility he might have for those frustrations – especially as it relates to the economy.

Jay’s guest is Isabella Boylston, a ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre. She has been in California, dancing Clara in “The Nutcracker.” She and Jay talk about “The Nutcracker,” and its enduring popularity, and about some other issues in the ballet too.

School of American BalletTo see a bit of Isabella in another Tchaikovsky ballet, “Sleeping Beauty,” go here. And to see her in a short film called “Snow Day,” go here.

London-Underground-LONDON-CALLINGJames Delingpole and Toby Young are back with another trot through the movies, TV, and other cultural artifacts  they deem worth their attention. This week, they take on The Big Short, Black Mass, middle aged dudes and popular music, the British view of Donald Trump and immigration.

Hey, it’s our last show of the year and we go out with a jump to hyperspace as Rob has already seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, much to James’ chagrin. We also discuss the debates, the upcoming primaries, some of our favorite member posts from 2015, and more.

Thanks for a great year and Merry Christmas to everyone. We’ll see you in 2016.