Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for March 1, 2017, it’s the Dems Must Be Crazy edition of the show. This week, we are brought to you by Zip Recruiter. Find the right person for the job you have to offer with one click. We are also brought to you by Harry’s Shave. Try it. You will not go back. Promise. And we are brought to you by The Great Courses Plus. With over eight thousand video lectures re-discover the excitement of learning.

Our first topic this week is the psychological stability, or lack thereof, of the left. A report in the L.A. Times by Soumya Karlamangla described the problems that therapists of America are having in treating people with depression, anxiety and general craziness on account of the recent political turn of events (shhh…the election of Trump). Is the root of the problem that the left feels – the origin of the hysteria that Trump’s election has wrought – the lack of ability of leftists to cope with their own mortality? That’s my theory. Todd has his too.

Now that Republicans hold the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, not to mention a slew of state governorships and legislatures, what will activism look like in 2017? Host Teri Christoph and her guests Sean Lansing (Americans For Prosperity) and Robert Kuykendall (2nd Vote) attempt to answer that question.

Are you a gamer? PC or console? What kind of games do you play — and do ever wonder if you’re too old to be playing games? Kyle Foley joins Neal and Jay to talk gaming, the culture of gaming and the future of gaming, particularly virtual reality and augmented reality. Check out Kyle on his YouTube channel as well as on Twitch.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are encouraged by some of the budget tightening the Trump administration wants to do but are concerned that there seems to be no appetite for entitlement reform.  They also wonder why George W. Bush is coming forward to criticize Trump after virtually eight years of silence on the Obama administration.  And they have fun with Sen. Tom Udall’s suggestion that the Senate confirm Neil Gorsuch AND Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

This big book of nearly 1,200 pages includes everything from Beowulf’s time–and that’s why they call it The Complete Old English Poems, translated by Craig Williamson and with an introduction by Tom Shippey.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Shippey explains why this old literature is still worth reading and how it influenced J.R.R. Tolkien. He also discusses the Anglo-Saxon fondness for riddles and describes the paradox of how he became both a scholar of these aged works as well as the Wall Street Journal’s science-fiction book critic.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America think Republicans ought to be pleased with the radical liberals now running the DNC.  They also rip everyone involved in the flap over the White House excluding some media outlets from Friday’s gaggle.  And they discuss the annual self-righteous preening of the Hollywood elite and how their air of superiority blew up in their faces at the biggest moment of the night.

On this week’s first podcast, Abe and Noah and John discuss the crisis of competence suggested by the failure to hand a movie star the right envelope. Might seem silly, but it’s never happened before, and it’s happened at a time when nobody seems to be able to do anything properly. Give a listen.

This week, the Oscar’s colossal screw up, a post mortem on CPAC, so long to the great Bill Paxton, and why his film A Simple Plan may be one of the best conservative movies ever made.

Stuart Taylor is possibly the outstanding legal journalist of our time. His most recent book — co-authored with KC Johnson — is “The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities.” Naturally, he and Jay talk about this issue. A very important issue, legally, culturally, and otherwise. They also talk about recent Supreme Court nominees: Merrick Garland, who didn’t make it, and Neil Gorsuch, who will. And about more.

At the end of the podcast, Jay says that he values Taylor not least because he tackles the hard cases — and is unbending in his search for the truth. He doesn’t care whom it pleases or displeases — he just goes ahead and does it. Very rare.

This week, we mix up the line-up with Conservatarian guest hosts Jon Gabriel and Stephen Miller. They’re joined by author Tom Nichols (his new book The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters is a must read) and our old pal James Delingpole who lets loose about Milo and CPAC in the way only he can. Also, weird goings on in North Korea and next stop, Trappist-1.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and David French of National Review applaud Pres. Trump for planning to modernize and upgrade America’s nuclear arsenal.  They also discuss the complexities of repealing Obamacare as former House Speaker John Boehner says it will never happen.  And they react to CNN’s Chris Cuomo accusing dads who don’t want their 12-year-old daughter to share locker rooms with biological males of being “overprotective and intolerant.”

It got a little deep. Emily, Kelly, and Bethany talk gratitude, with a side of banter about LuLaRoe and an update on Bethany’s crazy town.

No, not the president. Betsy Hart of the Heritage Foundation joins to report on parents pushing back against a public high school’s progressive indoctrination plans.

Jay and Mona then move on to things they love (Jay loves Emma Stone, Mona loves the series “The People v. O.J. Simpson”) and some of the things they hate. There’s some CPAC, Milo, “repeal and replace,” and consideration of the life and meaning of John C. Calhoun. Was Yale right to remove his name?

Richard Epstein argues that a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians is destined to fail (at least in the short-term) and that the uneasy status quo may actually be the best option available to both sides.

On the last of this week’s podcast, the COMMENTARY crew discusses the problems with the new deportation policies, ventilates on the Democratic National Committee’s race for chair, and wonders whether Trump is wooing the conservative movement or whether the conservative movement has already surrendered its purity to his seductions.

Give a listen.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and David French of National Review applaud the Trump administration for rescinding Pres. Obama’s demand that all public schools embrace transgender accommodation and leaving the issue to states or local school districts.  They also slam the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for ruling that any gun can be banned if it’s “useful for military service.”  And David vents about the one of the worst trades in NBA history.

Host Teri Christoph talks about the CPAC/Milo Yiannopoulos controversy (resisting the urge to call this episode “When they go low, we go Milo”) and how Milo might be the key to a conservative resurgence. Film critic Christian Toto of HollywoodinToto.com stops by in the second half of the show to give a preview of the Oscars.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Americans more optimistic about the nation’s direction than they have for a long time.  ‘Morning Joe’ co-host Mika Brzezinski is worried that Pres. Trump is trying to control what people think because that’s her job.  And they discuss MSNBC’s Katy Tur having no idea what a GOP congressman was talking about when he said Pres. Obama promised greater flexibility with Russia once his re-election was over.


The decision, for Rep. Pat Tiberi (R – OH), was clear and simple: either he got bipartisan support for his bill or his bill would be pointless.

That’s what makes Tiberi, and all lawmakers involved in the creation of the Investing in Opportunity Act, so unique. Their insistence upon consensus in an age of polarization almost sounds old-fashioned, considering our modern climate. Indeed, coming from a Republican Congressman tucked cozily in a Republican-controlled House, the notion that bi-partisan support is vital may sound a little strange – crazy, even.

Herbert Blomstedt is one of the leading conductors in the world. He was born in America, in 1927. But his family was Swedish, and they moved back to Sweden when Herbert was a child. He has since conducted in Dresden, San Francisco, and many other places.

He is in New York this week, guesting with the New York Philharmonic. Jay sat down with him in his dressing room, for a leisurely, rich “Q&A.” They talk about his upbringing – his pianist mother, for example. And his relationship with composers – Beethoven, for example. And the state of things today.

Well, Month One of the Trump Presidency hasn’t been boring. There are so many things we could talk about, but on this episode of American Wonk, we focus on one story in particular: the appointment and subsequent ouster of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as U.S. National Security Advisor.

President Trump has a conspicuously more favorable view of Vladimir Putin than do most conservatives. And in a pro-Putin White House, Michael Flynn was perhaps the most pro-Putin guy of all.

On the first of the week’s podcast, the COMMENTARY gang (Noah, Abe, and John) discuss the appointment of H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, the rise in anti-Semitic threats and Donald Trump’s eventual response to them, and the question of who actually makes policy in the new administration.

It’s hectic. It’s passionate. It’s a little incoherent. Give a listen.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the almost unanimous praise of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be Pres. Trump’s new national security adviser.  They also discuss how the free speech debate ought to be less about Milo and more about liberals bent on destroying the careers of anyone they disagree with politically.  And Jim mulls Singapore-style caning for whoever defaced three monuments in Washington over Presidents’ Day weekend.

Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet’s Stephen Miller chat about Trump’s escalating war with the press, his big Florida rally over the weekend, and CPAC’s decision to invite, then disinvite, Milo Yiannopoulos. (Shockingly, CPAC invited neither of The Conservatarians to deliver a keynote address.)

Our intro and outro music is “All My Friends” by LCD Soundsystem. Jon’s song of the week is “Vote Thatcher” by American Wrestlers and Stephen’s is “Swim” by Surfer Blood. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist.You should also subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes!

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 21, 2017, it’s the Trump Chaos and Media Hysteria edition of the show with our special guest Byron York.

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