How should Americans love their country? Steven F. Hayward offers answers in Patriotism Is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments that Redefined America.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Hayward explains the important of Jaffa and Berns, describes why they clashed, and reveals how their disputes shaped the course of modern conservative thought. He also gives a refreshingly brief answer to a vexing question: What’s a Straussian?

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America groan as trust issues arise around National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.  They also discuss the latest North Korean missile launch and whether there is a good strategy for confronting Kim Jong-Un.  And they shake their heads as liberal comedian Sarah Silverman mistakes utility line markings as swastikas, just the latest episode in SJW hysteria.

There is a place for politics, but not necessarily every place. Convinced that some aspects of life should remain beyond that gritty business, Dave Carter sat down for a conversation with someone he describes as, “a generous, wise, and grand lady.” Ruth Allen has seen enough to fill several volumes on life’s most important lessons. A Native American Indian, Ms. Allen has served as the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the State of Tennessee.  Her titles and accomplishments include everything from public office to being an EMT and a Red Cross Instructor who deployed to St. Thomas to provide disaster relief after Hurricane Hugo to chatting with a sitting US President and Vice President.  There’s much more, but we’ll let Ruth tell you in this fascinating and very compelling interview.  Oh yes, and Ms. Allen is also Dave’s mother in-law, so he is on his best behavior in this one.

The hard part about producing a podcast these days is finding topics to discuss. In the era of Trump, not much happens. Well, we struggle to carry on with our guests John Yoo on the trials and tribulations of Trump’s executive order and Judge Gorsuch, and El Rush Bro himself, David Limbaugh on the President’s first two weeks (wait — it’s only been two weeks?) Also, Elizabeth Warren gets sent to her room and a hearty Ricochet Podcast Mazel Tov to Ricochet members @1967mustangman and @VicrylContessa on the occasion of their engagement. We wish them a smart and civil marriage with little or no need for moderators.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are thrilled to see Tom Price confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services.  They also discuss the numerous problems with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the Trump immigration order.  And they slam CNN’s Chris Cuomo for asserting that accusing a journalist of fake news is the equivalent of using the N word.

Victor Davis Hanson examines the early initiatives coming out of the Trump Administration and reflects on whether the new president’s momentum is sustainable over the long run.

On the last podcast of the week, Abe Greenwald and John Podhoretz (Noah Rothman is away) attempt to steady themselves despite the tsunami of news that threatens to drown us all. From executive orders to Ivanka’s Nordstrom problem, America is in danger of drowning in the Trumpnami.

We try to throw you a lifeline. Give a listen.

Host Teri Christoph is joined by fellow Smart Girl Marcia Chambliss to discuss the Mean Girls of the left, how they are re-energizing conservative women, and why conservatives need to push back against the #GrabYourWallet bullies.

Richard Epstein weighs in on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court and explains what makes an effective justice.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss a good day for judicial conservatives as Neil Gorsuch distances himself from some of Trump’s tweets on the judiciary, the Senate confirms Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General and Sen. Tim Scott exposes the racist messages he got for supporting Sessions.  They also cringe as Tucker Carlson suggests Elizabeth Warren would have defeated Donald Trump.  And they slam Kellyanne Conway for blatantly promoting Ivanka Trump’s products in a national television interview.

People are always willing to give feedback. But how do you receive it? That’s where Sheila Heen comes in. She and Doug Stone are founders of the Triad Consulting Group and authors of the book, Thanks For The Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well. Jay and Neal ask about different situations where feedback is received, particularly in the age of social media.

In this episode of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward converses with John Yoo about the early days of the Trump Administration, the immigration order, the Gorsuch nomination, and especially how the time is ripe for the obvious Broadway sequel to “Hamilton,” namely, a hip-hop ode to that great advocate of limiting executive power—James Madison. In this episode of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward converses with John Yoo about the early days of the Trump Administration, the immigration order, the Gorsuch nomination, and especially how the time is ripe for the obvious Broadway sequel to “Hamilton,” namely, a hip-hop ode to that great advocate of limiting executive power—James Madison.

This week, Elisha, Kelly, and Amelia take on second chances and the people who are judged for taking advantage of one, how good Lady Gaga looked at the Super Bowl, and women who are clearly wearing makeup (even if they deny it).

Jay and Mona are very enthusiastic Betsy DeVos fans, but they are skeptical, to say the least, about the federal department she will now head.

They also cover the president’s immigration order (pro and con), Garry Kasparov and the right, France’s election and Wikileaks, conservative versus liberal isolationism, Roberta McCain, Ben Sasse, and a hummingbird egg.

American culture is like an open sewer, spewing waste and corrupting everything it touches, says Anthony Esolen, author of Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Esolen describes the decay of American civilization, why children should play outside more, and how we must recover a proper sense of manhood and womanhood. He ends on a hopeful note, offering advice on how to begin to recover what we’ve lost.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see nine Senate Democrats claim to want an up or down vote for Judge Gorsuch.  They also applaud Missouri passing right to work legislation but wince as opponents may be able to stall the law from taking effect for almost two years.  And they scold President Trump for tweeting about Ivanka’s battle with Nordstrom.

Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet’s Stephen Miller discuss the Super Bowl, the Betsy DeVos vote, and the most shocking scandal of the Trump era: Bathrobe-gate.

Our intro and outro music is “Fox on the Run” by Sweet. Jon’s song of the week is “The Separation” by Ceremony and Stephen’s is “Dot in the Sky” by Drab Majesty. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our brand-spanking-new Spotify playlist for 2017! You should also subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes!

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education.  They also sigh as the Trump administration gets bent out of shape over the Saturday Night Live spoofing of Press Secretary Sean Spicer.  And they learn about the man angling to become the Democratic nominee for governor in Florida.

When it comes to confirming Trump’s cabinet picks, the past few weeks have been anything but easy.  What with the slew of misinformation being purported by Democrat Party surrogates, it can be tough to get a clear picture of who these nominees really are.  That’s why this week we’ve brought in Congressman and fellow physician Dr. Phil Roe (R- TN) to provide a full portrait of Health and Human Services nominee Dr. Tom Price.  Who is the man really?  What drives him?  And how is he dealing with all this added scrutiny?  Listen in to find out.

Ben Shapiro is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire. He is one of the most prominent conservative journalists in America. The 2016 cycle was a wild ride for him, as for many. He has the distinction – is that the word? – of being the No. 1 target for anti-Semitic hate in his field.

And, as Jay notes, the guy has a spine of steel. (Also a stomach of iron.)

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 7, 2017 it’s the Belichick, Brady and Trump edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by our newest sponsor (we are excited) The Great Courses Plus. They have over 8,000 video lectures on a wide assortment of topics. Learn something new today! And we are brought to you by ZipRecruiter.com. Find the right candidates for the jobs you have to offer, fast!

Well, sorry to the rest of the country, but up here in Boston there is one thing on our minds. The Pats have won again! The Duck Boats will soon be rolling! It’s a victory so exciting that we can’t remember when we have…er,…felt this good…before??? Ooohhhh yeah! Last November it was! Did you watch the game? Any Patriots haters out there?

What’s so bad about Common Core? Joy Pullmann explains in her new book, The Education Invasion: How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Pullmann explains why “accountability” and “standards” are so often meaningless buzzwords, how parents can tell if a school is good, and what the Trump administration should do to improve schooling.

What happens when the men of Law Talk use somebody else’s faculty lounge? You’re about to find out. In a rare live installment of the show, Professors Epstein and Yoo visit Cal State San Bernardino for a wide-ranging discussion on everything from Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination to President Trump’s executive order on immigration to whether the filibuster is worth preserving. Then we turn the microphone over to the audience for an interactive Q&A session (maybe one of the questioners will be able to coax Richard out of his shell). All that plus already-discredited Super Bowl picks, Richard takes sides in the Southern California area code wars, John throws shade at the Senate, and a debate over just how much of an OG Andrew Jackson was. It’s basically like “Frampton Comes Alive,” but with more references to the Dormant Commerce Clause.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have all bad news, starting with a federal judge putting a hold on Pres. Trump’s immigration order without citing any law or constitutional provision and Trump’s subsequent tweets attacking the judicial system.  We also blast Trump for his moral equivalence in dismissing Vladimir Putin as a killer by saying America’s done a lot of bad things too.  And we discuss and debate whether the slower GOP strategy on Obamacare and tax reform is responsible leadership or letting a golden opportunity slip away.

On today’s podcast, the COMMENTARY team—Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz —point out that an uncommonly Trumpian audience watching the Super Bowl was subjected to ads attacking its views. Will that matter? Are these companies shooting themselves in the foot by virtue-signaling? And speaking of signaling, what signal was Donald Trump sending with his moral equivalence between the United States and Russia? How much of this can conservatives take because they know they’re going to get some good policies out of it? Give a listen.