Alexandra DeSanctis is a colleague of Jay’s at National Review. A recent graduate of Notre Dame, she is a William F. Buckley fellow at NRI (the National Review Institute). She is especially knowledgeable about the “life” issues. About abortion in particular. Also, she has been on the beat of Planned Parenthood, doggedly. She and Jay talk about that organization, and about abortion, etc.

“Is this dinner-table conversation?” Jay asks at the end. Is abortion a topic for polite company? For a podcast? In any event, it’s an important one. Both Jay and his guest are pro-life, or anti-abortion, if you like. (Jay will even accept “anti-choice,” on the subject of abortion.) But perhaps even the other side will be interested in what they have to say. To “know where they’re coming from,” as was said, once upon a time.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer the news that the Clinton Global Initiative is shutting down.  They also sigh as more and more Democrats publicly state that Donald Trump is an illegitimate president.  And they unload on a reviewer who pans “Patriots Day” because a white male is the hero, the resilience of the Boston is presented as a good thing and police are the good guys.

This week, the LadyBrains take on there perils of remodeling with unskilled men, screen fasting, vegan/meat-eater mixed marriages.

National Review’s Ian Tuttle joins Jay and Mona to talk about BuzzFeed and the press, among many other things. They consider whether, on balance, the past few weeks have been good for conservatism. There were one and a half cheers for Rex Tillerson, and some full-throated enthusiasm for others. Does the cabinet matter, when DT is in the Oval? Jay and Mona differ.

The podcast closes with thoughts about the “real America.” 

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see the Democrats’ strategy against Jeff Sessions accomplish nothing – and they point out why the strategy was so stupid.  They also groan as the Obama administration’s self-congratulations tour continues with Obama giving Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  And they react to Sen. Kamala Harris grilling CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo about climate change, while Jim explains the “sure, whatever” strategy he would employ at a confirmation hearing.

This week on OppCast, we bring together an expert panel to break down exactly what must happen for Congress and the Trump administration to smoothly repeal and replace Obamacare.  From the tiniest details to the broadest of strokes, we’ll paint a clear picture of the challenges the nation will face during the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency.

On the last podcast of the week, we argue over the meaning of the shock announcement about the investigation at the Justice Department into the propriety of FBI Director James Comey’s behavior this year, and whether Donald Trump solved anything for himself by his semi-divestment of his business. Give a listen.

Light news week, not much to talk about. Let’s see, we’ve got Troy Senik sitting in for Rob Long. We’ve got The Washington Examiner’s Byron York guiding guys through the confirmation hearings, Trump’s battles with the media. We’ve got some marriage advice for Ricochet member @Josh. And we’ve got Lileks on sentient machines and Apple’s descent into irrelevancy. Ho hum.

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After having some fun with reports that science proves conservatives are better looking, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome mainstream media condemnation of BuzzFeed.  They’re also underwhelmed by Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, while noting he does have several strong points.  And they lament the San Diego Chargers leaving for Los Angeles after voters rejected paying for a new stadium.

Ildar Dadin is a political prisoner in Russia. He has the unwelcome distinction of being the first person imprisoned under an onerous new law: a law that effectively bans protests of the government without permission from that same government.

Dadin has been tortured. He feared that he would be killed. Just recently, he was transferred from one prison, in Karelia, near Finland, to another, in Siberia, near the Kazakh border. The good news is: Ildar Dadin is alive and well, after all he has been through.

It was “the paper that shook the world of economics,” according to BloombergThe paper, written by David Autor, David Dorn and my guest today, Gordon Hanson, introduced the “China trade shock” into the lexicon and gave the narratives of disintegrating American manufacturing and loss of American jobs – whether seen in campaign trail rhetoric, or in books like Hillbilly Elegy – a hard economic edge.  So, now that we know that the China Shock happened, that it dramatically cut American employment, that even those who lost jobs went on welfare and those who kept them took permanent pay cuts, the question is: what now?

Gordon Hanson specializes in the economics of international trade, international migration and foreign direct investment. He holds the Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations at UC San Diego, and has faculty positions in the Department of Economics and GPS, where he also is director of the Center on Global Transformation. He is the acting dean of the School and is presently a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and co-editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Host Teri Christoph talks with journalist Scott Reeder about his new true crime podcast, Suspect Convictions. The show tells of the horrifying murder in 1990 of nine-year-old Jennifer Lewis and the possible miscarriage of justice that has been playing out for nearly three decades. This story is compelling. In the second half of Smart Girl Politics, Scott shares his thoughts on the state of journalism and the opportunities for conservatives to tell good stories that will lead to good public policy.

Richard Epstein breaks down the complicated path to replacing Obamacare without destabilizing America’s healthcare system.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America slam BuzzFeed, and to some extent CNN, for irresponsible reporting on alleged dirt that the Russians have on Donald Trump.  They also rip Pres. Obama for his delusional farewell speech, including his patented move of urging Americans to understand one another while demonizing anyone who disagrees with him.  And they wonder why Trump would meet with someone as loony as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the issue of vaccines possibly causing autism.

It’s 2017! Neal is back and Jay is along with him talking to John Schindler (on Twitter, @20Committee) from The Observer and an intelligence expert about Donald Trump, the Russians, and the Chinese. John lays out his thoughts on the Russian hacking of the DNC, the extent of it, as well as offering up commentary on Julian Assange and Wikileaks. John also talks about Trump’s national security and national defense team (fan of Mattis, not of Flynn) and what he sees coming down the road.

John was a great guest and you don’t want to miss this.

Presidential elections happen every four years. But presidential transitions don’t. The last time we had a Republican president replace a Democratic one was in 2001. To give us some historical context on presidential transitions, and to evaluate how Donald Trump’s transition is going, Avik Roy turns to Tevi Troy, who was the domestic policy director for Mitt Romney’s presidential transition effort in 2012.

Tevi is the author of several books about the presidency, most recently Shall We Wake The President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management From The Oval Office, and also the CEO of the American Health Policy Institute.

It’s the first GLoP of the new year and as luck would have it, we’ve got plenty to talk about. First up, an actress made a speech at an awards show the other night that bridged the nexus of culture, entertainment, and politics. So yes, the men of GLoP have their say and  then some. Also, some thoughts on Rogue One and the Uncanny Valley theory (here’s the 30 Rock  explanation of the theory Jonah refers to in the podcast), are conservatives in sitcoms making a comeback, and some thoughts on the iPhone on its 10th anniversary.

Winter is here, @EJHill.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America get a kick out of Trump protesters arguing about who is more oppressed.  They also rip New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker for testifying against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general.  And they sigh as the insane people from Code Pink repeatedly disrupt the Sessions confirmation hearings.

Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet contributor Stephen Miller welcome Erin Gloria Ryan to talk about her trip at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Erin is a senior editor at the Daily Beast and appears on truTV’s “Greatest Ever.” She previously served as the Managing Editor of Jezebel and Deputy Editor at Vocativ, as well as a writer for VH1’s “Best Week Ever.”

Our intro and outro music (and Stephen’s song of the week) is “it’s different for girls” by Of Montreal. Jon’s song of the week is “Blit Scratch” by Oliver Wilde. 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 January 10, 2017, it’s the Hollywood Hell edition of the podcast – number 101 – brought to you by ZipRecruiter and Simplisafe.

It’s hard to get past Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe slam of Donald Trump. That is one hurtin’ woman. Put Hollywood together with academia, Wall Street and Silicon Valley (just check this out!), shake, and try to strain out a single Trump supporter. Good luck!  Mike posits that Hollywood celebrities and university physicists have some salient points in common.

What’s the meaning of meaning? Now there’s a heady question–but one that Emily Esfahani Smith tackles with clear-headed, narrative prose in The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Smith discusses the ingredients of a meaningful life, argues that happiness is overrated, and describes how the rise of social media and the decline of religious faith have shaped the modern search for meaning.

On the first of this week’s podcasts, we dilate upon Meryl Streep attacking Donald Trump and Donald Trump attacking Meryl Streep and how Trump represents a different kind of combative conservative—one who has his own form of pop-culture reach that is beyond the capacity of the Streeps to silence or control. We also talk about why it is that the declassified Russia report is not the document it could have or should have been. And some other stuff. Give a listen.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Mark Hemingway of “The Weekly Standard” for shredding the ridiculous notion that the Obama administration has been scandal-free.  They also unload on the FBI for doing nothing after the man who later became the Ft. Lauderdale airport terrorist came to them and said his mind was being controlled by U.S. intelligence agencies.  And they highlight the FBI revelation that the Democratic National Committee refused to allow agents to inspect their servers after they suspected they had been hacked.

Throughout the recent election, politicians painted Wall Street banks as the reigning lords of the American economy, such that Bernie Sanders urged we break up the banks in order to protect the little guy, the American Main Street. Rana Foroohar argues that this trend of “financialization” has incentivized companies to engineer their balance sheets and their bottom lines – corporate short-termism — to the detriment of real job creation and long term growth. Hillary Clinton would agree.  We discussed.

Foroohar was an assistant managing editor at Time and the magazine’s economics columnist, and starts soon at the Financial Times as chief business columnist and associate editor. She is also a global economic analyst for CNN.

In this episode, the ladies take on New Years Resolutions, Scientology, and the blending of the two in our resolution to have a drink with Leah Remini in 2017.