On the last of this week’s podcast, we try to make sense of the weeklong battle between the incoming president and the intelligence community—and whether his view that the IC is basically working against him personally has some merit. We also talk about the vote to condemn the UN resolution on Israel and what it means for the Democratic party. Give a listen.

First show of 2017, people. This week, we’ve got Powerline’s Steve Hayward sitting in for the TV-making Rob Long, we’ve got Russians hacking, we’ve got Republicans repealing, we’ve got Lileks segueing, and we’ve got Avik Roy ACA-plaining. Really, what more could you want? OPhm, right — yep, we’ve got some Ricochet Member Feed posts too, and a little tribute to Carrie and Debbie. Thanks for everything, ladies.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud House Republicans and Democrats for an overwhelming vote condemning the UN resolution against Israel.  They also groan as the Trump transition and Gen. James Mattis butt heads over who should fill top Pentagon positions.  And they get a kick out of news that former Bush operative Matthew Dowd is thinking of running against Ted Cruz in 2018.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome Sen. Tom Cotton’s measured view of Russia, not hysterical but also not blind to Russia’s troubling record on many issues including their lack of participation in the war against radical Islam.  They also push back against columnists who don’t want Charleston murderer Dylann Roof executed because of childhood problems, societal issues or other possible factors in him committing the church murders.  And they discuss the the pickup truck question that had Twitter on fire earlier this week.

Piotr Anderszewski is one of the leading pianists in the world. He paid a visit to New York, where Jay caught up with him in the offices of the Steinway company (in the Lady Gaga conference room, specifically). (Really.) Anderszewski has recently returned to concert life from a short sabbatical. During this sabbatical, he made a film about Warsaw. He and Jay talk about this and many other issues, concerning music and not. A distinctive personality, Anderszewski.

Teri and Tami have a five mojito brunch for you today. Topics include Leah Remini’s show “Scientology and the Aftermath,” Jeb! setting education policy, why conservatives are flocking to the social media tool Gab, and Megyn Kelly’s move to NBC. (Unpopular opinion alert!)

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Donald Trump’s alleged Supreme Court short list coming down to mostly encouraging names.  They also rip the right for its insane romance with Julian Assange, with Trump suggesting Assange is trustworthy and Sarah Palin even apologizing to Assange for condemning his publishing her own hacked emails years ago.  And they groan as Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer vows to stall at least eight Trump cabinet nominees.

​City Journal senior editor Steven Malanga and contributing editor Judy Miller discuss some of the issues with the Port Authority Police Department, including a secret review of the department’s security readiness and the contentious relationship between Port Authority leaders and the police union.

Read Judy Miller’s full piece from the Autumn 2016 Issue of City Journal, The New York Police Force That Doesn’t Work.

On the first podcast of 2017, we discuss the first near-scandal of 2017—the quickly reversed effort to overhaul the Congressional ethics process in a manner highly injurious to the public image of the Republicans who agreed to it and then soon after agreed to dump it.

The lesson: Trump can challenge norms but other Republicans don’t have his Teflon. We also discuss the waning days of the Obama administration and its singularly graceless exit. Give a listen.

The Good Martini … It’s Harry Reid’s last day in the Senate!  Oh wait … it’s Chuck Schumer’s first day as Minority Leader.  Hmmm  The Bad Martini … Should the republicans really be overhauling the ethics office on their first day of the new Congress?  Marketing blunder or not?  And for today’s crazy Martini … WaPo’s “The Russians are attacking the electrical grid in Vermont” story.  Not so much.  #Ooops.

To kick off 2017, we bring you a special story of hope.  When Crystal Jenkins got pregnant with her daughter in the projects of Washington DC, she had no home, no job and no hope for a better future.  Drugs, crime and poverty plagued her life, but her daughter gave Crystal the strength to dream.  Now she says her daughter “will have what I never had, she’ll know she can do anything she wants in this life, she’ll know she can soar…”  Listen to find out how she did it.

Crystal’s testimony was taken from Little Lights Urban Ministries.  Head over to their website to donate.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 2, 2017, this is, my god I can’t believe it, our century mark podcast. Yep, podcast number 100! And as grandiose as that is, we have an equally grandiose theme, it’s the Back to Camelot edition of the podcast, brought to you by ZipRecruiter. If your business is giving you headaches because you can’t find the right candidates for the wonderful jobs you have to offer, take a look at ziprecruiter.com.

You can find us online at HarvardLunchClub.com and on twitter where our handle is @HLCpodcast; we are also on facebook, look for Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast. And of course we are here every week on Ricochet – the groovy center right clubhouse for intelligent talk and interesting perspectives.

It sounds like the subtitle of an Indiana Jones movie, but The Lost City of the Monkey God is the name of the new nonfiction book by Douglas Preston.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Preston explains what it’s like to find the ruins of an unknown city in an impenetrable jungle full of venom-spitting snakes and prowling jaguars, how he and his team even know to look for the place in the most remote regions of Honduras, and who were the people who lived there centuries ago.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America conclude their 2016 awards presentations with the biggest awards of all.  They unveil their choices for Person of the Year and Turncoat of the Year.  They also reveal their political resolutions for 2017.

That’s what an Obama staffer asked when he/she saw the term “the least of these” in a memo about the proper policies on poverty. What a chasm separates the two parties! Which brings up Kerry, Putin, the UN anti-Israel vote, changes on the right (is it protectionist now?), and much more. We close with a special contribution from two much-appreciated listeners.

It’s the end of the year and Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are in a globetrotting mood. First, what effect will the Obama Administration’s acquiescence to the UN’s anti-Israel motion have on the future of the Middle East? Then, is the White House doing enough to sanction Russia — and is President-Elect Trump taking the threat seriously enough? Then, closer to home, will President Obama’s last-minute executive actions be able to survive the Trump Administration? Can your Alexa be used against you in a murder case? And what 2016 passing has John Yoo the most depressed? (SPOILER ALERT: it’s culinary in nature).

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have already beat up on the media in these end-of-year awards, but this installment is focused exclusively on the media.  Today we offer our choices for most over-reported and under-reported stories of the year and our personal selections for story of the year.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America unveil their year-end awards in three more prestigious categories: Worst Scandal, Best Political Theater, and Worst Political Theater of 2016.

The Venezuelan situation is hard to believe: hunger, violence, a reversion to the primitive. Yet there is beauty there too, and human goodness.

Hannah Dreier is on the scene for the Associated Press. And, once again, she is Jay’s guest on “Q&A.” They talk about parents who give their children away, or even kill them. And people who rob and murder with impunity.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are ready to reveal their choices for Best Idea, Worst Idea, and Boldest Tactic of 2016.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America continue their year-end awards.  Today, they reflect on the political figures they were most sad to see pass away in 2016.  They also discuss their rising political stars and reach an easy consensus on the political figure they are most eager to see fade into oblivion.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for December 27, 2016 it’s the “Was 2016 Awesome or What?” edition. This is episode number 99 of the HLC Podcast, one short of a century, and our final podcast for the phenomenal year of 2016.

Everybody loves a year in review article or story before New Year’s and since this is our last episode for 2016 we each offer three topics that have seized our imagination, thwarted our tightly held assumptions or tickled our funny-bones.

Scholars constantly discover new information and offer new insights on William Shakespeare, says Gary Taylor, editor of The New Oxford Shakespeare.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Taylor explains why so many people regard Shakespeare as the greatest author in the English language, how researchers have used big data to learn about Shakespeare’s collaborations with Christopher Marlowe and other writers, and why he likes Othello so much.

Ben Domenech of The Federalist joined Jay to talk “The Best Of” throughout the year:

  • Best Movies
  • Best Television Shows
  • Best Music
  • Best Sports Moments
  • 2017 Predictions

Politics was largely avoided, but if you want to hear a fun discussion about pop culture, then you will enjoy this episode!

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America begin their annual year-end awards presentations.  Today they hand out their individual choices for most underrated, overrated, and honest political figures.