Brian Ward and Paul Happe reconvene for a special Christmas edition of HWX.  Topics addressed include:

*  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame winners announced and our predictions from 2 weeks ago are reviewed, as well as the accuracy of the listeners’ poll.    Also included, exclusive voice mail audio of the “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment of Paul declaring erroneously declaring victory prior to his devastating loss.

If you plan to watch some movies over Christmas and New Year’s, this is the podcast for you! Host Teri Christoph is joined by conservative film reviewer Christian Toto, of the website HollywoodinToto.com, to discuss the best and worst films of the year. And Christian answers the age-old question: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?

Yep, it’s our last show of 2016, and we go out with a tune — several of them, actually. Our guest is our good friend Pat Sajak, and along with the returning @RobLong, we end the year with a look back at the big stories (yes, there were a few), and some of our favorite Christmas tunes. What are yours? Tell us in the comments.

Thanks for listening to us this year — it was our biggest year ever in terms of downloads. We very much appreciate it and look forward to serenading your ears in 2017.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer the Italian police for taking out the Berlin terrorist, the Australian authorities for foiling a Christmas Day terrorist attack and those responsible for peacefully ending a hijacking in Malta.  They also get a kick out of Harry Reid calling the DNC worthless and Joe Biden concluding that Hillary Clinton never figured out why she was running.  And they applaud Donald Trump for getting Egypt to scrap a UN resolution condemning Israel after hearing the Obama administration might not oppose it.

​City Journal associate editor Matthew Hennessey and Manhattan Institute senior fellow Robert Bryce discuss the possibilities for the domestic energy industry under Trump, the state of American nuclear power, the Left’s push for all-renewable energy, and more.

City Journal is a magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute.

Who doesn’t love Christmas music? Mona and Jay share some favorite tracks in a special holiday edition of the podcast.From Bach to Berlin, it’s a great journey.

The track list from this podcast may be viewed here.

We have reached an era in society and our culture where many people are graduating from college with degrees that will not get them hired in their fields of study. Meanwhile, they they’re often at least $100,000 in debt because they’ve been told they “have” to go to college. In the meantime, there are thousands and thousands of skilled jobs available to people but nobody is prepared for those jobs. Because they’ve been conditioned to think those jobs are not worthy of taking.

So Jay and Neal are talking to Mike Rowe about his passion for people to learn skilled trades and to make just as good a living (or better) than the people with liberal arts degrees. They also discussed the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and Mike’s podcast, “The Way I Heard It.”

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America groan as conservative House Republicans are reportedly prepared to be less demanding on reining in spending once Trump is in office.  They also shake their heads as more revelations suggest the Germans should have had the Berlin terrorist out of the country a long time ago.  And they discuss three hate crime allegations that turned out to be hoaxes – the latest in a series of fake news.

On the final Commentary podcast of the year, we discuss the threat posed to Germany’s Angela Merkel by the mishandling of the suspect in the Berlin Christmas market massacre and what it portends about Europe’s political situation. And we wonder at the record of John Kerry and the historical treatment of Barack Obama, whose drone policy has proved so unattractive to his own side that its definitive defense took place in…COMMENTARY, in this piece by Kenneth Anderson. Give a listen, and happy holidays and a happy new year from the podcasters.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to a Washington Post report suggesting the 2018 Senate map gives the Republicans a chance to hold a 60-seat majority.  They also shudder as German authorities confirm they’re looking for a Tunisian asylum seeker as the one responsible for the Berlin terrorist attack.  And they scratch their heads over the reasons some Democrats are giving for opposing Keith Ellison as the next DNC chairman, instead of the really glaring reasons he would be a terrible choice.

Yep, it’s the last GLoP of 2016, so time to do a bit of reflection (just a bit) on the year that was. We talk the incoming administration — who will and may jot make it through the nomination process, who has the best names in the cabinet, and of course, some picks for the best movies, TV, and books of the year. Got some choices we missed? Let us know in the comments below. See you next year, everyone!

This week, The Conservatarians welcome movie reviewer Christian Toto to pick the best and worst films of 2016. Christian is an award-winning journalist, member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and founder of the website Hollywood In Toto and the HiT Podcast.

Our intro and outro music is “Christmas Treat” by Julian Casablancas. 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.

Men: Why are they so hard to shop for? Lyndsey & Elisha try to convince Emily she needs a Glock 19. And will Facebook’s fact-checking plan become a new form of censorship? We rant, you decide.

Kimberley Motley is an American attorney and human-rights activist. She has been working in Afghanistan. She has been of particular help to girls and women. Last week, she traveled to Cuba, where she hoped to represent Danilo Maldonado.

Maldonado is a dissident and street artist nicknamed “El Sexto” (which means, “The Sixth”). Jay wrote about him here. He has been in and out of prison: and he is in prison again, for not saying and doing the right things after the death of Fidel Castro.

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to enter office and kick off his 100 days, health care reform is a top priority for many voters and for many Republicans in Congress. Whether this means a complete “Repeal and replace” overhaul, or a more gradual transition, only time will tell. In the interim, a record 700,000 people signed up on HealthCare.Gov in mid-December, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, trying to guarantee coverage for 2017.

James C. Capretta holds the Milton Friedman chair at AEI. From 2001 to 2004, he was an assistant director at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, where he was responsible for all health care, Social Security, welfare, and labor and education issues. He has also worked as a senior health policy analyst at the US Senate Budget Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, and was a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shudder at the public assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey and the truck attack at a Christmas market in Berlin.  They also unload on the 10 faithless electors in Monday’s Electoral College vote.  And they get a kick out of Pres. Obama urging Donald Trump to take it easy in issuing executive orders.

In this bonus episode, host Teri Christoph talks with Jay Herriott of The 25th Project about his efforts to bring Christmas cheer to the homeless all 12 months of the year.

When so many polls got it so wrong this past November, is polling dead as we know it?   We sit down with Kristen Anderson, co-host of the Pollsters podcast, to understand exactly what went wrong and how pollsters are adapting to the changing political landscape.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 20, 2016, it’s the Electoral College Edition of the podcast…only it’s not! It is really the Judy Curry podcast where we talk with the noted climatologist and courageous skeptic about the details – we’re talking details here – of the climate alarmist argument.

The HLC podcast is brought to you by Donors Trust, by Patriot Mobile and by our friends at SimpliSafe.

William F. Buckley, Jr. called him “the greatest English novelist of the [20th] century”–and so does Philip Eade, author of Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Eade describes Waugh’s legacy, picks his best books, and explains his conservatism. Also, he answers the most important question of all: When Evelyn Waugh married Evelyn Gardner, did she take his name?

Jay calls Larry Diamond “Mr. Democracy.” Professor Diamond has devoted his career to the study and advocacy of democracy — a very important thing to study and advocate. “The worst system of government except for all others.”

In this “Q&A,” Jay covers some basic questions with his guest: Why is democracy so important? The United States is a republic, not a democracy, right? 

In the first of this week’s two podcasts, we talk about the ludicrousness of the effort to encourage “faithless electors” to disrupt the legitimacy of the Trump victory and the connection to fake news. We also get into the challenges the new president will face he has no clue he’s going to face because presidents never know, and whether he has or will have a foreign policy “doctrine.” Can an improviser be doctrinal? Who knows? Give a listen.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be director of the Office of Management and Budget.  They also slam Pres. Obama for dismissing the Electoral College as a vestige of an earlier vision of America.  And we react to Michelle Obama comparing the American people to toddlers.

Richard Epstein looks at how the modern regulatory regime has slowed development and hindered infrastructure projects.

Victor Davis Hanson describes how higher education and the media have eroded — and provides recommendations for reforming each.