Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 28, 2016 it’s the Trump Killed Fidel edition of the show! Trump stuns the world winning the big election and just like that Fidel exits stage left to his eternal reward. Coincidence? We think not. We discuss how finally Fidel’s place in history is well-urned. Yuk, yuk. Should the Cuban government have kept their glorious leader in corporum eternus in the manner of Castro’s inspiration and guide V.I. Lenin (who continues to greet tourists to this day in his subterranean mausoleum)? Might an embalmed Fidel have come in handy as the greeting face at the future Havana Disney World’s Yesterday Exhibit? We’ll discuss.

And, why do liberals continue to whine and moan in utter hysteria over Trump and what can we do to get them to keep it up forever? Todd tells the story of a colleague who forwards all manner of diatribe to him – including a hilarious piece by Milo Yiannopoulos entitled Here’s Why There Ought to Be a Cap on Women Studying Science and Maths, the humor of which appears to have eluded said colleague. We’ll talk about Milo’s argument and the perspective of Nobel Prize Winner Tim Hunt regarding which Mike giving his informed scientific opinion.

Bernard Cornwell seeks to retell the history of England’s founding through his historical novels–and the adventure continues in his latest, The Flame Bearer.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Cornwell discusses why Alfred the Great was so great, how his main character is loosely based on one of his own ancient ancestors, and for how long he thinks he’ll keep on adding new titles to this current series of books.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America gladly welcome the demise of brutal Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.  They also slam Pres. Obama and other leaders and media figures for their mealy-mouthed statements about Castro’s record and give Donald Trump credit for getting the story right.  And they shake their heads at Jill Stein’s money grab posing as a recount effort.  They also slam Hillary Clinton for joining the effort and and Donald Trump for alleging voter fraud that supposedly cost him the popular vote.

In the latest COMMENTARY podcast, the election you thought was over, well, isn’t. Hillary Clinton’s team announces its intention to join a recount in the upper Midwest, sending the nation hurtling back into its partisan corners and preventing Democrats from coming to terms with why they lost. Also, how the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro exposed the left’s nostalgia for revolutionary communism and, with it, an utter contempt for human rights.

Richard Epstein looks at the legal and policy controversies emanating from the office of the president-elect.

It’s a special Thanksgiving season broadcast of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe, the Nihilist in Golfpants convening to give thanks for our many blessings.   Topic discussions include:

*  Holiday day time drinking suggestions, featuring the Brutal Mimosa and the Ramos Gin Fizz.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America observe Black Friday by each handing out three Christmas gifts to very worthy recipients.  Those getting presents include Kellyanne Conway, the Clintons, Huma Abedin, Harry Reid, and Paul Ryan.

jay-costThe team takes one more turn at post-election analysis and this time it’s Jay Cost of the Weekly Standard joining Jay and Neal to talk. The gang discussed the particulars of the election, as well as what the GOP needs to do to keep those rust belt states. Also, they discuss the breakdown of political civility. Whereas it’s fine to be passionate about your beliefs, it doesn’t mean the other side is evil. Finally, they spend some time talking about “The Walking Dead” and Jay answers the ever-important question — Star Wars or Star Trek?

Thanksgiving is here once again, and the full crew is home for the holidays. James, Rob, and Peter discuss the recent cabinet appointments (including Peter’s first person experiences with Jim Mattis), the media freakout, some reflections on wrong predictions, few stories from the recent NR cruise, what it’s like to run a big time network TV show, ac couple of posts from the Member Feed, and finally, some thoughts on what we’re thankful for. Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America prepare for Thanksgiving by each listing three things they’re politically thankful for this year.

What does South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s nomination to lead the American mission to the United Nations say about Donald Trump? Quite a few surprising and even encouraging things, according to COMMENTARY Magazine podcast hosts John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman.

The gang discusses the prospect of Mitt Romney’s ascension to the post of Secretary of State, Donald Trump’s desire to divest from his company, and the high stakes should he choose not to do so.

In this episode of American Wonk, Avik Roy returns to the topic of the 2016 election with the guy who had it all figured out before anyone else: Sean Trende  the Senior Elections Analyst at RealClearPolitics and author of The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government is Up for Grabs and Who Will Take It. Sean also co-authored the 2014 edition of the Almanac of American Politics.

Sean discusses his controversial articles from four and three years ago: “The Case of the Missing White Voters,” and “The Case of the Missing White Voters, Revisited,” in which Sean noted that 6 to 7 million white voters who voted in 2008 didn’t show up in 2012. Most notably, those voters weren’t classic conservative voters, but rather blue-collar whites without college degrees in Rust Belt states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Teri and Tami are back together for a three mojito brunch! Mojitos include Melania not moving to the White House (and why Teri might not be okay with that), sexist Swedish snow plows, sexist Disney films (because of course), and why we can all look forward to being called neo-nazis for the next four years.

City Journal editor Brian Anderson and contributing editor Aaron M. Renn discuss Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential race, the popular discontent that led to his rise, and the future of the Trump administration.

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

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are generally encouraged by Donald Trump’s plan for the first 100 days on energy, immigration, national security and more.  They also scratch their heads as Trump announces he will not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton, a power the president doesn’t actually have.  And they get a kick out of the push for California secession but glumly admit it probably won’t actually happen.

Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center joins to analyze the election results (Olsen was one of the few to predict the outcome within a point or two) and consider the big takeaways from 2016 about ethnic and working class voters. What matters more: identity or issues?

Jay and Mona then read the tea leaves emerging from Trump tower and Bedminster, NJ and offer some praise, some relief, and some alarm.

This week, The Conservatarians — aka, Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet contributor Stephen Miller — take on fake news, pierce the progressive bubble, and mock the freak out over Trump’s cabinet picks.

Our intro and outro music is “Ice Cream” by Battles. Jon’s song of the week is “Colour Television” by Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and Stephen’s is “Alabama” by Night Moves. 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.

Jay ditches a traditional “Q&A” – a proper “Q&A” – to do a music program: a program of music related to Thanksgiving, or at least to thanksgiving: expressions of gratitude. You have some Baroque, including Bach, and some Beethoven, and some Strauss (Richard Strauss), and some Barber, and, finally, a cherished familiar hymn. Happy, happy Thanksgiving.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for November 22, 2016, It’s the Trump Party edition of the program, brought to you by SimpliSafe as well as Donors Trust. This week on the podcast we discuss the conflict of interest landmines awaiting Team Trump described recently by Republican Commentator David Frum. How will it be possible for President Trump to avoid getting in trouble when legislation, executive orders and rolling out of bed will have consequences for his personal financial empire? For the Democrats (and Republicans) who will be scheming to get rid of him as soon as possible won’t this be a target rich environment?

Then we’ll talk about Vice-President Elect Mike Pence’s trip to the theater with his daughter to see the big, Tony-award winning hit Hamilton and the booing and dissing that he endured just to acquire a little culture with his kid (other than that Mr. Pence, how did you enjoy the play?). Was that an unbelievable ego trip by the Hamilton cast and crew members or what?!?

From the Peloponnesian Wars and Punic Wars of antiquity to America’s 20th-century confrontation with the Soviet Union, we have much to learn from the clashes of the past, says James Lacey, editor of Great Strategic Rivalries: From the Classical World to the Cold War.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Lacey describes the rules of rivalries, from how they start to how they end, and discusses possible major rivalries of the 21st century. He also provides advice on how the United States can prepare for the inevitable showdown.

In the first of this week’s podcasts, we discuss the question of why and whether Donald Trump will, in fact, divest himself of the Trump Organization and the fact that he is now in the position of picking and choosing which policies he can attempt to put into effect since his candidacy did not rest on policy prescriptions.

Also, why the liberal culture’s refusal to be magnanimous in its victory has led the Democratic party to its present parlous state. Give a listen.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the fairly easy road to confirmation for the Trump cabinet thanks to Harry Reid’s nuclear option.  They also groan as the New York Times reports Pres. Obama plans to break from tradition and be a very vocal ex-president to keep the heat on Trump.  And they discuss the Hamilton kerfuffle and how only Pence ends up looking good.

It’s a special post-election episode of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe, the Nihilist in Golf Pants reconvening to assess the state of political punditry in the USA in the new era of Trump.  Topics addressed include:

*  The case study of Van Jones, from his “white lash” polemics on CNN election night to his stuttering defense on ABC News this week.   What is the Van Jones problem and how can he do better?

Live from the Nieuw Amersterdam showroom, it’s special Mad Dogs and Englishmen (that’s Charles C.W. Cooke and Kevin Williamson) and GLoP (that’s Jonah Goldberg and John Podhoretz — Rob Long couldn’t make it this year) mashup. Won’t divulge the topics here, but there’s laughs and insights a plenty and a good time was had by most.

David Clarke is one of the most famous lawmen in America. He is the sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He is a commanding personality who has much experience and much to say. And he says it very well.

Sheriff Clarke is a guest on National Review’s current cruise. Jay sat down with him for a “Q&A” in front of an audience.