Now that the election is finally over, the tough job of paving the future of America has begun.  But how much of president-elect Trump’s stated goals are mere lip-service to his base, and how much could become actual policy?  Hosts John Hart and Ellen Carmichael weigh in on the obstacles the new administration will have to hurdle, and what it means for the national Conservative movement going forward.

Human Action: A Treatise on Economics by Ludwig von Mises had a profound effect on Charles Koch when he read it for the first time.

Described as his “magnum opus,” this 900-page, 1949 treatise details a comprehensive, economics-based worldview on how people can live and work together peacefully – including what motivates us to act and why we value money.

This week, The Conservatarians — aka, Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet contributor Stephen Miller — label 2016 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of Death, celebrate the ugly end to Clinton, Inc., and wonder what a Trump Presidential Library will look like.

Our intro and outro music is “Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen. Jon’s song of the week is “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley, and Stephen’s is “Thin Air” by Teenage Fanclub. 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.

It’s a special post-election episode of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe of the Nihilist in Golf Pants reconvening to bind the up the nation’s wounds and bring us all together in preparation for the challenges ahead. .  Topics discussed include:

From election night – election night parties, what are they good for?  Polls, what went wrong and what went right? The end of the pundit era as we know it?  A review of election night celebrity Tweets. Plus an exclusive musical tribute to the media reporting of the night, with accompaniment by Maxine Nightingale.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump shocked the world and defied the polls by beating Hillary Clinton and winning the presidential election. What can we learn from his victory, and what does it bode for the future of the GOP?

Emily Ekins, research fellow at the Cato Institute and member of the Board of Advisors of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, joins Avik Roy to dissect the 2016 exit polls. They discuss Hillary Clinton’s underperformance with Millennials and minorities, Donald Trump’s success in the upper Midwest, and the durability of the Trump electoral coalition driven by whites without college degrees.

Yeah, yeah, there was an election earlier this week, but we’re all past that now. What will the first 100 days of the Trump administration look like? For that we (along with guest host Mona Charen) turn to the great Larry Kudlow, who has been a Trump supporter and advisor since the beginning of the campaign. Who will be, who will be out, what policies will be advocated, we cover it all. Also, some thoughts about the campaign and how we all move forward from #NeverTrump.

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Teri Christoph is joined by Jennifer Burke, editor-in-chief of, to discuss the early days of the tea party movement, the rise of Donald Trump, the tears of leftist protesters, and what’s next for conservatives.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and David French of National Review applaud TNT sports anchor Ernie Johnson for reacting to the 2016 election by trusting God, praying for Trump and pledging to do his part to make America better.  They also sigh at reports that the Clintons are grooming Chelsea for a congressional bid in New York.  And they react to liberal activists in Oregon and California leading efforts to secede from the U.S. because Trump won the election.

When we think about our collective economic future, is it dismal or dazzling? Or a bit of both? Chris Kutarna and Ian Goldin argue that we stand on the precipice of transformational change, the likes of which we have not seen since the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery, so once in every 500 years. We discussed this and all the paradigm-breaking implications for politics, technology, and the human experience.

Chris Kutarna is a Fellow at the Oxford Martin School. He earned a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford. One time a consultant with BCG, he is a two-time Governor General’s Medallist, a Sauvé Fellow and Commonwealth Scholar. His new book isAge of Discovery, written with Ian Goldin, who is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School, and a Professorial Fellow at Oxford’s Balliol College.

The Catholics say hope is a theological virtue, and while none of the four participants in a special Need to Know is Catholic, all are upholding it this week.

Peter Wehner joined first, Wednesday morning, for reflections on the challenge to conservatives of a Trump presidency. On Thursday, Jay and Mona welcomed David French. They talk Supreme Court, Obamacare, and then, inevitably, foreign policy and character. It’s a bizarre stew, cooked up by history.

Richard Epstein shares his reaction on learning that Donald Trump will be the 45th president and provides recommendations for the new administration’s policy agenda.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and David French of National Review applaud Democrats for suddenly recognizing and appreciating things like federalism, freedom of dissent, and the separation of powers now that Republicans are headed back to the White House.  They also slam the anti-Trump protesters for blocking traffic and engaging in violence and the colleges offering safe spaces, counseling, and even crayons and Play-Doh to students bothered by Trump’s win.  And they discuss the liberal calls for abolishing the Electoral College.

Charles G. Koch explains what makes Tom Wolfe compelling reading.

Originally published as a 27-part serial in Rolling Stone, then heavily revised for novelization, this 1987 tome set in New York City is considered by many to be the quintessential novel of the 1980s – receiving both widespread critical acclaim and weeks on best-seller lists.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for November 9, 2016 it’s the “Trump is a Genius” edition of the podcast. We’ll discuss the new reality of November 9, 2016. We’ve been wondering what this day was going to be like for *ever*. And it turns out to be better than we could possibly have imagined it! Not only did Trump win, but the sheer energy of the victory carried along almost all of his detractors on the right – at least temporarily – like a tsunami…a temporary tsunami?

We will discuss the change in the electorate that brought this about. Are the blue collar, Reagan Democrat, rust belt “leftover” voters a permanent feature of the new Republican coalition? Are Democrats in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – what Michael Moore called the “Brexit states,” destined to be a vanishing breed just as Democrats in the South have vanished?

Amongst the smoldering rubble of a prediction gone wrong, Mike and his guests talk about the Trump upset, how it happened , how it was missed by nearly everyone and what the future of the GOP will be under President Donald J Trump.

We were wrong.  Very wrong.  Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review discuss Donald Trump’s convincing win in the 2016 presidential election and why he won.  We also discuss Republicans defying the odds to keep majorities in the House and Senate.  And they observe how liberals in the media came to grips with Tuesday’s surprising results.

Well, here we are. In this podcast, we here at COMMENTARY eat crow about our presumption Donald Trump couldn’t win, we explain why we think he did, and why Hillary Clinton failed so spectacularly. Give a listen.

That was the realm in which Dick Ciccone flourished for many years as he illuminated the range and depth of political corruption in the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois and the benighted nation. But always, behind the sharply written yet elegant prose, the reader could discern a compensatory amusement that tempered his  never-depleted reserve of deeper outrage. As political editor and then managing editor of the Chicago Tribune he was one of the last of the great print journalists. He also graced our radio program as a member of our political “A-Team.”  The three other members of that team join me and a multitude of non-millennials in mourning his passing last week. Here he is in a solo appearance just about a year ago; it begins with the current presidential race as it was starting to shape up in September, 2015 and goes on to some great stories, a stream of amused and cynical asides and the display of his  easy and street-smart erudition (in his last two decades he doubled as a Notre Dame adjunct). A closing conjecture: without Dick, Barack Obama would not have become President. Why? Because Dick, as political editor, hired a new reporter, an aspiring  kid just out of the University of Chicago who was sort-of interested in politics: namely, David  Axelrod.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America offer their predictions for Election Day 2016.  Jim and Greg state their final electoral college results and go over each of the key swing states.  They also predict the final balance in the U.S. Senate come January and go through each of those key races.  And they discuss what the numbers in the U.S House of Representatives will look like.

Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard and Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist discuss the 2016 November elections.

It’s the most mysterious manuscript in the world, says Raymond Clemens, editor of The Voynich Manuscript.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Clemens describes why people are so fascinated by this medieval document that has puzzled cryptographers and sparked imaginations. He also explains how it came into the possession of Yale’s rare books library and why Yale University Press has now issued a photo-facsimile edition of this beguiling book.

Victor Davis Hanson explains why many Americans are increasingly removed from the nation’s core political, economic, and cultural institutions.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America dissect FBI Director Jim Comey’s announcement that he still finds no reason to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her handling of classified information.  They also react to a new WikiLeaks dump showing a top Clinton Foundation official noting that the Clinton Foundation paid for Chelsea’s wedding and other questionable things.  And they react to WikiLeaks demonstrating another example of CNN colluding with Democrats on questions for GOP candidates.

Roughly 36 hours from the time at which this podcast was recording, America will know the results of the 2016 presidential election. In the latest COMMENTARY podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman examine some likely scenarios as to how this thing will play out. Has Donald Trump awoken a sleeping giant in the form of the dormant Latino vote? Did Trump essentially win this race in June by emboldening an entirely new electorate that has never before voted and who isn’t showing up in the polls? Plus, how exactly do you pronounce Nevada?

It’s finally here.  Election day.  The final reckoning.  As the clock ticks down to zero hour, we sit down to run through the last minute numbers, talking points and demographics (and discuss what we’ll each be drinking on election night).  Join us on the lifeboat.