Smart girls Tami Nantz and Marcia Chambliss are joined by bestselling author Andy Andrews (author of the forthcoming The Little Things: Why You Should Sweat the Small Stuff). Andy has a special message for the #NeverTrump folks, addresses why we must vote on Election Day, and offers a really cool and totally free gift to listeners.

The stars aligned this week and we discovered that all of three of the men of GLoP (that’s Jonah Goldberg, Rob Long, and John Podhoretz) were all in the same city that never sleeps at the same time. So, we convened a special in person podcast at the sumptuous offices of Commentary Magazine. A few of today’s topics: the Conservative media industrial complex and what to do about it, Westword, Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize, and GLoP fixes Twitter. See you on the high seas after the election, everyone.

We’re walking here, @EJHill.

Did Citizens United hand the US electoral system to nefarious corporate interests and “dark money”? We ask former FEC chairman and free speech advocate Bradley Smith. His lucid explication makes even this murky realm of the law very clear.

Jay and Mona then consider emotionalism, tribalism, and extremism in American politics. Also, is it just the women angle that makes Trump unacceptable? Bob Dylan gets a shout out that he might not like.

A prediction of things to come in the last two weeks of the 2016 Presidential election, and a hilarious discussion of horrors (political and otherwise) with comedian Dana Gould.

Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, joins Jay Caruso and Neal Dewing on this episode of The Fifth Estate. They chat about the Donald Trump candidacy, focusing on several areas:

  • What does it mean for the GOP if he wins or loses by a small margin?
  • What does it mean for the GOP if he loses big?
  • What culpability does the media have in giving him a platform for most of 2015 and into 2016?

In more general terms, Bill spoke of who he sees as the next generation of conservative leaders to emerge once the dust settles and what if anything should be done about people (like Sean Hannity, for example) who aligned themselves so firmly with Trump they were reduced to following in his footsteps and insulting conservatives.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy WikiLeaks expose the Democratic panic after Pres. Obama publicly said he only learned of Hillary Clinton’s email server through the media.  They also unload on both Megyn Kelly and Newt Gingrich for their exhausting and devolving debate on Tuesday night.  And they shake their heads as Mike Pence is sent to Utah to shore up that state for the GOP ticket.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America appreciate at least one prominent Democrat facing justice as former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is sentenced to jail.  They also wince as the Cook Political Report predicts Democrats will win back the U.S. Senate.  And we unload on a new PSA showing schoolkids berating a classmate because his dad didn’t vote.

Why would a series of religious biographies issue a title on the famous iconoclast H.L Mencken? That’s the challenge D.H. Hart had to answer in his new book, Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H.L. Mencken.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Hart describes his subject’s massive influence nearly a century ago as well as what Mencken really thought about God, the universe, and everything. He also tries to explain why Mencken, despite his apostasies, appeals more to conservatives than liberals today.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for October 25, 2016, it’s the “Trump is Dead” edition. Your hosts Todd Feinburg, Boston area talk show guy and Mike Stopa, practicing nanophysicist will guide you again through this week’s obstacle course of an election and preview what’s going to happen if we wake up on November 9 to President-elect Hillary Clinton (as we seem painfully likely to do). We will not spare you the pain: Obamacare cast in cement, pathway to citizenship, oppressive taxation (“she’ll go where the money is”) – are on the horizon. What do we do?

And we’ll also discuss the drip, drip, drip of the Wikileaks email dumps. If we haven’t heard the crescendo yet, what can we expect to come next? We discuss the revelation of some supposedly distinguished journalists cravenly calling themselves “hacks” and running their copy by John Podesta, the DNC or any other leftwing outfit that gives them succor and access. (Hint: we name names…but that’s what Wikileaks is all about, isn’t it?).

Jay takes advantage of “Q&A” to do away with “Q&A” and record a music program instead – this one related to Halloween. So there is a variety of spooky and devilish music – by Tartini, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and others. From a violin sonata to an aria to a horse ride into hell to a sorcerer (or rather, his apprentice). Enjoy, and don’t be too scared.

The track list for this show is here.

On the first of this week’s podcasts, the COMMENTARY crew (JPod, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman) suggest two scenarios post-election: One in which nothing really changes and Donald Trump remains a leading force in our politics going forward, or one in which everything changes, which brings apocalyptic dangers of its own. Yes, it’s another cheerful discussion of our wondrous future from the people who are bottling pessimism but hopefully make you laugh as we do it. Give a listen.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud for grilling Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook and pointing out the Democrats had no problem discussing Donald Trump’s stolen tax returns but now say Russia stole John Podesta’s emails and no one should read them.  They also groan as the Wall Street Journal reveals Clinton confidante and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe directed $675,000 to the 2015 campaign of a woman whose husband ended up overseeing part of the Hillary Clinton investigation.  And they wretch as the Pentagon discovers it overpaid bonuses to Americans who did extra combat time in Iraq and Afghanistan – and now wants some of the money back.

Hey, you there… so it’s Monday morning, long work week ahead, we know how it is.  That’s why on this week’s OppCast, we lay out everything you need to know in politics for this home stretch of election season.  From what we’ve learned since the debate, to how online hacking is shaping partisan politics, we’ll get your week started with a strong, caffeinated dose of opportunity.


It’s a special Halloween episode of HWX with Brian Ward and Paul Happe.  Featured in this episode are discussions of the horrors of the election season:

  • The email leaks of Hillary and John Podesta.  Which is your favorite ignored scandal?
  • World premiere of the new spin on the holiday classic, the Monster Mash, with the Clinton Cash.
  • Analysis of and lessons learned from James O’Keefe’s new video releases.
  • HWX House of Horrors, a tour of the haunted mansion that is the 2016 Presidential election.

With the election just about upon us, (hooray!) we strive to bring both points of view to the candidate. Representing the #NeverTrump position we’ve got Wisconsin talk radio show host Charlie Sykes, who takes us through his reasons for opposing Trump. On the other side, it’s Victor Davis Hanson, who makes his case with his usual clarity and logic. Fair and balanced, that’s what we are. Also, the Al Smith dinner, the impact of Wikileaks, and a recap of last week’s meet up in Manhattan. Personal to Mr. Charles Berry of St. Louis, MO: a hearty and happy 90th birthday, sir, and thanks for all the great tunes. Many more of both, please.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see Pat Toomey and Marco Rubio in stronger positions in their key Senate races.  They also shred Pres. Obama’s patently dishonest speech calling Obamacare a great success, proposing more government involvement, and demonizing Republicans.  And they groan as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can’t even do humor well at the Al Smith dinner.

Two great interviews for our dear listeners today! Tami talks with Kathy King of The Well Armed Woman about how concealed carry has empowered them as women and why more and more women like them are choosing to pack heat. And Teri talks with Matt Margolis, co-author of the book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama, about whether or not history will be kind to the 44th president.

Democrats often seem obsessed with income and wealth inequality. They blame it for weak economic growth and stagnant middle-class incomes. Plus, many simply don’t like the idea of it.

But are there some big positives to inequality? That’s the argument made in The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class, a new book by Ed Conard, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a founding partner at Bain Capital.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America evaluate the third presidential debate.  They give Donald Trump credit for his best performance on the issues and putting Hillary Clinton on the defensive but allowed the takeaway to be his refusal to accept the election results.  They also hammer Hillary Clinton for her pure fiction that the landmark Heller decision was about toddlers getting access to guns, her dodging on open borders and the Clinton Foundation and letting the world know how soon we can launch nuclear weapons.  And we applaud moderator Chris Wallace for picking good topics, asking tough questions of both candidates and keeping everyone in line.

City Journal editor Brian Anderson and Manhattan Institute senior fellow Nicole Gelinas discuss how New York City saved its subway system after decades of decay and rampant crime that took hold from the 1960s to the early-1990s.

Read Nicole’s piece from the Summer 2016 Issue, “How Gotham Saved Its Subways.”

In the latest COMMENTARY podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman dive into the final presidential debate. Donald Trump’s remarkable habit of missing opportunities is indicative of how he has run this race, and why Clinton seems set to win in November. Clinton is, however, still Clinton. She will be paranoid and secretive, and Donald Trump won’t be missing anymore opportunities to attack her. Instead, her opponent will be House Speaker Paul Ryan. If the GOP doesn’t tear itself apart, the future for Democrats under Hillary Clinton is a fraught one.

Richard Epstein weighs the dangers of a Donald Trump presidency against those that would attend a Hillary Clinton Administration.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see millennials far less excited about Hillary Clinton than they were about Barack Obama.  They also shudder as many states reveal the massive Obamacare premium hikes in store for the coming year.  They react to a DNC bus pouring human waste into a Georgia storm sewer.  And they mark six years of the Three Martini Lunch with a look back at two of this year’s funniest moments.

Why Trump continues to spiral and double down on grievance rhetoric, plus an interview with Mark McKinnon, political consultant and producer of the Showtime series “The Circus.”

Tonight, John, Scott and Steve got together to talk about the strangest political season of modern times. Questions abound: Does Trump still have a chance? Will tomorrow night’s debate matter? Will the Hillary Clinton scandals that have come out recently give Trump a shot in the campaign’s waning days? How about the Senate? Can the Republicans hold it? If Hillary wins and the Senate is 50/50, will control of the Senate depend on a special election in Virginia? What about the House? Is there a danger that the Democrats could retake the House as well as the Senate? And, finally, if Hillary wins following a virtually issues-free campaign, will she have a mandate to govern? Or will she be a lame duck from the day of her inauguration?

The episode winds up with an interview with Senator Ron Johnson, the man standing in the way of Russ Feingold’s return to the Senate. The interview should be more than enough to convince you to go here and contribute to Johnson’s campaign.