What will happen in Alabama’s GOP Senate runoff and then in November against a Democrat? How will the Democrats do in 2018 relative to the general history that the party in executive power usually loses lots of seats in Congress? Finally, do you like podcasts about music? Because the guest this week, Jeff Blehar, is going to be starting one with National Review. Jeff covers all these topics with Jay and Neal and answers the important question of who is better, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones.

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With current headlines ranging from bad to hideous, Dave thought it might be worthwhile to hit some of the more notable moments from his recent interviews with Pat Sajak, Emily Esfahani Smith, David Deeble, Dave Sussman, DC McAllister, and his fellow military buddies, Bob Lee and Pat Murphy. If you’d like to just relax and smile for a bit, you’ve come to the right place.

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Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) and Stephen Miller (aka @RedSteeze) chat about falling statues, the alt-left vs. the alt-right, and the firing of Steve Bannon.

The intro song and Stephen’s song of the week is “Creature Comfort” by Arcade Fire. Jon’s song of the week is “Slip” by Game Theory. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist. You also should subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes!

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Teri, Kira, and April tackle the hard questions surrounding the events in Charlottesville, including the role of antifa fascists in creating the chaos, why the media is complicit in the ongoing divides, and what President Trump got right.

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Jay and Mona talk of Nazis – neo and old (Jay is in Salzburg), how the Republican Party has now managed to take on the Democrats’ past sins, nuclear brinksmanship, and whether Trump’s churning staff changes will make a difference.

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Another busy week and to help us parse it, we enlist Ricochet Editor @jongabriel (not a member? Join Ricochet using the new ExJon leve1!) and guests Victor Davis Hanson and The Federalist’s Ben Domenech. We cover everything: the protests, the statues, and the firings. Listen!

Music from this week’s podcast: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band (from The Last Waltz)

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America close the week with three crazy martinis. They unload on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jim Sciutto for speculating on air that the radical Muslim terrorist in Barcelona got the idea for a van attack from watching the events in Charlottesville. They also hammer Antifa’s argument that it engages in violence to protect nonviolence and only against white supremacists, pointing out that Antifa viciously attacks anyone it doesn’t agree with and that it is the job of police to protect nonviolence. And they sigh as liberals start calling for the removal of statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, just as their critics predicted earlier in the week.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Michael Barone hosts Cass Sunstein, author of “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media” (Princeton University Press, March 2017). Mr. Sunstein’s book explores how the internet once promised to be the great equalizer, removing barriers between people and fostering the exchange of ideas. However, today’s internet is driving political fragmentation and polarization.

Mr. Sunstein offers some possible solutions for social platforms which would allow users to see varying opinions. He discusses that exposure to opinions different that one’s own are essential in fostering a healthy democracy.

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Recorded on July 24, 2017
With schools in session across the country, Hoover senior fellow Paul Peterson details this year’s survey of American education by Education Next. Among the more notable results: teachers are wary of their colleagues’ performance; parents are increasingly dissatisfied with charter schools.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel for simply stating there is no room in the Republican Party for white supremacists and that the GOP does not want their votes. They’re also surprised by Steve Bannon’s on-the-record interview with a liberal publication, in which he dismisses the military option on North Korea, outlines his push for a trade war with China and more. And they take a deep sigh as Ohio Gov. John Kasich gets closer to convincing himself there is a “moral imperative” for him to run against President Trump in 2020.

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In the second of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, the hosts try to wrap their heads around a series of events that defy logic. Why would Donald Trump try to rehabilitate people who align themselves with torch-lit rally-goers chanting racist slogans? Why would the left go to the mattresses to defend their own violent elements? And what the heck is Steve Bannon thinking in general? And does the country now share our crushing morosity? Give a listen and find out.

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On this week’s episode, the Substandard discusses The Dark Tower, the best and worst Stephen King film adaptations—i.e., rankings!—and this summer’s box office doldrums. Sonny reveals himself as a Stephen King scholar. JVL thinks Tolstoy > Stephen King (he must be joking). Vic hated the deli slicer scene in Children of the Corn. Plus a trip to IKEA, a schnitzel recipe, and more horology—all on this week’s Substandard!

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Bill shares his thoughts on the violence and protests in Charlottesville. He explains why the police and authorities should have done more to stop the violence and how they let the protests spiral out of control. He also defends President Trump’s handling of the situation and blasts those who are trying to link Trump and conservatives to white supremacists. (NOTE: This podcast was recorded before President Trump’s press conference Tuesday afternoon.)

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Described by host Salena Zito as “Fieastaware-porn,” Examining Politics brings you an in-depth interview into the history of the company Homer Laughlin and the creation of Fieastaware. Located near Pittsburgh the company holds a special place in native Salena’s heart and her enthusiasm shows. Joining her is Homer Laughlin CEO Elizabeth McIlvain and her daughter Katie.

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A difficult week for the ladybrains leads to a tough conversation about preserving friendships in a politically-fraught time.

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Today on the Daily Standard podcast, Law professor James Cooper talks with Eric Felten about the all together too many jobs that require government permission in the form of occupational licenses.

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Was Churchill a drunk? Richard M. Langworth insists he wasn’t in Winston Churchill, Myth and Reality: What He Actually Did and Said.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Langworth describes Churchill’s drinking habits and addresses the accusations that Churchill exacerbated the 1943 famine in Bengal. He also recommends biographies of Churchill and offers his assessment of the new film Dunkirk.

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Victor Davis Hanson places the new film Dunkirk in its full historical context, explaining the events that preceded it, the scope of the challenges facing the British military, and the reason why German forces didn’t strike a killing blow despite Allied vulnerability.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss President Trump defending some of the people attending the rally in Charlottesville, including those who were at the torch protest, and David explains why he sees Trump’s words as the dream scenario for the alt-right.. They cheer a new law in Texas that prevent insurance companies from requiring Texans to subsidize elective abortions through their own coverage. They are deeply disturbed, however, by a CBS report declaring Iceland has virtually eliminated Down Syndrome through abortion.

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Yefim “Fima” Bronfman is one of the greatest pianists of our time. He has been playing at the Salzburg Festival, where Jay has been working. The two of them sat down for a “Q&A,” covering a range of topics: composers, pianists, and the musical life. A fine opportunity to hear words from someone famous for notes.

P.S. The podcast goes out with Bronfman in Prokofiev’s famous, fearsome “Precipitato,” from his Sonata No. 7.

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