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The Ricochet Podcast returns with two members of the podcast bullpen getting up to the plate: The Hemingway’s Mollie Hemingway and Need To Know’s Mona Charen discuss the politics of procreation, being a Cards fan in a Red Sox world, and rousing debate on why the shutdown strategy didn’t work. Batter up!

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Hey look…America’s favorite podcasting partners in matrimony are back! This week, Mark and Mollie riff on ObamaCare, Phillip Rivers’ fertile ways, Mollie’s new job, a “Hemingways” baseball round-up (heavy on the Cards, natch), and the pluses and minuses of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen.

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We’ve been after him for years about this and finally, it’s here. Our own James Lileks returns to The Diner out on Highway 23 for a one man tour through food, music, technology (old and new) and his effort to add James Joyce to the diner jukebox. If you’ve never heard this show before, you’re in for a treat (of the fried variety). 

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Conservatives often suggest cutting taxes on companies to boost economic growth. But what about cutting taxes on kids? Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, recently suggested dramatically expanding the child tax credit to do just that, as well as to end an unfair “double tax” on American parents.In this week’s Money & Politics Podcast, we’ll chat with the author of that idea, Robert Stein, deputy chief economist at First Trust Advisors. Immediately prior to joining First Trust, Stein was assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury Department. Between 1996 and 2002 Stein was chief economist for the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill and an economist for the Senate Banking Committee and Joint Economic Committee. Prior to his tenure on Capitol Hill and the Treasury Department, Stein was a journalist for Investor’s Business Daily.

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For despairing conservatives who think they discern the inevitable decline of their country, new hope and optimism may be found in the new book by James Bennett and Michael Lotus, American 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century–Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come. Or, maybe not. Here is a close and critical discussion with Michael Lotus who foresees a great “rebooting” of America.

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It’s another Saturday special edition of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience (HWX). John Hinderaker of Power Line and Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas reconvene to discuss the critical issues of our times. They’re also joined by the Fifth Beattle, Steven Hayward. Topics addressed include:

* Debt ceiling deal, what does it mean?

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The Mother Country’s most dangerous podcast is back, once again with our good friend Toby Young. This week, are politics really the art of the possible and the view of the shutdown from across the pond. Also, decoding EROEI, the case against fat people, the Breaking Bad finale, Homeland, Walking Dead, and the endless search for libertarian TV shows.

Note: EJHill is not responsible for the depiction of undead Delingpole and Young. We are. 

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After serving in the trenches of the shutdown fight, National Review’s Bob Costa and Andrew Stiles return to wrap up the entire experience and take a look at what’s ahead from their perch in the halls of Congress. What happened and why, who’s up and who’s down — they cover it all. Afterwards, they took a deserved nap.

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This week, Mona and Jay wing it (a bit), but of course it’s as cogent as ever as they cover Jay’s jury duty, the case for cameras everywhere, early despair for the next governor of Virginia, the fallout from the shutdown, the medical device tax, and one more pass at the Redskins controversy. 

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This week, Troy Senik sits in for Rob Long, The Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney on the political fallout from the shutdown, and David Limbaugh (aka EL Rush Bro) is –not surprisingly– energized by the whole thing. Also, the media’s fixation on the Republican Party’s demise, and Lileks gets off the first Harlow Wilcox reference on any media in at least 50 years. 

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Here’s the audio from our Ricochet Meet-up at Galway Pub in mid-town Manhattan. Rob Long hosts John Podhoretz, Ann Coulter (buy her new book Never Trust a Liberal Over Three-Especially a Republican) Tommy DeSeno, and of course, our beloved Ricochet members.

Special thanks to Ricochet member Dick From Brooklyn for the location scouting, PJS for the name tags, and everyone else for attending. It was great fun!

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Among the many scholars who have argued that Freudianism is fraudulent, the outstanding American contributor is Frederick Crews, author of Follies of the WiseUnauthorized Freud and The Memory Wars. Here he is in full form, arguing the case that Freudian psychoanalysis has no scientific standing and, as therapy, has no demonstrated value.

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