Steve Hayward talks with Kelly Jane Torrance, deputy managing editor of the Weekly Standard, about the protests in Iran and the Iranian dissident movement in exile, which is being ignored by nearly all of the mainstream media. Torrance is one of the only journalists covering this story closely, while still making time to keep up her title as the Cocktail Queen of Washington.

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Bryan Caplan says that everything you think you know about education is wrong in his new book, “The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money.”

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Caplan explains why he as a Ph.D. holder wanted to blow the whistle on today’s schooling, describes how he’d rebuild the education system from scratch, and offers advice to parents who just want to help their kids.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of National Review welcome transparency about our government, most recently the disturbing revelations about the FBI’s allegedly sloppy and politically charged approach to obtaining a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign figure Carter Page. They also roll their eyes as partisans on both sides react to the memo, including Democrats who see nothing wrong with the FBI allegedly using a dossier as evidence without confirming its veracity and not telling the FISA court it was paid for by Democrats and Republicans insisting this means the Mueller investigation must be shut down immediately when the memo’s author says that is not his conclusion at all. And they’re thrilled to see the New England Patriots lose the Super Bowl, but shake their heads in disgust as Philadelphia fans destroy property, flip cars, and engage in other revolting behavior.

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We agree, on the COMMENTARY podcast, that the memo alleging inappropriate handling of a warrant into a Trump campaign official, is not a nothingburger. Rather, we think it is a somethingburger. It speaks of important matters and needs to be considered seriously. But we also debate the extent to which the heated support for the idea that the memo invalidates any investigation into the president is disingenuous and politicized. Give a listen.

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What—the Patriots LOST the Super Bowl? It’s gotta be…the RUSSIANS! I want an investigation right now!

A look at the legal aspects of the ongoing Memogate vs Russiagate battle with renown legal scholar David Rivkin;

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What will happen if people are given $6,000 a year … to do nothing? The city of Stockton in California is testing that out. Robert Rector, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation and welfare expert, explains what happened when five U.S. cities tried universal basic income in the ’70s. Plus: The New York Times reports on people afraid to have kids because of climate change, and a new study shows that 3% of Minnesota teens are transgender or gender non-conforming.

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On this week’s show, the ladies are talking about the newly released memo and why Americans really don’t care about it. Also, a dad tries to mete out justice to Larry Nassar, one college professor says those who practice yoga are racist (and perhaps even satanic?), a frank discussion of post-partum depression, and the awful Tom Brady heads to the Super Bowl … again. Sponsors: Beachbody on DEMAND, Rent the Runway

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When you pierce the echo chambers of Miley Cyrus, Nick Cage, Johnny Depp, Russell Brand, Jimmy Kimmel and their like-minded thinkers, you generally become referred to as a “provocateur”, and that’s the kindest thing these people call Sabo. On this episode of Whiskey Politics, we have an open and transparent discussion with conservative street ‘guerilla’ artist Sabo from his home in Los Angeles. Fresh off the HBO Vice News piece about him and the countless articles seen by millions, several times placed on Drudge, his art often placed in and around the Hollywood award shows which raise eyebrows, forcing people to face tough truths. Additionally, more people are learning that artists can be also found on the Right.

Sabo coined the term “Conservativism Is the New Punk“. And there is nothing more punk rock than raging against the system, powerful elites, and groupthink by demonstrating their hypocrisy through compelling and original pieces that has everyone talking. Sabo opens up about being banned on social media, ‘shadowblocking’ Conservatives, the blight of inner cities being used as ‘Democratic voter farms’. We also discuss the next generation of voters, social justice warriors on parade (and his encounters at the woman’s march). Is there still an alt-right? And his potential upcoming visit to the Oscars. Oh, and remember the Al Franken billboard? That was the result of choreographed dance with a lot of practice.

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Release the memo! The Conservatarians discuss the hype and the fallout from the release of the Nunes/FBI memo and assess how President Trump (and the Democrats) handled his first State of the Union. Also, Spice Girls!

Our intro and outro music is “Big Wilma” by Warmduscher. Jon’s song of the week is “Hollow” by Desperate Journalist and Stephen’s is “Eyes Wide Awake” by Calexico. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our 2018 Spotify playlist!

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Ioan Grillo is a British journalist long resident in Mexico. He gets into the nitty-gritty – and the bloody. He is the author, most recently, of Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America. Jay talks with him in a Mexico City park (with birds chirping all about, and at least one helicopter overhead). They talk about Mexico, the rule of law, bad guys, good guys, the USA, Trump, and more. Jay gets Grillo to describe at least one narrow escape. He is a gutsy journalist, and an excellent talker.

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On this episode of Filler Words, Mike and Bev do a sports-only podcast ahead of the Big Game on Sunday, Super Bowl LII. They interview Chris Deaton (9:15), now at the Weekly Standard but formerly a sportswriter at SLAM Magazine. They close the show by listening to some Super Bowl Week media clips and offering their critiques on how the athletes did (26.47).

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Benjamin Wittes of Lawfareblog joins a special NTK that includes David French to analyze the release of the Nunes memo and the state of our intelligence community in the Trump era.

David, Jay, and Mona then opine on the State of the Union speech, the state of conservatism, and the unpredictable nature of courage.

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A special edition of the podcast in the wake of the release of the infamous GOP memo, with Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist, Jonah Goldberg of NRO and Steven Portnoy of CBS News.

Listen, enjoy, share–and then post your observations below or call them into the Confession Hotline at 617-903-TALK (8255) The best of the best calls will be featured on the podcast.

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