The Purple Reign

It’s not often that a news story breaks while we’re recording the podcast, but that’s exactly what happened today. We started off talking politics with Bill Kristol and Michael Barone (the former on #NeverTrump and the possibility of a third party and the latter on the now very important California primary and Michael’s WSJ piece “Trump Can’t Break the Republican Party”) and wound up discussing the passing of Prince and Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Eclectic, thou art our brand.

Music from this week’s episode:

Purple Rain by Prince

The opening sequence for the Ricochet Podcast was composed and produced by James Lileks.

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There are 20 comments.

  1. PJS Thatcher
    PJS

    I just want your extra time and your… kiss.

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    • April 21, 2016, at 3:23 PM PDT
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  2. Peter Meza Member

    How quickly we have forgotten the lovely Betsy von Furstenberg.

    • #2
    • April 21, 2016, at 5:02 PM PDT
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  3. Petty Boozswha Member

    If Cruz continues to demonstrate his NY Joementum, would it be too late for Mitt Romney to be the white knight?

    • #3
    • April 21, 2016, at 5:40 PM PDT
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  4. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    When Peter was failing to recall Prince, my wife said, “He’s not serious; is he?” I assured her there were indeed people younger than the Queen who didn’t know who Prince was, shocking as it may be.

    • #4
    • April 21, 2016, at 7:58 PM PDT
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  5. T Inactive
    T

    File this under “Unasked for Advice”: If you want more people to pay then either create more content (by people who are professional political pundits) and put it behind the paywall or make all the normal podcasts available to paying members early by a day or more.

    [I’m sure this must have been a discussion when developing your business model but there is nothing wrong with making pivots along the way.]

    • #5
    • April 22, 2016, at 1:36 AM PDT
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  6. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor

    I’ve listened to a few episodes of the Byzantium podcast James mentioned and it’s quite good. I’d also recommend this course from The Great Courses, which is excellent and provides a very comprehensive and entertaining overview.

    • #6
    • April 22, 2016, at 11:06 AM PDT
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  7. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor

    Curses. Now Peter mentions it.

    • #7
    • April 22, 2016, at 11:09 AM PDT
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  8. Mr. Dart Inactive

    Blue Yeti– Thank you for holding off on the Ricochet sounder until the final note faded.

    Noted and appreciated.

    • #8
    • April 22, 2016, at 11:16 AM PDT
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  9. Mate De Inactive

    Book Camille, book Camille … James already said he has the chops to interview her, and I have another segment coming out on my series on her, that and the Byzantine course plug, since she can connect the fall of ancient civilizations to current events it would be a great get. Just my advice

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    • April 22, 2016, at 6:17 PM PDT
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  10. Wolverine Coolidge

    I am increasingly disappointed to hear NR writers and now Peter Robinson defend what I believe to be affirmative action now affecting our currency as the distortion and obliteration of this nation’s heritage continues. There is no way in this world you can possibly equate the stature and achievements of Andrew Jackson with Harriett Tubman. If you want to honor Harriett Tubman, that is fine, but not at the expense of some of the most important figures in American history.

    • #10
    • April 23, 2016, at 10:11 AM PDT
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  11. Qarlo Clobregnny Inactive

    I’ve been reading classical history books for a while, and one podcast James mentioned the excellent book “Lost to the West” by Lars Brownworth, which lead me to his “12 Byzantine Rulers” podcast (and his “Norman Centuries” podcast; ever wonder why northern Italy has a passel of redheads? Listen and learn.) which lead me to the amazing “The History of Rome” by Mike Duncan, which lead me to Robin Pierson’s “The History of Byzantium”, in progress to this day, with about seven centuries to go, which has all engrossed me to the point of binge listening all of the above over the last three years. Mike Duncan has completed the History of Rome (the Western Empire, up to the death of Romulus Augustulus) and has started another podcast, “Revolutions”, recently completing the Haitian revolution (after the English, French, and American).

    The Ricochet podcast is a gateway drug to a whole world of listening.

    • #11
    • April 23, 2016, at 7:55 PM PDT
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  12. Wolverine Coolidge

    Qarlo Clobregnny:I’ve been reading classical history books for a while, and one podcast James mentioned the excellent book “Lost to the West” by Lars Brownworth, which lead me to his “12 Byzantine Rulers” podcast (and his “Norman Centuries” podcast; ever wonder why northern Italy has a passel of redheads? Listen and learn.) which lead me to the amazing “The History of Rome” by Mike Duncan, which lead me to Robin Pierson’s “The History of Byzantium”, in progress to this day, with about seven centuries to go, which has all engrossed me to the point of binge listening all of the above over the last three years. Mike Duncan has completed the History of Rome (the Western Empire, up to the death of Romulus Augustulus) and has started another podcast, “Revolutions”, recently completing the Haitian revolution (after the English, French, and American).

    The Ricochet podcast is a gateway drug to a whole world of listening.

    Mike Duncan is the best podcasters I have ever listened too. He is organized, on point, detailed without being boring and at times funny. His History of Rome was brilliant. Highly recommend it.

    • #12
    • April 24, 2016, at 5:35 AM PDT
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  13. Fresch Fisch Member

    James, did you work at the Vali when Bob Stinson of the Replacements was cooking there?

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    • April 25, 2016, at 5:11 AM PDT
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  14. James Lileks Contributor

    Fresch Fisch: James, did you work at the Vali when Bob Stinson of the Replacements was cooking there?

    Possibly, but I don’t think so. At least I don’t recall him. Then again, the division between the front and the back was, as usual, profound; I only knew Sam, who was a pretty good poet, Rick, who was between small-town radio DJ jobs, and Mickey, who was a cheerful Commie I later saw on an episode of COPS, where he was arrested for biting a policeman.

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    • April 25, 2016, at 8:27 PM PDT
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  15. Vince Guerra Member

    Did Lileks just say Prince was one of the best guitar players of his generation? Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Steve Vai, Alex Lifeson, David Gilmour…Prince doesn’t exactly fit in among that crowd.

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    • April 27, 2016, at 9:04 AM PDT
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  16. Blue Yeti Admin

    Vince Guerra:Did Lileks just say Prince was one of the best guitar players of his generation? Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Steve Vai, Alex Lifeson, David Gilmour…Prince doesn’t exactly fit in among that crowd.

    Yes, he does.

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    • April 27, 2016, at 10:37 AM PDT
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  17. Mate De Inactive

    Vince Guerra:Did Lileks just say Prince was one of the best guitar players of his generation? Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Steve Vai, Alex Lifeson, David Gilmour…Prince doesn’t exactly fit in among that crowd.

    Um if you don’t think Prince fits among those guys in guitar playing ability you need to watch this.

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    • April 27, 2016, at 10:41 AM PDT
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  18. Mate De Inactive

    OH Yeti beat me to it.

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    • April 27, 2016, at 11:15 AM PDT
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  19. Vince Guerra Member

    Pardon me but I don’t find this all that impressive, not compared to what I’ve seen plenty of these other guys do. My worship leader at our church can do that. The most impressed I’ve ever been with a guitar player was David Gilmour in the Rose Bowl in 1994. That knocked my socks off.

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    • April 28, 2016, at 2:08 AM PDT
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  20. Blue Yeti Admin

    Vince Guerra:Pardon me but I don’t find this all that impressive, not compared to what I’ve seen plenty of these other guys do. My worship leader at our church can do that. The most impressed I’ve ever been with a guitar player was David Gilmour in the Rose Bowl in 1994. That knocked my socks off.

    Then your worship leader at church is in the wrong business.

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    • April 29, 2016, at 4:08 PM PDT
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