Dave had the opportunity to talk with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a recent press event where Wilkie mentioned that the VA had “turned a corner” in the last couple of years. Since large bureaucracies are not typically suited to a sharp change in direction, Dave thought to inquire more on the topic and the result was a fascinating exchange that we think you’ll find interesting indeed.

Then, continuing his series of compelling interviews with Ricochet Members, Dave talked with member Lilly B. about her recent post, “Little Crazy Children,” in which Lilly compares rampant charges of racism with the rampant accusations of witchcraft in Salem in the late 1600s. The similarities are (pardon the pun) arresting, as are Lilly’s thoughts on the current madness and the prospects for a peaceful resumption of civic life. All of which make for a thought provoking and informative show, which we’re sure you will enjoy.

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It’s all about mob rule and how to defeat it as Dave welcomes former ESPN and Fox Sports Commentator and Writer Jason Whitlock onto the show. Now at Outkick.com, Jason explains what’s behind Colin Kaepernick’s knee problem and his uncontrollable compulsion to insult the nation on social media. Mr. Whitlock also weighs in on the destructive nature of seeing oneself as a perpetual victim in a conversation that touches on everything from Frederick Douglas’ 1852 speech to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the rush of corporate executives to genuflect to the mob, and the problematic letter that 153 prominent intellectuals recently signed warning about “cancel culture.” We know you’ll enjoy Jason’s exchange with Dave.

Then, as if one fascinating conversation were not enough, Dave talks with Ricochet Member Jenna Stocker about her recent article, “Americans Are Hungry For The Fight.” Jenna talks about life in Minneapolis in the wake of the riots, and why she thinks its beyond time for leaders in Congress and elsewhere to grow a spine and fight back against a dangerous radicalism. She maintains that Americans are yearning for leadership and will support it. “America and our Constitutional freedoms are worth the fight,” Jenna wrote in her article. As she talks with Dave, we think you’ll come to understand this former Marine Officer’s passion for the nation and why she says that we need more General Pattons.

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On Independence Day, when so much seems to be going wrong, perhaps we need to take a step back, share a laugh, and then focus some attention on those whose dedication makes this and every Independence Day possible. This episode meets both of those needs as Dave sits down with comedian David Deeble to bring the blood pressure down a bit by looking at the lighter side of life. Everything is fair game, from rioters toppling garden gnomes, to the proper placement of deer crossing signs in this freewheeling and fun exchange.

Then, Dave talks with new Ricochet Member Nick Plosser, who has started his own podcast called The Half Percent. The podcast provides a needed outlet and opportunity for active duty military, veterans, guard and reserve troops to tell their story, share their experiences, and bring you into the world of that half percent of Americans who are serving their country in uniform at any given time. Nick is an inspiring gentleman, and has even persuaded Dave to be a guest on an upcoming episode of his podcast (we understand there will be humor and bourbon involved, though we’re not sure which comes first). If you’re looking for reasons to celebrate Independence Day, this episode will do the trick.

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In this episode, British author and filmmaker Damien Lewis sits down with Dave to discuss his new book, Churchill’s Shadow Raiders: The Race To Develop Radar, WWII’s Secret Invisible Weapon. The discussion (and the book) centers on a Top Secret mission to “snatch and grab,” Adolph Hitler’s prize possession; a rather highly advanced radar that enabled German anti-aircraft guns to decimate British bombers and otherwise run roughshod over anything and anyone that stood between the Third Reich and Hitler’s dreams of conquest. The daring courage and relentless tenacity of fledgling airborne commandos, spurred on by Winston Churchill over the objections of senior government officials, literally saved the war effort and became the genesis of the SAS. It’s a fascinating book, and a riveting conversation that you don’t want to miss.

Dave also welcomes Ricochet Member and Moderator Randy Weivoda onto the program to talk about various happenings with Ricochet Members, including plans for a large Ricochet Member Meet Up, next year in Louisiville, Kentucky. Interested? Listen for details!

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As the country is rocked by the death of Mr. George Floyd and the resulting civil disorder, Dave hears from two people with crucial front row seats. First, Ricochet Co-Founder Rob Long calls in from New York City to share what he’s seen downtown and what he sees in the country at large. Then, Ricochet Member Duke Powell calls in from Minneapolis to talk about what happened to George Floyd. Mr. Powell has 36 years of EMS experience, and he retired from the same agency that responded to Mr. Floyd on that awful day. Mr. Powell shares with Dave what protocols should have been followed and where he believes events took a fatal turn.

Finally, if you’re listening to Dave’s show, but you’re not a Ricochet member, there is a way you can get a 30 day free trial membership . Tune in to learn more!

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“When someone as interesting and entertaining as James Lileks starts talking,” as Dave Carter said, “it’s really best to just hush up and listen.” Which is precisely what the host did this week, as he invited Star Tribune columnist, author, and Ricochet’s own James Lileks onto the program to talk about everything from Coronavirus, to writing, along with side trips to 1970s fashion trends and 1950s commercial air travel, and – as the Ricochet Podcast closes in on its 500th episode – what it is that keeps James coming back for more podcasts with Peter Robinson and Rob Long.

Then Dave talks with longtime Ricochet Member George Daelemans (a.k.a. GLDIII), about his work as an aerospace engineer, restorer of cars, and veteran of a great many Ricochet meet ups. There is also a rather interesting connection between Dave, George, and his wife, but you’ll have to listen in to learn that one. There are lots of laughs and a veritable treasure of fascinating information to be had on this episode, so make yourself comfortable and enjoy the services.

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On this special Memorial Day edition of the Dave Carter Show, the host takes us back to his days of driving a military show truck to special events across the country. A veteran himself, Dave tells about his final event in the show truck, during which he accompanied the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to a small town in southeast Texas. Written from the perspective of that memorial, Dave tells the stories of the men and women who gave their lives for our country, and of the comrades, family, and friends they left behind. Please take about 10 minutes, and listen to this moving account.

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If you’re like Dave Carter, you are hearing a cacophony of experts and their contradictory opinions and you’re wondering who to believe? Should we be wearing masks or not? Does a cloth mask do any good or is this just the latest edition of “woke” theatrics? How fast should businesses reopen? What about churches? Should they reopen and under what circumstances? What sort of lessons have we learned to this point? Dave sits down with one of Ricochet’s favorite physicians, known affectionately as Doc Jay to talk about all this and more.

Then, Dave gets Ricochet Member “Arahant” on the phone for a rollicking and fun conversation between two professed curmudgeons. The result is equal parts laughter, commiseration, and compelling insights into life at Ricochet.

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Roman Genn arrived in America in 1991, fresh after departing his native Soviet Union, where his caricatures resulted in what he refers to as, “many unpleasant encounters with police officials.” He sat down with our own Dave Carter for a freewheeling exchange about life in the US, where his immense talent and sense of mischief have flourished on the cover of National Review and many other publications. The conversation crosses continents and covers everything from the reaction of various public personalities and US presidents to Roman’s art, to his deployments with US Marines to the middle east, and much more. Dave reports that the only thing that caught him off guard was Roman’s irrepressible sense of humor, which caused face cramps on the part of our host from all the laughing.

Ricochet Member Lois Lane was kind enough to drop by and talk about her recent post, “Eating Out in a Restaurant in the Age of COVID-19,” and share her experience as college professor, teaching history and English. It’s a captivating discussion that you’re sure to enjoy.

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Why would a loving God permit something like COVID-19 to afflict people He ostensibly loves? It’s the sort of question people have wrestled with for thousands of years. Our own Dave Carter sits down with Father Ben Bradshaw, Pastor of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Memphis, TN, to discuss this question and a great many others in a wide ranging conversation that touches on the metaphysical insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Socrates and Aristotle, the physical challenges of ministering in a world of social distancing, and even the world of faith and food (Father Bradshaw is also a classically trained chef).

Ricochet Member Seawriter also joins Dave in a discussion of a his latest book, “Vanished Houston Landmarks.” (He’s also authored 31 other books on a huge variety of interesting historical topics.)

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In a time when our physical health is taking center stage, our own Dave Carter invited radio, television, and podcast personality Dave Sussman to talk about the impact of the Coronavirus to the nation’s economic health as well. Drawing from his own experience in the world of finance and business, Mr. Sussman offers a sober assessment of the road ahead.

Then, taking care to not allow the program to take a morbid turn, Dave checks in with Ricochet Contributor Susan Quinn to discuss her maiden excursion into the world of pizza delivery and the result is a pleasant conversation that is rich in laughs and memories. And as if things weren’t crazy enough, Dave makes a phone to his Cajun friend, Alphonse Fontenot, who has quarantined himself somewhere in the bayous of Louisiana. The results are, predictably, hilarious.

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As circumstances with the COVID-19 virus develop minute by minute, Dave took the opportunity to talk with Ricochet icon, member Doc Jay. As expected, the good Doctor was not at a loss for words, wisdom, expertise, or a little mischievous fun, as he assesses the growth of the virus and what we may expect in terms of containment and treatment.

Ricochet Member Old Bathos stops by for a discussion that ranges from Irish traditions to what it’s like being one of Ricochet’s moderators. Finally, lest you fear that things are getting too serious on the program, Ross Perot has some thoughts he’d like to share on the current madness (though we recommend putting down your drink while listening to this segment).

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The term “Weapons Free,” is used to describe a missile defense system which has been set to launch whenever and wherever the system’s computer senses any potential threat, according to Special Forces retired Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Welsh who shared a great many illuminating perspectives and theories about the US strike that led to the demise of Iran’s Maj. General Qassem Soleimani with our own Dave Carter.

And while there were no threats to the podcast (except a wisecrack or two by Alphonse Fontenot), Dave couldn’t resist going “weapons free,” in a show which also features a new segment called Meet The Member, in which various Ricochet Members sit down for a fun conversation with Dave. In this first installment of Meet The Member, Dave talks with a fellow veteran, Ken Owsley, known around these parts as “Spin.” They talk about everything from Spin’s time serving in the Army in Germany to sharing some laughs while discussing the value of maintaining a healthy sense of humor. Sportscaster Mark joins in to talk LSU Championship football, and General Hatchett unveils something called the Hatchett Doctrine. While no one was hurt and no small animals were abused in the making of this podcast, we think you’ll enjoy this “Weapons Free” edition of the show.

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Dave pulls out all the stops on this Christmas edition, which includes a remarkable interview with Peter Robinson wherein he discusses everything from how he met William F. Buckley Jr. and came to work as a Special Assistant to President Reagan, to what Christmas is like in the Robinson household (spoiler alert — it includes Peter singing tenor). Rob Long called in with a very poignant Christmas greeting, followed by Dave settling in for a memorable conversation with a fellow retired military veteran and dear friend, Bob Lee, whom Dave has known for some 32 years now. Oh yes, and Alphonse Fontenot makes an appearance to tell The Cajun Night Before Christmas. You may be laughing one moment and getting a lump in your throat the next, but we guarantee you’ll enjoy every single minute of this show.

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Professor Jason Hedden, of Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL, is a longtime friend of Dave’s and had a front-row seat to the damage wrought by Hurricane Michael just over a year ago. As Dave reminds us, when the cameras go away, the crisis lingers. Particularly the criss of a Category 5 hurricane which forever altered the landscape and lives of the Panama City area
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It’s been a while since Dave sat down for a chat with Pat Sajak, so the two of them got caught up as Pat was kind enough to share some insights from his years in the broadcast business. The conversation takes us from Vietnam to Pat’s days on radio and television in Nashville before Pat provides some perspective on current trends in broadcasting. It’s a fascinating conversation with one of today’s most iconic television personalities. Dave is also joined by Sydney J. Michaels, and a character from their radio show resurfaces for the first in in over 22 years to add a special element of lunacy. Dave described this as an exceptional show, and we think you’ll agree.

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Overdue for a trip back home to the bayou, Dave Carter takes us on an audio journey to the place that captured his heart long ago as we meet a Cajun Cook who is rising to national prominence for her ability and genuine good nature. Pat Darbonne is well known around southwest, Louisiana, but she captured the attention of The Today Show’s Hoda Kotb, who has invited Pat to bring her humor and culinary talent to New York City for a cooking segment on national television. Oh yes, and Pat was a classmate of Dave’s back in Louisiana as the two graduated high school together, as Dave says, “sometime back in the last century.” Listen in as Dave’s friend Joel Valdez joins a conversation that covers everything from the world of retail to the antics of Dave’s radio friends and the genuinely enjoyable culinary world of “Pat-N-Da Pot.” As Dave said, “it was the sweet accents of home and it did my heart good to talk to her.” We think you’ll agree.

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Dave Carter is joined by Sydney J. Michaels on an audio odyssey that takes them on a tour of foreign policy issues with the expert perspective of Lt. Col. Brendan Welsh, US Army Special Forces (Retired), who is known affectionately around these parts as Boss Mongo. The Colonel provides what Dave described as, “spot-on analysis and some pragmatic ideas on how to handle some of the world’s most highly combustible hot spots.” And, for comic relief, Dave and Sydney were visited not just by one, but by four different characters from Dave’s old radio days, including an appearance by a rather odd “Reverend” who is prone to selling everything he can to turn a buck (including “fuzzy praying hands” and flavored communion wafers). Along the way, the conversation goes from the east coast all the way to Louisville, Kentucky and from the Emmy Awards to Sydney’s recent physical injuries. For a combination of both sober analysis and madcap fun, this podcast is hard to beat.

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In what Dave describes a more eclectic mix than usual, he chats in-studio with his friend and co-worker, the delightful Joel Valdez who is wrapping up his degree in mechanical engineering, before enjoying a conversation with Ricochet Editor in Chief Jon Gabriel about what it’s like to capture the attention of the President of the United States. And speaking of presidents, Alphonse Fontenot visits Memphis to pop in the studio as well and make his own rather peculiar announcement. The result of all this is a conversation that touches on the world of high-end retail, best and worst management practices, mechanical engineering, binary elections, Joe Biden and the Democrat Primaries (no, that’s not the name of a new rock band), “Game of Thrones Girl,” watches, the water in Michigan, Conrad Hilton, and when to leave a department store. Buckle in, and enjoy the ride!

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After a brief interlude, Dave Carter is back with all new sound equipment, a new format, and basically an all new podcast. On what he describes as the “maiden voyage,” of the Dave Carter Show, he is joined by his longtime friend from radio show days, Sydney J. Michaels, as the two of them accompany the rest of us on an excursion that includes a compelling conversation with Denise McAllister, some hysterical stream of commentary from General James R. Hatchet, a Cajun weather report, discussions on the trials and tribulations of management, Dave’s attire at work, and Lloyd Bridges’ pants. Overall, we believe you’ll find the maiden voyage of the USS DC Show to be delightful, if not just a bit unhinged.

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