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.)

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Dave sat down with Ricochet Co-Founder Rob Long, an event which he described as, “…one of the precious few times I’ve ever sat down for a conversation with my boss and actually enjoyed the experience. In fact, this was insanely fun.” In this episode of Radio Deplorable, Rob and Dave enjoy a wide-ranging conversation that explores southern cuisine, Cajun culture (there’s actually no contradiction in that term), the latest trends in the entertainment industry and in comedy specifically, blues music, the state of Ricochet, punditry, Donald Trump and the field of Democratic presidential contenders, and more. We get the impression that both parties to this conversation had a very good time, and we think you’ll enjoy their rapid-paced, funny and intriguing exchange as well!

Buckle in for a cross-country tour of the conservative landscape as our own Dave Carter takes entrepreneur, writer, broadcaster and podcaster Dave Sussman on a wide-ranging tour of topics. The purveyor of Whiskey Politics talks at length about the ugly menace of rising anti-semitism from progressive precincts, why “God is dead in Europe,” 2020 Presidential election prognostications, and gets righteously throttled up about the throttling down of conservative voices across social media platforms and the generally poor quality of financial support for conservatives in the general media. Oh yes, then there’s the time when Dave Sussman saved a certain Ricochet member’s favorite car from the California wildfire. If you’re looking for passionate conversation, compelling topics, and a generous slice of rather unique humor, this episode of Radio Deplorable is the place to be.

It was 22 years ago that Dave and his radio co-host, Sydney J. Michaels, sat down on The Dave Carter Show in North Carolina and shared some laughs with Dave’s radio audience. Now, Dave brings Sydney our direction, and we think you’ll be glad he did. For the first time since 1997, Dave and Sydney “mic up,” and the laughs flow as easily as an uncorked bottle full of mischief. Along the way, they even manage to unearth a few keys to a good life and happy memories. But mainly,…they laugh, we laugh, and we’re pretty sure you’ll laugh too.

“This is the most difficult, and yet the most important, podcast that I’ve done.” With those words, Dave Carter told us of the conversation he had with author and military mom, Phyllis Hardin, whose son lost his life while in the care of a military medical system rife with mismanagement and unaccountable malpractice. The conversation takes us from the circumstances surrounding Master Sergeant William Cornett’s death, to a comprehensive discussion on needed reforms and current initiatives to enact those reforms. For a small glimmer into the people whose lives were forever altered by military medical malpractice, you can watch the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the topic just a few days ago:
https://armedservices.house.gov/2019/4/feres-doctrine-a-policy-in-need-of-reform. Read Hardin’s book, “The Dead American Dream: The Hidden Face of Military Non-Combat Healthcare 1981-2013, Master Sergeant William Cornett,” here: https://www.amazon.com/Dead-American-Dream-Non-Combat-Healthcare/dp/1644245299/.

Radio Deplorable is back and Dave Carter is having fun with it. This week, comedian David Deeble joins in as the two Daves enjoy a trans-Atlantic chat, one Dave in Memphis and the other in Germany. The twists and turns in their conversation take them from cruise ships to college campuses (a comedy circuit which David Deeble traveled in the past) and comparisons between the comedy of the past and the mine field of sensitivities through which humor must tread ever so lightly today. As Dave said, “For a couple of clowns, we had a really good time on this one.”  We think you will too.

So this is a tough one,…not because it isn’t compelling. On the contrary, it’s compelling beyond description. But the subject matter is difficult to hear, though hear it we must. In 1995, 18 year-old Yadyra Fiol enlisted in the Air Force and became a Security Forces member because she wanted to be part of the Air Force’s combat force. What then followed was a succession of medical incidents that left her traumatized and with severe physical ailments that persist to this day. A former Security Forces member himself, Dave give his fellow Veteran a chance to tell her story. As Dave wrote us, “The eloquence with which Yadyra speaks of these horrific events is testament not only to the lady’s endurance, but her dedication to make sure that no one ever goes through this kind of thing again.” Dave noted that toward the end of the interview, it was obvious that his fellow Veteran was starting to feel poorly as yet another migraine was kicking in. The conversation methodically tracks many incidents, and among the questions asked was whether Yadyra would be willing to put on the uniform again, after all she had been through. We think you’ll find the answer to this and other questions well worth listening to.

The story goes as follows: So this guy walks into an episode of Radio Deplorable, and the next thing you know he’s laughing at the antics of the host, having fun and getting into the spirit of the place. Sound familiar? It is, except this time the guest is Ricochet’s former Editor in Chief, and the host of the Law Talk podcast, Troy Senik who serves up a happy hour’s worth of laughs as well. The conversation is a sort of sight-seeing expedition as we go from Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s wedding reception to New York City traffic before taking a private tour of the Manhattan Institute where Troy now serves as the Vice President for Policy and Programs. Before it’s over, we’re touring New Orleans and Las Vegas, wondering if one of Troy’s jokes will catch Dave mid-sip and cause him to spew his drink on the equipment, all before we decide on the best career route for the aspiring pundit. It’s a face-paced romp over interesting terrain and one you’ll probably want to hear more than once (the boys are already talking about doing this again).

This week Dave sits down with a gentleman whose family came to America on a tourist visa from Kiev, Ukraine in 1987 when he was a young boy. A Jewish family, they promptly applied for political asylum. Thirty-one years later, that young boy owns four Fast Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair businesses. Dave describes Lenny as “scary smart,” and confessed to providing Lenny with some scotch at the outset of the interview, “hoping that he might slow down a bit so I could keep up — not a chance.”  Oh yes, and Lenny is Dave’s new employer and the first one he’s bragged on in quite some time. The conversation goes all the way from Ukraine’s history with respect to its Jewish population to the value of education, and includes a healthy dose of watch repair and business talk as well. It’s a fascinating exchange.

Dave has been looking forward to this interview for a while now, as it gave him a chance to, as he put it, “do something on the order of the kind of interviews I did back just after the earth cooled, as an active duty historian.” So he sat down with Ricochet Member @RichardEaston who, along with co-author Eric F. Frazier, wrote, GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones. The resulting conversation traces the development of GPS from its genesis at the time of the Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite, to its current capabilities and ubiquitous presence in so many facets of our lives. Dave describes the book as, “a highly readable, first-rate analysis — and I burned through two highlighters marking up memorable sections for the interview.” This interview leaves no stone unturned, as the gentlemen discuss everything from America’s response to the Sputnik launch to the Soviet downing of Korean Airlines Flight KE007, and the first use of GPS-guided munitions in actual combat. This is a veritable feast of information, and one that we think you’ll find immensely satisfying.