Emily Jashinsky joins the pod for the last week of the month per usual. Inez and Emily chat about what the anti-establishment “MAGA” Republicans who won victory in the House have in common — and what they don’t. Inez poses a panel prompt about unhappy families to Emily, and the ladies discuss the masturbatory artistic choices of “The Embrace,” a new MLK memorial on the Boston Commons.

This week on High Noon, Twitter-banned sensation and former What’s Left Cast co-host Aimee Terese joins the podcast to talk about the psychology of the left and how our representatives and institutions understand victimhood and power. Aimee also explains why, despite coming from the left originally, she doesn’t feel the need to reflexively condemn “both sides” and the necessity of being strong enough to disappoint people.

Dr. Darel E. Paul is a professor of political science and the Chair of the Political Economy Program at Williams College. Darel and Inez talk through the labor mechanics of corporate wokeism and its connection to the advancement and power of the professional class. They also discuss the political implications of the therapeutic management style popular in big companies, and how the economic structures James Burnham predicted are changing the agendas of the left and the right.

Professional clarinetist James Zimmermann joins the pod to discuss how he was canceled and fired for challenging woke ideology at the Nashville Symphony. James and Inez also discuss how ideological concerns and excessive catering to the lowest common denominator are eroding the beauty of classical music and undermining meritocracy in our nation’s symphonies. James defends the enduring value of classics by Dead White Men.

Emily Jashinsky and Inez Stepman chat about what holds up in Milton Friedman’s classic Capitalism and Freedom — and what definitely doesn’t. They also talk about Twitter 2.0 and the insulting and anti-democratic omnibus bill. Culture Editor Emily gives her best recs for cozy week-off binge watches, and both hosts share their Christmas and New Year traditions.

Dr. Matthew Mehan is the Director of Academic Programs for Washington D.C., and Assistant Professor of Government for the Van Andel Graduate School of Government at Hillsdale College. He has been teaching and designing humanities curricula for twenty years, and has published not only academic and popular articles, but also two children’s books that prepare children to understand the intellectual heritage of the West.

 

Paul Rossi, canceled math teacher and co-host of Chalkboard Heresy, joins the podcast to discuss the woke illness afflicting the nation’s elite and powerful institutions, and how to realign the institutional incentives currently overwhelming dissent. Paul and Inez also discuss whether the culture wars have reached a tipping point, and trade theories for why elite institutions have so enthusiastically grabbed onto their new religion.

On this After Dark episode, Emily and Inez discuss the threat Elon Musk’s Twitter gambit poses not just to the culturally hegemonic wokes through free speech, but to the large number of college-credentialed people with “email jobs.” They also talk about the slippery slope of corporate-endorsed euthanasia in Canada, and whether artists have finally had it with the dullness of regime-approved themes.

This week, Ryan T. Anderson joins the podcast. Ryan is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the author or co-author of five books, including the just-released Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing as well as When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment

 

Terry Schilling of American Principles Project joins High Noon to conduct an autopsy of the 2022 midterms, and what the results say about the future of the Republican Party as well as the country.

This week Peachy Keenan, the internet’s favorite converted Gen X suburban wine mom turned based domestic queen (and contributing editor of The American Mind), joins the podcast. Inez and Peachy discuss religious conversion, feeling unmoored from trust in the institutions you once took for granted, and the brewing generational war between Gen X and Millennials. They also chat about Peachy’s soon-to-be-released book Domestic Extremist, Botoxed-up teens, and a few midterm predictions.

Helen Roy, contributing editor at Claremont Institute’s The American Mind and host of the podcast Girlboss, Interrupted, joins the podcast. Helen and Inez discuss how the girlboss archetype went from lauded to reviled, and whether new womanly archetypes can be created and loved. They also chat about the Millennial vs. Gen Z divide and whether generational critiques of the modern woman have gone beyond the aesthetic.

On this episode of High Noon: After Dark, Emily and Inez discuss the likely shape of the coming midterm elections, the growing gulf between the priorities of the elites and the challenges of the rest of America, and whether a GOP win is likely to do much to improve the country’s path. They also discuss long-term survey results showing that Americans are increasingly friendless.

This week, IWF’s own Kelsey Bolar joins High Noon to discuss her documentary series Identity Crisis, which tells the stories of minors struggling with their identities in the age of gender ideology, their parents, and their later struggles as they “detransition.” Kelsey and Inez talk about the betrayal institutional actors inflict on vulnerable kids and families, and the difficult line between the personal and political.

Louise Perry, author of The Case Against the Sexual Revolution, joins High Noon to talk about the consequences — especially for women — of the 1960s ethos of individual sexual freedom. Louise and Inez also discuss the sexual state of nature between men and women and speculate on how it might be possible to arrest our slide into ancient or pre-Christian norms that harm women and children the most.

Emily and Inez discuss how technological advancement is making it possible for larger and larger segments of the population to drop out of real life and settle for the facsimiles of porn, endless scrolling, Zoom calls, and junk food. Emily wonders where the Ralph Nader of Big Tech is in our politics. Inez gives two cheers for democracy in an era of elite failure. And both hosts comment on a post #MeToo study showing that young men think merely approaching a woman is “creepy.”

 

This week, Jeremy Carl joins High Noon. With a background that starts in the Utopianism of the early internet and winds through policy in the Trump administration, Carl tells the story of American crisis, including the devastating close of the frontier, our more complicated relationship with immigration post Ellis Island, and the disappointed dreams of tech oligarchs.

Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at AEI and is the author of the book Men Without Work, in which he chronicles the story of the growing group of prime-age men who are neither trying to find work nor in training or education. Eberstadt’s work challenges some of the underlying assumptions populist narratives of the last six years have relied upon, and paints a picture of how this group in many ways is the canary in the coal mine for the existential crisis faced by the West.

This week, Jesse Kelly of syndicated radio and First TV fame joins the podcast to talk about the forces destroying the U.S. military from the top down and bottom up, as well as President Biden’s angry speech. Jesse lays out an even more pessimistic than usual case against the country’s future, and Inez is forced to play optimist. Jesse and Inez discuss humor in the face of scary times.

At the end of every month, Emily Jashinsky and Inez Stepman run through a docket of the past several weeks of news and analysis. This month, they discuss how the right should respond to the raid at Mar-A-Lago and the potential prosecution of political opposition, the rage the direct class politics of student loan bailouts has stirred up, and whether older millennial victims of the mainstreamed sexual revolution will become Cassandras for the next generation, or drag them down the same path.