The last week of every month, High Noon: After Dark features Emily Jashinsky and Inez Stepman on the news of the past weeks. Stepman and Jashinsky delve into the Right’s Chomskyite temptations with regard to what increasingly looks like the merging of wokeness and the American-led global order, as well as the limitations of that pessimistic domestic frame when assessing Russia’s war in Ukraine. Additionally, they turn homeward to discuss a disturbing development slipped into the Violence Against Women Act, and what it would take to make the GOP get serious about the event horizon of tyranny at home. Finally, Inez gets Emily’s Culture Editor take on the Slap Heard Round the World at the Oscars.

This week’s guest on High Noon is Eric Kaufmann. Kaufmann is a political scientist at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also an adjunct fellow with the Manhattan Institute and the author of several books focusing on demography, religious and national identity, and cultural politics. The episode delves into some of the topics perhaps most strategically important for the right (or anyone who hopes the country will take a sharp detour from its current trajectory): the power of bureaucracy, institutionalization, and demographic perceptions. Inez and Eric discuss how the right can compress its own “long march” into the time frame we have left before a generational transfer of power happens, whether new protected classes might be the only answer to censorship, and the centrality of the culture war to what’s actually important in our politics. They also touch on how the populist right has gotten out of touch with the populace on Russia’s war against Ukraine.

This week, Dr. Carol Swain joins High Noon with Inez Stepman. Dr. Swain has a long train of degrees, from (most recently) a Master of Legal Studies from Yale Law, a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s in Political Science from Virginia Tech, a BA in criminal justice from Roanoke College, and an associate degree from Virginia Western Community College. Swain taught as a tenured professor at Princeton and Vanderbilt, from where she retired in 2017. She was the co-chairwoman for President Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission as a response to the 1619 Project, and has also been the recipient of numerous honors of positions in and out of government commissions. She’s the author of, most recently, Black Eye for America: How Critical Race Theory is Burning Down the House, along with Countercultural Living, a book for Christians living in what is perhaps now a post-Christian America.


Claudia Rosett joins Inez Stepman to give her perspective on the ongoing war in Ukraine from her 37 years of experience reporting in uprisings and war zones all over the world. A former Moscow bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, Rosett discusses how America and the West’s weakness has led us to this point, what can or should be done about the devastation in Ukraine now, and whether or not America is still the land of freedom as juxtaposed to authoritarian systems around the world.

This week on High Noon with Inez Stepman, Inez is joined by Boris Ryvkin, former national security advisor to Senator Ted Cruz and an indispensable voice of explanation on the Russian invasion of Ukraine that is putting the world into crisis. Combining Russian, Ukrainian, and English sources with his own prodigious knowledge of history and foreign relations, Boris talks listeners through the intertwined historical roots of Russia and Ukraine, the likely differences in thinking and national character between Russians and the West, and what is likely to come next for Ukrainians resisting invasion. Stepman and Ryvkin also discuss the future of the U.S.-led global order in an era when America’s institutions seem ideologically captured and its elite foreign policy class incompetent.


As always, the last week of the month is reserved for High Noon: After Dark with Emily Jashinsky. On the docket this month were some pieces and topics from writers such as Robert Pondiscio in Commentary and Richard Hanania, including the reasons why the current cross-ideological backlash has a long way to go in terms of dislodging or deterring the woke revolution, and what we can expect from the feminization of both the halls of power and the public discourse. Jashinsky and Stepman also discussed the current bleakness of the American school system, which can’t pass on anything of uncritical substance because the society itself finds itself in the grips of a paralysis of meaning.

This week’s High Noon guest is popular author and commentator Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report. Given his own journey from the left, Stepman asked Rubin about whether the different parts of the non-left — classical liberals, traditionalists, the new right, etc. — could fit together into a cohesive pushback movement. The two also chatted about the ongoing attempts to cancel Joe Rogan, and how the anti-woke can build parallel institutions, as well as the potential dangers to an integrated society of differing citizens if that effort succeeds.

On this episode of High Noon, Inez Stepman interviews David Azerrad, Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government.


On High Noon this week: Andy McCarthy, senior fellow at National Review Institute, contributing editor, and author of Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. McCarthy served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and as a legal analyst on many of the controversies that have burst into mainstream news in the last decade.


It’s the last Wednesday of the month, which means another episode of High Noon: After Dark with Inez Stepman and The Federalist Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky.


To celebrate National School Choice Week, High Noon welcomes Jeremy Wayne Tate to sketch out the contours of what is possible outside the current education system. Tate is the CEO of Classical Learning Test, an alternative to the SAT, and has become a hub for the increasing swell of families interested in returning to the classical idea of education.


The first High Noon guest of the new year is John Wood, Jr. Wood is a national ambassador for Braver Angels. He’s also a former congressional candidate, a musician, and a writer, speaker, and thinker. John and Inez talk about finding a balance between a constrained vision of human nature and the possibility of genuine reconciliation despite America’s very real racial divisions.


At the end of every month, The Federalist Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky joins Inez Stepman to discuss a docket of stories.


This week on High Noon, Inez Stepman interviews Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative and author of the book Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents.


This week on High Noon, Inez Stepman interviews Aaron Sibarium, associate editor at Washington Free Beacon and the reporter behind breaking the latest Yale Law School controversies. Stepman questions Sibarium about his focus on the bureaucratic mechanisms of implementing wokeness in institutions, how it became as ubiquitous as it seems to be, and what his reporting suggests about how it might be deinstitutionalized.


This week on High Noon, Inez Stepman does a deep dive with The American Mind’s Seth Barron into the problems most urban Americans are increasingly contending with: rising crime, mentally ill and aggressive homeless people, intermittently closed schools, and more. Barron is a lifelong New Yorker and the author of the book The Last Days of New York: A Reporter’s True Tale.


Inez Stepman interviews Madeleine Kearns, National Review columnist and contributor at The Spectator. Madeleine and Inez discuss a range of topics related to the female experience in 2021, from Gen Z’s waning enthusiasm for sex-positivity to generational fragility and the regrettable sunset of the womanly slap.


On this episode of High Noon, Inez Stepman formally introduces a new segment, After Dark, with The Federalist Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky. The last week of every month, Emily and Inez will be chatting about the most under-covered stories of the month.


Inez Stepman interviews Batya Ungar-Sargon, author of the new book Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy. The Newsweek opinion editor outlines how journalism as a profession has transformed from the domain of the working-class hero to the credentialed bubble denizen.


Inez Stepman interviews Tony Kinnett, the Indianapolis teacher and curriculum coordinator behind a viral video explaining how critical race theory makes its way into public school lessons. Kinnett is one of the founders behind the heterodox teacher hub Chalkboard Review, as well as a guest columnist in a variety of outlets.