IWF fellow and The Federalist Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky rejoins the podcast to do a requiem on the domestic impact of the Afghanistan debacle.

Inez and Emily lay out the dire (but well-deserved) situation with regard to institutional trust and how this international failure will impact the way that Americans think of their government and especially their leadership class.

In this episode of High Noon, Inez Stepman speaks with combat-wounded retired Marine bomb tech Johnny Joey Jones about the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.


In this episode of High Noon, John Daniel Davidson joins the podcast to take a deep dive into the crisis unfolding on our Southern border and U.S.-Mexico relations going all the way back into the nineteenth century and beyond.


Katie Herzog, co-host of the popular podcast Blocked and Reported, joins High Noon. Herzog is a frequent contributor to Bari Weiss’ Substack page, where she has published a series of reported pieces on how ideology is infecting medical schools and hospitals, including the elimination of teaching about biological sex and pressure on medical researchers to stay away from “controversial” topics.


David Marcus joins the podcast. Marcus is the political reporter for the New York Post and the author of Charade: The COVID Lies That Crushed a Nation. Before becoming a political writer, he was an actor and the co-founder of a theater company.


Inez Stepman speaks with Barbara Estrada and Hanna Liubakova, two journalists fighting to get the word out about the Cuban protests for libertad and the year-long struggle in Belarus to peacefully oust “the last dictator in Europe.”


In the twelfth episode of High Noon, Inez Stepman speaks with Mike Gonzalez of the Heritage Foundation, author of The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics is Dividing the Land of the Free.


Inez Stepman speaks with Michael Knowles. Knowles is the Author of Speechless: Controlling Words, Controlling Minds, as well as the satirical Reasons to Vote for Democrats. He’s the host of The Michael Knowles Show at The Daily Wire, “The Book Club” at PragerU, and the popular podcast Verdict with Ted Cruz.


Inez Stepman speaks with Robert Pondiscio of the American Enterprise Institute. Pondiscio has spent more than two decades in the education system, both as a civics teacher and as a writer and reformer. He is the author of numerous books, most recently How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice.


Inez Stepman speaks with Emily Jashinsky. Emily wears many hats, from culture editor at The Federalist to educating young journalists at the Young America’s Foundation’s internship program. More recently, she’s taken the helm of The Hill’s Rising, a popular independent news program that pairs populist right and populist left perspectives.


Inez Stepman speaks with Fox News contributor and podcast host Ben Domenech. Domenech is the publisher and co-founder of The Federalist, as well as a host for Fox News Primetime.

Stepman and Domenech explore the futures of the left and right, the failures of America’s elite class, and the responses of the two parties to shifting political coalitions and the potential realignment of working-class and Hispanic voters.

Inez Stepman speaks with Spencer Klavan, the associate editor of the Claremont Review of Books and the Claremont Institute’s online publication, The American Mind. He’s also the author of an academic publication, Music in Ancient Greece, as well as a translation of the Book of Isaiah. Klavan hosts a popular podcast, Young Heretics, where he explores, through the lens of the Western canon, “truth, beauty, and the stuff that matters.”


Inez Stepman speaks with two guests uniquely situated to enlighten listeners on the increasingly pressing problems posed by Big Tech companies and corporate America going “woke.”


Inez Stepman speaks with Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute, who almost certainly has more police community meetings under her belt than any reporter at The New York Times, about rising crime in America’s cities.

Stepman and MacDonald discuss the reality of who is most often victimized by high crime rates, lay out a defense of meritocracy, and address critiques of the Enlightenment from the left and right.

Inez Stepman talks with Professor John McWhorter, a professor of linguistics at Columbia University and host of a podcast on his subject of expertise called Lexicon Valley. He is also a co-host of the popular Glenn Show, along with Glenn Loury on Bloggingheads TV, as well as an important and valued commentator on matters of race and identity.


Inez Stepman talks with Christopher Rufo, an investigative journalist and filmmaker whose work has become the tip of the spear for those with concerns about critical race theory and how it’s sweeping classrooms, government agencies, and corporate board rooms.

Stepman and Rufo talk about the extent of CRT’s penetration of various important institutions, as well as how people from the right, center, and liberal left are banding together to push back against it. Christopher also lays out the case against despair for those who feel overwhelmed by how quickly “woke” ideas have swept the field across so many areas and how so many feel unable to speak against it.

Inez Stepman talks with Melissa Chen about how to grapple with a geopolitically rising China, and about how the country goes into this civilizational clash hobbled by domestic insecurities about our open society. Chen and Stepman also discuss the balance between individualism and community, and how many are now seeking or actively creating political identities to replace more traditional ones.


Inez Stepman talks to Dr. Debra Soh about the biology of sex differences, how to tell if the science you’re relying on has been infected with politics, and the courage it takes to stand up for scientific truth in a world gone woke.