In this supersized episode, Jon talks to Charles R. Kesler and Becket Adams.

Prof. Kesler has released a new documentary on FoxNation called “Right Makes Might: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates.” He teaches Government at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University, and is the editor of the Claremont Review of Books.

The King of Stuff welcomes Gabriella Hoffman, media strategist, consultant, award-winning outdoor writer, and host of the weekly “District of Conservation” podcast. Jon and Gabby discuss the difference between conservation and preservation, the wildfire and energy mess on the West Coast, and Trump’s successes at the EPA.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Gabriella’s song of the week is “Waiting for Lightning” by The National Parks, and Jon’s is “Kings and Queens” by The Ocean Blue.

The King of Stuff welcomes Erielle Davidson, a senior policy analyst at the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) following the historic peace deals between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. She is an alumna of both the Hoover Institution and Claremont Institute, and has written for The Federalist, Washington Examiner, and The National Interest.

Jon and Erielle discuss the success of the Abraham Accords, the failures of the Iran Deal, and the absence of press coverage on both.

The King of Stuff welcomes Inez Feltscher Stepman, senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum and senior contributor to The Federalist. Jon and Inez discuss universities in the age of COVID, the perils of college funding, and why the wokeness gravy train might be coming to an end.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Inez’s song of the week is “So Long, Marianne” by Leonard Cohen, and Jon’s is “Seasons of Mist” by Dead Horse One.

The King of Stuff welcomes Evan Sayet, author of the new book The Woke Supremacy: An Anti-Socialist Manifesto. Evan Sayet spent years comedy writing for late-night talk shows but later went viral with a speech on how the left thinks. Jon and Evan discuss “Democratic Socialism” vs. regular old Socialism, globalism vs. nationalism, and why west-coast conservatives are more bare-knuckled than their east-coast peers.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Evan’s song of the week is “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen, and Jon’s is “Downfall” by Resplandor.

The King of Stuff welcomes Spencer Klavan, host of the Young Heretics podcast and Assistant Editor for The Claremont Review of Books and The American Mind. Jon and Spencer discuss why everyone should read the classics, why Western Civilization is worth saving, and the future of the academy.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Spencer’s songs of the week are “exile” by Taylor Swift and Bon Iver, and “Grow As We Go” by Ben Pratt. Jon’s are “Speigel im spiegel” by Arvo Pärt and “Watch You, Watch Me” by Suuns.

The King of Stuff welcomes Jason Bedrick, the Director of Policy for EdChoice. Jason just wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal on teachers’ unions fighting against reopening K-12 schools and parents’ understandable frustration. Jon and Jason discuss the damage of not re-opening, districts charging for daycare, and the Tocquevillian rise of microschools and “pandemic pods.”

Previously, Bedrick was a policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, served as a legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and was an education policy research fellow at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.

Let’s face it: our chances of surviving this year aren’t great. So former co-host Stephen Miller returns early for our annual Best 5 Albums list! Stephen is a contributor to Spectator USA, hosts the Versus Media podcast, and follow him on Twitter.

All the songs featured on this episode are included on a special Spotify playlist.

The King of Stuff welcomes Kmele Foster, host of The Fifth Column podcast and Lead Producer of Freethink Media. Jon and Kmele discuss Kanye’s chances in 2020, Jo Jorgenson’s tweet heard ’round the libertarian world, and race in the current moment.

Subscribe to our brand-new Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Kmele’s song of the week is “Symphony” by Marvin Gaye and Jon’s is “The Gut” by Homeboy Sandman and Edan.

The King of Stuff welcomes comedy writer David Angelo. David has written for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” currently writes for “The Daily Show,” and created “Nothin’s Easy” for Comedy Central. Check him out on Twitter and at David Angelo Prime.

The King of Stuff welcomes Christian Toto, editor of the film and entertainment site, Hollywood in Toto. He belongs to the Critics’ Choice Association and the Denver Film Critics Society, is a Rotten Tomatoes certified reviewer, and an award-winning journalist, film critic, and podcaster. Jon and Christian discuss the dissolution of the media, the future of celebrity, and the passing of Ennio Morricone.

Subscribe to our brand-new Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. In honor of the Maestro, Christian recommends Morricone’s soundtrack for The Hateful Eight and Jon recommends The Mission soundtrack.

The King of Stuff welcomes Greg Brooks, President of the Better Cities Project, which helps people in America’s largest cities live free, happy lives. BCP uncovers what works, promotes solutions, and forges partnerships that turn ideas into results, most recently outlined in their report “Getting Back to Work: An Economic Recovery Playbook for America’s Cities.” (Full disclosure: Jon serves on the BCP board gratis.) Prior to founding BCP, Greg was principal of West Third Group, and worked with Reason Foundation, Compact For America, and the Goldwater Institute (where he suffered mightily as Jon’s boss).

Subscribe to our brand-new Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. Greg is listening to “On Stolen Time” by The Rhyolite Sound and “No One Lives Forever” by Oingo Boingo. Jon is listening to “Since K Got Over Me” by The Clientele.

It’s time for a change and here it is: The Conservatarians is now the King of Stuff podcast, with our first guest, James Lileks. James is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, co-host of Ricochet’s flagship podcast, author of several books, and the proprietor of the irreplaceable Lileks.com. From politics to music to architecture to cartoons, Jon and James cover every topic worth covering.

Subscribe to our brand-new Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. James is listening to “’Unbegun’ Symphony” by Peter Schickele (aka PDQ Bach) and Jon is listening to “Television Fission” by Man Or Astro-man? and “Restore My Soul” by The Choir.

J.D. Tuccille is a contributing editor for Reason.com and has written extensively on police reform. J.D. and Jon chat about the various reform proposals out there, including repealing qualified immunity, reforming powerful police unions, and abolishing “release time,” where cops get full-time pay for union work. (Jon’s written about those here.)

The intro/outro song is “Eugene” by Waltzer. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Frank J. Fleming writes for The Babylon Bee and has written several novels, including Sidequest, Hellbender, and Superego. He has just released a sequel to that last one called Superego: Fathom that you need to buy immediately. Jon and Frank discuss sci-fi, the creative process, and parody in an era beyond parody.

The intro/outro song is “Hang on to Your Ego” by Frank Black. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Daniel Knauf began in health insurance and wrote his way onto HBO with his groundbreaking series, Carnivàle. Since then he has written and produced The Blacklist and Spartacus: Blood and Sand among other projects. His latest creation is The Astronauts for Nickelodeon, working with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment. Jon and Daniel discuss the writing process, the entertainment business, and his hopes for the new series.

For the past year, Arthur Brooks has been a Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School. Before that, he served ten years leading the American Enterprise Institute. He has written 11 books, including the bestsellers Love Your Enemies (2019) and The Road to Freedom (2012). He also hosts the Ricochet podcast “The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks.” Arthur and Jon discuss the science behind happiness and the wisdom literature that preceded it.

The intro/outro song is “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Since February, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, he methodically began re-opening the state’s economy. Jon asks him about what the near-term future holds, his collaboration with the White House and fellow governors, and why so many businesses are fleeing blue enclaves for the Grand Canyon State.

Before serving as governor, Gov. Ducey was elected state treasurer. Prior to that, he was in the private sector as the CEO of Scottsdale-based Cold Stone Creamery, taking it from a handful of local shops to nearly 1,400 stores spanning the globe.

Scott Rank, Ph.D., is the host of the History Unplugged podcast and today has released his latest book, History’s 9 Most Insane Rulers. As armchair psychologists question the mental health of our current politicians, this book shows how truly insane rulers are in a different category altogether. This is Scott’s 12th book and, when he isn’t writing or podcasting, he researches the history of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey.

The intro/outro song is “History Never Repeats” by Split Enz. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Siraj Hashmi is a writer and commentary video editor for the Washington Examiner. Before that, he was an editor for Red Alert Politics and an associate producer for SiriusXM Radio. Most importantly, Siraj created the all-powerful Twitter Phone Power Ranking. Jon and Siraj chat about the media’s #MeToo double-standard, reopening the country, the perils of tired Twitter, and compare the fasts of Ramadan and Orthodox Easter.

The intro/outro song is “Kennel District” by Pavement. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!