The King of Stuff talks with Alberto de la Cruz, a Cuban American living in Miami and Managing Editor of the invaluable Babalú Blog. Alberto and his writers have tirelessly documented the uprising in Cuba that began Sunday, July 11, and continues throughout the island nation. He talks about how it began, what’s happening now, and what it will take for the decrepit Castro regime to finally fall.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Today’s pick is the song that helped spark the uprising, “Patria y Vida” (“Homeland and Life”) by Cuban musicians on the island (Maykel Osorbo and El Funky) and in exile (Yotuel, Gente De Zona, and Descemer Bueno).

The King of Stuff blesses Florida with a visit and hears his first speech from Gov. Ron DeSantis live and in-person. Jon also chats about the protests in Cuba, compares our Afghanistan adventure with our 20-year occupation of Haiti, and discusses the miseries of travel.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Jon selects “Sinner in the Sea” by Calexico.

The King of Stuff welcomes long-time friend and gunblogger Kevin Creighton to discuss gun politics in the Biden era. Kevin blogs for Ammoman.com and, before that, led the marketing for a number of companies in the firearms world and has written for American Hunter, Shooting Illustrated, BearingArms.com, Beretta.com, and Downrange TV. He is an active competitor in USPSA, IDPA, and 3 Gun, and is an NRA-licensed firearms instructor.

Also, what did Jon do on his week off?

It’s been over a year since the King of Stuff held a Q&A session, so it was time for a second Ask Me Anything episode. Politics, Music, Religion, War, Booze — you name it, Jon answers.

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The King of Stuff talks novelist Gigi Levangie, the author of The Starter Wife (which became a TV miniseries), Maneater (which became a TV miniseries), and her latest novel Been There, Married That. She also wrote the screenplay for the movie Stepmom, with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. Jon and Gigi discuss our culture’s conformist impulse, the state of California politics, and her husband becoming a US citizen.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Jon selects “Tragedy >For You<” by Front 242.

The King of Stuff rants about the latest news, from immigration fails to filibuster flops, and neo-racist drips to leadership tips. This episode has it all! And instead of adding a tune to the vaunted King of Stuff Spotify playlist, Jon pimps the brilliant BBC comedy “Toast of London” helmed by supergenius Matt Berry.

The King of Stuff talks with Lacy Cooper about the ongoing border crisis. Lacy was the border security section chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. She served 15 years as both a county and federal prosecutor targeting violent offenders, gang members, cartels, and terrorists. She is now Of Counsel with the law firm of Schmitt Schneck Even & Williams in Phoenix. Lacy wrote about the issue for USA Today and Jon wrote about it here.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. In honor of Memorial Day, Jon chooses “Remember Me” by British Sea Power.

The King of Stuff talks with Alexandra DeSanctis about the state of the pro-life movement. Alexandra is a staff writer for National Review, a visiting fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and regularly offers great reporting on issues of life and religious liberty. We discuss the continuing trials of whistleblower David Daleiden, state legislation limiting abortion, and SCOTUS finally taking on the issue.

Then, Jon talks about the suddenly respectable Wuhan lab leak theory and his travails on social media. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Alexandra recommends The Beach Boys and Jon chooses “The Boy With a Thorn In His Side” by The Smiths.

The King of Stuff talks with professional artist, writer, and icon carver Jonathan Pageau. Jonathan explores the symbolic structures that underlie our experience of the world through his popular YouTube channel and podcast, titled The Symbolic World. We chat about his long friendship with Jordan Peterson, the failure of the angry “New Atheists,” Orthodoxy, and the renewed search for meaning and structure in our culture.

You can see Jonathan’s art on his carving website, his Patreon Art page, or you can follow him on social media. His most recent viral hit was his conversation about faith with Jordan Peterson (1.5 million views and counting). And since Jonathan offers so much of his work on YouTube, this is the first time I’m uploading a video version of the King of Stuff podcast:

With violence in Israel and provocations by Russia, China, and Iran, the world is getting crazier. The King of Stuff talks with Rebecca Heinrichs about the main global hotspots and a troubling report that Russia’s GRU might be using directed-energy weapons against US government personnel.

Rebeccah is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute specializing in US national defense policy with a focus on strategic deterrence. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics where she teaches nuclear deterrence theory. Rebeccah earned her M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College and her B.A. from Ashland University.

The King of Stuff covers Biden’s failing COVID rhetoric, the left’s love of lockdowns, the good news in Texas, and wonders what on earth Liz Cheney is up to. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon endorses “to some i’m genius” by snow ellet.

The King of Stuff talks with John J. Jacobson about his new novel, All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone., about a would-be cowboy who joins the French Legion and fights a death cult, Indiana Jones style. Publishers Weekly calls it a “rollicking debut … and a ride worth taking.” John and Jon talk about the book, the creative process, and conservatism in publishing. Then Jon talks about the Armenian genocide and Biden’s mixed signals on masks.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon endorses “Strawberry” by Doss.

The verdict is in and the King of Stuff talks about Derek Chauvin’s conviction and the bizarre reaction by several progressive leaders. Maxine Waters, Joe Biden, and Minneapolis Mayor Joshua Frey tried to pressure the jury into guilty verdicts: did it work and what are the chances for appeal?

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Jon chose “Stare Into the Sun” by Shine. Also, check out his new podcast with Ricochet’s Bethany Mandel called Edit This!

The King of Stuff is flying solo to talk about Biden and Fauci’s fumbling of the Covid messaging, the CDC “pausing” Johnson & Johnson’s vax due to a less than one-in-a-million chance of blood clots, and the riots and looting following another Minnesota police shooting.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Jon chose “Tom” by Damien Jurado. Also, check out his new podcast with Ricochet’s Bethany Mandel called Edit This!

Remember when they repealed Net Neutrality and everyone died? The King of Stuff welcomes former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to chat about that 2017 hysteria and how the internet actually improved after he repealed Net Neutrality. His biggest critics warned that his action would silence online voices; today those same people are trying to silence whoever disagrees with them. Ajit served as Chairman of the FCC from 2017 to 2021 and served as an FCC commissioner since 2012.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Ajit goes with the old blues of Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Jon endorses Madison, WI, power-pop band Disq.

The King of Stuff welcomes Karol Markowicz to chat about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s troubles, Mayor Bill De Blasio’s schadenfreude, and everything New York. Karol is a Columnist at the New York Post, Contributor to Spectator USA, and a Contributing Writer at Washington Examiner Magazine.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Karol chose “Allentown” by Billy Joel and Jon chose “NYC” by Interpol.

The King of Stuff welcomes Troy Senik, co-founder and vice president for content for Kite & Key Media. Troy has been a White House speechwriter, a think tank executive, a newspaper columnist, a podcaster, and a “Jeopardy!” Champion. He is currently at work on a biography of President Grover Cleveland.

The King of Stuff welcomes Daniel Foster, Contributing Editor for National Review and writer published in The American Spectator, The American Prospect, the New York Post, and The Onion. Jon and Daniel talk about the mood in DC surrounding Covid and Capitol Hill’s security theater, belated media “corrections,” and Biden’s immigration crisis.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Daniel chose “Gigantic” by Pixies and Jon chose “Lout” by The Horrors.

The King of Stuff welcomes Mark Hemingway, a Senior Writer at RealClearInvestigations. You’ve read his work in National Review, The Weekly Standard, Reason, the Washington Examiner … and he co-hosted the late, yet still beloved, podcast The Hemingways with his wife Mollie. Mark also has excellent taste in music so we discuss his band days, and the problems facing journalism, the death of gatekeepers, and fact-check culture.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon and Mark both choose a flurry of power pop songs. Excerpts are The Records “Starry Eyes” and Game Theory “Together Now, Very Minor.”

The King of Stuff discusses the cancellation of Dr. Seuss, the woke misspelling of “women,” easing lockdowns, and the fate of Andrew Cuomo. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon chooses “Ohio” by Lea Porcelain.