The King of Stuff welcomes Carol Roth, author of The War on Small Business: How the Government Used the Pandemic to Crush the Backbone of America. Carol is a “recovering” investment banker, entrepreneur, TV pundit and host, and New York Times bestselling author of The Entrepreneur Equation. She has worked in a variety of capacities across industries, including currently as an outsourced CCO, as a director on public and private company boards, and as a strategic advisor. We talk about supply chain issues, empty store shelves, inflation, and everything else going wrong in the Biden era. Are they just “high-class problems?”

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon chooses “Days Like These” by Low.

The King of Stuff welcomes Donald T. Critchlow, the author of Revolutionary Monsters: Five Men Who Turned Liberation into Tyranny, just released today. Critchlow is the Katzin Family Professor at Arizona State University and the author of several other books, including In Defense of Populism: Protest and American Democracy (2020); and Republican Character: From Nixon to Reagan (2018). He leads the Program in Political History and Leadership at Arizona State University, a certificate program that provides students with a robust civic education.

Then Jon talks about his latest piece featured in National Review and hits the song of the week. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon chooses “Cicero” by Soft Kill.

The King of Stuff welcomes Walter Kirn, the author of Blood Will Out, Up in the Air, and Thumbsucker (the last two have been made into feature films). He has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, GQ, New York, and Esquire, and many other publications. This year, he launched a Substack and continues to curate one of Twitter’s best feeds.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon chooses “The Trilogy” by SUUNS.

The King of Stuff delivers his own State of the Union address covering Biden’s failed presidency. From the economy to foreign policy, and immigration to Covid, Biden is has made a mess of everything he’s touched. Jon also warns listeners to avoid late-night lectures and reveals the secret difference between reins and whips. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon chooses “Two Fingers” by Sea Power.

Tech issues attacked The King of Stuff, scrapping the planned interview, so Jon flies solo, talking about Gen. Milley’s backchannel talks with the Chinese military, DC’s failed Covid response, and gives tribute to his favorite comedian, Norm Macdonald. Instead of recommending a song this week, Jon recommends the comic’s brilliant memoir-cum-novel, Based on a True Story.

The King of Stuff talks with M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and host of the “REFORM THIS!” podcast on Blaze Radio. Dr. Jasser is a former US Navy Lieutenant-Commander, founder of Take Back Islam, Co-Founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, and Author of A Battle for the Soul of Islam.

We talk about Biden’s terrible withdrawal from Afghanistan, US strategies to counter Islamism, and lessons learned 20 years after the 9/11 attacks. Then Jon talks about the blockbuster news on the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis.

The King of Stuff talks with David Reaboi, Senior Fellow with the Claremont Institute, strategic communications consultant, and national security expert. He writes at his Substack, Late Republic Nonsense, where he often invokes the phrase “You need to know what time it is.” Jon and David discuss our current political moment and the stubborn resistance of the old guard to face it.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. David picks “My Song” by Keith Jarrett and Jon goes with “Better Git It in Your Soul” by Charles Mingus.

The King of Stuff talks with Toby Harnden, author of First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11, available for pre-order now. The book tells the story of Team Alpha, eight CIA officers dropped into the mountains of northern Afghanistan a month after the 9/11 attacks, to track down Al-Qaeda and stop them from infiltrating the United States again.

A former foreign correspondent, Toby reported from 33 countries while based in London, Belfast, Jerusalem, Baghdad, and Washington DC for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times of London. He is a former officer in the Royal Navy, a graduate of Oxford, and also wrote Dead Men Risen, winner of the Orwell Prize, and Bandit Country, an acclaimed book about the Irish Troubles. Jon and Toby discuss how Biden grabbed defeat out of the jaws of victory with Biden’s disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Today’s song, “Waiting on a Friend” by the Rolling Stones. Rest in peace, Charlie.

The King of Stuff talks with Amber Smith, a former OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot-in-command and air mission commander who flew multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Amber served as Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Outreach), Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as an advisor on the Department of Veterans Affairs presidential transition team. She is also the best-selling author of Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jon and Amber discuss Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the rapid fall of Kabul, and where the US military goes from here.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Today’s song, “Trance Manual” by John Vanderslice, portrays the complicated relationship between the US and Middle East through metaphor-laden lyrics.

The King of Stuff holds a news roundup talking the Brothers Cuomo, Biden’s unconstitutional eviction moratorium, Gov. Ron DeSantis’s fight against DC, and cratering Olympics viewship. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Today’s pick is “All the While” by Hand Habits.

The King of Stuff conducts a news roundup discussing the latest CDC face-plant, the Olympics, social media outrage, Pelosi’s January 6 kangaroo court, and a free-speech ruling in New Jersey. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Today’s pick is “Superperfection” by Film School

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.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show.

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: