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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Amber Athey is the Washington editor of The Spectator, was the White House correspondent for the Daily Caller, and is a Tony Blankley Fellow at the Steamboat Institute. Jon asks Amber about the media silence around Joe Biden and Tara Reade, the types of women on Twitter, and how much longer the lockdowns can last.

The intro/outro song is “Not Too Soon” by Throwing Muses. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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David C. Lowery founded the legendary bands Camper van Beethoven and Cracker. He’s also a mathematician, writer, producer, professor, entrepreneur, and a member of Ricochet.com. (Please join!) Jon and David talk about his music, the industry in the age of COVID-19, and how streaming services affect the bottom line.

The intro song is “Take the Skinheads Bowling” by Camper van Beethoven and the outro (and David’s pick) is “What a Fool Believes” by EURINGER. Jon’s song of the week is “Alice Hyatt” by Damien Jurado. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Shoshana is the Senior Manager of Digital Media and a Policy Fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington DC — and a dominant presence on Twitter. She focuses on occupational licensing reform and has written for The Wall Street Journal and USA Today among others. Jon and Shoshana chat about dropping government restrictions all over the place, from localities and states all the way up to DC itself. We also talk about sloths.

The intro/outro song of the week is, “License to Confuse” by Sebadoh. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Jon Gabriel flies solo to discuss the developing Coronavirus lockdowns, a Twitter spat with a Senator, the perils of modeling, and the need for skeptics during an age of monothink. The intro/outro song of the week is “Locked Down” by Swedish band Turbonegro. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Coronavirus and the reactions to it are causing a lot of stress in our daily lives. How we react to that pressure is crucial. Michele Tafoya is the Sideline Reporter for “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, following success with ESPN, ABC, and CBS. She also has become an advocate for the ancient philosophy of Stoicism and has helped spread it through the NFL. Jon asks Michele how Stoic principles help her through tough times and her perspective on the temporary shutdown of professional sports.

The intro/outro song of the week is, of course, “Stoic Resemblance” by The Helio Sequence. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Preparation for Coronavirus is essential. Panic? Not so much. Jon welcomes his old friend from the blogging trenches Jim Lakely, now the Vice President and Director of Communications of the Heartland Institute, to discuss the media’s abysmal job at covering a pandemic. Prior to joining Heartland, Lakely spent 16 years in daily-deadline journalism, covered Capitol Hill, and was a member of the White House Press Corps for The Washington Times. Follow him on Twitter!

The intro/outro song of the week is, of course, “Panic” by The Smiths. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Benjamin Weingarten has written a new book titled American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party, focusing on Minnesota’s favorite Squad member. Ben is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and Senior Contributor at The Federalist. Follow him on Twitter!

The intro/outro song of the week is “Gratitude” by the Beastie Boys. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Jon’s happy to welcome back Michael Malice, host of “YOUR WELCOME,” bête noire of Twitter, and author of both The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics and Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il. We discuss Bernie’s hostile takeover of the Democratic Party, Trump’s chances in November, and the perfidy of the mainstream media.

The intro/outro song of the week is the 1999 live version of “One Way or Another” by Blondie. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Jon opened up Facebook and Twitter for “Ask Me Anything” questions and, wow, did he get a lot. From politics to the Navy to music to God to coffee, he covers it all in his first solo effort. Keep the conversation going by asking more questions in the comments for Jon to answer.

The intro/outro song of the week is “Ask” by The Smiths, of course. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Jon welcomes New York-based writer and A-list Twitter follow Kate Hyde. She was the news director of American Military News and a Penn State alum. We chat about impeachment, the Democratic primary, and cheeseburgers.

The intro/outro song of the week is “Kate Is Great” by The Bouncing Souls. Jon’s song of the week is “1992” by Beliefs and our special cameo guest’s song of the week is “Julia Take Your Man Home” by Wolf Parade. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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