This week, a retrospective of TV detectives inspired by a Tweet and begun on that other podcast. Then, the curious media coverage around Kim Jong Un’s sister at the Olympics, Black Panther is here to save the world, the guys tell you what they are currently watching, and for the kids in our audience, a discussion about long departed talk show host Merv Griffin.

 

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast number 161 it’s the Devin Nunes, Man of Steele edition of the show with your humble hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. In this week’s edition we dissect, trisect, septasect the Nunes memo, the Steele dossier (yichh!) and the FBI cabal that is working night and day to take Trump down.

This is a serious discussion. Of course the legacy media on the left (did I repeat myself?) are doing nothin but “debunking.” They call it fact checking but they set out with the clear and unvarnished objective to cut the Nunes memo down to size. Newsweek’s treatment is particularly egregious in its one-sidedness. But is the right a bit unhinged as well? Stopa thinks so, Todd is unconvinced. Is there really a conspiracy in the FBI? or is it simply partisanship that has gotten excessive? We will discuss.

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First, let it be known that we recorded this podcast before The Memo® was released. We’ll dissect that (assuming there’s anything left to dissect) on next week’s show. Instead, we’ve got the great Bari Weiss from the New York Times to discuss the shaming of Nikki Haley, Aziz Ansari, and other cultural touchstones. Then, our old friend and consummate insider Haley Barbour talks immigration, memo speculation, and what exactly happened at the airport early this week.

Music from this week’s podcast: Ballad of Paladin, Have Gun Will Travel by Johnny Western

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It’s the first Law Talk of the new year and Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are starting off 2018 with verve. On this installment: who looks worse in the Mueller investigation, President Trump or the FBI? Is trading DACA for a border wall a grand bargain or a big mistake? Can California prosecute business owners for working with federal immigration authorities? Can blue states sue their way out of the new tax law? Will the Supreme Court overhaul internet taxation? Do federal judges really need clerks? And does the Americans with Disabilities Act protect “obnoxious chronic body odor”?

All that plus John Yoo, long-suffering Philadelphia Eagles fan, enjoys the sensation of human joy for the first time in his life. We can’t bring ourself to tell the guy what’s coming next.

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This week on this very sedate and polite episode of GLoP, the boys pass the talking stick and chat about the shutdown, Stormy Daniels, a movie you haven’t seen in a while and are reluctant watch again, and yes, some LIVE coverage of the Oscar nominations!

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Kira, April, and Teri are talking escape rooms, lessons Aziz Ansari might learn from Mike Pence, and the false premise of the #MeToo movement. April reviews I, Tonya and the ladies geek out over the upcoming Winter Olympics.

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We’ve got the great Shelby Steele on the podcast this week (read him fantastic WSJ column Black Protest Has Lost Its Power) to discuss the NFL and (the lack of) racism in the culture. Then, the indispensable Jim Geraghty guides us through the politics of shut down. Finally, finally,  a real sports discussion: Vikings fan boy James Lileks on his home town team.

Music from this week’s episode: Shut Down by The Beach Boys

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 10, 2018, number 157, it’s the Let’s Go Get Sessions Stoned edition of the show with your Magical Mystery Tour guides Todd Feinburg and Mike Stopa.

This week we explore the non-changes to the federal law prohibiting the sale and use of marijuana and the radical suggestion (hasn’t he done this before?) by A.G. Jeff Sessions that we enforce the existing law!!! Where did they find this guy? Hasn’t he been around Washington enough to know that we pick and choose which laws we enforce based on our perceived anticipation of the arc of history? Our HLC edition #80 contains our interview with then Senator Sessions and is here.

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On the final Law Talk of 2017, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are taking a look back at the year that was. First, an assessment of President Trump’s first year in office, on matters both foreign and domestic. Is it possible that our dynamic duo is warming to The Donald? Then, what do the Kate Steinle verdict and recent terrorist attacks in New York tell us about the shortcomings of American immigration policy? What does the future hold for the Mueller investigation? What will be the biggest legal stories of 2018? What are the professors’ New Years resolutions? And why did the 1980 Philadelphia Eagles nearly derail the construction of Richard’s house? Tune in to find out!

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2017 is over already — what a year! It’s hard to imagine a better way of finishing it than having Buzzfeed’s Political Editor, Katherine Miller, on the show to talk about stuff from 2017. Jay and Katherine talked about their favorite movies, music and streaming shows. In addition, they talked news and politics – what were the big stories of the year and what were the most surprising stories of the year. Be sure to check out Katherine’s tweet thread where she talks about her favorite pieces from 2017 as well as the links below to the music she discussed:

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The Conservatarians welcome Sonny Bunch to count down the best films of 2017, along with Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and FoxNews.com contributor Stephen Miller. Sonny is executive editor of the Washington Free Beacon, writes a weekly column for the Washington Post, and co-hosts the Weekly Substandard Podcast.

Our intro and outro music is “Screenwriter’s Blues” by Soul Coughing. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist! You should also subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes.


Metacritic’s Top Five Films of 2017

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleasantly surprised to see incoming Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam back away from pushing Medicaid expansion, much to the consternation of liberals. They also shudder as a new generic poll of voters suggests Republicans are in for a very rough 2018, as Democrats lead big among women and young people and even hold slight edges among men and senior citizens. And Jim sounds off on actor Matt Damon’s insistence that he never knew about any of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults and harassment.

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Greg Gutfeld returns to The Conservatarians to count down the best albums of 2017, along with Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Fox News contributor Stephen Miller. Greg hosts the aptly named “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” “The Five,” and has written … six or eight books. We set aside the news of the day to focus on what really matters: music. You can listen to all these songs on our special Best of 2017 Spotify playlist.

Our intro and outro music is “Los Ageless” by St. Vincent. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist! You should also subscribe to this podcast and give it five-star, glowing reviews on iTunes.

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Moore is gone. Is Bannonism? Could you imagine voting for a Democrat? Do you fall in love with politicians? Some of the questions Jay and Mona tackle this week.

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This week, Powerline’s (and Berkeley’s!) Steve Hayward sits in and we anoint Roy Moore as a loser, Al Franken as a memory, and discuss with Ricochet alumni Claire Berlinski her fantastic and now famous piece The Warlock Hunt. Also, what exactly is Mueller mulling? And our guys pick their favorite movies of 2017.

Music from this week’s episode: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? by Amy Winehouse

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Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) and Stephen Miller (@RedSteeze) welcome Avery Hogarth and Tiana Lowe to talk about college activism, millennial politics, and what it’s like to be a campus conservative in the age of Trump. The two USC seniors host The Political Pregame podcast.

Tiana (@TianaTheFirst) was the founding editor of the USC Economics Review, an editorial intern at National Review, a contributor at Heat Street, and the founding editor of The Tab. Avery (@AveryHogarth) is a campaign intern and serves as the Liberal Liason for USC’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter, helping bridge the gap of communication between the left, right, and center amongst the university community.

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Lyndsey, Amelia and Elisha delve into the Netflix Tweet everyone is talking about and defend corny Christmas movies of all kinds. They also discuss how to spread Christmas cheer through charity and how to talk to your kids about Santa — with a special appearance by the very sweet and very wise Mrs. Hamilton.

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It’s the last GLoP of the year, so climb aboard! We do a little more chatter on Moore, but the bulk of this show is about Christmas movies: It’s A Wonderful Life, various obscure TV movies that John Podhoretz is obsessed with, Jonah’s list of top Christmas movies, and Rob’s impression of the worst Christmas movies. Enjoy!

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 13, 2017, it’s the She’ll Do Anything for Moore edition of the show with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa.

This week, as we broadcast in real time the results of an election whose results are already known to all, we talk about whether the left is going to succeed by sacrificing Franken and Conyers and any and all other signs of impurity to go after Trump. Will Conyers succeed in holding his seat through nepotism? Will the people of his district in Michigan give a damn about a few pats on the ass here and there? And what of Franken? Who read him the riot act?

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Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, White House Watch columnist Michael Warren talks with host Eric Felten about the President’s latest problematic tweet.

The Daily Standard podcast is sponsored by Away Travel: Your luggage shouldn’t cost more than your plane ticket. Away Travel’s luggage is designed with the highest quality materials, and still under $300. For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/standard.

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