Jon and Stephen didn’t agree with Tom Nichols’ strategy of voting D in the midterms to save the GOP — so we invited him on the show! Tom Nichols is a professor at the US Naval War College and the author of the best-selling book, The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters. We also discuss the midterms and what it means for both parties as they prepare for 2020.

The intro/outro song is “Ray Purchase” by Peeping Drexels. Stephen’s song of the week is “One Trick Ponies” by Kurt Vile and Jon’s is “Narcissus” by TVAM. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Mona and Jay begin with a guest, Charles Lane. (Jay is late but butts in when he arrives.) They talk about the midterm elections and about Central America. Chuck has done extensive reporting from Latin America, as well as several other regions around the globe. Today, he is an editorial writer and columnist for the Washington Post. After Chuck leaves, Mona and Jay continue to talk about the elections, and about language, and about music, etc. Mona says it’s one of her missions in life to mix it up with lefties. Jay says – as he has many times before – “You’re a better man than I.”

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Bret Stephens is a columnist for the New York Times and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. For many years, he was a columnist and editor at the Wall Street Journal. Before that, he was editor of the Jerusalem Post. He grew up in Mexico City. With Jay, he talks about Mexico, and Latin America in general, and the Middle East, and China, and Russia, and many other subjects. Often, when Stephens writes a killer of a column, Jay says, “I wish I could give him another Pulitzer Prize.” At the end of the podcast, discussion turns to America and its future. Stephens is a deep-dyed patriot. And he hails the regenerative powers of these United States.

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On this week’s return episode, the Substandard takes on Bohemian Rhapsody. Special guest Mike Warren fact-checks and gives us a Queen ranking. JVL gets into queer theory and Vic recounts his New York City bar crawl. Plus a special review and trenchant analysis of Election 2018!

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The men of GLoP gather to Rank Punditry® on last night’s mid-terms, dissect JPod’s self-imposed Twitter break, lament about people trying to get them work for free, and giggle a lot (really).

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Jay and Mona talk about the eternal curse of anti-Semitism, executive orders – who’s for them, who’s against them and does it depend entirely upon whose ox is gored? Left wing and right wing violence. And the most underrated flavor.

Music from this week’s show: Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre

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After the deadly shooting in Pittsburgh, the media again made the story all about themselves (naturally). Also, will Kyrsten Sinema really beat Martha McSally in Arizona?

The intro/outro song is “Electioneering” by Radiohead. Stephen’s song of the week is “Suspiria” by Thom Yorke and Jon’s is “Eleven Months” by Misty Coast. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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We’re a day early, but certainly not a dollar short as we tackle another busy news week. First up, Washington Examiner magazine editor (and the co-host of That Sethany Show) Seth Mandel on the shootings in Pittsburgh and the Mandel’s new life in D.C. Then, our good friend (and Ricochet’s Law Talk with Epstein & Yoo podcast co-host) John Yoo stops by to school on the the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship, caravans, and geek out a bit on Star Trek. Also, Halloween in different parts of the country, and the President’s views on Jews.

Music from this week’s podcast: Across The Border by Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris

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On today’s Daily Standard podcast, associate editor Ethan Epstein and deputy online editor Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to talk about the upcoming midterm elections, the Candace Owens / Tomi Lahren Twitter war over Kanye West, and whether or not President Trump is making Paul Ryan into a scapegoat should Republicans lose the House.

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This week Bridget welcomes Paul Shirley, former NBA player, published author, and founder of Writers Blok, a communal workspace for writers in Los Angeles. Paul talks about the role sports play in helping us learn to fail, operating at peak capacity, how having too much free time can be paralyzing and why being a people-pleaser is both his biggest asset and greatest weakness. Paul and Bridget debate whether cavemen had more free time than we think they did, discuss overcoming internal resistance and agree that setting constraints on your life is helpful. Be sure to check out Paul’s podcast Stories I Tell On Dates.

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Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, senior writer Michael Warren and chief elections analyst David Byler join host Charlie Sykes to talk about the Texas senate race, Trump’s birthright citizenship play, and Halloween.

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Boo! Sorry, did that scare you? Hopefully not. Because if it did, you might not be able to handle this special Halloween episode of the Young Americans. Jack and the gang discuss their most Millennial fears, their favorite horror movies, and whether horror can be respected as a genre or not. And if this episode scares you too much, please make use of the services of our first-ever sponsor: Calm.com, an all-purpose relaxation website and app.

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After allegedly sending crude bombs to Hillary, Obama, and many others, Cesar Sayoc Jr. of Plantation, FL was detained by the FBI. Is Trump to blame — and why did the media make it all about themselves?

The intro/outro song is “All Sparks” by Editors. Stephen’s song of the week is “Missing U” by Robyn and Jon’s is “Break the Elder” by The Declining Winter. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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After Lyndsey’s grandma got scammed, Lyndsey and Kelly talk about how to get woke and protect your grams.

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In this (typically) wide-ranging hour, Mona and Jay talk about the caravan, up from Central America: Is it salted with Middle Eastern terrorists? They also discuss our northern neighbor, Canada, which has just legalized pot: What effect will that have? Other subjects include Steve King, George Soros, Nikki Haley, John Bolton, and Emmanuel Macron. Mona mentions Tchaikovsky, so the show goes out with some of his music: the Scherzo from his Symphony No. 2, played by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Lorin Maazel.

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On the latest episode of the Free Beacon podcast, sponsored by Calm, the gang talks about how to reassert American nuclear dominance, sheds a tear for the creepy porn lawyer’s latest woes, and tries to figure out the best gender-neutral baby names.

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Elizabeth Warren falls for Trump’s troll and loses big with a genetic test showing her to be 1/1024th Native American or Peruvian or something. And the Saudis (allegedly) murder Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Should Trump punish them and, if so, how?

The intro/outro song and Jon’s song of the week is “The Celebration” by Film School. Stephen’s two songs of the week are “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas (Quiet Slang)” by Beach Slang and “New York (Piano Version)” by St. Vincent. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Pardon the plagiaristic title, but it describes this podcast with David French and Vivek Dave, two of Jay’s regular gurus on sports. They do the Major League Baseball playoffs, the NFL, college football, the NBA (happy new season), and a dollop of Tiger Woods. There are many issues discussed in this episode, including the rather philosophical or elevated: Why sports? A freewheeling joy of a podcast, live-and-in-the-flesh from Chicago. 

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This week, some thoughts on the Khashoggi murder, a deep dive into the Catholic Church scandals with the great Rod Dreher, and our mid-term preview with Ricochet’s newest podcaster, Lahnee Chen (subscribe to his show!). Also, you thought we weren’t going to give our take on Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test? No way, Chief.

Music from this week’s podcast Bad Blood by Taylor Swift

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On today’s Daily Standard podcast, chief elections analyst David Byler takes us on a guided tour of the GOP’s strong Senate map for the midterm elections—now less than three weeks away!—while reporter Andrew Egger takes a deeper dive into one of the year’s most hotly contested races: Josh Hawley vs. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, where rabble-rouser James O’Keefe has been making a surprise splash.

Editor’s note: The latter half of the podcast has some microphone discrepancies, but is clear for the purposes of listening.

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