It’s an end-of-the-year blowout in the Faculty Lounge, as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are tackling 2018’s madcap final month. Why is the Supreme Court’s immigration ruling not as dramatic as it sounds? Is President Trump in genuine legal trouble this time? Is there a silver lining to the departure of Jim Mattis? Why isn’t being tried for the same crime by your state and the feds double jeopardy? And what does the Bill of Rights have to do with nunchucks?

All that plus Epstein delivers some dreidel game theory, Yoo weighs in on eggnog, and a certain someone engages in a year end Roman law improv game.

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It’s our last show for 2018, sadly there’s just not that much to talk about. Darn. Nothing going on, no controversy, no conflict. Just some old friends (and Ricochet editors Jon Gabriel and Bethany Mandel) shooting the breeze for 70 odd minutes. Enjoy and we’ll see you next year.

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Mattis resigns, stocks plummet, Trump pulls out of Syria, and we might get both a government shutdown and a GoFundMe border wall. Jon and Stephen discuss the chaotic week in Washington.

The intro/outro song is “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” by Julian Casablancas. Jon’s song of the week is “Clear” by Nonn, and Stephen’s song of the week is “Growin’ Up” by Bruce Springsteen. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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David French joins Jay and Mona to explode myths (“Flynn was framed!”) and analyze where things stand with a president unmoored. Secretary Mattis is gone, but Steven Miller goes on and on.

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On this week’s episode brought to you by Donors Trust, April and Kira wrap up the year’s events in news and culture – what stories were most surprising, which were least surprising and what 2019 might hold. They also talk about their favorite Christmas traditions and name some of their favorite products of the year.

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It’s last GLoP of 2018 and we go out with a….shot of eggnog. Actually, we go out with some concise commentary (or rank punditry®, whichever your prefer) on the cuisine and beverages of the holiday, what the heck is going on at CBS, a fond farewell to Penny Marshall, a rave review for Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse, and a pick for the 2018 time capsule. Thanks for all the Goldberg giggles in ’18 and we’ll see (hear?) you next year.

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How goes college football? What about the playoffs? What about the latest retirement of Urban Meyer? How goes the NFL? What about Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Colin Kaepernick? How goes college basketball? Is the season too long? Or just right? How goes the NBA? Is there trouble in the paradise of the Golden State dynasty? How’s LeBron working out in L.A.? Jay has with him two gurus, and two great guys: David French and Vivek Dave. Enjoy.

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You won’t believe how similar the Clinton/Trump sex scandals are — and the women who enable them. Recorded before a live audience at the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit, Danielle and Christine talk with columnist Mona Charen, author of the forthcoming book “Sex Matters.”

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After a rousing live edition of the podcast in DC, we’re back on virtual home ground and we hit the ground running. First up, our old pal Larry Kudlow former Ricochet podcaster, current Director of the National Economic Council stops by to dish on the economy, Milton Friedman, working in the White House, and he declares a certain podcaster #NeverTrump (spoiler alert: it’s not who you think it is). Next up: Matthew Hennessey stops by to chat about his new book Zero Hour For Gen X. Finally, some thoughts on the great Tom Wolfe, who passed away earlier this week from two who knew and admired him.

Music from this week’s podcast: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 by Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev – Academy of London Orchestra

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At the Ricochet – AEI Podcast Summit last week, Bethany, Lyndsey, and Mary Katharine discuss Bethany’s crazy trip down to DC, detoxing from social media, and then empty their purses in front of the audience; you won’t want to miss what’s inside.

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At the Ricochet Podcast Summit, Jay’s guest was Nury A. Turkel, who had a grim and horrifying topic to discuss: a new gulag in China, which contains up to a million Uyghurs (a Turkic minority). Turkel himself is a Uyghur American. This issue is personal, national, and international, all three. Something to know about, in a world pregnant with horrors.

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Bringing the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit to a roaring close was a special edition of GLoP… er, GLo Culture with Jonah Goldberg and Rob Long. They touch on the arduous process of getting a book on to the shelves, the shunning of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on The Simpsons and Rob’s star turn as Pontius Pilate.

This week’s music includes Hanging on the Telephone by Blondie.

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For the 100th episode of the Political Economy podcast, James Pethokoukis sat down with Michael Strain and Stan Veuger during the Ricochet – AEI Podcast Summit in Washington, DC.

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Though neither mountain climbers nor heads of state, Mona and Jay got a chance to do a summit – the Ricochet Podcast Summit in Washington, D.C. Before an audience, they ran through a slew of issues, including the Koreas, the Nobel Peace Prize, Rudy Giuliani, movies, and books. And music. Both of them had the temerity to suggest what was the greatest pop song ever written. This podcast ends with one of the selections (a Jackson 5 number).

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It takes a special occasion to take The Big Show® to bigger things and higher heights. What’s bigger than the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit? Try the 400th episode of our aural extravaganza. There are ruminations on the changes in our nation’s capital since the Reagan years, presidential portraits and Korean water heaters. (Yeah, Korean water heaters.) Meanwhile, Peter attempts a variety of new Ricochet marketing slogans.

Music from this week’s show: River of Dreams by Billy Joel.

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Steve Hayward and John Hinderaker interviewed Michael Anton, former senior staffer at Trump’s National Security Council and author of the controversial “Flight 93 Election” article from September 2016, at the Ricochet Podcast Summit in Washington. Anton revisited the infamous article, shared his insights about Trump’s political character, and also regaled the live audience with a great tale of what it’s like to be a chef for a White House state dinner.

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The Conservatarians share their origin stories, define the “conservatarian” label, and drink Bulleit bourbon. We didn’t get to music this week, but you should subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

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Senator Marco Rubio (R – FL) joined Avik Roy Thursday morning to kick off the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit. Among the topics covered are the future of the economy, the future of the Republican Party, confronting China and the challenges of the 21st Century.

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The brilliant Chris Caldwell of The Weekly Standard makes a reluctant-but-brilliant appearance on the podcast, live from the Ricochet Podcast Summit at AEI.

We also talk about a two-word joke told on an elevator that made international news thanks to a nutty Massachusetts feminist.

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NTK reviews the week’s news – and 2017’s, and then reflects on a little known Romanian heroine, a New Jersey senator who stood up to Andrew Jackson (his descendant is in the House today), and some thoughts on the heavens (UFOs and the Milky Way).

Music from this week’s episode: Ain’t It a Pretty Night by Dawn Upshaw

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