What will happen in Alabama’s GOP Senate runoff and then in November against a Democrat? How will the Democrats do in 2018 relative to the general history that the party in executive power usually loses lots of seats in Congress? Finally, do you like podcasts about music? Because the guest this week, Jeff Blehar, is going to be starting one with National Review. Jeff covers all these topics with Jay and Neal and answers the important question of who is better, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones.More
Sometimes you have to take risks. Is there a risk for a conservative podcast to have a liberal guest? Is there a risk for a liberal guest to go on a conservative podcast? Of course. But when both sides are going to have a conversation, things work out. Former Barack Obama speechwriter, Jon Favreau and co-host of Pod Save America joined Jay and Neal to talk about the political divide, Donald Trump, where Democrats and Republicans can work together and the overall state of our political culture. Listen in. You’ll enjoy it!More
She’s back! If you missed Dana Perino’s last appearance on the show, you can still catch it. She talks about communication so it is still relevant today. This time, however, Dana took us behind the scenes at “The Five” – how it got started, what she does to prepare, how topics are chosen, how bumper music is selected — all that good stuff. She also talks about her career and, of course, we talk about her beloved dog, Jasper.More
Following the shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise and others at baseball practice by a person who is believed to have had a political motivation, the debate about political rhetoric was resurrected. Jay and Neal spoke with Editor-In-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro about that issue as well as political tribalism and the lunacy of so-called “conservatives” acting out like leftists because it’s “war.”More
There’s been a lot of talk about anonymous sources in journalism in the first four months of the Trump administration. The problem is, not a lot of people know precisely how they’re used and why journalists use them. Reporter Glenn Thrush of the New York Times joined Jay and Neal to talk about the subject. They ask Glenn about anonymous sources, why they’re used, the process behind cultivating them and how to deal with the pressure to reveal them.
It’s a very informative episode and some of what Glenn says will surprise you!More
Does the media bubble exist? According to an investigation by Politico, it does and it’s worse than people thought. Jay and Neal invited journalist Erica Grieder, formerly of Texas Monthly, to discuss the issue in depth, to find out if the media can change, and what the news consumer can do to make things different.More
If you like photography and filmmaking, then you will enjoy our conversation with Michael Deppisch. Michael is a Nashville-based photographer and filmmaker who has done a variety of work that you can see at his website.
Michael talked with Neal and Jay about how he got started, his influences, what he thinks about technological advances, and the growth of the “selfie” culture.More
Chris Arnade is not the guy you’d expect to see shooting photos of home addicts in the Bronx. With a Ph.D. in physics and a 20-year career on Wall Street, Chris embarked on long walks in New York City and eventually to Hunts Point in the South Bronx. There he started a project he didn’t intend to start. It’s called “Faces of Addiction,” and you can go here to see the photos. Please know that some of the images, while beautiful, may be disturbing to some people, but they are still worth viewing.
Chris talked about that project, what led him to it and what he is working on now. You can follow him on Twitter.More
Donald Trump thinks Barack Obama tapped his phones in Trump Tower? Would he? Could he? Given Obama’s propensity to use the federal government (IRS, AP, James Rosen) as a weapon, would it be out of bounds for Obama to do it? And what’s next? David Harsanyi of The Federalist talks about that and also discusses the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.More
CPAC. It’s a scene, man. This is the first time since 2008 CPAC was held with a Republican (allegedly) in the White House. Neal and Jay were on the scene with some commentary recorded together for the first time in person as well as some interviews! They interviewed Jim Swift of The Weekly Standard, Andrea Ruth of RedState and The Decision Desk HQ, Dave Weigel of the Washington Post and Amelia Hamilton of Watchdog.org and RedState. Enjoy!More
Are you a gamer? PC or console? What kind of games do you play — and do ever wonder if you’re too old to be playing games? Kyle Foley joins Neal and Jay to talk gaming, the culture of gaming and the future of gaming, particularly virtual reality and augmented reality. Check out Kyle on his YouTube channel as well as on Twitch.More
What is Barack Obama’s legacy? Did he have accomplishments historians will reflect on 30-40 years from now? Jonah Goldberg from National Review joined Neal and Jay to talk about President Obama’s legacy, from domestic policy and national defense to foreign policy and national security. And of course, more importantly, Jonah weighs in on the important question: Can Tom Hardy play James Bond?More
People are always willing to give feedback. But how do you receive it? That’s where Sheila Heen comes in. She and Doug Stone are founders of the Triad Consulting Group and authors of the book, Thanks For The Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well. Jay and Neal ask about different situations where feedback is received, particularly in the age of social media.More
How is Donald Trump doing through his first 11 days? How about his choice for the Supreme Court? The immigration executive order and the media? Tom Nichols weighs in with Jay and Neal to talk about all of it. It’s been a whirlwind since Trump assumed office and now it’s time to see how things started.More
Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Many people never thought it would happen and loudly said so. And they were wrong. As were Neal and Jay. So we decided it would it would be a good idea to have a Trump supporter on the show to talk about his performance so far and his first 100 days. Scottie Hughes of Right Alerts was gracious enough to join us for a very cordial discussion about our new President.
We discussed domestic policy, the Supreme Court, foreign policy, and how the Republican Party will operate together.More
The guest for this week’s show is Peggy Newfield. She is the founder and etiquette expert at The American School of Protocol in Atlanta, GA. Peggy talks with Jay and Neal about etiquette, why it is important, how it differs by region, the influence technology has on etiquette, and of course, ways that you or your organization can be taught proper etiquette in all walks of life.
Peggy has done training for kids, business executives, politicians, foreign diplomats, even military officers. It’s a great show and Peggy was a terrific guest.More
It’s 2017! Neal is back and Jay is along with him talking to John Schindler (on Twitter, @20Committee) from The Observer and an intelligence expert about Donald Trump, the Russians, and the Chinese. John lays out his thoughts on the Russian hacking of the DNC, the extent of it, as well as offering up commentary on Julian Assange and Wikileaks. John also talks about Trump’s national security and national defense team (fan of Mattis, not of Flynn) and what he sees coming down the road.
John was a great guest and you don’t want to miss this.More