For this (very) rare Sunday Ricochet Podcast, we’ve assembled our original cast as Rob Long, Peter Robinson, and James Lileks gather ’round their respective audio capture devices to chat about current events. Also stopping by, That Sethany Show hosts Seth and Bethany Mandel (the latter is of course also a Ricochet Editor and a member of The LadyBrains Podcast). Guns and due process, trade tariffs, kids and politics, the Oscars are all on the docket in this wide ranging conversation. Listen in!More
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 WesternMore
On the first of our week’s podcasts, Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman debate the millennial generation in response to John Podhoretz’s question about whether millennials are as bad as people say (Noah being one). And then things get wild and philosophical on the question of technological advance and the changes in human destiny before the guys return to White House feuds. Give a listen.More
We’re all over the globe physically and all over the map topically this week as we cover the British elections with our guests Toby Young from The Spectator (read his take on the election here) and we’ve got the great Andrew McCarthy on Comey, the NSA, and Trump’s legal conundrums. Also, Rob is in a park in London. Yes, in a park. Now, that’s devotion.
Music from this week’s podcast: Werewolves Of London by Warren ZevonMore
Jay and Mona wonder what the next four years will look like now that the Republican Party has taken on so many of the features of the Democratic Party. Is demography destiny? Does anyone still uphold good character and deplore the “coarsening of the culture”? They close with light and dark: A note of fortitude about our task, and dark foreboding from Shostakovich.
Music from this week’s show: End of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard HaitinkMore
Dana Perino is a leading personality on Fox News. She is also a former White House press secretary (for George W. Bush). She is just out with a book, “Let Me Tell You about Jasper …: How My Best Friend Became America’s Dog.”
Jay talks with Ms. Perino in her home, along with Jasper himself. They talk about him, of course, and about dogs. But also about broader issues in life, which a discussion of dogs can prompt. As far as Jay is concerned, the new book is essentially about love. The author does not disagree.More
It’s a special pre-election edition of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe, the Nihilist in Golf Pants. Issues discussed include:
* A review of this past week’s focus on Ricochet from NPR’s “This American Life”. Also, the return of This Week in Gate Keeping featuring, coincidentally, NPR and This American Life and their observations of James Lileks’s voting preferences.More
Just kidding, it’s actually six mojitos. Teri and Tami give homage to the Three Martini Lunch podcast, covering the latest explosive video from James O’Keefe, how Democrats really feel about black conservatives, Obama’s message for American men (hint: you’re all sexist!), and, speaking of black conservatives, guess who isn’t included in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture?More
Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast for November 1, 2016 it’s the Conrad Black’s Life Matters edition. Our special guest is Lord Conrad Black founder of The National Post, author of highly acclaimed biographies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, and Canadian TV personality. Lord Black is an outspoken Trump supporter who writes for the National Review. He will discuss with us, among other things, what makes America the greatest country on earth and how the “Bush-Clinton-Obama co-regency” threatens to derail that greatness. Further, as a personal acquaintance and longtime business associate of Donald Trump he attests to Trump’s solidity as a businessman and loyalty as a friend (to say nothing of his basic sanity).
Also, we’ll talk about FBI Director James Comey’s leap back into the middle of the 2016 election and the torpedo he launched at the HMS Hillary last Friday by reopening her email investigation. Does Hillary’s first instinct of demanding that Comey release everything immediately make sense? Is her second instinct – to assassinate the messenger by slamming Comey – work any better? Is the enthusiasm gap, where Trump now leads by seven points according to one poll, enough to tilt the election to Donald?More
Cash is king, right? There is, after all, some $4,200 in cash circulating for every person in the US, and that’s outside financial establishments. But when is the last time you used cash? Studies show 50% of us carry $20 or fewer in our wallets. How practical will paper currency remain, especially in the age of rising digital currencies?
To find out, I chatted with economist Kenneth Rogoff, a professor at Harvard University. From 2001–2003, he was Chief Economist at the IMF. His 2009 book with Carmen Reinhart This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly examined patterns and similarities in severe financial crises. His fascinating new book, The Curse of Cash (September 2016), argues we should dramatically cut the world supply of cash to cut down illegal activity and help the economy.More
After a month-long hiatus, Larry Kudlow and Tim Pawlenty return to the microphones to make their closing cases for Trump and against Hillary Clinton. If need you need help make a cogent case to your friends and neighbors, play this podcast for them.More
It’s Halloween in the faculty lounge (how do we explain to the professors that “the undead constitution” is too high-concept a costume?). This time around, Richard Epstein and John Yoo cover the scariest topic of all: the 2016 election. First, a deep dive into the new revelations about Hillary’s e-mail. Then, Is it time to ditch early voting, the electoral college, and ballot initiatives? Is there a grain of truth to the “this election is rigged” talk? Are we stuck with an 8-member Supreme Court for the foreseeable future? And, most terrifying of all, would a President Clinton have the ability to pardon herself? All that and more in the final pre-election Law Talk.More
The Pilgrims didn’t wear buckles on their hats, but they did give us one of our best holidays, says Melanie Kirkpatrick in her new book, Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience.
In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Kirkpatrick explains why this celebration caught on in American culture, what the Pilgrims would think of our modern festivities, and how the terrorist attacks of 9/11 compelled her to write about Thanksgiving.More
This week, The Conservatarians — aka, Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel and Heatstreet contributor Stephen Miller — talk about Hillary’s new email headaches, Obamacare’s implosion, and Stephen’s adventures in Trump country.
Stephen’s song of the week (and our intro and outro music) is “Finally” by Cymbals Eat Guitars. Jon’s song of the week is “CHEETAHT2 (Ld spectrum)” by Aphex Twin. 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.
Anne Applebaum is one of the foremost writers on Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union. She is a columnist for the Washington Post, and has written several books: including “Gulag,” which won a Pulitzer prize.
She is Jay’s guest on “Q&A.” They talk about Russia and Putin. And Ukraine and Putin. And Europe and Putin. And America and Putin.More
HWX returns with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe, the Nihilst in Golf Pants discussing the critical issues of the week:
* The new “Schoolyard” PSA about the importance of voting and some underappreciated aspects of this searing indictment on voter apathy. Also a broader discussion of the alleged sanctity of the franchise.More
With the election less than two weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about what a post election party might look like. For that, we call on The Atlantic’s David Frum to help us sort it all out. Also, we debate why the seemingly endless Wikileaks email stories don’t get more traction in the media, a selection of posts from Ricochet’s Member Feed, and that now infamous Megan Kelly-Newt Gingrich confrontation. Just two more weeks…
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Smart girls Tami Nantz and Marcia Chambliss are joined by bestselling author Andy Andrews (author of the forthcoming The Little Things: Why You Should Sweat the Small Stuff). Andy has a special message for the #NeverTrump folks, addresses why we must vote on Election Day, and offers a really cool and totally free gift to listeners.More
It’s a special Halloween episode of HWX with Brian Ward and Paul Happe. Featured in this episode are discussions of the horrors of the election season:
- The email leaks of Hillary and John Podesta. Which is your favorite ignored scandal?
- World premiere of the new spin on the holiday classic, the Monster Mash, with the Clinton Cash.
- Analysis of and lessons learned from James O’Keefe’s new video releases.
- HWX House of Horrors, a tour of the haunted mansion that is the 2016 Presidential election.