This week, two terrific reporters join us from their beats: first up, Salena Zito., National Political Reporter for The Washington Examiner (and author of the forthcoming book The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics) as well as an expert on the denizens of Trump country. Then, Debra Saunders, the White House Correspondent of the Las Vegas Review-Journal gives us some insights into what its like to cover this President. Also, the Comey book, and happy trails to Paul Ryan.

Music from this week’s show: Karma Chameleon by Culture Club

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A few times a year, we forgo the guests and open the floor to you, our faithful members to ask us anything. Also, some thoughts on the firing of Kevin Williamson and announcing our live podcast event in Washington DC on May 10th and 11th!

Music from this week’s episode: Bad Blood by Taylor Swift

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First, apologies to all of our faithful listeners for being 24 hours late with this edition of the Ricochet Podcast — we were felled by technical issues yesterday with the first half of the show. But this one is worth the wait: first, Original Cast Member Rob Long is back from making TV great again and has been seated in his rightful place in the host chair (from Miami Beach, no less). Then, NYT columnist Ross Douthat stops by to talk about his thoughtful new book To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism (yes, of course you should pre-order it). It’s a ruche discussion about faith, religion, and Pope Francis. Then, back to more secular matters with the always current Byron York, who brings us up to speed on the Mueller investigation,. the Omnibus spending bill, and some Stormy weather predicted for Sunday night. Uh oh.

Music from this week’s show: Melancholy Serenade by The Jackie Gleason Orchestra

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This week — UNICORNS. Well, James mentions one. Also, the great Kori Schake on how we ought to deal with North Korea. Republican Congressional candidate in California’s 52nd District Michael Allman on using software to figure out what constituents want, some thoughts on Think Tank personnel changes, and a Ricochet Podcast host joins the Trump administration (no, Rob Long has not become Secretary of TV).

Music from this week’s podcast: The Unicorn Song by Peter, Paul, & Mary

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This week, we mix it up across a wide variety of views with guests from all over the right side of the ideological map. First up, AEI’s Christina Hoff Sommers, author of The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men. She wrote a Tweet this past week that set social media on fire. So we talk about that. Then, the main event: Charlie Sykes is a longtime time talk radio host in Wisconsin and is the newly minted host the The Daily Standard podcast right here on Ricochet. Charlie and our own Peter Robinson get into on the current occupant of the Oval Office, and well, let’s just say they don’t see eye-to-eye. But they do give a master class in how to disagree civilly. Take notes, people.

Music from this week’s podcast: Why Can’t We Be Friends by War

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Who doesn’t love a parade? Certainly not us. We also love a rising market, good explanations of complicated investigations, and clear and concise commentary on the economy. That’s why we invited Andrew McCarthy and Larry Kudlow on this week’s show. They ably guide us through both issues with clarity, good humor, and yes, a bit of scolding. Also, a Minnesotan’s view of the Super Bowl and more about that bet with John Yoo.

Music from this week’s podcast:  Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance

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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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Yes, we discuss that phrase, but no, we don’t say the word. Instead, we do a deep dive on immigration with two of the sharpest minds on the issue: the Center for Immigration Studies’s Mark Krikorian and our good pal Mickey Kaus. Dig in.

Music from this week’s podcast: Dreamer by Super Tramp

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On the first podcast of the week, the COMMENTARY crew takes up the failed terrorist attack in the New York City subway station and points out just how blase it appears we have gotten in response to these events 16 years after 9/11. And then we ask: What are the media’s obligations after they report falsely on highly sensitive events? Give a listen.

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On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we ask whether the Michael Flynn plea indicates huge trouble for the Trump White House or will prove to be much ado about nothing. But in the “much ado about something” category, we place the astonishing report that Saudi honcho Muhammad bin Sultan has effectively endorsed an Israeli peace proposal and sought to impose it on recalcitrant Palestinian boss Mahmoud Abbas. Could be the biggest news of the young century. Give a listen.

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On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we take up the long-term threat to Democratic interests—and the truth, and fairness, and everything Democrats have said they stand for when it comes to women and sexual abuse—that arises from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s decision to provide cover for accused harasser John Conyers. Give a listen.

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n the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, the gang (minus Noah Rothman) covers the accusations of sexual misconduct against the Roy Moore, his strange defense, and his even stranger defenders. We also talk about President Trump’s press conference with Rodrigo Duterte and the explosive news of a massive cyberattack on the NSA. Give a listen.

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On this week’s first COMMENTARY Podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, Sohrab Ahmari, and Noah Rothman discuss the left-right cultural divide over how to respond to horrific shootings like that which occurred in Texas over the weekend. The hosts also explore how the left’s temptation to attack cultural signifiers on the right will prevent them from exploring what really happened in the event that a Republican wins the Virginia gubernatorial race on Tuesday.

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The first COMMENTARY podcast of the week finds me, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman considering the volcanic possible consequences that might flow from Special Prosecutor Mueller’s indictments of one-time Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Then we move on to the Hollywood sex scandals and wonder whether we are seeing the literal implosion of an entire industry. Give a listen.

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On the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, the crew delves into the Russian purchase of an American uranium company during the Obama years and how its executives enriched the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation as it was happening—and what this tells us about them and the Democratic party and Obama. Then President Trump’s uncomfortable contretemps over calling Gold Star families takes us to the question of the culture war and how important it is in understanding our present moment. Give a listen.

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On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, the crew takes up the Trump White House’s move on the Iran deal, its declarations on health care, and its shifting policies on immigration and “Dreamers” and how they reveal that this revolutionary administration is actually engaging in half-measures that are designed to make everybody miserable. Give a listen.

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On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman explore with me the meaning of the Twitter war between the president and the retiring chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and what it portends for the potential crackup of the Republican Party. Then the crew descends into Hollywood Gomorrah with Harvey Weinstein and his sexual predation and the coverups thereto. Give a listen.

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On this week’s first podcast, the COMMENTARY crew (Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and John Podhoretz) discuss whether the mass shooting in Las Vegas speaks to the need for new policy or to a disease in the American body politic and the American spirit. Then they ask why on earth the president of the United States found it necessary to pick a fight about the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, and why he went after his secretary of state on Twitter, and why some other stuff. Give a listen.

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This week, we call of a couple of our most popular podcasters to help us parse the week’s events: Michael Graham, the Boston based host of or daily podcast Michael in the Morning sits in for Peter Robinson, while Michael Stopa from the Harvard Lunch Club podcast stops by to talk about how the President is doing so far (and yes, he and Rob Long get into another one of their epic rap battles). Then, the WSJ’s Jason Riley joins to discuss kneeling in the NFL and his new book False Black Power? Finally, a librarian in Massachusetts doesn’t like Dr. Suess. Well, that’s not really true, and a hearty “so long, Hef!”

Music from this week’s show: Puerto Rico by Vaya Con Dios

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On the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald seek to answer John Podhoretz’s deeply pointed queries about what the victory of Roy Moore in the Alabama runoff might mean for Senate Republicans, Mitch McConnell, and whether #MAGA has become a runaway train. Then they talk about tax cuts, and then they make it interesting (John thinks). Give a listen.

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