Our traditional format is two guests per show, but when we have someone as smart and loquacious as Ben Shapiro, we toss our traditions and do it live. We cover the mid-terms, we look at 2020, take a gander at Trump’s management style and a host of other host takes. Also, another edition of “What Are You Watching?” and Rob Long hosts a contest for new members. Join today! 

Music from this week’s episode: Ben by Michael Jackson

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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Halloween and the blockbuster horror genre. JVL goes on a babymoon with his … best friend? Sonny investigates a strange-looking swing set at a playground. And Vic enjoys the symphony—while watching The Empire Strikes Back. Plus JVL’s decibel war continues and a horror ranking!

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This week on the Big Show®, we’ve got former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul (pre-order his new book From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia) on the new warming relations with North Korea, what to do about Syria, and yes, that pesky President Putin. Then Commentary’s associate editor Noah Rothman (yes, he’s one of the stars of the world famous Commentary Podcast) stops by to talk about Starbucks, Paul Ryan, and the diminishing chances of a Democratic wave this fall. Also, we remember First Lady Barbara Bush.

Music from this week’s podcast: Waiting On a Friend by The Rolling Stones

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The only thing we’re fighting about is whose pie is better.

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Bethany, Emily, and Kelly discuss the recent rash of “Bing Bong” stories and make plans for Kelly’s new shiny twinkie, and no, that’s not a euphemism.

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This week, noted author Rob Long (come on, buy his book!) is back on the big show, so we booked a guest he’d have a lot to chat about with, California Congressman Devin Nunes. We talk collusion, Russia, Mueller, all the good stuff. Also, Bush the elder says the President “is a blowhard,” are entitlements bad for the nation’s health?, and Steve Martin’s King Tut is racist. Well, at least at Reed College it is.

Music from this week’s podcast: King Tut by Steve Martin

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