Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for October 11, 2017 it’s the Bannon’s War edition of the podcast with your hosts: Hartford CT talk show host Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week, we follow the erstwhile White House advisor and once and future Breitbart warrior in his quest to deconstruct the administrative state.

God. That phrase still makes my heart skip a beat.

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Understanding Ukraine today is impossible without also understanding what the Soviet Union did to it in the 1930, says Anne Applebaum, author of Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Applebaum describes Stalin’s act of mass murder against the Ukrainian people, how knowledge of this enormity slowly seeped into the West, and how its aftereffects continue to influence Ukraine’s present confrontation with Russia.

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Policy guru Avik Roy joins to consider whether there’s still space for market oriented reform in health care and in American life in general. He also explains how he became a wonk.

Jay and Mona then turn to the Las Vegas massacre, Tom Price’s departure, Rex Tillerson’s honesty (and likely tenure), going easy on Trump, and Mona’s experience at a rock concert. Yes, really.

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Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) and Stephen Miller (aka @RedSteeze) welcome Bridget Phetasy (aka @BridgetPhetasy). She’s is a stand-up comedian, co-hosts the podcast “Benched,” and writes for for both Playboy and The Federalist. She shares her views on Hugh Hefner’s legacy from an insider’s perspective. Stephen and Jon then talk about the predictable reaction of the left to the Las Vegas shooting.

The intro/outro song is “The Last of the Famous International Playboys” by Morrissey. Stephen’s song of the week is “Doomed” by Moses Sumney and Jon’s is “Tinseltown Swimming in Blood” by Destroyer. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist.

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Jay pronounces Golda Schultz one of the world’s best interviewees – and that is an easy call to make. She is a young South African soprano, currently working at the Metropolitan Opera. Jay interviews her there. They talk about New York, South Africa, opera, Broadway, and life. Do you know Golda? You’ll want to.

(To hear her in Doretta’s Song, from Puccini’s “Rondine,” go here.)

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Jim Geraghty of Natonal Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America sigh as liberal late night comedians demand new gun control legislation while getting their facts wildly wrong. They also react to reports that President Trump does not appear likely to embrace gun control efforts in the wake of the horrific attack in Las Vegas that killed dozens and wounded hundreds. And they shake their heads as White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney – a deficit hawk while in Congress – says he is embracing deficits as part of the emerging tax reform legislation.

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Who were the Maya and what did they believe? Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos explains in Art and Myth of the Ancient Maya.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Chinchilla describes what compelled him to devote his professional life to the study of these ancient people, what the images they put on vases and murals tells us about them, and why they become a “lost civilization.”

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That’s what Warren Harding promised. Is the Trump Administration approaching something like it? Jay and Mona discuss Trump’s UN speech, Medicare for all, the Alabama senate race, and whether conservativism and crudeness are now coterminous.

Music is Jean Sibelius, Karelia suite.

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Ben Shapiro, the conservative writer and journalist, spoke at Berkeley last week. They spent $600,000 on security. For lil’ ol’ Ben? Yes. He spoke bravely and well. In this “Q&A,” he talks about the experience with Jay, and about higher education, the political temperature in America, health care, and some other things. This episode is a quick blast o’ Ben.

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Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) and Stephen Miller (aka @RedSteeze) welcome Dave Smith — a stand-up comedian, radio personality, and political commentator. He’s a frequent guest on “The Greg Gutfeld Show” and “Kennedy” and also hosts the podcasts “Part of the Problem” and “The Legion of Skanks.” Dave just released a new comedy special called “Libertas” which you can watch on the GaS Digital Network.

The intro song is “It’s On” by BRONCHO. Stephen’s song of the week is “Seasons (Waiting on You)” by Future Islands and Jon’s is “Spent the Day in Bed” by Morrissey. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching Nancy Pelosi get drowned out by amnesty activists who think she and Chuck Schumer are not doing enough for people who are in the U.S. illegally. They also discuss the revelation that the feds did in fact wiretap former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort before and after the 2016 election. And they have no problem with President Trump referring to Kim Jong-Un as “Rocket Man,” given that decades of professional diplomatic statements have achieved so little.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for September 19, 2017 it’s the #AmnestyDon does DACA edition of the show with your hosts Todd Feinburg, Boston/Hartford axis radio talk show host and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist. This week on the show we discuss amnesty – amnesty for “Dreamers” – those poor kids who, through no fault of their own were dragged to America as children and who have known no other country but America. It would be cruel, wouldn’t it, to take out their parents’ sins on the kids? Really, we’re going to just put them on a bus or a plane and send them back to a country they hardly even know? Really?

Yes, you know. This is the new Trump ideology. This is Rick Perry’s heart and Jeb Bush’s love. This is exactly what caused a major section of the Republican Party and otherwise conservative folks to abandon the GOPe. This is giving sympathy to the law breakers and forgetting the once forgotten then briefly remembered and then forgotten again American people who have borne the brunt of the illegal onslaught and who don’t feel an ounce of that sympathy. This is the kind of thing that leads to burning MAGA hats.

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Becoming a papal biographer will change your life–or so it seems, judging from George Weigel‘s Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Weigel defends his claim that the late pope was “the emblematic figure of the second half of the 20th century,” and suggests what he might say to Americans in 2017, if he could give one more homily.

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The Atlantic’s Emily Yoffe joins to discuss her series on campus rape. Mona has done some research of her own on this, and they talk evidence, rights of the accused, and other thorny matters.

Talk then turns to Trump’s deal with the Democrats, Berkeley’s encounter with Ben Shapiro, the conservative media complex, and demagogues of the right and left.

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This week, Larry Kudlow sits in the Long Chair ® as the President and his new BFF’s Chuck and Nancy strike a deal over dinner, Heritage’s Steve Moore on the administration’s tax plan and Tevi Troy on how the President did on Storm Watch ’17.

Music from this week’s podcast: The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead by XTC

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Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) and Stephen Miller (aka @RedSteeze) chat about the future Senator Kid Rock, media coverage of Hurricane Harvey, and the left’s rapid about-face on Antifa.

The intro song is “Ran” by Future Islands. Stephen’s song of the week is “Day I Die” by The National and Jon’s is “Green Eyes” by Hüsker Dü (RIP Grant Hart). To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians, subscribe to our Spotify playlist.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to President Trump making a deal with Democratic leaders to enact DACA into law in exchange for “massive border security” that has yet to be defined. They also sigh as the Trump administration continues sanctions relief for Iran in conjunction with the nuclear deal it still hasn’t scrapped. And they slam the White House for suggesting ESPN anchor Jemele Hill ought to fired for tweeting that Trump is a white supremacist while also blasting Hill and ESPN for their aggressively extreme politics.

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George F. Will, for many people, has long been a conservative’s conservative. The very model of a conservative. Today, however, many people don’t think of him as a conservative at all. Sean Hannity, Steve Bannon, or Donald Trump, yes. George Will, no.

Jay takes up this strange question with his guest. In addition to “conservative,” Jay asks Will about some other words and phrases, including “America First” and “deep state.” They further talk about the Confederacy and its monuments. And North Korea. And Afghanistan. And, to close, baseball.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for leading another round of sanctions aimed at North Korea in response to another nuclear test. They also groan as the Democrat running for governor in Virginia implies that voting her him will give kids there a better chance for success and Jim slams any politician who promises that electing them will solve everyone’s problems. And they discuss Jim Carrey’s on-air castigation of New York Fashion Week as meaningless, leading Jim to reveal tales of how the recent National Review cruise shared the ship with a lot of people connected to this superficial event.

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Was he a kind man who did his best for Russia or a reactionary tyrant who despised the Russian people? Robert Service takes on both of these questions in The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Service describes the revolution of 1917 as well as the execution of Nicholas and his family in 1918. He also addresses rumors that members of the Romanov family may have survived and what Americans in 2017 can learn about Russia today from its history.

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