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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Goldberg v. Klavan

 

I’d like to say that I’ve been dying for a Goldberg/Klavan (of the Andrew variety) long-form podcast for almost three years, all about Trump. I don’t want a “debate,” despite the intentionally incendiary (or at least flammable . . . or at the very least dyspeptic) title. I’d like to hear two sides of a divide discuss their differences because I firmly believe most conservatives aren’t Trump purists or Trump haters.

Perhaps I am an anomaly. Nonetheless, for almost four years now I’ve scratched my head trying to understand one side of the conservative movement that I have always respected (and still respect). I imagine the feeling is mutual.

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This has been an interesting time, forced to make do at home. Fortunately, I am able to continue teaching my math classes online by utilizing Screencast-O-Matic, YouTube, and Zoom. So far, my students have not lost any precious geometry and calculus content! I don’t think I could have successfully taught my students remotely just a […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Have the Media Lost Their Mojo?

 

Listening to Andrew Klavan’s podcast has opened my eyes to how the American media complex – from news to entertainment – has promoted a monolithic political narrative. We may look back on the past four years as the time the media finally lost their power to create and maintain their desired narrative.

The most obvious example is the 2016 election. The election of Donald Trump caught every news outlet completely by surprise. As far as I know, only Salena Zito and Molly Hemingway understood what was happening and predicted his upset over Hillary. After the election, I quit watching cable news – even my favorite show, Bret Baier’s “Special Report.” I realized that all the pundits pontificating so confidently don’t know a dang thing. I’m sure they’re quite intelligent, but they are stupefyingly ignorant.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Super Bowl: A Data Point on the Re-emergence of Roman Decadence

 

A friend of mine recently lent me a book called The Social Results of Early Christianity, by C. Schmidt, Professor of Theology in Strasburg. The impetus for the book, written in the 19th century, was an essay contest proposed by the French Academy “to trace the influence of Charity on the Roman World during the first centuries of the Christian era.” The first third of the book is devoted to describing various facets of Roman society and culture as they existed at the appearance of Christianity.

The parallels of pre-Christian Roman culture to the ethos of secular Western culture in our own age are numerous. Chapter 3, section 5 addresses the “Occupations of Slaves. Actors. Gladiators.” The Super Bowl, with its garish halftime show, represents a unique confluence of the actors and gladiators in American entertainment. Schmit’s description of the state of Roman entertainment I found especially pertinent:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Bringing a Sword to a Sword Fight

 

A couple of years ago, our neighborhood pub decided to hold a mug-raising contest for Octoberfest. My wife got goaded by her friends and entered at the last minute. The 20 or so contestants held full beer mugs at arm’s length; after about five minutes, people began to drop out rapidly. As the clock ticked down toward ten minutes, there were only three contestants left: Two young, fit guys and a woman in her fifties. Finally, one of the guys gave up and lowered his mug. The other fellow, thinking that he had won, held out his glass for a few more seconds. He triumphantly lowered his arm, then looked behind him and saw my wife still holding up her mug.

My favorite Ricochet podcast is the Andrew Klavan Show. I like his commentary and I also enjoy his books. On January 6, he talked about a TV show called The Witcher. (From here; go to about minute 39 for the quote.)

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Two Podcasts

 

May and June are typically busy months for me, thanks to the confluence of end-of-year volunteer work at the little Catholic school which, until the last one’s recent graduation, my younger three children attended, and the product release cycle of my largest client. During these months, pretty much everything else — the lawn, social media, folding the laundry, working out, recreational reading, my modest social life — takes a back seat to these seasonal exigencies.

However, my drive time remains unchanged, and I’m still able to fill it with podcasts. Two, in particular, seemed worth mentioning today.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Just Read ‘The Great Good Thing’

 

When Ricochet member @andrewklavan posted about his new book called The Great Good Thing – A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ, I was curious. I was curious why he took a little flack from a few Jewish members of Ricochet when he posted about his new book, who didn’t feel he gave Judaism a fair shake. But that’s not why I ordered the book. As a Christian, I was born into the faith, but came to a more personal faith backward and sideways, sometimes kicking and screaming. I was curious to hear about another person’s journey of faith – was it worse than mine?

So I ordered it and threw it up on my bookshelf for another day. Published in 2016, I am three years late in picking it up, but not really. I read it at the perfect time. There are times in a person’s life when a book like this is profound and quite frankly, more appreciated, than other times. The recent deaths of people I love and thoughts about mortality and immortality flowing through my mind, rapidly changing world events, including challenges to people of faith, especially Christians and Jews, with the dramatic rise in antisemitism, religious persecution across the world, and the upcoming peace talks in Israel made it the right time.

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Our latest episode of Whiskey Politics (video below) joins the stars on the red carpet premiere of the movie Gosnell, The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. The script was written by our good friend @AndrewKlavan and stars Dean Cain and Nick Searcy, who also directs. This movie shouldn’t have happened as Hollywood blacklisted any investment, all distribution channels and social media banned any advertising (such as the trailer below). But with crowdfunding and years of dedication, the movie will be released tomorrow across the country. The movie was very good and compelling. It’s handling sensitive issues in a way that makes the audience think, while not gratuitously showing scenes none of us would want to see. It’s appropriate for kids, although that will be a tough discussion on the ride home. If you enjoy Law and Order, you will sink right into this.

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Today I’m launching a new podcast, Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten, and I’d like to ask for some help from the Ricochet community in making it as successful as possible. Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten features compelling long-form conversations with exceptional thinkers and doers — primarily though not exclusively of a conservative/libertarian bent — on the most critical ideas […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Please Enter “Another Kingdom”

 

I hope you’ll give a listen to my new fiction podcast, Another Kingdom, performed by my actor pal Michael Knowles and posted here at Ricochet. It’s the story of a failed Hollywood screenwriter who walks through a door and finds himself a murder suspect in a bizarre fantasy world. There’ll be a new episode every Friday — and if you pump it up by subscribing to Another Kingdom on iTunes and giving it good reviews, we’ll even do a second season… and a third.

I’m especially fond of this story because it was sort of a gift. For months, I’d been working on a different story called The Golden Stranger. And it just wasn’t coming together somehow. l had a full draft I didn’t like, and kept writing and rewriting outlines that simply would not work. Then, one day, as I was sitting and gazing into space trying to figure out how Stranger could be saved, a whole new story, Another Kingdom, came to me in a single stroke — bang!

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“If you believe in God, the evidence of Him is all around you. But if you do not believe, no evidence can ever be enough.” –Andrew Klavan, Werewolf Cop More

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If you enjoyed the president’s press conference on Friday and/or Jon Gabriel’s review of it and the subsequent discussion, you might also enjoy the comical parody in the first three minutes of Andrew Klavan’s Monday podcast. I found it so funny I had to listen to it several times. It starts out like this: More

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This morning the nominations for the 89thth Academy Awards were announced. I’m sure that in the next few days, and following the awards themselves, we’ll hear and read the standard criticisms of these movies from conservative commentators. Usually it’s that the movies are ones that no one has seen, or that are too liberal, or […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Klavan’s Conversion and Kol Nidre

 

Kol Nidre is the prelude to the Yom Kippur prayers. Lewis Black called it the spookiest piece of music ever written. The tune and setting evoke fear and awe. The words, however, are quite a let down: uninspiring, depressing, and morally troubling.

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First I should say, while I don’t have a personal relationship with Andrew Klavan, I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with him several times (at a conservative group that shall not be named). He exudes the same self-effacing friendliness we hear on his Daily Wire broadcasts (linked daily to Ricochet) and is […]

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In @andrewklavan’s recent podcast #186, he makes the claim that most people don’t want to be free, and the government is happy to feed people their needs and desires in exchange for their power. The battery is fed from the free will of the people, to paraphrase Mr. Klavan. The Left has many institutions, and […]

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I love @andrewklavan but he’s wrong about this: He argues: More

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I don’t know if I can carry on through this Klavanless week. Today marks the sixth day without the Andrew Klavan show. And we still have five days to go. Has no one ever heard of the Geneva Convention? I know, the good Mr. Klavan gave us plenty of warning, but I had no idea […]

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Andrew Klavan reveals the truth behind the Planned Parenthood videos. More

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