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Sponsored by Lending Club, Robinhood This week on the podcast, we got the full contingent back on the bus to break down all the news in a busy week. We parse that Buzzfeed article claiming the President instructed his attorney to lie to Congress, we get granular on the all the shut down machinations, including the "If I can have my SOTU, you ca ...…
 
On the first Law Talk of 2019, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are tackling the big issues: can President Trump build a border wall by declaring a national emergency? Was the FBI within its rights to open an investigation of the president after the Comey firing? What happens when a Supreme Court justice stops showing up for work? Plus a ...…
 
Sponsored by Calm, Quip, SelectQuote The Big Show is back on the interwebs for another year of civil and clever conversation. Kicking off 2019 with us (sadly, Rob is off this week), are two old pals: Mickey Kaus and Byron York. The latter on the shut down, the new Congress and Byron's new podcast (coming next week!). Mickey, aka "America's Most ...…
 
Sponsored by DonorsTrust It's an end-of-the-year blowout in the Faculty Lounge, as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are tackling 2018's madcap final month. Why is the Supreme Court's immigration ruling not as dramatic as it sounds? Is President Trump in genuine legal trouble this time? Is there a silver lining to the departure of Jim Mat ...…
 
Sponsored by DonorsTrust, Hopsy, Mrs. Fields It's our last show for 2018, sadly there's just not that much to talk about. Darn. Nothing going on, no controversy, no conflict. Just some old friends (and Ricochet editors Jon Gabriel and Bethany Mandel) shooting the breeze for 70 odd minutes. Enjoy and we'll see you next year. And please: if you'r ...…
 
Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Hopsy, Mrs. Fields This week, the finer points of cast iron skillets, Yorkshire pudding, and oh, yes, the burgeoning French revolution, courtesy of Claire Berlinski in Paris, the state of Brexit with Toby Young in London, and the demise of the Weekly Standard in Washington D.C. with our hosts, who have been reading i ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, Home Chef, Quip We're a day late (but not a dollar short) and we've got two host on the high seas, so we call on our good pal Steven Hayward (the host of the Powerline Podcast) to sit in with Peter Robinson. Later, the great biographer Andrew Roberts joins to chat about his fantastic new book Churchill: Walking with Destiny ...…
 
Sponsored by ButcherBox, Calm, Mrs. Fields This week, we take some time to discuss climate change and then the puzzling and disturbing disappearance of a seemingly once very prevalent species: the California Republican, with our guest the Hoover Institution's Bill Whalen. Then, we go back in time to chat about that guy on the $20 bill, Andrew J ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR Thanksgiving may be over, but Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are serving up a feast of legal analysis. Can the courts halt the president's plan to keep out asylum seekers? Who won the Trump-John Roberts showdown? Is the appointment of Jeff Sessions' interim replacement unconstitutional? What the hell is going ...…
 
Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Burrow, Eero This week, Peter Robinson is off, but we still have plenty o' show for you: First, we go across the pond (well, actually he's in Michigan, but you know what we meant...) to chat with Anglophile John O'Sullivan on Brexit and then we delve deep into the cultural zeitgeist with The Weekly Standard's (and Th ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, Quip, Warby Parker 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 W ...…
 
Sponsored by Burrow, Calm, Home Chef We're a day early, but certainly not a dollar short as we tackle another busy news week. First up, Washington Examiner magazine editor (and the co-host of That Sethany Show) Seth Mandel on the shootings in Pittsburgh and the Mandel's new life in D.C. Then, our good friend (and Ricochet's Law Talk with Epstei ...…
 
This morning, we had the opportunity to chat for a few minutes with the Republican candidate for governor of California, John Cox. Peter Robinson and Rob Long talk with Cox about his quixotic campaign in an overwhelmingly blue state, his positions on several key issues, and the big elephant in the corner: Donald Trump. More Join the conversatio ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR In a jam-packed hour of Law Talk, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are tackling all the big questions: Should Michael Avenatti stand trial for his role in the Kavanugh hearings? What does international law have to say about the Jamal Khashoggi murder? What power does President Trump have to stop the migrant car ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, Eero, Quip This week, the bomber is apprehended and Rob Long is not surprised, there's a caravan headed our way, professional prognosticator Patrick Ruffini opines on his epic Tweet storm and makes some mid-term predictions, and the great Heather Mac Donald stops by to chat about her new book The Diversity Delusion: How Rac ...…
 
Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Calm, Home Chef This week, some thoughts on the Khashoggi murder, a deep dive into the Catholic Church scandals with the great Rod Dreher, and our mid-term preview with Ricochet's newest podcaster, Lahnee Chen (subscribe to his show!). Also, you thought we weren't going to give our take on Elizabeth Warren's DNA test ...…
 
Sponsored by Calm, Phlur, Quip This week, another one guester as we call on Ricochet alumnus Mollie Hemingway to help us sort through Kanye, Kavanaugh, and other assorted issues of the day (she also gives us an instant review of the new Gosnell movie, which Mollie had just seen). Also, the Senate is looking brighter, and the guys recommend some ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, Lending Club, RXBAR It's a rare single-topic Law Talk. As the Supreme Court drama finally comes to a close, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo deliver the last word on the Kavanaugh confirmation: the twists and turns of the original allegations, the theatrics of the Christine Blasey Ford hearing, the damage to the Cour ...…
 
Sponsored by Audible, Calm, Lending Club Sometimes, people ask why we wait until Friday afternoons to publish the podcast. The last couple of weeks should answer that question for at least a while. We're lucky to have a full contingent of quality guests this week to help us sort through all the outrage, er, news that has accumulated since last ...…
 
Sponsored by ButcherBox, Calm, Quip No guests this week, just our hosts reflecting on a week that will not soon, if ever, be forgotten. We look at the testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford, the reaction and remarks from the Judiciary Committee, from the media, and from friends. We wind up with some predictions from the hosts as to whether or n ...…
 
Sponsored by ButcherBox, Casper, Phlur We've reached peak news cycle. So much going on. And when that happens, we reach out to people who make it their business to cover the news: that's the WSJ's Bill McGurn and the Washington Post's Bob Costa. They help us sort through the Kavanaugh controversy, the scandals in the Catholic Church, trade wars ...…
 
Sponsored by Blinkist, Boll & Branch, Lending Tree This week on the podcast, silly political controversies, a good old fashioned smear campaign, some expert analysis from Millennial voter expert Kristin Soltis Anderson, we visit New Hampshire's 1st District to check in on Republican candidate Eddie Edwards, CBS CEO Les Moonves gets #MeToo'd, an ...…
 
Sponsored by Calm, Phlur, Quip Hugely busy week, which means a hugely busy podcast. This week, the invaluable Byron York stops by to set us straight on just who might have penned that NYT op-ed, where in the world Bob Mueller is, and other D.C. shenanigans. Then Christopher Scalia, who knows a thing or two about the Supreme Court, joins to disc ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, Quip This week, we do a Rico-Centric show with our regular crew and our two trusty editors: Jon Gabriel (Ricochet's beloved EIC) and Bethany Mandel, the Madonna of The Main Feed. We talk about flagpoles, conservatives on social media, an insider's view of Arizona, why Instagram is the best social media platform (after this ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, Lending Club, RXBAR August means audience Q&A in the faculty lounge. Sure, professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are dealing with Michael Cohen's guilty plea and the Mueller investigation, but they're also taking on the important issues: why isn't occupational licensing covered by the Full Faith & Credit Clause? Is the Fe ...…
 
Sponsored by Blinkist, Burrow, Phlur Well, this is a first for this fully operational podcast: we tackle Socialism, the newly hip, but always old school form of government. To cover both sides of the argument, we call on Washington Post columnist Elizabeth Bruenig and longtime Ricochet member (and Professor of Political Science at Skidmore) Fla ...…
 
Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Burrow, Lending Club This week, Lileks is on vacation, so we forgo the guests and open the floor to you, our faithful Ricochet listeners. We get questions on the President (natch), Rob's favorite restaurant, which Founding Father the founders resemble, who the characters on Cheers would have voted for and more. Also, ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, Phlur, Quip Did someone say Space Force? That's just too irresistible a topic for this podcast not to tackle in depth. So we do. But that's not all. No sir. We also call on our friends Matt Continetti (he of the must listen Right and Righter podcast) to talk about Alexandria Cortez-Ocasio and what she means for American pol ...…
 
Sponsored by Blinkist, ButcherBox, Phlur This week, a super-sized episode featuring scooters, Nebraska's own Ben Sasse on trade, tariffs, Trump, and Kavanaugh, self-driving cars, Twitter mob, and more. We could say more, but really, you should just listen to the show. Music from this week's podcast: Summertime by The Busters More Join the conve ...…
 
Sponsored by Burrow, Lending Club, The Ricochet Podcast sponsored by HelloFresh This week, we visit with Republican candidate for Senate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Beth Lindstom, who's running a valiant attempt to unseat someone by the name of Elizabeth Warren. No idea who she is. Then, our old friend Toby Young stops by to discuss hi ...…
 
Sponsored by RXBAR, Lending Club It's the July episode of Law Talk and summer school has never been this much fun. On this episode: live reactions to the efforts to impeach Rod Rosenstein; judging the Brett Kavanaugh nomination; a breakdown of the Supreme Court's Janus ruling; and the professors weigh in on the controversy over birthright citiz ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, Mack Weldon, Quip This week, some rumination on Trump's tete a tete with Putin (along with a history lesson for Rob Long), we introduce you to Elizabeth Heng, who is running for Congress in California's 16th District, we get some #MeToo education from our good pal Mona Charen, (stop whatever you're doing and buy her book Se ...…
 
Sponsored by Lending Club, Quip, RXBAR It may be graduation season, but the faculty lounge is still open for business and professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are holding court. This time around: What does the Inspector General's report really tell us about James Comey's tenure at the FBI? Was the North Korea summit a diplomatic breakthrough ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR, Quip Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are back from Memorial Day and the holiday's been good to them: John's got dispatches from Hawaii (tune in for the spam coverage) and Epstein's got big news on the Roman law front. Then they turn to the burning issues: pardons for Dinesh D'Souza, Martha Stewart, and Rod Bl ...…
 
Sponsored by RXBAR, Quip The faculty lounge has reopened -- and just in time to mark a landmark birthday for one of our esteemed instructors. After the festivities, the professors weigh in on a gaggle of issues: the Trump travel ban goes before the Supreme Court; another legal smackdown over DACA; the prospects for progress in North Korea; Syri ...…
 
Sponsored by Quip, RXBAR Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are reopening the faculty lounge, and this month things are getting lively. First up: is a member of the Law Talk team headed for the White House? Then, do talks with North Korea have a chance of working? Will the Trump Administration stop California's plans to thwart immigration ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, Quip It may be Presidents Day (it's not, actually -- more on that later), but the faculty lounge is still open for business. In this months' session, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are tackling the latest revelations from the Mueller investigation, what can be done about gun violence consistent with the Second Amen ...…
 
Sponsored by RXBAR, Quip It's the first Law Talk of the new year and Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are starting off 2018 with verve. On this installment: who looks worse in the Mueller investigation, President Trump or the FBI? Is trading DACA for a border wall a grand bargain or a big mistake? Can California prosecute business owners ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR On the final Law Talk of 2017, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are taking a look back at the year that was. First, an assessment of President Trump's first year in office, on matters both foreign and domestic. Is it possible that our dynamic duo is warming to The Donald? Then, what do the Kate Steinle verdict ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR It's a pre-Thanksgiving session in the faculty lounge, and Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo have prepared a feast of legal analysis. On the menu: Can the military really overrule President Trump in the event of a nuclear strike? Will the Supreme Court force crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortion? Is a new ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR October in the faculty lounge means two things: Supreme Court previews and baseball talk. On this episode we're serving up both. First, a look at the big cases before the high court this term: Will the justices step in to end gerrymandering? Can a Christian baker be forced to provide a cake for a gay wedding? And are ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR This special, live edition of Law Talk with Epstein & Yoo was recorded at the Federalist Society in New York City on September 14, with Mary Kissel sitting in for Troy Senik. It's a rousing hour of talk on technology and the law (read John's new book Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rule ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR This week, a very special Law Talk recorded at Columbia Law School with special guest Columbia Law Professor Eric Talley sitting in for Troy Senik. The primary topic: robots and the law, which coincidentally is a topic of John's new book Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War. We ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR Law Talk has hit the century mark! And as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo open up the faculty lounge for their 100th episode, they're taking listener questions. After a brief analysis of the situation in Charlottesville, they tackle everything from the Necessary and Proper Clause to the best Chinese food in Co ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, RXBAR This week on Law Talk, the professors (ably herded by Troy Senik) talk about collusion -- what it is, what it isn't, who's in danger and who isn't. Then, activist judges make things for the Trump administration's travel ban and Richard and John explain why. Also on the docket: gun laws in California are amongst the to ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, Zip Recruiter It's Comeypalooza on this installment of Law Talk, as Richard Epstein and John Yoo react to the former FBI director's congressional testimony. We won't give it away here, but the professors' diagnosis is sure to surprise you. Then: Was Robert Mueller's appointment as independent counsel necessary?; a disagreem ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, SimpliSafe The Law Talk podcast is back, as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo open up the faculty lounge for a post-spring break session. This time: Unrest on Yoo's home turf at UC-Berkeley; a federal judge knocks down the Trump Administration's attempt to punish sanctuary cities; the professors debate the constitutio ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, SimpliSafe There's no such thing as spring break in the faculty lounge. In the newest installment of the Law Talk podcast, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are analyzing the controversies over the Trump Administration's alleged ties to Russia (including real-time reaction to breaking news about Michael Flynn), explor ...…
 
In this episode of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward converses with John Yoo about the early days of the Trump Administration, the immigration order, the Gorsuch nomination, and especially how the time is ripe for the obvious Broadway sequel to “Hamilton,” namely, a hip-hop ode to that great advocate of limiting executive power—James Madison. ...…
 
Sponsored by Casper, Patriot Mobile, SimpliSafe What happens when the men of Law Talk use somebody else's faculty lounge? You're about to find out. In a rare live installment of the show, Professors Epstein and Yoo visit Cal State San Bernardino for a wide-ranging discussion on everything from Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination to Presiden ...…
 
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