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Unravel the threads of American politics with incisive commentary and in-depth analysis on the state of the political scene. Join National Review writers like Rich Lowry, Charles C. W. Cooke, Jim Geraghty, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Jack Butler, and more for political commentary you can’t get anywhere else. Longing for a refreshing dose of sanity? All you need to do is tune in.
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On episode 58—recorded from Lord Ravenscroft's desolate manor—Charles reviews objections to his approach to counting states, relates the most recent problems he's had with his golf cart, and talks to Tim Carney about his new book, Family Unfriendly: How Our Culture Made Raising Kids Much Harder Than It Needs to Be. Among the questions Charles and T…
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Editors’ Picks: Rich: Today's Morning Jolt "Good Riddance, O. J. Simpson" Michael: Armond White’s piece "Civil War Strikes Back at America" Phil: Abigail Anthony’s piece “Princeton Democratic Socialists Raise ‘Grave Concern’ over ‘Discriminatory’ Gorilla Image Used in a French Class” Dominic: Rich’s piece “No One Cares about Joe Biden’s Lawlessness…
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Editors’ Picks: Rich: Jeff Blehar’s post “You’re Fine Just Where You Are, Sonia Sotomayor” Jim: Jessica Hornick Evan’s post “Remember the Hostages” Noah: Also Jessica’s post, and NR’s editorial “Trump’s Abortion Hedge” MBD: Abigail’s post “Sex . . . at Birth??” Light Items: Rich: Yankees' opening day Jim: Yard-work woes Noah: The eclipse MBD: Roald…
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Editors’ Picks: Rich: Naomi Schaefer Riley's magazine piece "How We Ruined Childhood" Noah: Rich’s piece “Yes, Fight Anti-White Racism” MBD: Caroline Downey’s recent pieces Jack: Mitch Daniel’s piece “How George Will Changed America’s Mind” Light Items: Rich: Meeting a Titans fan Noah: Seeing the second Dune movie MBD: The Prospector movie theater …
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Editors’ Picks: Rich: Abigail’s post "Visibility?" Jim: Jean Twenge’s magazine piece "Smartphones Are Damaging Our Kids" Noah: Charlie’s post "Is It ‘Inclusive’ to Speak of ‘Transgender Day of Visibility’ Only in English?" Dominic: Noah’s magazine piece “You Mean the Man Still Pays?” Light Items: Rich: Godzilla vs. Kong Jim: Sleeping in his own bed…
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Editors’ Picks: Rich: Haley Strack's reporting on Israel and Hamas Charlie: NR's editorial “Joseph Lieberman, R.I.P.” Maddy: Kayla’s post "Abortion Robots: Welcome to Hell" Michael: Dan’s piece "The Department of Education’s FAFSA Fiasco" Light Items: Rich: Washington Capitals Charlie: Amusing moments from ChatGPT Maddy: Doubt Michael: Godzilla vs.…
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Editors’ Picks: Rich: Haley’s post “Roll Chargers” Charlie: Dominic’s pieces “We Can’t Say We Weren’t Warned” and “Biden’s Tax Cut for the Rich?” Ramesh: Andrew Stuttaford's upcoming magazine piece on global resistance to net zero Noah: Abigail’s post “Unplugged” Light Items: Rich: NCAA tournament game Charlie: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agen…
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Editors’ Picks: Rich: Maddy’s piece “Cabrini Fails on Purpose” Charlie: Michael’s post “Confessing My Unbelief” Maddy: NR's editorial "Bernie’s 32-Hour Work Week" MBD: Rich’s piece “The Shameful Success of Letitia James” Light Items: Rich: Embarrassed UVA fan Charlie: Real-Action Baseball game Maddy: Family visiting MBD: The Gentleman on Netflix Sp…
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Editors’ Picks: Rich: Dominic’s webathon piece "You Know What’s Really ‘Pro-Worker’?" Charlie: Noah’s piece "Is ‘Long Covid’ Real?" Noah: Jack’s post “Don’t Selectively Remember the Lessons of Covid” Phil: Jim's dispatches from Ukraine Light Items: Rich: Oral surgery Charlie: Parents in town Noah: Cultural mashup Phil: DVD player Sponsor: Made In T…
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Editors’ Picks: Rich: NR's Editorial "Michael Mann Owes Us $1 Million" Charlie: Noah’s piece "Chuck Schumer’s Problem Is with Israel, Not Netanyahu” Maddy: Kayla Bartsch’s piece "In Honoring Poor Things, Hollywood Shows Its Cultural Poverty" Michael: Barry O’Halloran's piece "Irish Voters Rebuff Their Political Establishment" Light Items: Rich: To …
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On episode 57, Charles announces a special jigsaw puzzle and relates which 44 states he's visited before talking to Robert Frommer about an extraordinary case of civil asset forfeiture. The dial-up tone in the introduction was recorded by lintphishx and is used under a CC 3.0 License.By Charles C. W. Cooke, Robert Frommer
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Editors’ Picks: Rich: Mark Krikorian’s magazine piece “How to Fix the Border” Charlie: Jeremy L. Shane's magazine piece “Why Medicare Should Pay for Weight-Loss Drugs” Noah: Phil’s piece “Jonathan Glazer Is Only Comfortable with a Jewishness of Victimhood” MBD: Jack’s two posts "France’s Abortion Vote Is Another Revolution" and "France’s New Revolu…
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Editors’ Picks: Rich: His webathon piece "America Is Under Assault" Charlie: John Byron Kuhner's magazine piece “The Enduring Appeal of J. R. R. Tolkien” Jim: Luther’s post "Homemade Ships Are Dumb: Coast Guard Edition" and Dominic’s post “Buy Ships That Exist” Noah: Dan McLaughlin’s piece “Haste and Acrimony Undermine a Unanimous Supreme Court in …
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On episode 56, Charles talks to Father Nathaniel Meyers, the Pastor of the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Buffalo, MN, about whether God exists, how we can know, and whether it ultimately matters. Fr. Meyers's reading list: St. Augustine's City of God A Contemporary Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God Anything by Cardinal Ratzinger Lett…
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Charles invites Gareth Russell to tell him all about his latest book, The Palace: From the Tudors to the Windsors, 500 Years of British History at Hampton Court. Among the topics they discuss are the wives of Henry VIII, the use of séances to get one's own way, the first performances of Macbeth and Hamlet, the writing of the King James Bible, snobb…
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Charles introduces a new section on the show: Manatee Fact Hour. Then he invites that reprobate Kevin Williamson on for another throwback show. Presented by Prang and Company. The dial-up tone in the introduction was recorded by lintphishx and is used under a CC 3.0 License.By Charles C. W. Cooke, Kevin D. Williamson
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On episode 52, Charles talks to Peter Suderman about cocktails. Among the topics discussed are: What is a cocktail? When were they invented? How have they changed over time? What is the 'cocktail renaissance'? How have laws affected their production or development? And how did Peter get into this in the first place? The dial-up tone in the introduc…
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In episode 51, Charles confesses that he is genuinely morose about the end of the Jaguars season, and then talks to his colleagues about their own sporting highs and lows. For just $5/month, you can help a sad male fan. The dial-up tone in the introduction was recorded by lintphishx and is used under a CC 3.0 License.…
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On episode 50, Charles is rudely prevented from staging his radio play by the Ghost of Luther Abel. After that, he talks to Rafael A. Mangual about crime. (Here's his book.) Among the questions they discuss are why Rafael believes that the U.S. has a "decarceration problem"; whether too many Americans are in jail; whether the justice system is "rac…
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On episode 49—so called because there have been 48 others—Charles talks to Russ Roberts, the host of the EconTalk podcast and the president of Shalem College in Jerusalem. Among the topics they discuss are: What life has been like in Jerusalem since October 7; why Russ started a podcast so early; why he's less interested in economics than he used t…
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On episode 48, Charles celebrates the Jacksonville Jaguars' 34-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans, and then talks to Steve Simpson about the core of America's system of government: the separation of powers. Among the questions discussed are: What is separation of powers? Why does it matter? Does America still have it? Can it co-exist with the mod…
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