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Episode Date
The Economic Chickens Come Home to Roost
The podcast today regards the coming of the bear market and the increasing signs of economic turmoil with horror and interest, wondering at their political effect. And we discuss disinformation and baby formula. Give a listen.
May 19, 2022
The Mixed-Bag Primary
Today's podcast examines the fascinating and complex results of last night's primary elections across the country before delving into the Ukrainian ways of war—both on the battlefield and on the airwaves. Give a listen.
May 18, 2022
Why Everybody Is Going Extreme
Today's podcast examines the changes in the electorates on the eve of primaries across the country, and wonders why people are so addicted to theories about America rather than looking at the evidence of their own eyes. And we discuss baby formula again. Give a listen.
May 17, 2022
A Moment of Thanks and a Day of Horror
The podcast today opens with thanks for kind words about the passing of Midge Decter before turning to the evil perpetrated by a mass shooter in Buffalo and what the larger political impact will be. And we discuss the baby formula shortage and abortion polling. Give a listen.
May 16, 2022
Rejecting Your Own Liberty
Commentary contributor and author Naomi Schaefer Riley joins the podcast today to discuss the life and work of the late Midge Decter, her signature on an open letter defending liberty from its many detractors across the political spectrum, and the last vestiges of Covid mania.
May 13, 2022
Democrats are Delusional. Republicans Are Nuts.
National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar joins the Commentary podcast today to break down what we’ve seen so far from Democratic and Republican primary voters, and what we can expect their choices will mean for the 2022 midterm elections.
May 12, 2022
The Great Mysteries of 2022
The Democrats find themselves increasingly confounded by the mysteries of political life in 2022. Where did all the gun crime come from? What’s the Republican Party’s plan to address inflation? Why can't Joe Biden manifest his will like the Green Lantern? It’s all an irresolvable riddle, especially when you have no intention of solving it.
May 11, 2022
Erasing the Divide Between the Personal and Political
The program welcomes contributing editor Eli Lake back on the show to discuss the new lend-lease legislation providing arms and aid to Ukraine and the air of menace around the homes of the Supreme Court’s justices.
May 10, 2022
Will Protesting Harm or Help the Pro-Roe Cause?
Today's podcast looks at the weekend's direct action against the homes of Supreme Court justices and asks whether those engaged in such protest understand what it looks like and feels like to the average American. Give a listen.
May 09, 2022
Liberals Don't Care About the Threats to Conservative Justices
Today's podcast notes that all the talk of the Supreme Court now being illegitimate because of the expected overturning of Roe v. Wade has triggered defensive actions to ensure the safety of the justices. Where's the outrage? Why aren't liberals more exercised by this? Why, in fact, are some of them actually tickled? Also: Who benefits from the leak of information about American intelligence being used in Ukraine? And how dare the Museum of Jewish Heritage refuse to allow the rental of its facility for an event at which Ron DeSantis will speak? Give a listen.
May 06, 2022
America the Distractable
Will voters become as consumed with the issue of abortion rights in the same way the political class has, even to the detriment of more urgent issues like inflation and crime? We discuss and debate. Also, the perpetual Covid mitigation regime in Democrat-dominated locales, the New York Times’ failed hit on Elon Musk, and why we know what we shouldn’t know about Russia’s war on Ukraine.
May 05, 2022
Vance Advances: Earthquake, Day 2
Adam White joins the podcast—a blockbuster of a podcast, by the way—to discuss JD Vance's victory in the Ohio Republican Senate primary and the continuing fallout from the Supreme Court leak. Give a listen.
May 04, 2022
The Abortion Earthquake
Matthew Continetti joins the podcast to talk about the unprecedented leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. We discuss the immediate politics, the constitutional logic, and the meaning of the leak itself. Give a listen.
May 03, 2022
What’s the Market for Madness?
Kentucky State University Professor Wilfred Reilly joins the podcast today in Christine’s absence to discuss his new piece in COMMENTARY¸ “The New Definition of Racism,” and why Democrats have made neurosis into a political brand.
May 02, 2022
The Left's Projection Crisis
Today's podcast provides a litany of examples of liberals and the left giving themselves permission to do brazen and sometimes outright illegal things because, in their view, conservatives did them first and not to do them also would be a form of unilateral disarmament. Give a listen.
Apr 29, 2022
Is the Biden Administration...Dumb? Hear Us Out.
Today's podcast takes in the horrible news about America's shrinking GDP and the Biden administration's responses to things over the past couple of weeks and asks the question we've been circling around for months: What if the top dogs in the White House are... stupid? Give a listen.
Apr 28, 2022
How Biden Blew the January 6th Opportunity
Today's podcast takes up the new taped revelations about Republican leaders worrying over the role Republican elected officials may have played in the January 6 insurrection—and how they show the kind of chance Joe Biden had to revise the boundaries of American politics and failed to do it. Also on tap: J.D. Vance's surge in Ohio and what it might portend. Give a listen.
Apr 27, 2022
Musk's Big Play
Today's podcast revels in the anti-Musk tantrums being thrown by establishmentarian liberals and leftists while pointing out that he didn't just spend $20 billion of his own money on Twitter to promote free speech. What is he up to? And is the fact that Trump's favored gubernatorial candidate in Georgia cratered in the latest poll a sign that the ex-president is refusing to engage with the issues that really matter to people? And what about the Russians threatening nuclear war? Give a listen.
Apr 26, 2022
Commentary After Dark
When the sun goes down, the Commentary podcast gets loose. In today’s episode, the hosts convened after dark to talk about what Emmanuel Macron’s victory means for Western populist movements and debate the merits of Ron DeSantis’s shot across woke corporations’ bows.
Apr 25, 2022
Biden's Confusion and McCarthy's Mendacity
Today's podcast asks which is the bigger story: Biden unable to tell the difference between border problems and mask mandates or leading House Republican Kevin McCarthy proved to be a liar when it comes to January 6. Give a listen.
Apr 22, 2022
We Didn't Prepare for This Show!
Today's podcast is totally raw. We didn't even discuss what we were going to talk about. And yet talk we did! Give a listen.
Apr 21, 2022
Mask Chaos, Saudi Chaos, Disney Chaos
Today's podcast discusses the nationwide confusion over the meaning of the mask decision, the Biden administration's mishandling of Saudi Arabia, and Ron de Santis going after Disney. Give a listen.
Apr 20, 2022
Throw Those Extra Masks in the Garbage
Adam White, legal guru, joins the podcast today to discuss the stunning decision of a Florida district judge to end the Biden administration's mask mandate. Were the grounds sufficient? What will the political fallout be? And why is New York City maintaining the mandate with 87 percent of its residents vaccinated? Then we talk about the administration throwing environmentalists under the bus. Give a listen.
Apr 19, 2022
Debating Debates, and the Times's Anti-Semitic Barbarity
Today's podcast discusses the decision of the RNC to pull out of the presidential-debate commission system before we rise in outrage at the disgusting pre-Passover op-ed in the disgraceful New York Times about how Judaism is supposedly a celebration of mass murder. Give a listen.
Apr 18, 2022
Minor Annoyances and Major Backlashes
Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake joins the podcast in John Podhoretz’s absence. Today, we discuss the shift from asymmetrical warfare in Ukraine to conventional battles, the perpetual state of Covid emergency, and the many minor irritations imposed on voters by progressive activist politicians that, cumulatively, will produce a major backlash.
Apr 15, 2022
Playing Small Ball During a Tsunami
Today's podcast explores the fact that on this date in 2018, Donald Trump's approval rating was 42.8 percent—and today Joe Biden's is 40.6 percent. The Republican Party was battered in the 2018 elections, but Biden and the Democrats are still hopeful they can ward off disaster through "small ball" tactics. We examine them, and the continuing madness of the CDC's efforts to keep masks on Americans. Also, Elon Musk and Twitter. Give a listen.
Apr 14, 2022
The Subway Shooting and What It Means
Matthew Continetti joins the podcast today to talk about the larger meaning of yesterday's horrific subway shooting—and why the media are unlikely to make hay out of it because the key suspect doesn't fulfill a liberal narrative. And then we discuss Matt's seminal article, "Is There A Right Left?," from the May issue of COMMENTARY. Give a listen.
Apr 13, 2022
The Increasing Desperation of the Bidenites
Today's podcast discusses the gimmicky measures a panicked Biden administration is throwing at the inflation/economic crisis and why on earth they think they're going to help. And why on earth is Philadelphia reimposing a mask mandate? Do that city's Democrats want to elect a Republican to the Senate in 2022—because that could be the result? Give a listen.
Apr 12, 2022
Fauci Concedes, DeSantis Triumphs, Jeffrey Goldberg Defames
Today's podcast takes up the latest COVID numbers and how they reveal the end of the pandemic—so much so that even Anthony Fauci is effectively saying so. Then we talk about astounding Ron De Santis fundraising, French politics, and a disgusting assault on student journalists by the editor of the Atlantic. Give a listen.
Apr 11, 2022
The Biden Family Business
Today's podcast takes up the revisionism in the mainstream media when it comes to the chicanery of Hunter Biden and his uncle—and asks what did his father know? And we delve deep into this week's descent into Obama nostalgia and why such good feelings on the part of Democrats are unwise. Give a listen.
Apr 08, 2022
Commentary in Palm Beach!
Today’s podcast is only our second before a live audience. Dan Senor joins us to talk about Israel’s collapsing government and the electoral prospects for the GOP in November. Give a listen.
Apr 07, 2022
Loan Me Your Votes
Today's podcast takes up the Biden administration's strange decision to use COVID-19 as an excuse to continue a "student loan moratorium"—and we ask what good this will serve and what the political fallout might be. Then we discuss the upcoming elections as a possible binary choice between bad Democratic policy and crazy Republican politicians. Give a listen.
Apr 06, 2022
What Is Elon Musk Up To?
Jim Meigs, our Tech COMMENTARY columnist, joins us today to explore the motivations of Elon Musk in taking the largest single ownership stake in Twitter. Why do people hate him so much? Is it just envy? And then we talk about cyberwar. Give a listen.
Apr 05, 2022
They Can't Believe Ukraine Is Winning
Today's podcast asks whether establishment opinion is now beginning to turn slightly against Zelensky on the grounds that he really needs to have a path to surrender—even though Ukraine is winning. Also, why is the tradcon right celebrating the victory of a Hungarian politician who sides with Putin? And why is Disney diving headfirst into the culture wars? Give a listen.
Apr 04, 2022
Cheaters, Cheaters Everywhere
Today's podcast takes up the failure of gerrymanders in both Democratic and Republican states, and why both parties are so committed to egregious efforts to tilt legislative maps in their own favor—notwithstanding the real possibility that they will be embarrassed and shot down when they do so. Then we talk about the latest research into the lab-leak hypothesis and the continuing cultural battles over COVID. Give a listen.
Apr 01, 2022
Crisis Management, One Stunt at a Time
Bloomberg columnist and host of the upcoming podcast, “The Reeducation,” Eli Lake joins the show today in John’s absence. We talk about the news from the front in Ukraine, Joe Biden’s releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and the Democrats in genuine disarray.
Mar 31, 2022
The Liberal Economic Panic
Yuval Levin joins today's podcast, a very special episode in which we delve deeply into a revelatory conversation between the New York Times's Ezra Klein and leading liberal economist Larry Summers—in which Klein reveals his horrified discomfort at the fact that many of the policies he thought were going to save America are instead driving us into an economic ditch. Give a listen.
Mar 30, 2022
Why Are We So Fascinated by the Slap?
Today's podcast wonders at the fact that 36 hours after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, the world is still obsessed with the story; could it be that we are precisely because it's frivolous? And why is Joe Biden claiming not to have said what he said about Putin and Russia—and why did he say what he said in the first place? And what about the budget? And John Eastman? And COVID? Give a listen.
Mar 29, 2022
When There's a Will, There's a Slap
Matt Continetti joins the podcast to discuss the Oscar slap and what larger meaning it might have, before we discuss what larger meaning Joe Biden improvising a regime-change policy for Russia might have, and what meaning we should assign the texts by Clarence Thomas's wife. Give a listen.
Mar 28, 2022
There Will Be a Reckoning
Covid may not be at the forefront of most voters’ minds anymore, but has the frustration with the mitigation measures imposed on the country faded? Or will there be a reckoning in November? Also, Joe Biden’s evolving nuclear weapons policy.
Mar 25, 2022
How Dare You Ask Ketanji Brown Jackson Any Questions!
Today's podcast expresses aghastness at the very idea that this week's Supreme Court confirmation hearings were somehow more unfair than the ones in 2018 involving Brett Kavanaugh. And we worry over Ukraine. And see shoots of hope in New York City. Give a listen.
Mar 24, 2022
Servants of the People
The podcast today takes up the fascinating fact that Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson said she was not a biologist and therefore could not define what it meant to be a woman. What does this self-evidently disingenuous demurral tell us about the state of play inside the progressive-liberal-Democratic coalition? And what does watching Volodymir Zelenskyy's TV show Servant of the People on Netflix tell us about the Ukrainian resistance and battle plan? Give a listen.
Mar 23, 2022
Believing the Bad Guys
Matthew Continetti joins the podcast to discuss his COMMENTARY column, "Believe Them."  We also talk about Ketanji Brown Jackson's first day of confirmation hearings and Eliot A. Cohen's optimistic salvo against pessimism, Give a listen.
Mar 22, 2022
Whose Ox Is Gored?
Did Volodymyr Zelensky commit a tactical error in his address to the Israeli Knesset? Has Russia’s advance in Ukraine stalled out? And will Republicans overreach, as so many observers appear to hope they will, during Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings?
Mar 21, 2022
Laptop Claptrap and Swimming While Male
Today's incendiary podcast goes after the mainstream media's (and social media's) disgraceful handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story before moving on to an unexpected New York Times editorial attacking "cancel culture" and the question of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas. Give a listen.
Mar 18, 2022
The Russian Decimation—and the Vindication of Neoconservatism
Today's podcast discusses the astounding death and casualty estimates relating to the Russians in Ukraine and what they portend. Then we talk about my article in the April issue of COMMENTARY called "Neoconservatism: A Vindication." Give a listen.
Mar 17, 2022
'Glory to Ukraine'
Today's podcast features an insta-reaction to Wlodymir Zelinskyy's speech to Congress and what effect it will have on the already overwhelming American support for more involvement in the effort to turn back Russia's evil. Give a listen.
Mar 16, 2022
Who Is Bracing for Covid’s Return?
The news of a “stealth variant” emerging in Asia has news media on edge, but are they the only constituency left in America who is still bracing for renewed Covid restrictions? James B. Meigs joins the podcast to discuss this and more.
Mar 15, 2022
The New World Under Assault from the Old
Iran’s missile attack on U.S. positions in Iraq only highlights a problem the West has been reckoning with since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; that is the seeming impotence of diplomatic and institutional conventions when they are confronted by bad actors willing to destroy them. Also, the return of Covid in East Asia and its ripple effects in the West.
Mar 14, 2022
What to Do Now That The World Has Changed
Newly minted COMMENTARY contributing editor Eli Lake joins the podcast to discuss his blockbuster article, "The World Has Changed and We Must Change Along With It." What must America do now not only in relation to Russia but in relation to China as well? And we have some fiery arguments! Give a listen.
Mar 11, 2022
Casually Pondering the Unthinkable
The Biden administration’s response to the crisis in Europe goes wobbly. Between the administration trying to demonize fossil fuel producers even as they demand more production and their warnings that Russia may use chemical weapons in Ukraine without suggesting a way to deter such an unthinkable attack, can the public’s confidence in the White House’s competency survive?
Mar 10, 2022
Is the January 6 Committee Blowing It?
The January 6 committee’s signal that it’s going to try to criminalize the very notion that the 2020 election was stollen suggests a temptation toward overreach. Will the committee’s members squander public goodwill? Also, an update on the war in Ukraine and thoughts on Cormac McCarthy’s life and work.
Mar 09, 2022
Does Saving Europe Require Sacrificing the Middle East?
The Foundation for the Defense of Democracy’s Jonathan Schanzer joins the podcast to discuss the state of play in Ukraine and the West’s headlong rush into a new nuclear deal with Iran. Does isolating Russia have to come at the expense of efforts to isolate Iran?
Mar 08, 2022
I Believe I Can No-Fly
The podcast crew gets into it today over whether the American people are going to demand and force their politicians to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine and whether that would spell disaster. And we discuss the Republican party's move toward a more familiar kind of hawkishness. Give a listen.
Mar 07, 2022
Doing the Enemy’s Work for Them
All expectations are that the Russian advance in Ukraine will only grow more brutal in the coming days and weeks. Will the West’s resolve to avoid direct engagement in the conflict weaken if we are witness to those atrocities? Also, has the January 6 Committee overstepped its bounds in a way that will only strengthen Trump?
Mar 04, 2022
Is It OK to Compare Zelenskyy to Churchill?
Andrew Roberts, the foremost Churchill biographer, joins the podcast today to discuss Ukraine and grants his imprimatur to analogies suggesting Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is a present-day Winston. We also discuss the military strategy or lack thereof of the Russians and the surprising nature of the West's response. Give a listen.
Mar 03, 2022
The State of Biden's Union Is Lousy
Matt Continetti joins the podcast today to do a post-mortem on Joe Biden's SOTU—featuring an Abe Greenwald rant about how cheap the speech was that you simply gotta hear. As you have to hear the rest of it. Give a listen.
Mar 02, 2022
Preparing For the Worst
With the Russians changing tactics and advancing relentlessly on population centers in Ukraine, the podcast crew wonders how the West will react when the horror begins to escalate. And why can't the media accept the good news about COVID? And what can Biden do to make his State of the Union address a success? Give a listen.
Mar 01, 2022
Should We Be Triumphant or Terrified?
By all accounts, Russia’s war in Ukraine is going badly for Moscow. Vladimir Putin is now confronted with a geopolitical environment that is wholly arrayed against Western interests. That’s good for civilization, but Putin may feel he has no choice but to engage in a standoff with the West in response.
Feb 28, 2022
The Fog of War
Today's podcast takes up the early moments of the Ukraine war and whether things are going well or badly for Russia. We also talk about Biden's speech, the lifting of COVID restrictions by the CDC, and the new Supreme Court nominee. Give a listen.
Feb 25, 2022
It Begins
Matthew Continetti joins the podcast to discuss the outbreak of the Russian war on Ukraine and what the next steps might be—and what it all portends for the future of American politics and the Right. Give a listen.
Feb 24, 2022
You'll Miss Pax Americana Now That It's Gone
Bret Stephens joins the podcast today to discuss the latest on Ukraine and Biden, and later, we finally take on the "nat-cons." Give a listen.
Feb 23, 2022
The Dawn of a Darker Era
After weeks of waiting, Russia is making its move on Ukraine. Will the Western response meet the measure of the moment? Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake joins the podcast to discuss this and a report alleging that the CDC is withholding relevant Covid data because they’re afraid of what you might do with that information.
Feb 22, 2022
Invasion Weekend?
The COMMENTARY podcast welcomes tech columnist James B. Meigs back to the show as Russian troops converge on Ukraine ahead of what looks like a pivotal weekend. Will Russia invade, or will it allow the exercises that have served as a pretext for mobilization to end quietly? Also, the return of “herd immunity” as a Covid off-ramp and Jim’s astute article in the March issue on “Good NASA vs Bad NASA.”
Feb 18, 2022
The Double Standard, Again and Again
So we're supposed to be concerned about Donald Trump and his accountants but we're supposed to dismiss special prosecutor John Durham and his findings—this, anyway, is what the mainstream media are telling us. The podcast takes up this gaslighting as well as the gaslighting by the CDC when it comes to masking. Give a listen.
Feb 17, 2022
Losing P.J. O'Rourke
The podcast crew expresses our heartbreak at the untimely and sudden loss of our friend and contributor P.J. O'Rourke. We discuss his legacy—and guess at how excited he would have been to see the news this morning about a recall of leftist school board members in San Francisco and what that recall might portend. Give a listen.
Feb 16, 2022
So There's Martial Law in Canada Now, Eh?
Today's podcast asks why we should care about Canada's decision to abrogate civil liberties in an unprecedented fashion. And why we should care about Ukraine. And why we should care about kids masking. Why. Why. Why. Give a listen.
Feb 15, 2022
Bull Durham
Today's podcast asks why the media are so curiously silent about the explosive allegations in the "finding" issued by special prosecutor John Durham in his investigation into efforts to interfere with the good working order of the Trump 2016 campaign. And why is Joe Biden saying it's "probably too soon" to take off the mask? Give a listen.
Feb 14, 2022
We Told You So, Part 2
So the podcast has noticed how liberal views are now starting to reflect opinions about inflation and COVID expressed by us FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS. Do we welcome the newly enlightened or condemn them for their Johnny-Come-Latelyism? Give a listen.
Feb 11, 2022
Under Pressure
On today’s podcast: An update on Noah’s descent into activism, the brewing backlash against the political class’s reluctant decision to start paring back Covid mitigation measures, and the moral atrocity of China’s winter Olympics.
Feb 10, 2022
The Sleeping Giant Wakes
The Republican National Committee’s foolish January 6 committee resolution has now drawn Mitch McConnell back into the fight over what to call that day’s violence, illustrating the idiocy of the RNC’s resolution. Also, we’re now confronted with the discomfiting fact that all it took for the Covid regime to dissolve was for Democrats to be over it, too.
Feb 09, 2022
Progressives Turn on Progress
Today's podcast asks why progressives are actively trying to depress kids and their constituents and give them the sense that nothing they do will make a difference. And we try to suss out what the Biden administration's strategy is when it comes to stopping Putin from invading Ukraine. Give a listen.
Feb 08, 2022
Don’t Feed the Beast
The campaign against Joe Rogan enters a new phase; one that has successfully forced Spotify to remove some episodes of his show from their library. Is this the price you pay for getting in bed with mainstream platforms? Also, the RNC’s hideous blunder and Stacy Abrams’ foolish photo op.
Feb 07, 2022
What Democrats Can’t Say About the Jobs Numbers
January’s unemployment report beat all expectations, and December’s upwardly revised employment figures suggest the Omicron variant isn’t the societal disruptor many expected it would be. Democrats could make political hay of that if they wanted. But do they? Also, an update on the CNN scandal.
Feb 04, 2022
Shamnesty International
Tablet Magazine’s senior writer, Liel Leibovitz, joins the podcast to dismantle Amnesty International’s report alleging that Israel is an apartheid state.
Feb 03, 2022
Quakin' Whoopi
Today's podcast takes up the case of Whoopi Goldberg and what her dismissal of the racial component of the Holocaust actually means—and the horror of her defense at the hands of the Anti-Defamation League. And there's more! Give a listen.
Feb 02, 2022
Why Isn't the End of Omicron Bigger News?
Today's podcast looks at the precipitous decline in Omicron and wonders at the fact that the media aren't trumpeting the end of the surge and the possible return to normalcy that should follow it. Why isn't this the headline of all headlines? We try to answer the question, and we discuss Georgetown Law School's shameful violation of academic freedom and Whoopi Goldberg's moral idiocy. Give a listen.
Feb 01, 2022
X Marks the Spotify
The effort by Laurel Canyon soft-rock hippie totalitarians to suppress America's leading podcaster—with the support of mainstream media figures who now side conclusively with the idea that views they don't like should be suppressed—takes up much of today's episode. Give a listen.
Jan 31, 2022
From Their Warm, Healthy, Fully Vaccinated Hands
The left is beginning to engage in the debate over the efficacy of masking, long after that debate definitively ended on the right. But can Democrats and their progressive allies give up the talisman if it means retroactively confirming that Republicans were right all along? Also, the bizarre conflicting stories around Joe Biden’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Jan 28, 2022
The Breyer Patch
Legal scholar Adam White joins the podcast today to talk about Stephen Breyer's retirement, his legacy, his accomplishments (or lack thereof) on the court, the fact he gets no respect from liberals, and fun facts about previous confirmation battles. Give a listen.
Jan 27, 2022
Addicted to Malaise With No Way Out
Josh Kraushaar of National Journal joins the podcast today to discuss the electoral dangers to Democrats of their increasingly desperate efforts to talk down or belittle or deny the growing disenchantment of the nation with the status quo. Give a listen.
Jan 26, 2022
Is It Covid or the Condescension?
As Democrats gradually awaken to the political detriments posed by their efforts to cling to Covid hawkishness, we wonder when or if they will decide that self-preservation demands that they loosen pandemic-related restrictions. Do Democrats even have a vocabulary that would allow them to do that?
Jan 25, 2022
What Is the Alternative to American Power?
As the prospect of a Russian move into Ukraine looks more and more imminent, how will American voters respond to that threat to the post-Cold War geopolitical order? Can the neo-isolationism preferred by elements on the right and left win a majority, or does the voting public have a firmer grasp on what the loss of American hegemony would mean than the intellectual class?
Jan 24, 2022
The Attack on Parents Is Radicalizing Parents
Today's podcast goes through a spate of criticisms of parents for daring to speak out about the education of their children and how spectacularly self-destructive such efforts are on the part of the critics. Give a listen.
Jan 21, 2022
The Worst Press Conference in Presidential History
Today’s show is dedicated to Joe Biden’s ponderously long press conference, in which the president made more news in a shorter period than perhaps any of his predecessors, and none of it good.
Jan 20, 2022
Can Biden Save Himself from Himself?
With a rare Biden press conference commemorating his first year in office coming up, the podcast crew tries to imagine what on earth he can say that won't dig his various holes any deeper. Give a listen.
Jan 19, 2022
The Democrats’ Mock Senate
The Democratic Party’s efforts to pass just one progressive reform bill in the Senate are now verging on the comical. The hosts discuss their strategy, or lack thereof, as well as the imminence of 5G internet and its complications and the implications of the nascent feud between Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump.
Jan 18, 2022
A Crisis of General Incompetence
On today’s podcast, we lay out a veritable smorgasbord of depressing developments. From the reaction to the Texas hostage crisis to horrifying violence in New York City to the West’s inability to prepare for and deter a Russian attack on Ukraine, the news is going from bad to worse.
Jan 17, 2022
What Terry Teachout Taught, and What the Pandemic Hath Wrought
Today's podcast begins with a lengthy reminiscence of our colleague and critic-at-large, Terry Teachout, who passed away unexpectedly on Thursday. Then, with our columnist James B. Meigs, we take up his blockbuster piece, "The Pandemic Public Health Disaster." And conclude with thoughts on Biden's terrible week. Give a listen.
Jan 14, 2022
The Successes of the Counter-Revolution
The podcast discusses the various fronts on which conservatives and ordinary sane Americans are fighting back against the revolutionary forces that are trying to rewrite the rules of American society. Give a listen.
Jan 13, 2022
Biden and the Counter-Revolution
Today's podcast takes up the fact that inflation is rising at the fastest rate in 40 years while Joe Biden...desperately tries to change the subject to something pleasing to the Democratic base. Good luck with that. And we discuss Abe Greenwald's blockbuster piece from our February issue, "Yes, There Is a Counter-Revolution." Give a listen.
Jan 12, 2022
Voting Psychotics, Left and Right
Yuval Levin joins the podcast to talk about the Biden trip to Georgia to promote "voting rights"—and how the ideas promulgated by Democrats are both non-starters and have the effect of delegitimizing...Biden's own victory in 2020! Give a listen.
Jan 11, 2022
Russian Demands, American Plans
Today, the gang discusses the bleak choices available to the U.S. in the face of Putin's unceasing demands. Then there's the incoherence of the CDC on vaccines and the Democrats' attempt to paint Republicans as anti-democratic. Check it out.
Jan 10, 2022
Aaron Burr Sings a Song on January 6
Today's podcast takes up the Congressional treatment of January 6, including the bizarre interpolation of a song from Hamilton that offers a positive view of...a man who staged a seditious conspiracy against the United States? Also, public-health people call for more public-health people, and a bad jobs report. Give a listen.
Jan 07, 2022
January 6 and All That
In Noah Rothman's absence, we're joined today by Matthew Continetti to discuss the president's speech about the January 6 riot and what it portends for the Democrats, the Republicans, and Donald Trump. Give a listen.
Jan 06, 2022
Bragging Rights
The podcast today takes up the astonishing case of the new Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, who has announced he will do everything he can to keep convicted criminals out of jail. What will this do to Democrats? And what will the Chicago teachers union and its refusal to return to school do to them and to the party that serves them? Give a listen.
Jan 05, 2022
Does Anything Work Any Longer?
From cars stuck on a frozen highway in Virginia to the constant revisions of the public-health leaders to the conviction of Elizabeth Holmes in California, the question arises yet again: What happened to competence? Give a listen.
Jan 04, 2022
A Democratic Disaster: Baked in the Cake?
We're back live and on topic, and the topic is the weird shift in tone among the COVID hawks over the past week and how it may be a reflection of just how badly they think they're doing in the public's eyes—and just how badly Democrats are going to do in November. Give a listen.
Jan 03, 2022
The Culture Wars of 2021
The podcast crew concludes a week of politics-free podcasts (sort of) with a look back on the best culture wars of 2021.
Dec 31, 2021
The Best Holiday Fare of 2021
Though the podcast hosts have chosen nothing from the year 2021 to highlight as the best holiday fare of 2021, we nevertheless have some timeless seasonal recommendations for you to check out.
Dec 30, 2021
The Television of 2021
The podcast’s hosts explore their favorite television shows of 2021 and provide some binge-worthy recommendations for your holiday week.
Dec 29, 2021
The Movies of 2021
The podcast’s hosts discuss their favorite movies of 2021 and why they found them particularly moving, interesting, visually exciting, or just not as bad as what they were expecting.
Dec 28, 2021
The Books of 2021
This week, the podcast will be doing something a little different: We’re talking about our favorite contributions to the culture this year. In this episode, the hosts discuss their favorite books they read over the last year, whether they were published in 2021 or not.
Dec 27, 2021
A Commentary Family Christmas!
The podcast today goes far afield, into the cooking plans of our crew, Charles Dickens and his greatness, Saudi Arabia and Iran, and, of course, COVID. Give a listen.
Dec 24, 2021
The Eschatology of Covid
In Joe Biden’s interview with ABC News, the president sought absolution for his failure to anticipate another surge of Covid. That suggests the elite consensus around this virus really did believe their were behavioral rites that would ward off the disease, and, as a corollary, that contracting the disease is a personal failure.
Dec 23, 2021
Biden Has Nothing to Say About Omicron
Today's podcast takes up Joe Biden's peculiar speech yesterday, which did absolutely nothing to reassure anyone about anything (save a hopeful Dr. Monica Gandhi, who thought it said what she would want it to say). Why did he give it? What was the purpose? What gives? Give a listen.
Dec 22, 2021
What to Do If Someone You Love Has Omicron?
On today's podcast, we discuss the options for how to get around in the world today if someone in your household has contracted the virus. Do you just go about your life? Do you quarantine? Do you isolate? What? And what about Trump finally saying conservatives and his followers should express pride in the vaccines? Give a listen.
Dec 21, 2021
The New Stupid Party (It's Not the GOP)
Today's podcast takes up the continuing disbelief on the part of Democrats that Joe Manchin meant what he said and said what he meant, and what the simple act of refusing to hear him has cost them and will continue to cost them. And more Omicron craziness. Give a listen.
Dec 20, 2021
Liberals Are Talking Themselves into Clinical Depression
From Covid to climate change, from the optimal functioning of the judicial system to normalcy itself, it has become a mark of sophistication on the left to reject good news and the happiness that accompanies it. This is madness, and Democrats will pay a steep price for inculcating depression in their voters.
Dec 17, 2021
We Told You So
The multi-trillion human, social, metaphysical Build Back Better boondoggle has been officially “shelved” for 2021, and good luck pulling it off that shelf in the election year of 2022. Indeed, that was the most likely outcome, as we repeatedly said was the case. Permit us a victory lap, because we’re already halfway around the track.
Dec 16, 2021
Mugged By Reality
The crime wave is real, and even the most cosseted of archetypical leftwing reformers are noticing and resenting it. The backlash against permissive liberal governance is building, and they see it coming. But so, too, is the backlash against Covid mitigation measures that seem to ignore the nation’s vaccination rate. Will they wake up to that, too, in time? Kentucky State University Professor Wilfred Rielly joins the podcast today to discuss these matters and more.
Dec 15, 2021
The January 6th Texts Are Very, Very Bad
Matthew Continetti joins the podcast today to talk about his piece in the January COMMENTARY, "Disaster of the Senate," about Chuck Schumer. But first, we discuss, and express our horror at, the texts to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as the January 6th riot was going on—and wonder at their long-term effect. Then we talk omicron. Give a listen.
Dec 14, 2021
What Does It Mean to Be a Woman?
The disparity between the Omicron variant’s apparent severity and the public health response to it suggests that the pandemic isn’t really about the pandemic anymore. What we’re witnessing is a competition between incompatible visions of societal organization. Also, Christine Rosen on her cover article in the new issue of COMMENTARY: “The New Misogyny.”
Dec 13, 2021
Jussie Smollett and the Democratic Crime Crisis
Today's podcast takes up the larger meaning of Jussie Smollett's attempt to use the criminal-justice system as his catspaw and how it reveals a crisis in the liberal understanding of crime in general. Then we discuss the inflation crisis and what it means, and offer a few choice words about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton. Give a listen.
Dec 10, 2021
Wait—Did Trump Just Expose a Colossal Security Crisis?
On today's podcast, we discuss Donald Trump's oddly casual revelation that he believes Russia stole our hypersonic technology research—and then that research got into China's hands. Isn't this the biggest story ever? And why is Biden giving Putin what he wants with a big summit? And why are Democrats losing Hispanics? Give a listen.
Dec 09, 2021
It’s Over, Omarova
Did Senate Republicans make a mistake by giving in to a one-time debt ceiling increase that circumvents the legislative filibuster? Is Biden responding with appropriate force to the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine? And what do we make of the leftwing effort to frame the sinking of Saule Omarova’s nomination to the position of comptroller as cynical red baiting?
Dec 08, 2021
Omicronic Fatigue
A report out of South Africa confirms the rumors: the Omicron variant is less severe even though it is more contagious. That is good news, so why isn’t it being treated as such? Also, the national crime wave continues to build and Joe Biden’s existential test in Europe.
Dec 07, 2021
The Democrats’ Perpetual Pandemic Trap
Daniel Casse, president of the G100 Chief Executive program, joins the podcast this morning to discuss the trap in which Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats find themselves. Namely, the idea that their political fortunes are tied to Covid case rates, over which they have no control. Also, a look back on the life of the late Sen. Bob Dole.
Dec 06, 2021
Folksy Impotence
The Biden administration is improvising its way through a new Covid panic, projecting impotency along the way. Speaking of impotency, Russia is sending signals indicating that another invasion of Ukraine is imminent, and the White House’s response so far has consisted of sternly worded letters.
Dec 03, 2021
Will Abortion Tear the Country Apart?
Constitutional law scholar Adam White joins the podcast today to discuss the abortion rights case before the Supreme Court, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. What are the merits of the arguments before the Court? Will the conservative justices dismantle the precedents established by the decisions in Roe and Casey? And will the country descend into political combat when the ruling comes down?
Dec 02, 2021
The Fate of Chris Cuomo and CNN
It's a busy podcast today as we take up the limited evidence that the new variant justifies the draconian measures now being imposed in Europe and being floated here at home. Then we go into the "indefinite suspension" of Chris Cuomo at CNN and what it means for the future of the network, whose new boss has already indicated he wants to take it in a different direction. And will the new West Side Story get canceled? Give a listen.
Dec 01, 2021
The Threat of Om... Omni... Omnicrom...
The podcast wonders at Joe Biden's inability to pronounce the name of the variant he went on national television to warn against—and tries to sort through what little evidence we have about how dangerous this thing really is. Then we come to Chris Cuomo: Why does he still have a job exactly? Give a listen.
Nov 30, 2021
Omicronic Condition
Today's podcast asks whether there's a crazed overreaction to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. We then discuss the car that killed people in Waukesha and the continuing effort by the media to whitewash its role in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story. And a final word on Stephen Sondheim. Give a listen.
Nov 29, 2021
Bad Prosecutors, Bad Laws, Bad Anti-Patriots
Today's pre-Thanksgiving episode offers our own crushingly morose tribute to the United States as we battle the phenomenon of prosecutors letting people loose to commit horrible crimes and elite opinion-wielders trashing the United States when this country provided them with bounties untold. Happy Turkey Day and give a listen.
Nov 24, 2021
American Adhocracy
The Biden administration is making the strategic petroleum reserve available to the markets seemingly only in response to his sagging polls, which observers believe is a response to rising consumer costs. But this is not an energy policy. Also, thoughts on the public response to the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial.
Nov 23, 2021
Trashing the Jury System
On today's podcast, we discuss the reaction to the Rittenhouse verdicts, the continuing effort to talk up the Biden social-spending bill, and the horror in Waukesha. Also, Christine explains how she is the podcast's successor to the Karate Kid. Give a listen.
Nov 22, 2021
The Book of David
David Bahnsen joins the podcast today to talk about the Build Back Better bill and why its passage in the House might be at best politically meaningless for Democrats and at worst their Armageddon before we go on to discuss his book, There's No Free Lunch, about economics and human flourishing. Give a listen.
Nov 19, 2021
What Have We Voted Ourselves?
Did Paul Gosar deserve to be censured for tweeting out an anime video that appeared to threaten his colleagues? Does Lauren Boebert have a point about Eric Swalwell “sleeping with the enemy?” Did Ilhan Omar go too far with her semi-literate attack on Boebert? Or have we just elected ourselves a nightmarish reality show with no redeeming value? Also, an update on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
Nov 18, 2021
Where is Biden on COVID?
Yuval Levin joins the podcast today as we mark the fact that 70 percent of the population of the United States 12 and over is fully vaccinated—a point when we were told we would reach herd immunity and see the end of the pandemic. But clearly, the powers that be won't say so—even though everything we see says Joe Biden desperately needs to claim a victory, any victory. Why won't he? Give a listen.
Nov 17, 2021
The Media and Academia Circle the Wagons
Today's podcast takes up the question of what the mainstream media deem permissible and praiseworthy when it comes to political coverage—and how discipline is enforced when other media professionals don't do what the self-appointed critics and finger-waggers want them to do. Then we talk about how the same is going on, in an even more pernicious form, in academia. Give a listen.
Nov 16, 2021
The Biden People Just Keep Getting More Bad News
Today's podcast examines the Washington Post-ABC poll that has Democrats curled up in a fetal position today and the efforts to happy-talk it down. Will they work? Come on, man. Give a listen.
Nov 15, 2021
Biden's Pincers Problem
The podcast today takes up a new poll that suggests Democrats and independents are entirely at cross purposes when it comes to big spending, so if Joe Biden pleases his own base, he alienates the non-aligned voters he desperately needs as well—and vice versa. And what happened to the 2020 revolutionary moment? Give a listen.
Nov 12, 2021
Inflation, COVID, and Rittenhouse
Today's podcast takes up the political fallout from inflation and continued COVID restrictions and the surprising events in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Give a listen.
Nov 11, 2021
The Real Story of The Israel-Gaza War
The podcast crew is joined today by our pal Jonathan Schanzer, whose illuminating new book Gaza Conflict 2021 provides an eye-opening account of the hostilities earlier this year—and a guide to the state of play in the Middle East more broadly. We also talk about the sudden insistence of the mainstream media on especially evil Republicans just a week after Democrats got dunned in the elections—how convenient, no? And why inflation is a politician killer. Give a listen.
Nov 10, 2021
Here Comes the Durham Investigation
Eli Lake joins the podcast crew today to talk about the stunning developments in the investigation into the 2016 efforts to demonstrate the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia—a charge we now know to have been entirely without foundation, notwithstanding the lives this false charge affected and nearly destroyed. Give a listen.
Nov 09, 2021
Judging the Democratic 'Comeback'
Today's podcast asks if we should eat crow because Democrats did pass a big spending bill. We say we have no crow to eat, but you might disagree! Give a listen.
Nov 08, 2021
The Bill House Democrats Want Will Destroy Them
Today's podcast goggles at the prospect of Democrats in the House passing a gigantic spending bill that will be dead on arrival in the Senate—and hand Republicans every weapon they need to destroy Democratic hopes in 2022. Give a listen.
Nov 05, 2021
It's Even Worse for Democrats Than They Know
Chris Stirewalt joins us on the podcast today for continued analysis of the electoral trainwreck for Democrats this week and what on earth they think they're doing with the two bills in Congress in its wake. Give a listen.
Nov 04, 2021
Wow. The Elections. Wow.
The startling results in Virginia and New Jersey—not to mention on Long Island and in Buffalo and Minneapolis—mean that we're living in a different country politically today from the one we were living in yesterday. We have many explanations for why. Give a listen.
Nov 03, 2021
Can't Anybody Here Play This Political Game?
More evidence of Democratic disarray in Washington yesterday, and the confusing apparent decline of Democratic hopes in the Virginia governor's race, bring to mind Casey Stengel's plaint about managing the 1962 Mets: "Can't anyone here play this game?" Meanwhile, Afghanistan falls into hellfire. Give a listen.
Nov 02, 2021
Let's Go, Brandon?
Today's podcast covers a panoply of topics, from the foolishness and corruption of the "Lincoln Project' to whether a three-word slogan should be considered an act of terrorism to the Washington Post's gargantuan January 6 investigation and on. Give a listen.
Nov 01, 2021
We Told You It Was Going to Be a Disaster
Today's podcast features a cautious victory lap from the crew—who pretty much predicted the slapstick collapse of Joe Biden and the Democrats yesterday on Capitol Hill. The lap is cautious because we still can't quite believe they're as bad at this as they look. Give a listen.
Oct 29, 2021
The Great Democratic Faceplant
On Tuesday, Joe Biden and his allies sent political observers into a frenzy with the announcement that a deal had been reached on a social safety net bill. But there was no deal, and there will be no votes. Is there anything that explains this behavior but abject incompetence? American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Matthew Continetti joins the podcast today to discuss this and more.
Oct 28, 2021
The Eternal Return of the Democrats’ Infrastructure Debacle
The Democratic Party is flirting with failing to meet a deadline to pass both physical and social infrastructure in precisely the same way they failed weeks ago. Is that really possible? Also, the Chinese hypersonic missile threat and American complacency.
Oct 27, 2021
Take Their Money And Run!
Today's podcast takes up the so-called "billionaires tax" that is the hot topic in Washington and subjects it to scrutiny—is it constitutional? will it generate sufficient revenue? what will the consequences be for ordinary people?—which is maybe the worst (or best!) thing you could do to such a concept. Then, it's education and why Democrats and liberals seem unable to understand why it may be hurting them. Give a listen.
Oct 26, 2021
The COVID Story is Coming Out
James B. Meigs joins today's podcast to discuss his two articles in the November issue of Commentary. One, "COVID and the Authorities: It's Even Worse Than We Thought," has only gained momentum over the past week as more has emerged to suggest leading figures in the public-health community might have been involved in a major cover-up at the beginning of the pandemic. The second, "How Alan Sokal Won the Battle but Lost the Science Wars," tells the story of a brilliant satirical early effort to confront Wokeness and how time has shown wokeness's horrifying strength. Give a listen.
Oct 25, 2021
What It Means to Be Courageous
Bari Weiss joins the COMMENTARY podcast to discuss her article in the new issue: “We Got Here Because of Cowardice. We Get Out With Courage.” She outlines the threat posed by wokeness, and how dissenters against this authoritarian dogma can reverse course.
Oct 22, 2021
Who's Laughing Now?
Can laughter survive the scrutiny of self-serious social justice activists? Director, producer, and screenwriter of such hits as “Airplane!” and the “Naked Gun” series, David Zucker joins the show to discuss his article in the new issue of COMMENTARY, “Destroying Comedy,” and the woke threat to humor.
Oct 21, 2021
First, Do No Harm
The podcast welcomes former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Tevi Troy back to discuss his article in the latest issue of COMMENTARY, “Wokeness, M.D.” We discuss the ideological threat to the dispassionate conduct of medical science and how ideology is guiding public health practitioners’ approach to the pandemic.
Oct 20, 2021
What George Orwell Knew About Wokeness
Wilfred Reilly joins the podcast today to talk about his essential article, "The Whiteness of Wokeness." As we discuss the phenomenon of well-to-do Caucasians supposedly speaking on behalf of the needs of African-Americans and those of color, we delve into the brilliant observations of George Orwell 85 years ago in his book, The Road to Wigan Pier. Then we talk about the Virginia governor's race. Give a listen.
Oct 19, 2021
Colin Powell, American
Today's podcast pays tribute to Colin Powell's extraordinary American story and asks why his memoir isn't taught in schools while memoirs about racial bitterness are. We also wonder at the larger meaning of the DC comic book company's decision to remove the words "American way" from the Superman slogan and what it means about the possibilities of a conservative counterculture. Give a listen.
Oct 18, 2021
Now They're Trying to Cancel Netflix—and Space Exploration!
The last podcast of the week finds us in a ruminative mood as we discuss Dave Chappelle's controversial special and the finger-wagging response to it—and wonder at the finger-wagging being done in response to the journey of William Shatner into space. Give a listen.
Oct 15, 2021
Trump Threatens the GOP
Today's podcast takes up Donald Trump's statement that Republican voters will not turn out to vote unless the 2020 vote is somehow resolved in his favor. What does this portend? Will the results in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial elections suggest a different future? And what about all this "national divorce" stuff? Give a listen.
Oct 14, 2021
The Mechanics of 'Popularism'
A discussion about the lingering and unknowable negative health effects of mid-pandemic mitigation measures that may not even be fully visible to us for years. Also, the center-left’s new obsession with the political strategist David Shor and his prescription for Democratic success: “popularism.”
Oct 13, 2021
Vaccine Mandate Craziness
The podcast crew takes up the new effort in Texas to prevent private businesses from requiring employees to vaccinate, and what it says about the politics of the jab nationwide. Give a listen.
Oct 12, 2021
Biden Agonistes
Liberals are beginning to panic about the decline of Joe Biden's popularity and what it might mean, and we're there to help explain it to them! Also, what's going on with the supply chain, and is Trump playing a role in Biden's troubles? Give a listen.
Oct 11, 2021
Kicking the Debt Limit Can Down the Road: Who Benefits?
Today's podcast takes up the question of whether McConnell blinked, why Schumer attacked a deal that gave him a face-saving way out, why Manchin put his head in his hands while Schumer did that, why Donald Trump is doing what he's doing, and why the Chinese are doing what they're doing in Taiwan. Oh, and some COVID stuff. Give a listen.
Oct 08, 2021
Is He a Fool or an Idiot?
Today's podcast looks at a Quinnipiac poll that has very bad news for Joe Biden in it and wonders at the choices he's made that have led him to this pass. How are we to understand him? Give a listen.
Oct 07, 2021
The Wrong Way to Deal with Facebook
Today's podcast takes up the charges of the Facebook whistleblower and asks whether her perspective is the right one or whether she misunderstands the nature of Facebook's challenge to American society. And what exactly are Democrats up to when it comes to raising the debt ceiling? Give a listen.
Oct 06, 2021
When Crime Gets Close to You
The podcasters today consider crime up close and personal—yesterday I was in proximity to four different acts of violence and another was nearly burglarized. Is there a larger meaning to these actions? Do they connect somehow to the president's seeming acceptance of the harassment of Kyrsten Sinema? And how are we to understand them in light of the Justice Department's decision to focus on supposedly terroristic efforts to intimidate school-board members? Give a listen.
Oct 05, 2021
Wait, Why Are They Saying It's Good They Failed?
The podcast crew expresses puzzlement at the Democratic party spin that the failure of both big spending bills this weekend needs to be viewed as some kind of ideological and partisan triumph. Why? How? What on earth is going on here? And why is Anthony Fauci threatening Christmas? Give a listen.
Oct 04, 2021
Losing Is Winning, Spending Costs Nothing—and Other Liberal Delusions
Today's podcast notes that liberal opinion seems determined to cast the left's refusal to spend $1 trillion because it wants to spend $4.5 trillion as some kind of victory—and asks whether that makes any sense. Give a listen.
Oct 01, 2021
Progressive Failure Is Manchin's Success
Today's podcast explains why Joe Manchin will never, ever, ever, ever do anything near what the progressives in his party want—because it would be the end of him and he wants to remain his state's dominant politician. We also discuss the finger-pointing among Bidenites about the Afghanistan disaster, whether it's OK to desire the political failure of your adversaries, and why we're no longer talking about herd immunity. Give a listen.
Sep 30, 2021
Are Politicians Lying More?
The revelations yesterday that emerged from Congressional testimony featuring two top officials involved in the Afghanistan debacle reveal Joe Biden to be as mendacious as Donald Trump when it comes to matters of policy. Is this something new for the presidency or is this just more evidence that all politicians lie? And does that kind of lying have a corrosive effect on America's social fabric? Give a listen.
Sep 29, 2021
We Need Our Own ‘Music Man’
Between rising crime rates and contradictory reporting on how the Afghanistan pullout failed so spectacularly, the COMMENTARY podcast could use what Donald Trump reportedly relied upon to calm him down: a “music man” who would soothe him with the score of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, “Cats.”
Sep 28, 2021
Biden, AOC, Trollope, and the Tonys
Today's podcast asks the question: What do America's most famous leftist member of Congress and Anthony Trollope's fictional 19th-century political character Phineas Finn have in common? Also: What's more popular among Democrats, spending a mere trillion dollars or spending many trillions of dollars? And: Why didn't the Tony Awards bestow their largesse on a Black Lives Matter play? Give a listen.
Sep 27, 2021
Constitutional Crisis, Shmonstitutional Crisis
Today's podcast takes up Robert Kagan's much-discussed Washington Post piece claiming a Trump constitutional crisis is already upon us. Is it, though? Give a listen.
Sep 24, 2021
Should Republicans Pop the Popcorn?
Today's podcast asks whether the signs of Democratic crackup are so pronounced that those who oppose Biden and Company should just sit back and watch in amusement as their opposite numbers dissolve into acrimony and paralysis. Or is this bad for the country? And now that 75 percent of all Americans over 12 are at least partially vaccinated, why can't we celebrate this achievement? Give a listen.
Sep 23, 2021
Suppressing Speech and Going After Israel
Today's podcast points out the continuing scandal of the media's and Big Tech's efforts to suppress stories they don't like—both about Hunter Biden and about China's role in the promulgation of COVID—and what the practical consequences for them both may be. And then we get into the Democratic party's courtship of political meltdown, shown in part by an effort to defund Israel's anti-missile efforts. Give a listen.
Sep 22, 2021
It's Not All About the Base
Today's podcast asks why the Biden people immediately assumed horseback Border patrol officers trying to deal with the overwhelming problems in Texas were doing wrong, and what it says about the administration's desperate efforts to hold on to its progressive base. Give a listen.
Sep 21, 2021
Biden's Cascade of Bad News
Today's podcast takes up Biden's horrid Friday afternoon, with three bad pieces of news in an hour—and the coming crisis within the Democratic party over its ambitions to pass more than $5 trillion in spending in a month. Give a listen.
Sep 20, 2021
The Lost Thread
Today's podcast looks at the increasing Republican-conservative tendency to support the actions of the mob on January 6, the consequences therefrom—and asks whether Peggy Noonan's provocative column today in the Wall Street Journal is right that America has somehow "lost the thread." Give a listen.
Sep 18, 2021
The Other Insurrection
California Gov. Gavin Newsom easily survives the effort to recall him from office. Are there lessons for Republicans ahead of the 2022 midterms here? Also, the revelations in a forthcoming book that Gen. Mark Milley conducted his own foreign policy and violated the chain of command under Donald Trump.
Sep 15, 2021
Somewhere Over the Horizon, Lies Are Told
Today's podcast takes up the dishonesties of Secretary of State Blinken, the self-discrediting idea of "over the horizon" intelligence, fake polls supporting a president whose poll numbers have gotten very bad, and a horrible and instructive event at Barnard College involving observant Jews being told to violate the tenets of their faith to fill out a COVID form. Give a listen.
Sep 14, 2021
Can the Damage Be Undone?
In the wake of a somber 9/11 anniversary, the COMMENTARY podcast surveys the depressing intellectual and political landscape that typifies American discourse. Is the reaction against classical Western liberalism reversible? The “crushing morosity” is thick in this episode.
Sep 13, 2021
Biden's Neurotic Pitch and the 9/11 Anniversary
Today's podcast takes up Joe Biden's COVID speech and plans and asks how we are to understand a president who says you have nothing to fear if you're vaccinated but he's going to protect you from the unvaccinated. And we discuss the enduring impact of 9/11. Give a listen.
Sep 10, 2021
Solving the Hostage Crisis You Started
We're back after the Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah break to discuss the Biden administration's negotiations with terrorists and the praise it's getting for doing so; the fact that Biden is now trying to put us on a war footing against COVID; and the Biden team's effort to change the plotline of the last month by firing Trump officials. And what is going on with Trump and boxing? Give a listen.
Sep 09, 2021
The Bad News Bidens
Today's podcast deals with the onslaught of lousy headlines and developments surrounding the president, from horrible jobs numbers to Delta fatalities to polls showing a significant decline in his support. Why is this happening? Give a listen.
Sep 03, 2021
Abortion Comes Roaring to the Fore
Today's podcast takes up the Supreme Court's refusal to stay Texas's new restrictive abortion law and asks whether its existence heralds the beginning of a grassroots liberal movement on par with the grassroots conservative movement that arose when the Court made abortion a constitutional right nearly half a century ago. And, yes, more on Afghanistan. Give a listen.
Sep 02, 2021
Joe Biden's Disgraceful Speech
Today's podcast takes a long, hard, close, serious, and polemical look at Joe Biden's self-justifying address to the American people on the Afghan catastrophe. Give a listen.
Sep 01, 2021
Philip Larkin and the End of the Afghan War
Today's podcast is about consequences: Who deserves to be held responsible for the debacle in Afghanistan and why. Give a listen.
Aug 31, 2021
No, We Weren't There to Bring Democracy
Today's podcast tries again to take up the ludicrous argument that our purpose in Afghanistan was to install a liberal democracy. We also talk about the labor shortage and the end of the eviction moratorium. And are movie theaters too loud? Give a listen.
Aug 30, 2021
Biden Fails to Meet the Measure of the Moment
On Thursday, at least 13 Americans and over 100 Afghan civilians were killed in two suicide attacks on the outskirts of Kabul’s international airport. The response to that event by Joe Biden and his administration wholly failed to meet the gravity of the circumstances with which they are confronted.
Aug 27, 2021
The Price of Dishonor
The whole crew is back together to discuss an inadvertently telling op-ed by Ezra Klein that defends the dishonorable behavior of the United States in the present moment by falsely characterizing the entire past twenty years and the purposes of the fight in Afghanistan, among other places. And we discuss whether liberals have entirely lost the thread of their connection to ordinary Americans. Give a listen.
Aug 26, 2021
The Democrats’ Crumbling Legacy
Between the debacle in Afghanistan, the return of pandemic-related pessimism, and what Nancy Pelosi admitted was the “controversial” $3.5 trillion budget deal that may not even pass the Senate in its current iteration, what are Democrats leaving behind? It may not be much after voters get their say next November.
Aug 25, 2021
Hostages Abroad and Hostage at Home
Author and editor emeritus of The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro, joins the podcast today to talk about the ongoing nightmare in Afghanistan, which is evolving from a debacle into a hostage crisis. But Americans get no respite at home as COVID has evolved from a pandemic into a lifestyle brand.
Aug 24, 2021
The Afghanistan Pullout Fallout Settles on the Biden White House
John Podhoretz is out today enjoying some well-deserved time away from the microphone. The nightmare in Afghanistan continued over the weekend and, despite the administration’s outward displays of confidence, the prospects for a disaster loom larger than ever. But will the emerging domestic political crisis over our disastrous pullout evolve into something that threatens to derail the Democratic political agenda? We discuss and debate.
Aug 23, 2021
What’s Wrong with the President?
Joe Biden’s behavior over the course of the Afghanistan crisis he precipitated is inexplicable. But we do our best to try to explain it anyway. Also, is there anything to be done about the increasingly deadly pandemic of the unvaccinated?
Aug 20, 2021
Biden's Horrible Interview
Today's podcast considers George Stephanopoulos's jaw-dropping interview with the president and his assertions that he knew the chaos in Afghanistan was coming. We also wonder at the words of Joint Chiefs Chair Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Austin and at the COVID behavior of New Zealand prime minister Ardern. Give a listen.
Aug 19, 2021
'You Chose Dishonor and You Shall Have War'
Today's podcast wonders at the bet Joe Biden has placed on the possibility that the chaos in Afghanistan relating to the exit of Americans will be short-lived and that he will suffer no long-term consequences from it. Is that bet likely to pay off? Give a listen.
Aug 18, 2021
Pessimism Abroad, Optimism at Home
The founding editor of National Affairs, Yuval Levin, joins the podcast today to talk about the implosion of Afghanistan and Joe Biden’s shame as well as his article in the September issue of Commentary: “What We Have Gotten Right in the COVID Fight.”
Aug 17, 2021
The Fall of Afghanistan
The Afghan government has fallen to the Taliban, and only over the course of a single weekend. The Commentary podcast on the terrible implications of America’s humiliation in Central Asia.
Aug 16, 2021
Decline Is a Choice, and We’ve Chosen It
Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake joins the program today to talk about America’s decision to scrap 20 years of work and progress in Afghanistan. Why it didn’t have to be this way, and what comes next for the United States.
Aug 13, 2021
Does the Squad Want to Sink the Biden Presidency?
Will the so-called “Squad” of House progressives really want to block the Biden administration’s signature achievement, infrastructure, if they can’t get their $3.5 trillion wish list along with it? Also, perplexing COVID numbers and the spiraling disaster in Afghanistan.
Aug 12, 2021
Does Cuomo Have a Scheme?
Today's podcast brings up the question: Why did Andrew Cuomo date his resignation fourteen days away? What is this Machiavellian schemer up to? And as the infrastructure bill passes the Senate, what will Nancy Pelosi do in the House—and is she any good at her job? And why, oh why, do the data on the Delta variant simply not suggest what the COVID hawks want them to suggest? Give a listen.
Aug 11, 2021
We've reconvened today to offer our quick thoughts on the resignation of Andrew Cuomo, the bipartisan nature of sex scandals, the way people try to save themselves from disgrace, and what happens now. Give a listen.
Aug 10, 2021
You Say You Want a Revolution?
Democrats are placing a big bet on the American voting public’s desire for a radical transformation of the social compact with their $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. The risk seems far more pronounced than the rewards. Also, Andrew Cuomo seems to be the only person in America who doesn’t know he’s done.
Aug 10, 2021
The Belle Tolls for Andrew Cuomo
Today's podcast takes up the desertion of Andrew Cuomo by his closest aide, the unfolding horror in Afghanistan as America bugs out, and the COVID panic. Give a listen.
Aug 09, 2021
All Culture, No Punditry!
Today's surprising podcast doesn't feature the news of the day; instead, we talk about Smokey and the Bandit. And Last Exit to Brooklyn. And 42nd Street. And For All Mankind. And a Woodstock documentary. It's a weird show! Give a listen.
Aug 06, 2021
Do Unconstitutional Things, Mr. President! That's a Squad Order!
Today's podcast takes up the glee with which Democratic legislators greeted Joe Biden's decision to...usurp legislative authority. What's going on here? And what will happen with Andrew Cuomo? And why are we talking about the COVID threat posed by the Sturgis bike rally again? Give a listen.
Aug 05, 2021
The Psychopathy of Andrew Cuomo
Karol Markowicz joins us today to discuss the damning report on Andrew Cuomo's behavior toward women, the meaning of the victory of the less radical candidate in an Ohio Democratic primary, and the Biden administration's open embrace of unconstitutional lawlessness with its continuance of the rental moratorium. Give a listen.
Aug 04, 2021
Why the Elite Want You to Panic This Time
James B. Meigs joins the podcast today to talk about, what else, the bizarre behavior of the CDC in relation to the pandemic. And we have a fun argument about the question of mandating vaccination passes. Give a listen.
Aug 03, 2021
The Lunatics Running the COVID Asylum
Today's podcast is a threnody of denunciation: Of the CDC, of the Biden administration's haplessness, and of the seemingly deliberate disinformation regarding the Delta variant in the New York Times and on CBS News, among many other places. Plus: Will Democratic leftists kill the infrastructure bill? And how delusional was the Biden negotiating team when it came to dealing with the Iranians on the Iran nuclear deal? Matt Continetti joins us. Give a listen.
Aug 02, 2021
The CDC Continues to Confuse Us
Today's podcast offers a Talmudic perusal of a slide show created by the CDC on how to talk about the vaccines that evidently was the trigger for the new mask guidance—and how it contradicts itself and sows even more confusion and therefore mistrust. Give a listen.
Jul 30, 2021
Is the Spending the Problem?
There is a bipartisan infrastructure deal, and it looks likely to pass. The smorgasbord of other progressive wish list items that was supposed to follow its passage, however, is more imperiled than ever. Couple this with a disappointing second-quarter GDP number, and you have to wonder if the government spending to which we’ve committed ourselves over the course of the pandemic is the problem.
Jul 29, 2021
The Awfulness of the New COVID Mandates
Today's podcast takes up the fulfillment of what we've been warning against—the public-health people are lowering the boom again in a self-defeating effort to control the spread of the COVID variant by controlling the behavior of... the already vaccinated. We take apart the reasons proffered by the CDC director for this bizarre guidance. Then we talk about the shame of the attacks on the Capitol policemen who testified at the 1/6 hearing yesterday and more on the Olympics as psychodrama. Give a listen.
Jul 28, 2021
The Anti-Patriotic Olympics
American athletes are having a tough time at the Olympics. On today's podcast, we suggest various causes, among them that there is no longer a psychic benefit to be gleaned from representing your country in these games. We also wonder at the competency of American politicians and the potential horrors awaiting Afghanistan as we pull out. Give a listen.
Jul 27, 2021
They Want Emergency Powers Permanently
As the pressure grows to return America to a condition of mini-lockdown, we examine the words and ideas of the public-health bureaucracy that is horrified by the prospect of America just...governing itself. Plus: transgender athletes and Jackie Mason. Give a listen.
Jul 26, 2021
The Coming Revolt of the Vaccinated
With municipalities around the country reimposing indoor masking recommendations or even mandates, no one seems to be asking whether the fully vaccinated will welcome much less endure restrictions they shouldn’t have to observe. Is a backlash brewing? Also, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall election is looking more and more like a tossup.
Jul 23, 2021
Is Pelosi Brilliant or Blowing It?
Did Nancy Pelosi make a mistake by rejecting two more pro-Trump Republicans from the January 6 commission? Or is she once again making a strategic blunder? Also, inflation has become one of voters’ primary concerns, and the threat it represents to Democrats is growing.
Jul 22, 2021
Trashing the Explorers
Today's podcast continues our conversation from yesterday about the Jeff Bezos expedition and the hunger among elite liberals to heap scorn and derision upon it, him, and the very idea of technological progress. Why? And are there really breakthrough infections? And what can we learn from Eric Adams, NYC mayoral candidate, and his commonsensical neocon remarks? Give a listen.
Jul 21, 2021
We Should Be Proud
Today's passionate podcast features praise for the American people when it comes to vaccination and serious querying why we are turning this amazing national mobilization success into a neurotic failure. And we celebrate Jeff Bezos's trip into near-space and ask again why it is that we are being told by the liberal establishment that it is a pointless and vainglorious effort. Cheer up, people! Give a listen.
Jul 20, 2021
Can the Vaccine-Hesitant Be Convinced?
Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review joins us today to discuss his controversial NR piece, "Convincing the Skeptics," which caused a firestorm on Twitter for supposedly showing undue sympathy for those who aren't getting the vaccines. We also talk about bad polling and the very bad Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch. Give a listen.
Jul 19, 2021
Cuba, and Masks, and Throuples—Oh, My!
Today's podcast features COMMENTARY columnist Matthew Continetti joining us to ruminate upon the Biden administration's response to the events in Cuba, the outrageous imposition of an indoor mask mandate in L.A. county, and why liberals seem to think the only way to be properly sexual these days is to be in a throuple. Give a listen.
Jul 16, 2021
The Dems Are Not Playing 4-D Chess
The podcast crew expresses skepticism at the notion that Biden and the Democrats have a brilliant strategy to get their $3.5 trillion spending bill passed. And we express skepticism about Joint Chiefs chair Mark Milley's self-portrait as the man Who Saved America from the New Nazis. And we praise Olivia Rodrigo, who's great. Give a listen.
Jul 15, 2021
It's Not Manly to Refuse the Vaccine
James B. Meigs joins today's podcast to discuss the Delta variant surge and the continuing refusal of many on the Right to act to contravene it. We also talk about the weirdness of Democratic senators announcing they had agreed to a $3.5 trillion deal that, in fact, they hadn't all agreed to—and why on earth the Biden administration is giving into Iran. Give a listen.
Jul 14, 2021
Run Away! Run Away!
Washington Free Beacon Editor-in-Chief Elianna Johnson joins the program today in Christine Rosen’s absence to talk about Texas Democrats’ tactical retreat from their jobs, Cuba’s ongoing protests, and troublingly high inflationary signals.
Jul 13, 2021
Surges and Purges
Noah Rothman is back after a week away from the podcast to offer his two cents on the Delta variant surge and how it's affecting conservative media and Republican politics. We also discuss the revolt in Cuba and why it's important to support democratic rebellions abroad... and Black Widow. Give a listen.
Jul 12, 2021
Bug Juice and Bugouts
Today's hodgepodge of a podcast takes up our personal histories of summer camp, Joe Biden's speech on Afghanistan, the conversion of COVID into a seasonal flu, and bad documentaries. Give a listen.
Jul 09, 2021
COVID, Class Action, and Clowns
We talk about the recent uptick in U.S. COVID cases, the ever-elusive end of the pandemic, and the skepticism around vaccines and lockdowns. We touch on Donald Trump's move against Big Tech, and we close out with some old sitcom gems. Hint: Chuckles the Clown. Give a listen.
Jul 08, 2021
New York Politics, with Steve Kornacki
Our friend Steve Kornacki joins the podcast today to talk about the results of the New York City primary in the Democratic party and what they say about the party's ideological makeup—and about the future of ranked-choice voting. It's great. Give a listen.
Jul 07, 2021
Liberals are Gaslighting Themselves
The leftist attacks on America around July 4 may prove to be the unforced error of all unforced errors, or so we say on today's (sadly Noah-free) podcast. We also talk about tenure for critical race theorists, who really knows about critical race theory, and who should be talking about the vaccination problem. Give a listen.
Jul 06, 2021
America the Wonderful
It's the Fourth of July weekend and we spend the podcast defending America from the nonsense of NPR, the liberal notion that America is a bad actor on the world stage, and the idea that COVID is some form of rough justice for America's sins. Have a glorious weekend as you give a listen.
Jul 02, 2021
The Legacy of Great Men and Awful Men
On today's podcast: What happened in the Bill Cosby case? How best can we discuss the extraordinary life of Donald Rumsfeld, RIP? What is ballot harvesting? Will people believe elections are fair ever again? Give a listen.
Jul 01, 2021
Blue States Are More Incompetent Than Red States
Today's podcast looks at the disaster of the New York Democratic mayoral primary and what it says about the way liberal cities and states work. And more repulsive blather from Ilhan Omar. Give a listen.
Jun 30, 2021
Mel Brooks, COVID and Iran (But Not In That Order)
Today's podcast concludes with a commemoration of the life and career of 95-year-old Mel Brooks and what they have to teach us—and how we need to restore what he brought to American life and American comedy. Before that, we ask why Democrats and Republicans have such wildly divergent views about the end of the pandemic—and the thickets into which the Biden administration has wandered with Iran. Give a listen.
Jun 29, 2021
Biden, Aliens, Angels, Demons, DeSantis
Matthew Continetti joins today's podcast, which features a conversation about aliens and God so deep that you may think we were high or drunk while recording it. We weren't. Give a listen.
Jun 28, 2021
Did Biden Just Torpedo His Own Bipartisan Promises?
On the final podcast of the week, we try to make sense out of Joe Biden praising bipartisan dealmaking before promising to pass everything left out of the bipartisan infrastructure deal—which will likely destroy that deal. What's the game here? Is there one? And did Mike Pence just end his Republican political career? Give a listen.
Jun 25, 2021
He's Not FDR. Maybe He's Jimmy Carter.
Today's podcast takes up the conundrum of the politics within the Democratic Party that led to fantasies of a new New Deal, which have been subjected to various reality tests this week injurious to Joe Biden and his agenda going forward. Also, more reader mail about vaccinations and whether we're mean about them. Give a listen.
Jun 24, 2021
Liberals Talk Themselves Into a Frenzy
Today's podcast tries to make sense out of the apocalyptic rhetoric emanating from Democrats about the failure of their largely unconstitutional voting bill before pointing out that progressives had a setback in the New York City primary on Tuesday and what that might mean. Give a listen.
Jun 23, 2021
Labs, Leaks, Politics and Pandemics
James. B. Meigs joins us again to discuss the important question of just why it was the idea of COVID originating from a lab leak was deemed undiscussable. We also point out that the press has a historical habit of believing that corporations will do all sorts of evil scientific things... but not Communist regimes. Give a listen.
Jun 22, 2021
People Who Want to Stay in COVID Jail
The evidence is everywhere: An extraordinary number of people seem to prefer living under masks rather than accepting the data that say the pandemic is over. Why? We go into that, and the extraordinary story of the lab leak in the Soviet Union that American "experts" agreed was a naturally occurring phenomenon... because saying so was taking a side in the political-cultural-ideological war of the time. Sound familiar? Give a listen.
Jun 21, 2021
When Will Liberals Get Off the Party Line?
Today's podcast discusses the amazing fact that conservative justices on the Supreme Court often go against what people say their political allies demand of them—but this happens far more rarely among liberal justices. Now, why would that be? Also... Donald Trump is running. Give a listen.
Jun 18, 2021
Why Is Rita Moreno Apologizing?
Today we begin the podcast with talk about Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin before getting to the hot topic of the day—an apology proffered by a showbiz legend for saying something entirely commonsensical and true. Why did Rita Moreno feel it necessary to abase herself before the gods of wokeness? Give a listen.
Jun 17, 2021
A Listener Protests!
Today's podcast features a response from all of us to a great letter from a listener who believes I am far too harsh about the question of who gets vaccinated. See whom you agree with! And, again, when will they say the pandemic is over when the pandemic... is... over... NOW. Give a listen.
Jun 16, 2021
Commentary Podcast: Biden in Europe, Critical Race Theory, and Where Is Fauci?
What did Biden say about the GOP and Vladimir Putin on foreign shores? Attacked one and praised the other? We talk about that on today's podcast, as well as shameful public pronouncements by columnist Michael Gerson and former Biden COVID guy Andy Slavitt. Give a listen.
Jun 15, 2021
Bibi Goes Bye-Bye
Bret Stephens joins the podcast crew today to discuss the change in Israel's government—and the complex legacy of Benjamin Netanyahu. Then we talk NATO, Biden, and the end of the pandemic. Give a listen.
Jun 14, 2021
The Inner Toobin
Does Jeffrey Toobin deserve to be treated with compassion and forgiveness when woke culture is busy showing the opposite of both to anyone that crosses it? And how will the media atone for their false coverage of what happened in Lafayette Park in 2020? Give a listen.
Jun 11, 2021
The Democrats Saving Joe Biden from His Party
The progressive left is having a fit over its more moderate members, who have failed to support their transformative designs. But aren’t they saving Joe Biden’s presidency from the unforeseen consequences of pursuing a sweeping agenda on which he didn’t even run? Also, the journalistic backlash against reporting on Israel objectively.
Jun 10, 2021
Voting Myths and the Woke Aristocracy
Chris Stirewalt joins us today to discuss his brilliant COMMENTARY article, "Republicans, Stop Believing Your Own Election Myth," before we get to the question of what's worse, wokeness or the new American aristocracy that is enshrining it? Give a listen.
Jun 09, 2021
The Democrats’ Kamala Harris Conundrum
Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a hilariously bad response to NBC’s Lester Holt when she was asked why she hadn’t visited the border yet amid her efforts to oversee the ongoing border crisis. The episode adds to the mounting evidence suggesting that Harris is not great at politics.
Jun 08, 2021
Sex, Lies, and Basil
Today's podcast points out our continuing cultural confusion when it comes to political correctness, law, and the mistreatment of women before moving on to the Democratic party's insistence that Republicans are trying to destroy the voting franchise. And what spicy thing did Biden say about war? Give a listen.
Jun 07, 2021
Liberal Pieties, Meet Hard Facts
The disappointing jobs report will be answered by an explosion of cliches, we say on today's podcast, but the ability of the Biden administration and liberals in general to make excuses for the failures of their own policies is waning by the day. As is, perhaps, Donald Trump's sanity. Give a listen.
Jun 04, 2021
The Terrible Consensus
Tech Commentary columnist James Meigs joins the program to talk about his latest piece for the magazine “Thank God for Big Pharma.” We discuss the “lab leak” hypothesis and the terrifying consensus within the scientific community that shut its advocates up.
Jun 03, 2021
Dishonesty and Deflation
Financial guru David Bahnsen joins us today for a deep dive into the COVID numbers and offers his fascinating take on why the threat to the future is not inflation but deflation. Give a listen.
Jun 02, 2021
The End of COVID Is Nigh
The numbers don't lie. We're weeks away from the pandemic being over in the United States, and yet the bitter clingers still threaten our future. Why? And why are Trump fans saying he will be "reinstated" as president? And why, if it happens, is Bibi Netanyahu on his way out? Give a listen.
Jun 01, 2021
The Chinese Dragon’s Missing Scale
The rehabilitation of the “lab leak” theory of COVID-19’s origins in the press is now accompanied by the Biden administration calling for an investigation. But what will his administration do with that information if the worst is proven correct?
May 28, 2021
You Like Us! You Really Like Us!
We channel Sally Field's notorious Oscar speech in offering thanks to listeners for their kind words in response to our inquiry yesterday about whether we should continue to record daily podcasts. Then we react with horror to the Biden budget proposal! Give a listen.
May 27, 2021
The Decline Mentality
Though it is particularly true of New York City, it’s apparent across this country: The political class has lost its enthusiasm and affection for the nation. They are focused not on revivifying and reinventing it, but on divvying up what’s left while you can. It’s not just a Democratic fixation, either. The GOP’s obsession with relitigating the 2020 election prevents them from looking forward, and that needs to be throttled out of the party.
May 26, 2021
The Pandemic’s End
New positive COVID tests are at or approaching historic lows across the United States. Deaths and hospitalizations are reaching rates associated with a typical flu season. The pandemic is on the eve of its conclusion. The only question is when elected officials will acknowledge it. Also, the Democratic Party’s advocates in the press have discovered the real problem with anti-Semitism: it detracts from the progressive project.
May 25, 2021
It's the Pick-Your-Own-Topic Show!
Today we try something new: Each panelist chooses a topic. We talk about the effort to equate anti-Semitism with Islamophobia. We talk about whether the Biden administration will hold China accountable on the virus. And we talk about the state hijacking of a commercial European jetliner. Give a listen.
May 24, 2021
The Violence Against Jews and the Democrats’ Complicity
Street violence targeting American Jews is on the rise across America. It is being provoked and condoned by progressives within the Democratic establishment, and the party is doing nothing about it.
May 21, 2021
Gaza, Commissions, and Pipelines
Today's podcast goes over the latest in the ideological war of the Left against Israel, the political hijinx over the January 6 commission, and what on earth is going on with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Give a listen.
May 20, 2021
Commentary Podcast
All the news is good. All the trends are great. Why are the media focusing their sympathetic attention on people who seem to want to live in perpetual lockdown? And why isn't the Biden administration turning on Israel (yet)? Give a listen.
May 18, 2021
Gaza Madness and Masking Madness
The first podcast of the week takes up the continuing assaults on Israel's defensive action against Hamas in Gaza and the continuing confusion over the lifting of the masking rules by the federal government. Give a listen.
May 17, 2021
Take Off Your Masks, America!
Today's podcast asks what changed that made it possible for the president to announce the end of masking for vaccinated Americans? Was this the result of the "science" or a naked political move to distract from the bad news of the week? And why are liberals clinging to their masks? Give a listen.
May 14, 2021
Inflation at Home and Conflation Abroad
Inflationary signals are glowing red hot, and it’s starting to scare the markets. Will the Biden administration and Democrats be similarly spooked? Also, the contrived effort on the part of Trump critics to use the conflict in Israel to run down the Abraham Accords, which misunderstands their purpose.
May 13, 2021
Israel Under Attack—from Hamas and Liberals
On today's podcast, I read my exchanges yesterday with my sister from her bomb shelter in Tel Aviv to give listeners a real-time sense of what it's like to be under rocket attack. And then we express our outrage at the liberal effort to blame Israel for the assault upon it before we take up the ouster of Liz Cheney from House leadership and what it portends about the Republican future and Donald Trump. Give a listen.
May 12, 2021
The So-Called Experts and Their Lack of Expertise
Today's podcast takes up the catastrophic error made by the Centers for Disease Control in assessing the risk from outdoor transmission of COVID, as detailed by David Leonhardt in the New York Times. Then we go into the catastrophic error made by Joe Biden on pumping unemployment money into the economy, which he tried to correct on Monday. And then into the potentially catastrophic error made by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in assuming the West would come to their aid when they're firing hundreds of rockets at Israel. Give a listen.
May 11, 2021
The Numbers Are Really Good
Today's podcast exults in what can only be called exit-velocity numbers about the pandemic and a shift in tone from the panjandra of the public-health community given the good news. Then we tell you the truth about what's going on in Jerusalem before making fun of liberals trying to explain the reasons for the bad jobs report. Give a listen.
May 10, 2021
The Consequences of Bad Policies
On today's podcast: Unfortunate job numbers—job creation expected to be around 1 million coming in at 266,000 instead—may be the perfect expression of how intrusive government policy in the form of direct unemployment benefits from the federal government are actually encouraging people to stay home rather than go out to work. More bad policy is in the potential offing through the infrastructure proposals. More bad policy is being made by the notion of waiving patent rights for the vaccines. Give a listen.
May 07, 2021
The Biden Plan to Kill the Golden Goose
Joe Biden’s administration has inexplicably decided to abrogate the intellectual property rights of vaccine manufacturers to satisfy a fringe progressive demand. Why? And the New York Times has all but declared the pandemic behind us as vaccination rates in the U.S. crater.
May 06, 2021
A Vaccine Strategy Revamp? What Vaccine Strategy?
The long knives are out for Liz Cheney within the GOP, but does ousting this meddlesome priest from her role in leadership really serve Republican interests ahead of the 2022 midterms? And Joe Biden supposedly revamps his vaccine strategy, but his statements make it plain that the administration has no idea what to do about declining demand for inoculations.
May 05, 2021
Leaving Biden Behind in the Race to Reopen
Blue states like New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are following the leads set by Texas and Florida and racing to reopen, regardless of the Biden administration’s desires. Also, the census data showing that racial characteristics aren’t immutable—they can change over time—and why it shows how the theory of Intersectionality as an organizing principle is a dead end.
May 04, 2021
The New Silent Majority?
Is wokeness creating anew the force Richard Nixon called the "silent majority"? And why are fully vaccinated people still wearing masks after the CDC said they don't have to? And what about Andrew Yang? Give a listen.
May 03, 2021
Dissent Is Patriotic
According to Joe Biden, wearing a mask even if you’re fully vaccinated and everyone around you is fully vaccinated, is now patriotic. But is patriotism so conditional? Also, how Republicans become culture warriors when they notice Democratic culture-warring, and the effort to disenfranchise minority children in the name of “equity.”
Apr 30, 2021
The Bidding War Presidency
Joe Biden made a lot of promises in last night’s semi-State of the Union address, most of which involved spending vast sums of money. But will this promissory note that is unlikely to materialize in the real world energize Democratic voters as much as it drives Republicans to the polls in opposition? Also, Sen. Tim Scott’s clever and impressive rebuttal.
Apr 29, 2021
Who Is Still Listening to the CDC?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their long-anticipated masking guidelines for the fully vaccinated and it turns out that your privileges are… functionally indistinct from those afforded the unvaccinated. If anyone is still listening to this agency, it isn’t the people public health officials need to reach. Also, Human Rights Watch’s embarrassingly unconvincing allegations against Israel.
Apr 28, 2021
Who’s Doing the Culture Warring Here?
The podcast discusses a heartening display of defiance in France to protest the unjust verdict rendered in the anti-Semitic murder of Sarah Halimi, which further reinforces the case for Zionism. Also, the racial condescension on display among progressives who heap scorn on white vaccine holdouts but handle skeptical minorities with kid gloves. And finally, countering the narrative that Joe Biden is no culture warrior.
Apr 27, 2021
Unmasking the Oscars and John Kerry
Today's podcast discusses what it means that the Oscars were so badly executed, whether we're about to be released from having to wear masks outside, and what John Kerry told the Iranians that should have him hauled up before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Give a listen.
Apr 26, 2021
Biden's Wild and Unachievable Ambitions
The podcast takes up Joe Biden's determination to cut carbon emissions in half in nine years and what such a ludicrous promise means politically. What does it tell us about what he thinks his job as president is and what he wants the history books to say about him? Give a listen.
Apr 23, 2021
Believe Your Own Eyes
The COMMENTARY gang expresses its shock and disbelief at the ability of liberals and the Biden White House to disregard the unmistakable evidence in the police shooting in Columbus, Ohio in favor of their preferred narrative about how cops are systemically racist—and how they might be giving birth to an "Enough Already" Party. Give a listen.
Apr 22, 2021
Second-Guessing the Chauvin Jury
A jury of 12 peers listened to the evidence and rendered a verdict. Before the verdict, the jury's impartiality was questioned by the Left. After, it's being questioned by the Right. And what of the efforts to turn a shooting in Columbus, Ohio, into a new George Floyd case? And what of the vaccination numbers slowing way down? Give a listen.
Apr 21, 2021
Back In Studio!
The first COMMENTARY podcast in 14 months with three regulars in our podcast studio at our New York offices! Is normalcy returning? Ehhh.... not really. Give a listen.
Apr 20, 2021
Who's Naming and Shaming?
Why does Rep. Maxine Waters get to call for "confrontation" in case the verdict in the George Floyd case doesn't go the way she wants? Shouldn't she be named and shamed? Or is that just to be left to liberal reporters who get to pick and choose who's named and shamed? And here's one for you: Why aren't Fauci et. al. naming and shaming the Americans who won't get the vaccine? Give a listen.
Apr 19, 2021
When They Say 'Don't Panic,' Maybe You Should Panic
Is inflation coming? The answer is "yes," but the experts are saying not to panic. Really? Ever lived through an inflationary spiral? We discuss that, the refusal to distribute conservative books, and the media's refusal to hold itself accountable for false stories about "Russian bounties on American soldiers." Give a listen.
Apr 16, 2021
The Yuval Levin Show
Our friend Yuval Levin joins the podcast today to talk about Democratic House members moving to pack the Supreme Court and pushing an extreme agenda in general—what's going on there? And what on earth is happening with a United States Ambassador to the United Nations attacking... the United States? Give a listen.
Apr 15, 2021
What Is It Good For?
Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake joins the podcast today to discuss Joe Biden’s plan for withdrawing all NATO forces from Afghanistan on, of all dates, the twentieth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. What are they thinking? Also, the fallout from the decision to pause the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Apr 14, 2021
The .00000088 Percent
James B. Meigs joins the podcast today to discuss the news that the FDA and CDC have "paused" the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and what it might mean. We also discuss infrastructure bills and polling misses. Give a listen.
Apr 13, 2021
Can We Remain Calm About Cops, Iran, and Variants?
Eliana Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon joins the podcast today to discuss the recent shooting near her hometown of Minneapolis, the worry about the South African variant, and how liberals are reacting to the degrading of the Iran nuclear program. Give a listen.
Apr 12, 2021
The Truth About the George Floyd Trial
Today's podcast looks at the media coverage of the murder trial of police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis with the clear suggestion that the full story of what is going on in the courtroom is not being made clear enough to the American people. And will moderate Democrats hold Joe Biden accountable for moving farther to the Left than he suggested he would during the campaign? Give a listen.
Apr 09, 2021
The Great Overreach
On guns, illegal immigration, and schooling, Democrats from Joe Biden to Stacey Abrams to Andrew Cuomo to Randi Weingarten are pushing policy prescriptions and spending that seem entirely out of whatever the political center is. Will they pay a price? Give a listen.
Apr 08, 2021
The Iran Deal Is Back—And So Is Crime
Today's podcast takes up the moves by the Biden administration to reopen talks with Iran, as well as the evidence that the crime spike of 2020 was not about economic hardship but rather an offshoot of the war on the police. Also, what is the difference between voter depression and voter suppression? Give a listen.
Apr 07, 2021
Did Anyone Sign up for This?
The gang engages in a series of generalized rants about the class-based COVID theatrics to which some are more committed than others and Joe Biden’s transformative agenda, which he did not run on and for which no one voted.
Apr 06, 2021
The '60 Minutes' Slander
Today's podcast takes up the outrageous "60 Minutes" effort to defame Gov. Ron DeSantis and the vaccine rollout in Florida before we go on extended rants about the way the success with the COVID vaccine is being twisted into a new crisis in general by a media determined to continue to force us into lockdown life. Give a listen.
Apr 05, 2021
Biden's Big Government Bet
Noah Rothman returns from vacation to help us make sense of the Biden administration's claim we need trillions in "infrastructure" spending at a time when job creation is going through the roof and the American economy is about to soar. Also, what on earth is going on with Matt Gaetz? Give a listen.
Apr 02, 2021
Straight Talk About Race
Wilfred Reilly, author of this month's COMMENTARY cover article, joins us to talk about "The Good News They Won't Tell You About Race in America." Give a listen!
Apr 01, 2021
Israel: Great Vaccinations, Horrible Elections
We're joined today by Israeli journalist Ruthie Blum to discuss the bizarre phenomenon of Israel likely heading toward a fifth election in two years despite the multiple triumphs in the past year attributable to the leadership of embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Why hasn't Israel's success in national vaccination carried Netanyahu to new heights? And we continue to discuss vaccine hesitancy and its problems. Give a listen.
Mar 31, 2021
Why Are the Bidenites Embracing Gloom and Doom?
Matthew Continetti joins the podcast today to discuss the interesting decision of the Biden administration to go apocalyptic about the COVID threat even as vaccinations accelerate—and we discuss the objections by listeners to the idea that they should get vaccinated. And a whole lot more. Give a listen.
Mar 30, 2021
The Chauvin Trial Begins
Today we take up the dangers posed by the trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with the murder of George Floyd, and the controversy over so-called "vaccine passports." Give a listen.
Mar 29, 2021
Biden Beats the Press
How did President Biden do at his press conference? What went on at the Journal of the American Medical Association that will horrify you? Most important, how abjectly did I apologize for criticizing my colleagues wrongly the other day? Give a listen.
Mar 26, 2021
What Will They Ask Biden?
A press conference is coming. How will the media try to shield the new president? What questions will they ask—and won't they ask? Give a listen.
Mar 24, 2021
Can Anyone Feel Shame Anymore?
The news that former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell is arguing that no one should have taken her claims regarding election fraud seriously suggests an interesting crisis of confidence is upon us. Both parties are beholden to exculpatory narratives for their own failures that are, in essence, lies, but do any of them possess the capacity for shame? Also, progressives with an ingrained hatred of the pharmaceutical industry face a conundrum.
Mar 23, 2021
Social Anxiety Is Controlling America
Should we feel sorry for the poor Biden people who find themselves on the knife's edge when it comes to border security? And should we feel sorry for ourselves that our path out of COVID is being blocked by those with social anxiety? And should we care about cancel culture canceling liberals when liberals don't care about conservatives getting canceled? Give a listen.
Mar 22, 2021
China Sandbags the Biden People
The podcast today takes up the alarming spectacle of the first major diplomatic meeting of the Biden administration, at which senior Chinese officials lambasted the United States and our shocked senior diplomats found themselves at a loss. Why were they at a loss? We explain. And talk about a bunch of other stuff. Give a listen.
Mar 19, 2021
What the Killings Say About Us
On today’s COMMENTARY podcast: The mass murder of Asian-American women in an attack in Georgia, the apparently sexual motive behind those killings, and the sources of racial tension in America. Also, the Biden administration’s endorsement of a “three-foot rule” in schools and the conflict between educators and their union representatives.
Mar 18, 2021
The Biden Clean-Up Squad
After yesterday's podcast highlighted Biden's homeland security secretary all but inviting illegal aliens to cross the border—but later on–George Stephanopoulos helped the president fix the problem his underling had created. But is this really a fix, or just a dodge? And why would Biden endorse making the filibuster a "talking filibuster"? And why did he sort of say and not say that Andrew Cuomo should resign? And more. Give a listen.
Mar 17, 2021
'Don't Come Now. Come Later!'
The Biden administration's homeland security secretary went on Good Morning America and suggested to those streaming across the border and the parents who are sending their kids across that they might want to wait until the administration sets up a better system. Are they kidding? No. Meanwhile, the Washington Post corrects itself on Trump and Dr. Fauci offers praise for his own supposed truth-telling. Give a listen.
Mar 16, 2021
The Ideas of March
Christine goes to a demonstration. Liberals act like the Biden administration has brought Christmas every day. Andrew Cuomo sends his sub-goon to scare New York state politicians. And the Oscars are still kinda white. Today's podcast is a smorgasbord of delights. Give a listen.
Mar 15, 2021
Biden Wants To Tell You What To Do and When
Today's podcast analyzes Joe Biden's speech to the nation regarding the pandemic and asks whether he's remaining funereal about the present and immediate future in order to be able to claim victory after victory because of underpromising or out of a desire to keep people under control until we can be sure the virus is fading away. And what's this about New York Democrats in the House wanting Andrew Cuomo to resign? Give a listen.
Mar 12, 2021
The Social Media Torture Chamber
Today's podcast reflects on how the purpose of social media is increasingly as a forum for cruelty–and why that is so seductive to so many people. Also, the reinvention of Joe Biden as the second coming of FDR: will it stick? We warn about the possibility of violence surrounding the trial of Derek Chauvin, and wonder who hasn't been molested by Andrew Cuomo. Give a listen.
Mar 11, 2021
Biden the Credit Hog
The popular "relief" bill and the vaccine rollout accelerations put Joe Biden in the catbird seat, setting himself up to take credit both for our emergence from the pandemic and a roaring economic recovery. Will it work? Also, what did Dr. Fauci mean when he said the CDC would be liberalizing its guidance over the next few weeks—was this an implicit admission it was slowing the roll until the relief bill is signed into law? Give a listen.
Mar 10, 2021
Liberal Gaslighting
Today's podcast takes up the question of whether Bernie Sanders could have been as functionally left-wing as president as Joe Biden is being. And what is this game in which liberals create culture wars and then say conservatives are crazy for reacting to them? Give a listen.
Mar 09, 2021
The Era of Big Government Is Back
The $1.9 trillion relief and stimulus bill returns us to the era of big government, as we discuss today on the podcast. We also talk about the problems of royal families both real (the Sussexes) and imaginary (the Zamundans in Coming 2 America) and, yes, Andrew Cuomo. Give a listen.
Mar 08, 2021
Cuomo's Tell-Tale Heart
The news just keeps getting worse for New York's governor, with state officials saying they feared for their jobs if they did not participate in a cover-up of COVID death data and a powerful and credible interview with a woman whom he allegedly harassed. And what's this: Connecticut opening up? Is its Democratic governor a Neanderthal in Joe Biden's eyes? Give a listen.
Mar 05, 2021
Who's Running the Biden Show?
A day of confusion in Washington as the Biden administration says it wants schools reopened but then also seems to implicitly agree with the teachers' unions that schools can't reopen until everyone is vaccinated by insisting on "prioritizing" teachers. How to make sense out of this? And what's this huge story out of Israel about a mammoth oil spill? Give a listen.
Mar 04, 2021
Texas Lightens Up
Today's podcast looks at the decision of Texas Gov. Abbott to loosen all state-level mandates relating to the coronavirus and asks whether this is a worthy experiment or a dangerous threat. And what about what's going on with American policy toward Iran and Saudi Arabia? Give a listen.
Mar 03, 2021
Today's podcast wonders at the possibility of Andrew Cuomo being destroyed not by his nursing-home scandal but because of sexual harassment. What's a bigger problem? And we take up the phenomenon of elite panic deepening even as the vaccine news gets better and better. Give a listen.
Mar 02, 2021
The Good Vaccine News and the Bad Governor
Today's podcast expresses optimism and relief at the continuing good news on the vaccine front and expresses schadenfreude at the continuing troubles of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Also, Trump returns to CPAC. Give a listen.
Mar 01, 2021
The Biden Game on Iran and Stimulus
The podcasters end the week arguing over the meaning of the Biden administration's decision to strike Iranian targets even as they attempt to reenter Obama's Iran nuclear deal. And wonder as well at the bribery and fecklessness in the $1.9 trillion relief/stimulus bill and what it portends. Give a listen.
Feb 26, 2021
Cuomo’s Ugliness and the Horror at Smith College
Today's podcast takes up the consequences of Andrew Cuomo's unambiguously repellent sexual harassment of an Albany aide as well as the nightmarish false accusations of racism against workers at Smith College. Oh, and Trump at CPAC. Give a listen.
Feb 25, 2021
The Seductions of Top-Down Control
With the good news about the vaccine, the question that faces us (and the podcast crew today) is how will the politicians who have exercised such extraordinary powers over the past year behave now that they should no longer be used or necessary? Once they've tasted the sweet ambrosia of control, can they give it up? And hey, notice that Biden now has "kids in cages" too? Give a listen.
Feb 24, 2021
Woke Self-Destruction: Should We Enjoy It Or Worry?
Today's podcast examines the latest blowup in the Cultural Revolution overtaking journalism, as Slate defenestrates a staffer who actually did something woke—but thought it over first. Should we care, or does this mean no one is safe from this marauding band of cancellers? How about the Biden people trying to use ethnicity and gender to protect and advance the cause of a controversial appointee's confirmation? And how did Biden do in commemorating the horror of half a million American lives lost to COVID? Give a listen.
Feb 23, 2021
Why Do They Want Us to Be Depressed?
The vaccine news, especially out of Israel, is startlingly good—especially as regards the transmissibility of the coronavirus. So why, the podcast crew asks, are the elites focusing on the bad, bad, very bad? Is this just a matter of habit, or is there something political going on? And why did Biden even nominate Neera Tanden, who is almost certainly not going to get confirmed as OMB director? And why do liberals think there's no dignity in work? Give a listen.
Feb 22, 2021
Cuomo and Cruz: Politicians In a Pickle
The podcast crew enjoys watching Andrew Cuomo's halo turn into a shackle, and wonders at the larger meaning of Ted Cruz's self-inflicted disaster of a trip to a beach while his constituents freeze in their homes. Give a listen.
Feb 19, 2021
Here Comes the Overreach
Congressional Democrats haven’t even passed their proposed $2 trillion COVID relief package and they’re already talking about teeing up a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure bill. Are Democrats repeating the mistakes of Barack Obama’s first term? Also, the delusions of Ben Rhodes and Rush Limbaugh’s legacy.
Feb 18, 2021
Why Is Joe Biden Afraid of ‘Normal?’
The podcast dissects Joe Biden’s CNN town hall and tries to parse his administration’s conspicuous fear of affirming that society will ever return to something resembling “normal.” Also, the battle for the soul of the GOP continues with Trump in the wilderness.
Feb 18, 2021
Biden's Freezing Out Bibi
Why are Andrew Cuomo's poll numbers still strong? Why is Joe Biden making anti-Israel personnel moves at the State Department and refusing to talk to Benjamin Netanyahu?  Why is Nancy Pelosi forming a commission to investigate the January 6 storming of the Capitol? And why is a 16-year-old's mental health fodder for a reality show? Give a listen.
Feb 16, 2021
Trump Isn't Going Anywhere
The podcast achieves new heights, or lows, of crushing morosity today as we contemplate the botched impeachment trial—botched by Democrats!—and the new "how to open schools" guidance from the CDC that seems not to follow the science but rather the desires of liberal and leftist "stakeholders." Oh, and some interesting Democratic appointments round it all out. Give a listen.
Feb 15, 2021
Impeach... Cuomo?
Today's podcast looks at the third day of the impeachment trial and raises questions about the effectiveness of the Democratic case. Then we talk about the admission of guilt by Andrew Cuomo's top aide relating to the undercounting of nursing-home deaths. And Christine Rosen's brilliant new article. Give a listen.
Feb 12, 2021
The Rioters Were Role-Playing
Today's podcast looks at the narrative presented at the impeachment trial and how it reveals the disturbing nature of a riot whose participants seemed to have themselves taken on the roles of avenging angels and villains in a dark superhero movie. What does this say about us? And what does it say about us that a doctor trying to find willing arms into which he could inject a rapidly expiring vile of COVID vaccine was fired and charged with a crime for not pursuing "equity"? Give a listen.
Feb 11, 2021
Unfrozen Caveman Impeachment
How bad were Trump's lawyers? Does it matter? How good were the House managers? Does it matter? Does anything matter? How about opening schools—and why are John's kids' schools open while yours are closed? And what does Philip Larkin have to tell us about the world under COVID? Give a listen.
Feb 10, 2021
The Democrats Are Bailing on Their Own Impeachment
The podcast today takes note of the Democratic hunger to get the Senate impeachment trial over with as quickly as possible so they can hand out $2 trillion worth of goodies to the public and what this says about the seriousness of the liberal conviction about Trump being a threat to the republic. And what on earth is going on at the New York Times? Give a listen.
Feb 09, 2021
The Super Bowl's War on Fun
Can we ever enjoy ourselves again? That's the question the podcast crew says was raised by the lame commercials at last night's Super Bowl—and by the continuing efforts of the public-health bureaucracy to tell us we will never emerge from the COVID regime. Give a listen.
Feb 08, 2021
Doing Too Much and Not Enough
The Commentary podcast on the risks in the new stimulus, Ben Sasse’s admonition of his state’s Republicans, and warmth of the spotlight on public health officials.
Feb 05, 2021
What Is the Proper Level of Crippling Despair?
Here’s the good news: The House Republican conference voted overwhelmingly against punishing Rep. Liz Cheney for her vote to impeach Donald Trump in defiance of the GOP’s populist wing. Here’s the bad news: That same conference also gave Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a standing ovation and is disinclined to anathematize her conspiratorial paranoia. So, is everything completely terrible or just really bad? The COMMENTARY podcast debates the proper level of despair.
Feb 04, 2021
The Great Escape from COVID
Have liberals finally had enough? Are they going to break discipline once they get the vaccine and stop insisting everyone wear three masks? And why does the Biden administration not want to participate in legal action against racial discrimination? Give a listen.
Feb 03, 2021
The Political Future Is Being Decided Right Now
The podcast says Joe Biden's choice of negotiating with Republicans or ramming his own COVID deal through represents a hinge moment for his presidency only 13 days in! And the impeachment trial and what Donald Trump will require of Senate Republicans may be the historical hinge moment for the GOP. Give a listen.
Feb 02, 2021
Will Biden Play 'Let's Make a Deal'?
Today's podcast raises the specter of a negotiation between the new president and ten Republicans who offer the possibility of a bipartisan deal on COVID relief. Will he take it as an opportunity to prove he can work across the aisle or view it as a political trap? Also, more on Andrew Cuomo's perfidy and Donald Trump's GOP blackmail. Give a listen.
Feb 01, 2021
Governor of Doom
The podcast goes at Andrew Cuomo hammer and tong as the whistle is blown by a fellow Democrat in New York state on his handling of the coronavirus. But that's not all! What about Trump and Kevin McCarthy? What about Nancy Pelosi's enemies list? What about hedge fund guys yelling on TV about people who have no right to invest the way they invest? Give a listen.
Jan 29, 2021
It’s All in the GameStop
The COMMENTARY Podcast is not the place you want to turn for stock market tips but we do have something to say about the political and cultural meaning of the extraordinary events surrounding the Gamestop stock and the runup in its value. And we wonder at the Biden administration's foot-in-mouth disease when it comes to job-destroying executive orders. Give a listen.
Jan 28, 2021
Biden Unleashed
Today's podcast takes up the executive order frenzy of the new administration and Biden's embrace of critical race theory and the teachers' unions' view of how no school should reopen (watch this jaw-dropping video from the teachers union in Chicago) until they decide it's safe. And, of course, the looming Senate trial in the Trump impeachment. Give a listen.
Jan 27, 2021
Who's Going to Look More Extreme?
Today's podcast asks whether the Democrats are both overplaying their hand politically and setting themselves up to seem like extremists in 2022 or whether Republicans in places like Oregon are setting up the GOP for disaster because of their embrace of conspiracy theory and lies. And what does this mean for the politicians who like to straddle fences? Give a listen.
Jan 26, 2021
Tell Us Something About COVID We Can Trust
Today's podcast gets into the COVID confusion of the moment and the continuing refusal of elected officials and public-health people to speak the simple truth about what they know and what they don't—and the fact that tradeoffs are difficult and painful and horrible. Also, the Biden administration gets tested abroad and the GOP continues to eat its own. Give a listen.
Jan 25, 2021
Acute Psychological Crisis Alert!
Today's podcast features the gang playing psychiatrist as we try to analyze the claim of a New York Times columnist that she has been in an emotional prison since the election of 2016. How will they get over their addiction to Trump hatred? And how will we be able to deal with the fact that our leaders in Washington now insist everyone wear masks but take theirs off at the least opportunity? Give a listen.
Jan 22, 2021
Is This What Biden's Voters Actually Want?
Today's podcast takes up Joe Biden's early executive actions and the complaints by his COVID czar that they've been left no plan to implement, which is a falsehood but politically very much in keeping with the way incoming administrations try to lower expectations. The question is: Will Biden go woke when his entire candidacy was a feint toward the non-woke? Give a listen.
Jan 21, 2021
Inaugurating the Biden Era with Meghan McCain
Host of ABC’s “The View,” Meghan McCain, joins the podcast today to talk about Joe Biden’s inauguration as president, the fallout from the January 6 Capitol Building riots, and what it will be like to host a daytime talk show without President Trump.
Jan 20, 2021
The Media Won't Quit Trump
Today's podcast takes up the surreal fact that Joe Biden will be president, and Donald Trump will not be president—and yet it still feels like Trump is the only news game in town and nobody cares what Biden will say or do. Also some football talk! Give a listen.
Jan 19, 2021
Trump's Gift to Biden
Bret Stephens, newly minted COMMENTARY contributing editor, joins the podcast today to discuss his blockbuster article, "Memo to President Biden: Please Don't Mess Up the Abraham Accords."  Give a listen.
Jan 18, 2021
Biden's COVID Agenda—and Cuomo's Shame
Today's podcast examines the Biden promise to see 100 million vaccinations in 100 days and asks whether that's actually ambitious enough. And we take on the disgraceful assault by a Biden spokeshack on a grieving constituent. Give a listen.
Jan 15, 2021
Shall I Eat an Impeach?
Today's podcast takes up the second impeachment and the quandary facing the Senate as regards the trial of Donald Trump. Will it involve an assault on free speech? Why are liberals so intent on cracking down on speech anyway? And what about the GOP and Trump's continued popularity? Give a listen.
Jan 14, 2021
The Uncharted Waters of Impeachment 2
Today's podcast anticipates the House's vote to impeach Donald Trump a second time and where things go from here—is this the worst possible way to do something our crew does think is vitally necessary? And how badly will the Republican Party fracture over this? Give a listen.
Jan 13, 2021
The Impeachment Calculation
Congress once again compelled to take up an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, and the old political calculations are making a comeback. Republicans have a gun to their heads—if reports are to be believed, in a very literal sense, and are increasingly less inclined to support such a motion. But Democrats don’t seem inclined to make betraying Trump an enticing prospect. Is everyone going to blow it?
Jan 12, 2021
Deplatform Shoes
Our podcast today is supersized as we take on the aftermath of the riots, the removal of Trump from Twitter and the removal of Parler from the Internet, the Republican Party's challenge, the prospects for impeachment and removal, and the very nature of reality itself. Get a cup of coffee and give a listen.
Jan 11, 2021
The Long Fight Ahead
With the fallout settling from the siege of the Capitol Building, it has become clear that there should be serious consequences to render that event unthinkable. But what should they be? From impeaching the president, to shaming the lawmakers who allowed this to happen, to the fight for the soul of the GOP; the podcast discusses and debates next steps.
Jan 08, 2021
What Is To Be Done?
The insurrection staged by Donald Trump yesterday is the focus of our podcast today, and what remedies should or could be adopted to deal with one of the most disgusting events in American political history. Give a listen.
Jan 07, 2021
The Dems Take It All
The podcast considers the meaning of the Democratic victories in Georgia and the fact that four years ago Republicans had secured control of the House, the Senate, and the White House—and have now, four years later, lost them all. Give a listen.
Jan 06, 2021
The Year That Changed Everything… 1971? Really?
Today's podcast steps back from day-to-day politics to feature our friend Daniel Casse discussing his fascinating Wall Street Journal op-ed, "The Future Turns 50 This Year."  How did 1971 change everything? Give a listen.
Jan 05, 2021
New Year, Same Old
First podcast of 2021: Trump's astounding phone call, Cuomo's COVID response, conspiracy theorizing... What year is this again? Give a listen.
Jan 04, 2021
One Last Parting Insult
Outgoing President Donald Trump issues two final insults to the American people on his way out the door by throwing a wrench into negotiations over a new COVID relief bill when the deal is already done and by pardoning three convicted former Republican officeholders. Also, Christine’s adventures in music, John and Abe’s take on film, and Noah’s abject dullness. Give a listen, and we’ll see you all in the new year.
Dec 23, 2020
We Ain’t No Delinquents, We’re Misunderstood
Increasingly, the progressive left has abandoned the cause of decriminalization in favor of decarceration, expanding the terms of the debate around criminal justice reform to include the virtual abolition of criminal justice as we know it. What was the genesis of this idea, and what could its political consequences be?
Dec 22, 2020
Build Back Smaller
The new round of stimulus, a more infectious strain of COVID-19 emerging in the U.K., Donald Trump’s latest episodes of impotent flailing in the general direction of November’s election results, and Joe Biden’s diminished presence on the public stage. It’s all here in the latest episode of the COMMENTARY podcast.
Dec 21, 2020
Politicizing the Vaccine
The podcast takes up the horrendous "medical ethics" talk surrounding the distribution of the vaccine, as well as the roles of luck and gratitude in American life, a surprising reversal of fortune for AOC, and the incoming Senator whose name makes him sound like a character on "Captain Kangaroo." Give a listen.
Dec 18, 2020
The Liberal Puritans
Today's podcast concerns Biden-team attacks on "terrible" Republicans, whether Biden himself was too negative in his "I won" speech earlier this week—and why it is that Democrats have become the enemies of fun. Give a listen.
Dec 17, 2020
COVID Fundamentalists; Guilty and Framed
Eli Lake joins the podcast to talk about his blockbuster COMMENTARY essay "Guilty and Framed." Also, we ask: Why are talking-head doctors and public health officials telling everybody we'll all have to keep living this way even after we get the vaccine? Are they crazy? Give a listen.
Dec 16, 2020
What If Biden Is the Unprecedented One?
The podcast raises the prospect that it's really Joe Biden's presidency that will be unprecedented—because he'll be the first president in many decades who won't become the sun around which all the political planets revolve. Give a listen.
Dec 15, 2020
Time for a Little Media Bashing
The podcast takes up the question of whether the Right's refusal to accept Joe Biden's victory is genuinely revolutionary or more of an enraged howl against systemic media bias—which also has shown its true colors in the attack on one of COMMENTARY's most valued contributors, Joseph Epstein. Give a listen.
Dec 14, 2020
Will Biden Screw Up the Middle East?
Dan Senor, co-author of Start-Up Nation and host of the new "Post Corona" podcast, joins us today to talk about the electoral college and who intimidated whom (answer: Democrats sought to intimidate Trump electors in 2016) and how the transformative Abraham Accords might be derailed by a Biden administration just as Bibi Netanyahu finds himself in existential trouble as his trial is getting ready to begin. Give a listen.
Dec 11, 2020
Musk's Rockets' Red Glare
Tech COMMENTARY columnist James B. Meigs joins us today to discuss his piece, "We're Living in a New Space Age"—and the launch of the massive rocket yesterday by Elon Musk's SpaceX that was both a triumph and a disaster. Give a listen.
Dec 10, 2020
The Permanent Constitutional Crisis
The hosts look back on all the many crises Donald Trump’s behavior was expected to yield. And while his behavior is doubtlessly dangerous, it has not produced the kind of perilous legal circumstances Trump’s critics feared. Also, Abe Greenwald posits a unified theory of protest movements.
Dec 09, 2020
P.J. O'Rourke Is Our Guest!
The COMMENTARY gang welcomes P.J. O'Rourke, first-time magazine contributor with his wonderful and acid piece "Shamalot" in our December issue, to the podcast to talk about JFK, Chinese spies, and Biden cabinet picks. Give a listen.
Dec 08, 2020
The Torment of Lockdowns
Andrew Ferguson joins the podcast today to discuss lockdown culture and what it's doing to small businesses, what's behind the idea that the election was "stolen" from Donald Trump, and why the story about American diplomats being attacked by foreign intelligence agencies using microwaves isn't a bigger deal. Give a listen.
Dec 07, 2020
You Had to Be a Big Shot, Didn't You
Will we split into a vaccinated/non-vaccinated society next year? That's the key subject of today's podcast, along with conspiracy theories, that old favorite. Give a listen.
Dec 04, 2020
Are They Trying to Lose Georgia?
Today's podcast takes up the bizarre situation in the Senate runoffs in Georgia and the developing fights inside the Democratic party pitting actually popular national political figures (like Barack Obama) against radical local politicians (like Missouri's Cori Bush) who seem to think they know better. Give a listen.
Dec 03, 2020
Biden Condescends
What did the president-elect mean when he invoked treating Trump voters with "dignity" in an interview? And how desperate is he to go back into the Iran nuclear deal? All this, plus pardons and some really disgraceful behavior by Roger Stone and Michael Flynn on today's podcast. Give a listen.
Dec 02, 2020
The Elite Thinks It Knows Best
Today's podcast takes up elite condescension—in advice on how to use words to convince people to be more responsible pandemic citizens and on the credentialism that limits social mobility and privileges the already privileged. Give a listen.
Dec 01, 2020
Emergencies Aren't Supposed to Last Forever
Today's podcast takes up the Supreme Court's ruling on religious shutdowns, the COVID spike that doesn't quite seem as horrendous as the conventional wisdom says, and the crocodile tears being shed over the Iranian nuclear scientist who was assassinated in Tehran. Give a listen.
Nov 30, 2020
Whom Can We Trust? We Can Trust You.
Today's pre-Thanksgiving podcast concludes with our heartfelt expressions of gratitude for family, friends, co-workers... and our readers and listeners. Before that, we take up new CDC guidance on quarantining and an astonishing thing Barack Obama said about Latino voters. Give a listen.
Nov 25, 2020
Trump's Stolen-Election Gambit Is Over
With the news that Donald Trump is allowing the transition to begin, the post-election madness has pretty much come to an end. What will its long-term consequences be, if any? Give a listen.
Nov 24, 2020
There Is No Kraken
Our podcast crew wonders at the disintegration of the Trump case and the dissolution of the Trump legal team and asks whether it is comic or tragic and what the fallout will be. And then we take up the incoming Biden foreign policy team and how woke or not-so-woke it will be. Give a listen.
Nov 23, 2020
Enough Already!
What, our podcast asks, does it mean when the best thing you can say about the Trump fraud allegations are that the president is crazy and not that he's up to something politically? And what are the consequences going to be for teachers' unions as they attempt to prevent schoolchildren from, you know, learning? Give a listen.
Nov 20, 2020
Today's podcast features some out-and-out ranting against the egregious behavior of New York's Andrew Cuomo before we go on to rant about the egregious headline writing in the New York Times and the egregious ideas of some Democratic officials regarding Israel and the Palestinians. Give a listen.
Nov 19, 2020
One Test to Save Us All?
Today's podcast takes up a promising proposal for a home "contagiousness" test that everyone can take, as described by Harvard's Michael Mina in this article in Time. Will empowering the American people in this way work? We disagree on that. And we disagree on the consequences of the continuing dispute about the election results. Give a listen.
Nov 18, 2020
Biden’s Challenges in the Middle East and at Home
Recent revelations involving Iran’s nuclear program will leave Joe Biden with some hard choices to make about America’s foreign policy toward the region. But Biden will face resistance from his party’s left flank if he is to embrace and navigate the new geopolitical reality in the Middle East. Also, the podcast hosts discuss their articles in the forthcoming post-election issue of COMMENTARY.
Nov 17, 2020
The Democrats Have A Problem
2020 Election Superstar Steve Kornacki joins our podcast today to discuss the fascinating and unprecedented political situation now facing Joe Biden—with what is likely to be a Republican Senate and a teeny-tiny Democratic majority in the House. How can he govern? Also, I complain about Nate Silver. Give a listen.
Nov 16, 2020
They Don’t Know How to Quit Him
What is driving the political world’s fixation with the president even as he has largely ceded the spotlight to his rival? Is it Trump’s still menacing but largely banal self-affirmations on Twitter, or is Joe Biden just such an unenthusiastic prospect for the left that they are milking the final weeks of the Trump era for all they are worth?
Nov 13, 2020
We’re Supposed to Listen to Cuomo? Really?
So the COVID surge has Andrew Cuomo banning in-home gatherings of groups larger than 10. Can he do this? Can the surge cause new lockdowns that people will follow? And what will the economic consequences be? Give a listen.
Nov 12, 2020
The Outrage Addicts Keep Shooting Up
The podcast today examines how Joe Biden came out and calmly said he'd be president soon and didn't much care what Donald Trump was doing—and three seconds later the political world had a collective nervous breakdown over a weird series of firings and new installations at the Department of Defense. Biden wants to cool things down, but he seems to be the only one. What's going on here? Give a listen.
Nov 11, 2020
Liberal Hypocrites
Today's podcast dives deep into the hypocrisy of those who are decrying the Trump effort to claim voter fraud when they spent four years saying Russians stuffed our ballot boxes and Stacey Abrams won Georgia in 2018 when she lost by 60,000 votes. More hypocrisies abound. We go through them and get pretty riled up. Give a listen.
Nov 10, 2020
Be a Man
The podcast considers how we can turn the page on the Trump presidency now that Biden is president-elect—and how conservative ideas of manliness should both govern the president's behavior going forward and what his most loyal supporters should actually expect of him. Rest assured we do not let Joe Biden off the hook—despite moderate talk during his acceptance speech, he's already kowtowing to his party's left, and we show how. Give a listen.
Nov 09, 2020
The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives
The podcast crew talks about how things will function in a brave new world in which Joe Biden will be president—while at the same time the Republican Party lives to fight another day with an unexpected surge below the presidential level. Give a listen.
Nov 06, 2020
Republicans Did Well. Trump Did Not.
The podcast today examines the polling results that show net gains for the GOP in the House and surprising holds in Senate races suggesting the Republicans will maintain their majority next term. At the same time, Donald Trump seems to have lost at least three, and maybe as many as five, of the states he won last time—while issue-less Joe Biden won more votes than anyone ever by a large margin. We unpack the meaning of all this. Give a listen.
Nov 05, 2020
Sleep No More! Election Doth Murder Sleep!
Yes, we Commentary podcasters were up all night, like you, and so we spend some time trying to speak coherently about what happened, what is happening, and why pollsters should be put in a rocketship and fired directly at the sun. Give a listen.
Nov 04, 2020
Fun Stories from the Republican Campaign Trail
On the Election Day podcast, when it's all over but the results, we stop the punditry and look back to elections past with our friend Daniel Casse, veteran Republican campaign hand. What happened with Clint Eastwood and the empty chair? How about Chris Christie's entourage? How Bob Dole chose the seating chart on his plane? And lots more. Give a listen.
Nov 03, 2020
Eerie Echoes from 2016
The COMMENTARY podcast does something a little different to celebrate Election Day eve. We went back into the archives to reexamine the last podcast ahead of Election Day 2016 and, upon review, there are a lot of eerie similarities between then and now.
Nov 02, 2020
Get Me to the Polls on Time
A few more hours...that's all the time we've got. (As Alfred Doolittle sings in "My Fair Lady.") So we discuss the final numbers—presidential job approval—that offer a pretty solid sense of where the election might end up. And the weird Senate situation in Georgia. And the paradox of the shy Trump voter. Give a listen.
Oct 30, 2020
Great Economic Numbers, But No Credit
Today's podcast begins with a huge economic number—33-plus percent growth. And yet we all agree the president is unlikely to get much credit and explain why. Also, why liberals are increasingly moving toward the view that anyone who disagrees with them is evil. Give a listen.
Oct 29, 2020
How Dare You Cover the News!
Today's podcast deals with the astonishing media attitude toward the rioting in Philadelphia and the continuing refusal to cover the story being told about Hunter Biden and the Biden family by Tony Bobulinski—a story we don't even really think is on the money, but that should not be ignored. Give a listen.
Oct 28, 2020
How Liberals Gaslight: The Courts and the Media
Today's podcast reels in disbelief at the liberal disingenuousness in claiming the Right has violated norms in relation to Supreme Court nominations when the norm violators are...liberals. And then we tackle the ludicrous lengths to which liberal media bias is working to defend Joe Biden even when he might need no defense. Give a listen.
Oct 27, 2020
What Does Trump Know That We Don’t?
Do the Trump campaign’s efforts to appeal to the COVID fatigued voter suggest they know something about the electorate that isn’t showing up in the polling? Or is the president just flailing about in the final days of a losing campaign?
Oct 26, 2020
Fact-Checkers, Get to Work
The final debate of the 2020 presidential cycle featured a surprisingly competent Donald Trump and a listless Joe Biden. And that lopsided performance has led Biden’s tacit or overt supporters in the press to approach the subject of Biden’s mendacity gingerly and with trepidation. But that abdication will have profoundly negative consequences if Joe Biden becomes president.
Oct 23, 2020
Does Hunter Biden Matter?
Do the revelations involving Hunter Biden’s emails that purport to implicate his father in efforts to profit off foreign interests matter? The COMMENTARY podcast debates the issue and previews tonight’s final presidential debate.
Oct 22, 2020
The Magical Hypnotic Power of Donald J. Trump
The suffocating anxiety in liberal circles and the weird complacency in Trumpian circles derives from the same unconscious belief—the belief that Donald Trump possesses supernatural powers that either threaten to or will happily make him unstoppable.
Oct 21, 2020
Open up the Schools, for God's Sake!
Data from New York City shows without question that schools must be opened. Meanwhile, in Fairfax County, Va., the union is demanding schools remain closed until next September. Something very, very bad is going on here. Give a listen.
Oct 20, 2020
Have Americans Always Been Crazy?
The podcast today takes up the subject of liberal panic that they are being lulled into a false sense of security by the polling suggesting a big Biden win before we discuss the American obsession with conspiracy theories and ask the question: Has it ever been thus? Have we always loved nutso ideas? Give a listen.
Oct 19, 2020
How Trump Can Win, Maybe
Today's podcast takes up the rival Trump-Biden town halls and their overall effect and then tries to come up with a scenario under which the president wins an election almost all the polls say he is on the way to losing. Give a listen.
Oct 16, 2020
Shut Up, They Explained