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The Enabling of Jew-Hatred

Today we discuss the horrifying Kanye West interview with the horrifying Alex Jones and how nearly two decades of treating West with kid gloves has led us to this pass. Also, is there going to be a new political calendar in 2024? Give a listen.

Dec 02, 2022
We Don't Know What the News Is Anymore

Today's podcast points out that for the first time since 2015, every piece of American news doesn't somehow revolve either directly or indirectly around a certain ex-president. Is this the sign of his new irrelevance? And will this make being a Republican less embarrassing? Give a listen.

Dec 01, 2022
Finally, An Effort to Deal With the Urban Nightmare

Today we discuss New York City Mayor Eric Adams's decision to seek the involuntary commitment of mentally ill street and subway people. How did we get to this point, and why, and will this help? And is the Senate's vote to enshrine gay marriage into federal law a landmark—and in what way? Give a listen.

Nov 30, 2022
Can Republicans Save Themselves From Insanity?

Today's podcast takes up the bizarre behavior of Republican election supervisors in a small county in Arizona who do not want to certify their election results—and the fact that if they were to succeed, a House seat would flip to the Democrats. How crazy is that? Not as crazy, perhaps, as the anti-Semitism-enabling behavior of a former president of the United States. Give a listen.

Nov 29, 2022
Are the Authoritarians Losing It?

James B. Meigs, our Tech Commentary columnist, joins the podcast today to talk about the protests in China and how they relate to what we know about the Chinese government's response to COVID—and our own government's response. Plus, is Elon Musk just acting crazy or is he up to something interesting? Give a listen.

Nov 28, 2022
Talking Turkey About America Pre-Thanksgiving

Today's podcast takes up Joe Biden's extension of an "emergency" allowing him to suspend college loan payments, the revelation that the shooter in Colorado Springs is "non-binary," and our true feelings about turkey. Happy Thanksgiving and give a listen.

Nov 23, 2022
Addicted to Blaming 'the Right'

Today we take up the reaction to the horrible shooting in the Colorado Springs club, which has already been blamed on people concerned about the rise of transgenderism rather than on the fairly evident psychosis of the shooter, who sought to bomb his own mother. Give a listen.

Nov 22, 2022
Will Trump Be Indicted?

The podcast takes up the news of Donald Trump's weekend—first the announcement of a special prosecutor and then the way other Republican politicians started firing at him at the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas. What does it mean? Give a listen.

Nov 21, 2022
The Custodian of the House

What will Nancy Pelosi’s legacy be? Savvy political operator? Anti-progressive obstacle? Or will she have a legacy at all? Also, Elon Musk continues to drive everyone insane.

Nov 18, 2022
The Trumpian Mystique

Trump’s backers in the world of professional politics appreciated the limited restraint the former president employed in his speech announcing his new presidential run. Trump’s fans liked everything else. Which Trump will win? Also, do Democrats have any reason to think crime is a problem?

Nov 17, 2022
An Update on Ukraine and Iran

Frederick Kagan of the Critical Threats Project is one of the leading American authorities on the war in Ukraine. He joins us today to discuss the astonishing Ukrainian triumphs against the Russian military and where things might go from here. He also tells us about the ongoing and unprecedented protests in Iran and why we need to pay closer attention to them. Give a listen.

Nov 16, 2022
Arizona, Take Off Your Rainbow Shades
Nov 15, 2022
The Midterm Fallout Continues

Today's podcast continues to examine the details of the midterm disaster for Republicans and what Donald Trump's putative announcement of his 2024 campaign portends. Give a listen.

Nov 14, 2022
Don't Bet Against Chris Stirewalt

Political analyst and all-around great guy Chris Stirewalt joins the podcast today to discuss the bet he made with me on Election Day he won—because I swallowed the conventional wisdom about the midterms and he didn't. We try to figure out what Donald Trump is doing by saying the white governor of Virginia has a Chinese-sounding name, among other kinds of crazy stuff. Give a listen.

Nov 11, 2022
Don't Mess with Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain joins the podcast today to talk midterms, Arizona and anti-McCainiac Kari Lake, about whom Meghan has some harsh, dare I say even unprintable, words. Give a listen.

Nov 10, 2022
Trump, the Bad Boyfriend

The podcast today looks at the astounding results of the midterms and asks Republicans whether they are going to continue to remain in an intimate relationship with a pathological loser narcissist who has now been humiliated by the American electorate in three separate national contests. Give a listen.

Nov 09, 2022
The Calm Before the Electoral Storm

Eli Lake joins the podcast on the eve of the midterm elections to discuss, you know, the midterm elections—and we conclude with a pretty heated discussion of Eli's new COMMENTARY piece, "Can the FBI Be Saved From Itself—And Can We Be Saved From The FBI?" Give a listen.

Nov 08, 2022
The Kornacki Factor

Steve Kornacki joins us a day before he will instruct all of America on the midterm elections from his Big Board to express final thoughts on these tumultuous midterm elections, why the polls are so hard to understand, and what we might expect. He uses Virginia as the test case for Republican gains—you'll find out why if you give a listen.

Nov 07, 2022
It's a Crime

Author, columnist, and co-host of the “Not Even Mad” podcast, James Kirchick, drops in to talk about Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg’s searing indictment of his party’s record on crime. Also, stronger than expected jobs numbers, and what they say about inflation.

Nov 04, 2022
Democracy Deserves Better Friends

Joe Biden delivered another speech last night about the threat Republicans pose to the health of American democracy, this time drawing a straight line from the January 6 riots to the attack on Paul Pelosi. Is he right? Or are Democrats as conditional as Republicans when it comes to their affection for the mechanisms of self-government?

Nov 03, 2022
There’s Nothing ‘Affirmative’ About It

AEI scholar and George Mason University assistant professor of law, Adam White, rejoins the program today to discuss the Supreme Court’s deliberative process ahead of what looks to be a momentous decision on the legality of Affirmative Action. Also, the left finally allows itself to notice Joe Biden’s gaffes.

Nov 02, 2022
Will Bibi Make a Comeback?

Dan Senor joins the podcast today to map out five scenarios for the Israeli election results—Israel is voting today. And then we discuss why professional Republicans seem a little more anxious than thrilled about the clear pattern in the polling about what's going to happen next Tuesday here in the American elections. Give a listen.

Nov 01, 2022
Madness and the Midterms

The horrific attack on Paul Pelosi, and the abhorrent response to it from those who think it might convey political advantage and want to maximize or neutralize it. Also, what to make of polling discrepancies with eight days left before the midterms.

Oct 31, 2022
Of Course, Crime Is a Real Issue

Did Elon Musk just conclude the most ill-considered financial transaction in human history when he purchased Twitter? We’ll soon see. Also, the frenetic effort on the left to claim that crime is a manufactured election-year issue.

Oct 28, 2022
Here Comes Your Ninetieth Nervous Breakdown

Democrats struggle to reconcile the data, which doesn’t suggest a massive Republican wave is inbound, and the general sense of the political landscape. And it’s driving them crazy. Also, how a New York judge’s ruling against a vaccine mandate for municipal workers scuttles the Democratic Party’s confused Covid narrative and the amazing life of the late Lucianne Goldberg.

Oct 27, 2022
What Did We Just Watch?

Tuesday night’s senatorial debate in Pennsylvania treated voters to a voyeuristic spectacle that was painful to watch. Can voters look beyond John Fetterman’s infirmities on November 8? Also, Lee Zeldin shines in the New York state gubernatorial debate.

Oct 26, 2022
The Wheels Are Coming Off

Eliana Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon joins the podcast today to talk about the jaw-dropping letter from House progressives to Joe Biden on Ukraine and how this sudden attack from his left suggests nothing good about Democratic prospects two weeks hence. And a lot of other stuff. Give a listen.

Oct 25, 2022
The Reckoning Is Coming, As It Must

Today's podcast examines the devastatingly bad findings of the latest educational assessment of American schoolchildren—and how they show the need for a true reckoning on the costs of the COVID regimes put in place in March 2020 and then kept in place even as the scientific facts made it clear they were unnecessary and injurious. Give a listen.

Oct 24, 2022
Everybody Just Wants Power

The podcast takes up an article in The Federalist arguing that the New Right should stop calling itself conservative because conservatives reject using state power to punish your enemies. Also, the Democratic Party’s “precriminations” have begun, but the most potent excuse for the party’s loss in November is to blame voters for putting their economic situation above American democracy.

Oct 21, 2022
More Anti-Semitism from the New York Times

Today's podcast begins with talk about the potential Red tsunami before taking up a genuinely shocking and disgusting New York Times article that accuses Israel of stealing Palestinian recipes as a form of cultural genocide. Give a listen.

Oct 20, 2022
It All Began With Obama

As Democrats stare into the abyss they avoided staring into for many months, Barack Obama has emerged to scold them for being "buzzkills." He's right. But on today's podcast, we explain why he was the author of the Democratic Party's current woes. Oh, and we extend a surprise invitation to our roast to one James Bennet. Why? Give a listen.

Oct 19, 2022
It's October, So There's Anti-Semitism

Today's podcast features a conversation about Kanye West and Donald Trump and their incendiary comments about Jews. And, again, the midterm elections. And, again, COVID. Give a listen.

Oct 18, 2022
Breaking the Doom Loop

In John’s absence today, New York Sun columnist and host of “The Reeducation” podcast, Eli Lake, joins the show to talk about how nuclear deterrence works and why. Also, an update on the Durham probe, the state of play ahead of the midterm elections, and a nascent revolution in the streets of Iran.

Oct 17, 2022
Culpability vs. Accountability

The podcast debates Trump’s role on January 6 and whether, to borrow 9/11 conspiracy theory lingo, he LIHOP (let it happen on purpose) or MIHOP (made it happen on purpose). And what was the January 6 commission’s goal? To establish Trump's culpability or to create the conditions for accountability down the road. Also, John Fetterman is one of a handful of Democrats in America who wants to be seen with Joe Biden, which tells you something.

Oct 14, 2022
Trump in a Box

Today's podcast takes up the latest hit on Donald Trump—someone's moving boxes around? Really? And the latest on the FBI's behavior toward Trump. And the latest on the January 6th hearings. And the latest on inflation. Give a listen.

Oct 13, 2022
What Is He Trying to Say?

The podcast breaks down Joe Biden’s interview with CNN host Jake Tapper and Democrats circling the wagons around John Fetterman.

Oct 12, 2022
Are the Democrats Flailing?

The possible indictment of Hunter Biden. Hints of polling momentum for Republicans. Democrats bringing up ancillary issues in hopes they can distract. It's four weeks until the midterms. Give a listen.

Oct 11, 2022
Escalations Abroad, Crime at Home

Today's podcast examines the news from the Ukraine War—the bridge attack followed by terrorist strikes on cities—and weird things politicians and intellectuals are saying about it. And the crime issue really comes home, literally, in the case of New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin. Give a listen.

Oct 10, 2022
There's Too Much News!

Today's podcast begins with a recitation of 18—count 'em, 18—different news stories all from yesterday and all deserving of attention, beginning with Joe Biden musing about "armageddon," which is maybe not what you want a president to be doing? Give a listen.

Oct 07, 2022
Adding Fuel to the Fire

With the news that OPEC+ plans to pare back oil production, the Biden administration has to worry about gas prices again at the worst possible moment. Also, the Georgia GOP’s process of rationalizing themselves into voting for Herschel Walker.

Oct 06, 2022
Are We Turning a Ukrainian Triumph Into a Western Crisis?

Today's podcast picks up a conversation from yesterday about Ukraine, nuclear weapons, Putin, and the United States's response, and more fireworks explode! Plus, Herschel Walker and the long dark night of the pro-life voter's soul. We're off tomorrow for Yom Kippur. Back Thursday. Give a listen.

Oct 04, 2022
The Most Incendiary Commentary Podcast Ever!

Today's podcast begins calmly with a conversation about whether people and voters take issues seriously or are now primarily motivated by negativity toward the other side. Then we start talking about Ukraine and Russia—and all hell breaks loose. If you dare, give a listen.

Oct 03, 2022
The Crime Issue Roars Back

Today's podcast begins with a horror story from Chicago—a criminal run amok just a day or so after a judge released him on his own recognizance—and broadens it out to wonder whether the seeming halt in the Democratic polling surge is due to Republicans hitting them hard on crime. Then we get pretty dark about the possibility of bad stuff happening with nukes in Ukraine. It's crushing morosity! Give a listen.

Sep 30, 2022
Is Biden Impaired?

Matthew Continetti joins the podcast to discuss the alarming behavior of President Biden, who called out to a member of Congress who died in a car crash this summer. Not to mention the alarming behavior of Vladimir Putin, whose flailing in the course of his world-historic mistake may have a nuclear component. Give a listen.

Sep 29, 2022
Biden Gives His Voters Money

Today's podcast notes the $400 billion cost of Joe Biden's student debt "forgiveness" program and notes the irony of a supposedly progressive party favoring the well-to-do at the expense of the poor. Then there's the comic denouement of Joe Manchin's career and the approaching hurricane horror in Florida. Give a listen.

Sep 28, 2022
Gaslighting Returns to the White House

Today's podcast takes up White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain's shocking attempt to claim Joe Biden came into office with an unemployment rate 40 percent higher than it was in point of fact—more evidence they're looking to retrofit the truth to help them in the midterms. And what's this about "long COVID"? Give a listen.

Sep 23, 2022
When Trump Dominates, Democrats Win the Day

Today's podcast goes through the bad news the ex-president received yesterday and whether the focus on Trump in the news is forestalling and covering up a shift back toward Republicans in the 2022 elections. And: Will Putin use a nuke? Give a listen.

Sep 22, 2022
Is This ‘Law-Like’ Enough for You?

American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Adam White joins the podcast to take on the courts. Did Joe Biden step on a legal landmine when he declared the pandemic “over?” Did Donald Trump err in pushing for a special master to review the classified documents he kept at Mar-a-Lago? And how can the Supreme Court preserve its legitimacy? Adam makes the case in his cover article in the October issue of Commentary, “God Save This Honorable Court—and We Can, Too.”

Sep 21, 2022
Making Public Health Work

Commentary contributor and former deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tevi Troy, joins the podcast today for a wide-ranging conversation on his latest for the magazine, “The CDC’s Inadequate ‘Reform Plan.’” Did Joe Biden step in it when he declared the pandemic “over,” and can the CDC reform itself to avoid the failures it stumbled at the onset of the Covid outbreak?

Sep 20, 2022
Is ‘Fine’ Good Enough?

The Commentary podcast reviews Joe Biden’s first one-on-one interview in a long while with CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Our verdict: meh. He didn’t set himself on fire, but nor did he defuse the issues that may cost Democrats control of Congress in November. Is “just fine” good enough for Joe Biden?

Sep 19, 2022
Right Track, Wrong Track

Today's podcast looks at a New York Times poll suggesting Democrats increasingly think the country is on the "right track." If so, what does the phrase "right track" actually mean, if anything? And more on illegals being treated so horribly they get to spend their first days in America on Martha's Vineyard. Give a listen.

Sep 16, 2022
A Strike Derailed

Today's podcast looks at the breakthrough that will apparently prevent a nationwide rail strike and what it means for the upcoming elections. And we discuss the transport of illegal immigrants from red Texas to blue Martha's Vineyard. Give a listen.

Sep 16, 2022
James Taylor Sings Songs of Inflation

Today's podcast wonders at Joe Biden's decision to celebrate the "Inflation Reduction Act," complete with James Taylor warbling a 50-year-old ditty about drug abuse and suicide, on the day a terrible inflation number is released. The question: Will the media succeed in turning attention away from that and toward Republican extremism and abortion rights? Give a listen.

Sep 15, 2022
Did Inflation Just Prick the Democratic Balloon?
Today's podcast looks at the worse-than-expected inflation numbers and the determination of the media and Democrats to frame them as some kind of new normal and wonders what kind of strategy this might be for November. Best way to play a bad hand, or handing an opportunity to their Republican rivals to beat them about the face and neck? Give a listen.
Sep 13, 2022
The Great Yeshiva Slander
Liel Leibovitz joins the podcast today to discuss the New York Times's hit piece on Hasidic schools in New York state and why it is so egregious. But we begin with the startling news out of Ukraine and what it portends. Give a listen.
Sep 12, 2022
Elizabeth's Restraint
The passing of Queen Elizabeth provides us with an opportunity to consider the question: Is there any figure left on the world stage who is known and admired for restraint rather than oversharing? And we express amazement at the current state of play in the war between Russia and Ukraine. Give a listen.
Sep 09, 2022
Exposing Liberal Hypocrisy
Today's podcast takes up Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's efforts to expose the hypocrisy of "sanctuary city" mayors like Lori Lightfoot of Chicago by sending illegal immigrants northward to live where they are supposedly more "welcome"—which has caused Lightfoot to sputter in outrage. Also, issue polling: Does it tell us anything? Give a listen.
Sep 08, 2022
They're Not 'Alarmed,' They're Thrilled
Today's podcast takes up the leak about a highly sensitive document found in the Mar-a-Lago search and the Washington Post's characterization of it. Then we go after Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters with a rhetorical two-by-four. Give a listen.
Sep 07, 2022
Yes, Special Master
Today's podcast looks at the politics of the judge's decision to appoint a special master to deal with the documents taken from Donald Trump's home and who will be helped or hurt by that. Plus, can it really be true that Democrats are viewed more favorably on COVID response than Republicans? Give a listen.
Sep 07, 2022
Plumbing the Depths of Cynicism
Joe Biden’s speech outlining the threat to democracy posed by pro-Trump Republicans was bad. How bad? Let us count the ways.
Sep 02, 2022
Why the Republicans May Be Blowing It
Noah Rothman returns from vacation as we consider every piece of bad political news for Republicans and the indictment trap Donald Trump seems to be laying down for himself. Give a listen.
Sep 01, 2022
The Gorbachev Legacy
The Hudson Institute's Tod Lindberg joins us to discuss the question of what kind of world-historical figure Mikhail Gorbachev actually was—a purposeful change agent or fortune's fool? Also, will Joe Biden suffer or gain from his harsh attacks on Republicans? Give a listen.
Aug 31, 2022
Redacted and Retailed
Today, we're joined by the great Chris Stirewalt to discuss the media frenzy over the redacted Mar-a-Lago affidavit, the transformation of the news business, the birth of the news cycle, and how it all relates to Chris's new book, "Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back." Take a listen.
Aug 29, 2022
Steve Kornacki on the Big Momentum Shift
Today's podcast features political-data sage Steve Kornacki as we try to make sense of the very clear change in the direction of the 2022 elections and why it might be happening. Give a listen
Aug 26, 2022
The High Price of Debt Forgiveness
Today, we take up the matter of Joe Biden's executive order on student loans. How bad is the policy? How good is the stunt? How cynical can you get? And, anyway, will it actually happen? Give a listen.
Aug 25, 2022
Nobody Knows Anything
Eliana Johnson joins the podcast today to talk about the verrrry interesting results in last night's primaries and special elections and what they portend for November. Give a listen.
Aug 24, 2022
That's a Lot of Money
Matt Continetti joins us today to talk about the $1.6 billion donation to a new conservative entity to push conservative ideas and how it still doesn't come near the money liberals spend. We also go into today's primaries...and the new Game of Thrones show. Give a listen.
Aug 23, 2022
Unworkers of the World, Disunite!
Today's podcast takes up the question of what people mean when they refer to "threats to democracy," Anthony Fauci's resignation, and what the whole "I don't want to work no more" movement is all about. Give a listen.
Aug 22, 2022
The Lake Effect
Eli Lake joins us to talk Trump, FBI searches, attorneys general, stupid ideas about classification, and how the media aren't dealing well with good news from Ukraine. Give a listen.
Aug 19, 2022
The Lake Effect
Eli Lake joins us to talk Trump, FBI searches, attorneys general, stupid ideas about classification, and how the media aren't dealing well with good news from Ukraine. Give a listen.
Aug 19, 2022
Can the CDC Fix Itself?
Today's podcast takes up the stunning news that the Centers for Disease Control is going to undergo a complete overhaul. The question is: Is this the right overhaul, or are senior officials just covering themselves because they don't want to be held accountable? Give a listen.
Aug 18, 2022
A Night to Remember
Today's podcast was recorded last night—which led to ruminations on friendship, obnoxiousness, principle, conflict, and how these things might help explain the result in Wyoming that saw Liz Cheney lose her primary. Give a listen.
Aug 17, 2022
Will Trump Pony Up?
There are early indications that Republican candidates and campaign committees are languishing in the fundraising department, which could put a damper on their prospects in November. But Donald Trump isn’t. Will he make up the difference and support the candidates he’s endorsed? Also, will we get a reckoning with what we did during the pandemic in 2023?
Aug 16, 2022
Fishing Expeditions Sometimes Catch Big Marlins
Today's podcast takes up the highly volatile political situation of the past week following the warrant search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago and the monstrous attack on Salman Rushdie. Give a listen.
Aug 15, 2022
Release the Warrant!
What we know (and what we don’t know) about the warrant that justified the search of Mar-a-Lago. Is Donald Trump being targeted unjustly, or is there something there? Also, Mr. Science himself resurfaces to praise himself, the personification of empiricism and logic.
Aug 12, 2022
What Are You, Crazy?
Today's podcast asks whether the people who really decide elections—the ones in the middle—look at partisans and ideologues on both sides and ask whether their visions and descriptions of American life as it is lived day to day are accurate or bonkers. Give a listen.
Aug 11, 2022
The Comeback
The Biden administration tries to convince you that inflation came in at “0%,” and Donald Trump’s persecution narrative sets the stage for his political comeback.
Aug 10, 2022
The Mar-A-Lago Goat Rodeo
A fiery podcast today in which we take up the FBI search at Mar-A-Lago and the very real questions it raises about overreach and public distrust in our institutions. Give a listen.
Aug 09, 2022
Mark His Words, the GOP Candidates Are Bad
Mark Halperin joins the podcast to talk about the Democratic triumph with its big spending and climate change bill and how it looks like Republican candidates for the Senate (and for gubernatorial mansions) may not be able to capitalize on big liberal spending initiatives and other aspects of the supposed progressive surge this month. Give a listen.
Aug 08, 2022
Is the GOP Going to Blow It?
Matt Continetti joins the podcast today to discuss his piece, "The GOP Summer Swoon." Republican nominees for Senate are running behind, Kansas delivered a stunning blow to pro-lifers, and the Democrats are getting legislation through. Has everything changed? Give a listen.
Aug 05, 2022
Meghan McCain's True View
This is one for the ages. Meghan McCain joins us to talk about her home state of Arizona and its Republican primary results and then gives us the backstage skinny on why she left "The View," and it's a stunning story. Give a listen.
Aug 04, 2022
What’s the Matter with Kansas?
In John and Christine’s absence, Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Eliana Johnson and COMMENTARY contributing editor and “The Reeducation” podcast host Eli Lake join the show to talk about Tuesday's Republican primary elections and Kansas’s decisive rejection of a ballot initiative that would ban abortion. Also, we discuss the strangely apoplectic response to Nancy Pelosi’s stop in Taiwan, al-Qaeda’s new state, and taxpayer-funded crack pipes.
Aug 03, 2022
Rest in Hell, Ayman al-Zawahiri
The podcast celebrates the neutralization of al-Qaeda operative Ayman al-Zawahiri, and wonders where the right is on the global war on terrorism these days. Also, the MAGA movement on the march in today’s primaries.
Aug 02, 2022
How Conspiracy Theories Are Born
Tech commentary columnist James B. Meigs is back on the show today to talk about how the scientific community’s conduct creates environments where anti-scientific conspiracy theories thrive. Also, the hosts discuss the Democrats’ climate change/inflation bill and the attack on Republicans who voted against the PACT Act.
Aug 01, 2022
The Media's Biden Wishcasting
Matthew Continetti joins the podcast today to discuss the strange surge of stories about how Joe Biden is on the verge of triumph just as inflation is getting worse and we're in a recession (probably). Is any of this rational? Give a listen.
Jul 29, 2022
None Dare Call It a Recession
Today's podcast takes up the mainstream media carry water for the Biden White House after the sobering news of a second straight quarter of negative economic growth. And what's this? Two gargantuan spending bills just at a time when the Fed is laboring to deal with inflation? Are we taking crazy pills? Give a listen.
Jul 28, 2022
Mayor Pete Beats Biden? Huh?
Today's podcast takes up the absolutely horrible polling for the president this week, showing him at an all-time low for post-war presidents at this stage of their tenures and Democrats openly saying nationally and in New Hampshire that they do not want him to run again. Give a listen.
Jul 27, 2022
The Return of the COVID Psychos
Today's podcast takes up the startling new media tour undertaken by Anthony Fauci and a gobsmacking article in the New York Times that essentially tells everybody to go back to living as though it were Summer 2020. Give a listen.
Jul 26, 2022
You Can’t Handle the Truth
Eli Lake joins the show today to discuss a crisis of legitimacy among elite institutions that don’t believe you can handle the truth. From the economy, to Covid, to climate change, you must be gently guided to their preferred conclusions.
Jul 25, 2022
Two Sick Presidents
Today's podcast takes up Joe Biden's COVID diagnosis and some of the most appalling moments from the January 6 hearings. Give a listen.
Jul 22, 2022
Is the Wave of Madness Cresting?
The various manias that have overtaken popular political culture, which we itemize, are beginning to incur backlashes the likes of which we would not have seen two years ago. Is that a response to commercial incentives, or are Americans fed up?
Jul 21, 2022
Where Did It All Go Wrong?
Partisans on both sides of the spectrum are increasingly disinclined to recognize the legitimacy of political outcomes they don’t like. How did this happen? And can it be reversed before it’s too late?
Jul 20, 2022
We're Back and It's Hot
After a three-show break, the COMMENTARY crew is back to talk about the crisis engulfing the world of progressives, which is to say, the crisis that crises are not causing ordinary people to become crisis-mongers. Call it "crisis fatigue." Give a listen.
Jul 19, 2022
The Inflation Crisis Grows As Biden Lands in Israel
Dan Senor joins the podcast today to talk about the horrible inflation numbers and the meaning of Biden's Mideast trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia. Then the podcast crew talks about the January 6 hearings. Give a listen. NOTE: We are off Thursday, July 14, Friday, July 15, and Monday, July 18. We'll be back on Tuesday the 19th with more fun blather.
Jul 13, 2022
Jill Biden's Taco Tuesday
Today's podcast features Matt Continetti and Jim Meigs talking about Jill Biden's jaw-dropping gaffe in addressing a "LatinX IncluXion Luncheon" in Texas, Elon Musk's strange Twitter behavior, and the astounding images of the universe being generated by the Webb Telescope. Give a listen.
Jul 12, 2022
The Democrats Shout 'Run Away!' from Joe Biden
The podcast takes up a shocking New York Times poll that finds the president's approval rating at a catastrophic 33 percent, with nearly two-thirds of Democrats wanting another candidate in 2024. And what's this about the January 6 committee not bothering to ask Trump's White House counsel what he might have said on that day? Give a listen.
Jul 11, 2022
Did the AP Just Trash a Man Who Was Assassinated?
Today's podcast concerns the killing of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe—and takes particular note of a shocking Associated Press piece about him and his death. Is there no decency left anywhere? Also, why the good jobs number is also bad. Give a listen.
Jul 08, 2022
The Ouster of Boris Johnson
Peerless historian and political analyst Andrew Roberts joins the podcast today to give us the skinny on Boris Johnson's resignation as prime minister of Great Britain—what occasioned it, what Johnson might do now, and who will succeed him. Give a listen.
Jul 07, 2022
They're Turning on Biden
For the first time, we have two guests on the podcast—Eli Lake and Eliana Johnson—to talk about the strange emergence all at once of anti-Biden stories in the mainstream media and what they portend. Give a listen.
Jul 06, 2022
A Tragic Fourth of July
On the publication day of Noah Rothman's The Rise of the New Puritans, Matthew Continetti joins the podcast to discuss Noah's book, the horrible massacre in Highland Park at the July 4th parade, and the troubling news out of Ukraine. Give a listen.
Jul 05, 2022
Deferential No More
The Supreme Court’s final day of a consequential term ended no less consequentially. Legal scholar Adam White joins the podcast once again to break down the Court’s ruling in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency and its sweeping implications for the administrative state.
Jul 01, 2022
'Stranger Things' in Ukraine and America
Today's podcast ranges unusually from the coming release of the last hours of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things—and its welcome embrace of anti-Communism—to the expansion of NATO in the wake of the war in Ukraine and why Joe Biden can't figure out how to take political advantage of the one thing he's actually done well. Give a listen.
Jun 30, 2022
Allegations Left Unanswered
Cassidy Hutchinson’s bombshell testimony before the January 6 committee contained many new details about Donald Trump’s conduct during the riots. Some of her claims have been disputed. Many others have not yet been even contested. But if the president’s allies don’t want her testimony to stand, someone close to him is going to have to testify.
Jun 29, 2022
What Clarence Thomas Is Up To
Adam White, legal scholar extraordinaire, joins us to discuss the impact of the Dobbs abortion decision and why we should credit and take seriously the concurrences by Justices Roberts and Thomas—and what Clarence Thomas's program as the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court actually is. Give a listen.
Jun 28, 2022
Christine Is Back!
Today's podcast features the return of Christine Rosen, who was set to be gone all summer but who has returned early due to popular demand—and helps the rest of us continue to come to grips with the Dobbs decision and how it might affect American society and our elections. Give a listen.
Jun 27, 2022
Into the Post-Roe Unknown
The Supreme Court has overturned the precedents in Roe and Casey and sent the issue of abortion back to the states to decide. What comes next? We haven’t the slightest idea.
Jun 24, 2022
The Second Amendment Is Not a Second-Class Amendment
Today's podcast takes up the historic Supreme Court decision on guns today and asks what it might portend for the American political system in its wake. And we discuss Biden's latest stupidity. Give a listen.
Jun 23, 2022
Will the Gun Deal Go Through? Will the Jan. 6 Hearings Break Through?
Today's podcast explores the political ramifications of the gun legislation that seems to have had a bipartisan breakthrough in the Senate, and also considers the horrifying details laid out in yesterday's hearing on the January 6 riot. Give a listen.
Jun 22, 2022
Bibi's Audacious Gambit—and Food, Inglorious Food!
We welcome Dan Senor to today's podcast to explain the collapse of Israel's government and how it represents a brilliant new political play by Bibi Netanyahu. Then we talk about our own Noah Rothman's lead essay in the July-August COMMENTARY, "You Are What You Don't Eat." Give a listen.
Jun 21, 2022
What Do Republicans Really Want?
What the 2024 Republican presidential primary with Donald Trump in the race could look like, and what the Texas GOP tells us about the mood among party activists.
Jun 20, 2022
Open Secrets
James Kirchick, author of Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington, joins the podcast today to discuss his book as well as the January 6 Committee’s ongoing hearings and the revolt of the “woke” in the workplace.
Jun 17, 2022
We're Just Wild About Harry
CNN data guru Harry Enten joins the podcast to talk about polls, numbers, and the history of midterms and parties. Give a listen.
Jun 16, 2022
Elections, Hispanics, and the Coming Wave
Today's podcast takes up the results of last night's primaries and elections and wonders at the Democratic head-in-the-sand reaction to the way Hispanic voters are moving to the Republican party. Give a listen.
Jun 15, 2022
The Case for Economic Pessimism
The Bahnsen Group’s David Bahnsen joins the podcast today to talk about the bear market, inflation, energy geopolitics, and why we may be overly optimistic about our long-term economic fortunes.
Jun 14, 2022
The Inflationary Shame Spiral
Democrats are attempting to convince voters that inflation is A) everyone else’s fault and B) something that Republicans could do something about if they had a plan. Will it work? Also, Ron DeSantis’ impressive showing at the Jewish Leadership Conference and the January 6 Committee’s unwise decision to set high expectations for their performance.
Jun 13, 2022
Do the January 6 Hearings Matter?
American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Matthew Continetti joins the program today to break down the January 6 Committee’s first hearing. What did we learn? What did the Committee prove? And what does it matter? Also, what the firing of Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez says about the future of “wokeness.”
Jun 10, 2022
Heated Rhetoric and High Expectations
The January 6 Committee holds a primetime hearing tonight to make the case for conspiracy. What can we expect to see from the proceedings? Also, the assassination attempt targeting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the need to take the temperature down.
Jun 09, 2022
The California Political Earthquake
Eli Lake joins the podcast to talk about the staggering results in the California primary last night, in which a progressive prosecutor was recalled and an all-but-in-name Republican came in first in the Los Angeles mayoral race. Give a listen.
Jun 08, 2022
That's Not Funny, It's a Firing Offense
Today's podcast takes up the punishment of a Washington Post reporter for the crime of retweeting a provocative joke—and what it says about journalism, the Post, and America. Plus: what Georgetown Law School hath wrought in its treatment of a conservative scholar. And we talk January 6. Give a listen.
Jun 07, 2022
The Biden Excuse Machine Grinds On
Today's podcast examines exculpatory articles about Joe Biden's troubles and the Democratic Party's "messaging"  and asks the following question: Are you kidding me? Give a listen.
Jun 06, 2022
Is Emotion Enough?
Joe Biden’s speech lobbying for new gun laws was emotional and affecting, but is that enough to convince the Senate to enact his policy preferences? Plus, good jobs numbers and student loan debt relief as evidence of the White House’s ideological capture. COMMENTARY tech columnist James B. Meigs joins the show today to talk about all this and more.
Jun 03, 2022
So Now Biden Wants to Make Nice With the Saudis?
Matthew Continetti joins the podcast today to talk about OPEC's move to release more oil just as Joe Biden is "considering" a visit to Saudi Arabia. Gee, we thought Saudi Arabia was beyond the pale! And we talk baby formula, abortion, and guns, so you know nothing controversial will be said. Give a listen.
Jun 02, 2022
We Can't Stop Talking About How Weird Biden Is
Eliana Johnson of the Washington Free Beacon joins the podcast today to talk about Joe Biden's walk-back of his firm statement—on Monday!—that the U.S. wouldn't supply Ukraine with certain weapons. Why does he keep doing this? What on earth is going on? Plus, what happened with the John Durham investigation? Give a listen.
Jun 01, 2022
Poor Joe Biden, Nobody Gives Him Credit
Today's podcast takes up an NBC News story about how Joe Biden isn't getting enough credit. Credit for what, you may ask? Give a listen.
May 31, 2022
What Are We Doing to Ourselves?
The new timeline of events in Uvalde, Texas has upended the debate over what can be done to prevent another massacre like it. Also, New York City’s surrender to the opioid/opiate crisis.
May 27, 2022
Is America a Sick Society?
Yuval Levin joins us to discuss what larger meaning may or may not attach to the horrific mass murders afflicting the United States. Give a listen.
May 26, 2022
Moral Crisis or Moral Panic?
Today's podcast discusses how we should view the Texas school massacre and to what extent the actions of its perpetrator serve as an indictment of American society and American policy. Then, what did Tuesday's primary results say about Donald Trump's hold on the GOP? Give a listen.
May 25, 2022
The Evil at Princeton
Today's podcast takes up the horrific story of the firing of tenured Princeton professor Joshua Katz—defenestrated for holding views considered unacceptable by the university leadership, which then went on a hunt for pretext to fire him. The question: What good are universities any longer? Give a listen.
May 24, 2022
When Biden Speaks, Does He Change Policy?
Today's podcast asks how seriously we are to take President Biden's flat statement that we would be involved if China attacked Taiwan, and also how seriously we are to take his new economic initiative with eastern nations. Plus, immigration, racism, and Georgia! Give a listen.
May 23, 2022
The End of the Right’s Russia Delusions
Eli Lake, the host of “The Reeducation” podcast, joins the show today to talk about Congress’s provision of $40 billion in arms and aid to Ukraine, and why the ascendant populism on the right failed to derail that effort.
May 20, 2022
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