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Commentary is America's premier monthly magazine of opinion: General, yet Jewish. Highly variegated, with a unifying perspective.

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Commentary is America's premier monthly magazine of opinion: General, yet Jewish. Highly variegated, with a unifying perspective.

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Always Great

By Usserer - Jan 24 2020
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I’ve only ever read Eli Lake, never heard him speak. He sounds like Olaf the snowman from Frozen.

Thoughtful, but GET A MUZZLE FOR THE DOG

By DNTP - Jan 23 2020
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And Christine should find a way to keep her dog from barking and ruining the podcast.

iTunes Ratings

1511 Ratings
Average Ratings
1315
87
40
28
41

Always Great

By Usserer - Jan 24 2020
Read more
I’ve only ever read Eli Lake, never heard him speak. He sounds like Olaf the snowman from Frozen.

Thoughtful, but GET A MUZZLE FOR THE DOG

By DNTP - Jan 23 2020
Read more
And Christine should find a way to keep her dog from barking and ruining the podcast.
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Commentary Magazine Podcast

Latest release on Feb 18, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 8 days ago

Rank #1: Commentary Magazine

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On this week's first COMMENTARY podcast, we take up the decision to halt work on the Dakota Pipeline due to the tactics of protesters and whether this provides the incoming Trump administration with the possibility of a win. We dispute the contention of Mike Pence that the free market is a loser, and argue over the Taiwan phone call like teenagers arguing over the phone. Give a listen.

Dec 05 2016

47mins

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Rank #2: The Report Gets Trump Off the Hook but It's Not Good

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On today's podcast, we sift through the Mueller report and find that while it ends the Russia-puppet storyline, it is considerably more problematic for Trump when it comes to obstruction—even though any obstruction would have been without an underlying crime. And we discuss the horrid takes on the burning of Notre Dame. Give a listen.

Apr 18 2019

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Rank #3: Commentary Podcast: Deal or No Deal

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Will Donald Trump pull us out of the Iran deal two days before a big celebration of the Israel embassy move to Jerusalem—and at a time when the big news will still be the North Korea negotiations? We wonder, and wonder what the plan would be if he would. Then we talk about how you never really want to know the name of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs because if you do, it means nothing good. Give a listen.

Apr 25 2018

46mins

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Rank #4: Commentary Podcast: Did Anybody Win That Debate?

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Democratic Debate #1 takes up most of the time on today's podcast, in which we ask: Who was worse, Tim Ryan (who) or Beto O'Rourke (answer to trivia question in 2022)? Did Elizabeth Warren do what she had to do or did she fall short? And is Tulsi Gabbard the new voice of American foreign policy arguing that we weren't attacked by the Taliban on 9/11? We also take up the Supreme Court's decision in the gerrymandering case. Give a listen.

Jun 27 2019

54mins

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Rank #5: Commentary Podcast: The Pittsburgh Blame Game

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We reckon with the Pittsburgh massacre on today's podcast. Give a listen.

Oct 29 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #6: Commentary Podcast: The Left Loses in Court and Wins a Primary

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The Supreme Court's decision this morning on public-sector labor unions is a dagger blow to the political ambitions of the Left, and raises the possibility of a kind of despair that could lead leftists in very dark directions. At the same time, an unexpected primary victory for a socialist in New York City might kindle new hopes of a leftist renaissance. And some words on the funeral of Charles Krauthammer. Give a listen.

Jun 27 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #7: Commentary Podcast: The First Rule of S—holes

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Donald Trump can't decide which person he is on immigration—the one with love or the one who prefers Nordics to Nigerians. Meanwhile, Hawaii tells its people a ballistic missile is on its way but surprise! It isn't. And everybody blames Trump anyway. It's our first podcast of the week. Give a listen.

Jan 16 2018

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Rank #8: Commentary Magazine

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On this week's second COMMENTARY podcast, we discuss the ways in which the election results make it clear liberals are going to use the power they have left—cultural supremacy—to try and hold the line against Donald Trump and the Republicans, and whether it will work. And whether offering corporate welfare to Carrier will help Trump in the long run. Give a listen.

Dec 01 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #9: Commentary Podcast: The Culture War, For Real

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On the first of this week's podcasts, we dilate upon Meryl Streep attacking Donald Trump and Donald Trump attacking Meryl Streep and how Trump represents a different kind of combative conservative—one who has his own form of pop-culture reach that is beyond the capacity of the Streeps to silence or control. We also talk about why it is that the declassified Russia report is not the document it could have or should have been. And some other stuff. Give a listen.

Jan 09 2017

54mins

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Rank #10: Commentary Podcast: No Exit from Kavanaugh

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Commentary Podcast: No Exit from Kavanaugh by John Podhoretz & Noah Rothman (402751)

Oct 01 2018

56mins

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Rank #11: Commentary Podcast: North Korea and the Never Trumpers

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On this week's second podcast, the COMMENTARY crew takes on the bad choices in North Korea and—gasp—offers a defense of Donald Trump against his knee-jerk critics on the matter. After that, we wonder at the ongoing insistence by fans of Trump that the conservatives and Republicans critical of him should and must bend the knee to the president or be complicit in the ruination of the country. Give a listen.

Aug 10 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: Commentary Podcast: Civility Wars

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John Podhoretz is out today, so the COMMENTARY Podcast hosts are left to navigate the great civility debate in his absence. When is it appropriate to allow politics to determine how you interact with other people? Are activists and service providers justified by allowing political disputes to spill out into the personal realm? And is any of this still about the border?

Jun 25 2018

49mins

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Rank #13: Commentary Podcast: Is Everything Terrible?

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On this week's first COMMENTARY podcast, Abe Greenwald and I say yes and Noah Rothman says no. Noah makes a valiant effort at being sensible but I'm not sure he prevails over my and Abe's hysteria. Give a listen.

Jun 19 2017

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Rank #14: Commentary Podcast

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In this week's first podcast, we—by which I mean Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and I—say many different things about the Russian hacking and the election, and about hacking in general, and try to keep it interesting even though we kept having to interrupt ourselves because of sirens going on outside our window. Also, why shouldn't prospective cabinet appointments be like Miss Americas? Give a listen.

Dec 12 2016

39mins

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Rank #15: No Exit from Impeachment

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On today's podcast, we bemoan the president's behavior, we bemoan the idea that we are Never Trumpers, we bemoan the notion that Republicans in the Senate are going to find a way out of the morass they find themselves in, and we just generally bemoan. Give a listen.

Oct 24 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #16: Commentary Podcast: The Worst of Days

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The COMMENTARY podcast unpacks a grim day on Capitol Hill. Supreme Court confirmation hearings climax with the testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Sep 27 2018

45mins

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Rank #17: Commentary Podcast: Charlottesville and the American Crisis

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In the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, I ask Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald whether we are seeing a rise in extremist political violence in the United States and what it portends. And then we talk about what it means for the president to have chosen not to take the layup of denouncing Nazis when he had the chance. Give a listen.

Aug 14 2017

56mins

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Rank #18: When the Holocaust Is 'Calming'

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Today's podcast features an effort to parse just what it was Rep. Rashida Tlaib was trying to say in a bizarre interview about Palestinians and Jews that has once again opened up the question of why there is an anti-Semitism explosion and why the mainstream media and Democrats are refusing to confront it. Also, we discuss Game of Thrones and Alyssa Milano's proposed sex strike, so it's a packed podcast. Give a listen.

May 13 2019

57mins

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Rank #19: Commentary Podcast: We Will Never Ever Get Back Together

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The first COMMENTARY podcast of the week finds us—me, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman—wondering at the grandiose plans of Steve Bannon after the White House. A new news channel! War in the Republican party! Etc! All this leads into speculation about 2020, because why not, and why Joe Biden might be the guy to challenge Trump. And then we descend into more crushing morosity as we contemplate whether our divisions nationally are just too large to heal. Give a listen.

Aug 21 2017

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Rank #20: Commentary Podcast: Pardon Me

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What on earth does it mean that Donald Trump tweeted he had the absolute right to pardon himself, and what will its political effect be? That's the question we take up today, along with Democratic political woes and the Supreme Court's finding in the gay-wedding-cake case. Give a listen.

Jun 04 2018

58mins

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