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Weekly episodes of Ricochet’s flagship podcast feature our hosts James Lileks, Rob Long, Peter Robinson, and guests discussing the issues of the week.Ricochet offers the best, smartest, most interesting conversations on the web. Both for your eyes and your ears.

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Weekly episodes of Ricochet’s flagship podcast feature our hosts James Lileks, Rob Long, Peter Robinson, and guests discussing the issues of the week.Ricochet offers the best, smartest, most interesting conversations on the web. Both for your eyes and your ears.

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My 2 favorite pod casts in one. Delightful!

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621 Ratings
Average Ratings
541
25
17
23
15

Love

By Unthings - Nov 20 2019
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Love this great podcast. Wish it was a daily!

With Scott Adams

By Frewithall - Nov 15 2019
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My 2 favorite pod casts in one. Delightful!

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Weekly episodes of Ricochet’s flagship podcast feature our hosts James Lileks, Rob Long, Peter Robinson, and guests discussing the issues of the week.Ricochet offers the best, smartest, most interesting conversations on the web. Both for your eyes and your ears.

454. The Great Debate

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A very busy week to cover on this week's show (even though one of our hosts is already vacation mode -- and we apologize in advance for his sometimes spotty audio). We've got Jonathan V. Last (his Democratic Power Rankings are a must read) to parse both of the Dem debates, and the NY Post's Sohrab Ahmari on the crisis on the border and yes, his criticism of David French and a branch of Conservatism in general. Also, the SCOTUS rulings, and Peter Robinson buys a car.

We're off next week for the holiday. Have a safe and happy one, all!

Music from this week's show: The House I Live In by Sam Cooke


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Jun 28 2019

1hr 16mins

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463. Hello Captain Hi

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Here's what we don't discuss on this week's show: not a word about Sharpie markers, maps, or the tracking of certain weather events. Nope, not a word. Here's what we do talk about: The WSJ's Kim Strassel stops by to talk about Comey, Mueller, and an investigation that went far off the rails (P.S. feel free to pre-order her new book, which she will discuss in more detail on the show next month). Then, we debut a couple of new features: first, The Long Poll (we're still working on the name...). Look for it on the top right of the page, vote, and help Rob fulfill his dream of mainstream media mentions from his elite media buddies. Then, say hello to Lileks' Post of The Week, in which James himself selects a member written post for Ricochet Podcast fame and glory. Who wins this week's coveted mention? You'll have to tune in to find out!

Music from this week's episode: Hurricane by Lin Manuel-Miranda from Hamilton


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Sep 06 2019

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469. The Policy, Not the Mouth

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On this episode of The Big Show® we take you back to last night's 74th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner where Rob offers a first hand report. The guest of honor was former Defense Secretary (and Marine Corps legend) James Mattis and, of course, the main topic in the hall was the current situation in Syria with Turkey and the Kurds. (The General's full remarks can be watched on the Fox News Facebook page.)

Then it's off to the City by the Bay with Heather Mac Donald, where she recounts buying fentanyl on the streets and how a great American city has fallen hostage to its homeless population.

To wrap things we cover the current state of the 2020 race for the White House, including Elizabeth Warren's "zinger" on gay marriage.

Music from this week's show: I Left My Heart in San Francisco by (Who else?) Tony Bennett.


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Oct 18 2019

1hr 13mins

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468. Why Can’t We Be Friends?

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This week on The Big Show®, we converse about the Kurds, talk about the limits of woke corporatism with David French, and get the low down on Kim Strassel's new book Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters Are Breaking America (buy it!). Also, Ricochet member @doctorrobert wins this week's coveted Lileks Post of The Week for his two (!) posts Why We Need People Who Have 'Too Much Money' and Memories of the Cleveland Orchestra, 10/4/19. Well done, Doc! Finally, can Ellen Degeneres and George W. Bush be friends? Some folks insist that they cannot. Weird. Hey, speaking of friends, don't forget to weigh in on this week's Long Poll as it asks a similar question.

Music from this week's show: Why Can't We Be Friends? by War


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Oct 11 2019

1hr 11mins

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456. The Squad

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Due to some scheduling issues, we're a couple of days early this week but that doesn't mean we're scrimping on the content. James is taking this week off, so Rob and Peter drive the bus themselves (as Peter mentions in the show, do check out James' Twitter feed). We're not scrimping on the guests either: we've got Washington Post chief political correspondent (and former Ricochet podcaster) Bob Costa on The Squad, Nancy, Bernie, 2020, and more. Then, Law Talk co-host John Yoo stops by to discuss the passing of Justice John Paul Stevens, some of the recent SCOTUS rulings, and to call out Rob Long for his many imperfections. Finally, Rob and Peter give some binge TV tips. What are you watching? Tell us in the comments.

Music from this week's show: The Wayfarer by Bruce Springsteen


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Jul 17 2019

1hr 26mins

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467. The Elizabethan Era?

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Let's just disclose this right upfront: we had some pretty big technical issues during the production of this show (Skype went down during the Andy McCarthy segment -- Andy is preparing a criminal complaint against them on our behalf) and James Lileks could not get his computer to recognize his mic (he blames a cheap Chinese dongle -- oh, the humanity), so apologies, this is another Lileks-defecient show (kudos to @hangon for winning the Lileks Post of The Week honors for his post The New Energy Economy: An Exercise in Magical Thinking). That said, as previously mentioned, we've got the great Andy McCarthy (you must buy his new book Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency) on all of the legal machinations around impeachment, and political consultant to the stars (and NR contributor) Luke Thompson on why Trump did nothing wrong in his phone call with Zelensky and some expert analysis on the Senate races coming up next fall. Also, Peter Robinson is worried about Liz Warren; and finally, does the window seat control the window shade or should there be darkness throughout the cabin? We hash it out, but tell us your thoughts in the comments. Special note to Ricochet members: don't forget to vote in this week's Long Poll to the right (or below if you're on a mobile device) of this post. What? You're not a member? JOIN TODAY.

Music from this week's show: Shot With His Own Gun by Elvis Costello


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Oct 04 2019

1hr 5mins

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458. Justice Served

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It's summer and when people go on vacation, we like to mix things up a bit, with James off this week, we called on our friend and fellow podcaster John Yoo to sit in. That was a fortuitous choice as our guest is Mollie Hemingway, former Ricochet editor, Fox News contributor, and co-author the the best selling book  Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. We get the inside dope (yes, that's the word) on Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and the aftermath and lasting effects. Also, was Ronald Reagan a racist? And is Baltimore really that bad? We ask native son Rob Long for an answer.


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Aug 02 2019

1hr 14mins

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453. Taking Trips

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This week, we reunite the cast and they tell us a bit about their summer trips (or swanky conferences). Then, the EPCC's Henry Olsen joins us for some rank punditry® on 2020 and Trump's re-election chances, as well as keeping the Senate and winning back the House. Also, Iran, China, Italy, and yes, Costa Rica.

Music from this week's show: Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) by Dean Martin


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Jun 22 2019

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460. Buying Greenland?

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Hey, don't laugh -- we could do it (and another President reportedly thought about it too). So yes, we discuss that, a troubled Congressional trip to the Holy Land, the great Kevin Williamson on his new book The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in an Age of Mob Politics, and the WSJ's Bill McGurn on the turmoil in Hong Kong (he knows the city well -- he lived for ten years. Also, how did the name Ricochet come to land upon this blessed website? You'll have to tune in for the answer to that one.

Music from this week's show: Fight the Power by Public Enemy


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Aug 16 2019

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466. It Smells Better Here

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Some weeks, we have to hunt hard for topics. Other weeks, well, they rain down like a monsoon. The latter describes this week and to provide an umbrella we've got the Las Vegas Review-Journal's White House correspondent Debra J. Saunders on the political topics (and a bit on San Francisco) and The Skeptical Environmentalist himself, Bjørn Lomborg, who at this moment, is the world's second most famous Scandinavian authority in climate. Also, a new poll question (answer it!) and Lileks make a cameo appearance to award Ricochet member Kevin Creighton the highly coveted Lileks Post of The Week.

Music from this week's show: How Soon Is Now by The Smiths


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Sep 27 2019

1hr 16mins

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475. Unexpectedly High Jobs, Way Down to Louisiana

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Bobby Jindal, former governor of Louisiana, stops by to talk to the full crew about How Trump Wins the Populist Patriots and how that particular group has been ill served by Democrats and Republicans alike and what Republicans can do to win their support. The Jobs Report is out with "unexpectedly high" numbers: 266,000 new non-farm jobs. Remember when the reports were always "unexpectedly low" under Obama? Rob attempts to explain why Obama is responsible for Trump's great economy even though he hedges his bets by saying presidents can't control the economy. Then John Yoo, detainee at UC Berkeley, joins the podcast, again, to talk impeachment. John has the most beautiful suggestion for what Trump should do, should there be an impeachment trial in the Senate. You'll want to hear this one because it's a winner. Big league. And if you disagree, let us know in the comments.

Finally, congratulations to @garymcvey for winning the prestigious Lileks Post of the Week competition for his post, On Her Majesty's Secret Service: This Never Happened to the Other Fellow. We only hand out 52 of these per year, folks.

Music from this week's episode: Kokomo by The Beach Boys, because our regular producer, @blueyeti, is vacationing in the Bahamas. Our fill-in producer, @max, is currently looking out the window of his office at an actual snow storm in New Hampshire.

Have a great weekend!


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Dec 06 2019

1hr 7mins

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474. The Washington Nationalists

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We're down a homme this week (details about that in the show), but we're still full to the brim on compelling and clever conversation with our guest National Review editor Rich Lowry, who stops by to talk about his new book, The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free. Is America an idea or a nation? Or both? It's a wide ranging and detailed conversation (as planned, which is why we only have one guest this week) and raises a lot of interesting points about the pluses and minuses of the movement at the forefront of the political debate not only in America, but in many other countries as well. Also, hats off to @drbastiat for winning this week's much coveted Lileks Post of The Week award for his The Paradoxical Popularity of Progressive Professionals post. Finally, because we have to, we check in on impeachment and wind up the show revealing our favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Mmmmm, sweet potato with marshmallows.

We're off next week. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our listeners, especially the ones who are members, and we'll see you in December!

Music from this week's show: My Country ';Tis Of Thee by Aretha Franklin


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Nov 22 2019

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473. It’s Alright

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Got the full band back together for this one and we've got Scott Adams on base (see what we did there?). You know Scott as the Dilbert dude, but you also know that he's been a staunch supporter of the President since the '16 primaries. So we wanted to see where Scott's head is at in the midst of impeachment and well, he does not disappoint. Also, Mike Bloomberg writes a big check, and Ricochet member @cowgirl wins the coveted Lileks Post of The Week for her post Service...As in: When I'm Dead, Use this Music at My Service. What's your service song? Tell us in the comments.

Also, we've got a new Long Poll question for you, and finally, the new Disney + streaming service wants you to know that "older movies have 'Outdated Cultural Depictions'". OK, so do most people. Got a problem with that?

Music from this week's episode: End of The Line by The Traveling Wilburys


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Nov 15 2019

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472. The Elitists

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Our deepest apologies for the delay in getting this show out the door. A lot of factors conspired in this show being a day late (but not a dollar short). And let's also say this up front: for reasons that will become apparent to you when you listen to it, this is one of the quirkiest Ricochet Podcasts we've ever done (and not just because of the occasionally iffy audio). OK, enough of the caveats, let's talk about the show.

First off, we're down a host (although he does make a cameo appearance late in the show). Second, one of the hosts is podcasting while driving (you'd think he would have learned a lesson from the last time he attempted this, but apparently not). Our third host is ensconced in small town hotel room with less than ideal internet service and well, we struggle a bit with that too (we don't do this very often, but you'll definitely want to listen to the very end of the show if you like hearing Ricochet Podcast bloopers). All that being said, we did manage to put together a very interesting show featuring two guests from opposite sides of the aisle.

First up: columnist, author, and cultural critic (yes, we ask him about that) Joel Stein. The title of his new book In Defense of Elitism: Why I'm Better Than You and You Are Better than Someone Who Didn't Buy This Book certainly got our attention and he's also a listener, so we wanted to have him. It's an interesting -but civil!- conversation that points up some fundamental differences in the way liberals and conservatives view the issues of the day. Then, we swing 180 degrees the other direction and have a chat with our old friend, David Limbaugh because the title of his new book also got our attention: Guilty By Reason of Insanity: Why The Democrats Must Not Win. We have a typically, shall we say, enthusiastic chat with David and yes, he schools a certain host on his propensity for all things squishy.

Then, Lileks checks in to award the highly coveted, much sought after Lileks Post of The Week to @garyrobbins We keep losing with Trump. Mazel tov, Gary.

Finally, today is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and luckily, we have a host who knows a thing or two about that event. We talk about that day and why it was one of the most important historical moments of the 20th century.

Music from this week's episode: Crumblin' Down by John Mellencamp


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Nov 09 2019

1hr 9mins

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471. Putting Out Fires

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Got a Super-Sized show for you this week chocked full of topics and Big Name Guests®. First up, we take a look at the state of California, which appears to be regressing back to the 19th century in real time. Then, Douglas Murray stops by to discuss his new book The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity which ponders and answers all of the provocative questions posed by the words in that title. Then, our old friend, fellow Ricochet podcaster, cable news star and human trending topic on Twitter John Yoo joins to clear up exactly what he thinks about Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Did Laura Ingraham trap him into saying something he did not mean to say? Were we as tough on him as Chris Cuomo? Listen, decide, and let us know in the comments. Then, @rushbabe49 wins the highly coveted, much sought after Lileks Post of The Week prize for her The Story That Disappeared post, and yes, there's a new Long Poll question too. Finally, (and we do mean finally), Obama calls out cancel culture, and President Trump runs a new campaign commercial and you'll never believe who it impressed.

Music from this week's show: Cleanin' Out My Closet by Eminem


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Nov 01 2019

1hr 21mins

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470. Civility and Humility

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After several weeks of different combos for different reasons, The Big Three® are reunited and bring a power hitting show with them. First up, we talk southern cooking (Rob is hosting from Oxford, Mississippi, site of this year's Southern Foodways Symposium -- and please, it's a serious symposium -- not "an excuse to eat fried chicken..."). Then, the hosts debate impeachment and the White House strategy for defeating it. We shift gears and welcome Daniel Krauthammer on the occasion of the paperback debut of The Point of It All, the book he edited for his late father in the months before Charles passed away. Then, the great Victor Davis Hanson (partially great because his podcast The Classicist is available on the Ricochet Audio Network and partially great because his best selling book, The Case For Trump is the definitive resource in these troubled times). The segment is a how-to guide on defending the President in the sure to be turbulent next few months. Finally, what is the best Halloween candy? Our hosts weigh in (heh) on this vitally important topic. Leave your picks in the comments, please.

Note: we did not get to the Long Poll in the show this week, but we did post a new one. Please take it.

Music from this week's show: I Want Candy - The Strangeloves.


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Oct 25 2019

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469. The Policy, Not the Mouth

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On this episode of The Big Show® we take you back to last night's 74th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner where Rob offers a first hand report. The guest of honor was former Defense Secretary (and Marine Corps legend) James Mattis and, of course, the main topic in the hall was the current situation in Syria with Turkey and the Kurds. (The General's full remarks can be watched on the Fox News Facebook page.)

Then it's off to the City by the Bay with Heather Mac Donald, where she recounts buying fentanyl on the streets and how a great American city has fallen hostage to its homeless population.

To wrap things we cover the current state of the 2020 race for the White House, including Elizabeth Warren's "zinger" on gay marriage.

Music from this week's show: I Left My Heart in San Francisco by (Who else?) Tony Bennett.


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Oct 18 2019

1hr 13mins

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468. Why Can’t We Be Friends?

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This week on The Big Show®, we converse about the Kurds, talk about the limits of woke corporatism with David French, and get the low down on Kim Strassel's new book Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters Are Breaking America (buy it!). Also, Ricochet member @doctorrobert wins this week's coveted Lileks Post of The Week for his two (!) posts Why We Need People Who Have 'Too Much Money' and Memories of the Cleveland Orchestra, 10/4/19. Well done, Doc! Finally, can Ellen Degeneres and George W. Bush be friends? Some folks insist that they cannot. Weird. Hey, speaking of friends, don't forget to weigh in on this week's Long Poll as it asks a similar question.

Music from this week's show: Why Can't We Be Friends? by War


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Oct 11 2019

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467. The Elizabethan Era?

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Let's just disclose this right upfront: we had some pretty big technical issues during the production of this show (Skype went down during the Andy McCarthy segment -- Andy is preparing a criminal complaint against them on our behalf) and James Lileks could not get his computer to recognize his mic (he blames a cheap Chinese dongle -- oh, the humanity), so apologies, this is another Lileks-defecient show (kudos to @hangon for winning the Lileks Post of The Week honors for his post The New Energy Economy: An Exercise in Magical Thinking). That said, as previously mentioned, we've got the great Andy McCarthy (you must buy his new book Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency) on all of the legal machinations around impeachment, and political consultant to the stars (and NR contributor) Luke Thompson on why Trump did nothing wrong in his phone call with Zelensky and some expert analysis on the Senate races coming up next fall. Also, Peter Robinson is worried about Liz Warren; and finally, does the window seat control the window shade or should there be darkness throughout the cabin? We hash it out, but tell us your thoughts in the comments. Special note to Ricochet members: don't forget to vote in this week's Long Poll to the right (or below if you're on a mobile device) of this post. What? You're not a member? JOIN TODAY.

Music from this week's show: Shot With His Own Gun by Elvis Costello


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Oct 04 2019

1hr 5mins

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466. It Smells Better Here

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Some weeks, we have to hunt hard for topics. Other weeks, well, they rain down like a monsoon. The latter describes this week and to provide an umbrella we've got the Las Vegas Review-Journal's White House correspondent Debra J. Saunders on the political topics (and a bit on San Francisco) and The Skeptical Environmentalist himself, Bjørn Lomborg, who at this moment, is the world's second most famous Scandinavian authority in climate. Also, a new poll question (answer it!) and Lileks make a cameo appearance to award Ricochet member Kevin Creighton the highly coveted Lileks Post of The Week.

Music from this week's show: How Soon Is Now by The Smiths


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Sep 27 2019

1hr 16mins

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465. The Class of ’87

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It's a bit unusual to find oneself adjacent to the biggest news story of the week, but that's exactly what happened to our own Rob Long. He, like Brett Kavanaugh, Deborah Ramirez, Max Stier, and Robin Pogrebin are all member of the Yale University Class of 1987. We explore this story in this show in great detail with Byron York (he of The Washington Examiner and our own Byron York Show podcast). We also discuss the weird story coming of the Ukraine, whether or not dressing as a fictional character is racism, the Streaming Wars, and insect life in the Greater Baltimore area.

Music from this week's show: Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly and The Crickets


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Sep 20 2019

1hr 4mins

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464. Debate The Debate

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This week, Bolton bolts, we debate the debate with The Washington Post's Henry Olsen, kick around the culture with The Atlantic's Andrew Ferguson, we've got a new Long Poll question for you (but you have to be a Ricochet member to vote), Lileks awards the coveted Member Post of The Week, and some thoughts on the 18th anniversary of 9/11.

Music from this week's show: My City of Ruins by Bruce Springsteen


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Sep 13 2019

1hr 8mins

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463. Hello Captain Hi

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Here's what we don't discuss on this week's show: not a word about Sharpie markers, maps, or the tracking of certain weather events. Nope, not a word. Here's what we do talk about: The WSJ's Kim Strassel stops by to talk about Comey, Mueller, and an investigation that went far off the rails (P.S. feel free to pre-order her new book, which she will discuss in more detail on the show next month). Then, we debut a couple of new features: first, The Long Poll (we're still working on the name...). Look for it on the top right of the page, vote, and help Rob fulfill his dream of mainstream media mentions from his elite media buddies. Then, say hello to Lileks' Post of The Week, in which James himself selects a member written post for Ricochet Podcast fame and glory. Who wins this week's coveted mention? You'll have to tune in to find out!

Music from this week's episode: Hurricane by Lin Manuel-Miranda from Hamilton


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Sep 06 2019

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462. Stop The Coupé

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Our final podcast of the summer and it's a full one: first up, a deep dive into the IG report on James Comey. Then, Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was murdered at Parkland High School joins to discuss his advocacy on her behalf and his forthcoming book, Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies that Created the Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students. It's a sobering but important segment. Then, we lighten things up considerably with our mate Toby Young (if you're not listening to London Calling, his podcast with James Delingpole, you are missing out), who attempts to convince us that Boris Johnson is NOT dismantling British democracy. Finally, Peter Robinson attends a swanky Bar-b-Que, and James Lileks sends his daughter to college. Life goes on.

Music from this week's show: Time Waits For No One by The Rolling Stones


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Aug 30 2019

1hr 6mins

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461. Casserole of Mystery

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Another busy week (is there any other kind?) and our intrepid podcasters cover it all: is The New York Times'; 1619 Project the definitive (new) history of the United States? Spoiler alert: no. Hoover Institution and self-titled Grumpy Economist John Cochrane joins to discuss the possibility of a recession, and later, our own (well, by marriage) Seth Mandel (OK, he also edits The Washington Examiner Magazine) stops by to discuss the President's uh, unusual language when discussing members of the Hebrew faith, and why Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar really do employ anti-Semitic tropes on a regular basis. Finally, should we all start eating plant-based "beef"? Our podcasters debate and their opinions may surprise you.

Music from this week's show: All That Meat And No Potatoes by Louis Armstrong


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Aug 23 2019

1hr 17mins

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460. Buying Greenland?

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Hey, don't laugh -- we could do it (and another President reportedly thought about it too). So yes, we discuss that, a troubled Congressional trip to the Holy Land, the great Kevin Williamson on his new book The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in an Age of Mob Politics, and the WSJ's Bill McGurn on the turmoil in Hong Kong (he knows the city well -- he lived for ten years. Also, how did the name Ricochet come to land upon this blessed website? You'll have to tune in for the answer to that one.

Music from this week's show: Fight the Power by Public Enemy


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Aug 16 2019

1hr 7mins

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459. Questions

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You have questions, our podcasters have answers. We also have a little Rank Punditry® on the current news cycle, some spots, a few laughs. Oh, just listen. You'll like it. Really.

Music from this week's show: Questions by Jack Johnson


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Aug 09 2019

1hr 2mins

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458. Justice Served

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It's summer and when people go on vacation, we like to mix things up a bit, with James off this week, we called on our friend and fellow podcaster John Yoo to sit in. That was a fortuitous choice as our guest is Mollie Hemingway, former Ricochet editor, Fox News contributor, and co-author the the best selling book  Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. We get the inside dope (yes, that's the word) on Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and the aftermath and lasting effects. Also, was Ronald Reagan a racist? And is Baltimore really that bad? We ask native son Rob Long for an answer.


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Aug 02 2019

1hr 14mins

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457. All About Boris

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When something happens across the pond, we immediately call on the great John O'Sullivan to explain what it all means. He stops by for a complete data drop on the appointment of Boris Johnson to 10 Downing Street. Also, is Mueller time finally over? And does it kill impeachment? All answers lie within the confines of today's Ricochet Podcast.

Music from this week's show: A Foggy Day by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald


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Jul 26 2019

1hr 10mins

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456. The Squad

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Due to some scheduling issues, we're a couple of days early this week but that doesn't mean we're scrimping on the content. James is taking this week off, so Rob and Peter drive the bus themselves (as Peter mentions in the show, do check out James' Twitter feed). We're not scrimping on the guests either: we've got Washington Post chief political correspondent (and former Ricochet podcaster) Bob Costa on The Squad, Nancy, Bernie, 2020, and more. Then, Law Talk co-host John Yoo stops by to discuss the passing of Justice John Paul Stevens, some of the recent SCOTUS rulings, and to call out Rob Long for his many imperfections. Finally, Rob and Peter give some binge TV tips. What are you watching? Tell us in the comments.

Music from this week's show: The Wayfarer by Bruce Springsteen


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Jul 17 2019

1hr 26mins

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