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The Dispatch Podcast

Host Sarah Isgur is joined by Steve Hayes, Jonah Goldberg, and David French for a weekly thoughtful discussion on politics, policy, and culture.

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Arrogance is Folly

With South Carolina and Super Tuesday on the horizon, Sarah and the guys take a closer look at the Democratic field, examine the Trump administration's search for disloyalty, and weigh in on the Harvey Weinstein verdict and latest on coronavirus.

1hr 3mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Joe's Super Tuesday

Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David have a lot to discuss after Joe Biden's campaign roared back to life with a number of big wins on Super Tuesday. Sarah also gets the guy's thoughts on the latest with coronavirus and the Afghanistan peace deal.

1hr 1min

4 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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Battling Coronavirus

Sarah and the guys discuss the latest as the U.S. experiences the deadliest day yet of the coronavirus outbreak.

1hr 7mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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Life Under Coronavirus

Sarah and the guys discuss all things coronavirus. Is federalism working? Are people taking the pandemic seriously? Impact on foreign policy? Relief packages on Capitol Hill? Future of the Democratic primary? And how are the guys talking to their kids about the outbreak?

1hr 17mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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Messy Chaotic Lanes

Sarah and the guys examine the results of the New Hampshire primary, dive into the debate over electability and the importance of ideological lanes, and discuss the impact going forward of the move to lessen a sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone.

1hr 9mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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Feminist Cul-de-sac

Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss the state of the Democratic primary after Joe Biden puts more distance between himself and Bernie Sanders, the team then take a feminist detour, and finishes with the effect coronavirus is having on the economy.

1hr 2mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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Coronavirus and China

Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss China's role in the coronavirus outbreak, how governors are navigating this crisis, and the impact of the president's daily briefings.

1hr 8mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Incompetence

Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David take on what went wrong in Iowa and the future of the caucus, the president's third State of the Union address, and the end of the impeachment trial.

1hr 1min

5 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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Pandemic Politics

Sarah and the guys discuss the politics of coronavirus from the election in Wisconsin to the 2020 veepstakes, missteps by the World Health Organization, and why coronavirus numbers have become another partisan debate.

1hr 1min

9 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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A Game of Witnesses

Sarah and the guys dig into the impeachment trial amid the witness dispute, the administration's Middle East peace plan, Britain and Huawei, Trump's impact on the pro-life movement, and predictions for Iowa and the Super Bowl.

1hr

30 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Pettifogging

The team looks at the larger implications of the impeachment trial, the U.S. nuclear modernization efforts, the history of executive privilege, and that gun rally in Virginia.

51mins

22 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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Kummerspeck

Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss the debate to reopen the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, federalism and overreach by governors, and the president's decision to halt funding for the World Health Organization.

1hr

15 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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Blagojevich Set Free

Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss the president's latest commutations including that of the former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, and the upcoming Nevada caucuses in the Democratic primary.

1hr 4mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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Censorship Through Noise

McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic, joins Sarah and Steve to discuss his piece on disinformation in the 2020 campaign, Trump, Twitter, and the social media wars, and his advice for young reporters.Show Notes:-McKay's piece The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President-McKay's book The Wilderness-McKay's piece on The Dispatch-Jonah's piece The Media Are Not on the Ballot-McKay's piece on flying during a pandemic-McKay's piece on the stockpile of food in his garage

57mins

29 May 2020

Rank #14

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20 Hours on Twitter

Sarah and the guys discuss the president's threats to crack down on Twitter, Joe Biden's ‘Breakfast Club’ controversy, the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the president pushing a conspiracy theory that falsely accuses Joe Scarborough of murder.

1hr 8mins

27 May 2020

Rank #15

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Hell's Comin' With Me

Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss the debate over unemployment benefits, the firing of the State Department’s inspector general, the recently declassified email from Susan Rice, and the team makes their VP picks for Joe Biden.

1hr 11mins

20 May 2020

Rank #16

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Paul Romer Has a Plan

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer joins Sarah and Steve to discuss his plan to safely and responsibly reopen the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.Show Notes:-Roadmap to Responsibly Reopen America

50mins

15 May 2020

Rank #17

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Coronavirus Machismo

Sarah, Jonah, and David discuss Joe Biden's lead in the polls, the special election in California, what is "Obamagate," and the future of social distancing and coronavirus.

1hr 7mins

13 May 2020

Rank #18

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China's "Discourse Power"

Sarah and Steve are joined by Thomas Joscelyn, who writes the Vital Interests newsletter for The Dispatch, to discuss the diplomatic battle between the U.S. and China, Afghanistan exit deal, and how a Biden administration might change our foreign policy.Show Notes:-Tom's newsletter Vital Interests-Explaining the Intense Diplomatic Battle Between the U.S. and China

53mins

8 May 2020

Rank #19

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Struggle in the Pacific

Sarah and the guys take a deep dive into China from coronavirus to the battle for missile supremacy, reopening businesses around the country, the new culture war over wearing a mask, and the political fallout of a second wave of the pandemic.

1hr 22mins

6 May 2020

Rank #20