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Ricochet Podcast

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.

Episodes

  • 503. Everything Is Broken

    Jul 10 2020

    We're back after our 4th of July break (well, most of us are back -- we have Ricochet Editor Bethany Mandel sitting in for the vacationing Peter Robinson) and we've got another super-sized episode to make up for our time off. First up, the always great Heather Mac Donald, who speaks truth to protestors like nobody else. Then, meet Shermichael Singleton, former political strategist, a former Deputy Chief of Staff at HUD, and a former member of the GOP. Shermichael tells us why he's left the latte...more

  • 502. School of Sowell

    Jun 26 2020

    About once a year, we get a visit from the master himself, the great Thomas Sowell. This year's session is on the occasion of the publication of his new book, Charter Schools And Their Enemies  and more importantly, his 90th(!) birthday on June 30th. We talk about the success of charter schools despite the teacher's union and America's worst mayor doing everything they can to undermine them. Then Ricochet's Senior Supreme Court and Legal Analyst John Yoo joins to break down last week's curious D...more

  • 501. Sycophants and Brutuses

    Jun 19 2020

    Another action packed show: Is the lockdown over or is this just intermission? Hey, did John Bolton write a book? Did the Supreme Court hand down some decisions? Leading off our guest spots this week is Coleman Hughes who has been on our radar for a while. In this moment, we thought it was high time he was on your's, too. Be sure and read his essay Stories and Data: Reflections on race, riots, and police at City Journal as we discuss on the show. His other essays are also well worth your time. T...more

  • 500: Lick The Sugar

    Jun 12 2020

    Milestones -- they seem so important when they're far away and then you arrive at them and then it suddenly doesn't seem such a big deal. At the start of the year, we had some big plans to mark this achievement (if that's what you can call it), but then the lockdown happened, and well, the rest is...But, don't fear -- we actually put together a great show with a great guest: Roland Fryer, Professor of Economics at Harvard -making his Ricochet Podcast debut. His studies on changing the behavior o...more

  • 499. Muzzles Not Masks

    Jun 05 2020

    Now, that was a week. We try to put it all in some perspective -- the protests, the riots, the looting, and the politics and we do so with the help of our guests, Andrew C. McCarthy and Victor Davis Hanson. And yes, the Lileks Post of The Week is back to blow the lid off knitting clubs. And, Rob outs himself as a super hero, Peter deals with civil unrest induced anxiety by reading biographies, and James, well, we're not sure what James does. Music from this week's show: The Dream Police by David...more

  • 498. City of Lakes

    May 29 2020

    We don't tend to do location work on this show, but when a major news event happens in the city where one of our hosts live, we get a up-close and personal view. And when that host is James Lileks and Minneapolis, the amount of detail, insight, and thoughtfulness could fill a dozen podcasts. James describes what the last few days have been like, and where he thinks his city is heading. But that's not all we've got for you. We've got the NYT's Bari Weiss on Joe Rogan, podcasting, and why our medi...more

  • 497. It Matters

    May 22 2020

    What matters? Well, New York City for one. We get to that topic towards the end of this show, but prior to that we visit first with economist Kevin Warsh of the Hoover Institution. He has a lot to say about humongous stimulus packages, Congress, the role of China in this thing, and what the Fed should and shouldn't be doing. Then, newly minted Ricochet podcaster and chip the old block Spencer Klavan stops by to explain why he's a heretic and we're not (at least not yet). Needless to say (but we'...more

  • COVID Symposium: Ricochet Members Speak

    May 18 2020

    The coverage surrounding COVID-19 is mostly pundits, politicians, and policy wonks yelling at each other. If you want to end the lockdown, they say you want old people to die. If you want to extend the lockdown, they say you want to destroy the economy. This leaves out the rest of us: that vast majority of everyday people who want to protect our physical health along with our economic health. Teachers, nurses, small business owners, and parents from coast to coast are being ignored. And we want ...more

  • 496. Inching Towards Normalcy

    May 15 2020

    We're about 9 weeks into the Great American Shut Down and maybe, just maybe we're starting to see a light at the end of this tunnel? To help us parse this, call on an actual scientist, our good friend from Stanford Medicine, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya who helped write the Santa Clara Study and the just released MLB study. We discuss where we are now, where we might be going, the strategies different states are employing, and yes, at bit of the politics around all of this. And will we see the return of...more

  • In Like Flynn: A Conversation with Andrew McCarthy

    May 14 2020

    On the most recent edition of the Ricochet Podcast, former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy was our guest to discuss the Michael Flynn case. In the course of that conversation, Andy mentioned to Rob that perhaps it might be valuable to have a longer, in depth conversation about the details of the case then was possible in a single guest segment on the Ricochet Podcast. As we are never one to let an opportunity to let a great guest give us more time go to waste, here is that conversation. Join ...more

  • 495. Warriors and Grandmas

    May 09 2020

    We know, we know -- we're 6 or 7 hours late with this. We had some technical difficulties during the recording of this show (we broke with tradition and training and left a bit of it in) which forced us to record this show in two sessions today, apologies for that. But that does not mean you, our faithful listeners are getting shortchanged. Far from it -- this is one of the longest shows we've ever done -- over 90 minutes of clever and civil conversation, featuring our guests, Andrew McCarthy, t...more

  • Ask Dr. Savage

    May 01 2020

    Dr. George Savage is the Chief Medical Officer / Co-Founder at Proteus Digital Health, Inc (full disclosure: he's also a member of Ricochet's Board of Directors) and has been closely watching both government's management of the Corona crisis, the evolution of the testing protocols, and the search for a treatment and ultimately, a vaccine. In this conversation with Rob Long, Dr. Savage takes us through where we've been, the current situation, and most importantly, where we're going later in the y...more

  • 494. Lockdown Rant

    May 01 2020

    This week on The Big Show, we inch our way back to normal with our first show in weeks without a COVID-19 specific guest. That's not to say we don't talk about it -- we do, and then some. But the new cycle means that we have to address those icky charges against Joe Biden and to do that we call on the Ricochet Podcast's Senior Sex and Gender Correspondent, the great Mollie Hemingway (yes, she's also a Fox News contributor and a Senior Editor at The Federalist, but we had her first). We go deep o...more

  • 493. Not Scary With Larry

    Apr 24 2020

    The Question of the Week, maybe the month, perhaps the year, oh, heck -- likely of the century is "when is the economy re-opening?" Sure, we could round up a bunch of egg-head economists to ponder and scratch their chins, but instead we went directly to the West Wing, to the room where it happens (to coin a phrase) and got our old friend and former podcaster Larry Kudlow on the Skype machine. He gives us the actual figures on the economy, the strategy, the mood, and most importantly, how we get ...more

  • 492. Back To Work!

    Apr 17 2020

    We're a full month into full lockdown and quite frankly. we're just about fully filled with aggravation about it. We vent to each other and then we bring in a couple of really smart guys (and coincidentally, Ricochet podcasters): Avik Roy and Lanhee Chen. They (along with Bob Kocher and others) have published A New Strategy for Bringing People Back to Work During COVID-19,  a manual for safely re-starting the economy. We delve into detail about how to get people of all ages and backgrounds back ...more

  • 491. The Senator and The Doctor

    Apr 10 2020

    No, we did not book Rand Paul on this supersized edition of The Big Show (90 minutes of clever and civil conversation!), we booked Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to discuss the stimulus packages (speaking of super-sized), the federal government's response to the crisis, and a boots-on-ground report from Ohio. And our good friend and go to authority on all things medical, Dr. George Savage checks up on us and gives an update on the models (no, not those kind of models), the research, and whether shel...more

  • 490. Where’s My Flying Car?

    Apr 03 2020

    This week on The Big Show, we attempt to return to some sense of normalcy (while of course maintaining social distancing by at least 1,000 miles). Yes, we talk about that thing we're all doing and what our new lives are like now. But then, we shift gears to visit with our good friend Ross Douthat, NYT columnist and podcaster (The Argument, which Ross co-hosts is one of our favorites) on the occasion of his new book., The Decadent Society. It's a meditation on what happens when a rich and powerfu...more

  • 489. The One We Did On Video

    Mar 27 2020

    Strange times call for improvisation and trying new things. So this week The Ricochet Podcast isn't just a podcast, it's also a Zoom webinar (sorry, the video is only for Ricochet members -- not a member? Join today!). See James Lileks' secret TV studio designed by a dyslexic! Rob Long owns and prominently displays Communist propaganda! Peter Robinson is wearing a sweater! Wait, that's not a surprise. OK, he's floating above San Francisco bay! But enough about the video, more importantly, we've ...more

  • 488. Life During Wartime

    Mar 20 2020

    Settle in, shelter-in-placers, we've got another super-sized (and shall we say, impassioned) edition of the Ricochet Podcast. In addition to the robust debaters, we've got Deb Saunders (self-quarantined from an undisclosed location) and Arthur Brooks who provides some much needed optimism in these dark days. Music from this week's show: Life During Wartime by Talking Heads Sponsored by Lending Club, Hydrant, The Zebra Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.co...more

  • 487.5. Special Ricochet Podcast: Dr. George Savage

    Mar 16 2020

    With the country on virtual lockdown and many, many unanswered questions about the Corona Virus, we thought it was a good idea to do a stand alone podcast with our good friend and the most knowledgeable medical person we know (and full disclosure: Ricochet Board Member), Dr. George Savage. Rob Long, and later, Peter Robinson ask the questions on this show, but later in the week, we'll open to the floor up to you and let you ask Dr. Savage. Stay tuned for a post soliciting questions. In the meant...more

  • 487. The President of The Midwest

    Mar 13 2020

    This week on the pioneering social distanced produced podcast (we are all at least several hundred miles apart), we of course talk about the virus that went viral. And fair warning: there is some criticism of the President in this show. We also call on our old friend, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, who in an alternate universe, is probably enjoying his second term as President of the United States. P.S. you should read Andy Ferguson's terrific profile of him in The Atlantic.We talk t...more

  • 486. My Corona

    Mar 06 2020

    Rob Long is off this week, Law Talk's John Yoo is sitting in. We've got Henry Olsen (he of The Horse Race podcast right here on this network) to chat about Super Duper Tuesday, Joementum!,  and whether we've seen the last of the Socialist. Then, our friend and advisor Dr. George Savage stops by the tell us all about the Corona Virus -- who's got it, who doesn't, what we can do about it and what we can't. Yes, we're sick of this topic too. Also, Chuck Schumer says something dumb, why are so many ...more

  • 485. The Most Interesting Virus in the World

    Feb 29 2020

    The main topic? What else? The Coronavirus, which is roiling everything from the markets to the political arena and beyond. The Vice President is the new point man. Then we get down to the nitty gritty of the race for the Democratic nomination with Luke Thompson and talk to a sensible Democrat about the environment as we're joined by the President of Environmental Progress, Michael Shellenberger, on why nuclear power is the way to go and his new book, Apocalypse Never. And speaking of the Corona...more

  • 484. Pardon Us

    Feb 21 2020

    Gotta make this brief as we are very, very busy around here: Peter Robinson? Not here this week. Jon Gabriel sits in for him. It's really cold in NYC today. We break down the dumpster fire Democratic debate. Then, author and New York Times science writer (no that's not a typo) John Tierny on his book The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It .  We're positive you are going to like it. Then, our pal Christina Hoffs Sommers from the Femsplainers podcast stops by t...more

  • 483. Everybody Must Get Stone

    Feb 14 2020

    Yeah, it another really busy week in the Ricochet Podcast Extended Universe (or as we like to call it, RIPEU, or repoo): we had a primary, some candidates drop out the race, we had a former Trump campaign advisor sentencing blow up into a fight between the President and his Attorney General. But we decided to ignore all of that (for at least about 70% of the show) and focus on other matters. First we have a discussion about why things are actually pretty great right now, premised on Ross Douthat...more