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.    


  • #439 College Rules

    Mar 15 2019

    Sponsored by Boll & Branch, ButcherBox, Calm This week, we start the show with a deep dive on...Beto O'Rourke (hey, know thine enemy, folks). Then Las Vegas Review-Journal  White House Correspondent Debra Saunders joins to discuss the Emergency Powers veto -- what happened, what will happen, and why some Republican senators voted against it. Then Tim Carney stops by to discuss his new book Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse. It's a fascinating discussion about cl...more

  • #438 The Democrats Pounce

    Mar 09 2019

    Sponsored by Calming Comfort, Capterra, Molekule This week, we cover Liz Warren's plan to break up the big tech companies, Ilhan Omar's latent (or maybe not so latent) anti-Semitism from the perspective of an actual member of her district, and chat about the Democrats boycotting of Fox News for one of their upcoming debates. Oh, yeah -- we've also got the great Andy McCarthy on Manafort, Cohen, and what to expect on seemingly perpetual soon-to-come Mueller report. Music from this week's episode:...more

  • #437 Everybody’s Talkin’

    Mar 01 2019

    Sponsored by Lending Club, Quip, Robinhood This week on The Big Show®, we got a return visit from our woman on the ground in Venezuela, the absolutely fearless Annika Rothstein (follow her indispensable Twitter feed here). Then, when we want undiluted political analysis straight from the swamp, we turn to our friend Matt Continetti, who usually has his hands full holding the Washington's Free Beacon's Right and Righter podcast together. We talk Democratic Presidential politics and other scary to...more

  • #436.5 Annika Rothstein Alive from Caracas

    Feb 26 2019

    Annika Rothstein, an independent journalist, has been reporting for some time on the miseries - and resilience - of the Venezuelan people. Last weekend she went to the Colombian border, where government forces had assembled to keep an aid convoy from entering the country.  The story she got was one she was lucky to survive. We speak to her in relative safety, where she recounts the story of a very bad day in a dangerous country - and what the people she encountered say about the forces wrecking ...more

  • #436 Need More Dong

    Feb 22 2019

    Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Calm, SelectQuote This week on the Ricochet Podcast, we've got...us. Once in while we just let the hosts host the show and let them talk off the top of their heads. Not going to synopsize it here except to say the conversation spans the globe from Saigon to Fargo and the topics are as far-flung as well. Finally -- we have heard your pleas, faithful listeners: behold the new Ricochet Podcast open! Music from this week's podcast: I'm A Believer by The Monkees Join t...more

  • #435 Hot or Not?

    Feb 15 2019

    Sponsored by Eero, Lending Club, Robinhood This week on the world famous Ricochet Podcast, our own Bethany Mandel sits in for Peter Robinson as we parse Amazon's departure from NYC, discuss the climate with noted expert Bjorn Lomborg, and talk politics with the WSJ (and Manhattan Institute's) Jason Riley. Also, is CPAC now just a grifter's convention? We discuss, you opine. Music from this week's show: Heatwave by Ella Fitzgerald Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https:/...more

  • #434 Not Easy Bein’ Green

    Feb 08 2019

    Sponsored by Capterra, ProFlowers, Robinhood This week, we forgo the guests and turn the floor over to you, our faithful Ricochet members that we are eternally grateful for (reading this and you're NOT a member? Please join!). We get questions on books, the host's careers, Ricochet's business model, and more. Also, the Green New Deal and what the heck is going in Richmond. Music from this week's podcast: It's Not Easy Bein' Green by Frank Sinatra  Join the conversation and comment on this podcas...more

  • #433 Socialists, SJWs, and Patriots

    Feb 01 2019

    Sponsored by ProFlowers, Quip, SelectQuote This week on the Big Show, we start in frigid Minnesota, home of one James Lileks, who describes life in a Polar Vortex for those of us who live in more temperate climes. Then, we're off to the swamps of Jersey for a visit from Commentary's Noah Rothman to talk about his fascinating new book Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America. Then, it's off to Venezuela where Annika Rothstein is on the ground in Caracas reporting on the collapse of a re...more

  • #432 Everybody Must Get Stone

    Jan 25 2019

    Sponsored by Boll & Branch, ButcherBox, Calm Occasionally, a news story breaks while we are recording this show and the hosts must react in real time. This week, two stories broke as we were in the midst of the show: news of Roger Stone's indictment and the end of the shutdown (at least for now). In between these stories, we talk to the Washington Post's Megan McCardle about the Covington High School blow up last weekend and the business model for newspapers. Then, the New York Post's Op-Ed ...more

  • #431 Growing Pains

    Jan 18 2019

    Sponsored by Lending Club, Robinhood This week on the podcast, we got the full contingent back on the bus to break down all the news in a busy week. We parse that Buzzfeed article claiming the President instructed his attorney to lie to Congress, we get granular on the all the shut down machinations, including the "If I can have my SOTU, you can't go to Europe on a government plane" brouhaha. Then, our friend Chris Scalia joins to discuss his newest passion: TV theme songs. Think Rob Long and Ja...more

  • #430 Frozen Lizards and Steel Walls

    Jan 11 2019

    Sponsored by Calm, Quip, SelectQuote The Big Show is back on the interwebs for another year of civil and clever conversation. Kicking off 2019 with us (sadly, Rob is off this week), are two old pals: Mickey Kaus and Byron York. The latter on the shut down, the new Congress and Byron's new podcast (coming next week!). Mickey, aka "America's Most Unusual Democrat" stops by to explain The Wall and whether or not any of it, some of it, or all of it will be built. Also, The Tucker Carlson Manifesto, ...more

  • #429 All I Want For Christmas Is…

    Dec 21 2018

    Sponsored by DonorsTrust, Hopsy, Mrs. Fields It's our last show for 2018, sadly there's just not that much to talk about. Darn. Nothing going on, no controversy, no conflict. Just some old friends (and Ricochet editors Jon Gabriel and Bethany Mandel) shooting the breeze for 70 odd minutes. Enjoy and we'll see you next year. And please: if you're not yet a member -- JOIN RICOCHET! Music from this week's show: All I Want for Christmas Is Whiskey by Dan Rodriguez Join the conversation and comment ...more

  • #428 Cast Iron Skillets and A World In Flames

    Dec 15 2018

    Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Hopsy, Mrs. Fields This week, the finer points of cast iron skillets, Yorkshire pudding, and oh, yes, the burgeoning French revolution, courtesy of Claire Berlinski in Paris, the state of Brexit with Toby Young in London, and the demise of the Weekly Standard in Washington D.C. with our hosts, who have been reading it from day one. Music from this week's podcast: Murder By Numbers by The Police Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ric...more

  • #427 1,000 Points of Light

    Dec 08 2018

    Sponsored by Casper, Home Chef, Quip We're a day late (but not a dollar short) and we've got two host on the high seas, so we call on our good pal Steven Hayward (the host of the Powerline Podcast) to sit in with Peter Robinson. Later, the great biographer Andrew Roberts joins to chat about his fantastic new book Churchill: Walking with Destiny, Brexit, and the rioting in France. Also, Mueller time, and is it curtains for The Weekly Standard? We certainly hope not. Music from this week's episode...more

  • #426 California Dreaming

    Nov 30 2018

    Sponsored by ButcherBox, Calm, Mrs. Fields This week, we take some time to discuss climate change and then the puzzling and disturbing disappearance of a seemingly once very prevalent species: the California Republican, with our guest the Hoover Institution's Bill Whalen. Then, we go back in time to chat about that guy on the $20 bill, Andrew Jackson, with the guy who wrote the book on him, Fox News' Brian Kilmeade (buy his book Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shap...more

  • #425 Excelsior!

    Nov 16 2018

    Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Burrow, Eero This week, Peter Robinson is off, but we still have plenty o' show for you: First, we go across the pond (well, actually he's in Michigan, but you know what we meant...) to chat with Anglophile John O'Sullivan on Brexit and then we delve deep into the cultural zeitgeist with The Weekly Standard's (and The Substandard podcast host) Jonathan V. Last to examine the legacies of Stan Lee and the great screenwriter and author William Goldman. Finally, is a ...more

  • #424 Stone the Heretics!

    Nov 09 2018

    Sponsored by Casper, Quip, Warby Parker Our traditional format is two guests per show, but when we have someone as smart and loquacious as Ben Shapiro, we toss our traditions and do it live. We cover the mid-terms, we look at 2020, take a gander at Trump's management style and a host of other host takes. Also, another edition of "What Are You Watching?" and Rob Long hosts a contest for new members. Join today!  Music from this week's episode: Ben by Michael Jackson Join the conversation and comm...more

  • #423 The Final Frontier

    Nov 01 2018

    Sponsored by Burrow, Calm, Home Chef We're a day early, but certainly not a dollar short as we tackle another busy news week. First up, Washington Examiner magazine editor (and the co-host of That Sethany Show) Seth Mandel on the shootings in Pittsburgh and the Mandel's new life in D.C. Then, our good friend (and Ricochet's Law Talk with Epstein & Yoo podcast co-host) John Yoo stops by to school on the the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship, caravans, and geek out a bit on Star Trek. ...more

  • #422.5 Special R> Podcast: Republican Candidate for Governor of CA John Cox

    Oct 29 2018

    This morning, we had the opportunity to chat for a few minutes with the Republican candidate for governor of California, John Cox. Peter Robinson and Rob Long talk with Cox about his quixotic campaign in an overwhelmingly blue state, his positions on several key issues, and the big elephant in the corner: Donald Trump. Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ricochet-podcast/special-r-podcast-republican-candidate-for-governor-of-ca-john-cox/.Podcas...more

  • #422 Caravan

    Oct 26 2018

    Sponsored by Casper, Eero, Quip This week, the bomber is apprehended and Rob Long is not surprised, there's a caravan headed our way, professional prognosticator Patrick Ruffini opines on his epic Tweet storm and makes some mid-term predictions, and the great Heather Mac Donald stops by to chat about her new book The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture. Finally, some thoughts about Megyn Kelly, free speech, and...Halloween? Music fro...more

  • #421 Bad Blood

    Oct 19 2018

    Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Calm, Home Chef This week, some thoughts on the Khashoggi murder, a deep dive into the Catholic Church scandals with the great Rod Dreher, and our mid-term preview with Ricochet's newest podcaster, Lahnee Chen (subscribe to his show!). Also, you thought we weren't going to give our take on Elizabeth Warren's DNA test? No way, Chief. Music from this week's podcast Bad Blood by Taylor Swift Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet....more

  • #420 Don’t Tread On Ye

    Oct 13 2018

    Sponsored by Calm, Phlur, Quip This week, another one guester as we call on Ricochet alumnus Mollie Hemingway to help us sort through Kanye, Kavanaugh, and other assorted issues of the day (she also gives us an instant review of the new Gosnell movie, which Mollie had just seen). Also, the Senate is looking brighter, and the guys recommend some Peak TV. Music from this week's podcast: Good Golly Miss Molly by Little Richard Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricoc...more

  • #419 Seeking Cloture

    Oct 05 2018

    Sponsored by Audible, Calm, Lending Club Sometimes, people ask why we wait until Friday afternoons to publish the podcast. The last couple of weeks should answer that question for at least a while. We're lucky to have a full contingent of quality guests this week to help us sort through all the outrage, er, news that has accumulated since last week's show. First up, Ricochet's own Bethany Mandel who has a few opinions on the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Then, one of our favs: the great Andy F...more

  • #418 A Supreme Moment

    Sep 29 2018

    Sponsored by ButcherBox, Calm, Quip No guests this week, just our hosts reflecting on a week that will not soon, if ever, be forgotten. We look at the testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford, the reaction and remarks from the Judiciary Committee, from the media, and from friends. We wind up with some predictions from the hosts as to whether or not Brett Kavanaugh will get confirmed. Give us your predictions in the comments. Music from this week's show: Stop Draggin' My Heart Around by Stevie Nick...more

  • #417 Judging The Judge

    Sep 22 2018

    Sponsored by ButcherBox, Casper, Phlur We've reached peak news cycle. So much going on. And when that happens, we reach out to people who make it their business to cover the news: that's the WSJ's Bill McGurn and the Washington Post's Bob Costa. They help us sort through the Kavanaugh controversy, the scandals in the Catholic Church, trade wars with China, and some predictions about the upcoming mid-terms. Also, Rob Long deconstructs the old show biz adage that "nobody knows anything." Listen! M...more