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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

  • 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

  • 482. The Greatest Week

    Feb 07 2020

    A debacle in Iowa, a triumphant State of The Union speech, a rip-off, a socialist, a small town mayor with a big win -- you name it, we discuss it on this week's edition of The Big Show, aka The Ricochet Podcast. To help us sort through it all, we've got the great Deb Saunders, White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review Journal, and Mr. New Hampshire himself, Michael Graham (listeners, please send him some decaf- he needs it). Also, come on down, Ricochet member @nohaaj! You've got the h...more

  • 481. Can I Get A Witness?

    Jan 30 2020

    Do not adjust your podcast app or web browser, you are in fact seeing this week's Ricochet Podcast drop a day early. And we've got a good one for you: Chief Impeachment Pundit John Yoo stops by to grade Alan Dershowitz's impeachment defense arguments and then The Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel gives no you-know-what's about the Democrats and their tactics. Also, our crew punditizes (we just made that word up) on the Middle East, Lileks gives Post of The Week honors to @henrycastaigne for his...more

  • 480. A Blast From The Past

    Jan 24 2020

    You asked for more face time with The Founders®, and here it is: our first Question Time show of 2020 (there will be more!). We cover some Ricochet history, get into a feisty debate about abortion, take a brief break with Henry Olsen, host of our new Horse Race podcast to make some hay (see what we did there?) on impeachment and some key Senate races. Also, Lileks opines on the new Star Trek series, and the hosts pick a historical moment they'd like to visit once we achieve a critical mass of me...more

  • 479. Benignly Pompous

    Jan 17 2020

    Now that impeachment is upon us we thought we'd let the guys do a long segment (that's not a euphemism) on it themselves. Then, Niall Ferguson joins to explain why the Trump administration is like the Corleone family, but trust us -- he means this as a compliment (calm down and read the column, MAGA folks). We go celestial with this week's Lileks Post of The Week Winning the Cosmic Lottery by @brycecarmony. Are we alone? Give us your take in the comments. And finally, the Attorney General wants ...more

  • 478. One Hit Wonders

    Jan 11 2020

    Welcome to the first podcast of the new decade*, the new year, and Ricochet's 10th anniversary year! Great, we won't have to write that again. This week, Ricochet Podcast Chief Impeachment Pundit and McRib Analyst John Yoo sits in for Rob Long to parse impeachment, the legal issues surrounding the Iran crisis, and we've got Luke Thompson, the Smartest Political Consultant in America in the guest slot to give us an overview on Iowa, New Hampshire, Bernie-mentum, how the Republican hold the Senate...more

  • 477. Happy Seasons!

    Dec 20 2019

    It's our last podcast for 2019, (but evidently not the last one of the decade) and we do our best to cover the ridiculous and the sublime. For the former, we call upon the Washington Examiner's Byron York, the leading authority on all things impeachment (you should also be listening to his podcast which this week features a fascinating interview with Devin Nunes). We get the skinny on all of the machinations, strategizing, gamesmanship, and a prediction on the longterm effects (spoiler alert: no...more

  • 476. Boris and Blighty’s Big Day

    Dec 13 2019

    Around these parts, we strive to provide Class A Punditry® no matter where in the world the news happens. So this week, we jump across the pond to cover last night's stunning Tory victory in the Mother Country. To do that, we call on our mate Toby Young (he of the London Calling podcast, aka Great Britain's fastest growing chat show) who takes us through all of the machinations and expectations of this historic election. Then, it's back home where we get a visit from our newly minted Ricochet Po...more

  • 475. Unexpectedly High Jobs, Way Down to Louisiana

    Dec 06 2019

    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 ...more

  • 474. The Washington Nationalists

    Nov 22 2019

    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...more

  • 473. It’s Alright

    Nov 15 2019

    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, U...more

  • 472. The Elitists

    Nov 09 2019

    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 l...more

  • 471. Putting Out Fires

    Nov 01 2019

    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 Tw...more

  • 470. Civility and Humility

    Oct 25 2019

    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 paperb...more

  • 469. The Policy, Not the Mouth

    Oct 18 2019

    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 re...more

  • 468. Why Can’t We Be Friends?

    Oct 11 2019

    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 ...more

  • 467. The Elizabethan Era?

    Oct 04 2019

    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...more

  • 466. It Smells Better Here

    Sep 27 2019

    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 came...more