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.


  • Ep. 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 MoreJoin the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: ht...more

  • Ep. 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  MoreJoin the conversation and comment on this p...more

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 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! MoreJoin the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ricochet-podcast/all-i-w...more

  • Ep. 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 MoreJoin the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https:...more

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 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 MoreJoin the conversation and...more

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 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. MoreJoin 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/....more

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 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 MoreJoin the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://rico...more

  • Ep. 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 MoreJoin the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://...more

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 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

  • Ep. 416: Curtain Call

    Sep 14 2018

    Sponsored by Blinkist, Boll & Branch, Lending Tree This week on the podcast, silly political controversies, a good old fashioned smear campaign, some expert analysis from Millennial voter expert Kristin Soltis Anderson, we visit New Hampshire's 1st District to check in on Republican candidate Eddie Edwards, CBS CEO Les Moonves gets #MeToo'd, and guess which podcast host actually defends the President in this podcast? The answer will surprise you. Music from this week's podcast: A Mighty Wind...more

  • Ep. 415: It’s All OK

    Sep 07 2018

    Sponsored by Calm, Phlur, Quip Hugely busy week, which means a hugely busy podcast. This week, the invaluable Byron York stops by to set us straight on just who might have penned that NYT op-ed, where in the world Bob Mueller is, and other D.C. shenanigans. Then Christopher Scalia, who knows a thing or two about the Supreme Court, joins to discuss the Kavanaugh circus, er, hearings. Also, so long, Bandit -- you were one the of greats. Music from this week's episode: East Bound and Down by Jerry ...more

  • Ep. 414: State Fair

    Aug 30 2018

    Sponsored by Casper, Quip This week, we do a Rico-Centric show with our regular crew and our two trusty editors: Jon Gabriel (Ricochet's beloved EIC) and Bethany Mandel, the Madonna of The Main Feed. We talk about flagpoles, conservatives on social media, an insider's view of Arizona, why Instagram is the best social media platform (after this one, natch) and of course, Lileks gives the lowdown on the Minnesota State Fair. Music from this week's episode: State Fair (opening title) by Richard Rod...more

  • Ep. 413: The One About Socialism

    Aug 22 2018

    Sponsored by Blinkist, Burrow, Phlur Well, this is a first for this fully operational podcast: we tackle Socialism, the newly hip, but always old school form of government. To cover both sides of the argument, we call on Washington Post columnist Elizabeth Bruenig and longtime Ricochet member (and Professor of Political Science at Skidmore) Flagg Taylor. Also, Manfort, Cohen, and all that jazz, and finally, what's the most accurate gauge of a robust economy? Easy, it's the state of Lileks Oil in...more

  • Ep. 412: Ask The Founders

    Aug 17 2018

    Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Burrow, Lending Club This week, Lileks is on vacation, so we forgo the guests and open the floor to you, our faithful Ricochet listeners. We get questions on the President (natch), Rob's favorite restaurant, which Founding Father the founders resemble, who the characters on Cheers would have voted for and more. Also, Cuomo is a dumbo, newspapers collude, and so long to the Queen of Soul. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 🙌 Music from this week's podcast: People Get Ready by Aretha ...more