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.


  • 452. Going at it Hammer and Tongs

    Jun 14 2019

    This episode of America's Most Trusted Podcast® is notable for both who shows up and who doesn't. But James Lileks is our rock, welcoming our own Bethany Mandel into the co-host's chair, and Dr. Samuel Gregg author of the upcoming book, Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization. Then Bethany and James delve into the miniseries, Chernobyl, and explore their, er, generational differences. Music from this week's episode: "When I'm Sixty-Four" by the Beatles. Sponsored by Ancestry, Ee...more

  • 451. Time For a Grilling

    Jun 07 2019

    From time to time we eschew having guests here on America's Most Trusted Podcast® so we can turn the tables on our hosts and allow the membership to ask the questions. (You are a member, right?) After reviewing the President's trip to Europe and the state of Euro-American relations, Rob Long and James Lileks field your inquiries from the 2020 race to the future of their full time professions. And it all ends with a fine adult beverage and a cigar. Ah, life is good! Music from this week's show: Q...more

  • 450. The Norman Conquests

    May 30 2019

    Only a very few guests warrant two segments on the Ricochet Podcast aka, America's Most Trusted Podcast® and one of those people is the great Norman Podhoretz (around these parts, we call him "The Podfather). We talk to Norman (who's a sprightly 89) about his recent conversion to a supporter of the President, the history of the Conservative movement, how he may have singlehandedly invented the hippy, and much more. Norman is a walking, talking museum of American politics of the last 70 years, an...more

  • 449. Land of Hope and Dreams

    May 24 2019

    This week on America's Most Trusted Podcast®, we kick off with some home grown commentary about the ongoing Pelosi-Trump drama. Then, the Las Vegas Review-Journal's White House correspondent extraordinaire Deb Saunders joins for an extended and more detailed chat on the same topic. Later, Dr. Bill McClay stops by to discuss his new book, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story  which is all about the way history textbooks weirdly seem to only promote one point of view (guess whic...more

  • 448. Choices

    May 17 2019

    We go long on this show (and we're not just talking about one of our hosts, either). First up, the mayor of New York City wants to be your President. That's good for the city (keeps him away for long stretches of time), and probably good for the current occupant of the White House too. Then, our good pal and co-podcaster Andrew Klavan joins to discuss his recent adventure at Stanford University and then sticks around for a detailed discussion about the pro-life bill that just passed in Alabama. ...more

  • 447. Don’t Self-Impeach — You’ll Go Blind

    May 10 2019

    This week on America's most beloved political podcast, we get deep in the weeds on impeachment: can it happen, how would it work, and the politics surrounding it. But first, we travel to Venezuela where our intrepid correspondent Annika Rothstein, who tells a harrowing story that we won't spoil here (yes, we know the audio on her segment was sub-par -- socialists run lousy telecommunications operations. Go figure.). Then, if you want to understand a possible Constitutional crisis, you should ask...more

  • 446. Hello, Larry

    May 03 2019

    Most Ricochet Podcasts follow a longstanding format: A little chat with the hosts, a couple of guests, some closing thoughts, a tune, and we're out. But when you've got our old friend and current White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on the podcast just hours after some very strong economic news, well, you throw out your format and let Larry drive the bus. We talk to him about the economy, about the Fed, and a bit about his health (spoiler alert: he's doing great). Also, we belly up to...more

  • 445. It’s Still A Damn Free Country

    Apr 26 2019

    Every so often, we dispense with the guests and just let the hosts riff on whatever comes to their minds. That's what we did for this week's show, as Peter, Rob, and James jam about Joe Biden entering the race, the politics of impeachment, the new found popularity of socialism, including Medicare For All and cancelling student loans (in certain sectors of the culture), and finally, Rob's (somewhat sad) impending departure from Venice, CA. Music from this week's show: California by Lenny Kravitz ...more

  • 444. What Is Truth?

    Apr 19 2019

    What time is it? Why it's Mueller time, of course. With the release of the report, we go full Mueller on this week's show as we enlist Law Talk's John Yoo to help us with the legal angle, and Byron York (he's got a podcast too) to guide us through the political ramifications. Also, the fire at Notre Dame and a mediation (really!) on Good Friday. Music from this week's show:  Somebody Lied by Ricky Van Shelton Sponsored by Calming Comfort, Quip, Zebit Join the conversation and comment on this pod...more

  • 443. Event Horizon

    Apr 12 2019

    This week on America's Most Trustworthy Podcast®, we talk about the meaning of the word "spying" and try to determine exactly what the definition is. Then, a bracing and brilliant discussion on reparations with the great Shelby Steele, who unlike most candidates for President, actually knows something about it. Then, our long time amigo Arthur Brooks calls in to talk about his new book, Love Your Enemies; How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt. Actually, come to think of...more

  • 442. You Can’t Touch This

    Apr 05 2019

    This week, the audacity of grope -- can Uncle Joe survive the woke warriors? We (along with Bethany Mandel who sits in for Peter) ponder that question with our guest, Commentary's Christine Rosen. Also, have the Democrats gotten too far out over their skis with the Mueller Report? Survey says...YES. And what the heck is going on across the pond with Brexit? We call on Quillette's Toby Young to explain it all to us (and more important issues like Megan Markle's lack of popularity). Finally, Betha...more

  • 441. Sweet Sowell Music

    Mar 30 2019

    We're a tad late in publishing this week's show, but we think it's worth it: we've got Jon Gabriel sitting in for Rob Long, the great Thomas Sowell in the first segment to discuss the reissue of his classic book Discrimination and Disparities  as well as the rise of socialism, reparations, and more. Next up, the also great Andrew C. McCarthy, who stops by to discuss his famous recipe for banana pancakes. No, of course he's here to talk about the Mueller Report -- what it means, when we'll see it...more

  • 440. The Civil Wars

    Mar 22 2019

    This week on America's Most Beloved Podcast®, we meditate on the idea that Millennials (including one who was recently elected to Congress) feel as though they have never experienced American prosperity. Really. Then, the great Victor Davis Hanson joins to discuss his new book, The Case For Trump, and gets on a certain podcast host's case for not...well, just listen. Finally, we call on Electoral College expert Tara Ross to explain why Senator Elizabeth Warren has no idea what she is talking abo...more

  • 439. College Rules

    Mar 15 2019

    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 class, family, and faith. Finally, we wrap things u...more

  • 438. The Democrats Pounce

    Mar 09 2019

    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: Mayor of Simpleton by XTC Sponsored by Calming C...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

    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 Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Calm, SelectQuote Join t...more

  • 435. Hot or Not?

    Feb 15 2019

    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 Sponsored by Eero, Lending Club, Robinhood Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https:/...more

  • 434. Not Easy Bein’ Green

    Feb 08 2019

    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  Sponsored by Capterra, ProFlowers, Robinhood Join the conversation and comment on this podcas...more

  • 433. Socialists, SJWs, and Patriots

    Feb 01 2019

    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 revolution. Finally, we end up back in the go...more

  • 432. Everybody Must Get Stone

    Jan 25 2019

    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 editor Sohrab Amari drops by to talk about his ne...more

  • 431. Growing Pains

    Jan 18 2019

    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 James Lileks have a few opinions on thi...more

  • 430. Frozen Lizards and Steel Walls

    Jan 11 2019

    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, and some predictions for the coming y...more

  • 429. All I Want For Christmas Is…

    Dec 21 2018

    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 Sponsored by DonorsTrust, Hopsy, Mrs. Fields Join the conversation and comment ...more

  • 428. Cast Iron Skillets and A World In Flames

    Dec 15 2018

    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 Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Hopsy, Mrs. Fields Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ric...more