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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.

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.
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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.






448. Choices

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...


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

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...


446. Hello, Larry

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...


445. It’s Still A Damn Free Country

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...


444. What Is Truth?

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...


443. Event Horizon

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...


442. You Can’t Touch This

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,...


441. Sweet Sowell Music

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...


440. The Civil Wars

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...


439. College Rules

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...


438. The Democrats Pounce

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...


#437 Everybody’s Talkin’

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...


436.5. Annika Rothstein Alive from Caracas

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...


436. Need More Dong

This week on the Ricochet Podcast, we've 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,...


435. Hot or Not?

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...


434. Not Easy Bein’ Green

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...


433. Socialists, SJWs, and Patriots

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...


432. Everybody Must Get Stone

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...


431. Growing Pains

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...


430. Frozen Lizards and Steel Walls

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...