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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.






#440 The Civil Wars

Sponsored by Calm, Capterra, Lending Club 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...


#439 College Rules

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...


#438 The Democrats Pounce

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...


#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

Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Calm, SelectQuote 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...


#435 Hot or Not?

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...


#434 Not Easy Bein’ Green

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...


#433 Socialists, SJWs, and Patriots

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...


#432 Everybody Must Get Stone

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...


#431 Growing Pains

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...


#430 Frozen Lizards and Steel Walls

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...


#429 All I Want For Christmas Is…

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...


#428 Cast Iron Skillets and A World In Flames

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:...


#427 1,000 Points of Light

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...


#426 California Dreaming

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...


#425 Excelsior!

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...


#424 Stone the Heretics!

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...


#423 The Final Frontier

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....


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

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:...