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John Hinderaker, Paul Mirengoff, Scott Johnson, and Steven Hayward bring you the Power Line blog's perspective on the week's big headlines.

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Episodes

139. A Double-Header: The 1619 Project, and Our Rotten Universities

8/23/2019
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This special double-header-end-of-summer Power Line Show features Steve Hayward and Power Line co-founder John Hinderaker venting about the “1619 Project” along with “Lucretia,” Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery. The “1619 Project” is so badly flawed that in the coming weeks we’re going to produce a series of special shows going point-by-point through its poisonous […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...

Duration:01:34:08

138. The Crisis in Darwinism?

8/16/2019
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Readers of Thomas Kuhn’s famous book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions will know his central thesis that when anomalies and contradictions arise in a reigning scientific theory it creates a crisis out of which new theories emerge to replace the old. We may be seeing the beginnings of such a crisis for modern Darwinism, which […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/the-crisis-in-darwinism/. Now become a Ricochet member for...

Duration:01:04:08

137. Burke, Lincoln, and the Politics of Prudence, with Greg Weiner

8/9/2019
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“Prudence” is not just something Dana Carvey liked to lampoon back when President George H.W. Bush was in office. Rather, it is the highest and most essential quality of those superb human beings we used to call “statesmen” before political science and history banished both terms in a fit of egalitarian madness that has yet […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/burke-lincoln-and-the-politics-of-prudence-with-greg-weiner/. Now...

Duration:00:51:17

136. From Ukraine to the Border, with Power Line’s Female All-Stars

7/30/2019
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By popular demand from listeners, this special edition of the Power Line Show features both Kelly Jane Torrance of the Washington Examiner and “Lucretia,” Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery. Kelly Jane is just back from serving as an official election watcher over in Ukraine, and lays out a delightful political scene that does Donald […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...

Duration:00:53:31

135. Judicial Fortitude, with Peter Wallison

7/26/2019
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In recent years an arcane term from political science—the “administrative state”—has become a prominent part of everyday discussion. The administrative state refers to the trend, decades in the making, of transferring lawmaking power away from the legislative branch of government to permanent, unelected bureaucrats and executive agencies. The administrative state undermines a central principle of […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...

Duration:00:47:51

134. A Nationalist Revival?

7/19/2019
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To paraphrase Karl Marx, a specter is haunting . . . well, just about everybody: the specter of a revival of nationalism. This week Steve Hayward attended the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, which was sponsored by the brand new Edmund Burke Institute. As Christopher DeMuth put it, “who knew that the next big thing […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/a-nationalist-revival/. Now become a Ricochet member for...

Duration:00:56:28

133. Andrew Roberts Unplugged, on Brexit, Churchill, Trump, and Historiography

7/12/2019
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One of my teachers in graduate school, the great constitutional historian Leonard Levy, insisted that “a history must serve its readers with explanations that suit the horizons of their curiosity and with writing that entertains and stirs them.” No one exemplifies that vivid style of biography and history better than Andrew Roberts. I caught up […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...

Duration:00:42:49

132. Five Things to Know About the Declaration This July 4, with “Lucretia”

7/4/2019
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By popular demand from listeners, we’re bringing back “Lucretia,” Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery, on this special edition for the July 4 holiday. Many listeners asked us to offer up mini-tutorials on various aspects of the American Founding and political thought in general, so we break down the Declaration of Independence, drawing notice to […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...

Duration:00:55:27

131. A Full-Tilt Rant-Fest with “Lucretia”

6/29/2019
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You could be forgiven for thinking this week’s Democratic debates were straight out of an old Monty Python sketch, which prompted Steve Hayward to ring up Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery, “Lucretia,” for a full-tilt boogie rant-fest about what ought to be the two main “Freeport questions” that could unravel the Democratic Party between […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/a-filt-tilt-rant-fest-with-lucretia/. Now...

Duration:01:01:06

130. Fables of the Cuyahoga River Fire, with Jonathan Adler

6/21/2019
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This Saturday, June 22, marks the 50th anniversary of one of the iconic moments of the modern environmental history—the infamous Cuyahoga River fire in Cleveland. Things were so bad, the legend goes, that rivers were catching fire! But most of what you think you know about that story is incomplete or inaccurate, argues Jonathan H. […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/fables-of-the-cuyahoga-river-fire-with-jonathan-adler/. Now...

Duration:01:04:46

129. “Cocktails From Hell,” With Col. Austin Bay

6/15/2019
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This week’s special guest is Col. Austin Bay, author of a lively new book on foreign affairs and grand strategy, Cocktails From Hell: Five Complex Wars Shaping the 21st Century. Austin Bay has an extraordinary biography, including earning a Bronze Star for his service in the Iraq War. But that is only the beginning. Austin […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/cocktails-from-hell-with-col-austin-bay/. Now become a Ricochet...

Duration:01:14:42

128. The Noor Sentencing Hearing, and, What Kind of Country Are We Anyway!?

6/7/2019
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This week’s two-part episode features Power Line’s own Scott Johnson reporting on the verdict today in the Mohammed Noor case—the Minneapolis police officer who was convicted last month for murder in the shooting of Justine Damond. Then we shift focus dramatically, talking with Prof. Joshua Dunn of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...

Duration:00:55:33

127. Everything You Know About the Enron Story Is Wrong: A Conversation with Rob Bradley

5/31/2019
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This week my guest is the person who deserves to be known as the Robert Caro of energy history—Robert L. Bradley Jr. Rob is the founder of the Institute for Energy Research, one of the best go-to sources for information and analysis about energy (and especially debunking the nonsense energy romanticism of the left), but […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...

Duration:00:56:34

126. “Populism” Marches on Overseas: Henry Olsen on Elections in the EU and Australia

5/24/2019
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I’ve decided that “populism” is when the wrong person or party wins a democratic election. Certainly the way the media and liberal elites have reacted to the Liberal Party’s upset win in Australia bears this out (keep in mind that the Liberal Party in Australia is the conservative party, but what do you expect from […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...

Duration:00:34:55

125. The Antidote to Howard Zinn? “Land of Hope” with Wilfred McClay

5/18/2019
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Lo and behold, I opened up this morning’s Wall Street Journal to see a weekend interview with this week’s guest, historian Wilfred M. McClay of the University of Oklahoma, about his brand new book Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story. In the course of our conversation, we cover not only what’s […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/the-antidote-to-howard-zinn-land-of-hope-with-wilfred-mcclay/. Now become a...

Duration:01:05:41

124. “Cracks in the Ivory Tower”: A Conversation with Phil Magness

5/11/2019
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This week Steve Hayward talks with economic historian Phillip Magness, co-author (along with Jason Brennan) of a brilliant new book, Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education. This splendidly written and fast-paced book vindicates Stan Evans’s first rule of insufficient paranoia—no matter how bad you think things are, when you look […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...

Duration:01:00:47

123. “No Ad Hominem Arguments”: A Conversation with Charles Lipson

5/4/2019
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This week Steve Hayward talks with Charles Lipson, the Peter Ritzma Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago, about how to talk and argue about matters amidst the increasingly bitter polarization of our time. But along the way we revisit his idiosyncratic intellectual odyssey that brought him from rural Mississippi to the […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...

Duration:00:56:13

122. The Noor Trial Verdict

4/30/2019
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Scott Johnson has been covering the trial of Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who was charged in the fatal 2017 shooting of Justine Damond. This afternoon the jury returned a guilty verdict on the counts of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. This trial has been closely watched because of the suspicion that officer Noor was accredited […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/the-noor-trial-verdict/. Now...

Duration:00:16:25

121. An Elephant and Its Trump: Populism, Nationalism and Conservatism

4/27/2019
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I’ll bet you didn’t know you need a federal disaster management plan for your pet rabbit if you use your pet rabbit as part of a magic act for birthday parties. Well, you did, until the U.S. Department of Agriculture got embarrassed by the adverse publicity for this abject stupidity, but it is of a […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/an-elephant-and-its-trump-populism-nationalism-and-conservatism/. Now become a Ricochet...

Duration:01:05:07

120. Reckoning With Race: America’s Failure

4/21/2019
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Gene Dattel is Steven Hayward’s extraordinary guest on this week’s show. Gene is the author of a book that deserves to be much better known—Reckoning With Race: America’s Failure (Encounter Books). This remarkably compact book is brimming with details about and revisions to the standard narratives of race relations in America from the colonial era […] Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/reckoning-with-race-americas-failure/. Now...

Duration:01:16:20