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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.






Ep 88: “Breaking Away” with Reagan, Trump, and the Midterms

This episode features the address Steve Hayward delivered this week to the Friends of Ronald Reagan at the California Club in Los Angeles, reflecting back on how Reagan weathered two tough mid-term elections and what lessons it might hold for Trump and Republicans this November. Dennis Quaid, who has signed recently to star as Reagan in an upcoming biopic, was in the audience, which prompted some conversation about one of Quaid's early breakout roles in "Breaking Away" (1979). No refund if...


Ep. 87: She’s Ba-aack! “Lucretia” on Cyber-Security

Between the incessant controversy about Russia hacking our elections, and the recent recommendation of several U.S. science academies that we return to paper ballots, we thought it was high time to devote an episode to cyber-security issues. And we have just the person for the topic: "Lucretia," Power Line's International Woman of Mystery. In addition to being an expert on the Constitution, "Lucretia" also runs a cyber-security program at a major university. In addition to talking about...


The Power Line Show Ep 86: November’s Coming!

With two more weeks of primary election results to pick over, Steve Hayward checks in with Henry Olsen to see how things look. Florida increasingly appears to be the most interesting battleground state, with very competitive races for both governor and U.S. Senator. Henry also puts down his political polling data and puts on his Bill James hat to look ahead to the baseball playoff season starting a month from now. Also soccer, but we don't really care about soccer. It's a weenie...


Ep. 85: Vietnam Revisited, With Mackubin T. Owens

After receiving a query from a young person about why the U.S. didn't aim for victory in Vietnam, Steve Hayward decided to put the question to Mackubin T. Owens, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam and long time professor of strategic studies at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Mac has also written for National Review, the New York Post, and numerous other publications, as well as several fine books on war. His many reviews of Vietnam books--both good and bad--can be...


Ep. 84: Blue Wave or Red Tide?

Will the November election produce a (Democratic) blue wave or a (Republican) red tide? Pre-election opinion polls this year seem more volatile than ever, and beyond the horse-race aspect, there are lots of problems with opinion polling in the age of cell phones and the internet. Steve Hayward sat down with Karlyn Bowman, public opinion specialist at AEI and author of recent article on "Is Polling Broken?" in National Affairs, to talk about the condition of opinion polling today. Bottom...


Ep. 83: The University We Need?

Steve Hayward, just back from a regional meeting of the National Association of Scholars, sits down with Warren Treadgold, author of brand new book, The University We Need, which offers a bold idea: because colleges and universities are so far gone and likely unfixable, the time has come to found a brand new elite university that not only departs from the dreary orthodoxy of campus leftism, but also departs from the standard modes of university structure and governance. Treadgold, a...


Ep. 82: “Born American, But in the Wrong Place”—Remembering Peter Schramm

In this very special episode, Steve Hayward uses some unaired material from a long interview with the late Peter Schramm of the Ashbrook Center. Peter passed away in August 2015, and left a legacy of brilliant and inspirational teaching to a generation of students at Ashland University. This Hungarian immigrant is best known from his lecture and essay on how he became an American, "Born American, But in the Wrong Place." In this wide-ranging conversation, Steve and Peter talk about...


Ep. 81: Iran Primed for Revolution?

If a thuggish regime fell in the forest and the New York Times didn't report it, did it make a sound? This week Steve Hayward talks with Kelly Jane Torrance of the Weekly Standard about what is going on in Iran, where the Trump Administration's heavy pressure may be straining the regime to the breaking point. But the mainstream U.S. media seem to be ignoring the tidings of increasing unrest and instability. Kelly Jane keeps close tabs with the Iranian resistance in Europe and the U.S. and...


Ep. 80: The 14th Amendment at 150, Part 2

Steve Hayward and his pseudonymous mystery guest "Lucretia" return for the second half of their conversation about the meaning and interpretation of the 14th Amendment. Building on last week's analysis of the "equal protection clause," this episode goes on to the other three important clauses in Section 1--the "citizenship clause," the "privileges and immunities clause," and the "due process clause." Steve and "Lucretia" devote special attention to the controversy over "birthright...


Ep. 79: The 14th Amendment at 150, Part 1

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the enactment of the 14th Amendment, which has been abused perhaps more than any other part of the Constitution. Steve Hayward welcomes back to the show the pseudonymous mystery guest from last week, "Professor X," who knows more about the 14th Amendment than the Power Line crew has forgotten. In this first of a two-part series, Steve and "Prof. X" take you inside the classroom to untangle the "equal protection" clause--what it was intended by the...


Ep. 78: Here Comes Da Judge!

Sponsored by ManCrates With the ascent of "democratic socialism" in the Democratic party and a Supreme Court confirmation fight commencing this week, Steve Hayward checks in for the latest on how this may play out in the midterm election with Henry Olsen, and also introduces us to a new special, anonymous (and soon to be regular) mystery guest, "Professor X." She teaches at a major public university, and argues that we aren't arguing broadly enough about what is wrong with the Supreme...


Ep. 77: Bulldog Edition

Sponsored by ManCrates Steve Hayward talks with two proud Yale bulldog alumni--James Kirchick of the Brookings Institution and Jeremy Carl of the Hoover Institution, about the mess in higher education and the mess at our border. It's a coin flip between which is the bigger mess today--immigration or college campus madness, and maybe there is a connecting thread. But stick around, we have a side dish of energy policy included, because this is a high energy podcast! More Join the...


Ep. 76: Killer Tomatoes and the Electricity Grid

Sponsored by ManCrates What could the cult-camp classic "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" have to do with the electricity grid? A lot, as it turns out, and Steve Hayward ponders this gonzo crossover topic with three experts on energy policy, Lynne Kiesling of Purdue University, author Robert Bryce, and author/activist Tisha Schuller. Not only does this episode feature killer garden produce, but it also has Steve Martin references. Who says energy policy wonkery can't be fun! More Join...


Ep. 75: The IG Report, and the Latest Big Wave Surf Forecast

Sponsored by ManCrates Steve Hayward is joined this week by Power Line's own John Hinderaker and Power Line's eminence grise behind the curtain, Joe Malchow, to dissect the key takeaways of the Inspector General's findings about the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton. The second half of this episode features Henry Olsen with his latest "surf report" about where the Democrats' "blue wave" stands at the moment. Hint: Democrats shouldn't be waxing up their longboards just...


Ep. 74: “The Suicide of the University” Revisited, with Charles Copeland

Sponsored by ManCrates This week's episode offers a conversation between Steve Hayward and Charles Copeland, president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) about the crisis of the university, especially Steve's favorite theme that universities are slowly committing intellectual suicide. This discussion took place at the recent Western Conservative Summit in Denver. More Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...


Ep. 73: Michael Walsh’s Fiery Angel

Sponsored by ManCrates Steve Hayward talks this week with author Michael Walsh about his new book, The Fiery Angel: Art, Culture, Sex, Politics, and the Struggle for the Soul of the West. Walsh has encyclopedic knowledge of high culture from Homer to Rocky IV, with detours to opera, novels, fine art, and classical music along the way, revealing deep layers of political and cultural meaning and explaining why the cultural struggles of our time are the key to winning our political battles. He...


Ep. 72: Is Progress Making Progress?

Sponsored by ManCrates Steve Hayward caught up with the noted author Matt Ridley and energy entrepreneur Chris Wright in a hotel lobby in Denver last week, and decided to make a podcast of it! Matt Ridley (nowadays Lord Ridley!) is the author of many fine books, including The Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge. Ridley is one of the leading "lukewarmers"--the band of people who believe climate change is exaggerated and possibly a benefit to the planet,...


Ep. 71: A Hard Look at Hard Power

Steve Hayward sits down with Rebecca Heinrichs of the Hudson Institute to survey the scene with regard to defense spending, middle defense, what Russia and China are up to, how the North Korea talks may go, and why Trump, like Mark Twain's comment on Wagner's music, is better than he looks when it comes to foreign and defense policy. Special shout out to Peter Schramm, our mutual teacher and mentor. More Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...


Ep. 70: The “Flight 93 Election” Comes in for a Landing

Sponsored by DonorsTrust Steve Hayward and John Hinderaker interviewed Michael Anton, former senior staffer at Trump's National Security Council and author of the controversial "Flight 93 Election" article from September 2016, at the Ricochet Podcast Summit in Washington. Anton revisited the infamous article, shared his insights about Trump's political character, and also regaled the live audience with a great tale of what it's like to be a chef for a White House state dinner. More Join...


Ep. 69: The Suicide of the University

Sponsored by ManCrates This week Steve Hayward talks with . . . Steve Hayward! Well, not exactly. This special edition of the Power Line show features a keynote lecture Steve delivered at Arizona State University back in February on "The Suicide of the University." Maybe coming next as a book and feature film. More Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/powerline/the-suicide-of-the-university/. Podcast listeners: Now become a Ricochet...