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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.






Ep. 416: Curtain Call

Sponsored by Blinkist, Boll & Branch, Lending Tree This week on the podcast, silly political controversies, a good old fashioned smear campaign, some expert analysis from Millennial voter expert Kristin Soltis Anderson, we visit New Hampshire's 1st District to check in on Republican candidate Eddie Edwards, CBS CEO Les Moonves gets #MeToo'd, and guess which podcast host actually defends the President in this podcast? The answer will surprise you. Music from this week's podcast: A Mighty...


Ep. 415: It’s All OK

Sponsored by Calm, Phlur, Quip Hugely busy week, which means a hugely busy podcast. This week, the invaluable Byron York stops by to set us straight on just who might have penned that NYT op-ed, where in the world Bob Mueller is, and other D.C. shenanigans. Then Christopher Scalia, who knows a thing or two about the Supreme Court, joins to discuss the Kavanaugh circus, er, hearings. Also, so long, Bandit -- you were one the of greats. Music from this week's episode: East Bound and Down by...


Ep. 414: State Fair

Sponsored by Casper, Quip This week, we do a Rico-Centric show with our regular crew and our two trusty editors: Jon Gabriel (Ricochet's beloved EIC) and Bethany Mandel, the Madonna of The Main Feed. We talk about flagpoles, conservatives on social media, an insider's view of Arizona, why Instagram is the best social media platform (after this one, natch) and of course, Lileks gives the lowdown on the Minnesota State Fair. Music from this week's episode: State Fair (opening title) by...


Ep. 413: The One About Socialism

Sponsored by Blinkist, Burrow, Phlur Well, this is a first for this fully operational podcast: we tackle Socialism, the newly hip, but always old school form of government. To cover both sides of the argument, we call on Washington Post columnist Elizabeth Bruenig and longtime Ricochet member (and Professor of Political Science at Skidmore) Flagg Taylor. Also, Manfort, Cohen, and all that jazz, and finally, what's the most accurate gauge of a robust economy? Easy, it's the state of Lileks...


Ep. 412: Ask The Founders

Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Burrow, Lending Club This week, Lileks is on vacation, so we forgo the guests and open the floor to you, our faithful Ricochet listeners. We get questions on the President (natch), Rob's favorite restaurant, which Founding Father the founders resemble, who the characters on Cheers would have voted for and more. Also, Cuomo is a dumbo, newspapers collude, and so long to the Queen of Soul. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 🙌 Music from this week's podcast: People Get Ready by...


Ep. 411: Space Force Cadets

Sponsored by Casper, Phlur, Quip Did someone say Space Force? That's just too irresistible a topic for this podcast not to tackle in depth. So we do. But that's not all. No sir. We also call on our friends Matt Continetti (he of the must listen Right and Righter podcast) to talk about Alexandria Cortez-Ocasio and what she means for American politics, and Byron York takes us for a deep dive on the status of the Mueller investigation. We learned a lot in this segment and we bet you will too....


Ep. 410: Flipping The Bird

Sponsored by Blinkist, ButcherBox, Phlur This week, a super-sized episode featuring scooters, Nebraska's own Ben Sasse on trade, tariffs, Trump, and Kavanaugh, self-driving cars, Twitter mob, and more. We could say more, but really, you should just listen to the show. Music from this week's podcast: Summertime by The Busters More Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: Podcast listeners: Now become a...


Ep. 409: Life On Mars

Sponsored by Burrow, Lending Club, The Ricochet Podcast sponsored by HelloFresh This week, we visit with Republican candidate for Senate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Beth Lindstom, who's running a valiant attempt to unseat someone by the name of Elizabeth Warren. No idea who she is. Then, our old friend Toby Young stops by to discuss his recent experience with the digital pitchfork and torch mob on the internet and what we ought to do about it (do read his fantastic essay on this...


Ep. 408: The Last Straw

Sponsored by Casper, Mack Weldon, Quip This week, some rumination on Trump's tete a tete with Putin (along with a history lesson for Rob Long), we introduce you to Elizabeth Heng, who is running for Congress in California's 16th District, we get some #MeToo education from our good pal Mona Charen, (stop whatever you're doing and buy her book Sex Matters right now) and the city of Santa Barbara declares that if you use a straw in that fair city, you'll do time. Which sucks. Also, the Word of...


Ep. 407: No Deal Is A Good Deal

Sponsored by Blinkist, Boll & Branch, Eero This week, we travel across the pond to talk with our good mate James Delingpole to get his very hot take on Trump's visit, What May or May not happen to the current Prime Minister, and get his impression of that so called Baby Trump Blimp. Also, we've got a new SCOTUS nominee and his age is a trigger warning for one of our hosts, that fantastic Tweet storm by Ricochet alum Claire Berlinski, and the Strzok circus comes to town. Music from this...


Ep. 406: Red Hens and Dogs

Sponsored by Keeps, Quip, Texture As you'll hear, there were many possible titles for this episode, but we went with the simplest and most descriptive for we spewing a fair amount of time covering both. But we also have on the supreme Supreme Court expert Adam White from the Hoover Institution (listen to his new podcast with Richard Epstein here) to discuss all things SCOTUS and the great Salena Zito (read her new book The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American...


Ep. 405: Bull Session

Sponsored by Blinkist, Eero, ManCrates Another big news week and we've assembled the appropriate heavy hitters to help us parse it: first up, Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on North Korea, the IG report, and why the case for collusion is looking weaker and weaker every day. Then, Andrew McCarthy (listen to his brand new podcast, The McCarthy Report) stops by for some in-depth analysis on that IG report and what it means for the President. Also, Robinson returns from Spain and reports on what...


Ep. 404: The Things That Matter

Sponsored by Boll & Branch, ManCrates, Quip We cribbed the title of this week's show from Charles Krauthammer's book as it perfectly describes what we're feeling this week after the announcement from the good doctor and the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. We get reactions from our guests, Rod Dreher and Andrew Klavan, who also delve into other topics, including psychedelics, why Trump is a great President, cake baking, and more. Music from this week's show: The Sound of Silence...


Ep. 403: Star Power

Sponsored by Casper, Keeps, ManCrates This week, we take a bit of break from the politics of the day to delve into the culture a bit with our guest Richard Rushfield, Editor-in-Chief of the indispensable Ankler show business newsletter. We talk Roseanne, Samantha Bee, the Disney/Comcast merger, and yes, even some Solo. Then, our good friend and McRib connoisseur John Yoo stops by to a talk about pardons, special counsels, all of that stuff. Also, peak TV, and Señor Robinson is going to...


Ep. 402: Advice to Grads?

Sponsored by Eero, Harry's Shave, HelloFresh This week, we wanted to do a show aimed at graduating students -- which is why we booked The WSJ's Andy Kessler to discuss his column Advice to New Grads: Scale or Bail and Amy "Tiger Mom" Chua (yes, her new book Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations isn't strictly for grads, but hey, she's the TIGER MOM). But one of our podcasters decided to hijack that theme and take us on his own magic carpet ride. Still, it's a good show,...


Ep. 401: Kudlow, Gen X, and Tom Wolfe

Sponsored by Boll & Branch, DonorsTrust, Texture After a rousing live edition of the podcast in DC, we're back on virtual home ground and we hit the ground running. First up, our old pal Larry Kudlow former Ricochet podcaster, current Director of the National Economic Council stops by to dish on the economy, Milton Friedman, working in the White House, and he declares a certain podcaster #NeverTrump (spoiler alert: it's not who you think it is). Next up: Matthew Hennessey stops by to chat...


Ep. 400: In Hot Water in D.C.

Sponsored by DonorsTrust It takes a special occasion to take The Big Show® to bigger things and higher heights. What's bigger than the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit? Try the 400th episode of our aural extravaganza. There are ruminations on the changes in our nation's capital since the Reagan years, presidential portraits and Korean water heaters. (Yeah, Korean water heaters.) Meanwhile, Peter attempts a variety of new Ricochet marketing slogans. Music from this week's show: River of Dreams...


Ep. 399.5: Peace In Our Time?

Sponsored by ButcherBox, Casper, Quip This week, we go deep on North Korea with AEI's Nicholas Eberstadt and Salena Zito tells us not to break out the surf boards quite yet -- that blue wave may not be so big after all. Also, Rudy can't fail and Peter Robinson gets schooled on Kanye. Yo. Music from this week's podcast: Rudi Can't Fail by The Clash More Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: Podcast...


Ep. 399: Suicide of The West

Sponsored by ButcherBox, Keeps, Mack Weldon This week, it's our good pal Jonah Goldberg for the full hour to talk about his new book, Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy (yes, you MUST buy it!). We delve into the book's argument, the lineage of the title, and what can be done in terms of suicide prevention. It's a fantastic conversation. Also, Rob's in Paris and will there be peace in our time on...


Ep. 398: Waiting on a Friend

Sponsored by Eero,, Warby Parker This week on the Big Show®, we've got former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul (pre-order his new book From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia) on the new warming relations with North Korea, what to do about Syria, and yes, that pesky President Putin. Then Commentary's associate editor Noah Rothman (yes, he's one of the stars of the world famous Commentary Podcast) stops by to talk about Starbucks, Paul Ryan,...