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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. 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...


Ep. 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 More Join the...


Ep. 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....


Ep. 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. More Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...


Ep. 422: Caravan

Sponsored by Casper, Eero, Quip This week, the bomber is apprehended and Rob Long is not surprised, there's a caravan headed our way, professional prognosticator Patrick Ruffini opines on his epic Tweet storm and makes some mid-term predictions, and the great Heather Mac Donald stops by to chat about her new book The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture. Finally, some thoughts about Megyn Kelly, free speech,...


Ep. 421: Bad Blood

Sponsored by Boll & Branch, Calm, Home Chef This week, some thoughts on the Khashoggi murder, a deep dive into the Catholic Church scandals with the great Rod Dreher, and our mid-term preview with Ricochet's newest podcaster, Lahnee Chen (subscribe to his show!). Also, you thought we weren't going to give our take on Elizabeth Warren's DNA test? No way, Chief. Music from this week's podcast Bad Blood by Taylor Swift More Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode:...


Ep. 420: Don’t Tread On Ye

Sponsored by Calm, Phlur, Quip This week, another one guester as we call on Ricochet alumnus Mollie Hemingway to help us sort through Kanye, Kavanaugh, and other assorted issues of the day (she also gives us an instant review of the new Gosnell movie, which Mollie had just seen). Also, the Senate is looking brighter, and the guys recommend some Peak TV. Music from this week's podcast: Good Golly Miss Molly by Little Richard More Join the conversation and comment on this podcast...


Ep. 419: Seeking Cloture

Sponsored by Audible, Calm, Lending Club Sometimes, people ask why we wait until Friday afternoons to publish the podcast. The last couple of weeks should answer that question for at least a while. We're lucky to have a full contingent of quality guests this week to help us sort through all the outrage, er, news that has accumulated since last week's show. First up, Ricochet's own Bethany Mandel who has a few opinions on the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Then, one of our favs: the great...


Ep. 418: A Supreme Moment

Sponsored by ButcherBox, Calm, Quip No guests this week, just our hosts reflecting on a week that will not soon, if ever, be forgotten. We look at the testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford, the reaction and remarks from the Judiciary Committee, from the media, and from friends. We wind up with some predictions from the hosts as to whether or not Brett Kavanaugh will get confirmed. Give us your predictions in the comments. Music from this week's show: Stop Draggin' My Heart Around by...


Ep. 417: Judging The Judge

Sponsored by ButcherBox, Casper, Phlur We've reached peak news cycle. So much going on. And when that happens, we reach out to people who make it their business to cover the news: that's the WSJ's Bill McGurn and the Washington Post's Bob Costa. They help us sort through the Kavanaugh controversy, the scandals in the Catholic Church, trade wars with China, and some predictions about the upcoming mid-terms. Also, Rob Long deconstructs the old show biz adage that "nobody knows anything."...


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...