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A show about the perilous state of the Golden State—and what that means for you, wherever you live. California is the hothouse lab of the Left, the nation-state creating the statist policies, art, and lifestyles of the future – and generating the political dollars to make them a reality in a community near you. Hosts Will Swaim (California Policy Center) and David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group, Fox Business News commentator, conservative activist) beam this weekly show internationally, from mostly undisclosed pirate-radio platforms west of the Sierra Nevada. Intro. music graciously provided by Los Angeles-based Metalachi, the metal/mariachi soundtrack of the near-future. Find them at Metalachi.com. N.B. The most recent ten episodes of this podcast are available on this feed. Full archives are available at NationalReview.com.

A show about the perilous state of the Golden State—and what that means for you, wherever you live. California is the hothouse lab of the Left, the nation-state creating the statist policies, art, and lifestyles of the future – and generating the political dollars to make them a reality in a community near you. Hosts Will Swaim (California Policy Center) and David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group, Fox Business News commentator, conservative activist) beam this weekly show internationally, from mostly undisclosed pirate-radio platforms west of the Sierra Nevada. Intro. music graciously provided by Los Angeles-based Metalachi, the metal/mariachi soundtrack of the near-future. Find them at Metalachi.com. N.B. The most recent ten episodes of this podcast are available on this feed. Full archives are available at NationalReview.com.
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A show about the perilous state of the Golden State—and what that means for you, wherever you live. California is the hothouse lab of the Left, the nation-state creating the statist policies, art, and lifestyles of the future – and generating the political dollars to make them a reality in a community near you. Hosts Will Swaim (California Policy Center) and David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group, Fox Business News commentator, conservative activist) beam this weekly show internationally, from mostly undisclosed pirate-radio platforms west of the Sierra Nevada. Intro. music graciously provided by Los Angeles-based Metalachi, the metal/mariachi soundtrack of the near-future. Find them at Metalachi.com. N.B. The most recent ten episodes of this podcast are available on this feed. Full archives are available at NationalReview.com.

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Episodes

Episode 47: Arise, Ye California Workers!

10/17/2018
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Will and guest Luke Thompson consider President Trump’s picks for the infamously liberal Ninth Circuit; express dismay at the tech billionaire who hopes to aid San Francisco’s homeless through higher taxes; and cheer the California civil rights activists who are (at last) fighting America's most powerful climate bureaucracy, the California Air Resources Board.

Duration:00:41:12

Episode 46: Legislating Under the Influence of Trump

10/4/2018
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Diversity, net neutrality, cosmetics, union power, and technology taxes: California lawmakers spin new laws as epic battles in the Resistance.

Duration:00:43:53

Episode 45: No Longer Cesar Chávez’s Movement

9/26/2018
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Can Central Valley farm workers beat back the once-powerful United Farm Workers? Will Swaim and guest Dan Gerawan discuss this on today's episode of Radio Free California.

Duration:00:24:16

Episode 44: Farm Workers To Union Leaders: ‘Gracias, But No Gracias’

9/20/2018
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Five years later, Central Valley farm workers finally get their Election Day results, union-backed lawmakers erect more barriers to worker freedom, and we remember the gloomy week ten years ago when California’s housing boom went bust -- and took the world with it. Intro music by Metalachi, the LA-based mariachi/metal band.

Duration:00:51:42

Episode 43: Vee Vant Names!

9/12/2018
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Siding with California state officials -- Democrats all -- the federal Ninth Circuit orders conservative charities to hand over the names of donors; housing prices are killing Californians before they’re even conceived; and California becomes the first state in the nation to end “money bail.”

Duration:00:46:55

Episode 42: We’re a One-Woman State

9/4/2018
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Governor Brown looks ready to sign a bill requiring at least one woman on every company board, Republican Representative Duncan Hunter blames Mrs. Hunter for his legal troubles, the increasingly crazy bullet train, and the last-minute blizzard of bizarre bills to blunt worker freedom.

Duration:00:52:24

Episode 41: Water For All Creatures Great and Small — But Not People

8/23/2018
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Why Trump was right about California wildfires, our out-of-control water policy, teacher strikes reveal unions’ real ambition, and L.A.’s million-dollar cop.

Duration:00:36:25

Episode 40: 5 Summer Stories, or How Outsiders See California

8/15/2018
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Five young people from five universities (Hillsdale, LaSalle, Rhodes, Missouri, and Oregon) spent their summers working for the California Policy Center -- and learning about state-mandated cancer warnings, plastic bag bans, the power of government unions, and California's influence on national politics.

Duration:00:36:06

Episode 39: The Dark Money Behind Rent Control

8/8/2018
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David and Will discuss the much-rumored Los Angeles teachers strike and explore the dark money behind a statewide ballot measure to resuscitate rent control. Special bonus track: You can’t be trusted with plastic straws or shopping bags in California, but the state is handing out free hypodermic needles.

Duration:00:53:15

Episode 38: The Worst Things on the Streets of San Francisco

8/2/2018
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David and Will discuss the Silicon Valley revolt against Facebook, a ban on stuff you’ll find on the streets of San Francisco, and the damage done to students by the powerful California Teachers Association.

Duration:00:30:48

Episode 37: Class-Conscious Conservatism

7/20/2018
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David and Will discuss Luke Thompson’s tour de force history of California politics and culture – and consider his prescription for a conservative comeback.

Duration:00:45:08

Episode 36: That Hideous Statehouse

7/12/2018
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David and Will discuss the cornucopia of bad legislation pouring out of Sacramento, the meaning for California of President Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee, and summer reading (including C.S. Lewis's "That Hideous Strength").

Duration:00:47:49

Episode 35: Let Our People Go

6/28/2018
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David and Will discuss this week’s historic Supreme Court decision eliminating mandatory government union membership – and what that means for the future of California.

Duration:00:46:01

Episode 34: Latino, Female, Californian, and Conservative

6/25/2018
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Will talks with Cecilia Iglesias, a Santa Ana school official, about her unusual political rise – and her vision for California.

Duration:00:51:33

Episode 33: Panic in Utopia

6/18/2018
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In this episode, David and Will discuss discuss Gavin Newsom’s “Marshall Plan” for California; a state court decision to allow assisted suicide; a November proposition to split California into three states; Berkeley’s declaration that climate change is worse than World War II; and a new state law that will leave you feeling so dirty.

Duration:01:01:13

Episode 32: The Hermit Kingdom of California

6/5/2018
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David and Will discuss the latest moves by California’s government union leaders to clown Wall Street and to eliminate news of the outside world. As a digestif, we’ll sip Victor Davis Hanson’s delightful National Review essay on the future – and the past – of California conservatism.

Duration:00:39:57

Episode 31: Grapes of Wrath, UFW-Style

6/1/2018
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David and Will discuss Stockton’s proposal to pay potential shooters not to shoot people; Iowa congressman Steve King’s bill that would put people like Oakland’s mayor in prison; and a California court orders the state to count ballots that have been locked in a safe in Sacramento for five years. Secret bonus track: Art Laffer’s prediction that the Trump tax plan will send Californians packing for low-tax states.

Duration:00:44:11

Episode 30: More Signs of the End Times

5/25/2018
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David and Will take notice of a recent declaration from the IRS that the state of California is not a reliable tax adviser. Governor Jerry Brown tells cities the state can’t help them survive the coming pension crisis, and the California Teachers Association doubles down on its worst impulses. Special bonus: reader comments!

Duration:00:43:47

Episode 29: Mayday! Mayday!

5/18/2018
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David and Will discuss the real fight over how to spend the state’s imaginary budget surplus, a plan to substitute International Workers Day for Washington or maybe Lincoln’s birthday observances, and what’s making California city managers nervous.

Duration:00:36:59

Episode 28: Kamala Harris Bails on UC Students

5/9/2018
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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris bows to her union backers, bails on UC Berkeley commencement. In other news, hosts David and Will contemplate the weirdness of a bill that will add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of a new home – in what’s already the nation’s most expensive housing market. Bonus tracks: the choices California’s non-Democrat voters face in statewide races, and a June ballot initiative that promises to clean up the toxic waste dump better known as the Salton Sea.

Duration:00:36:05