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The Commentary Magazine Podcast

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The COMMENTARY Podcast, brought to you by COMMENTARY Magazine—now in its 71st year. Editor John (“GLoP”) Podhoretz, Senior Editor Abe Greenwald, and Assistant Online Editor Noah Rothman do all the talking. Commentary is the most important monthly in America, dedicated to four key principles: The defense and advocacy of America as the last best hope of earth. Serving as an exemplar of the Western ideals of free thought and free ideas. Bearing witness to the evils of anti-Semitism. And the historical importance and value of the existence and health of the Jewish state of Israel.

The COMMENTARY Podcast, brought to you by COMMENTARY Magazine—now in its 71st year. Editor John (“GLoP”) Podhoretz, Senior Editor Abe Greenwald, and Assistant Online Editor Noah Rothman do all the talking. Commentary is the most important monthly in America, dedicated to four key principles: The defense and advocacy of America as the last best hope of earth. Serving as an exemplar of the Western ideals of free thought and free ideas. Bearing witness to the evils of anti-Semitism. And the historical importance and value of the existence and health of the Jewish state of Israel.
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The COMMENTARY Podcast, brought to you by COMMENTARY Magazine—now in its 71st year. Editor John (“GLoP”) Podhoretz, Senior Editor Abe Greenwald, and Assistant Online Editor Noah Rothman do all the talking. Commentary is the most important monthly in America, dedicated to four key principles: The defense and advocacy of America as the last best hope of earth. Serving as an exemplar of the Western ideals of free thought and free ideas. Bearing witness to the evils of anti-Semitism. And the historical importance and value of the existence and health of the Jewish state of Israel.

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Episodes

Commentary Podcast: The Future of the GOP With No Moore Roy

12/13/2017
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The stunning result in the Alabama special election offers the crew at the COMMENTARY podcast (me, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and Sohrab Ahmari) a chance to reflect on how we got here, what this says about Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, and whether hatches can be sufficiently battened down to withstand the tidal wave coming for the Republican Party in 2018. Give a listen.

Duration: 00:57:50


Commentary Podcast: More Terror in NYC, and Moore Closes in Alabama

12/11/2017
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On the first podcast of the week, the COMMENTARY crew takes up the failed terrorist attack in the New York City subway station and points out just how blase it appears we have gotten in response to these events 16 years after 9/11. And then we ask: What are the media's obligations after they report falsely on highly sensitive events? Give a listen.

Duration: 01:02:16


Commentary Podcast: If I Forget Thee, O Al Franken...

12/7/2017
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The second COMMENTARY podcast of the week takes up the recognition of Jerusalem, the downfall of Al Franken, and shoes dropping all over the place in the Trump-Russia investigation. Give a listen.

Duration: 01:00:15


Commentary Podcast: Flynn and Saudi Arabia: Turn and Face the Strange Ch-Ch-Changes

12/4/2017
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On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we ask whether the Michael Flynn plea indicates huge trouble for the Trump White House or will prove to be much ado about nothing. But in the "much ado about something" category, we place the astonishing report that Saudi honcho Muhammad bin Sultan has effectively endorsed an Israeli peace proposal and sought to impose it on recalcitrant Palestinian boss Mahmoud Abbas. Could be the biggest news of the young century. Give a listen.

Duration: 00:58:07


Commentary Podcast: Are Trump's Tweets Helping the Tax Bill?

11/30/2017
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On the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we ask whether the constant swirl of dust around the president might actually be helping the Senate Republicans convince members to vote for tax reform because they are not constantly center stage as they were during the repeal-Obamacare debate. And we wonder whether Nancy Pelosi has brought a Democratic Tea Party down on her own head. Give a listen.

Duration: 00:56:32


Commentary Podcast: The Democratic Party's Harassment Disaster

11/27/2017
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On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we take up the long-term threat to Democratic interests—and the truth, and fairness, and everything Democrats have said they stand for when it comes to women and sexual abuse—that arises from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's decision to provide cover for accused harasser John Conyers. Give a listen.

Duration: 00:49:45


Commentary Podcast: When Politicians Aren’t Moral

11/22/2017
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In this pre-Thanksgiving COMMENTARY podcast, the gang (minus an under-the-weather Noah Rothman) discusses Donald Trump’s anti-presidential attitude and whether there’s an upside to it. We also consider the new partisan turn in the response to ongoing sexual-misconduct allegations. Give a listen. Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

Duration: 00:49:08


Commentary Podcast: Moral Panics and the Nation That Loves Them

11/20/2017
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On the first of this holiday week's COMMENTARY podcasts, we delve into the question of what the sexual harassment scandals of the past seven weeks have in common with previous moments in American history. And we talk tax reform and where you can get a cheap cooked turkey. Give a listen.

Duration: 00:57:13


All Come Tumbling Down

11/16/2017
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In the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, the crew (Noah’s still on vacation) makes sense of the continued allegations against Senate candidate Roy Moore, the new allegation against Senator Al Franken, the reemerging allegations against Bill Clinton, and the whole state of our post-Weinstein culture. We also reflect on the Republican tax-cut push and what its success would mean for Donald Trump. Give a listen. Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

Duration: 00:48:24


Commentary Podcast: How Much Moore Can We Take?

11/13/2017
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On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, the gang (minus Noah Rothman) covers the accusations of sexual misconduct against the Roy Moore, his strange defense, and his even stranger defenders. We also talk about President Trump's press conference with Rodrigo Duterte and the explosive news of a massive cyberattack on the NSA. Give a listen. Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

Duration: 00:51:19


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11/9/2017
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On the second podcast of the week, the COMMENTARY crew takes up the question of how bad the 2017 election results are for the GOP and what they herald for next year, whether the damage might be mitigated by a tax reform bill, and whether Democrats can be responsible stewards of their own future and keep themselves from going off the ledge into a leftist maelstrom. Then we discuss the terrifying prospect of Jeremy Corbyn's ascension to 10 Downing Street. Give a listen.

Duration: 00:55:40


Commentary Podcast: The Progressive Blind Spot

11/6/2017
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On this week’s first COMMENTARY Podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, Sohrab Ahmari, and Noah Rothman discuss the left-right cultural divide over how to respond to horrific shootings like that which occurred in Texas over the weekend. The hosts also explore how the left’s temptation to attack cultural signifiers on the right will prevent them from exploring what really happened in the event that a Republican wins the Virginia gubernatorial race on Tuesday.

Duration: 00:53:27


Commentary Podcast: Look in the Mirror, Democrats

11/2/2017
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We welcome Senior Writer Sohrab Ahmari to the COMMENTARY podcast today, as we examine two articles today that finally show the Democratic Party is taking the full measure of the disaster it has brought upon itself. We also talk about the horror in Tribeca. Give a listen.

Duration: 00:47:19


Commentary Podcast: Manafortsplaining

10/30/2017
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The first COMMENTARY podcast of the week finds me, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman considering the volcanic possible consequences that might flow from Special Prosecutor Mueller's indictments of one-time Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Then we move on to the Hollywood sex scandals and wonder whether we are seeing the literal implosion of an entire industry. Give a listen.

Duration: 00:59:23


Commentary Podcast: Flaking Out While Drinking a White Russian

10/26/2017
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Abe, Noah, and I join for the last COMMENTARY podcast of the week to discuss the retirement of Jeff Flake and his attack on Donald Trump's violation of norms: Can you really say the man who wins the presidency is a political aberration. We then consider the schadenfreude of the Right at learning of the Clinton campaign's hidden role in trying to dig up dirt on Trump in Russia—and wonder at the conspiracy theory that is being spun from it. Give a listen.

Duration: 01:04:52


Commentary Podcast: $32 Million? Oh, Really? No, O'Reilly

10/23/2017
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On this week's first COMMENTARY podcast, we stand agog at the personal $32 million payout by former #1 cable news star Bill O'Reilly and what it means about the sexual harassment scandals and the way they are changing the rules. Then we move on to simpler matters, like American foreign policy and the ambush in Niger. Give a listen.

Duration: 01:04:47


Commentary Podcast: Back to the Clintons—and the Endless Culture War

10/19/2017
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On the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we delve into the Russian purchase of an American uranium company during the Obama years and how its executives enriched the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation as it was happening—and what this tells us about them and the Democratic party and Obama. Then President Trump's uncomfortable contretemps over calling Gold Star families takes us to the question of the culture war and how important it is in understanding our present moment. Give a listen.

Duration: 00:58:37


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10/16/2017
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On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we take up the Trump White House's move on the Iran deal, its declarations on health care, and its shifting policies on immigration and "Dreamers" and how they reveal that this revolutionary administration is actually engaging in half-measures that are designed to make everybody miserable. Give a listen.

Duration: 00:58:35


Commentary Podcast: Harvey Weinstein Is Finished, But Nukes Aren’t

10/11/2017
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The COMMENTARY crew digs deeply into the horror of Harvey Weinstein, now journeying, perhaps, into a land beyond extradition, and ask whether his monstrousness is specifically related to show business or whether it reflects something baser in general. Then we talk about the story that Donald Trump said he wanted more nuclear weapons and wonder at the outrage expressed about it. Give a listen.

Duration: 00:46:38


Commentary Podcast: A Corker of a Weekend

10/9/2017
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On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman explore with me the meaning of the Twitter war between the president and the retiring chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and what it portends for the potential crackup of the Republican Party. Then we descend into Hollywood Gomorrah with Harvey Weinstein and his sexual predation and the coverups thereto. Give a listen.

Duration: 01:03:06

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