10 episodes

Author, historian, and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson takes to the National Review airwaves for discussions of national politics, history, and more. He is joined by NR's vice president Jack Fowler for this weekly podcast.

The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast National Review

    • Politics
    • 4.9, 1.6K Ratings

Author, historian, and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson takes to the National Review airwaves for discussions of national politics, history, and more. He is joined by NR's vice president Jack Fowler for this weekly podcast.

    Great (and Not So Great) American Generals

    Great (and Not So Great) American Generals

    People have to take vacations, even eminent military historians. So in this episode, recorded in late July as we anticipated a lapse, Victor discussed some of America’s premier generals, and what made them great -- or, not so great. Among those discussed: George Washington, U.S. Grant, Dwight Eisenhower, William Sherman, George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, Matthew Ridgway, and some of the more prominent Native American chief: Cochise, Geronimo, and Sitting Bull. And a little shade is thrown at Benedict Arnold.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Dunking on the NBA

    Dunking on the NBA

    On today’s episode, Victor discusses the reasons and consequences of keeping America’s classrooms locked, free speech on campus, the NFL and NBA prioritizing woke, Donald Trump’s interview with Chris Wallace, and what 2021 might look like in Joe Biden’s America.

    • 53 min
    The Histrionic / Schizophrenic / Passive-Aggressive / Braggadocio / Weeping Woke, Explained

    The Histrionic / Schizophrenic / Passive-Aggressive / Braggadocio / Weeping Woke, Explained

    On today’s episode, Victor discusses his syndicated column on the schizophrenic woke rioters, his new NR essay on Jacobin Leftists getting edgy, the boomerang heading towards NBA and NFL virtue-mongerers, Bastille Day-generated reflections on the French Revolution’s enduring influence, Gavin Newsom’s dis-openings for the Golden State, the meaning of contender Kanye West, and the Trump / Fauci contretemps. 

    • 59 min
    Americas: Three. Realities: Two. Contextualization Standard: One. Year: Zero.

    Americas: Three. Realities: Two. Contextualization Standard: One. Year: Zero.

    On this episode, Victor discusses how Joe Biden has fared having emerged from his basement, President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech and his executive orders on monuments, universities hell-bent for obsolescence, and the Cultural Revolution’s Year Zero.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Basement Politics

    Basement Politics

    On today’s program, Victor discusses the cognitive challenges of Joe Biden; the former Veep’s basement strategy -- and how Trump needs to get Biden up through the bilco doors; how November will be about the Angry Voter; Blue State leaders “neo-confederate” approach to mayhem; John Roberts, the intimidated jurist; a Trump second-term agenda; recalling California governor Gavin Newsom; and reflections on the Fall of France on the 80th anniversary. The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast is produced by Sarah Schutte.

    • 53 min
    Limitations of Statues

    Limitations of Statues

    On this week’s episode, Victor discusses statue-toppling; the self-cannibalizing appetite of cultural revolutions; Juneteenth; President Trump’s new immigration order; chaos; John Bolton’s book; favorable winds that Donald Trump needs to harness to prevail in November; an attack of his criticism of retired generals; and how in the era of pandemics and riots, the city mouse is envious of his country cousin.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Lowell P ,

VDH the best!

Cannot get enough of Victor’s insights. Such a valuable and honest voice.

Andriy C. ,

Astute Commentary

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson is perhaps America’s greatest public intellectual, with a scholarly publication record that backs up the insights he offers into so many aspects of what remains of our civilization. Thank you, Prof. Hanson for reminding us that the academy still might have something valuable to offer rather than the senseless drivel that characterizes so much of what universities would impose on us on a daily basis. It is people like you that remind us why we used to value scholars back when wisdom based on deep scholarship was what was on offer.
I pray that a great conversion occur on our campuses, so that more people like Prof. Hanson might regularly inform public discourse in this country. Five stars don’t do justice to what this man offers. There is a difference between a simple home run and a grand slam hit right out of the park. How many more stars Dr. Hanson deserves!

Libby Scooter ,

Libby Scooter

Fun to read these reviews, see what passes for intellectualism among VDH’s fans. It’s a low bar! If you merely trot out you own views, without even attempting to understand and engage the views of others, then go on to regularly mischaracterize those views, that is ANTI-intellectualism. If you can never admit you’re wrong, that is not civil discourse, rather, it makes civil discourse impossible. If fans said, I like that he throws me red meat but without sounding as angry as Rush, that would be fair and honest. This stuff about him being one of our great public intellectuals is silly. There are dozens of conservative intellectuals out there from whom people across the spectrum can learn a lot. VDH is not one of them. He’s just a guy who tells you what you want to hear so he can make a buck, who denigrates the academy while he makes a buck off of it, who whines about elites while pretending he is not one and making out like he’s some kind of farmer because he leases out land he inherited, decades after he bankrupted the family farm. Sad.
Lastly, he is so out of his depth regarding science generally and Covid-19 specifically, his idle speculations could actually get you and others killed, if you took them seriously. And when evidence appears that contradicts his musings, he never goes back to correct or even qualify his past errors.
Just because you know a lot about military history doesn’t mean you know a lot about everything—a delusion VDH seems to be suffering.

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