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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.



The most recent ten episodes of this podcast are available on this feed. Full archives are available to NRPLUS subscribers at NationalReview.com.

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    • 4.8 • 432 Ratings

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.



The most recent ten episodes of this podcast are available on this feed. Full archives are available to NRPLUS subscribers at NationalReview.com.

    So Close to Newsom, So Far from God

    So Close to Newsom, So Far from God

    Gavin Newsom adds “failed vaccine rollout” to his catalogue of failures. Monarchical power saves ex-congressman Duncan Hunter. Census data reveals California’s population growth is slowest since 1900. David and Will consider new state laws, the precarious state of free speech, and Bridget Mason, the freed slave who remains a California hero.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Clampdown

    The Clampdown

    David and Will consider California reactions to the pro-Trump mayhem at the U.S. Capitol, including Trump-free Facebook and Twitter, the electronic shutdown of a nonpartisan policy conference in Sacramento, new legislation to recreate a California Patriot Act, and the California Democratic Party’s attempt to label the Recall Newsom campaign a “California coup.”

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Madness of Crowds

    The Madness of Crowds

    David and Will discuss the relationship between this week’s events in Washington, D.C., and California’s ongoing dysfunction. How do people of good faith talk to one another?

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Not the Book of Revelation, but a Remarkable Facsimile!

    Not the Book of Revelation, but a Remarkable Facsimile!

    David and Will review pandemics, wildfires, utility regulation, school lockdowns, the fall and rise of Kamala Harris, Father Junipero Serra, San Francisco, blackouts, Gavin Newsom, Kobe Bryant, George Floyd, porn-star licensing, on-and-off plastic bag bans, Elon Musk, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, John Wayne, John Sutter, Walter “Big Train” Johnson, the Book of Exoduses, and much (much) more.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Riding Shotgun with the Pope

    Riding Shotgun with the Pope

    State treasurer Fiona Ma wagers California cash in Pope Francis's misguided "inclusive capitalism" initiative; Sacramento's youngest assemblyman says the state's struggling business community needs a muzzle; Governor Newsom appoints Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Kamala Harris's U.S. Senate seat; and the growing multi-billion-dollar scandal inside California's unemployment department.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Eric Swalwell’s Hidden Dragon

    Eric Swalwell’s Hidden Dragon

    The entire time he was blasting Trump on Russian involvement in U.S. politics, NorCal congressman and House Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell knew he had spy problems of his own. In other news, David and Will discuss the departures for Texas of Oracle and Hewlett Packard, how climate activists are pushing California cities into the utility business, Netflix’s love letter to Hollywood radicals in “Mank,” USC football, and more.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
432 Ratings

432 Ratings

Dr. Bucephalus ,

Surprisingly Entertaining and Informative

As a liberal/libertarian/centrist/conservative atheist Jew, born and raised in WLA, a pair of true believing Orange Country Christians are among the last commentators I’d expect to turn to for informed and engaging chat re: California. An always enjoyable continually pleasant surprise.

Kd0814 ,

Dave and Will are the best

I think I’ve already reviewed them but today’s podcast was particularly good. Thank you Dave for your brilliant COVID rant. I, too, will never forgive them. Will’s assessment of legalization was also spot on. There is no other show out there like this one. Long live the independent thinkers!

phillyflyer58 ,

Never disappoints!

Become better informed about CA politics! Hosts Will Swaim and David Bahnsen provide smart, witty, and amusing commentary and critiques of California politics, politicians, laws and policies that we Californians put up with daily. They’re not afraid to take pokes at even the most sacred of cows when warranted. Keep up the good work, guys! La Revolución continua en la semana proxima!😉

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