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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.

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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.

    We're FTXed!

    We're FTXed!

    Another reminder that glitter doesn't always lead to gold. FTX and its oh-so-scruffy whiz kid have tanked, and they're bringing a lot of risk takers down with them. But some of us can't help but wonder if they were even tricked by actual glitter. If they had been paying attention to Rich Goldberg—host of our Cryptonite podcast—they might've seen it coming. If they tune in today, they might at least learn a lesson or two.
    And while we're on the subject of misguided expectations, we've invited back Charles McElwee of RealClearPennsylvania. He's here to explain the demographic entanglements that make PA a hard state to call and the mistakes the GOP made that've made us blue these days.
    And Elon Musk sure has a way of keeping us talking about his new tweet factory. Happy Thanksgiving! See you all in two weeks.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Post Mortem and a Retortum

    Post Mortem and a Retortum

    Tuesday was a buzzkill. How bad exactly? Not sure yet... Arizona's taking its time again. What better time then to have a guest appearance from Ricochet's very own Jon Gabriel, Arizonan and King of all stuff. Jon breaks down the state's second consecutive election breakdown. He's also got some pleasantly bold predictions! 
    Then we're joined by Luke Thompson, a key advisor for the J.D. Vance campaign. He takes us through his hard fight to get the outsider into the United States Senate, along with thoughts on the midterms as a whole, and some words of caution against tempting unifying theories.
    The merry trio also find some reassurance in the mess of it all, even if they can't help but lament young people who don't understand good pop culture references...
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    A Perfect Storm of Tipping Points

    A Perfect Storm of Tipping Points

    There is a tide... and depending on who you ask, Democracy is either drowning in it or she's catching some righteous swells. With Peter and Rob elsewhere, James links up with guests-slash-hosts Charlie Cooke and Steve Hayward to soak up the vibes. There's blue check mania and sleeper issues puzzling pollsters; not to mention Covid amnesty and Michael Beschloss coming down with whatever Chris Hayes has. 
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    • 59 min
    Let That Sink In

    Let That Sink In

    We may be approaching the spookiest day of the year, but it's the government that's giving grownups nightmares. California isn't ordinarily a place where suspenseful midterms happen, though our first guest Lanhee Chen has something to say about that. Running to be the Golden State's top fiscal watchdog, he's getting dangerously close to becoming the boogeyman for California's bureaucratic spendthrifts. (Support his campaign here!)
    Next we have John Yoo. Now that the Supreme Court has entered a new term, we revisit Dobbs and wonder about Moore v. Harper and The Students for Fair Admissions case against Harvard and UNC-Chapel Hill. Pork is also on the docket–and the McRib is in the news!–so John delivers an elegy on cuisine at its finest. There's also a murder plot...
    Two segments filled with so many treats, we hardly had time for tricks. We decided to let Elon Musk handle that for us this week; but, of course, the hosts have some thoughts on that too. 
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Stick With Us

    Stick With Us

    This week we're talkin' midterms and one very short term. England has been especially interesting these last few months, and we're always happy to have Toby Young with us. This week he has much to say about the lightning-fast deterioration of Liz Truss and the Conservative Party that may go down with her. Then Jim Geraghty returns to breakdown this peculiar midterm cycle. He gets into Fetterman, Oz, Walker, Abrams, O'Rourke and a few local races.
    Steve Hayward fills in for a jet-lagged Peter. He, James and Rob chat about the big semiconductor restrictions the Biden administration and they have a great time laughing at the greenies who can't even get VW to submit to their demands. 
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Podcasting In America

    Podcasting In America

    Even without being on the ballot, Democrats are determined to make the midterms about Donald Trump. And since that's what they want to talk about, we wanted to hear from our friend Debra Saunders again, whose just launched her podcast, Covering Trump. Deb fields questions from Rob, James and Charles about meat-and-potatoes stories, the mythological neutral reporter, and the incentives to write confirmation bias stories.
    The guys also talk about actual potatoes and wonder why op-ed writers think it's strange that Americans care most deeply about the price of them; there's a bit on the intersectional nightmare that took place in Dearborn, Michigan; and eventually (inevitably, perhaps) the conversation turned to... Supertramp. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Let us know in the comments!
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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

WFWJR ,

Never miss anything with Rob Long

Top 5 podcast for sure. At least try it.

ggailey777 ,

You guys should add Charlie full time

My title says it all. It’s the only thing that can make Ricochet better 😉

Pacuse ,

Show 613

As a Pennsylvanian the part with Charles McElwee of RealClearPennsylvania was very interesting.

Also - the end of the show’s discussion on mental health and homelessness screamed for Michael Shellenberger.

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