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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.

    Face-Saving Megalomaniacs

    Face-Saving Megalomaniacs

    With all the sound and fury surrounding Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, we think it's timely to hear from an expert on the Info-Pacific to see it signifies much. Misha Auslin, host of The Pacific Century, joins to do just that. He identifies the silver lining in the whole affair; elucidates how China’s strategy has frozen us from stating our interests; points to the return of the engagement crowd; and deduces the motivations behind China's intimidation games.
    And with Peter and Rob off the grid, the Power Line podcasters Steve Hayward and Lucretia implement the next phase of their auricular invasion. With James, they jaw on energy policies, Arizona’s primaries, DeSantis’s move against an insubordinate state attorney, lawlessness in Minneapolis and the Kansas vote.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Toss 'Em In The Pin

    Toss 'Em In The Pin

    It's a free-for-all on the Ricochet Podcast this week! Rob and Peter are off enjoying the last gasp of Summer, so filling in are the effervescent John Yoo and the mysterious "Lucretia". Our official guest is Rafael Mangual, the newly minted author of Criminal (In)justice, which compiles his years of studying criminality in the U.S. and the progressive inaction of those charged with fighting it.
    Steve Hayward also pops in from Scotland, as seeing John and his Power Line Podcast co-host Lucretia as guest hosts is making him nervous about his highly lucrative side gig here on the flagship. The merry gang also discuss the much-talked-about definition of "recession"; naturally, there's some talk about SCOTUS and the philosophy of law; plus, John and Lucretia have some thoughts on the possibility that Congress investigates Anthony Fauci.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Kabuki People Want To See

    The Kabuki People Want To See

    With heat waves, and the inevitable extinction of humanity practically around the corner, why not talk about what's happening in the cool, comfortable theaters that we're told are also doomed? To help us keep things light and pleasant, we've recruited film critic Sonny Bunch to chat about the elegiac Top Gun: Maverick, the rockin' biopic Elvis, and the not-so-buzzy Lightyear. 
    The trio also get into the President's positive Covid test – which isn't a big deal all of a sudden. They discuss the calls for "executive beast mode," and ponder one of the biggest existential questions of all: what's up with a moose in the wild?
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Hot and Free

    Hot and Free

    This week, it's another round of Question Time, this week with actual (former) British person Charles C.W. Cooke sitting in for Peter Robinson, We cover Florida, guns, newspapers, -- an entire smorgasbord of topics (what's British for smorgasbord?).
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Not Done With Fun

    Not Done With Fun

    We've made it to 600, and in spite of the seemingly never-ending buffet of bad news that got our hosts talking in the first place, we manage to have a good time. Our first guest is Noah Rothman, whose latest book, The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives' War on Fun, takes a deep dive into the fanatics out to break up our good time.
    Then Toby Young (host of Ricochet's very own London Calling podcast) jumps on to talk about the fall of his old friend Boris Johnson. Was it his personality or his policies that drove him out of 10 Downing? And what's next for Britain's Conservative party?
    Of course the guys talk about podcast's latest milestone, but they also talk inflation, plus cheeseburgers and French fries!
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Judgement Day

    Judgement Day

    Whoa. Wow. Golly. And Hooray! Big news from SCOTUS today. A fifty year judicial error is finally corrected, and Ricochet's Supreme Court expert John Yoo joins us at the top of the hour to explain. He talks about the unofficial Thomas/Alito court, discusses what this could mean for other landmark cases, along with a few other fresh decisions that, on any other day, would've merited a visit from our good pal Mr. Yoo.
    Perhaps providentially, we asked AEI fellow and a charter school founder Ian Rowe to join before the news broke. What better time to have someone so committed to giving disadvantaged children a real shot at the good life? Ian's just published his book, Agency: The Four Point Plan (F.R.E.E.) for ALL Children to Overcome the Victimhood Narrative and Discover Their Pathway to Power. He discusses his decision to turn away from the big bucks he could've attained with his Harvard Business degree in favor of taking on the hard work empowering America's youth.
    The hosts also talk about the country getting back to the exhausting business of American democracy.
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    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

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1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

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Sonny Bunch

Really good podcast! Good discussions. Thanks

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American Symbols

Americans love Top Gun, and Tom Cruise should get a medal for reinvigorating the Classic American Adventure Movie. Quite a spirited discussion with Peter acting as an agent provocateur to Rob serious movie cred. Elegiac Podcast.

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Agency

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