For 20 years, the Claremont Review of Books has been the gold standard for conservative criticism and political analysis. Now the CRB comes to the podcast world with a new interview show hosted by Dr. Spencer Klavan, the magazine's assistant editor. As each new issue comes out, Spencer phones up authors whose essays have prompted deeper reflection and discussion. Over a drink and a copy of the latest CRB, he'll chat with the leading minds on the Right about what's going on in politics and literary culture.
New interviews appear once a month, and--as a bonus--Spencer will sit down once per issue with his boss and friend Dr. Charles Kesler, editor of the CRB, to discuss the major themes that have arisen in the news cycle and their deeper implications for the state of the nation.
The Close Read: Dr. William Voegeli on Degraded Crime Policy
Dr. William Voegeli, senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books, joins Spencer to analyze the Left’s increasingly dangerous relationship with crime. Urban Democrats have embraced a counterintuitive policy preference, enabling astonishingly high crime rates rather than working to reduce them. At the heart of it all is an urgent need to explain away violent crime as a cry for help from the perpetrators, rather than an offense against justice in need of redress.
The Close Read: Jeffrey Anderson on America’s Mask Regime
Jeffrey Anderson, former Trump appointee to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, joins Spencer to analyze the dubious science of mask mandates. Anderson’s essay, which was featured on Tucker Carlson Tonight, identifies how masks have been used to make Americans more submissive and erode our form of government.
The Close Read: Glenn Ellmers on Harry V. Jaffas’ Lessons for the Modern Right
Glenn Ellmers, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of the new book The Soul of Politics, joins Spencer to discuss the enduring relevance of Harry V. Jaffa’s life and scholarship for our challenging political times. Plus: is the modern academy unmaking our best and brightest?
The Close Read: The Fall of Afghanistan with Charles Kesler
The CRB’s Summer edition is wide-ranging, covering topics including masking, crime, and a prescient editor’s note about the fiasco that is Afghanistan’s fall. Join Dr. Kesler and Spencer as they discuss the significance of the collapse of Kabul, a brief history of how we got there, and what lessons can be gleaned from it all. Plus: an overview of the whole edition.
The Close Read: Andrew Roberts on Vindicating Churchill
Andrew Roberts, author of the new book Churchill: Walking with Destiny, joins Spencer to discuss the legacy of Winston Churchill and the lessons we can draw from his greatness. Plus: a sneak peek at Roberts’s forthcoming defense of King George III.
The Close Read: James Poulos on Digital Religion
Dr. James Poulos, executive editor of The American Mind, joins Spencer to discuss humanity's identity crisis as machines and algorithms—piloted by Big Tech—threaten to usurp us as rulers of the earth. In a world increasingly dominated by invisible technology, the question becomes: who will catechize the bots?
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I really enjoy this podcast. I find it informative and engaging.
Need a new host
The utter pretentiousness of the host, with fake laughter and all, is so bad it’s beyond parody. At first I could tolerate it by imagining Thurston Howell III, but even that shield ablated away quickly and I had to simply turn it off. Also the production values are amateurish. It’s too bad because, I agree, the content tends to be very enlightening.