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Host Sarah Isgur is joined by Steve Hayes, Jonah Goldberg, and David French for a weekly thoughtful discussion on politics, policy, and culture.

The Dispatch Podcast The Dispatch

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    • 4.7, 782 Ratings

Host Sarah Isgur is joined by Steve Hayes, Jonah Goldberg, and David French for a weekly thoughtful discussion on politics, policy, and culture.

    Untold No More

    Untold No More

    The day after his son was born on October 2, 2009, Jake Tapper watched a news report about a team of 53 American troops who were relentlessly attacked by 400 Taliban insurgents at the Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan. “In the haze of it all, there was a moment where I was sitting there holding my son and watching this news report about eight other sons, taken from this earth,” he said. Inspired by this story of American valor, Tapper began researching the story and eventually published a book chronicling the events in 2012.
    Fast forward eight years and his book, The Outpost, is now a movie. On today’s episode, Jake Tapper discusses the new blockbuster film with Sarah and Steve, and spends some time discussing the Taliban exit deal, the effectiveness of counterinsurgency abroad, and a sneak peek into the novel he’s working on.

    Show Notes:
    -The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor book, “The Outpost” movie, and Tapper's political thriller The Hellfire Club.

    • 50 min
    Feel My Pain

    Feel My Pain

    An open letter published by Harper’s, signed by 153 prominent names, warning against illiberal behavior received swift pushback online. Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss which socio-political issues of our time are within the scope of reasonable disagreement while also addressing why illiberalism has become such a global phenomenon.
    Should schools reopen fully in the fall? Why has the fight over mask-wearing devolved into a culture war issue? Does Trump understand his own constituency? Sarah and the guys weigh in on these questions while also addressing Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech, and the future of the GOP in a post-Trump era.

    Show Notes:
    -Harper’s Magazine’s “Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” Vox writer’s retaliatory Twitter response to the letter,  The Dispatch Podcast episode with Yascha Mounk.
    -Trump’s July Fourth speech at Mount Rushmore, Trump’s Twitter tirade against NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, Forbes interview with Kanye West on a presidential run.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Art of Persuasion

    The Art of Persuasion

    Yascha Mounk, the founder of Persuasion, joins Sarah and David to discuss his new publication and the project of defending liberal democracy.

    Show Notes:
    -Persuasion
    -Stranger in My Own Country 
    -Stop Firing the Innocent 

    • 49 min
    The Russian Plot

    The Russian Plot

    Sarah and the guys discuss reporting about a Russian plot to pay bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops, the battle for control of the Senate, and cancel culture's effect on our conversation about race in America.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Some Like It On the Trail

    Some Like It On the Trail

    Astead Herndon, national politics reporter at The New York Times, joins Sarah and Steve to discuss his reporting from the president's rally in Tulsa to the Biden campaign and veepstakes.

    Show Notes:
    -Astead's work at the Times
    -Follow Astead on Twitter 

    • 51 min
    Exhausted American Summer

    Exhausted American Summer

    Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss the state of the 2020 race as we kick off the first week of summer, and what the revelations in John Bolton's book mean for the president's administration.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
782 Ratings

782 Ratings

HLSTrojan ,

The best

Informative, nuanced, detailed, and entertaining.

texasdispfan ,

Solid conservative perspective

Wow! The Dispatch offers clear, insightful assessments of current events and politics from a principled conservative perspective—a rarity in these days, when the loudest voices on the right have abandoned principles for a tribal allegiance to the position of the day as tweeted from the White House. The articles on the Dispatch website are equally valuable and highly recommended.

In the spirit of constructive feedback, Sarah’s role could be more clearly defined, as she seems to be function somewhere between moderator and contributor, and that feels weird, especially as the only female voice.

Also, I understand it may be difficult to manage, but sometimes Sarah will pose two questions, and both sound really interesting, but only the first question is addressed because everyone takes a turn answering it, and time runs out, leaving the listener to wonder about the second question. Maybe it would be better to pose one question at a time.

Thanks for the opportunity to provide some feedback.

JBS009183827 ,

Calculated and Informed

Five starts. Wise discussions between Steve, Jonah, David, and Sarah. However, I’d like to see more disagreement between the four

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