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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and AEI/NRI Fellow enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day and of all-time. Is Western Civilization doomed? Is nationalism the wave of the future? Is the Pope Catholic? Will they ever find a new place to put cheese on a pizza? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Who is hotter: Ginger or Mary-Ann? Was Plato really endorsing the Republic as the ideal state? Mixing history, pop culture, rank-punditry, political philosophy, and, at times, shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they had on cable-TV shout shows. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful.

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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and AEI/NRI Fellow enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day and of all-time. Is Western Civilization doomed? Is nationalism the wave of the future? Is the Pope Catholic? Will they ever find a new place to put cheese on a pizza? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Who is hotter: Ginger or Mary-Ann? Was Plato really endorsing the Republic as the ideal state? Mixing history, pop culture, rank-punditry, political philosophy, and, at times, shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they had on cable-TV shout shows. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful.

    When Shadows Fall

    When Shadows Fall

    Scott Winship, director of poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Jonah to discuss the history of poverty in the United States. The pair begin by digging into a new report from Scott and four of his peers that explores issues of black vs. white inequality, before they turn to examining potential solutions to these disparities. Is the success sequence outdated? Should America be based on bourgeois morality? And will Jonah ever forgive Scott for collaborating with scholars at the hated Brookings Institution? 

     

    Show Notes:

    -“Long Shadows,” Scott’s report on the black-white gap in multigenerational poverty 

    -Scott joins the candy eaters on the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast

    -The Moynihan Report

    -LBJ (Jonah’s second favorite president) on affirmative action

    -Baby bonds

    -The success sequence

    -Nigerians have the highest level of education in the U.S.

    -Black Identities, by Mary Waters

    -Scott: “Is it Really too Expensive to Raise a Family?”

    -Scott’s case against child allowances

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Drive-Time Ruminant 4: A Farewell Potpourri

    Drive-Time Ruminant 4: A Farewell Potpourri

    Fair warning: Eating styrofoam may prove more constructive than listening to today’s drive-time Remnant, which contains even less substance than your average Seinfeld episode. Jonah (scourge of baggage agents across America), Ryan (softball hero of the think-tank league and true retainer to The Remnant’s legacy), Guy (who contributed nothing to this episode because “Talkin’ Softball” was stuck in his head), and Nick (full-time Renfield to Jonah’s Dracula) reunite to explore the pointlessness of various government departments, kooky conservative reactions to making Juneteenth a federal holiday, and political blogging in the dark ages of the internet. The quartet also has sad news to impart: Beginning next week, Nick will no longer be serving as Jonah’s research assistant. To mark his departure and celebrate his legacy, the guys talk about absolute guff for about an hour, and then retroactively stick some newsy things onto the front of the show.

    Show Notes:

    - The enduring strangeness of Jackie Butts (sorry, Jack)

    - Darkest drilling

    - The 2001 shoe bombing attempt

    - Tucker Carlson outcrazies himself

    - Andrew Egger on the latest January 6 conspiracy

    - Charlie Kirk confirms his genius

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Velocity of Bahnsen

    Velocity of Bahnsen

    After several years worth of appearances, David Bahnsen (managing partner and chief investment officer at the Bahnsen Group) finally comes on to talk about his main gig: how money works. It only took five whole shows for Jonah to stop asking him about the postmillenial view about how the world’s going to end. But what better time to start asking about the economy than now, as the national conversation turns to taxing the rich, reopening the economy after a year and a half, and whether or not we’re entering an inflationary spiral? Oh, and David’s in the Five-Timer’s Club now.

    Show Notes:

    - That time that David Bahnsen started COVID

    - David sub-hosts for Jonah, talks to David (the other one)

    - Remember “flattening” the curve?

    - David recognized a COVID/obesity connection in May 2020

    - Jonah on the ProPublica story

    - David’s somewhat mistimed book on Elizabeth Warren’s campaign

    - David in Commentary on wealth tax proposals

    - Larry Summers doesn’t like wealth taxes

    - “Sticky wages”... gross

    - Lacey Hunt thinks inflation ends with a whimper, not a bang

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    The Hangover Chapter 5: Chris Stirewalt and Parker Poling

    The Hangover Chapter 5: Chris Stirewalt and Parker Poling

    While it’s true that Chris Stirewalt came to perform an autopsy on the GOP’s 2020 election strategy and results, it’s worth pointing out that “the GOP” as a rule didn’t do all that badly in 2020 – the real problem was Donald Trump. Given this state of affairs, Chris decided to reverse course momentarily by speaking to Parker Poling, the 2019-2020 executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee and one of the primary architects of the GOP strategy for congressional elections in 2020. Parker helps to give us a better sense of why Republicans entering the party without Trumpian baggage were able to outperform the president in their own state and local elections and what it was like to make such strides in diversifying the GOP cohort to include more women and racial minorities at a time of revanchist populism. Parker even gives us her advice for freshman members of Congress (Hint: Most of them don’t follow it, even though they should).

     

    Show Notes:

    -Parker’s time in the GOP

    -Patrick McHenry’s unexpected congressional career

    -Congressional Republicans outperformed Trump

    -Florida’s 27th Congressional District had an unpredictable election

    -Iowa’s 2nd District, and the election with a six-vote margin

    -A hint of what the NRCC could’ve run on before January 6

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    • 52 min
    On Things Hebraic

    On Things Hebraic

    Recorded in anticipation of the change of government that Israel has undergone, Jonah brought back one of his oldest friends Tevi Troy, now a fresh face at the Bipartisan Policy Center. The pair discusses the differences between our chaos-filled presidential system and Israel’s chaos-filled parliamentary system, Bibi Netanyahu’s legacy, and why, in a world filled with limitless technological delights, Hollywood’s blockbuster movies are just so bad.

     

    Show Notes:

    -Tevi’s new gig

    -How do different democracies pick their head of state/government?

    -“Jimmy’s my Jewish friend”

    -Tevi describes what to expect from a Democratic White House’s relationship with Israel

    -New coalition government ousts Netanyahu

    -Recent antisemitic attacks look like images from Europe, not America

    -Bari Weiss’ book, How to Fight Anti-Semitism

    -Jonah on structural antisemitism

    -Tevi’s case for optimism

    -The Fish of Monte Cristo

    -Tevi’s book, Shall We Wake the President?

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Remnant Czar

    The Remnant Czar

    Jonah returns to the classic Ruminant format for the end of the week, which turned out to be a rather newsy, strange sequence of days. From Jeffrey Toobin’s seminal moment (not the one you’re thinking of), to Kamala Harris’ Skeletor-like tactic for dodging questions, all the way to a story about taxation that Jonah thinks has more going on in it than most people think (it may even break “one of the most sacred compacts of government”), this episode brings us reeling back through the mists of time all the way to… last summer, when Jonah was doing this every Friday.

    Show notes:
    Jeffrey Toobin continues to help himself on CNN, in spite of our protestations
    Politico’s Playbook, and their analysis of Kamala’s Guatemala visit
    “Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.”
    The painfully awkward Lester Holt/Kamala Harris interview
    “Some of his sentences give me the same sensation as falling backward in one of those ‘trust’ exercises, in which you just have to hope things work out.”
    Texas bans COVID vaccine passports
    A black-owned bus company helped to fight segregation
    .The ProPublica tax… thing
    De Blasio thinks there’s enough money in NYC - it’s just in “the wrong hands”
    The Remnant with Brian Riedl
    “The Hop Bird”
    The Wednesday “news”letter
    Audrey Fahlberg’s piece on the Maricopa County “audit”

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    • 1 hr 7 min

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LA11835 ,

My favorite, but the ads…

My favorite podcast, ads are just a tad too long

John OC ,

Self indulgent

Just really self indulgent. Too much so for a regular listen.

commdoc ,

Getting better all the time.

From a rather rough beginning last year, this podcast has now become essential listening for those wishing to go deeper than even Goldberg's delightful written punditry.. He has great and interesting guests not all of whom he agrees with but the conversation is so illuminating and civil that you almost don't notice. And it's the humor that makes discussion of sometimes dispiritng political topics more tolerable, even enjoyable.

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