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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.

    The Inmates Are Running the Party

    The Inmates Are Running the Party

    A.B. Stoddard rejoins the show for the three-timer award, as well as to talk, well, politics of all things. What can we expect from Senate Republicans at the start of the new Biden administration. Especially with a vote on whether to convict Donald Trump in the pipeline? We also get some more chronicles in the saga of Mitch McConnell: Machiavellian, principled, or both? And what about the recent flurry of (largely) socially progressive executive orders from the Resolute Desk? Stoddard helps determine what of this recent political news is a signal, and what’s simply noise.

     

    Show Notes:

    -Stoddard at RCP

    -Stoddard on McConnell

    -The Hawaii GOP expresses its support for QAnon

    -Is Jim Jordan about to get more influential?

    -“The One Where Jonah Calls Matt Gaetz a Steroidal Playmobil Figurine”

    -Updates on the Patriot Party

    -Take our podcast survey

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Remnant D’être

    Remnant D’être

    The days of the 2012 GOP “autopsy” are long behind us. Listen as Jonah ruminates on the struggles of protecting serious conservatism at a time of supreme unreflectiveness among many adherents of the movement as to how it has been led astray. Jonah also expresses his optimism at the revitalized raison d’être of The Dispatch in a post-Trump America. Additionally, Jonah even previews a forthcoming idea that could be of supreme interest to The Remnant’s nerdier factions: “I owe it to readers to do a deep dive… into what Liberal Fascism has to say” about the revanchist populism of the Trumpian right.

     

    Show Notes:

    -     Take our podcast survey 

    -      This week’s G-File

    -      The minimum wage and eugenics

    -      Why are they calling all of Antifa “Biden voters”?

    -      Hunter Baker’s article

    -      Newt Gingrich, with another asinine thing

    -      “Not my president?”

    -      The Wednesday “news”letter

    -      The Remnant with Mo Elleithee

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Jack Gets Back

    Jack Gets Back

    Join Jonah and special guest Jack Butler, his former research assistant for the tricentennial episode. It’s the best of both worlds as the program recalls its greatest hits (conspiracies about the Soviets, Bigfoot Erotica, The Episode that Shall Not be Named, and, of course, Jokes at Jack’s expense) while also breaking into new territory. The guys talk about the conflict between college Republicans who got into politics just to be edgy versus the more thoughtful millenials and Zoomers who actually hold convictions, and about how “for the first time in more than four years, conservative politics do not have to flow through the person of Donald Trump.”

     

    Show Notes:

     -    Take our podcast survey

    -      Jack’s page at NR

    -      The Remnant with Joseph Uscinski (or, as Jack said in an interesting instance of spoonerism, “Douglas Urbanski”)

    -      Lost Cosmonauts

    -      Werner Herzog being vaguely horrified by Grizzly Man audio

    -      Bigfoot Erotica: Origin Stories

    -      “The Swamp: An affectionate farewell”

    -      The “Uncomfortable Learning” program at Williams College has a strange history

    -      Jack’s profound disappointment with Madison Cawthorn

    -      Jack ponders the possibilities of Amazon’s show in Middle-Earth

    -      Dan McLaughlin on what comes after Trump

    -      Zhou Enlai on the French Revolution: “Toon soon to tell”

    -      Community: Nick Cage, good or bad?

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Mo Unity, Mo Problems

    Mo Unity, Mo Problems

    In an exercise of “dealing with liberalism’s best arguments,” Jonah plays host to returning guest Mo Elleithee, a Democratic political strategist. They talk about the first day of the Biden administration and many of the coming political realignments. Would Democrats relish the thought of a “Patriot Party” rising up in opposition to the GOP, or would they reel in horror? Are Americans cautiously optimistic about the incoming administration’s “unity” message, and if so, are they right to be? And in a shocking turn of events, every House Democrat must now bow before the Lord Regent of West Virginia, Joe Manchin.

     

    Show Notes:

    -Take our podcast survey

    -Mo Elleithee - Georgetown University

    -George W. Bush’s first inaugural address

    -Trump’s “Patriot Party”

    -Liz Cheney vs. the House GOP

    -Chip Roy’s House speech on impeachment

    -NYT: “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police”

    -The January 2021 Civility Poll

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Scarcity of Lacrimosity

    Scarcity of Lacrimosity

    On this weekend’s Ruminant, Jonah discusses how the essence of conservatism in all its variety has been distilled down to a single oversimplistic metric: The more one likes Trump, and the more libs one owns, the more conservative one is assumed to be. “If you agree with Donald Trump, you’re a conservative, and if you defend Trump at all costs, you’re a good conservative.” Jonah then talks about how the larger panoply of conservative ideas is not only more interesting, but more practical for achieving realistic goals in our politics. There’s also a healthy smattering of theology, dog-talk, and Buckley stories throughout.

     

    Show Notes:

    -      Take our podcast survey

    -      This week’s Remnant with Yuval

    -      This week’s G-File

    -      DeSantis puts his kid in a MAGA onesie

    -      Varieties of Conservatism in America

    -      Varieties of Progressivism in America

    -      Advisory Opinions talks about incitement standards

    -      Pew polls attitudes about election results

    -      This week’s Remnant with Keith Whittington

    -      Last weekend’s Ruminant

    -      Jonah combat’s J. V. Last’s dog-suspicion

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Yuval Got Some Explaining to Do

    Yuval Got Some Explaining to Do

    Today, AEI’s Yuval Levin returns, and Jonah asks him something more important than “What happens next?” Rather, they try to think about “What should we do next?” They talk about what Congress’ institutional responsibility is in regards to impeachment. They also discuss the 10 Republican representatives who voted for impeachment (“Look, I’m Jewish: 10 is better than zero.”), and their hopes to move past the historically anomalous character of right wing discourse throughout the Trump years. “This period has just been devoid of policy conversations. … Keeping the left from crushing you is an important goal, but it’s not what matters most.”

     

    Show Notes:

    -      Yuval’s most recent book, A Time to Build

    -      Yuval’s quarterly publication, National Affairs

    -      Rich Lowry: “The Crash of the Flight 93 Presidency”

    -      The Good Fight with Yascha Mounk

    -      William James and Charles Peirce’s “Cash value of an idea”

    -      “’Coequal’ is my trigger word”

    -      Federalist No. 10, where Madison discusses democracy vs. republicanism

    -      Robert Putnam, The Upswing

    -      “A Nation of Cowards,” by Jeffrey Snyder

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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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4.8K Ratings

Walking & talking ,

The musical moan

What is that? No matter. When I heard it - followed by JG’s introductory diatribes about tweets and clicks - it was love at first listen. The man understands why valuable digressions are good, for heaven’s sake. Perhaps more importantly, I have learned more from him about (American) conservatism than just about everyone else podcasting today. By the way, I’m a Democrat.

eoncarlyle ,

I don’t know how this show works

I can’t exactly explain the appeal of listening to Jonah’s hour plus long solo rants that go in all sorts of tangents. On paper it shouldn’t work and maybe it’s something of an acquired taste, but it’s a great show.

kmj sarasota ,

Mo

He is a great repeat guest. A model of respectful disagreement. Once further from the Trump dumpster fire, I hope you can have him back and challenge the left a bit more, on cultural revolution etc. I voted for Biden, but his immediate moves on, for instance, immigration and letting males join female sports, undermines the moderate slogan. In the shade of Trump’s disaster, perhaps not the time. But hope you return to respectfully taking on extremes.

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