25 episodes

Led by host Jack Butler, an associate editor of National Review Online, an ever-shifting cast of young, (mostly) right-leaning millennials discuss the news and culture of the day, offering unique insight on things people their age are actually experiencing.

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    • 4.7 • 126 Ratings

Led by host Jack Butler, an associate editor of National Review Online, an ever-shifting cast of young, (mostly) right-leaning millennials discuss the news and culture of the day, offering unique insight on things people their age are actually experiencing.

    Explaining Nebraska

    Explaining Nebraska

    Last week in Nebraska, Charles Herbster became the first Trump endorsee to lose a Republican primary in 2022. Jim Pillen, a figure little-known to a national audience, prevailed. To explain why this happened, to examine other mysteries of Nebraska, and to push back against Beltway misconceptions about the state, Jack invites Nebraska talk-radio show host […]

    • 40 min
    English Teachers against Teaching English?

    English Teachers against Teaching English?

    The National Council of Teachers of English apparently believes that reading books and writing essays is overrated, and that students should learn about memes and selfies instead. English teacher (though not an NCTE member) Daniel Buck returns to the show to rebut this foolish notion . . . and to challenge Jack to a duel?

    • 39 min
    The University of Virginia’s Identity Crisis

    The University of Virginia’s Identity Crisis

    Jack brings on University of Virginia jun–er, third-year Ian Schwartz to discuss various controversies–a speech by Mike Pence, the Thomas Jefferson legacy at UVA, free speech in general–that have dominated discusson on the camp–er, grounds of Charlottesville’s famous institution of higher education.

    • 38 min
    The Lia Thomas Debacle

    The Lia Thomas Debacle

    Jack brings on former collegiate swimmer Jenna Stocker to try to make sense of Lia (Will) Thomas competing as a female collegiate athlete despite being male, and to swat down the arguments in favor. Jack and Jenna also bond over a shared loathing of the NCAA.

    • 41 min
    Batman, Begin Again

    Batman, Begin Again

    Holy reboot, Batman! To debate the merits of the latest incarnation of Batman, this time with Matt Reeves directing Robert Pattinson in The Batman, Jack brings Young Americans stalwart Alec Dent, who writes about culture and checks facts for The Dispatch, back to the show. Jack was not a fan; Alec was (after a second viewing). Tune […]

    • 36 min
    TikTok Is Evil

    TikTok Is Evil

    Federalist culture editor Emily Jashinsky joins Jack for an extended disqusition on how bad TikTok is, and what to do about it. They also make fun of Zoomers (who deserve it).

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

Caminante-Blanco ,

Dune forever!

Jack Butler introduced me to Dune and I will forever be grateful!

Ben Connelly ,

What Do Donald Trump and Leto II Atriedes Have in Common?

Everything.

Like many Young Americans listeners, I would guess, I came to this podcast from the Remnant. The title of this review references the first piece written by Jack Butler that I read in National Review. I kept listening to Young Americans because of the eclectic humor and odd (yet insightful) commentary.

As a fellow Millennial (by the skin of my teeth), runner, Dune fan, Tolkien fan, conservative, young American, and Boston Marathon veteran, I couldn’t help but enjoy Jack’s weird and sometimes brilliant view of American politics. He sees things differently than other people… because he’s not like other people. Anyone who has listened to lots of old episodes of the Remnant and episodes of this show will know that.

Actually, listeners have one question for Jack based on something he has told us many times. Can we no longer trust him in two years?

Seriously, this podcast is very salient for young people and the issues they face. Jack is well versed in what differentiates Millennials from Gen Z, whether or not the stereotypes are true, and what conservatism has to say to 20-somethings.

Plus, Jack absolutely hit the mark about Trump and the God Emperor of Dune. One of the best things I’ve ever read in NR.

I suppose I should end by saying that the most Millennial thing I’ve done recently was post a review on Apple podcasts of a show about Millennials and Gen Z.

A_AZ ,

Staying connected

My attempt to stay in touch with my much younger self, has me listening.

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