James Lileks is an American journalist, columnist, blogger and host of The Ricochet Podcast

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Gotta make this brief as we are very, very busy around here: Peter Robinson? Not here this week. Jon Gabriel sits in for him. It's really cold in NYC today. We break down the dumpster fire Democratic debate. Then, author and New York Times science writer (no that's not a typo) John Tierny on his book The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It .  We're positive you are going to like it. Then, our pal Christina Hoffs Sommers from the Femsplainers podcast stops by to talk about Harvey Weinstein, Democratic primary candidate wackiness (and woke-i-ness) and why she thinks Bernie Sanders will be the nominee. Finally, pardon us, but we have to discuss the pardons, and Jon Gabriel humblebrags about reading some really old books. Yawn. Music from this week's show: Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson Sponsored by Lending Club, Quip Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ricochet-podcast/pardon-us-2/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to Ricochet Podcast in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.
Yeah, it another really busy week in the Ricochet Podcast Extended Universe (or as we like to call it, RIPEU, or repoo): we had a primary, some candidates drop out the race, we had a former Trump campaign advisor sentencing blow up into a fight between the President and his Attorney General. But we decided to ignore all of that (for at least about 70% of the show) and focus on other matters. First we have a discussion about why things are actually pretty great right now, premised on Ross Douthat's upcoming book The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success (Ross will be on the show in March to defend himself). Then, we continue ignoring current events as the great Yuval Levin stops by to discuss institutions and why we need them (you'll want to buy his book, A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream). It's a fascinating conversation, completely devoid of any controversy involving a Tweet. Ahhhh, take me away Calgon. But, all of that bliss comes to a crashing halt when Ricochet Podcast Senior Justice Department and Legal Pundit John Yoo calls in from the tub in his hotel room (not kidding!) to discuss the Barr/Trump/Stone controversy of the moment. Guess we had to do that? Also, Rob Long moonlights on yet another podcast to discuss his hobbies. We recommend it. Finally, mazel tov to @bucknelldad, he's the winner of the highly coveted Lileks Post of The Week, for his French Court Scrambles the Debate Over What is "GMO" in Foods post. Magnifiqué, mon ami. Music From This Week's Show: Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 by Bob Dylan   Sponsored by ButcherBox, Hydrant Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ricochet-podcast/everybody-must-get-stone-2/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to Ricochet Podcast in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.
A debacle in Iowa, a triumphant State of The Union speech, a rip-off, a socialist, a small town mayor with a big win -- you name it, we discuss it on this week's edition of The Big Show, aka The Ricochet Podcast. To help us sort through it all, we've got the great Deb Saunders, White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review Journal, and Mr. New Hampshire himself, Michael Graham (listeners, please send him some decaf- he needs it). Also, come on down, Ricochet member @nohaaj! You've got the highly coveted, much sought after Lileks Post of The Week. Finally, a White House speechwriter reviews the SOTU speech, another Long Poll Question®, and we close with another edition of What Are You Watching? What are you watching? Let us know in the comments. Music from this week's show: My Generation by The Zimmers Sponsored by Lending Club, Earnest Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ricochet-podcast/the-greatest-week/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to Ricochet Podcast in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.
Do not adjust your podcast app or web browser, you are in fact seeing this week's Ricochet Podcast drop a day early. And we've got a good one for you: Chief Impeachment Pundit John Yoo stops by to grade Alan Dershowitz's impeachment defense arguments and then The Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel gives no you-know-what's about the Democrats and their tactics. Also, our crew punditizes (we just made that word up) on the Middle East, Lileks gives Post of The Week honors to @henrycastaigne for his Epic Crossover Event: Dr. Who Battles the Gods of the Copybook Headings, we've got a new Long Poll question, and a new jingle!  Music from this week's episode: Can I Get A Witness by Marvin Gaye Sponsored by Boll & Branch, ButcherBox, Lending Club Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ricochet-podcast/can-i-get-a-witness/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to Ricochet Podcast in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.
You asked for more face time with The Founders®, and here it is: our first Question Time show of 2020 (there will be more!). We cover some Ricochet history, get into a feisty debate about abortion, take a brief break with Henry Olsen, host of our new Horse Race podcast to make some hay (see what we did there?) on impeachment and some key Senate races. Also, Lileks opines on the new Star Trek series, and the hosts pick a historical moment they'd like to visit once we achieve a critical mass of members (what are YOU waiting for? Join today!). Thanks for all the great questions, Ricochet members! Music from this week's show: Happy Feet by The Manhattan Rythm Kings Sponsored by ButcherBox, Lending Club Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ricochet-podcast/a-blast-from-the-past/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to Ricochet Podcast in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.
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Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Episode Count
290
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
1 week, 58 minutes