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The Ben and Joel Podcast

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On this edition of the City Journal Books Podcast, Ben Boychuk and Joel Mathis discuss presidential power with Stephen F. Knott, author most recently of Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics (University Press of K
We're pleased to announce that the Ben and Joel Podcast is becoming the City Journal Books Podcast! Although our name and home base may be changing, the content of the program will remain the same. We'll continue to offer 21st-century conversa
Ben and Joel are joined by Brink Lindsey. He is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and senior scholar at the Kaufman Foundation—he's also known for his time at the Cato Institute, where among his many roles he served as the editor of the mo
Ben and Joel are joined by one of the most distinguished investigative reporting duos in American journalism. Donald Barlett and James Steele have worked together for more than four decades, first at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where they won t
Douglas Stuart joins the podcast to discuss his new book, "Creating the National Security State: A History of the Law That Transformed America," a look at the 1947 National Security Act. Stuart holds the J. William Stuart and Helen D. Stuart
Ben and Joel are joined by Jonathan Haidt, the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at NYU-Stern School of Business. He’s the author of several books, including “The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” and m
Jonah Goldberg, American Enterprise Institute fellow and editor-at-large at National Review Online, joins Ben Boychuk to discuss his latest book, The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas. Joel Mathis received a last-minut
Ben and Joel are joined by author Robert Draper. He’s a former writer for Texas Monthly magazine; nowadays he’s a correspondent for GQ and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine. He was the author, in 2007, of “Dead Certain: The Preside
Ben Boychuk is joined by Lenore Skenazy, "the World's Worst Mom" and author of the 2009 book, Free-Range Kids. Ever since Skenazy caused a scandal by allowing her then-9-year-old son to ride the subway home alone, she's been waging a sometimes
Ben and Joel are are joined by Edward Luce, Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times, where he writes about American politics, and the economy. In addition to his reporting career, Luce spent 2000 as the chief speechwriter
Jim Manzi, the founder and chairman of Applied Predictive Technologies and a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute, joins Ben Boychuk and Joel Mathis to discuss his new book, Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Busin
With the rise of e-reading, how has the nature of authorship changed? Andrea Buchanan, the author of the new multimedia young adult novel, "Gift"—and the co-author of the bestselling "The Daring Book For Girls"—joins Ben and Joel to talk abou
Ben and Joel are joined are joined by Sanford Levinson. He's a professor of law and political science at the University of Texas-Austin. He's a renowned authority on constitution law, whose books include "Wrestling with Diversity," Constituti
Ben and Joel are joined by The New Republic's Timothy Noah. Prior to his current stint as the TRB columnist and blogger at TNR, Noah wrote for Slate—and that's where he developed the series of articles that formed the basis for his latest book,
Jonathan Bell is Senior Lecturer and Chair of the History Department at the University of Reading. He joins Ben and Joel to discuss his new book, "California Crucible: The Forging of Modern American Liberalism." • Why is a European academic i
Ben and Joel are joined by Lex Friedman, author of "The Snuggie Sutra" and the forthcoming "The Kid in the Crib," for a talk about TV comedy. Questions considered in this podcast: • Is this a golden age for sitcoms? • What does the Internet ha
Signing the Declaration of Independence Ben and Joel discuss "the Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It" with Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn. His latest book, The Fou
Mister, we could use a man like Calvin Coolidge, again. Ben and Joel welcome back scholar, author, and Powerline blogger extraordinaire Steve Hayward for a wide-ranging chat about his latest book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presiden
Hollywood! Hooray? You would never know it from the total news blackout and absence of hype, but the 84th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday, February 26. Joining Ben and Joel for this edition of the podcast are returning guests Christian To
Ben and Joel are joined by Bruce Edward Walker, editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News. Top of the agenda? The Stop Online Piracy Act, which would let the government shut down websites accused of copyright infringement.
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