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    What It Means to Be Courageous

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 64:02

    Bari Weiss joins the COMMENTARY podcast to discuss her article in the new issue: “We Got Here Because of Cowardice. We Get Out With Courage.” She outlines the threat posed by wokeness, and how dissenters against this authoritarian dogma can reverse course.

    Who's Laughing Now?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 52:01

    Can laughter survive the scrutiny of self-serious social justice activists? Director, producer, and screenwriter of such hits as “Airplane!” and the “Naked Gun” series, David Zucker joins the show to discuss his article in the new issue of COMMENTARY, “Destroying Comedy,” and the woke threat to humor.

    First, Do No Harm

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 60:01

    The podcast welcomes former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Tevi Troy back to discuss his article in the latest issue of COMMENTARY, “Wokeness, M.D.” We discuss the ideological threat to the dispassionate conduct of medical science and how ideology is guiding public health practitioners' approach to the pandemic.

    What George Orwell Knew About Wokeness

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 64:40


    Wilfred Reilly joins the podcast today to talk about his essential article, "The Whiteness of Wokeness." As we discuss the phenomenon of well-to-do Caucasians supposedly speaking on behalf of the needs of African-Americans and those of color, we delve into the brilliant observations of George Orwell 85 years ago in his book, The Road to Wigan Pier. Then we talk about the Virginia governor's race. Give a listen.


    Colin Powell, American

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 64:36


    Today's podcast pays tribute to Colin Powell's extraordinary American story and asks why his memoir isn't taught in schools while memoirs about racial bitterness are. We also wonder at the larger meaning of the DC comic book company's decision to remove the words "American way" from the Superman slogan and what it means about the possibilities of a conservative counterculture. Give a listen.


    Now They're Trying to Cancel Netflix—and Space Exploration!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 46:08


    The last podcast of the week finds us in a ruminative mood as we discuss Dave Chappelle's controversial special and the finger-wagging response to it—and wonder at the finger-wagging being done in response to the journey of William Shatner into space. Give a listen.


    Trump Threatens the GOP

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 57:20

    Today's podcast takes up Donald Trump's statement that Republican voters will not turn out to vote unless the 2020 vote is somehow resolved in his favor. What does this portend? Will the results in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial elections suggest a different future? And what about all this "national divorce" stuff? Give a listen.

    The Mechanics of 'Popularism'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 57:35

    A discussion about the lingering and unknowable negative health effects of mid-pandemic mitigation measures that may not even be fully visible to us for years. Also, the center-left's new obsession with the political strategist David Shor and his prescription for Democratic success: “popularism.”

    Vaccine Mandate Craziness

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 51:55

    The podcast crew takes up the new effort in Texas to prevent private businesses from requiring employees to vaccinate, and what it says about the politics of the jab nationwide. Give a listen.

    Biden Agonistes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 60:52

    Liberals are beginning to panic about the decline of Joe Biden's popularity and what it might mean, and we're there to help explain it to them! Also, what's going on with the supply chain, and is Trump playing a role in Biden's troubles? Give a listen.

    Kicking the Debt Limit Can Down the Road: Who Benefits?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 69:02

    Today's podcast takes up the question of whether McConnell blinked, why Schumer attacked a deal that gave him a face-saving way out, why Manchin put his head in his hands while Schumer did that, why Donald Trump is doing what he's doing, and why the Chinese are doing what they're doing in Taiwan. Oh, and some COVID stuff. Give a listen.

    Is He a Fool or an Idiot?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 65:42

    Today's podcast looks at a Quinnipiac poll that has very bad news for Joe Biden in it and wonders at the choices he's made that have led him to this pass. How are we to understand him? Give a listen.

    The Wrong Way to Deal with Facebook

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 58:08

    Today's podcast takes up the charges of the Facebook whistleblower and asks whether her perspective is the right one or whether she misunderstands the nature of Facebook's challenge to American society. And what exactly are Democrats up to when it comes to raising the debt ceiling? Give a listen.

    When Crime Gets Close to You

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 54:05

    The podcasters today consider crime up close and personal—yesterday I was in proximity to four different acts of violence and another was nearly burglarized. Is there a larger meaning to these actions? Do they connect somehow to the president's seeming acceptance of the harassment of Kyrsten Sinema? And how are we to understand them in light of the Justice Department's decision to focus on supposedly terroristic efforts to intimidate school-board members? Give a listen.

    Wait, Why Are They Saying It's Good They Failed?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 61:43

    The podcast crew expresses puzzlement at the Democratic party spin that the failure of both big spending bills this weekend needs to be viewed as some kind of ideological and partisan triumph. Why? How? What on earth is going on here? And why is Anthony Fauci threatening Christmas? Give a listen.

    Losing Is Winning, Spending Costs Nothing—and Other Liberal Delusions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 60:05

    Today's podcast notes that liberal opinion seems determined to cast the left's refusal to spend $1 trillion because it wants to spend $4.5 trillion as some kind of victory—and asks whether that makes any sense. Give a listen.

    Progressive Failure Is Manchin's Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 72:31

    Today's podcast explains why Joe Manchin will never, ever, ever, ever do anything near what the progressives in his party want—because it would be the end of him and he wants to remain his state's dominant politician. We also discuss the finger-pointing among Bidenites about the Afghanistan disaster, whether it's OK to desire the political failure of your adversaries, and why we're no longer talking about herd immunity. Give a listen.

    Are Politicians Lying More?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 61:19

    The revelations yesterday that emerged from Congressional testimony featuring two top officials involved in the Afghanistan debacle reveal Joe Biden to be as mendacious as Donald Trump when it comes to matters of policy. Is this something new for the presidency or is this just more evidence that all politicians lie? And does that kind of lying have a corrosive effect on America's social fabric? Give a listen.

    We Need Our Own ‘Music Man'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 51:14

    Between rising crime rates and contradictory reporting on how the Afghanistan pullout failed so spectacularly, the COMMENTARY podcast could use what Donald Trump reportedly relied upon to calm him down: a “music man” who would soothe him with the score of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, “Cats.”

    Biden, AOC, Trollope, and the Tonys

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 54:51

    Today's podcast asks the question: What do America's most famous leftist member of Congress and Anthony Trollope's fictional 19th-century political character Phineas Finn have in common? Also: What's more popular among Democrats, spending a mere trillion dollars or spending many trillions of dollars? And: Why didn't the Tony Awards bestow their largesse on a Black Lives Matter play? Give a listen.

    Constitutional Crisis, Shmonstitutional Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 54:30

    Today's podcast takes up Robert Kagan's much-discussed Washington Post piece claiming a Trump constitutional crisis is already upon us. Is it, though? Give a listen.

    Should Republicans Pop the Popcorn?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 48:50

    Today's podcast asks whether the signs of Democratic crackup are so pronounced that those who oppose Biden and Company should just sit back and watch in amusement as their opposite numbers dissolve into acrimony and paralysis. Or is this bad for the country? And now that 75 percent of all Americans over 12 are at least partially vaccinated, why can't we celebrate this achievement? Give a listen.

    Suppressing Speech and Going After Israel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 69:16

    Today's podcast points out the continuing scandal of the media's and Big Tech's efforts to suppress stories they don't like—both about Hunter Biden and about China's role in the promulgation of COVID—and what the practical consequences for them both may be. And then we get into the Democratic party's courtship of political meltdown, shown in part by an effort to defund Israel's anti-missile efforts. Give a listen.

    It's Not All About the Base

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 62:57

    Today's podcast asks why the Biden people immediately assumed horseback Border patrol officers trying to deal with the overwhelming problems in Texas were doing wrong, and what it says about the administration's desperate efforts to hold on to its progressive base. Give a listen.

    Biden's Cascade of Bad News

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 65:13

    Today's podcast takes up Biden's horrid Friday afternoon, with three bad pieces of news in an hour—and the coming crisis within the Democratic party over its ambitions to pass more than $5 trillion in spending in a month. Give a listen.

    The Lost Thread

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 73:46

    Today's podcast looks at the increasing Republican-conservative tendency to support the actions of the mob on January 6, the consequences therefrom—and asks whether Peggy Noonan's provocative column today in the Wall Street Journal is right that America has somehow "lost the thread." Give a listen.

    The Lost Thread

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 73:50

    Today's podcast looks at the increasing Republican-conservative tendency to support the actions of the mob on January 6, the consequences therefrom—and asks whether Peggy Noonan's provocative column today in the Wall Street Journal today is right that America has somehow "lost the thread." Give a listen.

    The Other Insurrection

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 54:18

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom easily survives the effort to recall him from office. Are there lessons for Republicans ahead of the 2022 midterms here? Also, the revelations in a forthcoming book that Gen. Mark Milley conducted his own foreign policy and violated the chain of command under Donald Trump.

    Somewhere Over the Horizon, Lies Are Told

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 57:57

    Today's podcast takes up the dishonesties of Secretary of State Blinken, the self-discrediting idea of "over the horizon" intelligence, fake polls supporting a president whose poll numbers have gotten very bad, and a horrible and instructive event at Barnard College involving observant Jews being told to violate the tenets of their faith to fill out a COVID form. Give a listen.

    Can the Damage Be Undone?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 59:23

    In the wake of a somber 9/11 anniversary, the COMMENTARY podcast surveys the depressing intellectual and political landscape that typifies American discourse. Is the reaction against classical Western liberalism reversible? The “crushing morosity” is thick in this episode.

    Biden's Neurotic Pitch and the 9/11 Anniversary

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 62:38

    Today's podcast takes up Joe Biden's COVID speech and plans and asks how we are to understand a president who says you have nothing to fear if you're vaccinated but he's going to protect you from the unvaccinated. And we discuss the enduring impact of 9/11. Give a listen.

    Solving the Hostage Crisis You Started

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 56:14

    We're back after the Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah break to discuss the Biden administration's negotiations with terrorists and the praise it's getting for doing so; the fact that Biden is now trying to put us on a war footing against COVID; and the Biden team's effort to change the plotline of the last month by firing Trump officials. And what is going on with Trump and boxing? Give a listen.

    The Bad News Bidens

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 57:57

    Today's podcast deals with the onslaught of lousy headlines and developments surrounding the president, from horrible jobs numbers to Delta fatalities to polls showing a significant decline in his support. Why is this happening? Give a listen.

    Abortion Comes Roaring to the Fore

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 59:11

    Today's podcast takes up the Supreme Court's refusal to stay Texas's new restrictive abortion law and asks whether its existence heralds the beginning of a grassroots liberal movement on par with the grassroots conservative movement that arose when the Court made abortion a constitutional right nearly half a century ago. And, yes, more on Afghanistan. Give a listen.

    Joe Biden's Disgraceful Speech

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 52:43

    Today's podcast takes a long, hard, close, serious, and polemical look at Joe Biden's self-justifying address to the American people on the Afghan catastrophe. Give a listen.

    Philip Larkin and the End of the Afghan War

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 58:35

    Today's podcast is about consequences: Who deserves to be held responsible for the debacle in Afghanistan and why. Give a listen.

    No, We Weren't There to Bring Democracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 65:11

    Today's podcast tries again to take up the ludicrous argument that our purpose in Afghanistan was to install a liberal democracy. We also talk about the labor shortage and the end of the eviction moratorium. And are movie theaters too loud? Give a listen.

    Biden Fails to Meet the Measure of the Moment

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 62:47

    On Thursday, at least 13 Americans and over 100 Afghan civilians were killed in two suicide attacks on the outskirts of Kabul's international airport. The response to that event by Joe Biden and his administration wholly failed to meet the gravity of the circumstances with which they are confronted.

    The Price of Dishonor

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 65:58

    The whole crew is back together to discuss an inadvertently telling op-ed by Ezra Klein that defends the dishonorable behavior of the United States in the present moment by falsely characterizing the entire past twenty years and the purposes of the fight in Afghanistan, among other places. And we discuss whether liberals have entirely lost the thread of their connection to ordinary Americans. Give a listen.

    The Democrats' Crumbling Legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 47:06


    Between the debacle in Afghanistan, the return of pandemic-related pessimism, and what Nancy Pelosi admitted was the “controversial” $3.5 trillion budget deal that may not even pass the Senate in its current iteration, what are Democrats leaving behind? It may not be much after voters get their say next November.


    Hostages Abroad and Hostage at Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 57:47


    Author and editor emeritus of The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro, joins the podcast today to talk about the ongoing nightmare in Afghanistan, which is evolving from a debacle into a hostage crisis. But Americans get no respite at home as COVID has evolved from a pandemic into a lifestyle brand.


    The Afghanistan Pullout Fallout Settles on the Biden White House

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 57:39

    John Podhoretz is out today enjoying some well-deserved time away from the microphone. The nightmare in Afghanistan continued over the weekend and, despite the administration's outward displays of confidence, the prospects for a disaster loom larger than ever. But will the emerging domestic political crisis over our disastrous pullout evolve into something that threatens to derail the Democratic political agenda? We discuss and debate.

    What's Wrong with the President?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 55:18

    Joe Biden's behavior over the course of the Afghanistan crisis he precipitated is inexplicable. But we do our best to try to explain it anyway. Also, is there anything to be done about the increasingly deadly pandemic of the unvaccinated?

    Biden's Horrible Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 62:16


    Today's podcast considers George Stephanopoulos's jaw-dropping interview with the president and his assertions that he knew the chaos in Afghanistan was coming. We also wonder at the words of Joint Chiefs Chair Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Austin and at the COVID behavior of New Zealand prime minister Ardern. Give a listen.


    'You Chose Dishonor and You Shall Have War'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 59:01

    Today's podcast wonders at the bet Joe Biden has placed on the possibility that the chaos in Afghanistan relating to the exit of Americans will be short-lived and that he will suffer no long-term consequences from it. Is that bet likely to pay off? Give a listen.

    Pessimism Abroad, Optimism at Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 49:13

    The founding editor of National Affairs, Yuval Levin, joins the podcast today to talk about the implosion of Afghanistan and Joe Biden's shame as well as his article in the September issue of Commentary: “What We Have Gotten Right in the COVID Fight.”

    The Fall of Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 56:44

    The Afghan government has fallen to the Taliban, and only over the course of a single weekend. The Commentary podcast on the terrible implications of America's humiliation in Central Asia.

    Decline Is a Choice, and We've Chosen It

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 44:24

    Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake joins the program today to talk about America's decision to scrap 20 years of work and progress in Afghanistan. Why it didn't have to be this way, and what comes next for the United States.

    Does the Squad Want to Sink the Biden Presidency?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 53:45

    Will the so-called “Squad” of House progressives really want to block the Biden administration's signature achievement, infrastructure, if they can't get their $3.5 trillion wish list along with it? Also, perplexing COVID numbers and the spiraling disaster in Afghanistan.

    Does Cuomo Have a Scheme?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 58:01


    Today's podcast brings up the question: Why did Andrew Cuomo date his resignation fourteen days away? What is this Machiavellian schemer up to? And as the infrastructure bill passes the Senate, what will Nancy Pelosi do in the House—and is she any good at her job? And why, oh why, do the data on the Delta variant simply not suggest what the COVID hawks want them to suggest? Give a listen.


    EMERGENCY PODCAST: Cuomo Resigns!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 46:42

    We've reconvened today to offer our quick thoughts on the resignation of Andrew Cuomo, the bipartisan nature of sex scandals, the way people try to save themselves from disgrace, and what happens now. Give a listen.

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