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Spirited discussions of government, politics, and current events without predictable left/right bias. The Smerconish Podcast is for Independent Minds. The Michael Smerconish Show airs live M-F 9-Noon ET and replays M-F 9-Midnight ET

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    Leaning

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 16:06

    Michael offers a commentary on the political leanings of the media and individuals. Original air date 18 January 2022.

    Commission on Presidential Debates Co-Chair Frank Fahrenkopf on the RNC Saying No to 2024 Debates

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 13:17

    Michael talks with Frank Fahrenkopf, Co-Chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, after the Republican National Committee signaled it will not participate in future presidential debates.

    Georgia's Secretary of State Pushes Back After President Biden's Voting Rights Speech

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 17:17

    Michael speaks with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger the morning after President Biden delivered a speech on voting rights in Georgia. Original air date 13 January 2022.

    Trump v. Hillary II?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 20:02

    Michael talks with Wide World of News political analyst Mark Halperin, on the buzz of a Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump rematch in 2024. Original air date 12 January 2022.

    Professor Rick Hasen on President Biden: "In A Bad Spot Right Now" on Voting Rights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 14:15

    Michael speaks with UC Irvine Law Professor Rick Hasen, on voting rights and his recent NY Times Op-Ed "No One Is Coming To Save Us From The 'Dagger At The Throat Of America.'" Original air dte 11 January 2022.

    Potential 2024 Nominees, School Vax Mandates, 2022 Senate and more Monday headlines: Michael's Take

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 36:01

    Michael starts the week with his take on the top stories making headlines. Original air date 10 January 2022.

    Will the Supreme Court back sensible workplace vaccine mandates? A conversation with the UC Berkeley School of Law Dean

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 11:23

    Michael talks with UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, on his LA Times Op-Ed, "Will the Supreme Court back sensible workplace vaccine mandates?"

    On Jon Stewart, Emma Watson, Harry Potter...and Anti-Semitism

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 10:33

    Michael talks with TC about headlines regarding Anti-Semitism and the Harry Potter series that have popped up in recent days, involving comedian/actor Jon Stewart, and actress Emma Watson. Original air date 6 January 2022.

    "COVID Kids" are in need of our Compassion: It is a tough time to be young

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 14:03

    Michael offers a commentary as more of America's youth are transitioning from school to the workforce, without ever knowing what an actual work place looks like, and, more and more are leaving their jobs, due to the pandemic. Original air date 5 January 2022.

    California's new laws will affect more than just Californians

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 17:00

    Michael speaks with LA Times Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers about new laws that went into effect in the Golden State in 2022. This "as goes California, so goes the country..." conversation is one that Michael enjoys with Mr. Myers each year. Original air date 4 January 2022.

    Are We Failing Young Men?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 17:22

    Michael offers a commentary based on a conversation he had with NYU Professor Scott Galloway, who says that society has failed young men and it is now an existential crisis: "The most dangerous person in the world is a broke young and alone young man."

    Colored or White...Holiday Lights?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 7:36

    Michael brings back a commentary that was a hit some 20 years ago on the age-old debate: What type of holiday light-display person are you? Original air date 23 December 2021.

    Michael Ponders: Can ANY level of government response stop the surge of Omicron?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 17:37

    Michael's commentary on the pre-Christmas Omicron COVID surge gripping the country. Original air date 22 December 2021.

    What To Do With Larry? A Conversation on Holiday Tipping

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 14:33

    Michael talks with TC about tipping his newspaper deliveryman. Original air date 21 December 2021.

    A Conversation with Andrea in Georgia: She thinks the January 6th Reaction is Overblown

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 8:11

    A caller from Michael's radio program Monday, 20 December 2021.

    COVID Has Taken A Turn For The Worse

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 14:19

    Michael offers a commentary as COVID numbers are rising again across the country. Original air date 16 December 2021

    Should President Biden not run again in 2024, and announce that...now?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 12:32

    Michael offers a commentary on a New York Times Op-Ed written by Bret Stephens. Original air date 15 December 2021.

    Very Telling: What President Trump's Son & FOX News Hosts Texted to Mark Meadows on Jan. 6th

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 25:34

    Michael offers a commentary the morning after a January 6th Select Committee hearing centering around text messages sent to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows while the US Capitol was being attacked. Original air date 14 December 2021

    On Bumping In To Dr. Oz At A Party...

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 17:51

    Michael tells a story of a party he went to on Saturday night, where he unexpectedly bumped in to Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is running for Senate in Pennsylvania. Michael asked the candidate to be a guest on his radio and TV programs. Listen to find out how Dr. Oz responded. Original air date 13 December 2021.

    Who Should, and Who Will, Be TIME's Person of the Year

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 10:49

    TIME Executive Editor Ben Goldberg joins Michael ahead of the iconic magazine announcing its annual "Person of the Year" (happening Monday 13 December). Original air date 10 December 2021.

    Remembering Officer Danny Faulkner, 40 Years After Mumia Murdered Him

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 11:37

    Michael offers a commentary on the 40th anniversary of the murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Faulkner on 9 December 1981, by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Michael wrote about this in his book "Murdered by Mumia" co-authored with late Officer Faulkner's wife, Maureen Faulkner. Original air date 9 December 2021.

    Smerconish: Coffee, Cops, & Controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 14:10

    After a diner's "free coffee for cops" policy causes an uproar, Michael breaks down the politics of the drama.

    The US should implement a full boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics: Agree or Disagree?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 12:05

    Former Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Distinguished Fellow Vivek Wadhwa joins Michael to talk about why he thinks the US should not diplomatically boycott the Olympics in China next year, saying they need to do much more. Original air date 7 December 2021.

    The rise of progressive prosecutors and crime spikes: Is there a causal connection?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 16:29

    Hannah Meyers is Director, Policing & Public Safety, at The Manhattan Institute. Original air date 6 December 2021.

    Germany goes into the Lockdown for the Unvaxxed. Should the US follow suit?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 13:27

    Michael offers a commentary on Germany tightening restrictions as COVID surges again, specifically for those who are unvaccinated. And, he speaks to Senior Producer Dan Henning's brother, Golo, who lives in Germany. Original air date 3 December 2021.

    It's a Stunner: A Man Walks Into A Presidential Debate Days After A Positive COVID Test

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 16:37

    Michael offers a commentary after revelations come from former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows' forthcoming book, that the former President attended a 2020 debate with Joe Biden, just days after receiving a positive COVID test. Original air date 2 December 2022.

    On Dr. Oz running for Senate in my home state

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 19:35

    Michael offers a commentary the day after celebrity doctor Dr. Mehmet Oz announces he's running for Senate as a Republican in Pennsylvania. Original air date 1 December 2021.

    A Story, A Warning, A Reflection, and A Question

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 18:34

    Michael offers a commentary after a hit and run collision against his parked car. Original air date 30 November 2021.

    Unless there is a global response to the pandemic, we will never be free of COVID

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 15:29

    Michael offers a commentary the Monday after Thanksgiving, after a weekend where the new COVID Omicron Variant began appearing around the world. Original air date 29 November 2021.

    Busting Thanksgiving Myths with Kenneth C. Davis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 13:12

    Kenneth C. Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About series of books and dontknowmuch.com, joins Michael to talk Thanksgiving myths, swapping out turkey for seafood, and the real story of what happened on Plymouth Rock.

    As the Ahmaud Arbery trial goes to the jury, a conversation with attorney Mark O'Mara

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 19:02

    Mark O'Mara, defense attorney who represented George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, discusses what he's observed in the Ahmaud Arbery trial. Original air date 23 November 2021.

    Michael's "Tesla Safety Score" is not as good as his Uber Rating

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 17:45

    Michael offers a commentary on Tesla looking for beta testers for its new self-driving cars. Turns out, Elon Musk won't be calling him. Original air date 22 November 2021.

    Dr. Niall Ferguson is helping start the University of Austin, because he says higher ed is broken

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 16:36

    Stanford University Professor Dr. Niall Ferguson on his Bloomberg op-ed "I'm Helping to Start a New College Because Higher Ed Is Broken." Original air date 18 November 2021.

    However the Rittenhouse jury decides, Michael is comfortable either way

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 18:56

    Michael offers a commentary going in to the second day of jury deliberations in Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial in Kenosha, WI. Original air date 17 November 2021.

    Vice President Kamala Harris' frustrating start: A conversation with Edward Isaac Dovere

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 17:17

    CNN Senior Reporter Edward Isaac Dovere talks with Michael about his cnn.com piece "Exasperation and dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris' frustrating start as vice president." Original air date 16 November 2021.

    Robert Costa on the critical January 6th timeline

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 42:30

    Washington Post Reporter Robert Costa, co-author of "Peril", sits down with Michael Smerconish. This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience at the Philadelphia Free Library on Friday, 12 November, 2021, after former Trump advisor Steve Bannon was indicted as part of the January 6th investigation, and aired on radio on 15 November 2021.

    How much money should families separated at the US-Mexico border receive?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 24:09

    Michael offers a commentary on the story of families suing the US Government over the separation of children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Original air date 12 November 2021.

    Kyle Rittenhouse: Vigilante or Patriot?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 22:09

    Michael offers a commentary on accused Kenosha WI shooter Kyle Rittenhouse taking the stand in his own defense. Original air date 11 November 2021.

    Michael...Retiring?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 10:35

    Michael offers thoughts on a letter he received in the mail. Original air date 10 November 2021.

    Should State Farm continue to stand by Aaron Rodgers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 13:02

    Michael offers a commentary after State Farm keeps Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as its advertising spokesperson, after it is revealed that Rodgers is not vaccinated against COVID-19 but first lied, saying he was. Original air date 9 November 2021.

    Will President Biden's approval rating rebound with the infrastructure bill and October jobs report?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 16:04

    Michael offers a commentary the Monday after President Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passes the House and heads to his desk, coupled with a strong October hiring report, amidst the President having a low public approval rating. Original air date 8 November 2021.

    This U of Florida Law Professor was banned from participating in a legal case against the state

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 10:55

    Kenneth B. Nunn, Professor at the University of Florida's Levin College of Law, on how Florida is not allowing state-employed professors from assisting or providing expertise in court cases against the state. Original air date 5 November 2021.

    Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) on Post-Election Day Biden, Democrats, and Infrastructure

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 10:15

    Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) chats with Michael two days after Democrats lose the governor's office in Virginia, and a bipartisan infrastructure bill has still not made it to the President's desk.

    Mark Halperin's "Ron Klain Memo To Joe Biden"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 15:44

    Wide World of News Political Analyst Mark Halperin, the morning after Republican Glenn Younkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia Governor's race. Original air date 3 November 2021.

    The Pollster who correctly predicted Trump's 2016 victory weighs in on the VA Governor's race

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 11:42

    Trafalgar Group CEO and Chief Pollster Robert Cahaly with Michael on Election Day, where Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Younkin are facing off for the Governor's seat in Virginia. Original air date 2 November 2021.

    Bill Maher says the pandemic is over. Should we stop wearing masks?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 12:58

    Michael offers a commentary after HBO host Bill Maher makes news over the weekend, he stated he believes the pandemic is over and anyone vaccinated should no longer be required to wear a mask. Original air date 1 November 2021.

    McAuliffe v. Younkin: Dr. Larry Sabato Previews Election Day in Virginia

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 15:57

    University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Dr. Larry Sabato, just days ahead of Election Day in Virginia, where a neck-and-neck gubernatorial race is taking place. Original air date 29 October 2021.

    Senators Imitate School Board Parents

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 11:33

    Michael offers a Ocommentary the morning after Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies in front of a Senate Committee. Original air date 28 October 2021

    McAuliffe vs. Younkin; The "Billionaire Tax"; Manchin & Sinema: Mark Halperin Explains The Headlines

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 22:56

    Wide World of News Editor Mark Halperin breaks down the day's top political headlines with Michael. Original air date 27 October 2021.

    Commentary: The scale of Mark Zuckerberg's influence is unprecedented and frightening on some levels

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 19:30

    Michael offers a commentary on The Facebook Papers and what we've learned about the power that the company's founder/CEO has across the world. Original air date 26 October 2021.

    Shot and Killed with a "Prop Gun": What happened on Alec Baldwin's Movie Set?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 27:04

    A conversation on the prop gun, and many more surrounding details, following the shooting that happened on the set of "Rust", starring Alec Baldwin. One cinematographer was killed. Michael speaks with Glenn Thrush at the New York Times, and gets perspective from experts in his radio audience. Original air date 25 October 2021.

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