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ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On this momentous day, in which the very nature of American politics may be defined anew for the foreseeable future, Jonah wanted to have on Razib Khan, director of science at Insitome, to talk about the most relevant, up-to-the-minute, topical subject so that, in this consciousness-shifting moment, we may be able to hold on for dear life and come up with a coherent worldview amidst the chaos. That subject, you ask? Dog genetics. How did Man’s Best Friend become such a highly variegated species – some big, some small, some smart, others dumb, and on and on with countless other variables? Razib fills us in on the state of research into canine development over the last 10,000 years, why the regional variations between lineages of dog are so distinct, and how the new frontiers of this genetic research seek to address “how these animals became what they are, and how they evolved alongside humans in response to environmental pressures.” We also get to hear Razib voice what may be the most controversial statement of our political era: “Wolves are smarter than dogs.” Tune in to hear Razib defend this heretical stance.

Show Notes:

-Razib’s freshly-minted newsletter

-Get tickets for The Dispatch’s event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

-Razib in Quillette: “The Evolutionary History of Man’s Best Friend”

-The Remnant with Cass Sunstein

-Eusocial animals

-The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove the Neanderthals to Extinction

-Przewalski’s Horse

-Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs

-NYT writeup of the Science magazine article

-Ancestry’s German-turned-Irish guy

-Border Collie intelligence

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Episode 244 · 5 months ago

Twirling Towards Freedom

Have no fear, dear listener: while Jonah is still radio silent as he swan-dives in slow-mo off of waterfalls (or something), The Remnant hasn’t forgotten you. David French returns to guest host this episode with return favorite Ramesh Ponnuru from National Review and AEI. There’s the requisite Kamala Harris talk, but also deeper questions about ideology and the “Burn It Down” debates.

Show Notes:

-Ramesh’s page at NR 

-Henry Olsen: Kamala changes nothing 

-Kevin Williamson summarizes the “Burn It Down” debates 

-The inside baseball of Trump’s teleprompter troubles 

-Ramesh on why the Republicans need to keep working-class voters 

-“Always twirling towards freedom” 

Episode 243 · 5 months ago

Talking Left, Walking Right

Throwing recent rank punditry onto the back burner, Jonah speaks with his AEI colleague and UVA Professor Brad Wilcox, whose memory for statistics crashed over us in a refreshing wave of sheer competency. Tune in for a discussion of marriage, the concept of “family diversity,” and the three things Brad would do if he suddenly became Czar of America.

Show Notes:

-Brad’s page at AEI 

-Nicholas Christakis’ most recent book 

-Kevin E. Stuart on his baseball studies 

-Most NBA players grew up in a two-parent household 

-Brad Wilcox on elites not preaching what they practice 

-Ross Douthat on, among other things, liberalism’s method of undercutting the married-parent household 

-Some of Brad’s work on marriage vs. cohabitation 

-The Disparate Effects of Family Structure 

Episode 242 · 5 months ago

Mellifluous and Euphonious Ramblings

Jonah stops to ruminate on the pathway between two menacingly-named locales—Snake River and Death Canyon (no Cliffs of Insanity, though). The topics today: why the mainstreaming of “white” identity is a genuinely awful idea, why being pro-Israel might cause you to get punched at synagogue, how progressives have adopted some of the worst parts of the European right, and much more.

Show Notes:

-How to punch a shark 

-Virginia Dare, and the disappearance of the Roanoke colonists 

-The Omni-Americans by Albert Murray 

-Joseph de Maistre’s feelings on “man” 

-Jerry Falwell Jr.’s, uh, “Fall” 

-President Reagan, Mastermind 

-Jonah’s heresiarchal opinion on chicken thighs 

-Buckley’s line, “Cancel your own [G-D-] subscription” 

Episode 241 · 5 months ago

Jane Galt and Me Part II

Today, we present the second part of Jonah’s conversation with Washington Post opinion columnist Megan McArdle. The punditry was just too rank, so their conversation became a two-episode-long saga. In addition to some COVID punditry, some women’s issues, and some libertoid-speak, they also reminisce on their shared old stomping ground, New York City, and how it has changed.

Show Notes:

-Susan Hennessey calling out people who say Kamala Harris is too ambitious 

-Megan on Stephanie Cutter for the Daily Beast 

-Truly terrifying GDP numbers 

-Vin Cannato’s book, which Megan loves 

-Gabi.com/Remnant to see how much you can save on your insurance 

-Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty to watch Conceived in Liberty weekly