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Here we are, in the wreckage of another simply wonderful Supreme Court confirmation hearing; who better to discuss the aftermath, next steps, and what these hearings do to the court than Ilya Shapiro? As Jonah says, Ilya is likely “the guest most consistently asked to make a comeback - mostly by the guest himself,” but it’s easy to see why. In addition to giving the 411 on why these hearings have transformed into so much “senatorial bloviation,” he also can talk about the bigger picture as a result of the research he did for his incredibly timely new book on the politicization of SCOTUS. It has been a long time coming for this return - and much like Ulysses’ journey back from Troy, it was worth the wait.

Show Notes:

-Ilya’s book, Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court

- Ilya in USA Today: End confirmation hearings

-Telefon, mind control scene

-Pete Buttigieg’s 5-5-5 Plan

-Barrett: Roe is not a super-precedent

-Barrett’s article on precedent

-Ginsburg’s history with Roe

-The history of an internecine fight on the right about judicial activism

-Ilya Shapiro on “Team Liberty”

- Shapiro on Shapiro

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Episode 243 · 2 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 · 2 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 · 2 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 

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Episode 240 · 2 months ago

Jane Galt and Me Part I

In a world where people run amok on the internet screaming their heads off, Megan McArdle stands (or in this case, sits by a microphone) as a model for the cool and collected. After a pre-game round of dog talk, Megan and Jonah settle in for some candid words on bread, being nice, and feminism — commentary so well-informed, we’re posting Megan twice in one week.

Show Notes:

-The Big Tech Four vs. Congress 

-Maxine Waters asks a particularly garbled question to Bank of America 

-“The Great Relearning,” by Tom Wolfe 

-Megan’s book, not actually titled Permission to Suck. 

-Charlie Kirk’s mask terribleness, as featured in Jonah’s Wednesday G-File 

-Louie Gohmert blames the mask for his COVID-19 

-Megan on why racism kills 

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