Commentary Magazine Podcast

Commentary Magazine Podcast
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Fear of a Boring Election
Aug 22 • 46 min
John Podhoretz is still on vacation, so we’re going to save the elephant in the room for his triumphant return. In the interim, the remaining hosts of the COMMENTARY podcast discuss the dogs that are not barking in 2020: #MeToo, environmentalism,…
Race and the Newer Left
Aug 19 • 45 min
John Podhoretz is out for this episode of the Commentary Podcast, but he’s with us in spirit as we dive into the controversies of the week, many of which involve ethnicity and orientation. In this episode, the podcast explores the scuttling of Reps. Ilhan…
Democracy Protestors and Coming Recessions
Aug 14 • 55 min
The protests in Hong Kong get more aggressive and the prospects for peaceful resolution seem to be getting more distant; what does it all mean? And what on earth is an “inverted yield curve” and why should it terrify us? You might not get an answer from…
What’s in a Gaffe?
Aug 12 • 60 min
The COMMENTARY podcast on the mysterious death of Jeffrey Epstein, the cancellation of a controversial film depicting Trump voters as hunting targets, and why Joe Biden’s gaffes don’t seem to matter. Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes,…
The ‘63 Million Trump Voters Are Evil’ Gambit
Aug 8 • 57 min
Well, President Trump didn’t really rise to the occasion this week, but neither did many Democrats, and the growing notion that every Trump voter is complicit in his every questionable act is beginning to take hold of everyone to the left of the GOP. Is…
What Is to Be Done?
Aug 5 • 71 min
Two mass shootings in two cities over the course of 12 hours this weekend sharpened the nation’s focus on gun violence and the dangerous ideologies motivating the shooters. Can there be a productive response to these atrocities, or will they be subsumed…
The Democratic Debates, Volume 2
Aug 1 • 66 min
Biden and Harris and Warren—oh my! We break it all down for you on this podcast, in which we wonder at Kristen Gillibrand’s strange insistence that fairness would demand privileged kids get shot by cops, Andrew Yang wanting to give you $1,000 a month, and…
The Tweets, The Tweets, The Tweets… and Lori Loughlin
Jul 29 • 50 min
Baltimore, racism, Elijah Cummings, rats, blah blah blah… Yes, it’s another podcast about the tweets. We’re sorry. We didn’t make this happen. But we also talk about the rapprochement between Lori Loughlin and her kids, so that’s nice. Give a listen.
Commentary Magazine: The Mueller Time Hangover
Jul 25 • 57 min
The last COMMENTARY podcast of the week is all about Mueller: His lackluster testimony on the Hill, its impact, and his investigation’s legacy.
Will Leftist Craziness Win the Election for Trump?
Jul 22 • 69 min
Painting over a mural of George Washington? Canceling a sneaker with a Betsy Ross flag on it? Is behavior like this going to keep Trump in the White House? Give a listen to today’s podcast.
One Giant Leap for Woke Kind
Jul 18 • 55 min
The COMMENTARY podcast on Trump’s rally, the “send her back” chants, and the progressive movement’s compulsion to give the president exactly what he wants. Also, the woke left reimagining the space race as yet another example of America’s illegitimacy and…
Why Did He Do It? WHY?
Jul 15 • 48 min
The president decided to interrupt his rival party’s self-immolation with a tweet calling on four members of Congress to go back to the countries they came from—when three of those countries are the United States. We wonder at his reasons in this podcast.…
Pelosi, the Squad, and the Flak Catchers
Jul 11 • 58 min
Are Democrats really going to hand the election to Donald Trump by getting into an internecine war over race and gender? That’s the main discussion on today’s podcast. Give a listen.
Do the Democrats Want to Hand the Election to Trump?
Jul 8 • 57 min
This is the question we ask on today’s podcast, which takes up the extreme reaction to the July 4 festivities in Washington and the fights in the primary contest—all of which seem to be making the implicit case that Democrats can’t be trusted with the…
Busing’s Back
Jul 1 • 45 min
John is out for this episode of the Commentary podcast, in which the remaining hosts give their thoughts on the second Democratic debate, Trump’s unplanned trip to North Korea, and the Antifa gangs that have taken over Portland, Oregon.
Did Anybody Win That Debate?
Jun 27 • 54 min
Democratic Debate #1 takes up most of the time on today’s podcast, in which we ask: Who was worse, Tim Ryan (who) or Beto O’Rourke (answer to trivia question in 2022)? Did Elizabeth Warren do what she had to do or did she fall short? And is Tulsi Gabbard…
Discount Democrats and the Costs of Inaction
Jun 24 • 55 min
The 2020 Democrats are engaged in a bidding war to lure voters with the promise of free programs and debt forgiveness. Will it work? Also, the prospects for diplomacy with Iran after Donald Trump’s aborted retaliatory strikes and the costs of inaction.
Biden’s Troubles and Iran’s Provocations
Jun 20 • 66 min
On today’s podcast—with Christine in studio!—we take up the question of Joe Biden’s odd remarks about segregationist senators and whether the Democratic party is more his or more Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s. Plus: We’re not going to do anything about Iran,…
Oberlin Gets a $33 Million Smackdown
Jun 17 • 66 min
Today’s podcast largely concerns the stunning slam of Oberlin College by an Ohio jury, which found it liable for the defamation of an off-campus business, the venerable Gibson’s Bakery. What does this portend for racial politics on campus and the…
War Warnings
Jun 13 • 57 min
Another oil tanker attacked in the Persian Gulf most likely by Iran. Can the Trump administration maintain its current posture of restraint? And Donald Trump entertains the notion that he might accept foreign political aid in 2020. Is it a blunder or a…
The Mexican Standoff and the Biden Flip-Flop
Jun 10 • 56 min
Did Donald Trump “win” against Mexico, or did he just side-step a potential financial crisis of his own making? And did Joe Biden mess up when he flip-flopped or show that he has what it takes? Give a listen.
Dr. Biden and Mr. Hyde
Jun 6 • 61 min
Today’s podcast offers reflections on D-Day, on whether Joe Biden has gotten himself into trouble on abortion, and what’s wrong with upper middle class parents. Give a listen.
All the Excitement of… Joe Biden!
Jun 3 • 53 min
On the podcast: Did Bernie Sanders launch the first serious salvo at Joe Biden this weekend by saying Democrats would need enthusiasm to beat Donald Trump—thus implicitly attacking Biden’s calm and pacific demeanor as the frontrunner? And are the rules of…
What Hath Mueller Wrought?
May 30 • 56 min
On today’s podcast, we argue (really!) about what Bob Mueller was saying in his statement yesterday, about what exoneration means, about what obstruction of justice is, and about all kinds of things. Also, what happened in the Israeli elections, and how…
Failed Projections and False Prophets
May 28 • 59 min
The COMMENTARY podcast on the left’s anxiety over the effort to limit climate change models from projecting the effect of CO2 emissions 100 years out to just 40 years and the success of the pro-Brexit party in European Parliament elections.
The Impeachment Gamble
May 23 • 65 min
Does Donald Trump want to invite impeachment? If so, will Democrats take the bait? Also, the Justin Amash boomlet and the likely end of Theresa May’s tenure as British prime minister.
Culture Wars and Westeros Wars
May 20 • 50 min
Who will benefit politically from a massive fight on abortion? And who won the Game of Thrones? You’ll never guess. Give a listen to today’s podcast.
De Blasio, Iran, Heartbeats
May 16 • 62 min
What is Bill de Blasio doing running for president? Why are the Iranians blowing holes in Saudi tankers and why are people acting like it’s crazy we want to stop them? And why is Alabama passing extreme legislation against abortion? Today’s podcast asks…
When the Holocaust Is ‘Calming’
May 13 • 57 min
Today’s podcast features an effort to parse just what it was Rep. Rashida Tlaib was trying to say in a bizarre interview about Palestinians and Jews that has once again opened up the question of why there is an anti-Semitism explosion and why the…
The Screw-You Strategy
May 9 • 61 min
On today’s podcast, we assess the cleverness or stupidity of the Trump administration’s decision to refuse cooperation with Congressional subpoenas, and its confrontational posture toward Iran, Venezuela, and China. Give a listen.
Feckless in Gaza
May 6 • 64 min
On today’s podcast we take up the Gazan assault on Israel with 600 rockets, the ceasefire that followed, and the despicable media moral equivalency drawn between the attackers and the attacked. And then we talk about whether Democratic craziness is…
Lowering the Barr
May 2 • 48 min
The Commentary podcast debates the Democrat-peddled notion that William Barr committed criminal offenses by misleading Congress and mischaracterizing the tone, if not the substance, of the Mueller report. Also, the apparently failed effort to out the…
Anti-Semitism’s Return Accelerates
Apr 29 • 45 min
The COMMENTARY podcast on the violent attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue and the anti-Semitic tropes published in the international version of the New York Times.
The Case Against Twitter
Apr 25 • 70 min
The Commentary podcast explores companion studies on the hopelessly unrepresentative nature of Twitter and its inexplicably disproportionate influence over American political discourse. As Joe Biden enters the race as something of the anti-Twitter…
Mueller Blues and Varsity Blues
Apr 22 • 60 min
On today’s podcast, why liberals can’t let the Mueller probe go and why Trump fans wrongly think the report is good for him, and why, in spite of everything, we still need a meritocracy. Give a listen.
The Report Gets Trump Off the Hook but It’s Not Good
Apr 18 • 62 min
On today’s podcast, we sift through the Mueller report and find that while it ends the Russia-puppet storyline, it is considerably more problematic for Trump when it comes to obstruction—even though any obstruction would have been without an underlying…
The Buttigieg of the Joke
Apr 15 • 55 min
The issues dominating the week are so far afield from anything that actually affects anyone on a day-to-day basis—relitigating 9/11, for example—that it makes you feel you’re taking crazy pills. Detox from the crazy pills by applying today’s podcast to…
Icky-Leaks and Lowering the Barr
Apr 11 • 50 min
Today’s podcast takes up the arrest of Julian Assange and his strange journey from leftist hero to pariah, as well as the Attorney General’s interest in looking into the way his department might have been looking into the Trump campaign and the outrage…
On Immigration, Everybody Sucks
Apr 8 • 40 min
Noah Rothman returns to the podcast after vacation to take up the ouster of the Homeland Security secretary in the midst of a crisis at the border that makes the president sound like the boy who cried wolf and makes the Democrats sound like they just want…
Feel the Bernie, Part 2
Apr 3 • 58 min
On a day-early podcast, with Noah Rothman still on vacation, the COMMENTARY Remnant of Abe and Christine and John takes Bernie Sanders very, very seriously. And makes fun of Joe Biden some. And talks about reparations and Israeli taxicabs. Give a listen.
Biden His Time
Apr 1 • 53 min
Today’s podcast takes up the question of Joe Biden and his hands and his lips and his logorrhea and whether these are disqualifying to his presidential candidacy. Also, how do you pronounce that guy’s name who’s lighting up the Democratic primary…
Jussitice Deferred
Mar 28 • 48 min
John is out for today’s COMMENTARY podcast, but the hosts who remain delve into the baffling saga in Cook County, where Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been the beneficiary of what appears to be a two-tiered system of justice. Also, the failure of the…
Conclusion: No Collusion
Mar 25 • 56 min
Noah Rothman was out for this episode, but the rest of the gang talked about the Mueller probe’s findings, whether or not the Democrats will keep probing, and what it all means for 2020.
Waiting for Joe
Mar 21 • 60 min
The COMMENTARY podcast on the endless wait for Joe Biden to enter the 2020 race for the presidency and Donald Trump’s corrupting influence on his allies.
The Nihilist Manifesto
Mar 18 • 55 min
Today’s sadly Abe-free podcast takes up the question of what the New Zealand massacre might mean for our civilization. How can we live in a world in which mass murderers literally broadcast their killings? And in which senior advisers to the president…
Meritocracy on Trial
Mar 14 • 67 min
The college admissions scandal that captured the nation’s attention has sharpened the critiques of American institutions dedicated to social mobility. When do they succeed, and how have the failed? Also, Beto mania is sweeping… the press. Does the former…
A Revolution in Self-Consciousness
Mar 11 • 55 min
The Democratic Party seems to believe that the country has had a revolutionary turn toward socialism, but there’s little evidence of that. Are Democrats making a bad bet on anti-market policies? More troublingly, what happens to the Democratic Party if…
The Corbynization of the Democrats
Mar 6 • 75 min
Democrats wrestle with themselves over how forcefully to condemn anti-Semitism in their ranks. The press publishes a variety of reports that are touted as bad news for Trump but seem only to redound to his benefit. And what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…
Is Trump Springsteen—or the Grateful Dead?
Mar 4 • 55 min
On today’s podcast we take up the 2-plus hours of the president’s speech before CPAC and whether it was a triumph or a cry for psychiatric help. Also: Is Bernie Sanders actually going to be the Democratic nominee? Give a listen.
Failure to Launch
Feb 28 • 46 min
The podcast dissects Michael Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee and sees plenty of silver linings in his scathing indictments of Trump for Republicans. When it comes to the president’s aborted summit with North Korean despot Kim…
The Democrats’ Radical Chic
Feb 25 • 57 min
The COMMENTARY podcast explores the prospects for success as Donald Trump heads to Vietnam for a second summit with North Korean despot Kim Jong-un. Also, the Democratic Party’s leftward drift and how that helps Trump ahead of 2020.
The Hate Crimes That Aren’t
Feb 21 • 53 min
Today’s podcast takes up the collapse of the Jussie Smollett hoax before going on to discuss whether it’s illegitimate to discuss the 25th amendment. Give a listen.
A Podcast About Socialism and Hoaxes
Feb 19 • 65 min
Today’s podcast takes up the candidacy of Bernie Sanders and his problem with identity politics Democrats, and the case of Jussie Smollett, who told a cockamamie tale that we were ordered to believe. Also: Trump’s emergency. Give a listen.
Collusion Confusion
Feb 14 • 49 min
A Senate investigation concludes that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016. Will Trump’s opponents accept it? Also, Andrew McCabe claims the Justice Department tried to trigger the 25th Amendment, and the Green New Deal’s…
A Podcast Full of Schadenfreude
Feb 11 • 61 min
On today’s episode, we look at how the Democrats failed to build on the political success they had holding Donald Trump to account for the government shutdown—instead of melting down in Virginia, with their Green New Deal, and with the continued inability…
The Democratic Party’s Hoisted Petard
Feb 7 • 62 min
On today’s podcast, we ask whether Donald Trump’s specific attack on socialism in the State of the Union address—and the strange Democratic response to it—will prove a key issue in 2020. Did he hoist them on their own petard? And is that what is going on…
True Northam
Feb 4 • 57 min
The Commentary podcast discusses Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal and his party’s calls for him to resign, the death of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, and dystopian futurism in Super Bowl ads.
Let’s Hear It for the Talmud!
Jan 31 • 62 min
Today’s podcast takes up the question of the Howard Schultz candidacy and whether it’s frightening Democrats more or thrilling conservatives more. And then we bring up the brave new world of surrogacy, parenthood, and partial birth abortion and wonder…
The Taliban Returns
Jan 28 • 66 min
The government shutdown is over. Did Donald Trump “cave?” What does Roger Stone’s indictment by the Special Counsel’s Office indicate about Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign and the “collusion” narrative? And the United States…
Handling the Shutdown Badly, Handling Venezuela Well
Jan 24 • 56 min
So the data are in, and they show Donald Trump has hurt himself with the shutdown. Period. The question is, why have the Republicans who have withdrawn their support in recent polls done so? And we go into the Venezuelan political crisis and the deft…
The ‘If True’ Podcast
Jan 22 • 64 min
Is social media evil? Can there be any doubt after this weekend’s disgusting display? And is the online media titan BuzzFeed behaving in ways that enhance media credibility or damage it? Guess! Give a listen.
Democrats Stumble, and Men Come Under Assault
Jan 17 • 67 min
The Democratic Party should be on a roll, but it doesn’t seem to be benefiting from the government shutdown, some of its hot young stars are getting into trouble on anti-Semitism grounds, and the rollouts of its presidential contenders have been rocky. We…
The Deep State Rises
Jan 14 • 54 min
The New York Times reports that the FBI opened an investigation into Donald Trump’s personal ties to Russia under dubious circumstances. Does this demonstrate the truth in the claims made by the president’s defenders about the arrogance and recklessness…
He Doesn’t Know How to Persuade
Jan 10 • 47 min
Donald Trump’s Oval Office address was a dud because he is not a persuader, and that’s all such speeches are designed to do—to persuade those who can be persuaded. So what happens now that the government shutdown is really starting to bite? And what does…
A Shutdown You Want to Have a Beer With
Jan 7 • 52 min
Will anyone benefit from the government shutdown, or is this just brinksmanship politics that makes no sense? We discuss this on today’s podcast, as well as the question of whether female politicians are being mistreated when the question is raised about…
Romney’s Reserved Resistance
Jan 2 • 31 min
Mitt Romney inaugurates 2019 by firing a shot across Donald Trump’s bow, but did he miss his mark? And with the government still shut down and with neither Democrats nor Republicans having any reason to compromise a way out of the conundrum, does it ever…
Facebook Is Going to Face the Music
Dec 20, 2018 • 54 min
The last podcast of 2018 finds us discussing the latest Facebook scandal and wondering how long it will be until the big-tech companies are broken up. And we discuss just how bad the president’s week has been (it’s been bad, I’m sorry to say). Give a…
Autopsy Podcast on The Weekly Standard
Dec 17, 2018 • 52 min
Today’s podcast features an explanation of and peroration on the demise of the Weekly Standard, how the magazine fit into the world of conservative intellectual publishing both now and when it was created in 1995, and the evolution of magazines from…
Yes, He’s in Trouble, Folks
Dec 13, 2018 • 46 min
The National Enquirer admits that it paid off Trump’s paramour to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. Between that and last week’s revelations regarding Trump’s alleged complicity in campaign finance fraud, the president’s legal exposure is…
The Swamp Rises
Dec 10, 2018 • 43 min
Donald Trump is personally implicated in potential criminal misconduct in the memo related to the sentencing of his former attorney, Michael Cohen. What impact will the latest revelations out of Robert Mueller’s probe and the Southern District of New York…
Irregularities, Coups, and the Fallout from 2018
Dec 7, 2018 • 53 min
The COMMENTARY podcast explores the nearly universal outrage over the Wisconsin GOP’s effort to reclaim power from the incoming Democratic governor, which, while tawdry, falls short of a “coup.” The hosts diagnose the lack of recent historical perspective…
C’Est Damage
Dec 4, 2018 • 57 min
The COMMENTARY podcasters take up the question of President George H.W. Bush’s presidency and its salience to our time, consider the wildly expansive Democratic field in 2020, and then consider the meaning of the yellow-vest protests in France. Give a…
So Maybe a Little Collusion
Nov 29, 2018 • 51 min
News this week makes the argument that the Trump campaign might have engaged in at least some footsie with Russia harder to refute than ever, as we discuss on the podcast. The other matter we discuss is the startling fact that Barack Obama tried to take…
Keep Pushing Me Over the Borderline
Nov 26, 2018 • 41 min
The chaos at the border, the disingenuousness of Chief Justice Roberts, and the danger of Putin’s mischief are the topics of today’s podcast. Give a listen.
The Voter Suppression Obsession
Nov 19, 2018 • 49 min
The Commentary podcast welcomes Christine Rosen to the table to discuss the Democratic Party’s efforts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of elections in Georgia. Also, Trump’s bizarre interview with Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace.
Let Every Vote Count Except the One I Don’t Like
Nov 15, 2018 • 51 min
Today’s podcast features a discussion of voter fraud, a discussion of bad articles about Facebook, a discussion of democratic governments in crisis—and me singing “The Way We Were” to departing podcaster Sohrab Ahmari as he moves to his new job at the New…
A Slow-Motion Wave
Nov 12, 2018 • 42 min
The 2018 midterm elections look more like a Democratic rout than they did a week ago. The hosts discuss what the elections mean for Donald Trump’s coalition ahead of 2020. Also, French President Emmanuel Macron’s strange definition of nationalism.
The Election Glass Is Half-Full!
Nov 7, 2018 • 74 min
We delve into the results of last night’s election and allow Sohrab Ahmari to take a victory lap—which he kind of refuses to take because it wasn’t a wave but it wasn’t not a wave, see. You don’t see? Give a listen.
Election Podcast Free-for-All
Nov 5, 2018 • 50 min
We don’t know what’s going to happen and yet we string out a conversation for an hour on today’s podcast! If you want to hear people vamping amusingly, give a listen!
Nativism or Nihilism?
Nov 1, 2018 • 41 min
The president’s new web advertisement featuring an illegal immigrant who is also an unrepentant murderer drives home the themes he’s been pushing as his closing argument for 2018. Along with moving troops to the border and flirting with an executive order…
The Pittsburgh Blame Game
Oct 29, 2018 • 67 min
We reckon with the Pittsburgh massacre on today’s podcast. Give a listen.
Two Incendiary Weeks
Oct 25, 2018 • 45 min
The would-be pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats are the subject of this week’s podcast, which examines the cause of such monstrous behavior, efforts to assign blame to Donald Trump alone rather than to the atmosphere in which a leftist shot up the GOP…
Maybe Trump’s Paying for Them
Oct 22, 2018 • 53 min
Today’s podcast asks who benefits from the controversy surrounding the human caravan making its way through Central America to the U.S. border: Is this good for anyone besides Donald Trump? The news is going his way these days, as are the polls—is this…
What Shall We Do About the Saudis?
Oct 18, 2018 • 58 min
On today’s podcast, we ask this question and then go on to discuss the devolution of identity politics in two guises: The Elizabeth Warren fiasco and the eye-opening revelations of naked anti-Asian discrimination not only at Harvard but at the high…
Commentary Podcast:Podcastahontas
Oct 15, 2018 • 57 min
So Elizabeth Warren has a teeny bit of Native American blood in her. Why is this a big deal, or a deal at all? We try to break that down on today’s podcast, after which we take up the war between white supremacists and Antifa on the streets of the Upper…
Three Weeks And Five Days to Go
Oct 11, 2018 • 56 min
Today’s podcast takes up the question of who’s benefited from the Kavanaugh controversy—the answer remains unclear—and asks whether Hillary Clinton’s and Eric Holder’s denunciations of “civility” are the way the Democratic Party will continue to avoid the…
Confirmation Bias
Oct 8, 2018 • 42 min
Our podcast today takes up the surprising events leading up to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court and speculates about what is to follow over the next month. Give a listen.
No More Mr. Nice Podcast!
Oct 4, 2018 • 53 min
We have had enough. Today’s podcast is a long, passionate, four-headed rant about the horrors of the Kavanaugh nomination process and the damage his attackers have done not only to him but to themselves and the causes they hold dear. Give a listen—if you…
No Exit from Kavanaugh
Oct 1, 2018 • 56 min
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The Worst of Days
Sep 27, 2018 • 45 min
The COMMENTARY podcast unpacks a grim day on Capitol Hill. Supreme Court confirmation hearings climax with the testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Can We Judge Kavanaugh Fairly?
Sep 24, 2018 • 46 min
Can you take what we say about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh seriously considering we’re conservatives and he’s a conservative? Are we defending him because we are genuinely discomfited by how insubstantial the allegations against him are, or are we…
Brett Kavanaugh and the #MeToo Moment
Sep 20, 2018 • 55 min
The podcast welcomes COMMENTARY contributor and author Christine Rosen as a guest to discuss the ongoing national deliberations over the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Have his confirmation hearings have transformed into…
The Kavanaugh Accusation
Sep 17, 2018 • 58 min
We devote the entire podcast today to the allegations of teenage assault issued against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Are we ready to surrender the idea that a person is innocent until proven guilty, even in a non-legal proceeding? Give a listen.
Search This
Sep 13, 2018 • 59 min
Will Google survive the revelations of its political bias, or are those revelations nothing new? We delve into the complexities of the world in which important tech companies think they are above politics until they decide they’re not. Also some stuff on…
The Placid Hurricane
Sep 6, 2018 • 56 min
Is America going off the rails? Sure feels like it this week. We break it down and end at a summer camp in Ontario. Give a listen.
Minority Blues
Aug 30, 2018 • 49 min
A pre-Labor Day podcast finds us ready to march on the universities! You will have to listen to the end to find out why, after you hear us opine on the question of whether political scientists and the Census Bureau are falsely making Americans believe the…
Tearing Down the Icons
Aug 28, 2018 • 63 min
The passing of John McCain and the crisis afflicting the Catholic Church take up our newest podcast. We speculate about McCain’s meaning in contemporary American life and why his presence in public life was such an affliction for Donald Trump—before…
Flipping Out
Aug 23, 2018 • 64 min
The guilty pleas of Michael Cohen and the jury convictions of Paul Manafort have changed the conversation about and around Donald Trump, including the president’s gobsmacking statement that it’s unfair when people in trouble with the law cooperate with…
That Dirty Word, Socialism
Aug 20, 2018 • 64 min
It’s the socialism episode! The COMMENTARY podcast dissects the appeal of modern “democratic socialism,” explores its agenda, identifies its historical antecedents, and, ultimately, diagnoses its flaws.
A Dog’s Dinner for the Dog Days
Aug 15, 2018 • 64 min
“Dog’s dinner” is a term for something that is a lot of things smushed together, and that’s what defines this podcast—we talk about commercials and elections and Thanksgiving Day balloons and Trump and other stuff. Give a listen.
Delusions In the Streets
Aug 13, 2018 • 68 min
The COMMENTARY podcast discusses the weekend of unrest that followed the one-year anniversary of white nationalist-instigated violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Despite vastly outnumbering the white nationalists who showed up to commemorate the…
We Speculate on the Future!
Aug 9, 2018 • 59 min
We decided to do our version of The Handmaid’s Tale and try to imagine the world in 2019 from two perspectives: One in which Democrats fail to win the House of Representatives in November and the other in which Democrats win handily. What will they do in…
The Jeong March Through Institutions
Aug 6, 2018 • 49 min
The first of the week’s COMMENTARY podcast explores the controversy around the newest member of the New York Times editorial board, Sarah Jeong, who spent years inveighing against “white people” on Twitter. Will that have any political impact, or is it…
Is There An American Center Any Longer?
Aug 2, 2018 • 70 min
Polls say a majority of Americans believe both Republican and Democratic politicians are out of the mainstream. So where is the mainstream? Who represents the mainstream? Are there centrist politicians any longer? Or are “centrists” just soft liberals in…
Commentary Podcast Live: What’s a Little Collusion?
Jul 30, 2018 • 54 min
The COMMENTARY Podcast recorded live before a studio audience at The Comedy Cellar’s The Village Underground this week. The gang discussed how the Donald Trump and his allies reacted to the revelation that the president might have known about the infamous…
Commentary Podcast:
Jul 26, 2018 • 61 min
Hard to argue with the data: Things have taken a turn against the GOP as the midterm elections approach. We discuss how, and why, and what it might mean, and why tariffs are bad, and other stuff.
Was the FISA Warrant Unwarranted?
Jul 23, 2018 • 62 min
The COMMENTARY Podcast hosts dissect the Justice Department’s disclosure of the FISA warrant that was used to surveil Carter Page; or, at least, the parts of the warrant that aren’t entirely redacted. They debate the pro- and anti-Trump camps’ claims,…
Oy, Such a Bad Week
Jul 19, 2018 • 63 min
Trump in Helsinki brown-nosing Putin. Trump on with Tucker Carlson threatening the viability of NATO. The possibility of an American ambassador being somehow presented to Russia for questioning. These all happened after our last podcast. We try to make…
To Russia with Love
Jul 16, 2018 • 67 min
We try to figure out what on earth the president wants from or wants to give to Russia on this podcast. And what Congress is doing. And what Peter Strzok was doing. And we let you know how you can attend our first live podcast on July 30! Email…
Which Side Are You On, Boys
Jul 12, 2018 • 67 min
Brit Hume argues on Twitter: “I suppose you can also be pro-tax cuts, pro-deregulation, pro-defense increases, pro-gun rights, pro-life and anti-Trump. But at some point, it begins to seem ridiculous.” John McCormack of the Weekly Standard ripostes: “I…
It’s Hotter Than July
Jul 9, 2018 • 54 min
It’s a smorgasbord of a podcast today, in which we talk about NATO, and British governmental collapse, and military spending, and the dangers of a remilitarized Europe, and Europe’s declining birthrate, and Mike Pompeo and North Korea, and whether…
Liberal Breakdown
Jul 2, 2018 • 56 min
The COMMENTARY podcast breaks down the liberal psychological breakdown that followed Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, and the activist left’s response to the Trump administration’s border crisis by advocating the abolition of ICE. Have Republicans…
The Left Loses in Court and Wins a Primary
Jun 27, 2018 • 63 min
The Supreme Court’s decision this morning on public-sector labor unions is a dagger blow to the political ambitions of the Left, and raises the possibility of a kind of despair that could lead leftists in very dark directions. At the same time, an…
Civility Wars
Jun 25, 2018 • 49 min
John Podhoretz is out today, so the COMMENTARY Podcast hosts are left to navigate the great civility debate in his absence. When is it appropriate to allow politics to determine how you interact with other people? Are activists and service providers…
This Is a Land of Confusion
Jun 19, 2018 • 61 min
The implementation of a policy that separates illegal border-crossing children from their parents has thrown the Trump administration into crisis, in part, because no one is on the same page. Depending on the official speaking, this policy is either a…
Un Singular Sensation
Jun 13, 2018 • 50 min
Was the Singapore Summit nothing, or bad, or the worst thing ever? This is the question we debate. We also examine the meaning of the primary defeat of Republican anti-Trumper Mark Sanford and what this portends for the GOP. Give a listen.
Trade Boors
Jun 11, 2018 • 50 min
Donald Trump heads to Singapore for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fresh off a pretty contentious summit with the G-7 nations in which conflicts over trade policy blew up into a full-scale war of insults between the American and Canadian…
Commentary Podcast:
Jun 7, 2018 • 61 min
The revelations of backchannel Iranian-Obaman efforts to skirt sanctions and worries about what might happen at the summit with North Korea next week begin our podcast. Then we enter the virtual dorm room with a long conversation about the Enlightenment…
Pardon Me
Jun 4, 2018 • 58 min
What on earth does it mean that Donald Trump tweeted he had the absolute right to pardon himself, and what will its political effect be? That’s the question we take up today, along with Democratic political woes and the Supreme Court’s finding in the…
Twitter Roseanne Mueller: The Eternal Golden Braid
May 31, 2018 • 66 min
The Roseanne Barr career meltdown says a lot about her and says something about the Twitter culture that allowed her to torpedo her top-rated show with a few disgusting words. We talk about that and try to answer questions about the Mueller probe, which…
Who’s to Blame for the Imbroglio at the Border?
May 29, 2018 • 46 min
The first COMMENTARY Podcast of the week examines the firestorm that erupted over the weekend involving the treatment of unaccompanied minors at the Southern Border, and who is to blame for their condition. We examine the rediscovery of 2014’s border…
Climbing Down from the Summit
May 24, 2018 • 54 min
The Trump-Kim meeting is off, and the question is this: If the announcement of thawing relations with North Korea helped Trump’s approval rating, will this hurt or harm it? And why won’t Trump trumpet the bipartisan legislative successes of the past few…
Philip Roth, RIP
May 23, 2018 • 54 min
On a special edition of the COMMENTARY podcast, we discuss the life and legacy of Philip Roth, whose work we both admire and find wanting. Give a listen.
May 21, 2018 • 44 min
President Donald Trump has ordered his Department of Justice to investigate the claim advanced by his political allies that Barack Obama’s FBI introduced a “spy” into his campaign in 2016. The COMMENTARY Podcast explores this claim and lays out the…
Crossfire Hurricanes Make Us Dizzy
May 17, 2018 • 65 min
We try, we really do try, to sort through the increasingly problematic “Russian collusion” narrative and establish a timeline of sorts—and figure out what’s real and what’s nonsense. Do we succeed? Give a listen.
PODCAST: Mindless in Gaza, and a Goodbye to Tom Wolfe
May 15, 2018 • 51 min
The reaction to the violence at the Israel-Gaza border was not a surprise, we say on this week’s first podcast, but the perpetual effort to deny Palestinians human agency and to absolve them of responsibility for the actions leading to the deaths and…
And Iran… Iran So Far Away
May 9, 2018 • 61 min
So much news we had to our second podcast a day early! There’s a little gloating, I admit, but also a lot of analysis about the decertification of the Iran deal. How Trump didn’t “vandalize” it because exiting from it is perfectly permissible under its…
Attack of the Mini-Trumps
May 7, 2018 • 59 min
Will tomorrow’s primary elections in the GOP signal another turn in the party toward candidates who mimic Donald Trump’s attitudes and affect? That’s the question we focus on today, as well as the question of whether Democrats and liberals are falling…
Giuliani Tempts Trump
May 3, 2018 • 66 min
What was Rudy Giuliani doing, going on TV and saying Michael Cohen paid off a porn star at Donald Trump’s direction and that Trump fired James Comey for reasons entirely different from the one Trump gave at the time? I speculate we’re seeing a newly…
Bibi Drops the Bomb on the Iran Deal
Apr 30, 2018 • 48 min
So is that all she wrote for the Iran deal? That’s what we ask on the first of this week’s podcasts. Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprise speech revealing the Israeli intelligence acquisition of the century may be all Donald Trump needs to say he cannot sign the…
Deal or No Deal
Apr 25, 2018 • 46 min
Will Donald Trump pull us out of the Iran deal two days before a big celebration of the Israel embassy move to Jerusalem—and at a time when the big news will still be the North Korea negotiations? We wonder, and wonder what the plan would be if he would.…
Israel The Miracle at 70
Apr 23, 2018 • 62 min
On this podcast, we explain why, for the state of Israel, these are the very best of times, even though American Jews and those who hate Israel seem to believe otherwise to the exclusion of all available evidence. Then we talk about what Sohrab Ahmari…
Pompeo and Circumstance
Apr 18, 2018 • 51 min
On our latest COMMENTARY podcast we wonder at the fact that Democrats are going to vote en masse against Mike Pompeo as secretary of state for no real reason other than that they don’t like Trump—and how this marks the fulfillment of a degradation in the…
Comey Comey Comey Comey Comey Chameleon
Apr 16, 2018 • 54 min
James Comey is going to sell 2 million books or something, but it’s far from clear his inadvertently revealing interview with George Stephanopoulos did him any favors. On our podcast, we discuss the ways in which Comey injured his own case for himself by…
The Speaker Will Speak No More
Apr 12, 2018 • 59 min
Our podcast takes up the Paul Ryan retirement and what it means for the GOP (not good). Then we discuss Syria (not good) and the question of American military intervention (good). Give a listen.
Striking Syria, Slamming Kevin Williamson
Apr 9, 2018 • 63 min
Has Syria’s monstrous chemical attack on its own citizens changed the trajectory of the Trump foreign policy—and was it occasioned by Trump’s announcement of an American pullout from Syria? That’s the question we ask on this podcast. Then we go into…
Mulling Mueller’s Muddle
Apr 5, 2018 • 53 min
Is Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe of the Trump campaign going to end without a satisfying conclusion to those hoping it will prove “collusion” and the president’s complicity? A new Washington Post report suggests it will. Also, amid the GOP’s 2018…
You Keep on Pushing Me Over the Borderline
Apr 2, 2018 • 53 min
On this podcast, the COMMENTARY crew takes on Israel-Gaza border clashes and the effort to create a new border clash on the U.S.-Mexico border. And we talk about how Noah Rothman is the most dangerous person on earth. Give a listen.
Old Culture Wars Are New Again
Mar 29, 2018 • 52 min
John Podhoretz is out today. In his absence, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and Sohrab Ahmari discuss the White House’s ongoing personnel churn with the ouster of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. They also dig into what the Mueller Probe’s…
Bolton, Guns, and Stormy
Mar 26, 2018 • 63 min
Liberals are freaking out over John Bolton, who represents a conventional body of opinion in American foreign policy dating back more than half a century. Conservatives are freaking out over the March for Our Lives and what it means. And many people are,…
Get on the Magic Omnibus
Mar 22, 2018 • 51 min
So what’s in the big spending bill? On today’s podcast, we break it down from defense to opioids to Palestinian support for murderers and the cutoff thereof. And then we do not congratulate. Give a listen.
McCabe and Mr. Mueller
Mar 19, 2018 • 51 min
There appear to have been good reasons to fire FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, and good reasons for both Republicans and Democrats to believe he was a malign force in the 2016 elections. So why did Donald Trump and his lawyer decide to make it seem as…
From Moscow to Pennsylvania
Mar 15, 2018 • 49 min
On the last COMMENTARY Podcast of the week, the gang (minus Noah Rothman) delve into the ramifications of Vladimir Putin’s increasingly reckless campaign of terror and assess the Trump administration’s response. We also reflect on Conor Lamb’s…
Trump and NK and PA—The Eternal Golden Braid
Mar 12, 2018 • 50 min
A possible summit with North Korea and a possible bellwether election in Pennsylvania take up our time on the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week. Give a listen.
Don’t Know Why Ain’t No Sun Up in the Sky, Stormy Daniels
Mar 8, 2018 • 61 min
The president and the porn star (and why are all porn actresses “stars”), not to mention whether you can have a wave election if the Senate doesn’t follow the wave, along with false “boom” news items about Trump and Russia, and California defying federal…
A General Disagreement on Tariffs and Trade
Mar 6, 2018 • 63 min
The first COMMENTARY Podcast of the week explores the political philosophy behind Donald Trump’s preferred trade policies. Does the European consensus on the value of liberal internationalist trade differ from America’s? Do the benefits associated with…
A Podcast About Lawyers, Guns, and Money
Mar 1, 2018 • 54 min
So a crazy Wednesday at the White House occasions kind of a crazy Tuesday podcast in which we go through a) Trump and gun control and what might be too much for his base, b) the agony of working in a White House under investigation, thus requiring the…
Let’s Unpack CPAC
Feb 26, 2018 • 60 min
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference had its share of controversies this year, as it usually does. In the context of a maturing Trump era, however, they merit renewed scrutiny. What does this conference and say about the movement it seeks…
The Gun Debate Gets Worse and Worse
Feb 23, 2018 • 50 min
The events of the past week following the mass shooting in Florida have only increased the divide in this country on the issue of guns—and pretty much everything else. This is what we talk about on the final podcast of the week. And we talk about whether…
The Russian Meddling in Our Hearts
Feb 21, 2018 • 52 min
Robert Mueller’s special counsel’s office issues a series of indictments that establish the facts of Russia’s efforts to influence the political process in 2016, which are incontrovertible and disturbing but also objectively underwhelming. The COMMENTARY…
Responding to Parkland: Amend the Second Amendment?
Feb 15, 2018 • 53 min
For those who want radical changes in the way the United States handles guns and shooters, what else can be done but amending the Constitution to supplant the Second Amendment? That’s the question I ask Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald on this edition of…
Another Bad Olympic Moment
Feb 12, 2018 • 50 min
The bizarre celebration of North Korea’s regime—through its representative, Kim Jong Yo, and its cheerleading squad—leads the COMMENTARY podcast crew to wonder at the degradation of the U.S. media and the continuing foolishness of the very idea of the…
The Somethingburger!
Feb 5, 2018 • 47 min
We agree, on the COMMENTARY podcast, that the memo alleging inappropriate handling of a warrant into a Trump campaign official, is not a nothingburger. Rather, we think it is a somethingburger. It speaks of important matters and needs to be considered…
The State of the Trump is… Strong?
Feb 1, 2018 • 70 min
The successful State of the Union, combined with good economic news and a politically clever immigration proposal, might be heralding a significant change in Donald Trump’s political fortunes. We talk about that, and the latest in the Russia-memo mess, on…
If You Don’t Obstruct Justice, Did You Obstruct Justice?
Jan 29, 2018 • 58 min
Grammys. Mueller. Trump. Rosenstein. Memo. Nunes. Midterms. Polls. You know, the usual stuff. Podcast. Podhoretz. Rothman. Ahmari. Greenwald. Give a listen.
OK, So This Is What’s Happening with All the Probes
Jan 25, 2018 • 54 min
Text-gate. FISA-gate. Mueller-gate. FBI-gate. Unmasking-gate. What’s real? What’s nutso conspiracy theory? What’s to be concerned about? What deserves a fuller investigation? We try to sort this out on the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week. Give a…
Shut Down Senselessness
Jan 22, 2018 • 32 min
John Podhoretz is out today. In his absence, the remaining COMMENTARY Magazine hosts untangle the complicated policy and politics behind a short-lived government shutdown. Who benefits, who doesn’t, and what was at stake? Did this brief cessation of…
Presidents, Porn Stars, and America’s Soul
Jan 18, 2018 • 66 min
So Trump pays off a porn star and it isn’t even the biggest story of the day. On the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we explore all angles of this peculiar state of affairs. What does it say about us politically? What does it say about us morally?…
The First Rule of S—holes
Jan 16, 2018 • 60 min
Donald Trump can’t decide which person he is on immigration—the one with love or the one who prefers Nordics to Nigerians. Meanwhile, Hawaii tells its people a ballistic missile is on its way but surprise! It isn’t. And everybody blames Trump anyway. It’s…
The GPS Isn’t Working Right
Jan 11, 2018 • 61 min
Trump has a meeting and everybody cheers, then he decides to oppose his own administration’s policies and everybody gets depressed again. Meanwhile, Right and Left are going bonkers over Russia, collusion, and the testimony of the oppo-research firm…
The Cuckoo Coup Debut?
Jan 8, 2018 • 53 min
On the first COMMENTARY podcast of this week, the hosts note that the groundwork is being laid to declare Donald Trump mentally unfit and that he should be stripped of authority under the Constitution’s 25th Amendment. Also, Donald Trump and Republicans…
Bannonism Goes Bust
Jan 4, 2018 • 63 min
In the second COMMENTARY Magazine podcast of the week, the hosts discuss Steve Bannon by the avatar of his movement: Donald Trump. Clearly, the damaging quotes Bannon provided to the journalist Michael Wolff are worth taking seriously, even if the rest of…
Revolting Responses to Revolt in Iran
Jan 2, 2018 • 65 min
The first COMMENTARY podcast of 2018 finds me, Noah Rothman, Sohrab Ahmari, and Abe Greenwald discussing the remarkable uprisings in Iran, the ways in which they discredit the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with the mullahs—and the ways the Obamans…
Special 2017 End of Year Podcast!
Dec 21, 2017 • 70 min
The last COMMENTARY podcast of 2017 not only takes up the tax bill and the hysterical response to it but, in a stunning new development, features Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, Sohrab Ahmari, and me listing the best and worst things that happened in 2017,…
Mueller Mania
Dec 18, 2017 • 63 min
What’s in the tax bill? How will it impact the economy and, thus, the 2018 midterms? The COMMENTARY Magazine podcast hosts answer those questions are more. Also, both pro- and anti-Trump partisans have some strange preconceptions about what Robert…
The Future of the GOP With No Moore Roy
Dec 13, 2017 • 57 min
The stunning result in the Alabama special election offers the crew at the COMMENTARY podcast (me, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and Sohrab Ahmari) a chance to reflect on how we got here, what this says about Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, and whether…
More Terror in NYC, and Moore Closes in Alabama
Dec 11, 2017 • 62 min
On the first podcast of the week, the COMMENTARY crew takes up the failed terrorist attack in the New York City subway station and points out just how blase it appears we have gotten in response to these events 16 years after 9/11. And then we ask: What…
If I Forget Thee, O Al Franken…
Dec 7, 2017 • 60 min
The second COMMENTARY podcast of the week takes up the recognition of Jerusalem, the downfall of Al Franken, and shoes dropping all over the place in the Trump-Russia investigation. Give a listen.
Flynn and Saudi Arabia: Turn and Face the Strange Ch-Ch-Changes
Dec 4, 2017 • 58 min
On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we ask whether the Michael Flynn plea indicates huge trouble for the Trump White House or will prove to be much ado about nothing. But in the “much ado about something” category, we place the astonishing report…
Are Trump’s Tweets Helping the Tax Bill?
Nov 30, 2017 • 56 min
On the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we ask whether the constant swirl of dust around the president might actually be helping the Senate Republicans convince members to vote for tax reform because they are not constantly center stage as they were…
The Democratic Party’s Harassment Disaster
Nov 27, 2017 • 49 min
On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we take up the long-term threat to Democratic interests—and the truth, and fairness, and everything Democrats have said they stand for when it comes to women and sexual abuse—that arises from House Minority…
When Politicians Aren’t Moral
Nov 22, 2017 • 49 min
In this pre-Thanksgiving COMMENTARY podcast, the gang (minus an under-the-weather Noah Rothman) discusses Donald Trump’s anti-presidential attitude and whether there’s an upside to it. We also consider the new partisan turn in the response to ongoing…
Moral Panics and the Nation That Loves Them
Nov 20, 2017 • 57 min
On the first of this holiday week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, we delve into the question of what the sexual harassment scandals of the past seven weeks have in common with previous moments in American history. And we talk tax reform and where you can get a…
All Come Tumbling Down
Nov 16, 2017 • 48 min
In the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, the crew (Noah’s still on vacation) makes sense of the continued allegations against Senate candidate Roy Moore, the new allegation against Senator Al Franken, the reemerging allegations against Bill Clinton,…
How Much Moore Can We Take?
Nov 13, 2017 • 51 min
On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, the gang (minus Noah Rothman) covers the accusations of sexual misconduct against the Roy Moore, his strange defense, and his even stranger defenders. We also talk about President Trump’s press conference with…
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Wave
Nov 9, 2017 • 55 min
On the second podcast of the week, the COMMENTARY crew takes up the question of how bad the 2017 election results are for the GOP and what they herald for next year, whether the damage might be mitigated by a tax reform bill, and whether Democrats can be…
The Progressive Blind Spot
Nov 6, 2017 • 53 min
On this week’s first COMMENTARY Podcast, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, Sohrab Ahmari, and Noah Rothman discuss the left-right cultural divide over how to respond to horrific shootings like that which occurred in Texas over the weekend. The hosts also…
Look in the Mirror, Democrats
Nov 2, 2017 • 47 min
We welcome Senior Writer Sohrab Ahmari to the COMMENTARY podcast today, as we examine two articles today that finally show the Democratic Party is taking the full measure of the disaster it has brought upon itself. We also talk about the horror in…
Oct 30, 2017 • 59 min
The first COMMENTARY podcast of the week finds me, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman considering the volcanic possible consequences that might flow from Special Prosecutor Mueller’s indictments of one-time Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Then we move…
Flaking Out While Drinking a White Russian
Oct 26, 2017 • 64 min
Abe, Noah, and I join for the last COMMENTARY podcast of the week to discuss the retirement of Jeff Flake and his attack on Donald Trump’s violation of norms: Can you really say the man who wins the presidency is a political aberration. We then consider…
$32 Million? Oh, Really? No, O’Reilly
Oct 23, 2017 • 64 min
On this week’s first COMMENTARY podcast, we stand agog at the personal $32 million payout by former #1 cable news star Bill O’Reilly and what it means about the sexual harassment scandals and the way they are changing the rules. Then we move on to simpler…
Back to the Clintons—and the Endless Culture War
Oct 19, 2017 • 58 min
On the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we delve into the Russian purchase of an American uranium company during the Obama years and how its executives enriched the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation as it was happening—and what this tells us about…
How Half-Measures Lead to Half-Nelsons
Oct 16, 2017 • 58 min
On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, we take up the Trump White House’s move on the Iran deal, its declarations on health care, and its shifting policies on immigration and “Dreamers” and how they reveal that this revolutionary administration is…
Harvey Weinstein Is Finished, But Nukes Aren’t
Oct 11, 2017 • 46 min
The COMMENTARY crew digs deeply into the horror of Harvey Weinstein, now journeying, perhaps, into a land beyond extradition, and ask whether his monstrousness is specifically related to show business or whether it reflects something baser in general.…
A Corker of a Weekend
Oct 9, 2017 • 63 min
On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman explore with me the meaning of the Twitter war between the president and the retiring chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and what it portends for the potential…
Controlling Guns—and Secretaries of State
Oct 5, 2017 • 56 min
On the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, I ask Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald whether things are changing on the Right in regards to gun-control measures after Las Vegas—and whether “mass shootings” constitutes an event category that makes sense. And…
The Horrors of Las Vegas and Puerto Rico
Oct 2, 2017 • 58 min
On this week’s first podcast, the COMMENTARY crew (Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and I) discuss whether the mass shooting in Las Vegas speaks to the need for new policy or to a disease in the American body politic and the American spirit. Then we ask why…
Moore Tax Cuts!
Sep 28, 2017 • 54 min
On the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald seek to answer my deeply pointed queries about what the victory of Roy Moore in the Alabama runoff might mean for Senate Republicans, Mitch McConnell, and whether #MAGA has…
Trump is Pavlov and We Are The Dogs
Sep 25, 2017 • 55 min
The first COMMENTARY podcast of the week finds us (me, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman) discussing the weekend of knee-taking and Trump-tweeting about patriotism and the NFL and blah blah blah while North Korea threatens hydrogen bomb-testing and Puerto…
Is Trump Turning It Around?
Sep 20, 2017 • 58 min
With Noah Rothman sadly out of commission for the day, Abe Greenwald and I discuss the president’s speech at the UN (good!), the attacks on it (mostly bad!), why his polls have seen an uptick (less Trump!), who’s crazier about health care (liberals!) and…
The Handmaids Bail
Sep 18, 2017 • 38 min
In John Podhoretz’s absence, Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman take the helm in the first of the week’s podcasts devoted almost entirely the liberal anxiety at the Emmy Awards. Why are so many Americans tuning out of awards shows, movies, music, and sports…
A Special All-Gloating Podcast!
Sep 14, 2017 • 65 min
Yes, we told you so, and we say it again and again on the second of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts. Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and I attempt to examine the political menage-a-trois between Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi, whom it helps, whom it hurts, and…
Bannon’s History of the United States
Sep 11, 2017 • 47 min
After an hour of watching Steve Bannon expound on his worldview for CBS’ “60 Minutes,” the hosts of the COMMENTARY Podcast determine that very little was said. John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman break down the half-formed worldview of the…
The Art of the Bad Deal
Sep 7, 2017 • 43 min
Donald Trump has taken the heel turn that so many anticipated he’d make, albeit not this early in his presidency, when he struck a deal with congressional Democrats and undermined his party’s leadership in Congress. The reactions from right, left, and…
Don’t Fall in Love with A DREAMer
Sep 5, 2017 • 65 min
The first post-Labor Day COMMENTARY podcast finds Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman responding to my questions about the Trump decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy of the Obama administration. Is it good policy? Is it…
The Left’s Activist Problem
Aug 31, 2017 • 43 min
In the last of the week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman (John Podhoretz returns on Monday) explore the rising radicalization of the liberal left and the Democratic Party’s efforts to rein in its more self-destructive impulses. Also,…
The Storm That’s Here and the One That’s Coming
Aug 28, 2017 • 43 min
With John Podhoretz out for the week, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald are holding down the COMMENTARY Podcast fort. Today, the gang dives into the political implications surrounding Hurricane Harvey as the president prepares to head to Texas. They also…
Not What You Expect In a President
Aug 24, 2017 • 65 min
The second COMMENTARY podcast of the week features me, Noah Rothman, and Abe Greenwald digging deep into new polls—including one issued by President Trump’s own pollster showing Trump with shockingly low support among Republicans as they look ahead to the…
We Will Never Ever Get Back Together
Aug 21, 2017 • 65 min
The first COMMENTARY podcast of the week finds us—me, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman—wondering at the grandiose plans of Steve Bannon after the White House. A new news channel! War in the Republican party! Etc! All this leads into speculation about 2020,…
Explaining the Inexplicable
Aug 17, 2017 • 65 min
In the second of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, the hosts try to wrap their heads around a series of events that defy logic. Why would Donald Trump try to rehabilitate people who align themselves with torch-lit rally goers chanting racist slogans? Why…
Charlottesville and the American Crisis
Aug 14, 2017 • 56 min
In the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, I ask Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald whether we are seeing a rise in extremist political violence in the United States and what it portends. And then we talk about what it means for the president to have chosen…
North Korea and the Never Trumpers
Aug 10, 2017 • 63 min
On this week’s second podcast, the COMMENTARY crew takes on the bad choices in North Korea and—gasp—offers a defense of Donald Trump against his knee-jerk critics on the matter. After that, we wonder at the ongoing insistence by fans of Trump that the…
Are Millennials the Worst—or the Worst?
Aug 7, 2017 • 63 min
On the first of our week’s podcasts, Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman debate the millennial generation in response to my question about whether millennials are as bad as people say (Noah being one). And then things get wild and philosophical on the question…
New Battles in the Culture War
Aug 2, 2017 • 65 min
On the second COMMENTARY podcast of the week, Abe Greenwald tells us about new legislation on immigration and what its larger meaning and political effect might be; Noah Rothman discourses on a new Justice Department investigation into unfairness in…
Commentary Podcast:
Jul 31, 2017 • 60 min
On this week’s first podcast, the very popular Abe Greenwald (winner of a Twitter poll you’ll hear about) joins me and Noah Rothman to discuss whether Donald Trump’s political losses over the past week and the chaos at the White House portend a presidency…
A Man with a Plan?
Jul 27, 2017 • 58 min
On the second of this week’s podcasts, I get into it with Noah Rothman on whether the president’s behavior toward his attorney general and the new White House communications director’s conduct toward the White House chief of staff constitute a “plan” of…
Russian Undressing - An Explanation
Jul 24, 2017 • 66 min
On the first of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald join me to sort through—and we do it systematically, which is a first for us—what is going on with the Russia investigation and how it divides into three categories. There’s…
The Conservative Crack-Up, 2017 Edition
Jul 20, 2017 • 53 min
On the second of this week’s podcasts, I ask Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman whether the health-care debacle this week is simply a reflection of the same pressures on the conservative coalition Donald Trump saw and conquered by running for president last…
Donald Targary… I Mean, Trump
Jul 17, 2017 • 59 min
The first COMMENTARY podcast of the week finds me, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman wondering what a poll showing the president with 36 percent support could mean when he won the presidency with a 65 percent disapproval rating. Have the rules of American…
Everybody Must Get Stoned
Jul 13, 2017 • 58 min
On the second of this week’s podcasts, the COMMENTARY crew (Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and I) takes up the new Senate health-care bill and its wildly generous spending on the opioid epidemic—which is problematic because there is very little in the way…
Don’t You Have to Collude To, You Know, Collude?
Jul 11, 2017 • 59 min
In the first of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, we go through the series of bombshell revelations this weekend about the heretofore undisclosed 2016 meeting between Donald Trump’s son, son-in-law, and campaign manager with a Russian lawyer that evidently…
What Do You Care More About: North Korea or CNN?
Jul 5, 2017 • 44 min
On this week’s only podcast, COMMENTARY’s Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman join me to discuss the unholy choices posed by the North Korea ICBM test and wonder at the fact that the world of political commentary is far more concerned with a CNN story about an…
Commentary podcast
Jun 29, 2017 • 43 min
On the second of this week’s podcasts, the COMMENTARY crew is scattered far afield—I’m in Vegas, baby; Noah Rothman is at home in Jersey; and Abe Greenwald is in our offices in New York. Perhaps our distance accounts for a greater degree of disagreement…
Commentary podcast:
Jun 26, 2017 • 47 min
On the first podcast of the week, we (that is, Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and I) look at the Supreme Court’s decision to allow parts of the Trump travel ban to go through and the possibility of the passage of the health care bill in the Senate. And we…
Georgia on Our Minds
Jun 21, 2017 • 62 min
We’re podcasting a day early here at COMMENTARY in order to take the measure of the result in the Georgia special House election. Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and I posit seven possible theories to explain what happened—and then we attack the theories!…
Is Everything Terrible?
Jun 19, 2017 • 55 min
On this week’s first COMMENTARY podcast, Abe Greenwald and I say yes and Noah Rothman says no. Noah makes a valiant effort at being sensible but I’m not sure he prevails over my and Abe’s hysteria. Give a listen.
We Will Crush You with Our Morosity
Jun 15, 2017 • 57 min
Is the COMMENTARY podcast a downer? That’s what one reader said, accusing us of “crushing morosity.” Well, this one with me and Abe Greenwald isn’t exactly going to lift your spirits, what with its discussion of the shooting at the GOP baseball practice,…
The War on Political Norms
Jun 12, 2017 • 43 min
In the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, Abe Greenwald and I survey the wreckage of Theresa May and point out that her disastrous showing represents the fourth major election in a year in which publics have rejected the idea that political…
A Banana Republic, If You Can Keep It
Jun 8, 2017 • 62 min
In the last of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, the gang (John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman) break down former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress: The headlines that are bad for Trump, the headlines that are good for Trump,…
London Calling Trump
Jun 5, 2017 • 43 min
The first of this week’s podcasts finds Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and me considering the behavior of the president after the London attacks and the desire somehow to transfer all attention from the jihadis who perpetrated them to the president who…
The Dumbest 36 Hours in Politics
Jun 1, 2017 • 55 min
On the last podcast of the week, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman do their best to break down what has to be the single stupidest 36-hour period in American politics in living memory. From the kerfuffle over “cuvfefe” to ISIS chic,…
Why Do They Act So Guilty?
May 30, 2017 • 61 min
In the first of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, the point is raised: The likeliest explanation is that Jared Kushner and others are inexperienced and incompetent rather than malign—so why do they act like they’re guilty? Why does Donald Trump pick fights…
Manchester, Montana, and Hands
May 25, 2017 • 58 min
On the final podcast before Memorial Day, the COMMENTARY crew takes on the horror in Manchester and what it means about security, terrorism, and cultural integration. We move on to the assault perpetrated on a reporter by an out-of-control…
Trump Dances with Knives
May 22, 2017 • 52 min
On this week’s first podcast, I join with Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman in examining the success of the president’s trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel (thus far) and ask whether this is the beginning of a new foreign-policy push that will seek to take…
Of Special Councels—I Mean, Counsels
May 18, 2017 • 53 min
The final Commentary podcast of this week finds me, Noah Rothman, and Abe Greenwald arguing over whether the appointment of a special prosecutor might actually be good news for Donald Trump in that it will quiet the scandals down in the short term and…
Taping Would Only Hurt Him, People
May 15, 2017 • 44 min
The first Commentary podcast of the week finds me, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman puzzling out the idea that Trump taping people in the Oval Office represents the rise of American totalitarianism rather than an insanely self-destructive act that (if it’s…
Kingdom Comey
May 11, 2017 • 51 min
So… Trump fired the FBI director, and the world has gone nuts. Is the madness deserved? Or are the crazies taking over the asylum? And what about those bizarre Trump interviews with Time and the Economist? Can we get a moment’s peace or are we trapped in…
La Plume de Ma Taunt
May 8, 2017 • 45 min
Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and I sit down for the latest COMMENTARY podcast in the wake of the French elections to explore the extent to which the French elections represent a triumph for optimism and hope about Western democracy or merely a pause in…
Commentary Podcast:
May 4, 2017 • 51 min
On the last of this week’s podcasts, Noah Rothman and I (Abe Greenwald is out) try to explain what on earth happened to make it possible for the House to pass a health-care bill and whether this is good news for Republicans or terrible news. (Answer:…
The President and the Murderer
May 1, 2017 • 56 min
On the first podcast of the week, the COMMENTARY crew (Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and I) ventilate upon the White House invitation extended to Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who has openly acknowledged his participation in extra-legal…
White House Daze and Campus Contempt
Apr 27, 2017 • 52 min
In the second of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts, we ask whether the president might be relaxing into his job—and whether this means he knows now that he doesn’t have to fulfill every agenda item at once but can take them on over the course of the next…
100 Days to Have Your Druthers
Apr 24, 2017 • 60 min
The first round of voting in the French presidential election has concluded, and one thing that we can say for sure about it is that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump—contrary to popular opinion in the United States. Trump, however, must reckon with…
Commentary Podcast:
Apr 20, 2017 • 57 min
On the second of this week’s podcasts, the COMMENTARY crew (Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and I) do not mourn the demise of Bill O’Reilly but rather seek to explain its causes. We also wonder at the news that Hillary Clinton’s “people” are searching for…
The Seed of War in the Modern World
Apr 17, 2017 • 41 min
In the new COMMENTARY podcast, tensions on the rise with North Korea create a dilemma for the United States, which has few options to resolve the threat. Elsewhere, the rise of authoritarianism and the collapse of faith in the kind of democratic…
Is This The New Trump At Last?
Apr 13, 2017 • 50 min
On this week’s mid-Passover podcast, the COMMENTARY boys delineate the manifold ways in which the president has reversed himself on his campaign promises and expressed views on: Syria. China. Russia. His tax plan. NATO. The Export-Import Bank. And so much…
Brave Neoconservative World
Apr 10, 2017 • 40 min
John Podhoretz is out for the Passover holiday, so, in his absence, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald try to make sense of the Trump administration’s new policy toward Assad (and, incidentally, Putin). Has the Trump administration done a 180-degree pivot on…
The Week Trump Learned He Is President
Apr 6, 2017 • 62 min
Wow! It’s the first anniversary of the COMMENTARY Magazine Podcast! So it’s long and wordy and a little hysterical! Three subjects consume Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and me. 1) The cascading foreign-policy programs that are forcing Donald Trump to…
What the Hell is Going on With the Russia Stuff?
Apr 3, 2017 • 53 min
Someone needs to sort this out, and we’re just the guys to do it—Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and I, on the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week. What’s Trump’s line? What’s the anti-Trump line? What is unmasking? Why did Trump waste a month of his…
What Does Trump Care About?
Mar 30, 2017 • 55 min
On this second podcast of the week, we (Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and I) try to suss out what it is the president is trying to do by tweeting threats at conservative Republican House members who opposed him on health-care reform. Can he punish them?…
Obamacare Repeal Fail: So Much Blame
Mar 27, 2017 • 50 min
On this first podcast of the week, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald and I try to make sense of who is to blame and basically decide that… but why would I tell you here? You need to download or stream the podcast to find out! This is a cliffhanger! Give a…
So Many Ways to Say ‘Debacle’
Mar 24, 2017 • 43 min
On a special week-ending podcast, the COMMENTARY crew considers the collapse of the American Health Care Act and the fallout therefrom. Our conclusion: A lot of fallout. A lot of it on Donald Trump’s head. And some on Paul Ryan. And some on House…
Gorsuch a Mensch
Mar 22, 2017 • 50 min
John Podhoretz rejoins the COMMENTARY Podcast after a brief absence, albeit from on location in California. Please excuse the audio disruptions resulting from everyone recording from a different state. In this podcast, the gang takes the temperature of…
The Russia House (Investigation)
Mar 20, 2017 • 36 min
The matter of the Donald Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia have dogged this administration since its very first days. For the first time in public hearings, Congress is digging into the matter. Today, FBI Director Comey revealed that the Trump…
Commentary Podcast
Mar 16, 2017 • 59 min
The last of the week’s COMMENTARY podcasts tackles the logic and philosophy in Donald Trump’s proposed budget; what it cuts and where it spends. What does a “hard power,” “America first” budget look like and how much of it will end up in the final…
Trump’s ‘Unprecedented’ Precedents
Mar 13, 2017 • 53 min
In the first of the week’s COMMENTARY podcasts—assuming the hosts can dig out of the snow cataclysm barreling down on the Northeast—Donald Trump’s detractors suffer from acute memory loss. The president’s “unprecedented” dismissal of Obama-appointed…
The End of the Case for Liberty
Mar 9, 2017 • 55 min
In the last podcast of the week, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald and I try to make the case for the new Republican health care bill as best we can, before going into the deeper question of what the bill’s particulars say about the Right’s commitment to…
The Podcast That Goes There
Mar 6, 2017 • 55 min
On this week’s podcast, the COMMENTARY crew addresses the elephant in the room. That’s all I’m going to say. It’s an elephant. It’s in a room. Give a listen.
A Good Speech, Then a Bad News Cycle
Mar 2, 2017 • 53 min
On this week’s final podcast, we (meaning Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and I) discuss how the positive reception of the president’s big speech was not undermined by him (for once) but rather by a series of leak-riddled articles trashing the Yemen raid,…
We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Experts
Feb 27, 2017 • 55 min
On this week’s first podcast, Abe and Noah and I discuss the crisis of competence suggested by the failure to hand a movie star the right envelope. Might seem silly, but it’s never happened before and it’s happened at a time when nobody seems to be able…
Is Trumpism Starting to Take Shape?
Feb 23, 2017 • 69 min
On the last of this week’s podcast, the COMMENTARY crew discusses the problems with the new deportation policies, ventilates on the Democratic National Committee’s race for chair, and wonders whether Trump is wooing the conservative movement or whether…