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Talking Mayor Peter, Bernie, Chick Flicks and Game of Thrones
Apr 17 • 82 min
Jay, Ben and Andrea talk about Pete Buttigieg and his official entry into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. They also talk about Bernie Sanders and his chances of getting the nomination and his briliant move of going on Fox News. They also talk…
Jay Cost on How To Bring Back The Strength of Political Parties
Apr 11 • 76 min
While Ben is recuperating, Jay and Andrea talk with AEI's Jay Cost about political parties, why they are weaker, have less ability to control members and what can be done about it. Jay and Andrea also discuss the latest with the Russia investigation and…
Mueller Report, Biden’s #MeToo Problem and Party Political Power
Apr 3 • 83 min
Ben, Jay and Andrea have an in depth discussion about various topics including the Mueller Report, Joe Biden's #MeToo problem and engage in a back and forth about whether or not would be good for parties to regain some power over their members.…
A Political Movement Fueled by Isolation and Alienation with Tim Carney
Mar 26 • 59 min
Tim Carney, commentary editor of the Washington Examiner talks with Ben and Jay about his new book, Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse. In the book he explores how Trump's election was fueled in part by a portion of America…
Social Media, Culture and Beto’s Wokeness with Christine Rosen
Mar 20 • 60 min
In this episode, Christine Rosen from Commentary Magazine joins the crew to talk about social media, it's effect on politics and culture and the some talk about the backlash Beto O'Rourke received for not being sufficiently woke. Christine has a piece at…
91: The Battle of Never Trump With Tom Nichols
Mar 13 • 81 min
Can one be Never Trump while still acknowledging he's done something good? Is one an "enabler" if they vote with Trump or approve of something Trump does, despite the label of Never Trump? That's the question tackled on this episode. Jay and Ben are…
90: CPAC Is Different, Anti-Semitism and Mad About You Rebooted
Mar 11 • 65 min
Jay and Ben talk about CPAC and how it’s changed over the years. They also talk about the Democratic Party and how they seem to be diminishing anti-Semitism within their own ranks. Also, the news brought about a long discussion about television/movie…
89: Trump Meets Kim, Cohen Meets Congress, and Ugh….CPAC
Feb 27 • 70 min
A day later brings more up to date content! Jay and Ben talk about two big events – The Trump/Kim summit in Vietnam and how critics and defenders see it. Also, Michael Cohen testified before a House panel and it was a crapfest. Also, the MAGACPAC is this…
88: Emergency Declarations, Jussie Smollett and Bath Sheets
Feb 19 • 67 min
On this week’s show, Jay and Ben talk about President Trump’s emergency declaration and what that means for the future with respect to Democrats, the Republican Party and the conservative movement. They also discuss the Jussie Smollett issue and how the…
83: NeverTrump, AOC and The 2020 Democrats
Feb 12 • 55 min
“We’re back, baby! We’re back!” No, it’s not George Costanza, but The Fifth Estate podcast is back after nearly a year away. Ben Howe is the new co-host and he joins Jay and the news gal, Andrea Ruth, in a familiar, but new venture. The podcast will take…
81: The Government and The Age of Adulthood
Mar 11, 2018 • 22 min
How old does one have to be, to be considered an adult? Officially, in the United States, that age is 18. But the government has exceptions to that rule and it makes zero sense. In some cases and in some states, you’re considered an adult at 18. In…
80: David French and The Return of The Battle Over Gun Control
Feb 20, 2018 • 64 min
Another day. Another mass shooting. While violent crime sits at near all-time lows, several of the worst mass shootings in our nation’s history have happened in the last several years. The recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida served to take the…
76: Jay Nordlinger On Conservatism and Trump’s First Year
Jan 19, 2018 • 65 min
How did Trump do in his first year? How did he do on judges? Taxes? Foreign policy? In his role as President and leader of The United States. Amy and Jay break that all day with National Review Senior Editor, Jay Nordlinger. They went into a long…
75: Elaina Plott and What’s To Come For Journalism in 2018
Jan 3, 2018 • 56 min
Journalism had some high notes and some low notes in 2017. Elaina Plott, a young journalist at the Washingtonian, proved to be one of the high notes with her work. Jay and Amy talk to her about how she got started, her influences and what her thinking is…
73: Conservative Distrust of The Media
Dec 14, 2017 • 45 min
Why do people distrust the media? And why do conservatives distrust the media even more? There are many reasons and some of them occurred in just the last week. Jay and Amy touch on issues related to CNN, Jimmy Kimmel and the NY Times laughable math about…
72: Karol Markowicz and The GOP Tax Reform Bill
Dec 2, 2017 • 42 min
Taxes, baby, taxes! The Republican Party is pushing to get through a tax reform (or tax cut) bill by the end of the year. It would give them and President Trump a major legislative victory in 2017. But is it worth it? The tax bill does away with a lot of…
71: Episode 71: The Politics of Sexual Harassment
Nov 22, 2017 • 41 min
New art! The changeover is complete. On this Thanksgiving week show, Amy and Jay talk about the politics of sexual harassment – including that of Roy Moore, Al Franken, John Conyers and yes, Bill Clinton. Amy lends a particularly incisive viewpoint on the…
70: Episode 70: Kevin Williamson and The State of The GOP
Nov 9, 2017 • 51 min
The GOP suffered some big losses on election day this year in NY, New Jersey and Virginia. What does it mean and what implications does it have for 2018? Jay and NEW CO-HOST, Amy Otto talked with National Review’s Kevin Williamson about that subject, the…
67: Episode 67: Mary Katherine Ham on Obamacare and Health Care Policy
Oct 4, 2017 • 46 min
Everybody tells tales of what healthcare would be like if Obamacare were repealed. But hardly anybody tells the stories about people who suffered because of Obamacare. Mary Katherine Ham of The Federalist and CNN is one and it came during a devastating…
61: Episode 61: Jeff Blehar on Elections, Politics and Music
Aug 17, 2017 • 49 min
What will happen in Alabama’s GOP Senate runoff and then in November against a Democrat? How will the Democrats do in 2018 relative to the general history that the party in executive power usually loses lots of seats in Congress? Finally, do you like…
60: Episode 60: Mike Rezendes on Investigative Journalism and The Movie Spotlight
Aug 8, 2017 • 41 min
Have you seen the movie, Spotlight? It won the Academy Award for Best Picture, portraying the work of The Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative reporting team. Their work helped uncover the Catholic church’s sexual abuse scandal in 2002 and won a…
59: Episode 59: Jon Favreau – When The Left Collides With The Right
Aug 2, 2017 • 40 min
Sometimes you have to take risks. Is there a risk for a conservative podcast to have a liberal guest? Is there a risk for a liberal guest to go on a conservative podcast? Of course. But when both sides are going to have a conversation, things work out.…
58: Episode 58: Navel-gazing with Neal and Jay
Jul 27, 2017 • 32 min
No guests this week! With Neal coming back from vacation and Jay preparing to move to Dallas, Texas – the guys just decided this week to talk among themselves. They covered topics like writing and the journey from blogging to mainstream journalism. They…
57: Episode 57: Dana Perino and Behind The Scenes at The Five
Jul 18, 2017 • 41 min
She’s back! If you missed Dana Perino’s last appearance on the show, you can still catch it. She talks about communication so it is still relevant today. This time, however, Dana took us behind the scenes at The Five – how it got started, what she does to…
56: Episode 56: Dave Marcus – Smoke Em If You Got Em!
Jul 12, 2017 • 43 min
Are you a smoker? Former smoker? Trying to quit? What do you think about e-cigs? Do you know what IQOS is? Have you heard of the Global Forum on Nicotine? Dave Marcus of The Federalist joins Jay and Neal to discuss these topics as well as the proposal in…
50: Episode 50: Glenn Thrush and The Importance of Anonymous Sources In Journalism
May 24, 2017 • 47 min
There’s been a lot of talk about anonymous sources in journalism in the first four months of the Trump administration. The problem is, not a lot of people know precisely how they’re used and why journalists use them. Reporter Glenn Thrush of the NY Times…
49: Episode 49: Noah Rothman and How To Be A Conservative In The Age Of Trump
May 17, 2017 • 48 min
Where are you on the Trump spectrum? Are you a Trump supporter, with him from the start? Are you a Trump skeptic, willing to give him credit when it is due and not afraid to criticize? Or are you pro-Trump and more bound to defend him when criticized? Jay…
46: Episode 46 – Erica Grieder and The Mainstream Media Bubble
Apr 26, 2017 • 56 min
Does the media bubble exist? According to an investigation by Politico, it does exist and it’s worse than people thought. Jay and Neal invited journalist Erica Grieder, formerly of Texas Monthly on to discuss the issue in depth and to find out if it can…
45: Episode 45 – Ben Domenech, Founder and Publisher of The Federalist
Apr 18, 2017 • 61 min
Do you read The Federalist? Write there? Did you ever wonder how it started? How he cobbled his team together? Then you will want to listen to this episode. Ben talks about the ups and downs of publishing The Federalist including how he deals with the…
43: Episode 43 – The Fifth Estate Celebrates One Year
Apr 4, 2017 • 59 min
Wow! It has been one year since The Fifth Estate was launched. We started out hoping to have some fun talking to interesting people but never expected it to take off like it did. It’s been my pleasure to co-host this show with Neal and talk to all the…
42: Episode 42 – Chris Arnade and The Faces of Addiction
Mar 28, 2017 • 31 min
Chris Arnade is not the guy you’d expect to see shooting photos of home addicts in the Bronx. With a Ph.D. in physics and a 20-year career on Wall Street, Chris embarked on long walks in New York City and eventually to Hunts Point in the South Bronx.…
40: Episode 40: A Conversation With Meghan McCain
Mar 14, 2017 • 36 min
How have the 80’s born millennial conservatives changed since the 2008 election to the 2016 election? We talked to Meghan McCain to find out. We also asked about her father, Senator John McCain and her friendship with Senator Lindsey Graham of South…
38: Episode 38: Neal and Jay At CPAC 2017
Feb 28, 2017 • 35 min
CPAC. It’s a scene, man. This is the first time since 2008 CPAC was held with a Republican (allegedly) in the White House. Neal and Jay were on the scene with some commentary recorded together for the first time in person as well as some interviews! They…