The Power Line Show, Ep. 100: Historians in Cars—Andrew Roberts on History and Churchill

Featured image Many of you have likely seen or heard of Jerry Seinfeld’s video series “Comedians in Cars,” and for this episode of the Power Line Show I decided to emulate it with “Historians in Cars.” But not just any historian. I got to take the great Andrew Roberts for a car ride in the Bay Area this week. (Thanks to those Power Line readers who braved the lunacy of the Berkeley »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 99: Talking Economic Liberty with Chip Mellor

Featured image Just in time for your weekend listening pleasure, Episode 99 is ready! This week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Timbs v. Indiana, concerning the widespread practice of “civil asset forfeiture,” in which law enforcement will seize your property upon arrest (sometimes even without an arrest and criminal charge) and keep the money or asset for themselves. By coincidence this week I ran into the person »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 97: Conservative Fight Club!

Featured image Just in time for the weekend, by popular demand (or at least the social media pleadings of show fanboy Seth Root), another special episode of the Power Line Show featuring—me. Now I know what you’re thinking from the title, and you’d be wrong: the first rule of Conservative Fight Club is that you never shut up about Conservative Fight Club! In this recent lecture of my series on conservatism for »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 96: On the Firing Line with Ammo Grrrll!

Featured image Scott Johnson joins me this week for a podcast book party for the launch of a collection of columns from “Ammo Grrrll,” Ammo Grrrll Hits the Target.  Susan Vass (Ammo Grrrll’s real name when she votes) is a retired stand-up comic, and this episode talks about the terrifying world of comedy club performances, where “you either kill or you die;” why comics are the most needy performance artists—even more than singers, and »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 95: Henry Olsen’s Mid-Term Election Outlook

Featured image We’re out early with this week’s edition of the Power Line Show, because I was able to pin down Henry Olsen to get his general outlook on next Tuesday’s mid-term election. Henry is not ready yet to make many specific calls—his detailed race-by-race forecast will go up at National Review Online this Sunday night or next Monday morning—but right how he thinks it looks good for the GOP in the Senate, »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 94: Edmund Burke: The First Conservative

Featured image Because my voice is still weak and raspy and I was on the road most of last week, this episode of the Power Line Show also consists of another one of my Yale lectures, this time on the topic “Edmund Burke: The First Conservative.” As I explain in the introduction, I ended up spending much of my summer delving into Burke, which is not how I had planned my summer »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 93: Conservatism and Its Enemies

Featured image There’s a slight departure for the Power Line Show this week. I have a nasty case of bronchitis and have actually lost my voice (bringing cheer to my critics and enemies), and couldn’t do the author interview planned for this week, so John Hinderaker stepped in to host this episode with special guest. . . Me! Just how does that work, you say? Well, as previously noted, I am currently »

Loose Ends, Mostly About Podcasts and Things

Featured image • You may have heard that outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley killed it at the Al Smith dinner this week, especially with her quip that “I get it, you wanted an Indian woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test.” Boom! In any case, here’s the whole 15 minute speech, which works pretty well I think. Nikki 2024!   • Not sure whether I’ll be able to get this week’s Power »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 92: “We Can Win This Thing”

Featured image I’ve finished a long review of three new books out about Reagan and two key moments in the Cold War, specifically the “war scare” during the Able Archer exercise in the fall of 1983 when, it was subsequently learned, the Soviet Union went on high alert and possibly (it still isn’t clear) contemplated a pre-emptive first strike of their own, and Reagan’s efforts, through the CIA, to undermine Communism in »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 91: The Deep End of the (Lord) Liverpool

Featured image This week the Power Line Show takes a break from the All-Kavanaugh-All-the-Time format of recent weeks, and sits down with historian William Anthony Hay, author of a brand new biography of Robert Banks Jenkinson. What? You’ve never heard of Robert Banks Jenkinson? You might recognize him better by his “stage name,” Lord Liverpool, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1812-1827, during the windup of the Napoleonic wars and the War »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 90: Kavanaughed to Death

Featured image We came close to doing the Power Line equivalent of a Beatles reunion with this episode of the Power Line Show, as Scott, John, and I all managed to synchronize our WalMart watches and link up together like the old days. (Only Paul’s vacation in Greece right now prevented us from having the entire fab four in the house.) And what do you suppose we talked about? What else is »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 89: #Not Me Too!

Featured image With the Kavanaugh matter reaching a climax right now, I decided to move up the next episode of the Power Line podcast to this afternoon, and check in about the controversy with two of my favorite ladies, “Lucretia,” Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery, and Julie Kelly, frequent contributor to American Greatness, The Federalist, National Review, and other fine sites. (In fact, Rush Limbaugh gave a shout out to Julie’s »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 88: “Breaking Away” with Reagan, Trump, and the Midterms

Featured image Just in time for your Saturday afternoon walk or downloading for your Monday commute, the latest episode of our podcast, which is based on a talk I gave earlier this week at the California Club in Los Angeles to the Friends of Ronald Reagan. The great fun of the evening was sitting over dinner with actor Dennis Quaid, who has recently signed to star as the Gipper in an upcoming »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 87: She’s Ba-aaack! “Lucretia” on Cyber Security

Featured image Just in time for your morning commute, “Lucretia,” Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery (but think Stephanie Powers rather than Austin Powers) joins me again for the latest episode of the Power Line Show. Between the incessant controversy about Russia hacking our elections, and the recent recommendation of several U.S. science academies that we return to paper ballots, we thought it was high time to devote an episode to cyber-security issues. »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 86: This Week’s Election Tea Leaves

Featured image With two more weeks of primary election results to pick over, I decided to check in again with Henry Olsen to see how things look in this special abbreviated Labor Day Weekend edition. Florida increasingly appears to be the most interesting battleground state, with very competitive races for both governor and U.S. Senator. The governor’s race in particular looks like a head-up clash between the newly emboldened uber-progressive wing of »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 84: Vietnam Revisited, with Mac Owens

Featured image A very bright young fellow I know sent me an email recently about how he had been reading about the 1960s and the Vietnam War, and was puzzled as to why victory over North Vietnam wasn’t our object. Why this strange exercise in conceiving the war as some kind of exercise in “communicating” with the Communist regime by means of “graduated pressure”? I have my own answers to this good »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 84: Blue Wave or Red Tide?

Featured image Is the November election going to bring a (Democratic) blue wave or a (Republican) red tide? If you go by the polls, the answer is Yes. Pre-election polls seem more volatile than ever, and on any given day I can find a poll showing either Democrats or Republicans are doing great. For example, the polling director for CBS News, Anthony Salvanto, who along with everyone else got the 2016 presidential »