The Power Line Show, Ep. 83: The University We Need

Featured image This week’s edition of the Power Line Show is a couple days late getting posted up because I’m traveling a lot and behind on everything. As previously mentioned, over the weekend I traveled back to Grove City College in Pennsylvania—where I met some loyal Power Line readers!—to participate in a conference of the National Association of Scholars. (Do join NAS, by the way, even if you aren’t an academic. Their »

Power Line Show, Ep. 82: “Born American, But in the Wrong Place”—Remembering Peter Schramm

Featured image I’m still away on “vacation” at an undisclosed northwestern location for another day or two (I need to keep it vague to throw the bounty hunters off my track), and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do a regular edition of the Power Line Show podcast with a guest conversation, so I decided to go back to the archive and dust off some unused audio from the long interview »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 81: The Next Iranian Revolution?

Featured image By the time this episode of the Power Line Show went live, I had scrammed from town on an old-fashioned American-style summer vacation, with the kids in a van, a total-dad roof stack/packing job, lots of fast food, lots of discoveries of local awesome eating joints, etc. Anyway, posts are going to be a bit intermittent this week because I’ll be driving too much. I don’t actually take real vacations »

Churchill for a Sunday Afternoon (or Monday. . .)

Featured image On my last swing through Washington several weeks back Bill Kristol invited me to sit for one of his “Conversations with Kristol” interviews on the subject of what can be learned about statesmanship from Winston Churchill. The topic is inspired partly because of the success of the Darkest Hour film, and also because of the leftist backlash the film generated, which I have commented upon here a few times now. »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 80: The 14th Amendment, Part 2

Featured image Episode 80 of the Power Line Show is now up and ready for listening. As promised, I return with our pseudonymous mystery guest, whom we are dubbing “Lucretia” for the time being, to continue our consideration of the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 14th Amendment. Having discussed the equal protection clause last week, we move on here to discuss the other three main clauses of Section 1 of »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 79: Revisiting the 14th Amendment

Featured image Did you know that this month marks the 150th anniversary of the enactment of the 14th Amendment? (Actually the date of final passage out of Congress was July 9, 1868.) I am surprised that with the confirmation hearings of Judge Kavanaugh hard upon us, there hasn’t been more notice of this anniversary in the mainstream media by all of the usual suspects, if for no other reason than as a »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 78: Here Comes Da Judge!

Featured image Some time in the early morning hours Monday I expect the name of President Trump’s nominee to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court will leak out, but I recorded interviews for a new episode of the Power Line Show several days ago whose content doesn’t depend on a specific nominee. First, I talk with our regular guest analyst Henry Olsen about both the results of the New York City »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 77: Bulldog Edition

Featured image Listen up, all you Yale alumni out there among our readers. This episode of the Power Line Show is especially for you, and it includes an action item—supporting James Kirchick‘s insurgent petition campaign to run for a spot as a trustee of Yale University. This episode features a new intro, bumper music, and transitions, and my two guests are Kirchick and fellow Yale alumnus Jeremy Carl of the Hoover Institution. »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 76: Killer Tomatoes and Power Grids

Featured image I spent the better part of the previous week at a conference composed mostly of very smart liberals—okay, I know, “smart liberals” sounds like an oxymoron or the smallest club this side of Real Housewives of the Vatican, but believe me, these folks are skeptical if not hostile to a lot of leftist orthodoxy these days. And the result of this is perhaps the most gonzo episode ever of the »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 75: The IG Report & Our Surf Forecast

Featured image This week I actually coaxed John Hinderaker to join me along with the Wizard of Oz behind the tech curtain at Power Line, Joe Malchow, to kick around the IG report on the Hillary investigation, and then in the second half of the show I converse with Henry Olsen on what can be learned from the latest primary election results, in the first of what we’re going to call our »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 74: Suicide of the University Revisited

Featured image Last weekend I made a quick trip to Denver to participate in the Western Conservative Summit on a panel with Charles Copeland, president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), on the subject of “The Suicide of the University.” Sorry folks—I wasn’t able to score an interview with Saturday night’s headliners Diamond and Silk for our podcast, so instead you’ll have to settle for an edited version of the panel with »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 73: Michael Walsh’s ‘Fiery Angel’

Featured image Just in time—a day ahead of our regular schedule!—Power Line Show Episode 73 is now up, in case you’re looking for some fun listening for a Sunday afternoon. We’re very pleased to welcome back to the show author, screenwriter, journalist and all around smart guy Michael Walsh, to talk about his brand new book, just out from our friends at Encounter Books, The Fiery Angel: Art, Culture, Sex, Politics, and »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 72: The Vindication of Progress?

Featured image This week’s episode of the Power Line Show is a meditation on a great line from Macaulay: “On what principle is it that with nothing but improvement behind us, we are to expect nothing but deterioration before us?” Yet paradoxically doomsaying has been at the heart of so-called “progressivism” for a long time, as I noted in a post months about about Steven Pinker entitled “Why Do Progressives Hate Progress?” »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 71: A Hard Look at Hard Power

Featured image Listeners of our podcast know that we can’t let go of making fun of Samantha Power’s famous election night whimsy of “milking the soft-power dividend” of Hillary’s expected victory, because it’s just such a perfect shorthand expression of everything wrong with liberalism today.  In any case, last week in Washington I recorded a conversation with Rebecca Heinrichs of the Hudson Institute, who doesn’t have much time for soft power. Rebecca »

“Stürm das Cockpit, oder du stirbst!”

Featured image I have stumbled across the funniest thing I’ve read in a long while, and the fact that I don’t read much German makes it all the better. The German newspaper Zeit had an article last week explaining how Donald Trump should be understood as an epigone of Leo Strauss. All I can say is they’re a little late to the party, because that’s what the paranoid left said about George »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 70: The “Flight 93 Election” Comes in for a Landing

Featured image Last Thursday and Friday John and I participated in the Ricochet Podcast Summit at AEI in Washington DC, and on Friday morning we taped episode 7o of the Power Line Show with Michael Anton, the former spokesman for Trump’s National Security Council and author of the controversial “Flight 93 Election” article from September 2016. Anton revisited the infamous article, shared his insights about Trump’s political character, and also regaled the live »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 69: The Suicide of the University

Featured image Episode 69 of the Power Line Show is now up, and it features . . . me. I decided the time had come to post up as a podcast the keynote lecture I gave at Arizona State University’s new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership back in late February on the subject of “The Suicide of the University.” The lecture has three distinct parts to it, but you’ll »