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The Power Line Show, Ep 203: Avoiding “Suicide by University” with Arthur Milikh

Featured image I’m starting to come to the view that having K-12 education and colleges and universities shrink because of COVID-19 might be one of the bits of good news arising out of the pandemic. Our universities are the principal source of the noxious ideas that are plaguing the country right now, and decades of conservative attempts to reverse this slide or reform campuses have proven largely unavailing. An article by Arthur Milikh »

PL Podcast: The Three Whisky Happy Hour, with Guest Bartender John Yoo

Featured image Settle in for an extra-long bonus episode, as Lucretia and I depart from our nascent Islay-Highland-Irish whisky flight format because we have a guest bartender and malt master on with us for this weekend’s episode—John Yoo! John not only knows the deep history of fine Japanese whiskies, but also the Constitution and presidential power. He has a terrific new book coming out on Tuesday, Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight »

The Power Line Show: Three Whisky Happy Hour, Flight 3

Featured image The estimable New York Post reports on a clear example of “expert” junk science that purports to prove that “men should limit alcohol to just one drink per day.” This is clearly the first step to full communism, plus an obvious ham-handed attempt to shut down our brand new Three Whisky Happy hour. Lucretia and I counter with the supreme wisdom of Lady Thatcher, who once wrote a friend, “Scotch »

The Power Line Show: Happy 200th to Us!

Featured image For our 200th podcast (!!!), we assembled all four Power Line Beatles, John, Paul, George and Ringo Scott and me, to kick around various current topics, including my own experience with cancel culture, the state of the presidential race, whether the United States might actually break up after this election regardless of who wins, and above all some reflections on 18 years of Power Line, where we have (according to our »

The Power Line Show, Ep 199: The “Three Whisky Happy Hour,” Flight #2

Featured image I’m back today with “Lucretia” for another “Three Whisky Happy Hour” to end the week, dishing out a sweet Irish whisky to go with our idea for the attack ad we hope the Trump campaign will run against the Democrats; a mild American bourbon whisky for the uneven Harper’s magazine statement opposing “cancel culture;” and a bracing peaty/smoky Scotch whisky to ponder the question of whether universities have passed the »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 198: A Few Minutes with Gov. Kristi Noem

Featured image Just in time for your weekend listening, I have adapted John’s interview with Gov. Kristi Noem into a podcast, to which I have coaxed some additional background material out of John about the history and political changes in South Dakota and other plains states over the last few decades. In short, this is not George McGovern’s upper midwest any more. So if you didn’t get the chance to take in John’s »

The Power Line Show, Ep 197: Introducing Our “Three Whisky Happy Hour”

Featured image By popular demand we’re bringing “Lucretia,” Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery, back to the show, and we’ve decided to start our own “Three Whisky Happy Hour,” because why should Greg Corombos and Jim Geraghty have all the fun (and the booze) with their Three Martini Lunch. As Lucretia is a champion whisky drinker, we decided to offer up American bourbon, Scotch (the more bracing Islay and Highland single malts), »

The Power Line Show, Ep 196: Needed: “A Gaullist Moment with Churchillian Fortitude”—Dan Mahoney

Featured image I decided to post our regular weekly podcast a couple days ahead of schedule to match up with Dan Mahoney’s compelling essay up today at Real Clear Politics on “What Does Our Nation Mean to Us? Rejecting the Culture of Hate,” because his article meshes perfectly with the conclusion of our wide-ranging conversation about the roots of our present discontents. With everyone comparing the dismal events of this year with »

The Power Line Show, Ep 195: Toppling Teddy Roosevelt the Right Way, with Jean Yarbrough

Featured image When I heard the news that the nihilist mob plans to take down the statue of Theodore Roosevelt astride his horse in front the Natural History Museum in New York City, I knew I had to ring up Jean Yarbrough, the Gary Pendy Sr. Professor of Social Sciences at Bowdoin College, and author of the best book on TR’s political thought and legacy, Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition. »

The Power Line Show, Ep 193: “Apocalypse Never,” with Michael Shellenberger

Featured image This week’s guest is Michael Shellenberger, the founder and president of Environmental Progress, and author of an important new book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. Most books about the environment typically feature breathless panic about how the world is coming to an end. Michael’s book is a rare outlier that debunks the extremism of most such apocalyptic claims, which too often are the predicate for not just »

The Power Line Show, Ep 191: “The Sixties Never Ended”—Fred Siegel on Our Mob Rule Moment

Featured image When our cities start to come apart and people say it seems like 1968 all over again, that can only mean one thing: time to get in touch with Fred Siegel. Among Fred’s many fine books is The Future Once Happened Here: New York, LA, DC, and the Fate of America’s Big Cities, which explained the high cost of incompetent liberal rule of our major cities in the 1960s and 1970s »

The Power Line Show, Ep 189: Ross Douthat on “The Decadent Society”

Featured image “Decadence” is one of those familiar terms that is trivialized or rendered comic by overuse—perhaps you’d say from decadence itself. And while most people think decadent is mostly a synonym for “sumptuous,” it has a wider and deeper meaning, which is the subject of Ross Douthat’s new book, The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success. Douthat, a columnist for the New York Times and author »

The Power Line Show, Ep 188: “This Cannot Go On”—The Breakdown of Higher Education, with John Ellis

Featured image This may well be one of my favorite episodes out of all 188 that we’ve done to date—certainly one of the most interesting. My guest this week is John M. Ellis, distinguished professor emeritus of German literature at UC Santa Cruz. Prof. Ellis is out with a terrific new book, The Breakdown of Higher Education: How It Happened, The Damage It Does, & What Can Be Done About It. This slim »

The Power Line Show, Ep 187: Freedom of the Press in an Era of Fake News, with Zach Wood

Featured image This episode flips the usual format, with my guest interviewing me for a change. I first took note of Zachary Wood when he was an undergraduate of Williams College. He was the president of a student group called “Uncomfortable Learning,” whose mission was to invite to campus outside speakers with a heterodox perspective (which is code for “conservative” for the most part). Invitees included Charles Murray, Christina Hoff Sommers, David »

The Power Line Show, Ep 185: Facebook’s “Supreme Court”? (With a Side of the Flynn Case)

Featured image This special edition of the show features John Hinderaker joining me today as co-host, and then we have a side order of Scott Johnson at the end. Yesterday Facebook announced the creation of a 20-member oversight board that some media accounts describe as a “supreme court” to advise and in some cases rule on what kind of material can be taken down from the popular global site. Facebook founder and CEO »

The Power Line Show, Ep 184: The 1619 Project Pulitzer and Other Outrages—A Phil Magness Omnibus

Featured image When the news broke yesterday that the New York Times‘s egregious “1619 Project” had won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary, I knew the only thing to do was get Phillip W. Magness on the line. Magness, a senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, is the author of a brand new and indispensable book answering the factual errors and gross interpretive distortions of the 1619 Project, entitled »

The Power Line Show, Ep 183: Do Lockdowns Save Lives? The Data Say For Many Places, No

Featured image The Wall Street Journal this morning includes an article by T.J. Rodgers, the retired founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductors, with the provocative title, “Do Lockdowns Save Lives? In Most Places, the Data Say No.” Rodgers mentions in the first paragraph that much of the statistical work behind his article was done by our own Joe Malchow, who is Power Line’s Wizard of Oz behind the curtain who keeps up »