Podcast Switcheroo

Featured image There is no Three Whisky Happy Hour podcast this week, because we practiced a bit of “settler colonialism” by occupying the flagship Ricochet podcast yesterday and expelling the previous residents. Well not literally. Rob Long and Peter Robinson were both away, so the producers asked the 3WHH crew to fill in for the whole hour. And hoo-boy, with James Lileks in charge of the discussion, the sparks flew on immigration, »

Podcast: The 3WHH, Eye-Bleach Edition

Featured image This episode has everything: a how-to guerilla guide to improving your McDonald’s hamburger experience; a spirited discussion of the Alabama Supreme Court decision that defines frozen embryos as persons (I think the media is willfully misreporting the decision—John is not so sure); those crazy new presidential rankings from political scientists—and even some soft-core porn! Say what? Well, it turns out that that Judge Arthur Engoron, who oversaw Trump’s alleged fraud »

Podcast: The 3WHH Debuts ‘The Real Prosecutors of Atlanta’ Unreality Show

Featured image We’re up a day early with this week’s episode because of schedule complications, but mostly to get a drop on the streaming services with our new (un)reality TV show, “The Real Prosecutors of Atlanta,” starring Big Fani Willis. OMG, is this not the best television since last week’s Super Bowl? I turned up, however, with a gin martini instead of peaty whisky, which drew a rebuke from You Know Who, »

Podcast: The 3WHH on the Twenty-Fifth Hour

Featured image The Twenty-Fifth Hour is the 1950 novel by the Romanian writer C. Virgil Gheorghiu that weaves a tangled, early post-modern tale of central Europe and the Balkans in World War II. It is justly forgotten today, but the title is back in a manner of speaking because it highlights the great irony of the Left’s Ahab-like pursuit of the Great Orange Whale (to mix literary references). Anyone else recall back »

Podcast: The 3WHH on the Civil War and The Fire This Time

Featured image John Yoo is where?? Mexico!?!? So after all that talk the last couple weeks saying the situation at the southern border did not constitute an “invasion,” now he’s in Mexico on some undisclosed clandestine mission. Which makes no sense: they don’t even have McRibb there. Taking John’s place this week is Inez Stepman of the Independent Women’s Forum, frequent contributor to the New York Post, First Things, The Federalist, and »

Podcast: The 3WHH, Special Civil War at the Border Edition

Featured image This special ad-free edition, posted a day ahead of the usual schedule because of the urgency of events at the southern border, finds the 3WHH hosts engaging in their own civil war over the question of whether states have any remedy when the federal government abdicates is responsibility to protect the border. Lucretia and I were in rare accord—well maybe not quite complete accord*—against John’s positivist position of federal supremacy »

Podcast: The 3WHH—Inside John’s Briefs, and the Civil War Over the Civil War

Featured image This week’s episode covers more ground more quickly than a Josh Allen or Patrick Mahomes passing attack. Which the Philadephia Eagles won’t get to experience because they flopped in the first round of the playoffs last weekend, falsifying one of John Yoo’s predictions for 2024 that the Eagles would make the Super Bowl. We’re hoping his brief to the Supreme Court in the case of Trump’s place on the Colorado »

Podcast: The 3WHH, Iowa Stubborn Edition

Featured image On the eve of the Iowa caucuses Monday, we got to wondering just who or what lives up to the description of “Iowa Stubborn” in Meredith Wilson’s “Music Man”: And we’re so by God stubborn We can stand touching noses For a week at a time And never see eye to eye! Is it Trump, DeSantis, Haley—or the legions of lawyers waging endless lawfare against Trump? It’s a trick question. »

Podcast: The 3WHH, Happy Insurrection Day!

Featured image Ronald Reagan used to joke that for Republicans, every day is the 4th of July, while for Democrats every day is April 15. Today we need to update that contrast by noting that the favorite new holiday for Democrats is January 6—”Insurrection Day.” We’ll get to Joe Biden in due course, but the real insurrection this week took place at Harvard, where, as John Yoo predicted last week (we have »

Podcast: The 3WHH Gala New Year’s Edition!

Featured image Who needs a rockin new year’s party when you have the Three Whisky Happy Hour in peak form, dishing out on the top stories of 2023, and, in the spirit of the late financial analyst Byron Wein, offering a range of potential low-probability surprises (rather than firm predictions) for 2024. What’s the difference between a prediction and a surprise? Well think about it this way: who would have predicted, at »

Bonus Podcast: A Conversation with Will Inboden

Featured image This special holiday week classic format bonus episode features a conversation between me and Will Inboden, author of a fabulous recent book based on the very latest declassified files of the Reagan presidency entitled Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink. (I reviewed the book favorably in the Free Beacon.) In his distinguished career Inboden has worked on Captiol Hill and at the National Security »

Podcast: The 3WHH Special Holiday Edition

Featured image This week’s special, ad-free edition of the 3WHH was recorded in live webinar format with about 80 of our most loyal listeners tuning in and heckling us MST3K style in the chat room (IYKYK). But for a holiday episode it partook more of Judgment Day at times, as we reckoned with some lingering issues from our Cage Match about J6 and the Ukraine War two weeks ago, along with a »

Podcast: The 3WHH, In Context

Featured image The cleaning crew is still scrubbing the blood off the floor from last week’s cage match about Ukraine and January 6, and already Ali and Frazier (that is, Lucretia and John) want to go for a sequel—maybe “Rumble in the Faculty Club Food Court” or something. (And yes, since we recorded in the morning instead of evening happy hour like we are supposed to, talk turned to McDonald’s and breakfast »

Podcast: The 3WHH Cage Match!

Featured image We finally got round to our promised but delayed cage match about Ukraine and unanswered questions about January 6, and alas, all of my attempts to cheer up Lucretia with the week’s great news—the Hunter Biden indictment, the embarrassment of Ivy League presidents, Kevin McCarthy resigning, Trump winning Tom Friedman’s vote, and even John’s colorful description of this podcast last Sunday on C-SPAN—proved unavailing. Futile, even. Why Lucretia even trashed »

Podcast: The 3WHH, Wherein John Yoo Goes One-on-One with . . . Charles Barkley??

Featured image So we had promised last week that this episode would feature a cage match between Lucretia and John about realism versus idealism as applied to the Ukraine War (especially since John baited Lucretia by calling her a neocon, which is fighting words not just in the desert west), as well as the problem of January 6, but the passing of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Henry Kissinger diverted us, along »

Podcast: The 3WHH on Deciding Between Bad and Worse

Featured image While most other podcasts are taking the Thanksgiving holiday off, your three bartenders behind the Three Whisky Happy Hour remain on the job, because no one wants leftover podcasts for the long weekend. Lucretia and I had traditional home-cooked feasts, while John, naturally, dined Thursday at a yacht club, sweater knotted properly around his neck. In the middle of this episode that ranges from the metaphysics of free speech to »

Podcast: The 3WHH on Canceling Students for (In)Justice in Palesine

Featured image It’s another bonus two-podcast weekend, as I sat in again on the Ricochet podcast this week with James Lileks and Charles C.W. Cooke, with special guest Noah Rothman. You can take it in here. But hoo-boy—pour yourself three-fingers of your favorite high-proof single malt for this week’s episode of the Three Whisky Happy Hour, as John, Lucretia, and I throw down hard on the limits of free speech in theory »