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Matt Lewis and the News
Matt K. Lewis is a Senior Columnist at The Daily Beast, a CNN political commentator, and the author of Too Dumb to Fail.
3 hours ago
Kyle Griesinger on the Jerry Falwell Scandal
Kyle Griesinger, a graduate of Liberty University, talks about what the school is like—and why Jerry Falwell Jr. has stumbled.
2 days ago
Jim Sciutto on The Madman Theory
Jim Sciutto, CNN’s chief national security correspondent and anchor of CNN Newsroom, talks about his new book, The Madman Theory: Trump Takes On the World. *** If you like this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon and leaving a five-star review on iTunes. It really makes a difference in helping people find us! Follow […]
4 days ago
Kristin Kobes Du Mez on Jesus and John Wayne
Kristin Kobes Du Mez, a professor of history at Calvin University, talks about her book 'Jesus And John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted A Faith And Fractured A Nation.'
5 days ago
Bridget Phetasy on Cancel Culture (Rebroadcast)
Writer and comedian Bridget Phetasy discusses her time as Playboy’s sex columnist, her Twitter addiction, overcoming rape and drug abuse, the problem with victimhood, why self-censorship is bad, and what it’s like to be politically homeless (Rebroadcast).
1 hr 6 min
Jul 31, 2020
Joe Trippi on Chaos or Community
Joe Trippi, who managed Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign and also served as senior advisor for Doug Jones' historic win in Alabama, joins us for a Zoom chat about Donald Trump, Joe Biden, polls, the veepstakes, and more!
Jul 29, 2020
Aaron Sibarium on Adrian Vermeule’s Catholic Integralism
This week, Donald Trump announced his intention to appoint Adrian Vermeule, Professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School (and a controversial proponent of Catholic Integralism and "Common-Good Constitutionalism"), to a key Administration post. I talked with the American Interest's Aaron Sibarium about his writing on Vermeule.
Jul 24, 2020
Steve Kornacki on Trump, Polls, and Cable News
Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC joins Matt and Bill Scher on a Zoom call to discuss Trump, polls, and cable news.
Jul 21, 2020
Bruce Mehlman on The Great Acceleration
Bruce Mehlman, of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, talks about his slide deck on "The Great Acceleration: How 2020’s Crises Are Bringing the Future Faster."
Jul 18, 2020
Andrew Sullivan (Rebroadcast)
Andrew Sullivan talks about his latest piece for New York Magazine, “The World Is Better Than Ever. Why Are We Miserable?“ (Rebroadcast from March, 2018.) *** If you like this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon and leaving a five-star review on iTunes. It really makes a difference in helping people find us! Follow Matt Lewis […]
Jul 16, 2020
Joseph Rodota on The Dark Art of Opposition Research
We've all heard of opposition research (or "oppo"), but where does it come from, and how does it work? I talked to veteran political operative Joseph Rodota (a.k.a. "Dr. Death") about the dark arts of politics, and his new podcast, Oppo File.
Jul 15, 2020
Thomas J. Main on Illiberalism
Thomas J. Main, professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY, talks about his forthcoming book, The Rise of Illiberalism.
Jul 11, 2020
Katie Herzog on Cancel Culture
Katie Herzog, co-host of the “Blocked and Reported” podcast, talks about signing “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” for Harper’s Magazine. *** If you like this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon and leaving a five-star review on iTunes. It really makes a difference in helping people find us! Follow Matt Lewis & […]
Jul 8, 2020
Tom LoBianco on Tucker Carlson for President, 2024?
GOP donors and conservative media are taking the idea seriously, but could it really happen? During this podcast, I talk with Business Insider's Tom LoBianco about why the Tucker Carlson for President buzz is legit. We also talk about the toppling of statues, Trump's chances in 2020, and much more!
Jul 2, 2020
George Washington’s Farewell (Rebroadcast)
Author John Avlon talks about his book, Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations. (Originally broadcast in January of 2018.)
Jul 1, 2020
Ross Douthat on The Decadent Society
During a Zoom call with supporters of the pod, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat talks about his book, The Decadent Society.
1 hr 6 min
Jun 24, 2020
Morton Blackwell’s ‘Laws Of The Public Policy Process’
Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute, talks about his "Laws Of The Public Policy Process."
1 hr 42 min
Jun 23, 2020
Gary Saul Morson on the Russian Revolution and Today’s America
With a chaotic modern America as the backdrop, Matt asks Northwestern professor of Russian Literature Gary Saul Morson for historical insight.
Jun 18, 2020
Salena Zito says PA is ‘Up for Grabs’ in 2020
On our latest Zoom call, Salena Zito, a Pittsburgh-based National Political Reporter, says Pittsburgh is still up for grabs in 2020. Salena is the co-author of The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics.
Jun 16, 2020
Will Saletan on the Cultural Revolution
Slate National Correspondent Will Saletan talks about cancel culture, the toppling of statues, the cultural revolution, and illiberalism, in general.
Jun 13, 2020
Carl Cannon On This Date (Rebroadcast)
Carl Cannon, Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics, talks about his book, On This Date: From the Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day at a Time. (Rebroadcast.)
Jun 11, 2020
Angel Brunner on Driving While Black
Angelique Brunner, founder and CEO of EB5 Capital, talks about building a $750 million commercial real estate investment firm—and why structural racism poses an obstacle for people of color (including other would-be entrepreneurs). She also talks about the night she spent in jail.
Jun 7, 2020
David Frum Returns to Talk Trumpocalypse
David Frum returns for another Zoom discussion about his great new book, Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy.
1 hr 15 min
Jun 5, 2020
Shermichael Singleton on Trump and the George Floyd Protests
Shermichael Singleton, political strategist/analyst and op-ed writer, talks with Matt about his days working for Dr. Ben Carson—and why he disagrees with Donald Trump's handling of the George Floyd protests.
Jun 3, 2020
Jonathan D.T. Ward on China’s Vision of Victory
Dr. Jonathan D.T. Ward, author of China’s Vision of Victory and internationally recognized expert on US-China strategic competition, talks about the threat posed by China.
May 30, 2020
Mary C. Curtis on the Killing of George Floyd
Mary C. Curtis, award-winning columnist, writer, speaker, and editor, talks about the killing of George Floyd, and why when white friends don't believe what blacks go through, they're not friends.
May 28, 2020
James Hohmann on Rubio’s ‘Common Good’ Conservatism, Police Abuse Videos, and Faith
James Hohmann, National Political Correspondent for the Washington Post, and author of the "Daily 202" newsletter, talks about Marco Rubio's evolution to "common good" conservatism, the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and how faith informs his work.
May 27, 2020
Andy Rotherham on Kids, Schools, and COVID-19
Andrew J. Rotherham is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit organization working to support educational innovation and improve outcomes for underserved students. He also writes at the 74 and Eduwonk.com, and teaches at the University of Virginia. During this conversation, he talks with Matt about how COVID-19 is impacting education. They also discuss Joe Biden's comments about charter schools, and how social distancing has them missing live musical performances.
May 21, 2020
Brian Rosenwald on Conservative Media
Brian Rosenwald is a scholar in residence at the Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania and an instructor at Penn. He's also the author of Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States. During this podcast discussion, Brian and Matt talk about Donald Trump's criticism of Neil Cavuto, and why Fox News is squeezed by Trump. They also get into conservative talk radio, and whether podcasts will replace it.
May 19, 2020
Remembering Ravi Zacharias
Christian apologist, evangelist, and best-selling author Ravi Zacharias died today at the age of 74. Last summer, I was blessed to get to sit down with him for an extensive conversation about his life, faith, and even politics. This episode is a rebroadcast of that discussion.
May 17, 2020
Alexandra Carter on Ask for More
Alexandra Carter is a clinical professor of law and director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School. She's also also a trainer for the United Nations and Fortune 500 companies. During this conversation, Alexandra talks with Matt about her new book, Ask For More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything. But don't think this is just a business book about haggling over contracts. As you'll see, this conversation is much, much deeper.
May 15, 2020
Josh Kraushaar’s 2020 Election Preview
Josh Kraushaar is the political editor for National Journal, and pens the weekly "Against the Grain" column. During this Zoom conversation, he talks with Matt about Donald Trump's re-election chances, whether he will drag Senate Republicans down, and who Joe Biden should pick as his running mate.
1 hr 9 min
May 13, 2020
Andrew Roberts on Winston Churchill (Rebroadcast)
New York Times bestselling author Andrew Roberts discusses his new book, Churchill: Walking with Destiny.
May 10, 2020
Fordham professor Charles Camosy on Nursing Home Abuse and COVID
Fordham professor Charles Camosy talks about COVID-19 and Nursing Home Abuse. We also get into his book, Resisting Throwaway Culture, and the importance of having a consistent life ethic.
May 7, 2020
Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works
Matt Ridley talks with Matt about his new book, How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom. He also talks about whether the media's negativity bias is driving coronavirus coverage, the link between Vitamin D and COVID-19, why prizes are better than patents for generating new drugs, and how a prize helped launch Michael Lewis's writing career.
May 5, 2020
James Gagliano says Michael Flynn was Railroaded
James Gagliano, who worked in the FBI for 25 years, and is a law enforcement analyst for CNN, talks about why he believes Michael Flynn was railroaded by Comey's FBI.
May 2, 2020
Ramesh Ponnuru on Trump and Biden
Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for National Review magazine, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a columnist for Bloomberg View, joins our Zoom call. Topics include Trump’s chances in November, Joe Biden’s Tara Reade accusations, whether the GOP can hold the Senate, and what a post-Trump Republican Party might look like. *** Follow Matt Lewis […]
Apr 30, 2020
Matthew Cobb on The Brain and The Nose
Matthew Cobb, Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester, discusses his new book The Idea of the Brain, and previews his forthcoming book, Smell.
Apr 29, 2020
How to Reopen the Economy
Avik Roy, President of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, talks about "A New Strategy for Bringing People Back to Work During COVID-19." Then, Thomas LaDuke, head of FTR Radio, discusses the Michigan protests.
1 hr 7 min
Apr 23, 2020
Lindy Li on Biden’s China Ad, Surviving Bernie Bro Abuse, and 2020 Veepstakes
Lindy Li, supporter of Joe Biden, and a candidate to be a 2020 DNC delegate, talks with Matt about being abused by Bernie Bros, why Trump and Biden are encouraging discrimination against Asian-Americans, and why Biden should probably pick Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Apr 22, 2020
Why Online Voting Is Ready in 2020 (For Some)
Bryan Finney, founder and CEO of Democracy Live, Inc., the leading provider of advanced electronic balloting and voter information technologies in the United States, talks about online voting.
Apr 20, 2020
The Jonestown Massacre (Rebroadcast)
If you've ever heard the expression, "Don't drink the Kool-Aid," but didn't get the reference, then this is for you. On this podcast, Daniel J. Flynn talks about his book, Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (Rebroadcast).
Apr 18, 2020
Mike Murphy on Biden’s ‘Veepstakes’ And Whether Trump is Houdini
GOP strategist Mike Murphy talks about Donald Trump, coronavirus, Biden's veepstakes, and John McCain's legacy.
Apr 16, 2020
Daniel Drezner on The Toddler In Chief
Daniel W. Drezner, an American professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, talks about his new book, The Toddler in Chief: What Donald Trump Teaches Us about the Modern Presidency.
Apr 14, 2020
Bruce Mehlman on After COVID-19
Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas returns to discuss his latest infographic slideshow, AFTER COVID: Politics & Policy in the Age of Pandemic.
Apr 10, 2020
The Easter Episode (Rebroadcast)
In 2019, Christopher Esget, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and Dr. Jim Baucom, senior pastor of Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, Virginia, talked with Matt about the importance of Easter. Topics included Easter sermons, the Notre Dame fire, and why Mary Magdalene confused Jesus for a the gardener. (Rebroadcast.)
Apr 8, 2020
David Frum on Trumpocalypse
David Frum, staff writer for the Atlantic and former George W. Bush speechwriter, joins Matt's Zoom call to talk about his new book, 'Trumpocalypse.'
Apr 6, 2020
The China Episode
Matt talks with friends of the pod, William Nee, a Business and Human Rights Strategy Advisor/Analyst for Amnesty International, and Mitchell Blatt, a contributor to the National Interest who wrote about coronavirus from China.
Apr 4, 2020
Churchill & Orwell (Rebroadcast)
With the craziness going on in the world, the desire for competent "wartime" leaders who can unite us, balanced against worries about creeping authoritarianism, I thought it might a good time to rebroadcast my discussion with author and historian Thomas E. Ricks about his book, Churchill and Orwell: The Fight For Freedom. Enjoy!
Apr 3, 2020
T.K. Coleman on Positivity
T.K. Coleman, Director of Entrepreneurial Education at FEE, talks about freedom over coercion, how to nourish our souls during a pandemic, and why we should embrace the ugly parts of our story.
Apr 1, 2020
Matt Laslo on Playboy, Cory Gardner, and Freelancing
Veteran Congressional reporter Matt Laslo talks about his Playboy profile of Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, as well as his career freelancing for outlets like VICE, WIRED, NPR, Rolling Stone, and others.
Mar 30, 2020
Arthur Brooks on Staying Happy While Social Distancing
During a recent Zoom call with supporters of the podcast, Arthur Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School, talked about how to be happy amid coronavirus and social distancing.
Mar 29, 2020
Sarah Longwell on How COVID-19 Could Impact Trump’s Re-Election Chances
Sarah Longwell, publisher of the Bulwark, talks about whether the coronavirus pandemic will hurt (or help) Donald Trump's re-election chances.
1 hr 1 min
Mar 25, 2020
Zoom Chat with Historian David Pietrusza
Did you miss our first Zoom chat with historian and author David Pietrusza? Never fear, the audio is here. David and Matt talked about the Spanish flu (which ties in to David's book on 1920). Then, David takes questions from supporters of the Pod. Sign up to support us on Patreon, and get invited to all our Zoom meetings while we are quarantined!
Mar 22, 2020
The Perks of Being a Weirdo
Olga Khazan, staff writer for the Atlantic, talks about her new book, Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World.
Mar 18, 2020
Will Storr on The Science of Storytelling
Award-winning writer Will Storr talks about his new book, The Science of Storytelling.
Mar 17, 2020
Shut-Ins With Katie Herzog
As Americans grapple with social distancing, Katie Herzog returns to the podcast to talk about surviving as a shut-in, binge-watching Al Pacino, the death of bars and handshaking, and whether to force her nurse girlfriend to live in a tent out back.
Mar 14, 2020
Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg on What’s Your Problem?
Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg's work on innovation led HR Magazine to recognize him as a “Top 20 International Thinker." On today's podcast, he talks with Matt about his book, What’s Your Problem?
Mar 13, 2020
Dr. Thomas Geisbert on Coronavirus
Dr. Thomas Geisbert, a world-renowned Ebola researcher at The University of Texas Medical Branch, talks about coronavirus. In 2014, Geisbert was recognized as a "Person of the Year" by Time magazine. (Disclosure: He's also my first cousin.)
Mar 11, 2020
Movie Nights With The Reagans (Rebroadcast)
Mark Weinberg, former special advisor and press secretary to President Ronald Reagan, talks about his new book “Movie Nights With The Reagans.” (Rebroadcast.)
Mar 9, 2020
Paul Wilson on Political Advertising
Paul Wilson is Chairman and CEO of Wilson Grand Communications in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. During this podcast, Paul and Matt discuss whether political ads still matter, the ethics of Bernie Sanders profiting off of ad placements, and why Kansas Republicans are in danger of losing a U.S. Senate seat.
Mar 5, 2020
Steve Kornacki on Joementum
Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, talks about Joe Biden's amazing turnaround--and why he's poised to win the 2020 Democratic nomination.
Mar 2, 2020
Bill Scher’s Super Tuesday Preview
On the heels of Joe Biden’s impressive win in South Carolina, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s exodus from the campaign, what should we expect on Super Tuesday? Politico Magazine‘s Bill Scher joins Matt to discuss. Follow Bill on Twitter: https://twitter.com/billscher Check out Bill and Matt’s weekly show, The DMZ: https://bloggingheads.tv/programs/dmz *** Follow Matt Lewis & Cut Through the […]
Feb 29, 2020
Daniel Chirot on You Say You Want a Revolution?
Daniel Chirot, the Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School, talks about his new book, You Say You Want a Revolution?: Radical Idealism and Its Tragic Consequences.
Feb 28, 2020
Michael R. Strain on The American Dream Is Not Dead
Michael R. Strain, Director of Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), talks about his new book, The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It).
Feb 25, 2020
Is the Coronavirus Freak-Out Justified?
Raymond James Healthcare Policy Analyst Chris Meekins, a former deputy assistant secretary at HHS who focused on preparedness and response, talks about how to prepare for dealing with a possible coronavirus pandemic.
Feb 25, 2020
Dear Millennials: Communism Is (Still) Bad!
As Bernie Sanders praise of Fidel Castro rekindles the debate over communism, I talked to Marion Smith, Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), about how Sanders' rise is linked with American millennials' preference for socialism.
Feb 24, 2020
Bill Scher on Bernie’s Rise
Is Bernie Sanders a lock to win the Democratic nomination? Could he win the General Election against Trump? And, if so, how much should we be worried about his brand of democratic socialism? Bill Scher from Politico Magazine helps us unpack all of this.
Feb 21, 2020
Roger Stone on Politics and Fashion (Rebroadcast)
On Thursday, Roger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in jail. But long before this latest controversy, Stone appeared on this podcast several times. Today's episode is a rebroadcast of an interview I conducted in June of 2012, after Stone endorsed Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president. During this conversation, we talked about Stone's role in Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace. On a lighter note, Stone discussed why you should never have a navy blue suit dry cleaned (instead, clean with a whisk broom and some cool water). And of course, we discussed Stone's affinity for Richard Nixon.
Feb 20, 2020
Comedian Jamie Kilstein on Living Your Purpose
Comedian Jamie Kilstein returns to the podcast to discuss standup comedy, how to quit copying others and develop an authentic voice, why people who are bad at being kids often turn into cool adults, why you should go see a movie alone, finding purpose, and whether self-promotion makes us bad people.
1 hr 14 min
Feb 14, 2020
John Ziegler on Why Amy Klobuchar Is The Last/Best Hope to Beat Trump
John Ziegler returns to the podcast to make the case for Dems to coalesce around Amy Klobuchar. He also shares his concerns that Donald Trump would make Pete Buttigieg's sexuality a campaign issue.
Feb 12, 2020
Tevi Troy on Fight House
Author Tevi Troy talks about his new book, Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump. Follow Tevi Troy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeviTroy *** Follow Matt Lewis & Cut Through the Noise: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MattLewisDC Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattklewis Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattklewis/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/mattlewis Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mattlewis – Who is Matt Lewis? – Matt K. Lewis is a Senior Columnist at The […]
Feb 10, 2020
John Tierney on The Power of Bad
Journalist and author John Tierney talks about The Power of Bad: How The Negativity Effect Rules Us And How We Can Rule It, a book he co-authored with Roy F. Baumeister.
Feb 7, 2020
And The Academy Award for Best Picture Goes To…
What is the one movie nominated for the 2020 Oscars you should DEFINITELY see? Fresh off his attending the Sundance Film Festival, I sat down with my friend William Beutler to discuss. If you want to sound smart at the 2020 Oscars Party, this episode is for you!
1 hr 25 min
Jan 31, 2020
Steve Young on Faith, Football, Battling Anxiety, and Politics
Steve Young, Pro Football Hall of Famer, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, and an NFL analyst for ESPN, talks about the Super Bowl and his life and career.
Jan 30, 2020
Christopher Caldwell on The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties
Christopher Caldwell discusses his new book, The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties.
Jan 29, 2020
Tim Alberta on How the Gun Show Became the Trump Show
Tim Alberta discusses his latest piece for Politico Magazine: "How the Gun Show Became the Trump Show."
Jan 24, 2020
Trippi and Scher Debate Iowa’s Importance in 2020
Joe Trippi and Bill Scher discuss whether the Iowa caucuses still matter in 2020. Read Bill’s Politico Magazine piece, Iowa Matters Less Than Ever in 2020. Get Joe’s book, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Follow Bill Scher on Twitter: https://twitter.com/billscher Follow Joe Trippi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joetrippi *** Follow Matt Lewis & Cut Through the […]
Jan 21, 2020
Bruce Mehlman on The Knowns & Unknowns of 2020
Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas returns to discuss his latest infographic slideshow, Knowns & Unknowns: Hunting Black Swans in the Age of Disruption.
Jan 16, 2020
Eric Michael Garcia on the Death of Drummer Neil Peart
Eric Michael Garcia, assistant editor of the Washington Post's PostEverything, talks about the death of Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, and how Garcia bonded with his father while listening to the band. He also teases his forthcoming book about autism.
Jan 14, 2020
Krystal Ball on the Bernie vs. Warren Feud
Krystal Ball, co-host of Rising on Hill TV and co-author of the forthcoming book: The Populist’s Guide to 2020, talks about the Bernie Sanders vs. Elizabeth Warren Feud, her days co-hostiting MSNBC's The Cycle, and much more!
Jan 13, 2020
Michael Malice on Mental Health
Michael Malice shares some strategies for dealing with setbacks and melancholy.
Jan 9, 2020
David Pietrusza on 1920
Historian and author David Pietrusza discusses his book, 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents.
1 hr 8 min
Jan 7, 2020
Dick Vitale on Life and 40 Years at ESPN
Dick Vitale, college basketball’s top analyst, just celebrated 40 years at ESPN following a successful college and pro coaching career. During this podcast, Dick talks about longevity, how to preserve passion, and overcoming adversity.
Jan 2, 2020
Napp Nazworth on Quitting The Christian Post Over Trump
Napp Nazworth talks with Matt about his decision to resign as editor of The Christian Post over their editorial decision to embrace Trumpism.
Dec 29, 2019
Andy Crouch on Screen Time
Andy Crouch talks with Matt about his new book The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place—and the 10 commitments every family should make. (Rebroadcast.)
Dec 27, 2019
Matt & Mitch McConnell (from 2016)
In 2016, Matt interviewed Mitch McConnell, live at the American Enterprise Institute. With impeachment headed to the Senate, hear what the Senate Majority Leader had to say about Donald Trump, Matt Bevin, Ted Cruz, and more!
Dec 25, 2019
The Simpsons’ Secrets
Mike Reiss, former head writer for The Simpsons, joins Matt to talk about his new book, Springfield Confidential. (Rebroadcast.)
Dec 22, 2019
David Pietrusza on Christmas History
Historian and author David Pietrusza joins Matt to discuss Washington's Christmas crossing of the Delaware, the World War I Christmas truce, and Winston Churchill's Christmas visit to Washington, DC, in 1941.
Dec 20, 2019
Lee Drutman on Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop
Lee Drutman, a senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America, talks about his new book, Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America .
Dec 18, 2019
J.M. Fenster on Cheaters
J.M. Fenster talks about her new book, Cheaters Always Win: The Story of America.
Dec 13, 2019
Daniel Darling on The Characters of Christmas
Daniel Darling talks about his new book, The Characters of Christmas: The Unlikely People Caught Up in the Story of Jesus.
Dec 12, 2019
Nick Gillespie on Impeachment and The War on Porn
Nick Gillespie, editor at large for Reason, discusses the libertarian take on Donald Trump. He also delves into the return of right-wing puritanism.
Dec 10, 2019
Quin Hillyer on Never Trumping–and Sen. John Kennedy’s Phoniness
Veteran conservative columnist Quin Hillyer talks about how Sen. John Kennedy's politics (and accent) have oscillated wildly. He and Matt also discuss what happened to the conservative movement they grew up with.
Dec 3, 2019
Henry Olsen on ‘Common-Good Capitalism’
Henry Olsen returns to discuss his recent column at the Washington Post on the pushback Marco Rubio for his recent speech on "common-good capitalism."
Nov 29, 2019
Bruce Mehlman on De-Global: 10 Trends Defining the World
Friend of the pod, Bruce Mehlman returns to the show to discuss his latest slideshow, De-Global: 10 Trends Defining the World.
Nov 27, 2019
THANKS a Thousand
A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Biblical Living, shares 10 strategies from his new book, Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey. (Rebroadcast.)
Nov 25, 2019
The Case for Quitting Your Job
On this episode, Matt is interviewed by Nick Givas (on his new podcast "What Would Givas Do?") about how, sometimes, quitting is the right move. Want to hear Matt tell stories about quitting his job? This pod's for you!
Nov 22, 2019
Susan Glasser on Understanding Impeachment
Susan B. Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a CNN global affairs analyst. During this conversation, she and Matt discuss what we learned from the House impeachment hearings--and whether any of it matters. They also discuss why the witnesses were more heroic and inspiring than the politicians.
Nov 19, 2019
Jim Swift on Michelle Malkin’s Firing
The Bulwark's Jim Swift talks with Matt about Young America's Foundation's decision to cut ties with Michelle Malkin.
Nov 15, 2019
Richard Brookhiser on Give Me Liberty
Historian, biographer, and journalist Richard Brookhiser discusses his new book, Give Me Liberty: A History of America's Exceptional Idea.
Nov 14, 2019
John Ziegler on Impeachment Hearings
Mediaite columnist and Individual 1 podcast host John Ziegler discusses the opening of the televised impeachment hearings.
Nov 13, 2019
Rob Neppell on Digital Disaster Response
Rob Neppell, director of technology innovation for crowd emergency disaster response (CEDR), talks about how new technologies and crowdsourcing are being used to save lives.
Nov 12, 2019
Stuart Stevens on Nikki Haley, Lindsey Graham, and Impeachment
Republican strategist Stuart Stevens talks with Matt about who Nikki Haley and Lindsey Graham have revealed themselves to be, and how Trump's Republican Party is different from the one he knew with Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. They also discuss George W. Bush's famous first pitch during the 2001 World Series, and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Nov 11, 2019
Erica Armstrong Dunbar on Harriet Tubman
Rutgers University professor Erica Armstrong Dunbar talks about her book, She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman.
Nov 7, 2019
Douglas Murray on The Madness of Crowds
Bestselling author Douglas Murray talks about his book, The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity.
Nov 6, 2019
How We Got Trump
It's been four years since I turned in the manuscript for my cult classic book about the serious challenges facing the Republican Party, Too Dumb to Fail. A lot has changed since then, so I thought it might be fun to revisit the book and see what stands the test of time (and what doesn't). During this conversation with Chris Novembrino's "Don't Worry About The Government" podcast, we look back at Too Dumb to Fail to see how relevant it still is today.
Nov 4, 2019
Philip Klein on Fear Your Future
Washington Examiner executive editor Philip Klein talks about his new book, Fear Your Future: How the Deck Is Stacked against Millennials and Why Socialism Would Make It Worse.
Nov 1, 2019
Andy Smarick on the Post-Trump GOP
R Street's Andy Smarick talks about his column about The Post-Trump GOP: The optimistic case for a Trumpism-free conservatism and Republican party.
Oct 31, 2019
Katie Herzog on the Katie Hill Scandal
Is Katie Hill a victim of "revenge porn," or a #MeToo abuser? Or both?? Katie Herzog of The Stranger weighs in. We also discuss Jordan Peterson, Naomi Wolf, Harvey Weinstein, "cancel culture," and more!
Oct 29, 2019
Mike Murphy on Republican Priests vs. Mathematicians
GOP strategist Mike Murphy joins the podcast to talk about Republican attacks on Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the Marco Rubio vs. Jeb feud, the prospects of impeaching Trump, whether Democrats will blow it, why Republicans think Trump is magic, and more!
Oct 27, 2019
Jessica Pan on Talking to Strangers
Journalist Jessica Pan talks about her book, Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes.
Oct 25, 2019
Kathryn Jean Lopez on Faith
Kathryn Jean Lopez, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, talks about her book, A Year With the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living.
Oct 24, 2019
Nayyera Haq on Wrestling with Political Identity
Nayyera Haq is an American culture and policy commentator who previously worked as Senior Director in the White House, and also served in the State Department as a spokesperson. During this conversation, she discusses how experience (and the times) led her from being the daughter of Reagan Republicans into the Democratic Party.
Oct 22, 2019
Josh Kraushaar on Red Flags for Senate Republicans
National Journal's Josh Kraushaar tells Matt that polls and fundraising reports show key GOP senators in political trouble, meaning that Democrats have a 50/50 shot to win back control of the upper chamber.
Oct 18, 2019
Explainer on Syria and the Kurds
Justin Roy briefs us about Syria and the Kurds. This is everything you need to know about recent developments--all in one place!
1 hr 3 min
Oct 15, 2019
Thomas S. Kidd on Who is an Evangelical?
Thomas S. Kidd, distinguished professor of history at Baylor University, talks about his latest book, Who is an Evangelical The History of a Movement in Crisis.
Oct 11, 2019
David Pietrusza on the Black Sox Scandal
Author and historian David Pietrusza talks about the Chicago Black Sox scandal of 1919.
Oct 9, 2019
Jeremy Peters on Covering Conservatives
Jeremy Peters, a New York Times reporter, talks with Matt about becoming a reporter, the conservative movement, the tea party, and Donald Trump. 3:00 minute mark – “Otherness” is working 5:45 – Palin on Steroids 9:00 – Rust belt for Trump 11 – Tea Party abandons fiscal responsibility 18 – The Left has gone Radical […]
Oct 8, 2019
Stephen Hayes on The Dispatch
Stephen Hayes, formerly the editor-in-chief of Weekly Standard, talks about teaming up with Jonah Goldberg to launch The Dispatch.
Oct 1, 2019
Comedian Jamie Kilstein on Cancel Culture
Jamie Kilstein returns to the show to talk about cancel culture, comedy, and self-defense.
Sep 28, 2019
Bill Weld–Live From The Texas Tribune Festival!
Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld talks with Matt about the Trump impeachment scandal, Weld's run for president, and more!
1 hr 4 min
Sep 24, 2019
Chuck Klosterman on Impeaching Trump, Cancel Culture, and First Blood
Chuck Klosterman is the bestselling author of eight books of nonfiction and two novels. He also served as the Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine for three years. During this podcast, Chuck and Matt discuss Donald Trump and the impeachment story, cancel culture and whether conservatism is the new "punk rock," the perils of Twitter, and the brilliance of Sylvester Stallone's First Blood.
1 hr 9 min
Sep 23, 2019
Tom LoBianco on Mike Pence
Tom Lobianco talks about his new book, Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House.
Sep 21, 2019
Mary Eberstadt on Primal Screams
Mary Eberstadt, a senior fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute, talks about her new book, Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics.
Sep 17, 2019
John Ziegler on the NYT Botched Kavanaugh Story
John Ziegler returns to the show to talk about the New York Times' botched story about Brett Kavanaugh. He and Matt also discuss how Malcolm Gladwell's new book blows apart the Penn State scandal.
Sep 10, 2019
Former FBI Agent Greg Shaffer on Survival
mer FBI special agent and hostage rescue team operator Greg Shaffer talks about his book, Stay Safe: Security Secrets for Today's Dangerous World.
Sep 9, 2019
Jackie Gingrich Cushman on Our Broken America
Columnist and author Jackie Gingrich Cushman talks about her new book, Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening.
Sep 7, 2019
Jeff Nelligan on Raising Resilient Sons
Jeff Nelligan, a public affairs executive in Washington, D.C., shares lessons from his book, Four Lessons From My Three Sons: How You Can Raise Resilient Kids.
Sep 6, 2019
Ho-Fung Hung on Hong Kong Protests and Moral Clarity
Ho-Fung Hung, Johns Hopkins professor and author of The China Boom, talks about the Hong Kong protests--and why The West should be showing more moral clarity.
Sep 3, 2019
Katie Herzog on Emotional Support Horses and Cancel Culture
Katie Herzog, "the second most hated writer at The Stranger," talks with Matt about emotional support horses flying on commercial planes, Dave Chapelle's Netflix special, cancel culture's newest trend (tattling to the boss!), the campaign aimed at embarrassing Trump's journalist enemies, and more!
Aug 29, 2019
Scott Lincicome on Trump’s Tariffs
Scott Lincicome is an international trade attorney, an Adjunct Scholar with the Cato Institute, and a Senior Visiting Lecturer at Duke University Law School where he teaches a course on international trade law. During this podcast conversation, he and Matt discuss Donald Trump's tariffs.
Aug 28, 2019
Eric Kaufmann on Whiteshift
Eric Kaufmann has been researching immigration, religion, and national identity for more than twenty years. During this interview, he talks with Matt about his book, WhiteShift: Populism, Immigration, and the Future of White Majorities.
Aug 24, 2019
T.K. Coleman on Work and Meaning
T.K. Coleman is Education Director for Praxis and Director of Entrepreneurial Education at the Foundation for Economic Education. During this interview, T.K. and Matt Lewis discuss how to find meaning and purpose in your work, and how to succeed in a world where the deck is stacked against you.
Aug 22, 2019
John Delaney on ‘Impossible Promises and Fairytale Economics’
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney calls in from the campaign trail in rural Iowa to talk with Matt about his presidential campaign--and what it's like to be one of the few sane moderates running. During this podcast interview, Delaney talks about his debate fight with Elizabeth Warren, his criticism of "fairytale economics," his support of a carbon tax, and much more!
Aug 20, 2019
Clifford Thompson on Being a Black Man in Trump’s America
Clifford Thompson received a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction in 2013 for Love for Sale and Other Essays. During this podcast, he discusses his forthcoming new book, What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues.
Aug 16, 2019
Joe Walsh on Why Trump Needs a Primary Challenge
Former Congressman Joe Walsh talks about his New York Times op-ed, "Trump Needs a Primary Challenge."
Aug 13, 2019
Bill Scher on Bernie and Warren
Bill Scher discusses his column, “Not Enough Room in 2020 Primary for Sanders and Warren," as well as why the Iowa caucuses could get weird.
Aug 11, 2019
Ben Howe on The Immoral Majority
Ben Howe is an author, columnist, podcaster, television writer, filmmaker and award-winning political ad producer. During this interview, Ben talks about his new book, The Immoral Majority.
Aug 8, 2019
Dan Pink on When (Rebroadcast)
Miles Davis said "Time isn't the main thing it's the only thing." He was right. And Daniel Pink's new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing explains the science behind why we should be thinking more about when we do things. Want to know why you should never schedule a medical procedure in the afternoon, what time of day you should exercise, or why rock bands should always finish with their best song?
Aug 6, 2019
Denaye Barahona on Simple Happy Parenting
Denaye Barahona, Ph.D., discusses her new book Simple Happy Parenting with Matt.
1 hr 3 min
Aug 1, 2019
Andrew Yang Interview
It's no secret that I think Andrew Yang is the most compelling Democrat running for president in 2020. A few months ago--back when almost nobody knew who he was--I had a chance to interview him. Coming on the heels of his breakout debate performance on Wednesday night in Detroit, I thought it might be fun to share our interview with you.
Jul 29, 2019
Jen Psaki on 2020 Dems and Debates
Jen Psaki, a CNN political commentator who previously served as White House communications director in Barack Obama’s administration, talks with Matt about the 2020 Democratic presidential race, the importance of debates, working for Barack Obama, John Kerry, and more!
Jul 25, 2019
John Ziegler on Robert Mueller and Al Franken
John Ziegler returns to the podcast to talk about Robert Mueller's testimony before two congressional committees, as well as Jane Mayer's look at the allegations made against Al Franken.
Jul 23, 2019
Tim Alberta on American Carnage
Tim Alberta, chief political correspondent for Politico Magazine, talks about his new book, American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.
Jul 19, 2019
Eric Nelson on Book Publishing Tips
So you want to write a book? Eric Nelson, VP/Editorial Director of Broadside Books, gives Matt some insider secrets on the book publishing world, how to get a bestseller, and the economics of the publishing industry.
Jul 17, 2019
Bruce Mehlman on the 2020 Elections & The Future of American Politics
Bruce Mehlman returns to the podcast to discuss his latest infographic slideshow, "The 2020 Elections: And the Future of American Politics."
Jul 16, 2019
Ravi Zacharias on Jesus, Civility, and Suffering
Ravi Zacharias has spent the past 45 years commending the Christian faith and addressing life’s great existential questions of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny with eloquence and grace. During this episode, he talks with Matt about the importance of apologetics, why all religions aren't the same, the importance of civility, and the problem of emptiness and suffering.
Jul 14, 2019
Peter Wehner on Trump
Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and a contributing editor for The Atlantic magazine. During this podcast discussion, he joins Matt to talk about his latest book, The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump.
Jul 11, 2019
John Ziegler on Joe Biden’s Missing Offensive Line
John Ziegler, senior columnist at Mediaite, talks about Joe Biden's tough road to the Democratic nomination.
Jul 3, 2019
Jamie Kilstein on How To Be Awesome
Comedian and podcaster Jamie Kilstein returns to the pod to discuss how to overcome obstacles. Whether it's making it in standup comedy or martial arts (Jamie) or hustling gigs in a garage band (Matt), getting ahead requires perseverance and a positive attitude.
1 hr 2 min
Jul 1, 2019
Michael Wear on Why Democrats Struggle With Faith Voters
Can the 2020 Democrats woo faith voters away from Trump? Matt talks with Michael Wear, who directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign, about why a lot of faith voters are finding themselves politically homeless.
Jun 28, 2019
Alexander Nazaryan on Trump’s Chaos Theory
Alexander Nazaryan, National correspondent at Yahoo News and author of The Best People, talks with Matt about Donald Trump's presidency. Should conservatives be cheering or fearing? Is Trump crazy--or crazy like a fox? Enjoy!
Jun 27, 2019
Josh Kraushaar’s Dem Debate Preview
Josh Kraushaar, Politics Editor at National Journal, joins us to discuss the first Democratic debates in 2020.
Jun 21, 2019
Andrew Egger on Josh Hawley’s Very Bad Internet Bill
Andrew Egger of The Bulwark talks with Matt about Josh Hawley’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Internet Bill.
Jun 18, 2019
George Will Answers Your Questions
Conservative columnist George Will is out with a new book, The Conservative Sensibility. He chats with Matt about Charles Krauthammer, Russell Kirk, the Religious Right, how conservatism can help cities, Fox News, his Bruce Springsteen story, his dream job, his writing process, his love of baseball, libertarianism and more!
Jun 14, 2019
Chuck Warren on Campaign Malpractice
Chuck Warren, the managing director of September Group LLC and DotVote.vote (the Dot Vote domain registry) joins Matt to blow the whistle on the stupid strategies and tactics political campaigns still get paid to employ. (If you're a campaign nerd, this episode is for you!)
Jun 13, 2019
Adam Gopnik on Liberalism
Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about his new book, A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism.
Jun 11, 2019
Matthew Daniels on Human Liberty 2.0
Matthew Daniels, Chair of Law & Human Rights at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC, discusses his new book, Human Liberty 2.0, about how everyday people can use social media to advance the cause of human rights and dignity.
Jun 6, 2019
Christina Hoff Sommers and Danielle Crittenden on Radical Feminism’s ‘War on Boys’
Christina Hoff Sommers, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and author Danielle Crittenden talk with Matt about the end of female sports, the #MeToo moment, the war on boys, and how to have a well-lived life.
Jun 4, 2019
Dan Abrams on Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense
Dan Abrams, Chief Legal Analyst for ABC News, and the host of top-rated cable series "Live PD" on A&E Network, talks about his new book, Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy.
May 31, 2019
Michael Malice on How Brett Kavanaugh’s Accusers ‘Red Pilled’ Conservatives
Michael Malice, author of The New Right, returns to continue his discussion with Matt. Topics include whether the Brett Kavanaugh nomination "red pilled" conservatives, whether the media would have torpedoed a Marco Rubio presidency, and the differences between conservatism and the New Right.
May 30, 2019
Bridget Phetasy on Being Tribeless
Writer and comedian Bridget Phetasy discusses her time as Playboy's sex columnist, her Twitter addiction, overcoming rape and drug abuse, the problem with victimhood, why self censorship is bad, and what it's like to be politically homeless.
1 hr 6 min
May 28, 2019
Jeff Mayhugh on Trade Wars and T-Shirts
Friend of the pod, Jeff Mayhugh, chats with Matt about how Trump's China tariffs are impacting his tee-shirt business--and why a Democratic president might be even worse.
May 25, 2019
Dan Gabriel on MOSUL
Dan Gabriel, director and executive producer of MOSUL, talks about the making of his documentary film about the battle to retake this Iraqi city from ISIS.
May 23, 2019
Chris Novembrino on the ‘All In The Family’ Remake
Chris Novembrino, host of the All In The Family Podcast talks with Matt about ABC's remake of the classic TV show, All In The Family.
May 21, 2019
Frank J. DiStefano on The Next Realignment
Frank J. DiStefano talks about his new book, The Next Realignment.
May 16, 2019
Michael Malice on The New Right
Author, columnist, and media personality Michael Malice talks about his new book, The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics.
May 15, 2019
Charles Camosy on Resisting Throwaway Culture
Charles Camosy, associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, discusses his new book, Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People.
May 14, 2019
Vince Houghton on Nuking The Moon
Vince Houghton, Historian and Curator at the International Spy Museum, talks about his new book, Nuking The Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left On The Drawing Board.
May 10, 2019
Justin Herman on Mentorship
Justin Herman hosts the Controlled Chaos Junior High Ministry Podcast. A few months ago, he started asking Matt for advice on how to book guests, and that advice has paid off. On this episode, the two discuss the importance of mentors.
May 7, 2019
Eugene Scott on Joe Biden and Jim Crow
After Matt tweeted about Joe Biden exaggerating about "Jim Crow sneaking back in," Eugene Scott penned a response column, titled: "Joe Biden evoked Jim Crow when discussing current voting laws. He’s not wrong." On today's podcast, Scott, who writes about identity politics for The Fix at The Washington Post, talks with Matt about the uproar--and the legacy of Jim Crow.
May 2, 2019
Jamie Kilstein on Making Centrism Sexy
Comedian and podcaster Jamie Kilstein returns to the podcast to discuss why there aren't any good male role models on the Left, why conservatives are probably more open-minded than progressives, why "moderate" isn't a great brand label, and why comics make better podcasters.
Apr 30, 2019
Bruce Mehlman on The Roaring 2020s
Bruce Mehlman returns to discuss his latest slideshow presentation: The Roaring 2020s: The Coming Decade of Disruption & Reform.
Apr 25, 2019
Brian Noyes on Florida Recount 2020
Brian Noyes, who served as regional political director for the Southeastern United States for Bush-Cheney 2000, discusses Florida Recount 2020--a project aimed at preserving and sharing stories on the 20th anniversary of the Florida Recount.
Apr 23, 2019
Stephen Kent on Libertarians for Andrew Yang
Stephen Kent of Young Voices talks with Matt about the intersection of Andrew Yang's Universal Basic Income (UBI) idea with sections of the libertarian world.
Apr 19, 2019
Matt’s Easter Episode
On this Easter edition of the pod, Matt talks with Christopher Esget, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and Dr. Jim Baucom, senior pastor of Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, Virginia. Topics include Easter sermons, the Notre Dame fire, and why Mary Magdalene confused Jesus for a the gardener.
Apr 17, 2019
Jared Cohen on Accidental Presidents
Jared Cohen, the founder and CEO of Jigsaw at Alphabet Inc., talks about his new book, Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America.
Apr 15, 2019
Mary Katharine Ham on Politics, Life, and Perseverance
Mary Katharine Ham, writer and CNN commentator, joins Matt to discuss her life and career. Topics include humor, her days on Fox News, media bias, overcoming the tragic loss of her husband, and more.
1 hr 3 min
Apr 12, 2019
Emma Green on the Religious Left
Is faith an asset for 2020? I asked Emma Green, staff writer at The Atlantic, who covers politics, policy, and religion, about her article on Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Apr 11, 2019
Jamie Kilstein Isn’t Dead
Comedian and podcaster Jamie Kilstein joins the podcast to discuss his days as a 'male feminist' Twitter troll, his appearances on Joe Rogan's podcast, and how he overcame being depressed and suicidal after his own #MeToo allegations surfaced.
Apr 9, 2019
Liz Mair on Being Sued By Devin Nunes
Republican strategist Liz Mair discusses Devin Nunes's lawsuits against her.
Apr 5, 2019
John Aravosis on Biden and Buttigieg
John Aravosis, editor of AMERICABlog and co-host of the UnPresidented Podcast, talks about his recent column, The Insanity of Democrats Attacking Buttigieg—for Not Being Gay Enough. He also discusses the allegations against Joe Biden.
Apr 4, 2019
Jenna Moll on Criminal Justice Reform
Jenna Moll of Justice Action Network (JAN), a national criminal justice reform organization, talks about how conservatives are leading the charge at the state and national level.
Apr 2, 2019
Michael B. Murphy on Mayor Pete’s Appeal
Former Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives, Michael B. Murphy, discusses South Bend, Indiana, and how the city helps explain Pete Buttigieg's appeal.
Mar 29, 2019
JP DeGance on Using Data to Save Marriages
JP DeGance, president and CEO of Communio, discusses the proven, data-informed strategies that strengthen families, marriages, and faith.
Mar 28, 2019
Joe Strupp on Killing Journalism
Award-winning reporter Joe Strupp talks about his book, Killing Journalism: How Greed, Laziness (and Donald Trump) Are Destroying News and How We Can Save It.
Mar 26, 2019
Tom LoBianco on The GOP’s Money Machine
Journalist Tom LoBianco talks about his new Yahoo News article, GOP money machine stumbles over fears of putting data in Trump’s hands. He also previews his forthcoming book about Mike Pence, Piety & Power.
Mar 22, 2019
Isaac Morehouse on Skipping College
Isaac Morehouse is the CEO of Crash, the career launch platform, and the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. During this podcast, he talks with Matt about whether the benefits of college outweigh the costs.
Mar 21, 2019
Victor Davis Hanson on The Case for Trump
Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow in military history at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, talks about his new book, The Case for Trump.
Mar 19, 2019
Joel C. Rosenberg on The Persian Gamble
New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg talks about his new political thriller, The Persian Gamble.
Mar 15, 2019
Andrew Rotherham on the College Admissions Bribery Scandal
Andrew J. Rotherham, a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners, talks about the college admissions scandal, how education issues will impact the 2020 presidential race, and the future of the school choice movement.
Mar 14, 2019
Steven J. Ross on Hitler in Los Angeles
Steven J. Ross talks about his book, Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America.
Mar 12, 2019
Arthur Brooks on Love Your Enemies
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), sits down with Matt Lewis to discuss his new book, "Love Your Enemies."
Mar 5, 2019
Sohrab Ahmari on From Fire By Water
Sohrab Ahmari's journey took him from Iran to America. Intellectually, though, he traveled even further--going from Nietzsche to Marxism to post-modernism to Catholicism. In his new memoir, From Fire By Water, Ahmari discusses this journey.
Feb 28, 2019
Tim Carney on Alienated America
Timothy P. Carney, commentary editor at the Washington Examiner, discusses his book, Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse.
Feb 26, 2019
Nikki Barthelmess on The Quiet You Carry
Nikki Barthelmess discusses her debut novel, The Quiet You Carry, and about her own experience growing up in foster care helped serve as an inspiration for her writing.
Feb 25, 2019
Kristen Soltis Anderson on 2020 Primary Elections
Kristen Soltis Anderson talks with Matt about the 20202 Democratic primary, whether Trump will face his own GOP challenge, fronting a ska band, and how polling can regain its credibility after the 2016 debacle.
1 hr 4 min
Feb 22, 2019
Jason Shout on Oscars Movies
Friend of the pod Jason Shout talks about the upcoming Academy Award for Best Picture.
Feb 19, 2019
Robby Soave on Jussie Smollett and Hate Crime Hoaxes
Robby Soave, associate editor at Reason garnered attention for setting the record straight on the 2014 Rolling Stone hoax article about sexual assault at the University of Virginia, and the 2018 Covington Catholic high school students at the Lincoln Memorial. On this podcast, he discusses his recent article, "Jussie Smollett Reminds Us That Some Hate Crimes Are Hoaxes--and the Statistics Are a Mess."
Feb 18, 2019
Alan Wolfe on The Politics of Petulance
Political scientist Alan Wolfe discusses his book, The Politics of Petulance: America in an Age of Immaturity.
Feb 16, 2019
Anne Marie Miller on the Southern Baptist Sex Scandal
Coming on the heels of the Houston Chronicle's "Abuse of Faith" series, Anne Marie Miller talks about her personal experience as a survivor. She also discusses her book, 5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About Their Kids and Sex, and why a healthy church should talk more about the topic of sex.
1 hr 2 min
Feb 14, 2019
Michael Tomasky on If We Can Keep It
Michael Tomasky, columnist for the Daily Beast and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, discusses his new book, If We Can Keep It: How The Republic Collapsed and How It Might be Saved.
Feb 13, 2019
Jon Ziegler on NeverTrump Sellouts
Mediaite columnist John Ziegler talks about the erstwhile NeverTrumpers who have changed their tune--and whether the radical direction of modern liberalism makes their "lesser of two evils" calculation defensible. He also discusses the #Metoo premise that we should believe all women, and fills us in on his new "Individual 1" podcast.
Feb 12, 2019
Philip Klein on anti-Semitism
Philip Klein, executive editor of the Washington Examiner discusses Rep. Ilhan Omar's offensive tweets, and the rise of anti-Semitism on the left.
Feb 11, 2019
Noah Rothman on Social Justice
Noah Rothman, associate editor at Commentary and MSNBC/NBC News contributor, talks about his new book, Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America.
Feb 8, 2019
Jerry Taylor on How the GOP Resistance Takes Down Trump
Jerry Taylor, head of the Niskanen Center, discusses efforts to run a 2020 GOP primary challenge against Donald Trump.
Feb 6, 2019
Drew Dyck on Your Future Self Will Thank You
Drew Dyck, acquisitions editor at Moody Publishers and a contributing editor at CTPastors.com, talks about his new book, Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science (A Guide for Sinners, Quitters, and Procrastinators).
Feb 5, 2019
Alexandra DeSanctis on The Abortion Controversies
Alexandra DeSanctis, staff writer at National Review and cohost of the “Ordered Liberty" podcast, discusses how some state governments are working to loosen restrictions on late-term abortion--and how Virginia Governor Ralph Northam became embroiled in a major controversy that is still swirling.
Feb 1, 2019
Sarah Kliff on Emergency Room Billing
Sarah Kliff, senior policy correspondent at Vox.com, discusses her year-long project on emergency room billing.
Jan 31, 2019
Jon Ward on Camelot’s End
Jon Ward, senior political correspondent for Yahoo, talks about Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party.
Jan 29, 2019
Bill Scher on the Dems’ 2020 Field
Politico Magazine's Bill Scher discusses his latest column, The Foolish Quest to Be the Next Barack Obama, Kamala Harris' strong campaign launch, why former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is getting so much grief, and why Nancy Pelosi is worth the trouble.
Jan 24, 2019
Andrew Roberts on Churchill: Walking with Destiny
Andrew Roberts on Churchill: Walking with Destiny
Jan 22, 2019
Katie Bethell on Paid Family Leave
Katie Bethell, founder and executive director of PL+US, joins Matt to talk about paid leave policy. Previously, she was the first Campaigns Director at MomsRising.org and ran the North American Campaigns team at Change.org. In 2018, Katie was named as one of Fortune Magazine’s top 50 world leaders.
Jan 19, 2019
H.W. Brands on Heirs Of The Founders
H.W. Brands on 'Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants.'
Jan 17, 2019
Brian Lunde on a Border Wall Commission
Brian Lunde makes the case for why a blue-ribbon panel of experts should decide how to secure America's southern border.
Jan 16, 2019
Bruce Mehlman on Permissionless
Republican strategist Bruce Mehlman's latest quarterly report argues that the world has become "permissionless." He also makes the case for "woke' capitalism.
Jan 15, 2019
A.J. Jacobs on Thanks A Thousand
A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Biblical Living, shares 10 strategies from his new book, Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey.
Jan 10, 2019
Alexandra Lange on The Design of Childhood
Alexandra Lange talks about her book, The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids.
Jan 8, 2019
John Sides on Identity Crisis
John Sides, professor of political science at George Washington University, talks about Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning Of America.
Jan 6, 2019
Charles Denyer on VICE
Charles Denyer, author of Our Nation’s No. 2 — The Rising Influence of America’s Modern Vice Presidency, talks with Matt about VICE, and the movie's subject, Dick Cheney.
Jan 3, 2019
Joshua Becker on The Minimalist Home
Joshua Becker, founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, discusses his new book The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life.
Dec 28, 2018
Jamie Weinstein Answers His Own Questions
On his eponymous podcast, The Jamie Weinstein Show, Jamie "sits down with the most powerful names in politics, business, and media to get a better understanding of how they got to where they are, and how they see the world." At the end of each interview Jamie has a set of standard questions he asks them. On this episode, Matt turns the tables on Jamie, asking him those same questions.
1 hr 13 min
Dec 26, 2018
Pano Kanelos on Civil Discourse
Pano Kanelos, president of St. John's College in Annapolis, talks about how higher education can stay relevant--and encourage civil discourse.
Dec 20, 2018
David Pietrusza on The Christmas Truce
David Pietrusza, author of TR's Last War and 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents talks about the Christmas truce of World War I.
Dec 18, 2018
Jim Antle on The Weekly Standard
Jim Antle, editor of The American Conservative, discusses the fall of The Weekly Standard.
Dec 13, 2018
Charlie Camosy on Dems for Life
Democrats for Life board member Charlie Camosy talks about why he doesn't think Ben Shapiro should be headlining the March for Life.
Dec 11, 2018
John Podhoretz on Progressive Scolds Destroying Our Holiday Classics
Commentary editor John Podhoretz on how progressive scolds are obsessed with destroying our holiday classics.
Dec 6, 2018
Joseph J. Ellis on American Dialogue
Joseph J. Ellis discusses his new book, American Dialogue: The Founders and Us.
Nov 29, 2018
Jose Antonio Vargas on Dear America
Jose Antonio Vargas talks about his book, Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.
Nov 27, 2018
Beth Macy on Dopesick
Beth Macy talks about her book, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and The Drug Company That Addicted America.
Nov 23, 2018
Richard Brookhiser on John Marshall
Richard Brookhiser discusses his new book, John Marshall: The Man Who Made The Supreme Court.
Nov 20, 2018
Steve Kornacki on The Red And The Blue
Steve Kornacki, MSNBC and NBC News National Political Correspondent, discusses his new book, The Red And The Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism.
Nov 15, 2018
Bruce Mehlman on A Split Decision in a Divided Nation
Bruce Mehlman shares his expert Analysis on the 2018 Midterms: A Split Decision in a Divided Nation.
Nov 13, 2018
John McCormack on How the GOP Almost Killed Dan Crenshaw’s Campaign
John McCormack. senior writer at The Weekly Standard, discusses how the GOP almost killed Dan Crenshaw's campaign.
Nov 8, 2018
Alice Stewart on Media
Alice Stewart, CNN political commentator, joins Matt to talk about the media–and the midterm results.
Nov 5, 2018
Ron Brownstein on The Midterms
Ron Brownstein, senior editor at The Atlantic & a senior political analyst for CNN, talks about what to expect from the midterm elections.
Nov 2, 2018
David Pietrusza on TR’s Last War
David Pietrusza talks about his new book, TR's Last War.
Nov 1, 2018
Henry Olsen on the Midterm Elections
Henry Olsen, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and author of The Working Class Republican, gives us a quick briefing on the state of the midterm elections
Oct 30, 2018
Matthew D. Hockenos on Then They Came For Me
You've probably heard Martin Niemöller's confession: “First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Communist…”
Oct 25, 2018
Todd Rose on Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment
Todd Rose talks about his new book, Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment.
Oct 23, 2018
Greg Lukianoff on The Coddling of The American Mind
Greg Lukianoff talks about 'The Coddling of The American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up A Generation For Failure.'
Oct 19, 2018
Jonathan Taplin on Move Fast and Break Things
Jonathan Taplin talks with Matt about his book 'Move Fast and Break Things.'
Oct 18, 2018
Greg Sargent on An Uncivil War
Greg Sargent, author of the Washington Post's Plum Line, talks about "An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics."
Oct 16, 2018
Dan Flynn on Cult City
Daniel J. Flynn talks about his new book, 'Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco.'
Oct 12, 2018
T.K. Coleman on Strategies for Success at Work and In Life
T.K. Coleman, education director for Praxis, talks with Matt about strategies for success at work and in life.
Oct 11, 2018
Josh Kraushaar on the 2018 Midterms
Matt opens the show by talking about his surgery---and the controversy surrounding his use of the word "mob."
Oct 2, 2018
Brian Lunde on ‘Abandonment’
Political advocacy guru Brian Lunde talks about the most underrated move in politics: Abandonment.
Oct 1, 2018
Max Boot on The Corrosion of Conservatism
Max Boot, Washington Post columnist and CNN analyst, talks about his new book, 'The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.'
Sep 28, 2018
Bill Kristol – Live From Austin, Texas!
Bill Kristol joins the podcast live from the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Texas to talk about the Kavanaugh hearings, O'Rourke vs. Cruz, and the legacies of McCain and Krauthammer.
Sep 27, 2018
Mark Judge – Interview from 2012
Mark Judge discusses "Sex, Catholicism, and Rock ‘n’ Roll" in this interview from 2012.
Sep 25, 2018
Mark Forsyth on A Short History of Drunkenness
Mark Forshyth talks about his new book, 'A Short History of Drunkenness.'
Sep 22, 2018
Mia Love on Her Life and Campaign
Rep. Mia Love (Utah's fourth congressional district) calls in from the campaign trail to talk about her re-election efforts and more.
Sep 20, 2018
Francis Fukuyama on Identity
Francis Fukuyama discusses his new book, 'Identity: The Demand For Dignity And the Politics of Resentment.'
Sep 17, 2018
Kim Brooks on Parenthood in the Age of Fear
Kim Brooks raises important questions about the expectations of modern parenthood.
Sep 13, 2018
William Egginton on The Splintering of the American Mind
William Egginton talks about his new book, 'The Splintering of the American Mind: Identity Politics, Inequality, and Community on Today’s College Campuses.'
Sep 12, 2018
Chris Stirewalt on Every Man a King
Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt discusses his new book, 'Every Man a King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists.'
Sep 10, 2018
Chris Novembrino on Don’t Worry About The Government
Chris Novembrino chats about why conservatives can have a punk rock attitude, Beto vs. Cruz, how Donald Trump channels TV character Archie Bunker, and the challenges of podcasting.
Sep 6, 2018
Yoram Hazony on The Virtue of Nationalism
Yoram Hazony discusses his new book, 'The Virtue of Nationalism.'
Sep 5, 2018
Dave Itzkoff on Robin Williams
New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff discusses his new book, 'Robin.'
Aug 29, 2018
Will Storr on Selfie
Award-winning journalist and novelist Will Storr talks with Matt about his new book, 'Selfie: How the West Became Self-Obsessed.'
Aug 27, 2018
Bradley R. Staats on Never Stop Learning
Bradley R. Staats talks about his book 'Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive.'
Aug 22, 2018
The Trials Young Men Face
John and Samuel Eldredge discuss their book 'Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face.'
Aug 18, 2018
The Fall of The Soviet Union
Author Serhii Plokhy talks with Matt about the final days of the Soviet Union and his book "The Last Empire."
Aug 15, 2018
Brian Kinchen on The Long Snapper
Ex-NFL player Brian Kinchen talks with Matt about how he went from being out of football to helping win a Super Bowl for the New England Patriots.
Aug 14, 2018
Paving The Way for Reagan
Laurence Jurdem talks about how his new book, "Paving the Way for Reagan: The Influence of Conservative Media on US Foreign Policy".
Aug 8, 2018
Henry Olsen on the 2018 Midterms
Henry Olsen explains why the midterms won't be won by playing to the base.
Aug 7, 2018
John Ziegler joins Matt to discuss the latest political controversies, including the "deplatforming" of Alex Jones.
Aug 6, 2018
Rick Wilson on Everything Trump Touches Dies
Republican strategist Rick Wilson joins Matt to discuss his new book: "Everything Trump Touches Dies".
Aug 3, 2018
Jon Meacham on The Soul of America
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham talks about his new book 'The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.'
Aug 1, 2018
Evan Smith on Journalism
Evan Smith talks about the state of journalism, how to conduct an interview, and why you should come to Austin this September for the Texas Tribune Festival.
Jul 31, 2018
Mike Reiss on Springfield Confidential
Mike Reiss joins Matt to talk about his new book, Springfield Confidential.
Jul 26, 2018
Liz Mair on Her Evolution From Liberal Republican to Libertarian
GOP strategist Liz Mair talks about her evolution from liberal Republican to libertarian, the travails of being a "Never Trumper," why women intimidate Trump, and why Devin Nunes stinks.
Jul 24, 2018
The Rise of the Alt-Right
Thomas J. talks about his new book "The Rise of the Alt-Right".
Jul 20, 2018
CNN’s Abby Phillip
Abby Phillip talks about her job as White House Correspondent for CNN.
Jul 12, 2018
Dan Abrams on Lincoln’s Last Trial
Dan Abrams, chief legal affairs anchor of ABC News, talks about his new book 'Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency.'
Jul 10, 2018
Wendy Mogel on Voice Lessons for Parents
Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., talks with Matt and his wife, Erin, about Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen.
Jun 28, 2018
Ben Shapiro on the Supreme Court Battle
Ben Shapiro talks about Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jun 15, 2018
Lee Drutman on Fixing Our Politics
Political Scientist Lee Drutman discusses the virtues of ranked-choice voting, proportional voting, and why we should triple the size of congress.
Jun 5, 2018
David Axelrod talks with Matt about the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Donald Trump and Bill Clinton's "shocking" #MeToo comments.
May 29, 2018
Mike Lee on The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government
U.S. Senator Mike Lee talks about his book 'Written Out of History: The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government.'
May 25, 2018
Francesca Gino on Rebel Talent
Francesca Gino, an award-winning Harvard Business School professor, talks about her book, Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life.
May 24, 2018
Ian Bremmer on North Korea and Globalism
Ian Bremmer talks with Matt about the canceled North Korea summit, globalism, and walls.
May 22, 2018
Tom Perriello on Faith
Former Democratic Congressman and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello talks about faith, abortion, and why he's worried about another world war.
1 hr 19 min
May 8, 2018
Salena Zito on The Great Revolt
Salena Zito, co-author of The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics, talks how how she went from being unemployed to being heralded for her reporting.
May 3, 2018
Jonathan Rauch on The Happiness Curve
Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, talks about The Happiness Curve.
Apr 20, 2018
Jonah Goldberg on Suicide of the West
Jonah Goldberg discusses his new book 'Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy.'
Apr 5, 2018
Tim Alberta and The Art of The Political Profile
Tim shares with Matt the secrets that helped make him one of the most trusted and respected young journalists in America.
Apr 3, 2018
Daniel H. Pink on When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Daniel Pink's new book 'When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing' explains the science behind why we should be thinking more about when we do things.
Mar 21, 2018
Jordan Peterson joins Matt Lewis to discuss Donald Trump and a book reviewer who called Peterson a fascist.
Mar 20, 2018
Andrew Sullivan On Why We’re Miserable
Andrew Sullivan talks about his latest piece for New York Magazine, "The World Is Better Than Ever. Why Are We Miserable?"
Mar 13, 2018
Mark Weinberg on Movie Nights With The Reagans
Mark Weinberg, former special advisor and press secretary to President Ronald Reagan, talks about his new book “Movie Nights With The Reagans.”
Mar 9, 2018
How Democracies Die
Harvard University political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt discuss their book, How Democracies Die.
Mar 8, 2018
Joe Trippi on Civility in Politics
Joe Trippi returns to the podcast to discuss his work for Doug Jones in Alabama.
Mar 6, 2018
Michael Steele on His Life and Politics
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele talks with Matt about the CPAC controversy and his background as an adopted son who started off with plans to enter the priesthood.
1 hr 5 min
Feb 20, 2018
Mark Joseph on Rock Gets Religion
Author and producer Mark Joseph talks about his book, Rock Gets Religion: The Battle for the Soul of the Devil’s Music.
Feb 1, 2018
James Gagliano on Robert Mueller and #ReleaseTheMemo
Retired FBI Agent James Gagliano talks about working for Bob Mueller, #ReleaseTheMemo, James Comey’s worst mistake, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, & more!
Jan 30, 2018
John Avlon on Washington’s Farewell
John Avlon talks about his book, Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations.
Jan 25, 2018
Emma Green on Writing About Religion
The Atlantic's Emma Green talks with Matt about covering religion.
Jan 23, 2018
Thomas E. Ricks on Churchill & Orwell
Author and historian Thomas E. Ricks talks with Matt about his book, 'Churchill and Orwell: The Fight For Freedom.'
Jan 10, 2018
Jeremy Peters on Steve Bannon Leaving Breitbart.com
New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters joins us to discuss his breaking news story about Steve Bannon being out at Breitbart News.
Jan 9, 2018
Andy Crouch on The Tech-Wise Family
Andy Crouch talks with Matt about his new book 'The Tech-Wise Family.'