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Recent Episodes of Political Beats

Scot and Jeff talk to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes about Beck.

Scot Bertram and Jeff Blehar with guest Jay Cost, author of A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Corruption, and contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, to discuss The Kinks.

Scot Bertram and Jeff Blehar with guest Dan McLaughlin, contributing columnist at National Review, attorney, and baseball fanatic. Dan’s Musical Pick: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Scot Bertram and Jeff Blehar with guest Mark Hemingway, senior writer at The Weekly Standard. Mark’s Musical Pick: The Replacements.

Political Beats at NRO

It’s launch day for my new podcast at National Review Online. I’m incredibly excited to be joined by Jeff Blehar (@EsotericCD on Twitter) to host “Political Beats”. What is it? We talk about the musical passions of people who work in, comment on, or report on the world of politics. These will be in-depth discussions about some of the best music ever made. Available weekly. And the only politics discussed is when we get into the bio of our guest.

Week 1: Sean Trende from Real Clear Politics talking about Van Halen. We spent an hour on the subject, but easily could have gone another 60 minutes. We’re going to have fun. We’re going to talk about artists from the 60s through the 10s. We’re going to have guests from across the spectrum. Week 2 features Robert Costa.

Subscribe via iTunes or Google Play or Stitcher or TuneIn so you don’t miss a thing (no, not a sly Aerosmith reference). Big thanks to Charles C. W. Cookenfor the green light and John J. Miller for making the connection. It truly is mind-blowing to be a part of the National Review family in a small way.

 

Stay tuned — great stuff to come. Check it all out right here — and please subscribe to our feed!

Jason Riley: False Black Power?

I recently had the chance to talk to Jason Riley about his new book, “False Black Power?”. Jason is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Insti­tute, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and a commen­tator for Fox News.

In “False Black Power?”, he takes an honest look at why increased black political power has not paid off in the ways that civil rights leadership has promised. The key to black eco­nomic advancement today, he argues, is overcoming cultural handicaps, not attaining more political power.

Here’s the audio:

Rick Hess: Letters To a Young Education Reformer [AUDIO]

With my recent move from Illinois to Michigan, I’ve experienced a significant change in the education environment. Michigan is a “Schools of Choice” state, providing parents options as to what school children may attend:

Schools of Choice programs provide students with additional enrollment opportunities, which range from allowing students to determine which school within the resident district they will enroll, to allowing non-resident students to enroll in a district other than their own.

School choice, vouchers, and charter schools long have been an interest of mine, so it was wonderful to talk with Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.  His new book is “Letters To a Young Education Reformer“. Here’s the audio:

Life Lessons From The Twilight Zone

This was a blast. Virtually anyone who knows me knows how much I love “The Twilight Zone”. I’m the guy who watches the twice-yearly marathons on SyFy, even if I’ve seen the episode 15 times. So, talking to a guy who literally wrote a book on the topic? Yes, please.

Mark Dawidziak is the author of the new book, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone“. In essence, taking life lessons from episodes of the series. I’m actually thinking about trying to teach a seminar course on “The Twilight Zone” & American society in the late 1950s/early 1960s, so this was great prep.

Here’s the audio: