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.
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.
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:
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.
Illinois Congressman Randy Hultgren was first elected in the Tea Part wave of 2010 and has represented the 14th District well since that time. He’s one of the most earnest lawmakers I’ve had the pleasure of talking to and he’s always well-versed on almost any topic that comes up in the course of an interview.
Last week while filling in on “The Michael Koolidge Show,” I was joined by Hultgren to break down the new Republican health care bill. Clearly Hultgren does not believe this is a perfect measure and would like to see some improvements. But, all in all, he thinks it’s an improvement over the current situation we find ourselves in with Obamacare rules and regulations. Here’s the audio:
Living in Michigan for the past year has not meant I’ve forgotten about what is happening in Illinois. I followed politics in the state for years and years, so why would I stop now? Not to mention the fact virtually all of our extended families are still in the Land of Lincoln, and we travel back often. All of which is to say, I’m still invested in the future of the state and the budget talks happening at the moment.
Kristina Rasmussen from Illinois Policy joined me on The Michael Koolidge Show to discuss the results of a new survey of Illinois residents and the current state of the “Grand Bargain” in Springfield: