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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!

Tim Alberta: Conservatism In the Era of Trump

Tim Alberta is one of the very best writers/reporters in D.C. and also a pretty darn good radio guest. He was frequently on my old show in Rockford and still makes an appearance with Hugh Hewitt on a weekly basis.

Tim is in between jobs at the moment, but in a good way. He just left his spot at National Review and will be starting as national political corespondent at Politico Magazine in the next week or so.

Tim was visiting Hillsdale’s campus this week and I grabbed him for an interview. Below we talk about his final piece for NR, a look at how Republicans in the House and Senate will deal with a President Trump and if any branch will serve as a check on ideas that might not meet the definition of “conservative.”