You do? Fantastic! I invite you to check out our “Political Beats” two-part look at the career of the Fab Four with Charles C. W. Cooke of National Review.
Debut Essay at National Review
Incredibly proud to share my first, but hopefully not last, published essay at National Review. On a list of professional accomplishments, this one ranks high. NR likely has been the most influential publication in my life. I’ve been honored to work on Political Beats with the crew, but to also see my words up on the website is an honor.
Here’s a link to the essay/commentary/review of Steven Hyden’s new book, Twilight of the Gods.
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.
Talking Dave Mattthews on “Political Beats”
Your hosts @ScotBertram and Jeff Blehar (@EsotericCD), with guest Robert Costa, national political reporter for the Washington Post and moderator of Washington Week on PBS: follow him on Twitter at @CostaReports. We’re talking Dave Matthews Band!
Read more and listen to the podcast here.
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.”