Arthur Brooks (Rebroadcast)

After 10 years as head of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Arthur Brooks has announced he will be stepping down from his post. Back in 2015, he came on the podcast to discuss his book titled: “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America.” (Rebroadcast.)

Tillerson and Tariffs

Historian David Pietrusza joins Matt to discuss the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson–and why so few cabinet members ever get axed. He also talks about the history of protective tariffs.

Larry Kudlow (Rebroadcast)

Larry Kudlow is the top contender to replace Gary Cohn as Donald Trump’s top economic advisor. So it’s a perfect time to revisit his discussion with Matt about  JFK, Ronald Reagan, and the concerns over Trump’s protectionist trade policies.

How Democracies Die

Harvard University professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt join Matt to discuss their new book “How Democracies Die.”

Trippi on Civility in Politics

Joe Trippi returns to the podcast to discuss his work for Doug Jones in Alabama–and whether Jones’ victory over Roy Moore signals that there is a market for civility and compromise in politics.

Michael Steele

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. They also discuss his decision to join the GOP in 1976, his friendship with Mike Tyson and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and the controversy over RNC staffers who went to a “bondage-themed nightclub” while he was party chairman.

Dems lead by 15 points on generic House ballot

Bill Scher joins the podcast to talk about how Dems lead in the generic ballot by 15 points.  Bill and Matt also get into Trump’s proposed steel tariffs, Trump’s attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Bill’s new book proposal.

Paul Cézanne Comes to Washington

Mary Morton of the National Gallery of Art talks about the forthcoming exhibition of Paul Cézanne’s portraits, March 25 through July 1, 2018. (And no, the special intro music on this episode was not performed by my old band.)

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.” Mark and Matt discuss the ’80s movies that he watched with Ronald and Nancy Reagan (including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “On Golden Pond,” Rocky IV,” “Top Gun,” and more!), plus some of the old films the Reagans starred in.

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