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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and AEI/NRI Fellow enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day and of all-time. Is Western Civil… read more

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The Vast Mermaid Conspiracy

May 29th, 2020


Has the 1 percent really rigged the economy? Why do Argentinians believe the Vatican is hiding aliens? And finally, what’s the deal with Bigfoot (and …

Ridley Returns

May 26th, 2020


Last time Matt Ridley was on, Jonah was left with so many questions that he knew he had to get him on again in short order. So he’s here again to answer more questions on the themes of his new book, How Innovation Works

Red Light, Green Light

May 23rd, 2020


Everything has a price - except The Remnant, of course. That’s free. But regardless, Jonah flies solo once more and shares some advice he learned …

Eschatological Weeds

May 22nd, 2020


David French joins the Five-Timer’s Club on this edition of The Remnant. The conversation has just about the widest scope possible, including everything from end times prophecy, to Protestantism versus Restorationism, …

Fin des Époques

May 19th, 2020


Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report, joins the show to talk about which polling numbers actually convey useful information …

One Ticket for the Smoking Car

May 16th, 2020


Jonah’s back for another roundup of the week, where he takes on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, R. R. Reno, Napoleon - that’s right, Napoleon - and many …

The Spirit of Radio

May 14th, 2020


Paul Matzko - a historian who has charted the legacy of talk radio and the conservative movement - joins The Remnant pantheon. While conservatives …

Trash Can Nachos

May 12th, 2020


Why do international institutions have scary-sounding names? Why do we fall for dolphin propaganda, every time? What form does the true Platonic …

Social Capital vs. Social Justice

May 9th, 2020


It’s that time again: on this weekend Ruminant, Jonah finds himself dealing with more 2016 déjà vu, as once again the public conversation turns towards the “binary choice” between two men who have been accused of sexual …

From Sea to Privatized Sea

May 7th, 2020


Libertarian guru, wisdom-dispenser, and Jonah’s good friend Ron Bailey, science correspondent for Reason magazine, joins us on The Remnant. Ron guides us through the myriad reasons that the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t …

Welcome to Steve's World

May 6th, 2020


Steve Kornacki, national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, joins Jonah to breakdown the state of the 2020 election, and take a trip …

Your Daily Motte-and-Bailey

May 2nd, 2020


On this Ruminant, Jonah finds himself hearing the “binary choice” argument all over again, but this time about Trump vs. Biden. In his response, he also deals with the ways in which people are failing to take the Reade …

Where the Gators and Copperheads Play

May 1st, 2020


Jonah and National Review’s Charles Cooke podcast with one another from the sunny paradise of Florida on this episode of The Remnant. Why is Florida so weird, really? What is to be made of GOP governors riding the Trump …

The Cheeseman Cometh

April 28th, 2020


Representative Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin makes a return appearance on this, the 200th episode of The Remnant. To celebrate, Jonah and Mike bring …

The Veil of Ruminance

April 26th, 2020


Jonah returns to ruminate on a smorgasbord of things this week: injecting bleach to cure COVID-19 (big if true!), an extended meditation on John Rawls’ "veil of ignorance," how the veil is nonsensical from the pro-life …

Ridley Me This

April 23rd, 2020


How does technological innovation actually happen? We were able to speak to Matt Ridley, who has literally written the (upcoming) book on this …

Cannato’s Way

April 22nd, 2020


This episode goes in The Remnant Hall of Fame for a few reasons: it’s both one of the longest episodes we’ve ever done, with one of the New Yorkiest guests we’ve ever had. Vincent Cannato, professor of history at the …

A Return to Smoke-Filled Cars

April 18th, 2020


Another weekend, another Ruminant - this time with Jonah talking about the intellectual backdrop of conservatism, and what early conservative (and …

The Oklahoman Empire

April 17th, 2020


The vox populi has been heard, so we went with a listener-suggested guest on this episode of The Remnant. Kyle Harper is an incredibly knowledgeable …

Jocular Jim, Jovial Jonah

April 14th, 2020


On the new Remnant, Jonah talks with James Pethokoukis, a fellow at AEI, about how markets are reacting to coronavirus and what the recovery might …

The Ruminant

April 11th, 2020


Welcome back to Jonah’s Fortress of Solitude on this latest solo episode of The Remnant. On the docket today are topics like subsidiarity in a …

Cake or Death?

April 9th, 2020


Steven Teles, a professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, joins us on the heels of his newly released book, Never Trump. Stop …

Forget it, Lyman. It's China.

April 7th, 2020


Through the magic of the internet, AEI's Lyman Stone joins The Remnant all the way from Hong Kong to talk all things coronavirus: how we got here, …

Little Platoons

April 4th, 2020


Back by popular demand, Jonah flies solo as he expands on his thoughts from the week: the necessity of earned success, Adrian Vermeule's essay on …

Dog-Lover, Scholar, Nudgemaster

April 2nd, 2020


The Remnant returns to its quarantine schedule with long-awaited guest and (possibly) the most-ever cited legal scholar, Cass Sunstein. Cass and …

Jim Geraghty, COVID Watchman

March 31st, 2020


In this episode, Jonah continues the great Remnant tradition of allowing senior National Review political correspondent Jim Geraghty to dispense …

Return of the G-File

March 28th, 2020


In the words of Gene Wilder, “There’s no earthly way of knowing … in which direction we are going.” That’s the mood on the latest Remnant, which sees …

Senator Shoshana, Twitter Primadonna

March 26th, 2020


Shoshana Weissmann is a Renaissance woman, and only at age 27: she’s the head of digital media at R Street Institute, a policy fellow specializing in …

Jonah and Kevin's Excellent Adventure

March 24th, 2020


Kevin Williamson is a man of mystery: he’s an “Eisenhower libertarian,” he’s been accused of being a D.C. insider (he lives in Texas), and (most famously) he’s a former staff writer for The Atlantic even though they …

Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey

March 20th, 2020


In order to give you all a break from the talk about the end of the world, this episode has Jonah speaking with psychologist Dr. Michele Gelfand …

Coronavirus vs. 2020

March 17th, 2020


Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt joins The Remnant to discuss coronavirus and its impact on the 2020 election. Where does Bernie Sanders go …

Merci, Monsieur Douthat

March 12th, 2020


New York Times columnist and resident French expert Ross Douthat returns once more to talk about his new book, The Decadent Society. He makes the …

Bad Boy Bahnsen

March 10th, 2020


Elizabeth Warren might be out of the running for the Democratic nomination, but that doesn’t mean that the most harmful parts of her agenda haven’t …


March 5th, 2020


Does our culture need to become more nationalistic? What about reorienting our society towards “the highest Good,” as defined by your religion of …

American Dreams, Populist Screams

March 3rd, 2020


Is the American Dream dead? How are most Americans actually doing? Will the coronavirus kill us all? And most importantly, is Star Trek: Picard actually good? Repeat guest Michael Strain, author of The American Dream Is …

Whittington’s Wisdom

February 27th, 2020


Princeton Professor Keith Whittington is so sharp that he gives you paper cuts when you shake his hand. That’s why we had him on - to walk all of us mere mortals through the complex history of judicial review as …

Swamp Thing 2: Washington Boogaloo

February 27th, 2020


Delicate ears beware - Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng got explicit with us to talk about the inner workings of the Trump administration staff, which is the topic of their new book called Sinking in the Swamp. How …


February 27th, 2020


In a return to normal Remnant-y quirkiness, we have on “the oldest young person” that Jonah knows, Andrew Egger. There’s rank punditry, far-afield …

Fight House

February 25th, 2020


Tevi Troy stops by The Remnant to break the first rule of Fight House and talk about Fight House his new book about rivalries in the White House. …

2020: A Love Story

February 25th, 2020


National Journal politics editor Josh Kraushaar stops by for a special Valentine's Day edition of The Remnant full of rank punditry on all things …

Running with Scissors

February 12th, 2020


AEI resident scholar Derek Scissors joins The Remnant to discuss all things China including the trade agreement with the U.S., Huawei, and …

Sometimes a Phetasy

February 6th, 2020


For part one of their crossover podcast event Jonah talks with Bridget Phetasy about meeting on Twitter, culture wars, drug legalization, writing for …

State of The Dispatch

February 3rd, 2020


Steve Hayes, editor of The Dispatch, walks over from his desk to talk with Jonah about the best steak in Iowa, the end of the impeachment trial, and an update on their new media company The Dispatch.

Show Notes:

-The …

Gender and Race and Class, Oh My!

January 30th, 2020


AEI's Charles Murray is back on the podcast to discuss his new book, "Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class."

Show Notes:

-Human …

JoGo and Butts No More

January 28th, 2020


For podcast sidekick Jack Butler's last appearance on the Remnant as such, he turns the tables by asking Jonah the questions that he's been meaning …

The Ties that Bind Us

January 23rd, 2020


AEI's Yuval Levin drops by The Remnant to discuss his new book "A Time to Build" and lays out his argument for why America's real problems stem from the failure of our institutions and why they need to be rebuilt or …

I Buy, You Wear

January 21st, 2020


Jonah visits with Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier to discuss how Special Report comes together, Twitter and the news cycle, the Democratic …

The Ballad of the Kosher Killer

January 17th, 2020


New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks stops by The Remnant to discuss tribalism v. community, nationalism, whether the word conservative is …

Episode 165: Ross, Do That

January 15th, 2020


New York Times columnist Ross Douthat joins the Remnant to discuss religion: new religions, religions fighting among themselves, hokey religions that …

Episode 163: Iberian Pork Overdose

January 3rd, 2020


Through the magic of Skype, Jonah talks from Spain with Jack about life in Spain (and Iberian pork), the killing of Soleimani, Star Wars, and more. …

Episode 162: Millennials Are Screwed

December 26th, 2019


Washington Examiner Executive Editor and author of Fear Your Future Phil Klein joins the Remnant to discuss his new book on how Baby Boomers have screwed over the Millennials. Shownotes –The Dispatch – …

Episode 161: The Gary Schmitt Impeachment Primer

December 20th, 2019


Jonah invites AEI scholar and impeachment expert Gary Schmitt to discuss what impeachment actually is, what it’s for, and how to use it properly. …

Episode 160: Pre-Christmas Geraghty

December 18th, 2019


National Review senior political correspondent Jim Geraghty makes yet another return to the Remnant to discuss the Democratic primary, …

Episode 159: Mr. Garvey Goes to Hershey

December 12th, 2019


Jonah is joined by The Dispatch reporter Declan Garvey to discuss his trip to President Trump’s rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania, reporting on Capitol …

Episode 158: Blessed By Ramesh

December 10th, 2019


Jonah’s former National Review colleague and current AEI colleague Ramesh Ponnuru joins the Remnant to suss out what in the impeachment morass and …

Episode 157: Making Gillespie Dizzy

December 5th, 2019


Jonah turns the tables on Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie, interviewing him about the states of conservatism, libertarianism, and the Republican Party. Shownotes –The Dispatch – –Part one of this …

Episode 156: The Sarah Isgur Hour

December 3rd, 2019


Dispatch staff writer Sarah Isgur joins the Remnant to discuss cookies, the Deep State, Peloton, and more. Shownotes –The Dispatch  …

Episode 155: A Very Yuval Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2019


AEI scholar and National Affairs editor Yuval Levin joins Jonah for an extended, Thanksgiving-appropriate discussion of gratitude and community. …

Episode 154: Eli Lake of Fire

November 26th, 2019


Jonah brings national security guru Eli Lake onto the Remnant to spit hot fire on the rise of China, the Ukraine mess, Russian meddling, the “Deep State,” and more. Plus, the winner of the accent contest is revealed. …

Episode 153: The Wild, the Innocent & the R Street Shuffle

November 21st, 2019


R Street Institute scholar Andy Smarick joins the Remnant to discuss Hayek, subsidiarity, post-liberalism, and more. And in the post-interview show, …

Episode 152: Among the Post-Liberals

November 19th, 2019


With the help of Daniel Burns of the University of Dallas, Jonah takes a break from punditry and tries to understand the ins and outs of the post-liberalism debate. Shownotes –The Dispatch – …

Episode 151: Jawing with Crenshaw

November 15th, 2019


Rep. Dan Crenshaw, once a Navy Seal, joins the Remnant for a discussion of conservatism, persuasion, and how to move forward in this political …

Episode 150: The Continetti Continuum

November 12th, 2019


Now-AEI Fellow Matt Continetti returns to The Remnant for some high-minded philosophical discussion of conservatism and some low-minded chatting of the rank-punditry variety. Shownotes –The Dispatch  …

Episode 149: Cut the Salami

November 7th, 2019


Fox News Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt joins the show as our emergency salami for punditry about the 2019 off-year elections and the impeachment …

Episode 148: Rich Lowry’s Case for Nationalism

November 5th, 2019


National Review editor Rich Lowry rejoins the Remnant to discuss–and debate–the virtues of nationalism, the subject of his new book, The Case for …

Episode 147: Fear Is the Mind Killer

October 31st, 2019


On a special Halloween episode, Jonah speculates on the deepest fears of some of the most prominent people in public life. Shownotes –The Dispatch  …

Episode 146: Impeachy Keen Democrats

October 29th, 2019


AEI law-talker guy Adam White returns to the Remnant to try to make sense of Democrats’ attempt to impeach President Trump. Shownotes –The Dispatch  –Adam White –Adam White’s last episode –Adam White and Stuart Taylor …

Episode 145: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

October 25th, 2019


Cato Institute ‘prosperity expert’ Marian Tupy joins the Remnant for a much-needed dose of economic optimism, enumerating the ways in which we are indisputably better off materially nowadays. He and Jonah also attempt …

Episode 144: The David French Experience

October 22nd, 2019


Now Senior Editor for The Dispatch, the (in)famous David French joins the Remnant to discuss the French-Ahmari wars, Trump’s impeachment, the Deep State, the flaws of Elizabeth Warren, Joker, and more. Shownotes –The …

Episode 143: How Trump Demurred on the Kurds

October 17th, 2019


AEI Middle East expert Ken Pollack rejoins the Remnant to attempt to make sense of Trump’s decision with the Kurds and other aspects of U.S. policy …

Episode 142: Searching For Monsters

October 15th, 2019


A discursive Remnant sees Jonah muse on both the serious (Syria, impeachment), the whimsical (threats from aliens and kaiju, the inadequacy of Conan’s workout on the Wheel of Pain), and much in between, with the help of …

Episode 140: Dispatched!

October 8th, 2019


Jonah invites Steve Hayes back onto the Remnant to unveil The Dispatch, their long-teased new venture, of which Jonah is the editor-in-chief and …

Episode 139: Story Time with Jonah

October 3rd, 2019


Recovering from a cold and a madcap schedule, Jonah does a little punditry and a lot of storytelling. Shownotes –, promo code DINGO …

Episode 138: Greenland Hipsters

September 26th, 2019


Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Green Bay Packers) returns to The Remnant for its longest ever one-part episode (we think), dedicated (almost) entirely to “half-baked” ideas, such as buying Greenland (which Gallagher proposed to …

Episode 137: Ukraine!

September 24th, 2019


Jonah attempts to outrace the news cycle by getting in his thoughts about the Ukraine-Trump-Biden-Whistleblower brouhaha, even as developments later in the day outpace a podcast recorded in the morning. Shownotes LA …

Episode 136: Censor the Senator

September 19th, 2019


Long-absent, and now foul-mouthed, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) returns to the Remnant to explain why Trump endorsed him, why he voted how he did on the …

Episode 135: Primal Screams

September 17th, 2019


Woman of many talents Mary Eberstadt joins the Remnant to discuss Primal Screams, her latest book, which advances a theory about the connection …

Dispatch Special Podcast: ‘Advisory Opinions with David French and Sarah Isgur’

December 10th, 2019


Dispatch staffers David French and Sarah Isgur hijack the Remnant feed to debut their new podcast, Advisory Opinions, today focusing on the release of the Department of Justice Inspector General report.

Episode 164: Tapper on Tap

January 13th, 2020


Jonah visits fellow Gen Xer Jake Tapper’s shrine to political losers to talk about the 1990s, The Six Million Dollar Man, Joe McCarthy, and Donald …

Special: ‘The Dispatch Podcast’

January 8th, 2020


Jonah lets the team at The Dispatch hijack The Remnant to debut their new podcast “The Dispatch Podcast.” Today Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David take a look at the situation between the U.S. and Iran, the latest with …

Episode 141: The Big Mo

October 10th, 2019


Jonah brings Mo Eleithee, the founding Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service and a former …

Episode 134: Like a Lyman Stone

September 12th, 2019


AEI adjunct fellow Lyman Stone returns to the Remnant, and to America, to discuss family formation, fertility, climate change, and more. Shownotes …

Episode 133: Christine Rosen Revival

September 10th, 2019


Commentary magazine senior writer Christine Rosen rejoins the Remnant to discuss Varsity Blues (the scandal), Big Tech, and more. Shownotes -Commentary podcast -Christine Rosen -Christine Rosen on the Meritocracy Blues …

Episode 132: Trump and the Evangelicals

September 5th, 2019


Ben Howe, author of The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian Values (and himself an Evangelical Christian), joins …

Episode 131: A Political Roller Coaster

September 3rd, 2019


National Review Online editor Charles Cooke rejoins the Remnant to discuss The Beatles, roller coasters, Brexit, the Second Amendment, and more. …

Episode 130: Iowa Law

August 29th, 2019


Back in D.C., Jonah invites Iowan, AEI Fellow, and constitutional law expert Adam White to the Remnant to discuss originalism, separation of powers, and the Constitution (and to break a certain other constitutional law …

Episode 129: Basement History

August 26th, 2019


From sunny California, Jonah brings Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Niall Ferguson onto the Remnant to discuss how the West grew rich, the problems …

Episode 128: Punditry with Geraghty

August 22nd, 2019


With Jonah off the grid, Jack takes over the show, with an assist from National Review senior political correspondent Jim Geraghty (or is it?), to …

Episode 127: Who’s Fredo?

August 15th, 2019


In a special Remnant/GLoP almost crossover, Commentary magazine editor John Podhoretz rejoins the Remnant to discuss the Fredo controversy, Epstein’s suicide*, and more. Shownotes -John Podhoretz, today’s guest -This …

Episode 126: Jeffrey Epstein and the Era of Conspiracy Theories

August 13th, 2019


With Jonah on the road, he and Jack discuss the Fredo contretemps, Epstein’s suicide* and the age of conspiracy theories, defend the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and more. -Download the DoorDash app, promo code REMNANT (not …

Episode 125: Expand the House of Representatives!

August 8th, 2019


AEI and Institute for Family Studies fellow Lyman Stone joins the Remnant to help make the case for expanding the House of Representatives, to …

Episode 124: How To Think About Racism

August 5th, 2019


Vox Senior Politics Reporter Jane Coaston joins the Remnant for a discussion of racism, conservatism, liberalism, and America. Shownotes Sign up for …

Episode 123: The Return of Steve Hayes

August 2nd, 2019


Steve Hayes, now officially Jonah’s business partner, returns from a yearlong residence in Spain to discuss what he’s been up to, what he and Jonah are working on, and why, exactly, the Democratic presidential …

Episode 122: The Lincicome Ultimatum

July 29th, 2019


Remnant regular and Cato Institute trade expert Scott Lincicome returns to the show for his periodic trade update, and to discuss whether the …

Episode 121: Math!

July 25th, 2019


Manhattan Institute budget wonk Brian Riedl joins the Remnant for a long, wonky discussion of debt, deficits, taxation, and spending…all while trying …

Episode 120: American Carnage

July 23rd, 2019


Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta joins the Remnant to discuss the behind-the-scenes machinations and the long-term implications of …

Episode 119: Pietrusza Potpourri, Part Two: Wilson-Bashing

July 19th, 2019


In the thrilling conclusion to the epic two-parter with historian David Pietrusza, Jonah and David confront the legacy of Woodrow Wilson, and engage in some Wilson-bashing. Shownotes Illiberal Reformers by Thomas …

Episode 118: Pietrusza Potpourri, Part One: The Podcast of Six Presidents

July 18th, 2019


Historian David Pietrusza, author of 1920: The Year of Six Presidents, joins the Remnant for part one of an epic tour through 20th century American history. This first episode focuses on the six(!?) presidents of 1920, …

Episode 117: The ABCs of Politics with A.B.

July 16th, 2019


A.B. Stoddard, Real Clear Politics associate editor and columnist (and fellow Fox News panelist), joins the Remnant for an episode that manages to …

Episode 116: Megan McArdle vs. the Argle-Bargle

July 11th, 2019


Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle returns to the Remnant to discuss the controversy over women’s soccer, the stupidities of the modern …

Episode 115: The Bahnsen Barnburner

July 10th, 2019


Bahnsen Group founder and Crisis of Responsibility author David Bahnsen returns to the Remnant for a wide-ranging conversation on religion, finance, …

Episode 114: The G-File?

July 5th, 2019


The Remnant tries a new experiment that may be the beginning of a new era or a quickly-forgotten one-off: an audio recording of this week’s Goldberg …

Episode 113: Straddling the 49th Parallel

July 3rd, 2019


Cato Institute Constitutional Studies Director Ilya Shapiro–and dual U.S.-Canadian citizen–joins the Remnant for the second year of what we are hoping will become his annual Supreme Court end-of-term roundup. And he …

Episode 112: Thor’s Wrath

July 1st, 2019


Thriller author Brad Thor joins the Remnant to discuss Backlash, his latest nailbiter, and to examine his creative process and engage in some trademark Remnant rank punditry. Shownotes Backlash by Brad Thor Congressman …

Episode 111: Unstuck in Time

June 26th, 2019


Unstuck in time, Jonah and Jack resort to that most desperate measure of a beleaguered podcast: an AMA Q&A. Shownotes Jonah Goldberg C-SPAN …

Episode 110: Between Two Podcasts

June 19th, 2019


National Review senior writer Jim Geraghty earns the honor of being Jonah’s first former National Review colleague to join the Remnant, coming onto …

Episode 109: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

June 14th, 2019


Jonah invites George Will, author of The Conservative Sensibility, onto the Remnant to discuss the book and how George Will helped make him into a pundit in the first place. Shownotes:  On Albert Jay Nock Memoirs of a …

Episode 108: Bears!

May 31st, 2019


Bears Want To Kill You author Ethan Nicolle joins The Remnant to counter incessant bear propaganda. Show Notes: On bear propaganda Inspiring: Painter …

Episode 107: It All Goes Back To Cyrus the Great

May 24th, 2019


Is America going to war with Iran? What is John Bolton up to? What does Cyrus the Great have to do with it? AEI scholar Ken Pollack joins The Remnant …

Episode 106: Blame the Boomers

May 22nd, 2019


Is everything the Boomers’ fault? Are Millennials actually the victims? Is Gen X the best generation? Jonah brings Wall Street Journal editorial …

Episode 105: Open Doar Policy

May 17th, 2019


AEI scholar and (AEI president-to-be) Robert Doar joins The Remnant to talk New York politics, how capitalism isn’t failing, Seinfeld, and more. Show …

Episode 104: Chicago!

May 15th, 2019


What happened to Illinois? Why is Chicago so corrupt? Who is Michael Madigan, and why do the answers to both questions involve him? Live from Chicago …

Episode 103: Violent Nuance

May 7th, 2019


Jonah and his majordomo go guestless for the first time in a while for some rank punditry on Bill Barr and the Democratic field, and for some pop …

Episode 102: My Podcast Left Me Ireland

May 2nd, 2019


National Review senior writer Michael Brendan Dougherty returns to The Remnant to discuss nationalism, patriotism, and identity, the themes of his new book, My Father Left Me Ireland. Show Notes: Michael Brendan …

Episode 101: JG Squared

April 30th, 2019


Do politicians write their own books? What was it like to play basketball against Sarah Palin? How much of a slob is Jonah Goldberg? Jessica Gavora, …

Episode 100: The Sowell of Economics

April 25th, 2019


For the 100th (?) episode of The Remnant, Thomas Sowell, who needs no introduction, joins Jonah for a long conversation on discrimination, inequality, the uses and misuses of economics (all subjects covered in the new …

Episode 99: Debat—er—“Discussing” Nationalism

April 22nd, 2019


What is “nationalism”? Does it need to be benign? Is there a conservative case for the Austro-Hungarian Empire? The latest episode of The Remnant is actually audio of a conversation between Jonah, Rich Lowry, and Jim …

Episode 98: Dr. Cowen; Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Big Business

April 17th, 2019


George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen rejoins The Remnant for a wide-ranging conversation on big business, liberty, capitalism, and more, inspired by his new book, Big Business: A Love Letter To An …

Episode 97: What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?

April 9th, 2019


Remnant sidekick Jack Butler executes a coup, taking over the show from Jonah to host an episode interviewing Cornell University classical historian Barry Strauss about ancient Rome, which he covers in his new book, Ten …

Episode 96: Strain Explains

April 4th, 2019


Should we worry about income inequality? Is life better for most people today or 100 years ago? Is Bruce Springsteen’s music any good? AEI economics …

Episode 95: French New .WAV

April 2nd, 2019


National Review senior writer David French returns to The Remnant to discuss nationalism, Mueller, Marvel, and more. Show Notes: National Review Institute nationalism panel Get NR Plus to listen to the Yoram Hazony …

Episode 94: International Podcast of Mystery

March 26th, 2019


Back from his trip abroad, Jonah returns to D.C. for some rank Mueller punditry and some aimless Jack-assisted potpourri. Show Notes:, use promo code Dingo On loving curses  On hard …

Episode 93: Confronting the Opioid Crisis

March 19th, 2019


The Remnant performs one of its trademark deep-dives on policy, this time about opioids and with the help of AEI scholar and practicing psychiatrist …

Episode 92: Loving Your Enemies

March 12th, 2019


Outgoing AEI president Arthur Brooks steps out of legend and into The Remnant to discuss how to heal our politically divided nation, the subject of …

Episode 91: Once Lost, Now Found

March 6th, 2019


What’s this? A piece of Remnant apocrypha, long thought lost, has been recovered! Indeed: A conversation last November between Jonah and Rob Long on the last National Review cruise now sees the light of day. Show Notes: …

Episode 90: French Connections

February 28th, 2019


In this episode of The Remnant, National Review senior editor David French joins Jonah for a wide-ranging discussion of politics and pop culture and …

Episode 89: Alien Nation

February 26th, 2019


What do Chevy Chase, Maryland and Oostburg, Wisconsin have in common? Why should you start a T-Ball team? Can dying towns come back to life? …

Episode 88: A Faux-Declaration of Non-Emergency

February 21st, 2019


Miffed by losing his British accent monopoly on The Remnant, editor Charles C.W. Cooke returns to the show to discuss Trump’s …

Episode 87: Marxist Table Turning

February 19th, 2019


Was Karl Marx an anti-Semite? Are Jews money-worshippers? Does anyone even remember that Marx wrote an essay “On The Jewish Question”? Jonah is interviewed by Jonathan Silver of the Tikvah Fund for an episode of the …

Episode 86: Venezwailin’

February 12th, 2019


Will Venezuela collapse? Will Maduro be overthrown? Is God Emperor of Dune the key to understanding American politics in 2019? Venezuela expert and …

Episode 85: Weird English, Awesome Americans

February 8th, 2019


Will Brexit actually happen? Why is England so weird? Why does America rock?  Member of European Parliament (for now) and leading Brexiteer Daniel Hannan joins The Remnant to break Charles Cooke’s British accent …

Episode 84: Social Justice: It’s a Put-On

February 6th, 2019


Noah Rothman, associate editor of Commentary, joins The Remnant for some light punditry and some heavy nerdery on the misuses of social justice, apropos his new book, Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America. …

Episode 83: The Haruspex Returns

January 29th, 2019


Will Howard Schultz be president? Is Gen Z worse than Millennials? Who will win the 2020 Democratic nomination? Noted augur Kristen Soltis Anderson …

Episode 82: Dr. Karako; Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Missile Defense

January 25th, 2019


Can we stop nukes from hitting us? Should we worry about North Korea? Where are all the lasers? Missile defense expert Tom Karako joins The Remnant …

Episode 81: Stay In Your Lane

January 22nd, 2019


Jonah invites Washington Post editorial writer Charles Lane onto The Remnant to discuss how he defeated Darth Vader, why journalism is so terrible right now, what the 2020 Democratic field looks like, and more. Show …

Episode 80: The Last Podcast

January 15th, 2019


Jonathan Last, executive editor of The Bulwark and the last of the Sub-Beacon trio to appear on The Remnant, joins Jonah for a rollicking round of …

Episode 79: Economic Strain

January 11th, 2019


Is the working class made of candy glass? Is Oren Cass wrong? Is the universe probabilistic? AEI economics scholar Michael Strain joins The Remnant …

Episode 78: Make Work Great Again

January 8th, 2019


Can the working class be saved? Should we fight China’s trade war depredations? Will Jonah survive jet lag? Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute scholar …

Episode 77: The Rosslyn Free Beacon Remnant

December 21st, 2018


For the last Remnant of the year, Jonah makes a special trip to the offices of the Rosslyn Free Beacon for a little light rank punditry with Free …

Episode 76: Pet Peeve Festival

December 18th, 2018


Why is Jurassic Park unrealistic? Why was Woodrow Wilson so bad? Does it help Trump to appease his base and alienate everyone else? Jonah answers …

Episode 75: Stubbornly Attached

December 14th, 2018


What is a Crusonia plant? Where did prosperity come from? Can  Jonah get a laconic libertarian to digress? Tyler Cowen, George Mason University economics professor and author of Stubborn Attachments, joins the Remnant …

Episode 74: Charles Cooke II: Cruise Ship Boogaloo

December 6th, 2018


Why is Florida so weird? Can government unite us? Is Charles Cooke still a British citizen? The editor of himself returns to The Remnant to answer these and other questions. Show Notes: …

Episode 73: Curdish Freedom Fighter

November 28th, 2018


Can Congress be fixed? Is Breaking Bad the greatest TV show of all time? Can we fix this nation’s problems by installing pull-up bars in every …

Episode 72: A Riot of Nuance

November 20th, 2018


Is George Soros pure evil? Is nationalism? Why can’t Yale students use the term “master” anymore? Brookings Institution scholar and author of The End …

Episode 71: Dire Chris Stirewalt

November 17th, 2018


Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt rejoins The Remnant for a conversation on the midterms, the parties, and America’s political future. Show …

Episode 70: Fighting Homelessness

November 9th, 2018


In a bit of a change of pace for The Remnant, Jonah invites Manhattan Institute senior fellow and homelessness policy expert Stephen Eide onto the …

Episode 69: Midterminal

November 8th, 2018


Did Beto blow it? Will the Republican party survive Trump? Is Jonah dyspeptic? The 69th Remnant, with National Review senior political correspondent …

Episode 68: Revenge of the Corn

November 2nd, 2018


For the last Remnant before the midterms, Jonah invites Senator Ben Sasse (R-Corn) back to the Remnant to discuss Them, his new book about giant …

Episode 67: Immigration Reform for Fox and Vox

November 1st, 2018


Jonah invites National Review executive editor and author of the newly-released Melting Pot or Civil War onto The Remnant to discuss immigration, …

Episode 66: Post-Orb Potpourri

October 23rd, 2018


Is Jonah vexed? What were the Saudis thinking? Is a blue wave imminent? Jonah answers all these questions and more on the latest Remnant. Or tries …

Episode 65: Too Much Pluribus, Not Enough Unum

October 16th, 2018


Is nationalism good? Are nations better than empires? Is John Locke bad? In conversation with Yoram Hazony, author of The Virtue of Nationalism, Jonah attempts to answer these and other questions on the latest Remnant. …

Episode 64: Manbrosia Rank Punditry

October 11th, 2018


Fresh off another road trip, but not in fresh clothing, Jonah makes time for some rank punditry on Nikki Haley, Kavanaugh, and tribal escalation. Show Notes: Yellow Springs, Ohio – Wikipedia page Jonah’s Yellow Springs …

Episode 63: Snowflake Jacobins

October 2nd, 2018


To celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Remnant, Jonah invites Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff on to discuss The Coddling of the American Mind. And, in a Remnant first, there is a flashback to an earlier episode. …

Episode 62: In Case of Emergency, Talk To Charles Murray

September 28th, 2018


With Jonah still on the road, he has time only for some brief commentary on the Kavanaugh debacle. This episode is otherwise a recording of a conversation between Jonah and Charles Murray, author of Coming Apart, on …

Episode 61: Meet Me In St. Louis

September 20th, 2018


Recording a podcast from atop the Gateway Arch (if only in spirit), Jonah answers listener questions and discourses on socialism with the help of his Sancho Panza in the latest episode of The Remnant. Show Notes: Come …

Episode 60: Stray Cats and Screaming Chyrons

September 13th, 2018


Jonah invites Senator Ben Sasse (R-Corn) back to The Remnant for a wide-ranging conversation on the Republican Party, the state of our government, and…cats. Show Notes:  DonorsTrust, this week’s sponsor Ben Sasse’s new …

Episode 59: Post-Orb Punditry

September 7th, 2018


Someone must have touched the orb, because not only do we get two Remnants this week, but also Jonah travels through time for some rank punditry on the present and the future. Show Notes: DonorsTrust, this week’s …

Episode 58: Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Not A Monetarist

September 5th, 2018


Returned from his vacation and already seeking refuge from D.C. craziness, Jonah invites Hayek expert and George Mason University professor Peter Boettke to discuss the ins and outs of F.A. Hayek. Show Notes: Peter …

Episode 57: The Goldberg Long GLoP/Remnant Crossover Show

August 30th, 2018


This week, Jonah Goldberg and Rob Long cross the streams between their co-hosted GLoP podcast (John Podhoretz is off this week) and The Remnant. They …

Episode 56: Tales From the Road

August 27th, 2018


Does Trump have good character? Are digital assistants evil? Will Pippa ever get tired? In the midst of a journey across the country, Jonah takes time to answer these and other questions on the latest Remnant. Show …

Episode 55: So You Want to Write a Book

August 20th, 2018


If you’ve ever wanted to publish a book, this Remnant is for you. If not, well . . . please still listen. This episode’s guest is Jonah’s literary …

Episode 54: Bonfire of the Norms

August 16th, 2018


With the dog days of summer emptying D.C., Jonah drags Matt Continetti, editor-in-chief of the Washington Free Beacon, back onto the Remnant for some rank punditry, some Trumpsplaining, and some conservative nerdery. …

Episode 53: Douthat II: Electric Boogaloo

August 9th, 2018


Is Saruman a Randian superman? Should Alex Jones be banned? Has Jonah ever made love in the back of a Model-T? New York Times columnist and National …

Episode 52: Sonny Bunches of Takes

August 2nd, 2018


This week’s episode avoids rank punditry and unapologetic eggheadery in pursuit of unadulterated nerdiness and pop culture thumbsuckery. For such a …

Episode 51: Millenarians Are The Worst

July 26th, 2018


Are Millenarians the worst? Is China poised to dominate the world? Was the 2008 financial crisis only the fault of Wall Street? David Bahnsen, author …

Episode 50: The British American Conservatarian Florida Man

July 20th, 2018


England-born newly-minted American citizen Charlie Cooke, editor of, joins Jonah for the 50th episode of the Remnant. They have a merry time discussing why Charlie loves America, why he’s a …

Episode 49: Identity Politics Yahtzee

July 10th, 2018


Jonah invites Jay Cost, AEI Visiting Fellow and author of The Price of Greatness, onto The Remnant for a very nerdy discussion of republicanism, the Founding, and the state of our government. Show Notes: Check out this …

Episode 48: Slipshod Edition

July 5th, 2018


No one joins Jonah for the latest Remnant, which he compensates for by being extra discursive and dyspeptic about the news (Supreme Court, Democrat …

Episode 47: The Sweet Mystery of Anthony Kennedy

June 28th, 2018


Jonah invites Cato Institute legal scholar Ilya Shapiro back on to The Remnant for some rank legal punditry: a rundown of the cases the Supreme Court …

Episode 46: Comfortable, Smug, But Not Comfortably Smug

June 21st, 2018


Political strategist, erstwhile academic, and friend of NR Luke Thompson joins The Remnant for a discursive discussion of the fine art of campaign …

Episode 45: Purple Hayes

June 15th, 2018


This week’s Remnant reunites Jonah with his fellow goatee-sporting journalist Steve Hayes, the editor-in-chief of the Weekly Standard. Jonah tries to keep the chicken wings and cheese curds away from Steve long enough …

Episode 44: Get Me Another Shapiro!

June 6th, 2018


Can the president pardon himself? Are cakes free speech? What is the tonnage clause? Jonah invites Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute senior fellow in constitutional studies, onto the Remnant to answer these and other legal …

Episode 43: The Age of Double Standards

June 2nd, 2018


National Review senior political correspondent Jim Geraghty rejoins the Remnant for a wide-ranging discussion about Roseanne and Samantha Bee, double …

Episode 42: Numb As a Podcast

May 23rd, 2018


Enjoying a brief respite from his book tour, Jonah takes time to memorialize his larger-than-life father-in-law, address critics of Suicide of the West (buy now!), and engage in some rank punditry on Mueller, China, and …

Episode 41: Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles

May 18th, 2018


Are media outlets dishonest? How should conservatives treat Trump? Is DC better than Marvel? Live from Ben Shapiro’s L.A. lair, Jonah attempts to …

Episode 40: Jet Lag Q&A

May 15th, 2018


In this special episode of the Remnant, Jonah fights travel exhaustion and fields reader questions on subjects from Bigfoot erotica to Suicide of the West and everything in between. Show Notes: The part in Tyranny of …

Episode 39: Econtalked: Part II

May 11th, 2018


The second half of Jonah’s conversation with Hoover Institution Fellow and Econtalk podcast host Russ Roberts moves away from the abstract and the …

Episode 38: Econtalked

May 9th, 2018


When is a podcast too long? Should we hate pragmatism? Are economists a guild? Jonah invites Russ Roberts, Hoover Institution fellow and host of the …

Episode 37: Effulgent Punditry

May 4th, 2018


Can liberals understand conservatives? Is civil society decaying? Is staging a fake assassination attempt on yourself a good way to win reelection? Washington Examiner commentary editor Tim Carney rejoins the Remnant to …

Episode 36: The Flimflam Kim Fam

May 2nd, 2018


With a lot of drama unfolding these days in the Korea peninsula, Jonah invites AEI scholar and North Korea expert Nicholas Eberstadt to help make …

Episode 35: Enchanting Creeds and the Enchanted Isle

April 26th, 2018


Jonah finds time in the midst of his whirlwind book tour for a special New York episode of the Remnant with National Review senior contributor Michael Brendan Dougherty. They have a wide-ranging discussion on ethnic …

Episode 34: The Cleanest Dirty Shirt

April 20th, 2018


Is the golden age of globalism about to come to an end? Jonah invites Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer, author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of …

Episode 33: The Nacho Situation

April 18th, 2018


Trade lawyer and Cato Institute scholar Scott Lincicome returns to the Remnant as we await the US-China trade war that may or may not happen to tell …

Episode 32: Blarney Tim Carney

April 11th, 2018


In the latest Remnant, Washington Examiner commentary editor Tim Carney joins Jonah to discuss the headlines of the day (the Cohen raid, Syria, the 2018 midterms) and to do a deeper dive on the nature of crony …

Episode 31: Is the Pope Catholic?

April 6th, 2018


The latest Remnant invites New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, author of the newly-released To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of …

Episode 30: The Nebraska Shuffle

April 4th, 2018


Returning from exile, and just back from a trip abroad, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) rejoins The Remnant for a wildly discursive episode on …

Episode 29: Podcast Potpourri III: Podcast with a Vengeance

March 30th, 2018


Jonah takes a break from his vacation for another podcast potpourri Remnant. Joined by Michael Pratt and Jack Butler, he answers listener questions and settles some scores. Show Notes: The Washington Post’s surprising …

Episode 28: So Much Rank Punditry, They Should Have Sent a Poet

March 21st, 2018


Because the Rothschilds prevented a high-minded podcast with Ross Douthat (rescheduled) Jonah ventures back into rankest of rank punditry with …

Episode 27: Get Off Our Lawn

March 17th, 2018


Past Remnant guests Charles Murray and Steve Hayward join Jonah for an unprecedented recording of the Remnant with a live studio audience. They discuss their own lives and take questions from an audience of young people …

Episode 26: Hillary’s Pillory, Lamb’s Slaughter

March 15th, 2018


In another trial run at a special All Rank Punditry edition of the Remnant, Jonah and his Sancho Panza tackle the Windmills in the news this week, from Hillary’s gaffe, Tillerson’s defenestration and the augurs of …

Episode 25: The Chosen Rosen

March 8th, 2018


In the latest Remnant, Weekly Standard managing editor Christine Rosen lends her varied expertise to a far-ranging discussion on eugenics, Hollywood, …

Episode 24: Lawyer, Guns & Money (Minus the Money)

March 1st, 2018


Can a president break the law? Is intelligence from the Steele Dossier actionable for FISA warrant? Should we let lawyers make all of our decisions …

Episode 23: CPAC, Guns, and Russians: Oh My!

February 23rd, 2018


Pressed for time and fighting technical glitches, Jonah takes the Remnant into the perilous field of podcast rank punditry, opining at moderate …

Episode 22: We Don’t Need No Education

February 16th, 2018


George Mason University economics professor Bryan Caplan joins The Remnant to discuss his latest book, The Case Against Education. While agreeing with much of Caplan’s case, Jonah spends a good portion of the podcast in …

Episode 21: When Worlds Collide!

February 9th, 2018


In an homage to the star-stuffed 70s disaster movies they both know and love so well, Jonah invites Commentary magazine editor and GLoP Culture …

Episode 20: Dogs, Drugs, and the Mafia

February 2nd, 2018


Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle joins Jonah in the latest Remnant to offer a sensible libertarian’s perspective on whether dogs are Marxist, …

Episode 19: Podcast Potpourri II: Electric Boogaloo

January 25th, 2018


In this guest-free free-for-all Jonah and Co attempt to answer listener questions, but end up mostly talking about alcohol, Star Trek, and (caution …

Episode 18: Respect the Haruspex

January 18th, 2018


In the latest Remnant, Jonah surveys the public opinion landscape with pollster extraordinaire Kristen Soltis Anderson. They talk fecal craters and …

Episode 17: Genes, Gin, and Government

January 11th, 2018


Charles Murray comes to the Remnant with the wisdom of a decades-long career and now 75 years of life for a fascinating conversation with Jonah. They cover the bases . . . if your bases are social science, the future of …

Episode 16: Iran, So Far Away

January 10th, 2018


Jonah rocks the casbah in the latest Remnant, with Middle East scholar Michael Rubin, who helps him assess the condition of the regimes of Iran and …

Episode 15: Our Mediocre Media

December 26th, 2017


Fox News’s Chris Stirewalt joins Jonah for the latest Remnant to discuss the decrepit state of our media and politics. Also, Jonah and co wrap up the …

Episode 14: Arthur Brooks’s The Meaning of Life

December 20th, 2017


Jonah climbs high into the (metaphorical) Himalayas in this week’s Remnant, in search of advice from Arthur Brooks, the guru-like president of the American Enterprise Institute. They meditate upon various topics, …

Episode 13: Podcast Potpourri

December 14th, 2017


Jonah goes guest-free in this week’s Remnant, allowing him to engage in some rank punditry about Roy Moore’s defeat in Alabama and answer listener questions. The show runs the gamut from veganism, best conservative …

Episode 12: Episode Behind Enemy Lines

December 5th, 2017


In the latest Remnant, Jonah talks with Steve Hayward, currently a visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley — and a conservative. They discuss how what conservatives can do to make more inroads into …

Episode 11: Afraid of Trade?

December 1st, 2017


As The Remnant enters double digits, Jonah journeys into the international marketplace, with Cato Institute trade scholar and trade lawyer Scott …

Episode 9: Arguing at the Right-Wing Thanksgiving Dinner Table

November 21st, 2017


Jonah invites fellow conservative history geek Matt Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon to explore the past, present, and future of conservatism …

Episode 8: Predators, Real And Imagined

November 17th, 2017


Breaking away from the shackles of the guest-interview format, our host discourses on the sexual misconduct wave moving through Washington, and …

Episode 7: Micro-aggressed by the Dalai Lama

November 10th, 2017


Joined this time by Vulcan extraordinaire (and National Review senior editor) Ramesh Ponnuru, our hangover-defying host travels to such far-flung …

Episode 6: Important Questions

November 2nd, 2017


In this slightly profanity-laden episode of The Remnant, Andrew Ferguson fanboy Jonah Goldberg asks the vital questions of the day. What is human …

Episode 5: Surviving the Apocalypse

October 25th, 2017


Everything old is new again on the fifth episode of The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg. Our intrepid host brings back recurring guest star Senator Ben …

Episode 4: Chicken Wings, Cheese, and Politics

October 20th, 2017


On the fourth episode of The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg, our intrepid host talks chicken wings, cheese, and politics with thoroughgoing Wisconsinite …

Episode 3: Whatabout-ism

October 12th, 2017


Remnant host Jonah Goldberg continues his quest to get comfortable with this strange medium. Back by popular demand is Senator Ben Sasse …

Episode 2: Why Can’t We Have Nice Things?

October 5th, 2017


In the second episode of The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg, the host begins to gain his podcast sea legs with the help of the least famous famous …

Episode 1: The Debut

September 29th, 2017


In this, the debut episode of The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg, the host nervously gropes his way through the podcast universe like a blind pervert in …

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