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The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg

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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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Breaking Bread with Bahnsen

November 23rd, 2021


David Bahnsen, managing partner and chief investment officer at the Bahnsen Group, is back on The Remnant to explain why there really is no such thing as a free lunch, and to explore why some on the right now think we’d …

Divine Intervention

November 20th, 2021


Today’s Ruminant finds Jonah preparing for an epic journey to the Pacific Northwest, and he’d appreciate podcast recommendations for the long and …

Up From Nationalism

November 18th, 2021


In preparation for Thanksgiving, Jonah invites the latest gold jacket-wearer Will Saletan back on The Remnant to consider what, if anything, is so …

Purely By Coincidence

November 16th, 2021


Remnant regular Matt Ridley is back to discuss the origins of COVID-19. Did the virus emerge from a lab? What would that mean for virological …

The Loudest Minority

November 13th, 2021


On today’s Ruminant, Jonah is back in good health and high spirits, so much so that he can’t resist boasting about a meeting he enjoyed this week with former President Bush. He’s also concerned about the prospect of a …

The Talented Mr. Madison

November 11th, 2021


Historian and AEI fellow Jay Cost is back on The Remnant to discuss his new biography of James Madison, which focuses on the political theory of …

Good Samaritans

November 10th, 2021


David French takes control of The Remnant once again while Jonah is off to the long prairies of Texas. His guest is Curtis Chang, a theologian at …

Drive-Time Ruminant 7: Enter the Metaverse

November 6th, 2021


The drive-time Remnant format returns today for a deep dive into the horrors of social media and book promotion. Though Jonah is on the mend after yesterday’s brush with an unfortunate stomach ailment, he still isn’t …

Sweet Virginia

November 4th, 2021


Glenn Youngkin’s victory in Virginia has raised plenty of questions: Will Republican candidates in 2022 emulate his style? Has Trump’s grip on the …

Out of the Depths

November 2nd, 2021


Ross Douthat is back on The Remnant to discuss his new book, The Deep Places, a memoir of his six-year struggle with chronic illness. With numerous references to The Exorcist, Jonah and Ross take a deep dive into his …

Heretics of Dune

October 30th, 2021


On today’s special Ruminant, Jonah assembles a Mount Rushmore of geekdom (David French, Haley Byrd Wilt, and Jack “Butlerian jihad” Butler) to review Denis Vileneuve’s movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Be …

The Future and its Intransigents

October 28th, 2021


Steve Teles joins The Remnant for a second time to explore what can be done to fix our dysfunctional parties. Like many of Jonah’s closest friends, …

The Good Life

October 27th, 2021


If you thought Jonah turned into an excited fanboy when he interviewed Mike Duncan, just wait until you hear today’s Remnant, in which acclaimed …

Lugubrious Bat-Winged Malcontents

October 23rd, 2021


Today’s Ruminant finds Jonah irritated by back pain, enamored with California roller coasters, and concerned for the health of his loyal spaniel …

Young and Foolish

October 21st, 2021


Presidential historian and Remnant fan-favorite Tevi Troy returns today for more seriously rank punditry. As you may have noticed, we’re living through a strange moment in which it’s becoming shocking to suggest that …

Shadow Dancing

October 19th, 2021


David Drucker, senior political correspondent at the Washington Examiner, joins The Remnant for the first time to discuss the state of the Republican …

Square Eyes

October 16th, 2021


On today’s Ruminant, a predictably sleep-deprived Jonah is haunted by distant memories of his time in Prague and the alluring restaurants that …

Mutually Assured Derangement

October 14th, 2021


In light of the reaction to his call for anti-Trump conservatives to form a third party, Jonah invites Michael Brendan Dougherty onto The Remnant to discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of such an approach. …

Money Talks

October 13th, 2021


Dust off your calculators, because beloved economic policy wonk Brian Riedl is back on The Remnant to discuss everything you’ve ever wanted to know …

Authoritarian Mental Gestures

October 9th, 2021


On today’s Ruminant, Jonah aims to set the record straight on a matter of international significance: Despite what the producers of American Crime …

The Full Gottlieb

October 7th, 2021


Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb joins The Remnant for the first time to explore the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and what went wrong with America’s response last year. With cases falling nationally, Scott …

The Cheerful Pursuit

October 6th, 2021


The incomparable George Will makes his long-awaited return to The Remnant to discuss his latest book, American Happiness and Discontents. As George writes in its introduction, “happiness has been elusive for this …

Going Native

October 2nd, 2021


If there’s one group Jonah has less patience for than post-liberal Catholic integralists, it’s progressives who want to replace Madisonian democracy …

Selling Out

September 30th, 2021


Scott Lincicome, The Dispatch’s resident expert on all things free and economic, returns to The Remnant for a distinctly wonky discussion of tariffs, taxes, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Jonah and Scott tackle our …

Fight the Power

September 28th, 2021


The revolution won’t be televised, but it will be broadcast to the world on today’s long-awaited Remnant, in which Jonah is joined by Revolutions

Drive-Time Ruminant 6: Twice in a Lifetime

September 25th, 2021


As if experiencing the Monica Lewinsky saga first-hand wasn’t strange enough, Impeachment: American Crime Story is now subjecting Jonah to it all …

Happy Anniversary

September 23rd, 2021


To distinguish The Remnant’s 400th episode, Jonah thought it would be refreshing to bring on a guest renowned among fans for his cheerfulness: Kevin …

Mere Evangelism

September 21st, 2021


Chris Stirewalt returns to The Remnant for punditry so intense it could rival the summer heat of New Orleans. Religious definitions are first on the …

Mau-Mauing the Wealth Taxers

September 18th, 2021


On today’s Ruminant, an addled and isolated Jonah is haunted by Muppets and their irresistibly catchy songs. He’s also fascinated by the Mark Milley …

Ponnuru’s Brain

September 16th, 2021


Remnant fan favorite and National Review stalwart Ramesh Ponnuru returns today for a thorough discussion of the jurisprudence of abortion and state of the pro-life movement. Although it’s easy to talk about overturning

Advisory Ruminations

September 15th, 2021


Accomplished attorney and longtime Jonah associate Shannen Coffin joins The Remnant for a deep dive into the constitutionality of Biden’s vaccine mandate and the dysfunctional state of our federal government. Together, …

Never Forget

September 11th, 2021


Jonah begins today’s Ruminant on a reflective note, recalling where he was on 9/11 and how the tragedy affected him personally and professionally. Afterward, things get ranty, as Jonah digs into the constitutionality of …

Eat the Elite

September 9th, 2021


Slate’s Will Saletan returns to The Remnant to discuss the anniversary of 9/11, the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, and oligarchs who can’t resist …

Two for Texas

September 7th, 2021


Get your black robes, white wigs, and legal dictionaries ready, because David French is back on The Remnant to evaluate Texas’ controversial new …

Back to the Sewer

September 4th, 2021


Jonah’s sailed the seas and seen the world over, but everything always draws him back to good ol’ New York, New York. Still, although today’s Ruminant

The Worst is Yet to Come

September 2nd, 2021


Graeme Wood, staff writer for The Atlantic, joins The Remnant for the first time to discuss the future of the Taliban, the psychology of extremists, …

Timing is Everything

September 1st, 2021


Peter Suderman, Reason magazine’s features editor and cocktail connoisseur, makes his first appearance on The Remnant today to preach the gospel of Kanye West. He also gives his thoughts on the Afghanistan withdrawal, …

Turn and Face the Strange

August 28th, 2021


In the last few years, the conservative movement has gone through a number of obvious changes. But Jonah believes he’s stayed consistent in his views, and uses today’s Ruminant to explain why. He also touches on the end …


August 26th, 2021


On today’s episode, Jonah, now back in his empty nest in D.C., desperately requires a distraction from the oppressive August heat. Fortunately,

Looking for Satellites

August 25th, 2021


David French guest-hosts The Remnant today while Jonah returns home from his western voyage. He’s joined by Klon Kitchen, expert on national security …

Cats in the Cradle

August 21st, 2021


On today’s Ruminant, recorded live from the pungent parking lot of a California West Marine, Yiddish terms are required to describe Jonah’s emotional state. With his daughter Lucy leaving home, he processes his grief by …

Tragedy in Afghanistan

August 17th, 2021


Bloomberg Opinion columnist Eli Lake joins Jonah for a thorough discussion of the tragic situation in Afghanistan. Is President Biden’s leadership to …

Cruel Summer

August 14th, 2021


Today’s Ruminant finds Jonah deprived of air conditioning in the middle of brutal D.C. heat, baffled by inexplicable decisions made by figures across …

South America, Take it Away

August 12th, 2021


Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review’s Anglo-American purveyor of liberty and golf carts, returns to The Remnant for a spirited discussion of accents, …

Embracing the Chaos

August 11th, 2021


Case Western University professor Jonathan Adler brings his fluency in legalese to The Remnant today for a conversation that would make Milton …

Drive-Time Ruminant 5: The Inestimable Trio

August 7th, 2021


The drive-time Remnant format returns today to prelude a new era for The Dispatch. With Nick Pompella now off to the wilds of Indiana, Jonah, Ryan, and Guy are left to explore the mad world of D.C. living and marmite …

Raising the Steaks

August 5th, 2021


In the past, The Remnant has hosted prominent politicians, scholars, and media personalities. But none of them have made Jonah as excited as today’s …

Meet the History Ninjas

August 4th, 2021


Chris Stirewalt is back on The Remnant to discuss how we can make politics boring again. As Chris observes, we’ve entered a “wilderness of grifts,” …

Return of the Mask

July 31st, 2021


Today’s ranty Ruminant finds Jonah alternately perplexed and irritated by the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, illiberalism in politics, and folks who …

A Taste of Freedom

July 29th, 2021


American Enterprise Institute scholar and fan-favorite Remnant guest Tim Carney joins Jonah for a wide-ranging discussion of obscure political …

Grumpy Old Sportsmen

July 27th, 2021


Unlike Ozzie Smith on his visit to Springfield, Jonah didn’t fall off the face of the Earth during his northeastern excursion last week. Today, he’s …

School’s Out

July 22nd, 2021


Chris Stirewalt is back in the driver’s seat on today’s Remnant in place of Jonah. This time, his guest is Robert Pondiscio, a newly minted fellow at …

Survey Says

July 20th, 2021


Jonah’s vocal double Chris Stirewalt seizes control of The Remnant today in Dostoyevskian fashion. His guest? CNN’s Harry Enten, who shares Chris’ …

Liberal Fights and History

July 15th, 2021


Get your bingo cards ready, because Yuval Levin is back on The Remnant today to counteract Alex Tabarrok’s libertarian influence. Which side is the …

Marginal Revolutionaries

July 13th, 2021


Alex Tabarrok, perhaps the world’s sole Canadian libertarian, joins The Remnant today for the first time. Inflation is on the rise, the vaccine …

No Hands Clapping

July 10th, 2021


On today’s Ruminant, Jonah discusses everything from obscure existentialist philosophy to the realism of zombie TV. Rank punditry is first on the docket, as Jonah examines Biden’s poor handling of the Afghanistan …

The Reality Rebellion

July 8th, 2021


Slate’s Will Saletan joins The Remnant once again to discuss Trump’s lunatic lawsuit against big tech, Biden’s first six months, and the endless debate over critical race theory in education. Plus, in a shocking turn of …

Law and Disorder

July 6th, 2021


Only Remnant listeners fluent in legalese should subject themselves to today’s discussion of Supreme Court jurisprudence, in which fan-favorite …

The Noblest Savage

July 3rd, 2021


Today’s ranty Ruminant features killer whales, hunter-gatherers, and a special appearance by Jonah’s importunate dingo. It also includes as much kvetching about partisan craziness and misunderstood aspects of …

The Hangover: An Epilogue with Chris Stirewalt

July 2nd, 2021


The Hangover has now concluded, and Chris Stirewalt thought it appropriate to provide an epilogue to the series. If the last four years have taught us anything, Chris observes, it’s that “people are terrible at …

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

July 1st, 2021


Fan-favorite political strategist Mo Elleithee returns to The Remnant today for a discussion of Joe Biden’s first six months in office, America’s …

The Hangover Chapter 7: Chris Stirewalt and David Glade

July 1st, 2021


The Hangover concludes on a unique note, as David Glade, rector of Virginia’s Christ the King Anglican Church, joins Chris Stirewalt to discuss what …

New York Groove

June 29th, 2021


Start spreading the news: Esteemed historian Vincent Cannato is back on The Remnant to discuss all things New York City. After digging into the …

Mothers Talk

June 26th, 2021


Sleep-deprived following his return from Oklahoma and haunted by visions of Nick, Jonah begins today’s Ruminant with the mother of all rants. Why, …

Austere Religious Scholarship

June 24th, 2021


On today’s Remnant, recorded in the wilds of Oklahoma, Jonah once again attempts to fuse the weekend Ruminant format with that of a supplemental episode. He begins by elaborating on his pro-life views and what abortion …

The Hangover Chapter 6: Chris Stirewalt and John Podhoretz

June 24th, 2021


Conservative journalism has changed markedly since John Podhoretz began his career at the Washington Times in the early 1980s. When Matt Drudge broke …

When Shadows Fall

June 22nd, 2021


Scott Winship, director of poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Jonah to discuss the history of poverty in the United States. The pair begin by digging into a new report from Scott and four of his …

Drive-Time Ruminant 4: A Farewell Potpourri

June 19th, 2021


Fair warning: Eating styrofoam may prove more constructive than listening to today’s drive-time Remnant, which contains even less substance than your average Seinfeld episode. Jonah (scourge of baggage agents across …

Velocity of Bahnsen

June 17th, 2021


After several years worth of appearances, David Bahnsen (managing partner and chief investment officer at the Bahnsen Group) finally comes on to talk …

The Hangover Chapter 5: Chris Stirewalt and Parker Poling

June 17th, 2021


While it’s true that Chris Stirewalt came to perform an autopsy on the GOP’s 2020 election strategy and results, it’s worth pointing out that “the …

On Things Hebraic

June 15th, 2021


Recorded in anticipation of the change of government that Israel has undergone, Jonah brought back one of his oldest friends Tevi Troy, now a fresh …

The Remnant Czar

June 12th, 2021


Jonah returns to the classic Ruminant format for the end of the week, which turned out to be a rather newsy, strange sequence of days. From Jeffrey Toobin’s seminal moment (not the one you’re thinking of), to Kamala …

Hotline Hijinx

June 10th, 2021


The Remnant gets rank today as Josh Kraushaar, one of Jonah’s favorite party-obsessive pundits, returns to discuss everything electoral. As Jonah has mentioned more than a few times in recent months, America now has two …

The Hangover Chapter 4: Chris Stirewalt and Steve Kornacki

June 10th, 2021


NBC’s Steve Kornacki saw his star shine a little brighter on November 3rd, 2020 and the succeeding weeks as he walked Americans through the results …

Jonathan Rauch, the Kindest Inquisitor

June 8th, 2021


In a world increasingly subjected to discussions of Jewish space lasers, fake birth certificates, and luciferian pedophile cabals, the truth could …

Drive-Time Ruminant 3: Auditory Dada Paintings

June 5th, 2021


You wanted the best and you got the best: the hottest FM radio imitation in the world, Friday’s drive-time Ruminant. Feast your ears on the third …

A Reality Check on Crime

June 3rd, 2021


In his younger and more vulnerable years, Jonah had a minor obsession with criminology (for no reason in particular, he says). Today, he rekindles …

The Hangover Chapter 3: Chris Stirewalt and Matt Continetti

June 3rd, 2021


Chris Stirewalt’s third guest is AEI Fellow and Washington Free Beacon founder Matthew Continetti, who gives voice to the story of the GOP’s …

Critical Remnant Theory

June 1st, 2021


Has conservatism always been a grift? Not according to Jonah and today’s guest, the illustrious David French. The pair ascend through various levels of wonkery, beginning with an assessment of critical race theory’s …

Broken Window Blues

May 29th, 2021


Only those who own ties imprinted with portraits of Burke and Hayek should tune in for today’s Ruminant, which sees Jonah’s philosophical rumination …

The Hangover Chapter 2: Chris Stirewalt and Eric Cantor

May 27th, 2021


With a country split practically down the middle when it comes to politics, it’s a truism that the GOP needs to broaden its base if it wants to win …

The Hangover Chapter 1: Chris Stirewalt and Richard Brookhiser

May 27th, 2021


The Hangover begins with Richard Brookhiser (American historian and longtime editor at National Review) making a statement that is both clear and …

The Hangover: An Introduction with Chris Stirewalt

May 27th, 2021


The GOP went from total control of the White House and Congress to being swept out of power in just four years—the shortest time span in almost 70 …

Prelude to a Hangover

May 25th, 2021


Fan-favorite Jonah soundalike Chris Stirewalt is back for a Remnant so nerdtastic that even Joe Biden could mock its lack of coolness. With …


May 22nd, 2021


This weekend’s Ruminant sees Jonah “feeling particularly Remnant-y,” which means he’s leaned out of the punditry and into the historical eggheadery. …

A Labor of Love

May 21st, 2021


Today’s Remnant combines features of both a weekend Ruminant and a “supplemental” episode, like the program’s recent incursion into social Darwinism. Jonah begins with further ruminations from his Wednesday …

Visions of China

May 19th, 2021


Jim Geraghty, National Review’s esteemed purveyor of punditry and “Morning Jolt” mastermind, joins Jonah today to become the Remnant’s first 11-time …

Drive-Time Ruminant 2: Bamboo-galoo

May 15th, 2021


Watch out, Howard Stern, because the FM radio Remnant format is back for another nerdtastic broadcast. Jonah is joined once again by Ryan, a covert NBC operative working to undermine The Dispatch from within, Guy, …

Niall Ferguson: God Emperor of Doom

May 13th, 2021


Historian Niall Ferguson returns to talk about his new book (with a glorious, darkly comic cover), Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe. As Sven from

Kitchen Sync Realism

May 11th, 2021


Newly minted AEI fellow Klon Kitchen joins Jonah today for an uber-wonky discussion of foreign policy and cybersecurity. The pair explore how the …

Wake Up Little Hawley

May 8th, 2021


The Ruminant returns to its usual format today after last week’s drive-time diversion, as Jonah is once again placed under the unsettling eyes of several silent spectators. After exploring the history of American …

Dr. Stirewalt, the Dragon of Wheeling

May 6th, 2021


The Remnant returns to normalcy today with one of Jonah’s favorite guests: the illustrious Chris Stirewalt. The pair engage in pop culture-infused …

Social Darwinism and the Straw Man

May 4th, 2021


Jonah flies solo on the week’s first Remnant, as he tries out a format that seeks to provide the footnotes to some of the most commonly landed-on …

Drive-Time Ruminant

May 1st, 2021


In the words of a great album, “How are we feeling out there? How’s your drive-time commute? I need a saga - what’s the saga?” This weekend’s Remnant is less Ruminant-y than usual, as the Greek chorus that has silently …

Jonah and Draper’s Political Caper

April 29th, 2021


Jonah and a brand new guest, Robert Draper of the New York Times, engage in punditry ranker than even the most devoted Remnant listener could imagine …

Two Parties, Both Alike in Crazy

April 27th, 2021


Remnant favorite A.B. Stoddard joins Jonah today for an episode of exceedingly rank punditry. The pair discuss how President Biden has fared in his first 100 days, Donald Trump’s lingering presence within the GOP, and …

The Kids are Alright

April 24th, 2021


In distinctly Goldbergian fashion, Jonah manages to combine musings on Home Depot, climate change, the Chauvin trial, and the classic “Deep Space …

Joscelyn ‘Round the Middle East

April 22nd, 2021


On today’s episode, Vital Interests author and national security extraordinaire Thomas Joscelyn makes his first Remnant appearance. With a healthy supply of Hayek references on hand, Jonah seems determined to outdo the …

Riedl Returns

April 20th, 2021


Senior Manhattan Institute fellow Brian Riedl joins Jonah on The Remnant for an uber-wonky discussion of economic policy. Fresh from testifying …

Alcohol-Free Ruminations

April 17th, 2021


Today’s refreshingly (or regrettably, depending on your perspective) sober Ruminant finds Jonah surrounded by boxes of books so nerdy that even Goodwill won’t take them. Preoccupied with thoughts on the strange state of …

Greenland is Infrastructure

April 15th, 2021


On today’s career-ruining episode, recorded deep within the headquarters of Half-Baked DARPA, Jonah is joined by frequent guest Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Packers) for a jaunt through the land of new and creative ideas that …

First-Degree Wonkery

April 14th, 2021


Only those in the wonky 1 percent should subject themselves to today’s nerdtastic Remnant, in which Jonah is joined for a third time by the Manhattan …

Recycling Punditry

April 10th, 2021


On this freewheeling Ruminant, Jonah is accompanied by a smaller cast of off-putting onlookers than last time. Still on a high after the week’s earlier discussion of Bigfoot’s messianic powers, he approaches the …

Jawing with Crenshaw 2: Congressional Boogaloo

April 8th, 2021


Jonah collaborates with Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw on their second Remnant together in an attempt to hash out their differences of opinion regarding why …

The Six Million Dollar Riggleman

April 6th, 2021


Denver Riggleman, former congressman for Virginia’s 5th District and noted Bigfoot enthusiast, joins Jonah on today’s episode for a colorful …

The Remnant of Misfit Onlookers

April 3rd, 2021


Today’s Ruminant features Jonah amid a group of silent watchers, staring at him while on mute in a Zoom meeting as he speaks to himself for an hour in the basement of an undisclosed location. On the docket today: Jonah …

Without a Shadi of a Doubt

April 1st, 2021


On today’s episode, first-time guest of The Remnant, Shadi Hamid joins Jonah for a comprehensive discussion on religion, identity, and the bizarre wokespeak favored by Twitter’s blue checkmark crowd. Have wokeism and …

Check the Owner’s Manual

March 30th, 2021


On this episode, it’s déjà vu all over again as Chris Stirewalt returns - this time in the guest seat. What do Georgia’s new voter laws, Arlen Specter, mandatory voting, The World According to Garp’s infamous “tongue …

Back to the Past

March 27th, 2021


For this weekend’s Ruminant, hop into Jonah’s somewhat underwhelming time machine that goes only to the past – because, after all, “the future doesn’t exist.” Why is Jonah driving through the setting of a Mark Twain …

Tales from the Free Speech Foxhole

March 25th, 2021


David French graciously guest-hosts in Jonah’s place on today’s program, wherein he has a long-ranging conversation with a longtime friend , Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in …

The Tevi Cut

March 23rd, 2021


Tevi Troy—presidential historian and all-around smart person—joins the program to talk about the mechanics of cancel culture, and what might be done …

Totally Platonic Ruminations

March 20th, 2021


In the midst of carving a path to Yosemite, Jonah has graced us with a Ruminant that provides a weekly roundup of his writing – from the Rock & …

What Else You Got, British Kid?

March 18th, 2021


Live (well, at the time of recording) from Park City, Utah, Jonah is joined by his AEI handlers, Nick and Guy, for a pop culture-filled conversation …

Decision Desk Rivalry

March 17th, 2021


Pinch-hitting for Jonah today is his vocal double Chris Stirewalt, who talks with his old friend from their shared years at Fox News’ Decision Desk, …

Meet the New Gods

March 13th, 2021


In this weekend’s Ruminant, Jonah has a lot rattling around in his mind, and now you're gonna hear about it. Why are elites inevitable? What explains …

Carry On, My Hayward Son

March 12th, 2021


Steven Hayward enters the ranks of the three-timers on today’s Remnant, as he and Jonah engage in a discussion of the American right that manages to be both wide and deep. Jonah and Steve get the “dark clouds out of the …

A More Perfect Union

March 9th, 2021


On today’s show, Jonah speaks to Manhattan Institute fellow and CCNY professor Daniel DiSalvo (an expert on public-sector unions and their history) to find out how the sausage really gets made in the …

Indoor Beach Chairs

March 6th, 2021


This weekend’s edition of the Ruminant is a little bit like Christopher Hitchens’ D.C. apartment: a little bit of one thing right next to a little bit of the complete opposite thing. There’s a lot of ground covered in …

Primaries: What Are They Good For?

March 5th, 2021


Elaine Kamarck of the Brookings Institution joins us for the first time. She and Jonah stray from pure rank punditry to instead discuss intra-party …

No Ex-Strain-eous Math

March 3rd, 2021


In an effort to explain the current state of the economy as well as the political ramifications of some parts of the Biden agenda coming down the …

The Unwearable Red Meat Hat

February 27th, 2021


Jonah joins us on a feature-length Relaxed Fit™ episode of the Ruminant in which he discusses his innate wish to continue speaking as a conservative without the sacrifice of genuinely-held principles. An important trait …

The Neo-Whigs

February 26th, 2021


Fellow Dispatcher Declan Garvey joins Jonah on today’s program, wherein they discuss the parallels between the GOP’s current identity crisis and the last time that Americans witnessed a similar party realignment (the …

Punditry, Thy Name is Stirewalt

February 24th, 2021


Today, we confirm that Dispatch contributing editor Chris Stirewalt has indeed surpassed our gold jacket threshold while engaging in the rankest of …

What’s the Matter with Texas?

February 19th, 2021


Jonah welcomes Kevin Williamson to discuss their shared status as Americans trapped within the final layer of Dante’s Hell (aka, Texas in the midst of a large-scale winter weather disaster). From the corporatism on …

Getting it Right

February 16th, 2021


This week, Jonah brings The Remnant to you from the ice-wracked void of Austin, Texas. His guest is Stephanie Slade, the managing editor of Reason

Going Full Columbo

February 13th, 2021


In this weekend’s Ruminant, Jonah figures that it is his duty to do what he can to clean the gigantic metaphorical Augean Stable that is Washington D.C. as recompense for missing a G-File. Thus, this is an episode …

Congress Bad, Liquor Good

February 12th, 2021


This podcast is for those of us who feel like the state of our political parties makes us want a drink, or at least some reliable recommendations …

On Immigration and Women's Rights

February 10th, 2021


Astute listeners may remember Europe’s immigration crisis circa 2015, in which more than 1 million people, many of them refugees, made their way to the continent. Today, Jonah is joined by one of the most informed …

Malformed Cabezas

February 6th, 2021


Go down the rabbit hole of conservative eggheadiness on this weekend’s Ruminant, where Jonah discusses both the validity of “Trumpism” as an …

Triple-Barreled Questions

February 5th, 2021


Given the state of… things (imagine us gesturing wildly as we say this) as they currently are, Jonah figured that this might be an apropos time to …

Getting Hayekian

February 2nd, 2021


Thanks to international supply chains, Scott Lincicome’s Five Timer gold jacket is in the mail today as he joins Jonah to discuss a whole panoply of …

Zombie-Bite Politics

January 30th, 2021


On this Ruminant, Jonah explicates the sadly prominent “antisemitism in the gaps” theory of political history on both the left and right, his proud …

The ‘Not Crazy’ Party

January 29th, 2021


Will Saletan of Slate returns to discuss the looming possibility of a political conflict between the Biden administration and the public sector …

The Inmates Are Running the Party

January 27th, 2021


A.B. Stoddard rejoins the show for the three-timer award, as well as to talk, well, politics of all things. What can we expect from Senate …

Remnant D’être

January 23rd, 2021


The days of the 2012 GOP “autopsy” are long behind us. Listen as Jonah ruminates on the struggles of protecting serious conservatism at a time of supreme unreflectiveness among many adherents of the movement as to how …

Jack Gets Back

January 22nd, 2021


Join Jonah and special guest Jack Butler, his former research assistant for the tricentennial episode. It’s the best of both worlds as the program recalls its greatest hits (conspiracies about the Soviets, Bigfoot …

Mo Unity, Mo Problems

January 21st, 2021


In an exercise of “dealing with liberalism’s best arguments,” Jonah plays host to returning guest Mo Elleithee, a Democratic political strategist. …

Scarcity of Lacrimosity

January 16th, 2021


On this weekend’s Ruminant, Jonah discusses how the essence of conservatism in all its variety has been distilled down to a single oversimplistic metric: The more one likes Trump, and the more libs one owns, the more …

Yuval Got Some Explaining to Do

January 15th, 2021


Today, AEI’s Yuval Levin returns, and Jonah asks him something more important than “What happens next?” Rather, they try to think about “What should …

The Whittington Standard

January 13th, 2021


What is to be made of the concerns – practical or philosophical – about a second impeachment of Donald Trump? Keith Whittington of Princeton returns to The Remnant to encourage us not to take such concerns too rigidly. …

Ten-Foot Snowflakes

January 9th, 2021


On today’s Ruminant, Jonah takes care to push through the natural inclination to simply, well, be appalled at this past Wednesday’s “events” on …

Murray, Madison, and the Moderate Middle

January 5th, 2021


As The Remnant kicks back into gear, we figured it would be best to let Jonah make his trek back to D.C. and instead treat you to a secret artifact …

Runza Of Unusual Size

December 22nd, 2020


What does Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse think about the results of the 2020 election? The answer might come as a surprise: Even though the Democrats took …

Ruminating by Remote

December 19th, 2020


As we close in on the end of the year, Jonah’s rumination proves to be a pretty sizable roundup of all the news that has been fit to print throughout the week. In addition to discussing attempts to relitigate the series …

Steady Continetti

December 18th, 2020


AEI Fellow, author, and Washington Free Beacon founder Matt Continetti comes back to the program, and Jonah gets to pick his brain about… well, a ton of different things. From his expectations for the Biden presidency, …

Poverty, Relative and Absolute

December 15th, 2020


Jonah is joined by Scott Winship – the director of Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and fresh off the heels of his position within Senator Mike Lee’s Social Capital Project. Jonah asks Scott about …

10 Martini Lunch

December 12th, 2020


After describing the inner workings of a longstanding lunch among his friends that has become an institution unto itself and envisioning what his …

Big City, Turn Me Loose

December 11th, 2020


Conservative commentary has managed to find at least one point of withering criticism when it comes to America’s cities. This critique points out that, while cities are the places where unique innovation and exciting …

57 Commas

December 8th, 2020


On this edition of The Remnant, Jonah went around the (metaphorical) corner of the (also metaphorical) office and got colleague Sarah Isgur to come …

Making It Up in Volume

December 5th, 2020


Jonah flies solo once more in a podcast filled with the hottest of takes: Biden’s foot-breaking story is not only totally true – it’s also just kind …

The Last Platoon

December 4th, 2020


We have another Remnant first-timer on the show this week, as Jonah is joined by old friend, well-traveled military writer, and Marine veteran Bing …

Hipster Luddites

December 2nd, 2020


Today, Jonah is joined by Virginia Postrel – former editor-in-chief of Reason magazine and author of many of the latter-day holy tomes of …

Ersatz Christmas

November 24th, 2020


On this episode, Jonah is joined by Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review. It’s an eclectic mix today, as the duo gets into a good deal of punditry surrounding the Trump campaign’s election challenges and then move …

Ditching the Seating Chart

November 21st, 2020


After filing a more-spirited-than-average G-File, Jonah joins us for the weekend Ruminant. Today, he talks about how certain individuals associated with Trump seem determined to end their careers in ignominy, as well as …

American Dynamism

November 20th, 2020


Jonah’s return to The Remnant features a guest with “The most important hair in public policy,” Ryan Streeter from AEI. While Ryan’s magnificent mane …

Where Do We Go Now?

November 18th, 2020


Jonah the Globetrotter has once again scattered to the four winds, temporarily leaving The Remnant once more in the capable hands of David French. Today, David speaks with his good friend Yascha Mounk, contributor to

Propeller-Beanie Punditry

November 14th, 2020


This week’s Ruminant sees Jonah reach his final form, as he begins with post-election punditry before seamlessly transitioning into a brand of …

You Boys Must Be Crazy

November 13th, 2020


On today’s program, Jonah chats with an old friend who will definitely NOT polarize the Remnant audience whatsoever (If we wish hard enough then it …

The Trump Canon

November 10th, 2020


In the Before Times, when we’d all walk around bookstores putting our dangerously diseased digits on various tomes without a care in the world, did you notice a recurring phenomenon? It’s been the case for the past few …

Conspiracies All the Way Down

November 7th, 2020


On this weekend’s Ruminant, Jonah asks why we have to make American politics even more difficult than they already are. Why is it that, in an …

Venting One’s Spleen

November 6th, 2020


At a moment where punditry can feel relatively grim – mostly due to the feeling of instability resulting from this endless election – Jonah wanted to …

Canine Update

November 3rd, 2020


On this momentous day, in which the very nature of American politics may be defined anew for the foreseeable future, Jonah wanted to have on Razib …

Fully Gruntled

October 31st, 2020


Seeing that there’s literally one story in the news right now (AN ELECTION IS HAPPENING SOON), Jonah decided to use his time on this weekend’s Ruminant to touch on some topics adjacent to the election, but also to …

The Pod Couple

October 30th, 2020


Today two-thirds of the GLoP Culture podcast are together (a veritable biumvirate, one could say) to keep you up to date with some pre-election …

Bring Out the Butcher Paper

October 27th, 2020


Could Bigfoot Erotica influence the election? Fan-favorite Chris Stirewalt of Fox News says, “It’s a possibility.” (BIG IF TRUE) No, but really, …

What About the Toaster?

October 24th, 2020


At the end of an especially busy week in pundit-world, Jonah sits down with us all to ruminate on some of the more noteworthy topics that may have flown by too quickly to actually wrap one’s brain around them. On the …

The Republican Brain Drain

October 22nd, 2020


Last time Tim Alberta, Politico’s chief political correspondent, was on the program, life in America was crazy, but in a typical, everyday, post-2016 …

A Song of Two Generations

October 20th, 2020


Co-founder of Echelon Insights, Golden Retriever companion, and professional Tea Leaf-Reader Kristen Soltis Anderson breaks a long hiatus from …

Empathizing Past the Graveyard

October 17th, 2020


This weekend’s Ruminant sees Jonah starting off in some classic Remnant Bingo™, but peppered in with a healthy dose of interesting new information on those topics – in this case, anti-Enlightenment nationalism, and the …

Rutabaga Unicorn

October 16th, 2020


Here we are, in the wreckage of another simply wonderful Supreme Court confirmation hearing; who better to discuss the aftermath, next steps, and …

Blue Pill or Red Pill

October 13th, 2020


Today, we bring you Will Saletan of Slate – after having struggled mightily against the malevolent whims of technology in order to get it ready. Not …

From Court-Packing to Wilson-Bashing

October 10th, 2020


TO OUR FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD! Not seniors this time around, but Remnant listeners, that is. Jonah returns to ruminate with some fire in his belly this week – on the wasting of energy on Twitter, the bizarre …

Up In Smoke

October 9th, 2020


Remnant first-timer Jonathan Adler joins Jonah today, not to watch Cheech and Chong over a bag of Doritos, but to talk about the politics of …

The Bottom of the (Spanish Wine) Barrel

October 6th, 2020


Since the first six days of October 2020 have felt like 87 years, who’s better to sift through everything that has happened than one of The Dispatch’s own quadrumvirate of podcasters, Steve Hayes? Here to give Jonah the …

Punditry, By the Book

October 3rd, 2020


This weekend’s Ruminant features Jonah running through a set of possible scenarios that might play out given President Trump’s COVID diagnosis – if …

Doing the Hamlet Act

October 2nd, 2020


In true Remnant fashion, Jonah speaks to Seth Masket – a political scientist at the University of Denver – in an attempt to understand why so few …

Intravenous Gin Drip

September 29th, 2020


Join Jonah on today’s episode of The Remnant with our first-time guest: CBS’s John Dickerson. The subjects included in John’s latest book, The Hardest Job in the World, will allow you to get a fix of incredible …

Style, Substance, and The Stage

September 25th, 2020


Jonah’s longtime friend Tevi Troy makes his second appearance on the program, this time to discuss not only the history of presidential debates, but also to share some info on how the sausage gets made from his time …

Leeroy Jenkins at Fort Sumter

September 23rd, 2020


Fellow Dispatcher David French returns to the program on the publishing date of his new book, Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to …

Deadheads, Fishfreaks, and Federalism

September 19th, 2020


Just as there are different Enlightenments, there are different nationalisms, too. In both cases, it’s important to see what points they all converge on. On this edition of the Ruminant, Jonah walks through the ways in …

Fighting for Lost Causes

September 17th, 2020


“We need to agree that the Senate doesn’t work,” Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse tells Jonah on today’s episode of The Remnant. “The Founders had this great idea that you separate power vertically and horizontally if you …

Good Times, Bad Times

September 15th, 2020


Let the waves of optimism wash over you as return-guests Ron Bailey (Reason) and Marian Tupy (Cato Institute) join forces as Jonah’s tour guides through the last several centuries of human progress. Listen to the first …

If You Walk Without Rhythm, You Won’t Attract the Worm

September 12th, 2020


What happens when you make a pundit talk about Antifa, the Dune trailer, the Republic of Venice, and 60s Iron Man cartoons all in one go? Tune in to the weekend Ruminant to find out!

Show Notes:

-The DispatchStart a …

Andrew Ferguson, Master of Introversion

September 10th, 2020


Andrew Ferguson’s follow-up appearance on The Remnant has been a long time coming, and you can tell; he and Jonah are filled with plenty of wisdom on …

Refuting Socialism

September 8th, 2020


Fresh off the heels of his new manifesto (not of the communist variety, though), Iain Murray, CEI senior fellow, joins Jonah on The Remnant to discuss The Socialist Temptation: what it is, who it hits hardest, why …

Yodeling Trash from New Guinea

September 5th, 2020


Who actually believes the media anymore? Can you really call yourself a liberal if you’re also a socialist? And what dog species does Zoë hate with a burning passion? It’s the weekend, and you know what that means: …

Surfin’ UAE

September 3rd, 2020


In the words of a famed conservative activist, “When they go low, we go high.” That’s what we’re doing today on The Remnant by getting out of the …

Coalitionally Speaking

August 29th, 2020


A solo Jonah returns, surrounded by cold beverages, to finish up his thoughts from last time about the final day of the RNC. He then moves on to the …

It’s Kinda Feudal

August 27th, 2020


While it may be the middle of the week, there’s no law against Jonah recording Ruminant-style (i.e. alone) – at least not yet. He discusses the RNC – and invents the fun tongue-twister, “Ceaușescu-esque,” while doing so …

Back in the Saddle

August 21st, 2020


Jonah makes a triumphant return to the Remnant on this episode, where he finally has a stable enough connection to record after a saga of …

The Evening Jolt

August 19th, 2020


Remnant Hall-of-Famer Jim Geraghty joins the show with the continually-put-upon David French, who is heroically guest-hosting as Jonah continues to galavant around in the land of [REDACTED]. On COVID, Jim gets to …

Twirling Towards Freedom

August 14th, 2020


Have no fear, dear listener: while Jonah is still radio silent as he swan-dives in slow-mo off of waterfalls (or something), The Remnant hasn’t forgotten you. David French returns to guest host this episode with return …

Talking Left, Walking Right

August 11th, 2020


Throwing recent rank punditry onto the back burner, Jonah speaks with his AEI colleague and UVA Professor Brad Wilcox, whose memory for statistics …

Mellifluous and Euphonious Ramblings

August 9th, 2020


Jonah stops to ruminate on the pathway between two menacingly-named locales—Snake River and Death Canyon (no Cliffs of Insanity, though). The topics …

Jane Galt and Me Part II

August 6th, 2020


Today, we present the second part of Jonah’s conversation with Washington Post opinion columnist Megan McArdle. The punditry was just too rank, so …

Jane Galt and Me Part I

August 4th, 2020


In a world where people run amok on the internet screaming their heads off, Megan McArdle stands (or in this case, sits by a microphone) as a model …

Jonah’s Jameson Jamboree

August 1st, 2020


Jonah’s had a long week, so grab an Irish whiskey (so long as it’s not Bushmills) and join him for some ruminating punditry on the tactical errors being made by conservative advocacy groups, “Cancel Rent” insanity, …

Federalism for Me, Nationalism for Thee

July 30th, 2020


A.B. Stoddard is a refreshing presence on today’s podcast as she and Jonah delve into starkly rank punditry and a discussion of the eerie intentionality behind Trump’s coronavirus response. In fact, A.B.’s wise words—on …

Banana, Banana, Banana

July 28th, 2020


A clean-shaven Michael Strain joins the perennially bearded Jonah to talk about the topic that always brings encouraging news: the economy. Lowering …

Podcast Pâté

July 25th, 2020


What do canned meats and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment have in common? Are there any real rebels in American culture? Why shouldn’t gerbils be …

Various Sub-Doodles

July 24th, 2020


The punditry is strong today as Jonah and Luke Thompson meet at the intersection of conservatism and the Constitution. Stopping briefly for some quick jabs at Rep. Mike Gallagher and some comments that will definitely …

Elephant Training in Saskatchewan

July 22nd, 2020


Rank punditry and eggheadery dominate the docket today as Matt Continetti joins Jonah on a mournfully swampy day in D.C. From Biden huddling in his …

Very Bad Philosophers

July 17th, 2020


A rental-car bound Jonah invites his research assistant Nick Pompella onto the show from the reclusive Zoom cave in which Nick usually resides — or in this case, the dankness of Jonah’s basement as Nick housesits. …

The Two Davids

July 14th, 2020


With Jonah traipsing about somewhere in the Alaskan wilderness, David French takes over the hosting duties to welcome David Bahnsen back on. David …

An Open, Frank Ruminant

July 11th, 2020


On this episode, Jonah ruminates from his igloo (we hope - wouldn’t that be cool?) on some Alaska stories, the American founding, relativism in …

But First, Cut the Green Wire

July 10th, 2020


Andy Smarick, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins a sleep-deprived Jonah in a discussion of schools in the time of COVID — all 14,000 …

Watch Your Language

July 7th, 2020


Jonah has long awaited the chance to have Columbia University linguist John McWhorter on the show, and now he’s finally here. In a particularly …

Lil’ Jacobins

July 3rd, 2020


Jonah gratefully drags a harried Niall Ferguson onto the show, which begins with Angela Merkel and ends with “copious quantities of claret.” Listen …

Hold My Beer People

June 30th, 2020


On his second Remnant appearance, National Review’s Kevin Williamson travels down a series of tangent-friendly avenues with Jonah. What are statue-defacers actually accomplishing? Why are Americans “a bunch of maniacs” …

History in the Making

June 27th, 2020


It’s the weekend, therefore it’s time for another Ruminant. This time, it’s a monologue in which Jonah truly realizes how Remnant-y he’s really …

“Jesus Christ and General Jackson”

June 25th, 2020


Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, stops by to discuss his new book Countdown 1945, the state of American politics, and the intersection of …

Kielbasa Konnection

June 24th, 2020


Remnant regular and Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt joins to discuss the newsiest events of the day: sausage varietals, Teddy Roosevelt’s …

Radical Romantic Rebellions

June 20th, 2020


Why are politicians so reluctant to take responsibility for the history of their own ideas? Everything from the minimum wage to community policing …

‘A’ for Apostate

June 19th, 2020


In the microcosm of right-of-center news, we have been blessed with two great writers by the name of Robert George. This podcast sees Jonah talking to one of them. No, not that one, the other one! They talk about what …

'Some Birds Aren’t Meant to be Caged'

June 17th, 2020


Escaping household chaos, a car-bound Jonah talks prisons with Brown University’s David Skarbek. Bolivian jails and Soviet gulags are just two …

Busting Out the Heidegger

June 13th, 2020


What to make of the many news stories of the week - the resignation of James Bennet at The New York Times, the establishment of an autarkic city-state in Seattle, and more? On the Ruminant, Jonah sees some connecting …


June 11th, 2020


AEI scholar and China expert Oriana Skylar Mastro joins The Remnant to help us all understand the "Middle Kingdom" and its moves on the world stage. …

Sleepless in Sheboygan

June 9th, 2020


Tim Carney joins The Remnant, where he talks about some of the great shoe-leather reporting he’s been doing on the protests in the D.C. area. How many of the protesters are seriously out to cause trouble, and how many …

Reading the Subtext Aloud

June 6th, 2020


Jonah returns for the weekend Ruminant to address the growing unease he gets from the national protest movements. What’s going to be more damaging: the protests, or the massive overcorrection from the critics of the …

The Grand Prize Vin-ner

June 5th, 2020


In this crazy time we’re living in, what’s the most accurate historical parallel? 1968? The 1420s? UMass Boston historian and all-around smart dude Vincent Cannato returns to the show for the second time to remind us of …

I Don’t Have Courage, I Have Tenure.

June 3rd, 2020


How does liberty die? According to Padmé, with thunderous applause. According to The New York Times, with an ill-timed op-ed ghostwritten by Putin. …

Fire Hose of Outrage

May 30th, 2020


Jonah ruminates on why we can't have nice things, darling. A journey that takes us from Julien Benda’s Treason of the Intellectuals to John Courtney …

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 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 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 …

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 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 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 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 …

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.

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 …

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