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The Consciousness of a Conservative

Guest: Chris Robling

We recorded this one a few months ago but the rush of events, crises and scandals kept it relegated to the shelf until this week. Now, as the November elections are almost upon us, it seems to the proprietor, that we should get it on screen and before our readers right now.…

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Guest: Scott Berg

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Guest: Harry Shearer

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Guest: four veterans of the bulge

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Guest: Bernard Lewis

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Guest: Gary Saul Morson

What's Putin doing in the title? That's to remind ourselves that if the first two items don't totally exhaust our correlated capacities for worry, pessimism and despair, there's always the reactivated cadaver of the Soviet Union to keep us in persisting dysphoria. There are Russianists and Russianists and lots of them…

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Guest: Richard Posner and Ron Grossman

The term means a truly intelligent commentator who addresses the larger issues of the time or of eternity. Perhaps Cicero, Thucydides, Seneca? And in almost modern time such contributors as Edmund Wilson, George Orwell, Hannah Arendt or George Steiner. Are such figures still with us or have the universities swallowed them…

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Guest: Joseph Marshall and Brian Hosner

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