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When PJM launched its Freedom Academy Book Club recently, the powers that be asked me to upload my recent author interviews to the site. However, I decided to go one better, and include in the mix some of the many interviews I’ve recorded since I began podcasting in 2006, and producing PJM’s Sirius-XM radio show, which ran from the fall of 2007 through the end of 2010.

Most of these interviews simply involved cutting away the rest of the show and possibly adding new intro and outro music. However, the earliest interviews from 2006 were in pretty rough shape, with ground loops, clicks, hiss, and the like, before I had powerful tools such as Izotope’s RX plugin to clean up the noise inherent in a telephone recording.

Audio-wise, one of the worst was recorded back in September of 2006, when I interviewed Mark Steyn on his then-new book, America Alone, which grew out of his earlier magnum opus 6000-word article published simultaneously in the New Criterion and the Wall Street Journal, “It’s the Demography, Stupid.” But Mark’s comments are so interesting, as we compare the current innervated state of what was once called “The War on Terror,” with Iraq abandoned by Mr. Obama after it was secured by President Bush’s surge, Afghanistan soon to be abandoned after Mr. Obama’s own surge, Israel on its own, Iran about go nuke, Putin eating Obama and Kerry’s lunch in Syria, Benghazi, the debacle that was the “Arab Spring,” etc. No wonder Mark titled the sequel After America, whose cover featured a cadaverous Uncle Sam sporting a toe tag.

In other words, the fall of 2006, which at the time seemed like the nadir, the perigee of the Bush administration, now seems increasingly like the Good Old Days. So let’s flash back to that era, to see where the War on Terror stood, and how the left ran America off the rails in the years since.

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For many more author interviews, including conversations with Mark Levin, David Limbaugh, Jonah Goldberg, James Lileks, Alvin Toffler, Mitt Romney, Norman Podhoretz, Virginia Postrel, Roger Kimball, and many more, along with interviews hosted by Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith, Stephen Green, and Col. Austin Bay, stop by the PJ Media Freedom Academy.

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From the January 12, 2009 edition of PJM Political, our radio show that aired from September 2007 through the end of 2010 on Sirius-XM’s POTUS channel, here’s my 15-minute interview with Andrew on the launch of Big Hollywood, which was then the latest edition to the Breitbart Big empire. Since I’m traveling today and may or may not be able to post much, hopefully this will hold you over in the interim, along with, I assume, frequent updates from the latest iteration of Breitbart.com, and of course, Instapundit.

(Want to download instead of streaming? Simply click here then.)

Making the Rounds, Multimedia-Style

December 6th, 2010 - 3:02 pm

If by chance you wanted to O.D. on multimedia Ed, you were certainly in luck last week, when I really made the rounds. via Webcam, I dropped by Tony Katz’s PJTV show to discuss WikiLeaks and the NFL. (No I’m not sure how we segued between topics that diverse, either) Though audio-only, I was also on Jimmie’s Bise weekly podcast for an hour-long chat along with my partner in crime on Sirius-XM, Steve Green. And speaking of which, the last two PJM Politicals are now online, one of which features my interviews with Roger Kimball, James Lileks, Rob Long Michael Walsh. (Much shorter video versions are also online.)

Gray Lady Down!

November 16th, 2010 - 12:53 pm

The unedited version of my interview with William McGowan, taken from this past weekend’s edition of PJM Political on Sirius-XM’s POTUS channel is now online. McGowan’s new book, Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of The New York Times Means for America is due out today. But if you’re waiting for the FedEx truck or the Kindle download to get yours, don’t miss my conversation with McGowan to get a sense of how Pinch Sulzberger made hash of his family’s most important asset. (And thus created a huge opening for alternative media, just to tie this item in with the previous post.)

NYT Down: Women, Children, Olbermann Hardest Hit

November 13th, 2010 - 6:12 pm

If you missed it on Sirius-XM today, the latest edition of PJM Political is now online; join host Stephen Green of VodkaPundit.com for more post-election recap:

  • Ed Driscoll interviews veteran journalist (whose career began at the NYT) William McGowan about his new book, Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of The New York Times Means for America. (Watch for this space for the unedited version of this interview.)
  • Host Steve Green’s weekly Five Questions for James Lileks.
  • Glenn Reynolds interviews pollster Scott Rasmussen on the midterms.
  • From their weekly PJTV Poliwood show, Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd discuss two very different independent films, one set in the heartlands of America, the other on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and handicap their Oscar chances.
  • From PJTV’s Weekly Trifecta show, Steve Green, Scott Ott and Stephen Kruiser debate the merits of the strange, brief time-out MSNBC gave to Keith Olbermann last week.
  • Produced by your humble Blogospheric narrator.

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If you missed this week’s edition of PJM Political on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio’s POTUS channel, click here to join host Count Floyd Stephen Green of VodkaPundit.com for a verrrry scarrrry look at DC and beyond:

  • Steve offers his final predictions for the House, Senate, and gubernatorial races on Tuesday in an interview with Ed Driscoll.
  • Glenn Reynolds interviews Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and asks the governor if he’ll be throwing his hat into the ring in 2012.
  • Steven Malanga of the Manhattan Institute and City Journal magazine discusses his new book Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer with PJTV’s Allen Barton.
  • PJ Media’s Austin, TX editor Bryan Preston discusses the potential for election fraud on Tuesday.
  • Dr. Helen Smith has a fun, brief interview with Julienne Davis and Margaret Arana, the authors of Stop Calling Him Honey and Start Having Sex.
  • Just in time for Halloween, taken from their weekly Poliwood program from PJTV, Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd debate the scariest movies ever made. Introduced by Count Floyd himself! (Actually Steve doing an incredible simulation, but what the heck.)
  • Produced by the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel.

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New Silicon Graffiti Video: BlogWorld 2010

October 26th, 2010 - 12:00 am

For the latest edition of our Silicon Graffiti video blog, we check out the sights, and sounds, and blogs at the Fourth Annual Blog World and New Media Expo, last weekend at the swanky Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Featured in this video:

  • My interview with social media consultant Brian Reich, who’s working with the Learning Channel to promote their upcoming show Sarah Palin’s Alaska, from the folks who brought you Survivor and the Apprentice.
  • A clip from Sarah Palin’s Alaska, released by TLC just in time for Blog World.
  • Hugh Hewitt’s interview with Scott Monty, the Ford Motor Company’s new media guru.
  • My interview with Lt. Col. Andre Dean from the US Army, recorded in their large milbogger booth at BlogWorld.
  • Plus more from the floor of the Blog World exhibition.

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For more from Blog World, check out the latest edition of PJM Political, which features more from representatives of the Learning Channel on Sarah Palin’s Alaska, plus my interviews with Hugh Hewitt, and Rick Calvert, the CEO and founder of BlogWorld.

And for 60 or so previous editions of Silicon Graffiti, just click here and keep scrolling and watching.

Rule #5 Friday

October 15th, 2010 - 6:24 pm

From my perspective, Blog World 2010, #BWE10 for those on Twitter, is shaping up rather nicely, to paraphrase a veteran agent (like myself) in the British Secret Service:

Hugh Hewitt, whose radio show I appeared on earlier today during a segment recorded at Blog World, looks like he agrees:

The girls were here to promote The Palms Casino; not surprisingly, this was a rather successful promotion, considering how many stopped by to meet, greet, and be photographed with the bunnies.

Watch for more from Blog World, including my interview with Hugh for PJM Political, coming next week.

(What’s Rule #5? Stacy McCain tells all.)

Well maybe not everything, but as W. Joseph Campbell recently discussed in a new podcast over at PJM HQ, if you rely on the MSM’s interpretation of history as your own, you’d have quite a skewed view of events. Campbell, a veteran former AP reporter turned communications professor is the author of Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism, and as he notes during the interview, the MSM and its enablers have quite a predilection towards making itself the focus of news, and encouraging sweeping myths about their power to shape events.

And that’s far from a new development. No, the Washington Post didn’t single-handedly bring down President Nixon, despite how the film All the President’s Men appears. No, their coverage did not single-handedly cause a large spike in journalism students. No, Edward R. Murrow didn’t finish off McCarthy, despite what George Clooney and Mark Cuban told you. No, William Randolph Hearst didn’t get America into war with Cuba, despite Orson Welles’ line in Citizen Kane about, “You supply the prose poems, I’ll supply the war.” (And speaking of Welles…) No, the first 1960 television debate wasn’t a TV TKO for JFK. And no, Cronkite’s famous on-air op-ed about Vietnam didn’t cause LBJ to bail on a second term. But yes, they really screwed the pooch during Katrinawonder why?

(Oh, and speaking of getting the last century wrong, Richard Cohen to the tie-dyed courtesy phone, please!)

It’s an engaging 17-minute long interview, and if you haven’t already followed the links above, Campbell’s blog, Media Myth Alert, filled with meaty posts on topics both in his book and beyond is all well worth your time.

The interview aired (in edited form) on Saturday’s PJM Political on Sirius-XM’s POTUS channel, which is also online here.

If you missed it on Sirius-XM today, click here to join host Stephen Green of VodkaPundit.com for his weekly look at DC and beyond:

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PJM Political: Selling Tea to New Castle

September 18th, 2010 - 3:53 pm

If you missed it on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio today, click here for the latest edition of PJ Media’s weekly PJM Political show. Join host Stephen Green of VodkaPundit.com for a look at both DC and Delaware, this week’s exciting new hotbed of politics:

  • Ed Driscoll interviews David Limbaugh about his new book on President Obama, Crimes Against Liberty. This interview was edited for time constraints; watch for the full-length version shortly.
  • Steve interviews James Lileks on Christine O’Donnell’s improbable win this week in the Delaware primaries.
  • Glenn Reynolds interviews pollster Scott Rasmussen on the November midterms.
  • Ed interviews Rick Calvert about next month’s Blog World & New Media Expo in Las Vegas, and how candidates are using new media in the midterms.
  • Taken from PJTV’s weekly Poliwood show, Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd discuss on Hollywood’s love of school-themed movies.
  • Produced by your humble Blogospheric narrator.

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If you missed the latest edition of PJM Political on Sirius-XM yesterday, click here to join host Stephen Green of VodkaPundit.com for a look at Washington and beyond:

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The great Thomas Sowell stops by PJM Political today. If you missed it on Sirius-XM, click here to join host Stephen Green of VodkaPundit.com for a look at Washington and beyond:

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If you missed it on Sirius-XM yesterday, the latest edition of PJM Political is now online, featuring my interview with Jennifer Rubin of Commentary magazine’s Contentions blog on the Ground Zero Mosque, plus:

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If you missed it on Sirius-XM, the latest edition of PJM Political is now online. Click here to join host Steve Green of VodkaPundit.com for a look at Washington and beyond:

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Sex, Lies, and Scotch Tumblers

August 1st, 2010 - 3:50 am

Two new podcasts are now online:

First up, the new PJM Political, with my interviews with Jonathan Strong  discussng the JournoList, Ed Morrissey on Andrew Breitbart, Shirley  Sherrod, and Arizona immigration, and Roger Simon and Lionel Chetwynd on Oliver Stone. Plus Steve’s Five Questions for James Lileks. Click here to listen!

The show also contains a heavily edited interview with Natasha  Vargas-Cooper on her new book “Mad Men Unbuttoned,” and its fun  ccompanying Website on the “Footnotes of Mad Men.” There’s a much  longer version (24-minutes) of that interview online here, complete  with swanky intro and outro music, online here.

As always, the Weblog is open 24 hours a day for your dancing and dining pleasure.

The Firm: The Inside Story of the Stasi

July 25th, 2010 - 12:38 am

Taken from this week’s edition of PJM Political, I interview Gary Bruce, the author of the new book from Oxford University Press, The Firm: The Inside Story of the Stasi. In this 19-minute long interview, Bruce, an associate professor of history at University of Waterloo in Ontario explains the inner workings of the secret police of the former East Germany in the 60th anniversary year of their founding. He’ll discuss researching in their labyrinthian Kafka-esque archives,  their complex web of informants, and the uneasy coexistence their surviving former members have with the now unified Germany.

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If you missed it on Sirius-XM today, click here to join host Steve Green of VodkaPundit.com for a look at Washington and beyond:

Click here to listen!

If you missed it on Sirius-XM today, click here to join host Steve Green of VodkaPundit.com for a look at Washington and beyond:

  • Ed Driscoll gets Steve’s take on the NAACP’s attack on the Tea Parties, a forecast of fall Congressional elections, and more.
  • Joe Hicks of PJTV discusses identity politics on the left and the right with John McWhorter of the New Republic, and Deroy Murdock of National Review.
  • Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com interviews talker Mark Levin, author of the best-selling 2009 book Liberty and Tyranny, now out in paperback, on the fall races.
  • PJ Media’s DC Bureau Chief Richard Pollock talks with Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) on the Justice Department and the New Black Panthers’ possible case of voter intimidation on election day, 2008.
  • Produced by your humble Blogospheric narrator.

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If you missed it on Sirius-XM’s POTUS channel this week, click here to join host Steve Green of VodkaPundit.com for a look at Washington and beyond — this week, with a special trapped in 1970 Mobius Loop twist!

  • J. Christian Adams, formerly of the US Department of Justice testified before the US Commission on Civil Rights this week about the New Black Panthers and an apparent case of voter intimidation on election day, 2008 in Philadelphia. But first, he spoke with Glenn Reynolds, and Allen Barton of PJTV.com to discuss the case.
  • Steve has Five Questions for James Lileks.
  • Continuing this week’s sense of deja vu, Allen discusses the new, yet retro case of Russian spies with Terry Jones of Investor’s Business Daily, and Alex Epstein of the Ayn Rand Center.
  • Produced by your humble Blogospheric narrator; special thanks to Tom Wolfe, Ian Fleming, John le Carré, and for the weekly “humble narrator” riff employed here, Anthony Burgess.

Or at least almost every week — I think I may have missed linking last Saturday; and if you missed it as well, here’s the link to last week’s show.