Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

October 16, 2008

andersoncov.jpgBrian Anderson is the author of South Park Conservatives, and now he’s got a new book out with Adam Thierer entitled A Manifesto for Media Freedom. We talk to Anderson about efforts to restore the Fairness Doctrine, the prospect of media regulation via subterfuge, and the likelihood of efforts to squash the alternative media in the next Congress — as well as what to do about it.

You can listen to the podcast directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download it and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. Music is byJohn T. Baker.

September 30, 2008

shepardcov.jpgCan you still make it from scratch in America? That’s the question that Adam Shepard asked himself in college. On graduation, he took a train to Charleston, South Carolina and started out with nothing but $25 and a backpack. A year later, he had a car, and apartment, and $2500 in the bank. How he did it — and what he learned along the way — is the story of his new book, Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream.

We talk to Shepard about what it takes to get ahead, how better-off Americans have lost touch with the world of work, and what politicians and pundits ought to be talking about.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here.

Music is by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere.

August 30, 2008

pickenscov.jpgT. Boone Pickens is an oilman, a takeover expert, and a longtime observer of the American scene. He’s got a new book out — The First Billion Is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America’s Energy Future — and a new wind energy plan for reducing America’s dependence on imported oil.

We talk to Pickens about oil dependence, wind power, NIMBYism, and the future of America — plus, how to get rich and the future of entrepreneurialism among American youth.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the entire show and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. Or you can get a free subscription via iTunes if you like — and why wouldn’t you?

Music is “Time’s Right” by 46 Long, and “69365″ by the Nebraska Guitar Militia.

August 21, 2008

chowell.jpgLike many states, Massachusetts has an income tax. But in Massachusetts, people are trying to do something about it. Libertarian activist Carla Howell organized an initiative in 2002 that would have abolished the state income tax. It got over 45% of the vote, and now she’s back with another effort.

We talk to her about libertarian politics, politicians and taxes, and whether this initiative might start a national anti-tax trend. Plus, what you can do, if you want to help.

You can listen to the file directly — no downloads needed — by going right here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. And, of course, you can always get a free subscription via iTunes. Free!

Music is by Audra and the Antidote (“Revolution”) and Carla Howell (“The Tax Song.”) Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com.

June 19, 2008

parkercov.jpgThey used to say that it was a man’s world, but you don’t hear that much any more. Women outnumber men in college, get preferential legal treatment in many areas, and in general seem to be doing better, while boys lag girls in education and men generally seem to be doing worse. Should anyone care?

Yes, says Kathleen Parker in her new book, Save the Males: Why Men Matter Why Women Should Care. We talk with her about what’s going on, why the condition of men matters to women, and why many men are afraid to speak out. Plus, Barack Obama on fatherhood.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and selecting the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can always get a free subscription via iTunes — and why not, really?

Music is by The Mr. T. Experience. Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com.

June 12, 2008

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Douglas J. Feith served as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy from 2001 through 2005. His new book, War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism, looks at the response to the 9/11 attacks, the invasion of Afghanistan, and most significantly the Iraq war and its aftermath. Feith’s book is copiously documented, and he’s also made a lot of his documents available on his website. But the book, though selling well online, hasn’t gotten the kind of Big Media attention you’d expect. We talk to him about the war, the Bush Administration, the media, and whether the American political class is up to dealing with matters of national security. And we discover that he’s donating all proceeds to veterans’ support groups.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going right here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can also download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. Plus, you can get a free subscription from iTunes and never miss an episode. Why not?

Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com. Music is by Mobius Dick.

May 19, 2008

kagancov.jpgIn the 1990s, people talked about the “end of history,” when international power politics wouldn’t really matter. In his new book, The Return of History and the End of Dreams, Robert Kagan talks about democracy, autocracy, and the return of Great Power politics to international relations.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download a copy and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, etc., by going here and selecting “lo fi.” And you can always get a free subscription from iTunes. Free!

Music is by Mobius Dick. Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com.

May 5, 2008

fredpic.jpgWith Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama still slugging it out in the Democratic primaries, John McCain has already cleared the way to the Republican nomination. He’s spending his time laying out his positions for the general election, and one of the most important issues has to do with judicial nominations. We were lucky enough to catch up with McCain’s friend Fred Thompson, who talked with us about McCain’s positions, the current and possible future states of the federal judiciary, and whether there’s a place for an Attorney General Fred Thompson in a McCain administration. (“No Ma’am” he responded, when Helen asked.) Thompson said this was the first interview he’s given on McCain and the judiciary, but it won’t be the last.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, Treos, etc., by going here and selecting “lo-fi.” And you can get a free subscription via iTunes right here. Free!

Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com. Music is by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere.

April 22, 2008

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Cass Sunstein is the Karl Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago, and the coauthor, with Chicago colleague Richard Thaler, of Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness.

Sunstein and Thaler espouse a theory of “Libertarian Paternalism,” in which people have more choice than they do now, but in which ignorance and sloth are exploited to encourage them to make good choices even when they’re lazy. We talk about libertarian paternalism, the virtues and vices of technocracy, and which Presidential candidates favor Sunstein and Thaler’s approach.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, etc., by going here and selecting “lo-fi.” You can also get a free subscription via iTunes — never miss another episode!

Music is “Time’s Right” by 46 Long. Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com.

April 14, 2008

yoncov.jpgMichael Yon is a blogger, and independent journalist, and he’s actually the longest serving embedded journalist in Iraq. He’s also got a new book out, Moment of Truth in Iraq: How a New ‘Greatest Generation’ of American Soldiers is Turning Defeat and Disaster into Victory and Hope. It’s a terrific book, and a must-read for anyone interested in the war on terror.

We talk to Michael about independent blogging, the situation in Iraq and how it’s changed since he started reporting in 2004, and his new book. Plus, advice for the Presidential candidates on what to say, and do, about Iraq over the coming year.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going right here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, etc., by going here and selecting “lo fi.” As always, you can get a free subscription via iTunes, and never miss another episode.

Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com, and music is by Mobius Dick.

March 25, 2008

schlagheckcov.jpgTax Day is approaching, the markets are turbulent, and people are wondering how to move financially. So we talked with Jim Schlagheck, producer of public TV’s Retirement Revolution and author of The Cash-Rich Retirement: Use the Investing Techniques of the Mega-Wealthy to Secure Your Retirement Future. The book is interesting, action-oriented, and — in my opinion — more conservative and realistic than a lot that I’ve read. Our discussion includes what to do financially, how the housing bubble and the “coming demographic storm” of Baby-Boomer retirements are likely to affect investments, and what economic problems will confront the next President.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. by going here and selecting the lo-fi option. And of course, you can get a free subscription via iTunes — and it’s free.

Music is by Mobius Dick. Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com. As always, comments and discussion are hosted at my lovely and talented cohost’s place.

March 8, 2008

We talk to Jim Dunnigan, publisher of StrategyPage.com and author of numerous books on war, intelligence and security, and Austin Bay, who blogs at AustinBay.net, and who is the author of both novels and nonfiction works on war and military matters. They fill us in on the latest developments in Iran, Iraq, and Venezuela, and talk about why the Obama Campaign is good for America. (An Obama Presidency is a different story . . . .)

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version suitable for cellphones, dialup, etc. by going here and selecting lo-fi. And you can always get a free subscription via iTunes absolutely free. Never miss another episode!

Music is by Mobius Dick. Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com.

Comments and discussion here.

February 20, 2008

troydunncov.jpgWant to raise a rich kid? Or at least a kid who knows how to make money without waiting for someone else to offer a job? That’s what Troy Dunn offers in his new book, Young Bucks: How to Raise a Future Millionaire. We talk to Troy about why parents should want their kids to be entrepreneurial, how to encourage them to strike out on their own, and what the Presidential candidates are missing when they talk about economics.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going right here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. A lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. is here. And you can always subscribe via iTunes — and why wouldn’t you, since it’s free?

Music is by Mobius Dick. Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com. As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions for future shows.

February 3, 2008

romneycov.jpgWe’ve already done our big get-to-know-you interview with Mitt Romney, but with Super Tuesday coming up in a couple of days and the race tight, we thought we’d catch up with him again. We asked him about gun control — he says he’ll veto any gun control bills that cross his desk as President, including a renewal of the “assault weapon” ban, which is more than George W. Bush ever promised — about the economy (and the Zubrin flexfuel plan), and about John McCain, and Ann Coulter’s promise to campaign for Hillary if McCain is nominated. Plus, whether Romney is mean enough for politics. Can he pull off a Turnaround?

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash Player. You can download the file directly and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version, suitable for cellphones, Treos, etc., by going here and selecting “lo fi.” You can also get a free subscription via iTunes and make sure you never miss an episode. Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com.

Music is “Superluminal” by Mobius Dick. As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments. (Bumped to top).

UPDATE: Romney charged with flip-flopping on guns, but his team responds with this. You decide.

ANOTHER UPDATE: More here. I’m beginning to question his sincerity.

January 14, 2008

sperlingcover.jpgIT’S A BIPARTISAN ELECTION DOUBLE-HEADER. We caught up with Rudy Giuliani as he barnstormed across Florida this weekend, and asked him about the Second Amendment (he says it protects “an individual personal right to bear and carry arms, not just one that’s related to the militia”), about health care, energy policy (including the Zubrin plan), and much more.

Gene Sperling is the author of The Pro-Growth Progressive: An Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity. He also chaired the National Economic Council in the Bill Clinton Administration, and serves as senior economic advisor to the Hillary Clinton campaign. He talks about Hillary’s stimulus package, health care, and whether we’re in danger of 1970s style “stagflation” again.

Plus, Helen managed to crack me up over “podcast tax credits.” You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen at your leisure at by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version suitable for cellphones, Treos, and dialup connections by going here and clicking “lo fi.” And, of course, you can always get a free subscription via iTunes. Free! Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com.

Music is “Black UFOs,” by Mobius Dick. And, as always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments.

January 2, 2008

zubrincov.jpgHow can we break the OPEC oil cartel for $100 a car? Engineer Bob Zubrin has the answer — by requiring all new cars sold in the United States to be flex-fuel vehicles that can run not just on gasoline, but on ethanol and methanol. (Note that methanol can even be made out of kudzu, which we southerners will find highly appealing.)

We talk to Zubrin about his successful new book — the first printing sold out in December– Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil, about how oil money funds terrorism, and about how proven off-the-shelf technology could undercut OPEC’s power.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen at your leisure at by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version suitable for cellphones, Treos, and dialup connections by going here and clicking “lo fi.” And, of course, you can always get a free subscription via iTunes. Free! Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com. Zubrin’s website is at EnergyVictory.net

This podcast brought to you by Volvo Automobiles. Music is “Indistinguishable from Magic” by Mobius Dick.

December 27, 2007

goldbergcov.jpgIt’s sure to make a splash, and it’s already got some left bloggers in a tizzy even though it doesn’t come out until next week. It’s Jonah Goldberg’s new book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. The title comes from H.G. Wells, and the history won’t be news to people who’ve paid attention — which means it will be news to a lot of people — but Goldberg has a lot to say about the “progressive” roots of both socialism and fascism and the way they’re reflected in contemporary politics. (He goes out of his way to make clear, though, that he’s not saying liberals are fascists.) Plus, thoughts on the Hillary and Huckabee candidacies.

You can listen to the show directly — no downloads needed — by going right here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the whole file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here, and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going here and selecting “lo fi.” And, of course, you can always get a free subscription from iTunes if you like — and why wouldn’t you? Show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com.

This podcast was brought to you by Volvo Automobiles. Music is “Nobody’s Full” by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere. (Bumped.)

December 17, 2007

The Iowa Caucuses are just around the corner, and we thought it was a good time to catch up with Senator John McCain, who’s seeking the Republican nomination for President. (Our earlier interview with Sen. McCain is here.) We talked about the election, Supreme Court appointments, the Second Amendment, Iraq, and much, much more — including whether the CIA should be abolished, or just shaken up. McCain was rested, relaxed, confident, and full of I-told-you-sos, but then he was staying in a Holiday Inn Express when we talked to him.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen to it at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going here and selecting lo-fi. Plus, there’s a free subscription available via iTunes — why wouldn’t you want one?

This podcast was brought to you by Volvo Automobiles. Music is by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere.

November 21, 2007

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the D.C. gun ban case, and we caught up with Bob Levy, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and the moving force behind the case, on Tuesday morning just before the Court’s announcement. We talk about the Second Amendment, the Supreme Court, and the case’s likely influence on the 2008 elections, as well as why Levy bucked the advice of many to put this case in motion.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the show and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, by going here and selecting lo-fi. And you can always get a free subscription via iTunes — and we’d like it if you did. Our show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com.

This podcast was brought to you by Volvo Automobiles. Music is by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere.

November 2, 2007

daringbookcov.jpgFirst, it was the Dangerous Book for Boys, and now it’s the Daring Book for Girls. We talked to Daring Book authors Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz about girls, the outdoors, and the shockingly large number of fun activities that don’t involve cellphones, televisions, or videogames.

There’s lots of talk about hopscotch, building forts, the virtues of Swiss Army knives and scooters, and the importance of doing things out in the world. Plus, the surprising virtues of boys. And is Hillary Clinton a daring girl?

You can listen directly (no downloading needed) by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. by going here and selecting lo-fi. A free iTunes subscription is available here, and you can visit our show archives at GlennandHelenShow.com.

This podcast was brought to you by Volvo Automobiles. Music is by Audra and the Antidote.

October 17, 2007

We traveled to the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Conference in New York, and talked to energy efficiency guru Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, MacArthur Genius Award winner and science educator Shawn Carlson, and appropriate-technology entrepreneur Shawn Frayne. It’s a fascinating discussion of everything from how America can save energy and protect the environment without sacrificing our lifestyle, to ways of helping the third world, to techniques for energizing American students’ interest in science and technology.

Amory Lovins’ website: Winning the Oil Endgame. Shawn Frayne’s website: Humdinger Wind Energy, LLC. Shawn Carlson’s website: Labrats.org. And there’s much more background on all of them at the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough page.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the entire file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here, and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going here and selecting lo-fi. Plus, you can always get a free subscription via iTunes — and why wouldn’t you, really?

Visit our show archives for past episodes and updates at GlennandHelenShow.com. Music is by Mobius Dick.

This podcast is brought to you by Volvo Automobiles. Buy a Volvo today and tell them it’s all because of the Glenn and Helen Show!

October 1, 2007

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Mike Huckabee is running for President. He was governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, he’s the author of numerous books including From Hope to Higher Ground, and the book about how he lost over 100 pounds, Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork : A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle. He’s the Jared of Presidential candidates! Helen’s also a fan of his book on juvenile violence, Kids Who Kill.

We talk to Governor Huckabee about gun rights and gun control, health care (and diet), his support for the “Fair Tax” plan, gay marriage, and more. He’s got some interesting things to say, and it turns out he remembers Helen from the aftermath of the Jonesboro school shooting.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup connections, by going here and selecting “lo fi.”

This podcast was brought to you by Volvo USA. Music is “Nobody’s Full,” by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere. Visit our show archives at GlennandHelenShow.com.

September 18, 2007

laurabio1.jpgWe talk to Laura Ingraham about her new book, Power to the People, which looks at ways that ordinary people can empower themselves in the culture and in politics. We talk about large families and prejudice against parenting, her campaign against porn (we’re a lot more favorable on the subject than she is, which leads to some . . . discussion) and politics, plus a look at the 2008 elections and the immigration battle.

It’s an interesting discussion, and Ingraham is different from many other social reformers in that she largely stresses individuals using their voices and market power, as opposed to the force of law, to effect changes in culture, politics and media. She also suggests that individuals get involved in reporting on local politics, school boards, and the like, a place where one or two people can make a real difference. It’s an appealingly Army of Davids-like approach.

You can listen to the show directly — no downloading needed — by going here and taking advantage of the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file directly by clicking right here and listen at your leisure. As always, there’s a free subscription available via iTunes — you can’t beat free! Check out previous shows in our show archive at GlennandHelenShow.com.

This podcast is brought to you by Volvo Automobiles. Music is by Doktor Frank’s band, the Mr. T Experience.

September 13, 2007

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The sixth anniversary of September 11 is just past, and it’s a good time to look at where we are, and what to do in coming years. We spoke to Harvard Law Professor Jack Goldsmith, whose new book, The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration, tells the story of his experience working at the Defense Department and as head of the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, and also looks at how the decisionmaking process relating to terror is being “strangled by law.” Goldsmith talks about his experiences, his book, and what the next President and Congress should do.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and taking advantage of the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here.

This podcast was brought to you by Volvo Motors. Music is by Mobius Dick. Visit our show archives for updates and prior episodes at GlennandHelenShow.com. And, as always, you can get a free subscription via iTunes.

UPDATE: There’s a transcript available now — click “read more” to read it.

August 23, 2007

epsteinoverdosecov.jpgRichard Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, and the author of Overdose: How Excessive Government Regulation Stifles Pharmaceutical Innovation as well as Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Right to Health Care?

These are topics of particular interest to us, as Helen is kept alive by Tikosyn, a somewhat unusual anti-arrhythmic drug. We talk to Epstein about the pharmaceutical industry, its critics, and what to do to promote new drugs and treatments for problems that people are dying from today. Epstein also discusses some criticism in The New Republic, something he has answered at greater length here.

You can listen directly (no downloading needed) by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file directly and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going here and selecting “lo-fi.” As always, you can get a free subscription via iTunes and never miss another episode. You can’t beat free.

This podcast is brought to you by Volvo USA. Music is by Mobius Dick.

UPDATE: That was fast.

August 1, 2007

austinbayknox.jpgAustin Bay is a novelist and nonfiction author (author of The Wrong Side of Brightness and A Quick and Dirty Guide to War), blogger and host of PJ Media’s Blog Week in Review. He and his daughter spent part of this summer following the route of Austin’s great-great-grandfather in the Civil War, shooting video and working on a book project tentatively entitled Eli’s War.

They passed through Knoxville, and we managed to have dinner with them. Join us for a talk about war, history, and family. You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can also download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here, and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going here and selecting “lo-fi.” And, of course, you can get a free subscription via iTunes — never miss another episode!

This podcast was brought to you by Volvo USA. Music is by Doug Weinstein’s band, XTemp.

July 23, 2007

We caught up with independent journalist Michael Yon via satellite phone this afternoon. Yon, who’s been covering Operation Arrowhead Ripper in the (former) Al Qaedah stronghold of Baqubah reports on how things are going, what he thinks will happen next, and his thoughts on the likely consequences of premature withdrawal.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the whole file and listen at you leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, by going here and selecting the lo-fi version. And, of course you can always get a free subscription via iTunes.

Music is by Mobius Dick. This podcast is sponsored by Volvo Motors.

UPDATE: Money quote: “I see progress being made here now. I see the surge working, and it’s working faster than I actually thought it could.”

July 2, 2007

hqguitar.jpgHe’s played with everybody from Lonnie Brooks and Albert King to Terry Hill and Balboa. We talk to legendary guitarist Hector Qirko about music and life — and his work remastering some of the late Terry Hill’s lost tapes. We also listen to some tunes by Hector, Terry, and R.B. Morris.

Links mentioned in the show include Hector’s own site, the site of R.B. Morris, and the Terry Hill memorial page. Plus, the Lonesome Coyotes and, of course, Balboa.

You can listen to the show directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the entire file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version for dialup by going here and selecting “lo fi” and — of course — you can subscribe via iTunes by clicking right here. Visit our show archives for new and old episodes at GlennandHelenShow.com. As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions for future shows.

This podcast was brought to you by Volvo USA — buy a Volvo and tell ‘em we sent you!

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June 27, 2007


The surge is well underway, Baqubah is under assault, Anbar is mostly pacified, and while people in iraq seem somewhat more optimistic, American politicians are getting increasingly wobbly. Meanwhile, we’re seeing assassinations and riots in Iran. What’s going on, and what should we expect in coming months?

We talk to Jim Dunnigan, publisher of StrategyPage.com and author of numerous books on war, intelligence and security, and Austin Bay, who blogs at AustinBay.net, and who is the author of both novels and nonfiction works on war and military matters. They provide their always-interesting take on what’s going on, and what’s likely to happen next in Iraq and Iran.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here, and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going here and choosing the lo-fi version. Plus, you can always subscribe for free via iTunes, which is what all the cool kids do.

This podcast is brought to you by Volvo USA — buy a Volvo and tell ‘em it’s all because of the Glenn and Helen Show!

June 11, 2007

Bill Frist isn’t Senate Majority Leader any more, and he says he gets more respect when he goes by “Doctor” than when he goes by “Senator.” But he hasn’t given up on changing the world, and he’s working — with Tom Daschle — on a bipartisan program called One Vote ’08, aimed at helping the people that Paul Collier calls the bottom billion.

Since he’s from Tennessee, we also had to ask him what he thinks about the Fred Thompson campaign, and he sounded pretty positive.

You can listen online (no downloading needed) by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file directly and listen to it at your leisure by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, by going here and selecting “lo-fi.” As always, a free subscription is available via iTunes.

This podcast is sponsored by Volvo Motors, and the music is by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere, from their album Heartbreak and Duct Tape.

As always, comments and discussion over at my lovely and talented co-host’s place.

UPDATE: Some thoughts here.

May 17, 2007

iggcov.jpgAre we turning into a nation of wimps? Do boys need to be boys? Is there something parents and schools should be doing differently? We talk with British author Conn Iggulden, whose new book, The Dangerous Book for Boys, takes an old-fashioned positive look at boyhood, bravery, and the nature of risk, about those subjects and others — including the effect of modern parenting and education on military recruitment and the future of Western civilization. Is being optimistic old-fashioned? Plus, revelations about Helen’s misspent youth!

Iggulden thinks that the pendulum is swinging back, and I suspect that the strong reaction to his book is evidence that people want to help — and check out the enthusiasm in the reader reviews.

You can listen to the show directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can get the file directly for listening via Windows Media, Realplayer, Quicktime, etc., by clicking right here. And you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. by going here and selecting lo-fi. And, of course, you can always get a free subscrption via iTunes — as we say in radio podcasting, “Wow! What a deal!” And you can visit our show archives here.

Music is “Status No” and “IWDWIST” by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere. This podcast sponsored by Volvo Motors USA. Plus, comments and discussion over at my lovely and talented cohost’s place.

UPDATE: Reader Rick Sawyer emails:

I bought this book a few weeks ago when I saw it at a bookstore. I bought it b/c of your mention, actually! It was a great read. What I’m going to do, is add some of the interesting stuff I did as a boy, give it to the older men in my family for their ideas, and then give it to my brother in law who has three boys under the age of five. I thought it would be a great male bonding exercise for my family…

I think it would. Iggulden said the book is in part a “refresher course for dads.”

May 10, 2007

verklincov.jpgTraditional media are worried, and new media are excited. In both cases, it has a lot to do with where the advertising money is going, and where it’s not going. Nobody knows more about advertising than David Verklin, CEO of Carat Americas. Carat is the world’s largest independent media buying operation, and Verklin is also the coauthor — with Bernice Kanner — of Watch This, Listen Up, Click Here: Inside the 300 Billion Dollar Business Behind the Media You Constantly Consume. We talk to him about what’s happening now, what will happen next, and how the future of advertising might actually be more pleasant for consumers, as advertisers serve up ads based on things people are actually interested in.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file by clicking right there, and you can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, etc., by going here and selecting “lo fi.” And of course, you can get a free subscription via iTunes — and why wouldn’t you, really?

This podcast is brought to you by Volvo Motors USA. Music is “Nobody’s Full,” by the Opposable Thumbs.

April 16, 2007

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Hewlett-Packard is now the biggest information technology company in the world, having surpassed both the $100 billion mark and IBM. How did it get there, over a period of time when so many promising companies fell apart? That’s the topic of Michael S. Malone’s new book, Bill and Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World’s Greatest Company. We talk with Malone about the role of old-fashioned values in surviving new-era corporate challenges, and the difficulties that HP has had in sticking to its approach as times change. It’s a very interesting story, underscoring the fact that the most important part of every technology story involves the people behind the technology.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file yourself by clicking on this link — that’s easy too! — and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going here and selecting “lo-fi.” Our show archives with past and future episodes are at GlennandHelenShow.com, and, of course, you can get a free subscription via iTunes. That’s right, free! As we say in radio podcasting, “Wow, what a deal!”

And Bill & Dave is an excellent book, which I highly recommend.

This podcast brought to you by Volvo USA. Music is Indistinguishable from Magic, by Mobius Dick.

April 12, 2007

epsteincov.jpgAre we infantilizing teens to the point that we are raising a nation of wimps? Is adolescence extended so long that people have gray hair by the time they become adults? Robert Epstein, Director Emeritus of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Massachusetts and author of The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen talks about these questions and more on today’s podcast. Epstein’s new book argues that adolescence is an artificial and unnecessary part of life that people are better off without. Find out how your teen’s exposure to school and Western media may be setting him or her up for incompetence, poor judgement and social-emotional turmoil. What can you do about it? Read the book or listen to the podcast to find out. Or go take Dr. Epstein’s competency test to find out how adult your teen is (or how adult you are) at www.howadultareyou.com or visit his website at drrobertepstein.com.

You can listen directly by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player, or you can download the file by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going here and selecting lo-fi. And, of course, you can get a free subscription via iTunes — and wouldn’t you want to, really?

Music is “The High School Song” by Audra and the Antidote. This podcast is brought to you by Volvo Cars — buy one and tell ‘em it’s all because of the Glenn and Helen Show!

UPDATE: Interesting discussion in the comments, here.

March 21, 2007

The surge is well underway in Iraq, and by some reports it’s already making a big difference. We contacted the blogosphere’s man-on-the-spot in Baghdad, Michael Yon, by satellite phone, and got his take on how things are going. Some important bits: The dispersal of troops out of big bases and into Iraqi neighborhoods has had a big impact — somewhat like the “community policing” approach in New York and elsewhere — and is generating a lot more intelligence and assistance from ordinary Iraqis. “Just being there makes a huge difference,” says Yon. But don’t expect overnight results: “The surge itself will go on well past summer,” and it’ll be Fall before we can tell if the trends are good or bad.

Listen to the whole thing — he’s also got some interesting takes on changing tactics and changing press coverage. You can stream the file by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player, or you can download the file directly by clicking right here. There’s a lo-fi version suitable for dialup here — select the lo-fi version — and, of course, you can subscribe for free via iTunes. Is that a deal, or what?

Music is by Mobius Dick. This podcast was brought to you by Volvo Motors — buy a Volvo today and tell ‘em it’s all because of the Glenn and Helen Show!

And as always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

March 8, 2007

We talk to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) about why he wants to be President. We caught up with Rep. Hunter as he was getting ready to go to Iraq, and talked with him about the war, gun control, stem cell research and cloning, and much more. (His core principles statement is online, but we noticed a surprising omission.) Plus, what his son learned serving in Fallujah.

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You can listen directly — no download needed — by going here, or you can download the entire file by clicking right here. A lo-fi version suitable for dialup is available by going here and selecting lo-fi. And, of course, you can subscribe for free via iTunes, and you should!

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

Music is by Doug Weinstein’s acid jazz band, XTemp, from the album Bugsy’s World. (Sadly, it’s not available online.) This podcast is brought to you by Volvo USA.

March 1, 2007

We talked with Col. David Enyeart, Deputy Commander of Task Force Phoenix, the command dedicated to training the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police.

Col. Enyeart talks about addressing corruption, the much-anticipated Taliban spring offensive (which he calls “make or break for the Taliban”) addressing corruption and illiteracy, and the success in recruiting efforts. His conclusion: “This is a winnable war over here.”

Also on the call are Mark Finkelstein of Newsbusters, Andrew Lubin of On Point, Scott Kesterson of the Huffington Post, and John Noonan of Op-For.

You can listen directly by clicking here — no downloads needed — or you can download the entire file by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, satellite phone, or whatever by going here and selecting lo-fi, and you can always subscribe for free via iTunes. Visit our show archives at www.glennandhelenshow.com for old episodes or to check for updates.

Music is by Mobius Dick. This podcast was brought to you by Volvo USA.

February 19, 2007

ClaireBerlinski_23Aug02_small.jpgIt’s a brother-sister novelist act, as we talk to Claire Berlinski, author of last year’s powerful nonfiction book, Menace in Europe and now of a new novel of Internet dating and espionage, Lion Eyes — and her brother, Mischa Berlinski, whose novel Fieldwork, on missionaries, anthropologists, and murder in the hills of Thailand, was published on the same day as Lion Eyes.

The conversation ranges from Internet dating and blogger romance, to the historical conflicts between missionaries and anthropologists, to the advantages of novel-writing over having to hold a real job. Plus, a year-later look at how the predictions in Menace in Europe — which is now out in paperback — have held up. (And last year’s interview with Claire Berlinski on that book can be found here.)

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file and listen at your leisure by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going here and selecting “lo-fi.” And you can always subscribe via iTunes. Why not?

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

Music is “Black UFOs” and “Temptation” by Mobius Dick. This podcast sponsored by Volvo Motors USA. Buy a Volvo and tell them we sent you!

February 15, 2007

fivefightingcov.jpgJohn Ondrasik is Five for Fighting. Unless you’ve been living in a cave in Waziristan, you’ve heard his songs like 100 Years, Superman, and The Riddle. But the title cut to his latest album, Two Lights, turns out to come from a lunch with none other than blogosphere fave Victor Davis Hanson. (There are some streamable samples at the link, too.) We talk to Ondrasik about politics in the music business, what drives his songwriting, what aspiring musicians should do to make it, and more — including his new, about-to-launch web-video-based viral charity enterprise, What Kind of World Do You Want? (Hear his music on iTunes here.)

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file directly by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version suitable for download by going here and selecting lo-fi. And, of course, you can get a free subscription via iTunes — and you should! As always, of course, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

Music is by Five for Fighting. This podcast is sponsored by Volvo USA. Buy a Volvo, and tell ‘em we sent you!

February 4, 2007

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Michael Yon is back in Iraq, where he’s been for over a month now. We caught up to him via satellite phone this afternoon and got his views on the surge (it will be “unlike anything we’ve seen before”), the status of Iraqi security forces (they’ve made “tremendous progress” since he was there last year, but things are “still dicey”), evidence of Iranian involvement in terror attacks in Iraq, what the Iraqi public thinks, and much more. Plus a couple of “normal explosions” in the background.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file directly by clicking right here. And there’s a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, etc., available by going here and selecting lo-fi. Or, of course, you can always subscribe via iTunes. We like that. And our show archives are online at GlennandHelenShow.com — check up on past episodes there.

Music is “Superluminal,” by Mobius Dick. This podcast is brought to you by Volvo USA — buy a Volvo and tell ‘em we sent you!

January 31, 2007

basscov.jpgPioneering forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass is the inventor of the University of Tennessee “body farm,” made famous by Patricia Cornwell’s bestselling novel of the same name. Bass is also, with Jon Jefferson, a bestselling author in his own right under the name Jefferson Bass. We talk about forensic anthropology, their new novel Flesh and Bone, what CSI gets wrong, and how to have fun in Chattanooga’s gay bars. Plus, Dr. Bass’s new effort to find out what happened to the Big Bopper in his plane crash with Buddy Holly and Richie Valens.

You can listen directly — no downloading required — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file directly by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc., by going here and selecting the lo-fi version. And, of course, you can always subscribe via itunes. Please do! And, as always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

Music: “Temptation,” by Mobius Dick. This podcast was brought to you by Volvo USA — if you buy a Volvo, tell them it’s because of The Glenn and Helen Show!

January 19, 2007


People in the newspaper business seem awfully gloomy about the future right now, and with reason. But there’s one bright spot: The Wall Street Journal‘s publisher Gordon Crovitz, who describes himself as “the last person in the country with ‘newspaper publisher’ in his title who nonetheless is an optimist.”

We’ll talk about why he’s optimistic, about how the Wall Street Journal’s online edition came to be the fourth biggest newspaper in the country — bigger than the Washington Post or the L.A. Times — and how newspapers, and newspaper publishers, should be adapting to the new era. Plus, his view of blogging as “a great journalistic art form.”

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file directly by clicking right here, and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. by going here and selecting lo-fi. And, of course, you can always subscribe via iTunes. We like it when you do that. Check out past shows and look for new ones at GlennandHelenShow.com. As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

Music is “Superluminal” by Mobius Dick. This podcast sponsored by Volvo USA. If you buy a Volvo, tell ‘em it’s all because of The Glenn and Helen Show.

January 10, 2007

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Mitt Romney has officially declared his interest in the 2008 Presidential election. In this interview, he responds to a controversial YouTube video about his positions on abortion and other social issues, and talks about the war, gun rights, health care, research and development, and the role of the blogosphere in the 2008 election, among other things.

That’s kind of cool, using a podcast to respond to a YouTube interview. All new media, all the time! I was going to hold this until tomorrow, but it’s already getting press. [LATER: Wow. Rather a lot of press.]

You can listen to the show directly (no downloads needed) by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the show by clicking right here, and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, iPhone, etc. by going here and selecting the lo-fi version. And, of course, you can always subscribe via iTunes. And our show archives are at GlennandHelenShow.com. Check out our interviews with Romney rival John McCain, or non-candidate Mark Warner., who explains why he decided not to run.

Music is by Mobius Dick. This podcast is brought to you by Volvo Automobiles.

As always my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

January 3, 2007

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Does marriage still matter? We talk to the Manhattan Institute’s Kay Hymowitz about her book, Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age. Hymowitz talks about the role of marriage in childrearing, wealth accumulation, and more — and how the unequal popularity of marriage is making the rich richer and the poor poorer. It’s interesting stuff, though I remain unpersuaded that gay marriage is any threat, and remain unclear on how that fits with the rest of her analysis.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file by clicking right here, or you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. by going here and selecting lo-fi. A free iTunes subscription — the best way to go — is available by clicking here.

This podcast is sponsored by Volvo Motors at volvocars.us.

Music is by The Have Nots.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

December 21, 2006

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It’s a Martha Stewart Christmas at the Glenn and Helen Show! Well, it’s a show about Martha Stewart at Christmastime, anyway. We interview law professor Joan Heminway about her book, Martha Stewart’s Legal Troubles, which comes out next week. We’re joined by Professor Ellen Podgor and talk not only about Martha Stewart’s legal troubles, but about the Sarbanes-Oxley bill, white-collar crime, and the criminalization of nearly everything.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file by clicking right here, and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. by going here and selecting the “lo-fi” version. And, of course, you can always subscribe via iTunes so that you’ll never miss an episode.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and observations.

This podcast is brought to you by Volvo Motors USA. Christmas music by Audra and the Antidote. They rock! Check out their new website. And here’s the promised cookie recipe. . . .

UPDATE: In connection with this podcast, it’s worth reading Michael S. Malone’s column in today’s Wall Street Journal. (Subscription only, but this link should work for a week.) And thanks for the kind words from Stephen Bainbridge: “It’s a very nice discussion of the problem of over-criminalizing agency costs, which in turn provides a really nice example of how new media can treat issues with a depth that the MSM usually won’t.” Hey, that’s what all this technology stuff is for, and that’s why it’s so cool.

December 15, 2006

You hear a lot about suicide and depression during the holiday season. We talk with Dr. Eric Caine, head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester and a consultant to the President’s Commission on Mental Health, about suicide and suicide prevention. Do antidepressant drugs raise the risks of suicide or lower them? What preventive steps work, and what should general medical practitioners, or concerned friends and family, do? Dr. Caine offers lots of answers, and interesting discussion.

You can listen to the show directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file by clicking right here, and you can subscribe via iTunes by clicking here. A lo-fi version suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. is available by going here and selecting the lo-fi version.

You can visit the Suicide Prevention Action Network at www.spanusa.org for more information on suicide or take a look at Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, a book recommended by Helen.

Music is by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere.

This podcast is brought to you by Volvo at www.volvocars.us.

December 11, 2006

In this episode, we take listeners’ questions and answer them — including a few that were emailed in audio form, making it a sort of call-in show. We talk about things personal, political, and podcast-related, and about the blogosphere in general.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going right here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can also download the podcast by clicking right here, and you can subscribe via iTunes — all the cool kids do! — by clicking here. For a lo-fi version suitable for dialups, cellphones, etc., go here and select lo-fi.

In response to one question, here, as promised, is a link to a post on how the shows are put together.

Music is by Mobius Dick.

This podcast sponsored by Volvo USA. If you buy a Volvo, tell ‘em we sent you!

November 28, 2006

cardcov.jpgMost people agree that political divisions have gotten worse in recent years. Orson Scott Card’s new novel Empire looks at whether and how those divisions might lead to an American civil war in the near future. It’s a thriller novel, a la Tom Clancy, but it’s also a cautionary tale. We talk with Card about the novel, about storytelling, about the political scene, and what Americans should be doing.

You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by going right here and clicking on the gray Flash player, or you can download it directly here. You can subscribe via iTunes — and, really, why not? — by clicking right here, and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going here and selecting the lo-fi version.

This podcast is brought to you by Volvo USA. If you buy a Volvo, tell ‘em we sent you!

Music is “Splitters” by Mobius Dick.

November 20, 2006

gratzercov.jpgWith the Democrats back in Congressional majority, there’s more talk of health care regulation, and perhaps even a Canada-style socialized-medicine approach. Dr. David Gratzer is the author of a new book, The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care, and — as the foreword by Milton Friedman might suggest — he suggests a very different approach. Gratzer, a Canadian physician who has practiced in both the Canadian and American medical systems, looks at the flaws in both approaches, and observes: “The problem and the predicament of American health care can be stated in a single, paradoxical sentence: Everyone agrees that it’s the best in the world, but nobody really likes it.”

We discuss HMO’s, single-payor, Health Savings Accounts, and how Wilbur Mills and Fanne Fox (well, mostly Wilbur Mills) played a major role in creating today’s problems. Plus, what to do about them.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file directly by clicking right here. There’s a lo-fi version for dialup available here, and, of course, you can subscribe via iTunes (we like that) by clicking right here. Show archives with past episodes are here.

This podcast brought to you by Volvo USA. Music is “Submarine on Europa,” by Mobius Dick. More about Mobius Dick here and here.

November 13, 2006

popmechcov.jpgAre old media doomed to be replaced by new media? Or is there more likely to be some sort of symbiosis?

Lots of people wonder about that, and we took the opportunity to talk with Angela Diegel and David Dunbar from Popular Mechanics when they came to town. Diegel is the magazine’s online director, while Dunbar is the Executive Editor. They say that print isn’t dead, but that magazines that are going to make it will make much smarter use of the web — and they relay their experience that putting free content on the Web helps to sell magazines, rather than cannibalizing sales.

You can listen directly by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player, or you can download the file directly by clicking right here. A lo-fi version suitable for dialup is available here. Better still, you can subscribe via iTunes, by clicking here.

Music, “Math and Bar Napkins,” is by The Opposable Thumbs. Recorded live on location using this digital recorder and this external microphone. I think the sound is awfully good.

This podcast is brought to you by VolvoCars.us — if you buy a Volvo, tell them it was all because of The Glenn and Helen Show!

November 8, 2006

The Democrats have taken the House and, it appears, the Senate. Donald Rumsfeld has resigned, to be replaced by Robert Gates. What’s next for the War on Terror and U.S. national security?

We talk to Jim Dunnigan, publisher of StrategyPage.com and author of numerous books on war, intelligence and security, and Austin Bay, who blogs at AustinBay.net, and who is the author of both novels and nonfiction works on war and military matters. They describe Rumsfeld’s legacy of military reform and warfighting, and talk about what’s coming next. Sounds like it’s not quite time to get fitted for a burka just yet. Plus: Now that the Democrats are in charge, will Charles Rangel bring back his proposal to reinstate the draft?

You can listen to this podcast — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the program by clicking right here. A lo-fi version suitable for dialup is available by going here and selecting the “lo fi” version. And you can always subscribe via iTunes, which is what all the cool kids do, by clicking right here. Show archives are here.

This podcast is brought to you by Volvo Cars US — if you buy a Volvo, tell ‘em it’s all because of The Glenn And Helen Show.

UPDATE: The Mudville Gazette: “Listen twice.”

November 6, 2006

The American media have been obsessed with this week’s Congressional elections, but the foreign media have been just as interested. We caught up with Mark Little and Ken O’Shea of Irish TV’s “Primetime” — a show that’s a bit like our “Nightline” — to see what interests them about the American elections, and what has surprised them about their reporting. Plus, a look at the effect of American portion sizes on Irish waistlines.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file directly by clicking right here, or you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by clicking here and selecting the lo-fi version. Better still, you can subscribe via iTunes by clicking here. As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

Music is “Tom Brokaw,” by The French Broads.

This podcast is brought to you by VolvoCars.us — if you buy a Volvo, tell them that it was all because of this show!

And it was recorded with this digital recorder and this external microphone, which I think did a good job despite multiple talkers and lots of background noise.

October 26, 2006

Mark Warner looked to be the strongest Democratic contender for President in 2008 except for Hillary Clinton. We’d been slated to interview him when he decided not to run, but we thought that decision was interesting enough in its own right to justify an interview. We talk to Warner about his choice to bow out, about the state of politics today, and about what he’ll do next. We also discuss anti-terrorism, the Democrats’ problems with flyover country, and the importance of alternative energy, including nuclear power, to address oil pressure and greenhouse emissions. Plus, an interruption by Jimmy Carter!

You can listen to the show directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download it directly by clicking right here, and you can get a lo-fi version for dialup by clicking here and selecting lo-fi. Better still, you can subscribe via iTunes and get future episodes automatically.

You can see our show archives at GlennandHelenShow.com too. And, as always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

This podcast is brought to you by VolvoCars.us — if you buy a Volvo, tell them we sent you!

Music is by Mobius Dick.

October 23, 2006

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Guns and gun control are a big issue as the 2006 elections loom. We talked with Dave Kopel, author of The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies?, Guns: Who Should Have Them?, and Gun Control and Gun Rights: A Reader and Guide. He’s also research director at the Independence Institute, and a regular blogger at The Volokh Conspiracy. (He’s also got a page with lots of gun information at DaveKopel.com).

Dave talks with us about violence and nonviolence, whether legalizing marijuana would cut down on gun crime, ways to prevent school shootings, questions of whether the right to keep and bear arms should be part of international law, and the likely impact of gun rights issues on the 2006 elections, and vice versa. Plus, discussion of which Second Amendment writers are “hotties.”

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file directly right here. You can get a lo-fi version for dialup by going here and selecting “lofi,” and you can subscribe via iTunes by going here. Show archives and updates can be found at GlennandHelenShow.com.

This podcast is brought to you by VolvoCars.us. If you buy a Volvo, tell ‘em it’s all because of this show!

October 11, 2006

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Will there be a draft? How’s the Army doing in the Long War? No, and pretty well, according to Dr. Francis Harvey, Secretary of the Army, who notes that recruitment is at a 9-year high and that reenlistment is very strong. Harvey talks about the Army’s strength levels, force structure, equipment maintenance loads, and general ability to withstand the stress of the Long War against terrorism. In particular, he responds rather forcefully to claims that the Army is lowering standards to make its recruitment numbers. Plus, we hear about Helen’s brief dalliance with the Air Force, and how it may explain the Chinese Embassy bombing. . . .

You can listen to the show directly — no messy downloading — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file directly by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by going here and selecting “lo-fi.” If you’d like to sign up for the duration, you can subscribe via iTunes here, and you can see an archive of our past podcasts, and check for new ones, at GlennandHelenShow.com.

Music is “Superluminal,” by Mobius Dick.

This podcast is brought to you by VolvoCars.us. If you buy a Volvo, tell ‘em we sent you!

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

October 9, 2006

SMASH.jpgHelen couldn’t make it — it was a bit late for her — but I caught up with milblogger Scott Koenig, better known as Smash, when he passed through Knoxville last week. Since he’s a celebrity blogger, I took along a portable recorder and managed to cadge an interview. Listen as Scott describes his part in the new milblogger book, The Blog of War: Front-Line Dispatches from Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, recounts his experience blogging from the war zone, and talks about his up-close encounters with antiwar protesters from Code Pink at Walter Reed Army Hospital. There’s even an audio excerpt of his somewhat Pattonesque bullhorn address to those protesters, which I’m sure they didn’t enjoy. But you may. Plus, Smash and I “fast” for peace!

Music, The World’s Unfair (Since 1982) is by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere, off their album “Knoxville Tells.”

You can stream the file — no downloads needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file directly by clicking right here, or get it in lo-fi suitable for dialup by going here and selecting “lo-fi.” You can subscribe via iTunes right here.

This podcast brought to you by VolvoCars.us. If you buy a Volvo, tell them we sent you!

Technical note: The interview was recorded with the Edirol R-09 that I mentioned earlier, and the CS-15 external microphone that I said I was ordering a while back. I think it turned out quite well, especially considering the noisy setting.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

October 3, 2006

fundcov.jpgWith the elections only a month away, we talk to John Fund, Wall Street Journal writer and author of Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy. Fund talks about high-tech problems with electronic voting machines, more mundane problems with ineligible voters and phony ballots, and the general slackness and incompetence that have made our voting system one that can only aspire to the high standards of Mexico.

You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file directly by clicking right here. For a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, go here and click on “lo-fi.” And, of course, you can always subscribe via iTunes.

Music — “Oh, Just Have Some Faith in Me” — is by The Mr. T Experience.

This podcast brought to you by VolvoCars.us

As always, my lovely and talented co-host is taking comments and suggestions over at her place.

October 1, 2006

totten1sm.jpgMichael Totten is an independent blog-journalist who has covered the Middle East with support from his blog readers. He’s reported from Libya, Tunisia, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt — and he’s now planning another trip.

We talk to Michael about what he’s observed, and what it’s like to make a career-change from blogger to professional blog-journalist. Plus, reviews of Libyan restaurants!

You can listen directly, with no downloading needed, by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file by clicking right here, and you can get a lo-fi version for dialup by going here and clicking on “lo fi.” You can subscribe via iTunes by clicking here. And you can visit our show archives for previous episodes at GlennandHelenShow.com.

Podcasts brought to you by VolvoCars.us.

UPDATE: INDCJournal picks up some highlights. And I should have mentioned that my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments at her place.

September 18, 2006

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Jim Geraghty talks with us about his new book, Voting to Kill: How 9/11 Launched the Era of Republican Leadership. Geraghty talks about “security voters,” the Democrats’ problems and what they can do to address them, and whether Hillary can save the Democratic Party. Plus, Bush’s own problems with his “war base.” (One thing that would help with the war base: “this maniac Al-Sadr, hanging from a lamppost.”)

You can play it through your browser with no downloading by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file by clicking right here, or get it in lo-fi format suitable for dialup right here. (Select “lo-fi”). You can subscribe via iTunes by clicking here.

Music by The Mr. T Experience.

September 14, 2006

The House and Senate have passed landmark legislation imposing transparency on earmarks in the appropriations process. The Senate is also looking at the John Bolton confirmation, and legislation aimed at trying terrorists before military tribunals.

We managed to catch up with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist this morning and talk about all of these subjects, Frist’s new Blogging for Bolton venture, and the joys of blogging and podcasting.

It’s shorter than usual — less than 20 minutes — but I think you’ll find it interesting.

You can listen directly without downloading by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download directly by clicking right here. A lo-fi version for dialup is available here, and you can subscribe via iTunes by clicking here.

Music is by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere, from their album Heartbreak and Duct Tape.

And here’s an editorial on the passage of the earmark-reform legislation.

UPDATE: The nice folks at eScribers sent us another free transcript. You can see it here.

If we can work out a deal, we’ll start doing this regularly.

September 12, 2006

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With Senator Bill Frist retiring and leaving his seat open, Tennessee is one of the handful of states where Democrats have a chance of picking up a Senate seat this fall, making it crucial to Democratic efforts to recapture the Senate. (According to recent polls, it’s very close). Earlier this year we interviewed the Democratic candidate, Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., of Memphis.

Now we’ve got the other side of the story, with Republican candidate Bob Corker. Corker answers questions on Iraq, the war on terror, the Second Amendment, immigration, and more. Plus, questions about earmarks and pork!

You can listen directly — no download needed — by clicking right here and then clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file directly by clicking right here. A lo-fi version for dialup, etc., is available right here, and you can subscribe via iTunes here.

A complete archive of show episodes is available at GlennandHelenShow.com. And as usual, my lovely and talented cohost (and producer) is taking comments and suggestions.

Music is by The Opposable Thumbs.

UPDATE: A transcript of this interview is now available. Click “read more” to see it.

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September 5, 2006

friedmancov.jpgOur podcast on divorce with lawyer Lauren Strange-Boston was popular enough that we thought we’d follow up with some non-legal issues relating to divorce. We talked to Russell Friedman, relationship expert and author of Moving On: Dump Your Relationship Baggage and Make Room for the Love of Your Life about, well, pretty much what the book title suggests. He offers a lot of good advice on dealing with divorces and breakups, and with relationships that you want to keep from facing a divorce or breakup, and when it’s best to pull the plug. (My favorite line: “You can’t love someone into mental health.”)

You can listen directly via your browser (no messy downloads needed) by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file directly by clicking right here, or get it in lo-fi here. You can subscribe via iTunes here.

A complete collection of past podcasts can be found at GlennandHelenShow.com.

Breakup-themed music by The Nevers.

August 29, 2006

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With the fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks coming up, we thought we’d talk to law professor and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, whose latest book, Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency looks at terrorism, the Constitution, and issues of surveillance, civil liberties, and history. One quote: “Civil libertarians are in a state of denial.” Despite this sound-bite, though, his overall views are rather moderate even if not politically correct.

You can listen directly — no messy downloading — by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. Or you can download the file directly by clicking right here. There’s a lo-fi version here, and you can subscribe via iTunes here.

Surveillance-themed music by The Nevers.

UPDATE: Some comments here.

ANOTHER UPDATE: A summary of the main points here.

MORE: Glenn Greenwald says that Posner is being un-conservative by advocating “drastically expanded police powers.” Some things that Posner advocates in his book might fall within that category, though generally I think that’s something of an overstatement. As I note in the podcast, what’s interesting is that Posner’s advocating a “more European” approach to national security powers, which produces a left/right role reversal. Posner also makes the point that it’s interesting that the Supreme Court’s foreign-law enthusiasts don’t look to Europe as a model in these areas, as they do in the case of capital punishment.

Meanwhile, Allah characterizes this as an interview with God. Posner’s a god on the legal scene, but I wouldn’t call him God. Then again, who am I to argue about this stuff with a guy named Allah?

There’s also this depressing note: “There is something seriously wrong with this country when I have to download a random podcast to listen to an eminent scholar like Posner while cranks like Walt & Mearsheimer are hosting their talk at the National Press Club, televised on C-SPAN.” And JonBenet stories trump all!

But by “random podcast” I believe he meant “first-rate Internet audio production” . . . .

August 22, 2006

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It’s all about the politics of food, and how food doesn’t track politics very well. We talk to Nina Planck, author of Real Food: What to Eat and Why. and Rod Dreher, author of Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America (or at least the Republican Party). There’s a surprising degree of overlap, and we learn about how the Internet is revolutionizing small farming and how foodie impulses and back-to-the-land sentiments defy traditional political categories. Plus, the dangers of vegetarianism, the health benefits of beef and butter, and advice on how to shop healthy, and save money, even at ordinary grocery stores. And Helen spars with Rod Dreher in defense of libertarian hedonism.

You can download it directly by clicking right here, or you can subscribe via iTunes here. There’s a lo-fi version right here, and you can get all our podcasts at GlennandHelenShow.com. And if you’d like to stream it directly from your browser with no messy downloading, you can go here and click on the gray Flash player.

Music is “Myrtle Lee” and “Rough Skeleton,” by John T. Baker.

As usual, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

August 15, 2006

158816635X.01._AA_SCMZZZZZZZ_V67081897_We talk to David Dunbar and Brad Reagan, editors of Popular Mechanics’ new book, Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t Stand Up to the Facts. But are we just part of the vast conspiracy? Listen and find out . . .

You can listen to the file directly (no iPod needed!) by clicking right here, or you can get it via iTunes here. There’s a lo-fi version right here, and you can see an archive of previous podcasts at GlennandHelenShow.com.

Music — “You’re on the Hit List” — is by The Opposable Thumbs.

Browser-friendly flash player, here.

August 11, 2006

baydunnigan.jpgIt’s another podcast full of war news, with Austin Bay and StrategyPage publisher, and author of many books, Jim Dunnigan. Bay and Dunnigan talk about terror plots being busted via electronic surveillance and confidential tips, Israelis in Lebanon, Ethiopians in Somalia, Iranians in Iraq, and what Montgomery Ward taught us about fighting terrorism, plus a look at events in Mexico. And Dunnigan has a lot to say about the utility of various surveillance programs used to identify terror networks.

You can download the file directly here (no iPod needed) or get a lo-fi version here. There’s a complete show archive at GlennandHelenShow.com, too.

Music is by 46 Long.

And, as always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

UPDATE: Allah excerpts a bit.

July 17, 2006

Are America’s kids too fat? Yes! And what can — and should — we be doing about it? We talk to Dr. Michael Zemel of the University of Tennessee Nutrition Institute, and the UT Medical School, and author of The Calcium Key : The Revolutionary Diet Discovery That Will Help You Lose Weight Faster. about this issue. Are the food police coming?

Zemel also has more information on overweight kids at www.americaonthemove.org.

But first, beer! We visited a microbrewery and talked with Master Brewer Al Kruzen and his apprentice brewer Joey Barbarito about the way the brewing industry has changed, how — in a fashion discussed elsewhere — homebrewers changed the industry and are now finding employment in its ranks, and what a brewery and pub can do for a downtown neighborhood. Plus, advice on how to get a job in microbrewing! The interviews were all recorded on location using this Edirol recorder. You can judge the quality for yourself; I think it turned out pretty well given the degree of background noise, etc.

You can subscribe via iTunes by clicking here. If you’d rather, you can download the file directly here, or get a lo-fi version for dialup here. And don’t miss our archive of previous podcasts at GlennandHelenShow.com.

Music is by The Opposable Thumbs.

And, as always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

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July 12, 2006

mccain.gifWE TALKED WITH JOHN MCCAIN, Republican Senator from Arizona and likely 2008 Presidential candidate, about a variety of hot button topics: Immigration (which got a pretty lengthy treatment), the Second Amendment, blogs and campaign finance reform, leaks from the CIA and other intelligence agencies and, of course, earmarks and PorkBusters.

Helen also asked him about rumors that he’s considering Condi Rice or Jeb Bush as a 2008 running mate, and whether he’d support federal legislation banning gun confiscation of the sort that happened in New Orleans after Katrina.

You can listen directly by clicking right here, or you can get it via iTunes. There’s a low-fidelity version for dialup users right here, and an archive of all our podcasts is at GlennandHelenShow.com.

Music is “Status No” by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere, from their album Heartbreak and Duct Tape.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments and suggestions.

UPDATE: Comments on the interview from Jim Geraghty and Daniel Glover.

July 11, 2006

andersoncov.jpgLONG TAIL RADIO! We interviewed Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, about his new book, The Long Tail : Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More, a book that I liked a lot and that has a pretty strong Army of Davids resonance in places.

Anderson talks about how the future is going to be oriented more toward smaller markets, individuals, and cottage industry. He also stresses that, notwithstanding some reviews, he’s not proclaiming the end of hit movies, hit records, or big businesses, just a different kind of market running alongside the old fashioned one. Plus, we talk about non-monetary incentives, how many people will nonetheless manage to make money in niche markets, and how little it takes to be branded a techno-utopian Pollyanna type these days. Also, why blogging is like DJ-ing!

You can listen to the podcast directly — no iPod needed — by clicking right here. You can subscribe via iTunes here, there’s a lo-fi version for dialup here, and there’s a complete podcast archive at GlennandHelenShow.com.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments and suggestions.

Music is by The Opposable Thumbs.

UPDATE: Chris Anderson says the podcast bumped him into the Amazon Top 10. He probably exaggerates our influence but I’m glad the book is doing well; it’s good.

July 7, 2006

baydunnigan.jpgIt’s another podcast — this one featuring blogger and author Austin Bay and StrategyPage publisher, and author of many books, Jim Dunnigan.

Austin and Jim talk about North Korean missiles, the diplomatic strains between North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan, and the United States, the extent of cooperation between North Korea and Iran, and more. They also talk about terrorist plots in the United States, events in Iraq, and the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

You can listen directly by clicking right here (no iPod needed) or you can get it via iTunes here. There’s a lo-fi version for dialup here, and an archive of all our podcasts is available at GlennandHelenShow.com.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

June 26, 2006

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We talked with Andy Kessler, author of The End of Medicine: How Silicon Valley (and Naked Mice) will Reboot Your Doctor, about how Moore’s Law will revolutionize medicine. Kessler explained how more and more of medicine is driven by technology, and how dramatic changes in electronics, DNA chips, and treatment are likely to make medicine improve as much in coming decades as computers have improved in the past several decades. Helen and I — but especially Helen — say “bring it on!”

You can listen directly (no iPod needed) by clicking right here, or you can subscribe via iTunes (we like that, because it moves us up their charts) by clicking right here. There’s a lo-fi version for dialup here, and there’s a complete podcast archive here.

Music is by Mobius Dick — it’s excerpts from the soundtrack to the movie Six.

As usual, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments and suggestions.

June 13, 2006

We’re podcasting from the eye of the storm. Er, or we would be, if it had an eye. Anyway, it’s a spur-of-the-moment podcast from the vicinity of Apalachicola, Florida, where we’ve tried to equal the Big Media folks in hurricane hysteria. (Besides, it was still a bit too chilly for the beach this morning). You can listen right here if you want to see how we did. You can get it on iTunes by clicking right here, and there’s a lo-fi version for dialup right here.

The sun’s coming out now, so we’ll be on the beach soon. Let’s hope that all of this year’s storm news amounts to as little.

As usual, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments.

UPDATE: Yes, this whole thing was done with this Olympus digital recorder that I reviewed for Gizmodo a while back. Just copied the files over into the laptop, strung ‘em together with Acid, and uploaded them. Quick and dirty — which is all this deserves. . . .

June 9, 2006

It’s not the movie, but an episode of The Glenn and Helen Show about divorce.

We interview family/divorce lawyer Lauren Strange-Boston about aspects of pre-marriage, marriage, divorce, and post-divorce life from a legal perspective. She talks about everything from common marriage mistakes to pre-nuptial agreements and custody battles, with lots of interesting insights. She and Helen also talk about issues and concerns of particular interest to men.

You can listen directly (no iPod needed) by clicking right here, or you can subscribe via iTunes (we like that since it helps us on the charts). There’s an archive of past podcasts here, and you can get a lo-fi version for dialup right here.

Hope you like it — and that you don’t need the divorce advice part! But if you do, I think you’ll find it useful.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments and suggestions.

June 4, 2006

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We talked to James Lileks, author of Mommy Knows Worst : Highlights from the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice, and blogger and frequent reporter on the “Mommy Wars” Cathy Seipp about parenting, how it’s changed since the mid-twentieth century, and where things might be going in the future. As you might imagine, both James and Cathy had lots to say on the subject.

You can listen directly by clicking right here (no iPod needed!) or you can subscribe via iTunes here (we like it when you do that). A low-fi version can be found here, and an archive of previous podcasts is here.

Hope you like it! Music is by The Nebraska Guitar Militia (“69365) and Todd Steed and the Sons of Phere (“IWDWIST”).

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments and suggestions.

June 1, 2006

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We talked with Peter Beinart, New Republic editor and author of The Good Fight : Why Liberals—and Only Liberals—Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again. Beinart talks about Cold War liberalism, how the left abandoned anti-communism and anti-totalitarianism in the 1960s, and what people on the Left need to do now to deal with the threat of Islamic Jihadism. We also talked about Iran, Democratic opposition to Hillary Clinton, Al Gore’s prospects, and the likelihood of a third party challenge in 2008.

You can listen directly by clicking right here, or you can get it via iTunes here (we like it when you subscribe on iTunes, as it boosts our rank on their charts). There’s an archive of past podcasts here, and lo-fi versions, suitable for dialup, are here.

Music is by Mobius Dick. And, as always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

May 22, 2006

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This week we interview Mary Cheney about her new book, Now It’s My Turn: A Daughter’s Chronicle of Political Life. And, unlike some people, we actually spend most of our time talking about the non-gay parts! And, shockingly, that’s actually most of the book. Who knew?

Among other things, Mary Cheney talks about her dad’s heart attack (he had his first at the same age that Helen had her heart attack), about the role of blogs and alternative media in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 campaigns, whether folks in the White House have lost touch with the base and what they should do about it, how to get started in a political campaign, and more.

You can listen directly (no iPod needed!) by clicking right here, or you can subscribe via iTunes here (we like that, as it pushes us up the iTunes charts). There’s a lo-fi version for dialup here, and you can see a complete archive of podcasts here.

Music is by The Opposable Thumbs. I think you’ll find the audio on this podcast significantly improved, thanks to a new studio setup and a new digital phone box.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

May 17, 2006

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Okay, a while back I was skeptical of Seth Roberts’ new book, The Shangri-La Diet: The No-Hunger, Eat Anything Weight Loss Plan. Most diets don’t work, and this one sounded particularly oversold. Lots of folks emailed that they like it, though, and Helen was interested, so we decided to look him up and see what he had to say about it. Can you really lose weight with a little bit of sugar-water or olive oil?

It’s an interesting approach — though my two-week test-drive hasn’t seemed to do much — and he has some useful thoughts on societal attitudes and behaviors regarding food and fatness in general. Plus, Helen — a Weight Watchers expert — has some insights of her own.

You can listen to the interview directly (no iPod needed!) by clicking right here, or you can subscribe via iTunes (we like that).

There’s an archive of previous podcasts here.

Music is by Audra and the Antidote.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments.

May 11, 2006

almanac.jpgIt’s a roundup of Republican problems and solutions in today’s Glenn and Helen Show. First, we talk to Ken Mehlman, chair of the Republican National Committee, about polls, anger in the base, and issues like immigration, spending, taxes, and judges. We pressed Mehlman pretty hard, and I think it’s fair to say that he realizes that action is more important than rhetoric if the GOP is to win back the base before November. Whether he and the White House can deliver on that, especially in the face of the Senate Republicans’ foot-dragging, is another question.

Given all the dissatisfaction, especially over immigration, we also talked with Michael Barone, blogger, columnist, and editor of The Almanac of American Politics, about the prospects for a third-party candidate in 2008. Barone is interesting as always.

I hope you enjoy them both. You can listen to the program by clicking right here, or you can get it via iTunes here (we like it when you subscribe). A low-fi episode, suitable for dialup, etc., is available here, and there’s an archive of previous podcasts right here.

Hope you like it. As always, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments.

UPDATE: This piece by Dick Meyer at CBS connects with the above, especially the Barone discussion. I don’t think that Mayor Bloomberg is a credible third-party candidate, though.

ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader who claims inside knowledge says that Bloomberg plans to run, and is already making preparations for a third-party campaign. I don’t know any more than that, though. Despite his nominally Republican status, I’d expect him to draw more votes from Democrats, but I could be wrong about that.

We’re up to #4 on the iTunes politics charts, putting us just ahead of Sean Hannity. That’s not bad.

LATER: We’re now #3, beating out Stephanopoulos, too. Well, we’re certainly doing it on a smaller budget.

May 2, 2006

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We talk to Jim Meigs of Popular Mechanics about alternative fuels, and Henry Copeland of Blogads.com about the new Blogads reader survey and the future of the blogosphere.

Popular Mechanics has just published an extensive look at alternative fuels like ethanol, methanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen (you can see the article here), and we had Editor-in-Chief Jim Meigs on to talk about what they found, and what the prospects are for getting away from gasoline — and for the political system’s getting rational about energy and fuel.

We also talk with Henry Copeland of Blogads.com about the future of the blogosphere. Blogads has just released the results of their survey on blog readers, and Henry talks about the results, the blog-advertising business, whether the blogosphere is too commercialized, and what’s likely to come next. Ads on podcasts? Who knows?blogadlogo.gif

You can listen directly (no iPod needed!) by clicking right here, or you can get it via iTunes. There’s an archive of previous podcasts here, and you can get a low-fi version suitable for dialup here.

Music — appropriate for both biofuels and blog advertising — is Audra and the Antidote’s “Sugar Daddy,” available for download here.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

April 26, 2006

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I’m interested in the Singularity, and I’m a big fan of Vernor Vinge’s. He’s got a new book out next week called Rainbows End, set in 2025, and as I’ve mentioned before it’s pretty much an Army of Davids kind of world. He’s also the author of such previous classics as A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky.

We talk to him about the Singularity — and how it may come from the superhuman “ensemble behavior” of ordinary humans with powerful computers linked via the Internet rather than through the development of superhuman artificial intelligence — about signposts indicating how we’re doing, about humanity’s prospects for utopia or extinction, and related minor issues. We also discussed writing science fiction (the secret, he says, is “brain parasitism,” taking advantage of readers’ smarts), whether college is becoming obsolete, mind uploading, and the joys (or lack thereof) of virtual-reality sex, a question that perplexes Helen.

You can listen directly (no iPod needed) by clicking right here, or you can get it via iTunes. (We’d like it if you’d actually subscribe on iTunes, as that’s what pushes us up the charts there). There’s also an archive of previous podcasts here, and you can get this — and other — podcasts in a low-fi dialup version here.

Hope you liked it! Music is “Indistinguishable from Magic” and “Robosexual” by Mobius Dick.

Once again, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments and suggestions for future episodes.

UPDATE: Vinge emails: “Wow! Such fast ‘time to press’ is a nice commentary on our times all by itself.”

April 21, 2006

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We interview blogger Michael Totten, who spent the last six months covering Lebanon, Egypt, and Iraq for his blog, with support from his blog readers. He talks about what he saw, how well the reader-support model works, and what he sees in the region’s future.

We also talk to StrategyPage publisher Jim Dunnigan, author of numerous books on military matters, and columnist/blogger Austin Bay, who’s also the author of The Wrong Side of Brightness, a novel, and who has another novel coming out soon. They talk about China’s military and political ambitions, the progress of events in Iraq, and what to do — and what, apparently, we’re already doing rather quietly — about Iran. (There’s also some discussion of the much-touted Iranian “EMP bomb” threat.)

As always, it’s a must-listen. You can click right here to listen to it directly, or you can get it via iTunes here.

There’s an archive of previous podcasts here, and lo-fi versions for dialup are available here.

Hope you like it. My lovely and talented co-host is, as always, taking comments and suggestions for future episodes.

April 11, 2006

Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. is running for Senate in Tennessee, and his bus tour took him right past our house. He stopped by for a rare in-studio interview (since we usually do these by phone), and talked about Iraq, Iran, alternative energy, ANWR drilling and nuclear power, gun rights, immigration (he supports the Sensenbrenner bill, and explains why), health care, and more. Including, of course, PorkBusters.

I found it a very interesting interview. We’re not on the same page on some issues (I think he’s overoptimistic, to put it mildly, about the amount of cooperation we can expect from Russia and China on Iran), but we agree on some others (including the pork). He’s a smart guy, and I found him less polished-and-packaged than I’d anticipated; it’s easy to see why people expect him to have a big future in politics.

Helen liked the bus, and we sent Rep. Ford off with some reading material to help him pass the hours on the road.

You can listen to the interview directly (no iPod needed!) by clicking right here. You can also get it via iTunes.

You can get a low-fi version, suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. here, and there’s an archive of all our previous podcasts here.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting your comments and suggestions.

Music is by Mobius Dick.

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April 6, 2006

We managed to catch up with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist this morning, and talked to him about immigration — both legal and illegal — whether the issue will split the Republican party, and what he thinks about Trent Lott’s remarks on PorkBusters, and about pork generally.

It’s shorter than our usual interview, as he only had about 10 minutes this morning (things are kind of busy in the Senate) but I think you’ll find it worth listening to.

You can listen directly by clicking here (no iPod needed!) or you can get it here via iTunes. A low-fi version for dialup is available here, and, of course, there’s an archive of all our previous podcasts here.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting your comments and suggestions.

Music is by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere, off the album Heartbreak and Duct Tape.

April 3, 2006

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It’s all about kidney donation, and organ donation policy, with Virginia Postrel. Virginia is the author of books like The Substance of Style and The Future and Its Enemies. Kidney recipient Sally Satel has written a book with Christina Hoff Sommers, One Nation Under Therapy : How the Helping Culture is Eroding Self-Reliance and PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine. Virginia talks about what it’s like to donate a kidney, what’s wrong with organ-donation policy and how to fix it, and how some people wonder why a libertarian would do something actually generous.

Click here to listen directly (no iPod needed!) or you can get it here via iTunes.

There’s an archive of previous podcasts here, and a collection of low-fi versions for dialup here. Hope you like it! As always, my lovely and talented cohost is taking comments and suggestions.

March 22, 2006


It’s a podcast about Israel and blog carnivals. You wouldn’t think the two are connected, but that’s because you don’t know about the nude bodypainting. Or — well, just listen. Sharon Stone appears, briefly.

First we talk to Israeli ambassador Daniel Ayalon about the Palestinians, the European Union, Iranian nuclear weapons and the prospects for another Osirak-style raid, and American attitudes toward Israel. Then we interview BlogCarnival.com founder Brad Rubenstein about the mushrooming growth of blog carnivals, and get his tips for carnival submitters, organizers, and readers.
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Anyway, it’s a surprisingly, er, festive podcast, and we hope you like it!

You can listen directly by clicking right here, or you can get it here via iTunes.

There’s an archive of previous episodes here. There’s also an archive of low-bandwidth versions for dialup users, etc., available here.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments and suggestions.

March 15, 2006

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Is psychology over-politicized? We interview Dr. Nicholas Cummings, a past President of the American Psychological Association, and coauthor of Destructive Trends in Mental Health: The Well-Intentioned Path to Harm, about the injection of politics into mental health in general, and the American Psychological Association in particular. Plus, why men are disappearing from the psychological profession.

You can listen to the podcast directly (no iPod needed!) by clicking right here, or you can get it via iTunes right here.

There’s an archive of previous episodes here. There’s also an archive of low-bandwidth versions for dialup users, etc., available here.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments and suggestions.

March 5, 2006

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This time we interview cardiologist Dr. Wes Fisher, and Laurie Anderson of WebMD, about heart attacks, heart attack prevention, and the latest information on cardiac health. Also, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Stewart Baker talks about the Dubai Ports deal, and comments on some port security suggestions from Frank J.

The heart stuff is near and dear to our, er, hearts, since Helen had a heart attack six years ago and now sports an implantable pacemaker/defibrillator. We learn how men and women differ in this area, what the latest research suggests about diet, exercise, and supplements like CoEnzyme Q10, Folic Acid, etc. Our guests also answer some questions from Helen’s blog readers about heart health and coping with the aftermath of heart attacks. It turns out that women as young as 18 years old can be at risk for heart attacks, and that traditional medical tests often miss those. (Dr. Fisher also sells medical t-shirts, like the one worn by Helen in the picture at right, at Medtees.com).

Stewart Baker is the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. He talks about the Dubai Ports deal, and the security issues involved. He also responds to some comments from Jim Dunnigan and Austin Bay on previous podcasts, and comments on blogger Frank J. Fleming’s suggestions on ways to improve port security. Hey, if you want to think outside the box, there’s no better place to start than Frank J. — he lives outside the box.

Anyway, you can listen directly by clicking here (no iPod needed!) or you can get it via iTunes here.

There’s also a podcast archive here, and lo-fi versions suitable for dialup are here.

As always, my lovely and talented co-host is taking suggestions and comments.

Music is from “Suitcase and a Gun,” by the Nebraska Guitar Militia, off the album Four Pickups of the Apocalypse.

February 28, 2006

berlinskicov.jpgWe interviewed Claire Berlinski, author of Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Crisis is America’s, Too, about Europe, Muslim integration (and the lack thereof), and the political, diplomatic, and military consequences thereof. I think it’s one of the most important books of the year, and that this is one of the most important podcast interviews we’ve done. Her advice to the White House and State Department on Europe: “Make contingency plans in case it all goes to hell, because it very well might.”

You can listen directly (no iPod needed!) by clicking here, or you can get it via iTunes.

There’s also a podcast archive here, and there are low-bandwidth versions for dialup users, etc., here.

Music: “Too Many Goodbyes,” by The Defenders of the Faith, from Original Sins, the first album I ever produced. That’s the Insta-Brother, Jonathan Reynolds, on guitar along with Hector Qirko, and Doug Weinstein plays drums and Hammond organ.

As always, my lovely and talented cohost is soliciting comments and suggestions.

February 25, 2006

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We interviewed John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War and Ghost Brigades, as well as Tim Minear, Executive Producer and writer for Firefly, Wonderfalls, The Inside, Serenity, and more.

Both talk about their work, their fans, and the surprisingly large role that the Internet has played in their success. Tim Minear (whose interview starts at about 21 minutes in) also answers questions about the possibility of a second season for Firefly, and talks about his screenplay of Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
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It’s a pretty heavily science-fiction-themed episode, and Helen isn’t that into science fiction, but after talking to Scalzi and Minear she says she’s changing her mind. And she loved Wonderfalls.

Take a listen and see what you think. You can listen directly (no iPod needed!) by clicking here, or you can get it (and even subscribe) via iTunes. A low-bandwidth version for dialup users is located here, and there’s an archive of past podcasts here.

If you’d like to play it directly in your browser with no messy downloading, go here and click on the gray Flash player.

Music for this episode: “Temptation” by Mobius Dick.

And, as always, the lovely and talented co-host is asking for your comments and suggestions.

February 22, 2006

baydunnigan.jpgOnce again we’re featuring blogger and author Austin Bay and StrategyPage publisher, and author of many books, Jim Dunnigan. Bay and Dunnigan have been our most popular guests so far — their last episode has been downloaded over 125,000 times — and this time they talk about the ongoing Dubai ports imbroglio, the troubles of Islamists in the Philippines, the continuing danger posed by Iran, and Europe’s problems with Muslim immigration. Don’t miss it, especially their take on the ports issue, which suggests that we’ve been much too worried about terrorism in connection with the deal. I’m now convinced that there isn’t much there, there.

You can click right here to listen directly. (No iPod needed!) You can also subscribe via iTunes, and there’s a low-bandwidth podcast archive, for dialup users, cellphone listeners, etc., right here. Hope you like it. And don’t forget there’s an archive of previous episodes here.

As always, my lovely and talented producer is soliciting comments and suggestions.

UPDATE: Austin Bay has posted some additional thoughts and information relating to his podcast comments.

February 15, 2006

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist talks about government preparations for avian flu, and bloggers interviewed on the fly talk about everything, all in the latest Glenn and Helen podcast. To listen, click right here, or you can subscribe via iTunes, which we like because it pushes us up on the charts — we’re Number 6 on the “talk radio” podcast charts at the moment. I don’t think we’re a threat to Howard Stern, though. (An archive of all our podcasts is here. For you dialup and cellphone listeners, a low-bandwidth archive is here.)

Anyway, in today’s show, Senator Bill Frist talks about the threat of avian flu, and new government programs to prepare for epidemics of all sorts. Interestingly, he endorses the Ray Kurzweil suggestion to take a “Manhattan Project” approach toward developing rapid-response technologies for dealing with contagious disease of both the natural or biowar variety. How ready are we right now? Not very.

Also, we roamed Bloggers’ Row at CPAC and interviewed a wide variety of bloggers, and a even a few non-bloggers we happened upon, including Little Miss Attila, Lashawn Barber, Joel Miller, Wonkette Emeritus Ana Marie Cox,, Sean Hackbarth of The American Mind, Chris Nolan, Condi for President fans Americans for Rice, and Muslims for Bush, soon to be renamed “Muslims for America.” (Come to think of it, Frist has a sort-of blog, too).

The music is “Bonnie Lou and Buster vs. Caligula,” off of Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere’s album, Heartbreak and Duct Tape.

UPDATE: By the way, this is the digital recorder we used for the live interviews, with the accessory stereo condenser microphone.

And, as always, the InstaWife is asking for comments and suggestions.

February 8, 2006

Today we talked with James L. Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, about John Wilkes Booth, Confederate plots, revisionist history, the trustworthiness of actors, the upcoming movie based on the book, featuring Harrison Ford, and much more.
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Helen didn’t think she’d find this one interesting, but once she started reading the book she was hooked. It was about a narcissistic killer — her specialty!

You can listen to the podcast directly (no iPod needed!) by clicking here, or you can subscribe on iTunes — and we wish you would, as apparently that’s what got us into the top 10 “talk radio” podcasts.

The end music is by Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere, off the CD Heartbreak and Duct Tape. Lead vocals by Kat Brock of Dixie Dirt, with former Judybat Paul Noe on bass. I love the song, and thus let it run a bit longer than usual. John Wilkes Booth really “should’ve grown up while he had the chance.”

Meanwhile, as always, the lovely and talented Insta-Wife is looking for comments and suggestions. Hope you like this!

UPDATE: For those with dialup connections, a slim, trim 16 kbps version can be found here. I’ve put up some of the earlier episodes in that format, too.

And there’s an archive of all our podcasts that can be accessed by clicking the “podcasts” tab on the navbar at the top of the screen, or by clicking here.

February 4, 2006

Austin Bay and Jim Dunnigan on the war, Roger Stern and Lynne Kiesling on oil supplies and energy policy, and warblogger Michael Yon on his experiences in Iraq, and his difficulties with the U.S. Army — all in the latest podcast.

Once again, we got syndicated columnist, author, and blogger Austin Bay together with author and StrategyPage.com publisher Jim Dunnigan and let them talk (with just a few questions from us) about what’s going on in the world. The discussion covers Iran, the Cartoon War in Europe, the difficulties in intervening in Darfur, and more.

Also, Roger Stern, from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins (and author of this paper on geopolitics and oil pricing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) talks with Lynn Kiesling, Director of the Center for Applied Energy Research, and blogger, about oil pricing and U.S. policy — will there be pressure for higher petroleum taxes, and is that better than pushing particular technologies like hybrids or ethanol?

Finally, warblogger Michael Yon talks about his experiences in Iraq, a famous photo, and his difficulties with the U.S. Army’s legal team — difficulties that were resolved once the blogosphere got involved. Apparently, a lot of people in the Pentagon read blogs.

Hope you like it! You can listen directly by clicking here; it’s also available via iTunes.

And, as always, the lovely and talented Insta-Wife wants your comments and suggestions.

And there’s a complete archive of podcasts here, too.

January 30, 2006

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ANOTHER PODCAST: It’s guy stuff, with interviews about boys in school and hybrid cars. Michael Gurian, the author of The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life (and subject of this Newsweek cover story) talks about how boys learn differently, and how changes in education have hurt their progress. He also offers some solutions, and some thoughts on videogames, character, and violence.

As you might imagine, Helen has some thoughts on that subject too, and the discussion is very interesting.

Also (beginning at about 18:30), Popular Mechanics editor Jim Meigs talks about hybrid hype and reality. For an article in their next issue, the PM folks tested some hybrid vehicles wheel-to-wheel with their purely gas-powered counterparts and discovered some interesting things. He also talks about the prospects for future energy-efficient (and maybe gasoline free) automobiles.
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No word, though, on when I can expect my flying car. I forgot to ask. Maybe next time!

You can listen by clicking here (no iPod needed) or via iTunes. We hope you like it! As always, the lovely and talented producer is soliciting comments.

January 25, 2006

norahcover.jpgSo we interviewed Norah Vincent, author of Self Made Man: One Woman’s Journey into Manhood and Back. Helen does most of the talking on this one, as Vincent talks about dating women as a man, the importance of fathers, and why being a man isn’t nearly as easy as most women think.

You can listen to the show (no iPod required!) by clicking here, or via iTunes.

We thought it was really interesting, and we hope that you will, too.

Music: Strange and Beautiful (intro) and The Crush (end) by Audra and the Antidote.

And as always, the lovely and talented producer of this show is soliciting comments.

January 20, 2006

baydunnigan.jpgIt’s another podcast — this one featuring blogger and author Austin Bay and StrategyPage publisher, and author of many books, Jim Dunnigan.

Jim and Austin talk about Iran’s nuclear weapons program, unconventional delivery systems, the prospects for an Iranian popular revolt, and much, much more.

You can listen to the podcast (no iPod needed!) by clicking right here, or you can get it via iTunes or the RSS feed at the right. (It also appears automatically in some aggregators, like MyYahoo). As always, the lovely and talented InstaWife is soliciting comments about the show.

Hope you like it!

UPDATE: A somewhat encouraging analysis of Iran’s situation.

And note the “Podcasts” tab on the Nav bar at the top, which takes you to an archive of podcasts.

January 17, 2006

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It’s another InstaPundit / Dr. Helen podcast, featuring ex-Wonkette Ana Marie Cox, who talks about her new novel Dog Days, Nick Denton’s eccentric management style, how blogging actually helps with book-writing (I agree) and the role of women in the blogosphere — a subject on which she and Helen are not in agreement.

Also, controversial musician Todd Steed, who discusses his song “TennCare Buzz” — possibly the most controversial rock and roll song about prescription drug policy ever recorded. (No, Kurt Cobain’s “Lithium” doesn’t count.) He also talks about his new CD, Heart Break and Duct Tape, as well as death, rock and roll, bands that won’t play “Freebird” any more, and the lasting consequences of high school — plus the joys of having a home studio. (More of his music is online here). Todd’s segment begins at about 20:30.

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You can hear the podcast directly (no iPod needed!) by clicking here. It’s also available through iTunes, or you can subscribe to the RSS feed to the right.

Hope you like it! As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

January 11, 2006

evaninterview.jpgIT’S ANOTHER PODCAST: We were going to run this later, but with the American Film Renaissance happening this weekend, we decided to go ahead and post this new podcast interview with independent documentarians Evan Coyne Maloney and Stuart Browning of On the Fence Films, talking about looking for the Men’s Center on campus, how technology is changing the documentary-film business (and maybe reducing its leftward tilt), and the difference between Canadian hopitals and Canadian veterinarians. They’ve got two films coming out soon: Indoctrinate U., about politics on campus, and Dead Meat, about the Canadian healthcare system, both of which you can read about by following the link.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here, and it’s also available via iTunes or the InstaPundit RSS 2.0 feed. I think you’ll also find the interview audio better on this episode than on the previous one. (The producer, as always, is soliciting comments.) And check out Evan’s blog, too.

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January 8, 2006

michellemalkin.jpgPODCASTING COMES TO INSTAPUNDIT: This was actually Helen’s idea, and with the book done I finally had some time. The first InstaPundit/Dr. Helen podcast is online, and you can play it by clicking here.

Today’s episode features an interview with blogger Michelle Malkin, talking about her book Unhinged, her life as a blogger, the Washington Post and the Bill Roggio affair, the Condi Rice presidency, and whether she plans to follow in the footsteps of Wonkette.

Also, a musical interview with Audra Coldiron, of Audra and the Antidote, about how the Internet makes it possible to be a mother, a musician, and a web designer, plus how her high school horrors led to adult creativity, and a surprising enthusiasm for homeschooling.

If you want to subscribe, the RSS 2.0 feed is here. (It’s also in the right-hand column). Just copy the link and paste it into your podcast-listening software; then you’ll get new episodes automatically.

If you’ve got suggestions for future shows, drop ‘em in the comments over at Helen’s blog — she’s the producer.

UPDATE: I guess podcasting is inherently unconservative. That’s okay!

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