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One Issue to Rule Them All

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson
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Dropping some wisdom.

On today’s Fightin Words podcast: An interview with Minnesota State House candidate Matthew Kowalski on his unique approach to policy. Instead of an “issues page,” his campaign website highlights “THE issue.” Which overarching concern eclipses all others?

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(10:48 minutes long; 10.44 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

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Sotomayor’s Confused Dissent in Affirmative Action Case

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: The Supreme Court recently upheld a Michigan law banning the practice of affirmative action in public universities. The dissenting opinion authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor reveals a twisted worldview which seeks “equal protection” through racial discrimination.

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(15:17 minutes long; 14.73 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

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Daring to Be Different

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn engaged host Larry King on a recent episode of Politicking, answering questions regarding Obamacare and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Her answers were strong, but missed an opportunity to dispute false premises. Republicans must dare to be truly different.

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We’re All Minorities Now

Monday, April 21st, 2014 - by Walter Hudson
Anyone can find themselves alone against the world.

Anyone can find themselves alone against the world.

On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Presenting to a Tea Party group in Minnesota, Minority Liberty Alliance president Walter Hudson explains why every human being can rightfully claim minority status.

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(19:42 minutes long; 18.98 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

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10 Thought-Provoking Podcasts With Walter Hudson

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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Editor’s Note: A goal for weekends this year has been to start highlighting and promoting some of PJ Lifestyle’s tremendously talented writers. See this collection here of our Top 50 List Articles of 2013 to get a broad overview.

Now we’re going to begin focusing more on individual writers. The first in this series is my friend Walter Hudson, a gifted jack-of-all-trades writer-podcaster-political-activist-culture-warrior who continually challenges and inspires me. I included five of Walter’s list articles in the top 50 list but there are many more pieces of his in other styles and mediums those who are new to his work should read. In addition to these five I’ll select five more that showcase some of his core themes for volume one of his greatest hits collection. But to get started, I invite you to check out these installments of Walter’s addictive podcast that were featured the past two weeks at PJ Lifestyle.

Get caught up each weekend on the podcasts you may have missed as these expanding compilations grow when new episodes are recorded and released. Over the coming weeks Walter is going to continue to build on and explore these and more themes in his own monologues and in dialogues with more guests. If you have any feedback or ideas for subjects you’d like Walter to explore please leave your suggestions in the comments.

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1. ‘Shelter In Place’ or Lay Down and Die?

2. Christianity’s Contribution to Progressive Politics

3. Who Owns Compassion in Politics?

4. Is Jeb Bush Right on Immigration?

5. Don’t Fear the Future (Interview with Bonnie Ramthun)

6. Making Racism Impotent

7. The Danger of Utopia

8. What Is ‘The Right’ Anyway? (Part 1 of a dialogue with Dave Swindle)

9. Anarchists Among Us (Part 2 with Dave Swindle)

10. Battling for the Conservative Soul (Part 3 concluding with Dave Swindle)

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Battling for the Conservative Soul

Friday, April 18th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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See Part I here

See Part II here

On today’s Fightin Words podcast: What Is “The Right” Anyway?: Part III, concluding a discussion with PJ Media associate editor David Swindle on the distinctions within the right-wing coalition. Can we sort out our differences? If so, how?

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Anarchists Among Us

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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See Part I here

On today’s Fightin Words podcast: What Is “The Right” Anyway?: Part II, continuing a discussion with PJ Media associate editor David Swindle on the importance of accurately navigating ideological territory, we consider whether anarchy is “right-wing?”

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(14:37 minutes long; 14.03 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

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What Is ‘The Right’ Anyway?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson
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Lots of different views here. So what makes them all “right-wing?”

On today’s Fightin Words podcast: A discussion with PJ Media associate editor David Swindle on the use of “the Right” as a political identifier. Who are we talking about? Who is and is not part of “the Right?”

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The Danger of Utopia

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Sunday’s murderous shootings in Kansas City have been labelled hate crimes. What makes an offense a hate crime? Should government seek to end racism by prosecuting it?

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Making Racism Impotent

Monday, April 14th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Steve Israel, appearing with Candy Crowley on CNN, says significant elements of the Republican base “are animated by racism.” Rather than argue which party proves more racist, let’s consider which policies lend racism its power.

A just society punishes actions which violate individual rights, like Sunday’s ghastly shootings at Jewish community centers in Kansas City. An unjust society allows, endorses, or even perpetrates violations of rights, as Nazi Germany did. Rather than a world without racism, a utopian ideal futilely sought after through the police of thought, we should seek public policy which condemns any action which violates rights, regardless of its motivation.

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Don’t Fear the Future

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: PJ Media’s Bonnie Ramthun joins the program to discuss her recent piece “The Rise of the Robot Employee.” As the Left moves to raise the minimum wage, robots become less expensive than human workers.

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Is Jeb Bush Right on Immigration?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: The former Florida governor and would-be successor to the Bush presidential dynasty made an odd play over the weekend, calling illegal immigration “an act of love.” Does he know something most Republicans don’t?

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Who Owns Compassion in Politics?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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Today’s Fightin Words podcast: The Left lays claim to compassion in the political discourse. What happens when we test that claim against their policy prescriptions?

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Christianity’s Contribution to Progressive Politics

Monday, April 7th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Welcoming new listeners from PJ Media, we consider the effect of Christian-themed altruism on political discourse. Does acting for others require sacrificing your values?

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‘Shelter In Place’ or Lay Down and Die?

Friday, April 4th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

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Another Fort Hood shooting where trained military personnel were unarmed and ordered to hide like children. What’s wrong with this picture?

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Audio Interview: Whit Stillman Discusses Damsels in Distress

Friday, April 27th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll
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Ever since 1990′s Metropolitan, writer-director Whit Stillman has been documenting the foibles and mores of elite WASPs the “urban haute bourgeoisie.” His latest film, Damsels in Distress, is set at fictional Seven Oaks College, and explores the efforts of Greta Gerwig as Violet Wister, Analeigh Tipton as Lily and Megalyn Echikunwoke as the posh London accented-Rose, to reform the slovenly boys of the school’s frat house. Along the way, they team up to create the Sambola, the dance craze of 2012.

In this ten minute interview Stillman discusses:

  • Why it’s been 14 years since his previous film, The Last Days of Disco.
  • How the independent film market has changed since the 1990s.
  • How Damsels references both Metropolitan and Last Days of Disco.
  • When we can expect to see 1994′s Barcelona on Blu-Ray and/or in the Criterion Collection.
  • When we can expect Stillman’s next film.

And much more. Click below to listen to our interview:

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Interview with the Authors of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin are the co-authors of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men. Knowing how much I love the show (at least in its early seasons — get back to me when this season is over…) my wife gave me a copy of the book for Christmas, and I was surprised at how thorough and accurate the authors’ research of Mad Men, and early ’60s drinking and dining in general was. If you’re planning a Mad Men-themed party, or simply want to make the same kind of Old Fashioned that Don drinks, Roger’s favorite Oysters Rockefeller recipe, or heck, Pat Nixon’s Date Nut Bread, this is your book.

Among the topics we discussed are:

  • While aesthetics in general may have arguably gone downhill since the swank suit and skinny ties of the early 1960s, food has actually gotten much more varied. How basic were the dining and drinking choices in Don Draper’s days? The answer may surprise you.
  • How did the authors compile a list of all of the food and drink shown on the show?
  • How cooperative were the restaurants that are still around, and mentioned in the show in working with the authors?
  • Have they met any of the cast members since writing the book?

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Radio Show on Negative Images of Men in the Media

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 - by Helen Smith


I was on the Brian Wilson show discussing my PJ Lifestyle posts on the negative portrayal of men in the media.

You can listen here.

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Andrew Klavan: At the Corner of Hollywood and New Media

Monday, March 5th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

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Novelist, screenwriter, GBTV.com and PJTV contributor and PJ Media columnist Andrew Klavan and I spoke on Sunday for a 22-minute long podcast interview, in which we discussed:

I’ve admired Andrew’s work ever since seeing True Crime with Clint Eastwood in a San Jose theater back in 1999, and have featured his PJTV material numerous times on PJM’s Sirius-XM show during its run. But I had never spoken with Andrew before the National Review Cruise this past November. So it was great to ask him some thoughts on new media, Hollywood, conservatism, and the future of the movie industry.

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Audio Interview: Thomas Hibbs on ‘Shows About Nothing’

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

What connects seemingly disparate works such as The Silence of the Lambs, Cape Fear, Mad Men, and Seinfeld? It is the philosophy of nihilism, first popularized by Friedrich Nietzsche in the late 19th century. But in the last few decades,  how did it become the dominant worldview of Hollywood? In 1999, Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs, currently the Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture and Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University, wrote the original version of Shows About Nothing: Nihilism in Popular Culture. Last month, Baylor University released an updated version of the book, which explores shows and films that have debuted since Hibbs’ original work was published. In this half-hour interview, Hibbs discusses:

  • How post-WWII Hollywood originally explicitly rejected Nietzsche and nihilism, before ultimately embracing him with open arms.
  • Why horror movies eventually eradicated God for charming nihilists who fashion their morality as “beyond good and evil,” such as Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
  • Seinfeld: the sunny side of nihilism.
  • How man successfully threw off the encumbrances of authority and tradition only to find himself subject to new, more devious, and more intractable forms of tyranny.
  • How aesthetics came to usurp morality.
  • Mad Men’s Don Draper: the man in the gray nihilistic suit.
  • Can Hollywood move beyond nihilism?

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Audio: Dr. Helen & Amy Alkon on Men’s Issues

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 - by Helen Smith

My interview with Advice Goddess Amy Alkon on men’s issues is now up at Blog Talk Radio. You can listen to us discuss paternity fraud, men’s reproductive rights (or lack thereof), domestic violence, and how men can learn to survive in a female-centered world:

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Interview: Michael Anton on The Suit

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

Late last month, I spoke with Michael Anton, former speechwriter for Rupert Murdoch, George W. Bush and Condi Rice, and deputy foreign policy advisor for the 2008 Giuliani presidential campaign, on The Suit: A Machiavellian Approach to Men’s Style, his sartorially-oriented parody of Machiavelli’s The Prince, written in 2006 under the pen name of Nicholas Antongiavanni.  As its subtitle and nom de fashion hints, it’s a book aimed towards businessmen, professionals and those entering the political arena on how to use the business suit to their advantage. I spoke with Michael in 2006 when the book first came out for a Tech Central Station article, and it seemed like a natural fit to do a follow-up here at the Lifestyle blog.

Anton discusses:

  • How a man can improve his style while making a minimum of aesthetic and financial disasters.
  • How does a businessman square looking sharp with the trend towards business casual?
  •  How does a politician use the rules of fashion to his advantage?
  • Anton’s take on the no-tie look that seems to be catching on amongst the on-air talent on TV channels such as ESPN, CNN and MSNBC.
  • The continuing influence of the artwork created for Apparel Arts, an otherwise forgotten 1930s-era publication (later spun-off into both GQ and Esquire), on menswear.
  • We also discuss the fashion styles of Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Unfortunately, we recorded this interview before Herman Cain’s recent rise in the polls, and I very much regret not getting Anton’s take on Cain’s sartorial choices. (Good excuse for a possible follow-up interview next year though.)

Plus a preview of Michael’s upcoming articles in City Journal, the Claremont Review of Books, and the Weekly Standard.

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Interview: Terry Teachout on Armstrong, Mencken, and Middlebrow

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

If Terry Teachout, the drama critic for the Wall Street Journal who also blogs at About Last Night, sounds particularly refreshed in our latest podcast, it isn’t because he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Shortly before our interview, he and his wife had recently spent two nights at Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark Seth Peterson Cottage, one of the last residences that Wright designed, in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

Beyond that experience, Terry and I discuss:

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Goin’ Mobile with Rob Long

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

Rob Long, a former executive producer of TV’s beloved Cheers, columnist at National Review “On Dead Tree” and the co-host, along with Peter Robinson and James Lileks, of Ricochet.com, stopped by this past Friday for a half-hour discussion. Well, perhaps “stopped by” isn’t quite the right phrase, as Rob conducted his half of the interview from his car, on the way up to Napa Valley in Northern California for a wedding this past weekend. Fortunately, thanks to his bluetooth headphone, he wasn’t pulled over by any overzealous CHP officers for driving and podcasting, which can result in 7 to 10 years of hard time in California’s dreaded Steve Allen Memorial Prison.

Among the topics discussed:

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