National Review's Radio Free California Podcast
By National Review
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A show about the perilous state of the Golden State—and what that means for you, wherever you live. California is the hothouse lab of the Left, the nation-state creating the statist policies, art, and lifestyles of the future – and generating the political dollars to make them a reality in a community near you. Hosts Will Swaim (California Policy Center) and David Bahnsen (The Bahnsen Group, Fox Business News commentator, conservative activist) beam this weekly show internationally, from mostly undisclosed pirate-radio platforms west of the Sierra Nevada. Intro. music graciously provided by Los Angeles-based Metalachi, the metal/mariachi soundtrack of the near-future. Find them at Metalachi.com. N.B. The most recent ten episodes of this podcast are available on this feed. Full archives are available at NationalReview.com.
||CleanEpisode 40: 5 Summer Stories, or How Outsiders See California||Five young people from five universities (Hillsdale, LaSalle, Rhodes, Missouri, and Oregon) spent their summers working for the California Policy Center -- and learning about state-mandated cancer warnings, plastic bag bans,||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39: The Dark Money Behind Rent Control||David and Will discuss the much-rumored Los Angeles teachers strike and explore the dark money behind a statewide ballot measure to resuscitate rent control. Special bonus track: You can’t be trusted with plastic straws or shopping bags in California,||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38: The Worst Things on the Streets of San Francisco||David and Will discuss the Silicon Valley revolt against Facebook, a ban on stuff you’ll find on the streets of San Francisco, and the damage done to students by the powerful California Teachers Association.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: Class-Conscious Conservatism||David and Will discuss Luke Thompson’s tour de force history of California politics and culture – and consider his prescription for a conservative comeback.||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: That Hideous Statehouse||David and Will discuss the cornucopia of bad legislation pouring out of Sacramento, the meaning for California of President Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee, and summer reading (including C.S. Lewis's "That Hideous Strength").||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: Let Our People Go||David and Will discuss this week’s historic Supreme Court decision eliminating mandatory government union membership – and what that means for the future of California.||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: Latino, Female, Californian, and Conservative||Will talks with Cecilia Iglesias, a Santa Ana school official, about her unusual political rise – and her vision for California.||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: Panic in Utopia||In this episode, David and Will discuss discuss Gavin Newsom’s “Marshall Plan” for California; a state court decision to allow assisted suicide; a November proposition to split California into three states; Berkeley’s declaration that climate ch||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: The Hermit Kingdom of California||David and Will discuss the latest moves by California’s government union leaders to clown Wall Street and to eliminate news of the outside world. As a digestif, we’ll sip Victor Davis Hanson’s delightful National Review essay on the future – and||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Grapes of Wrath, UFW-Style||David and Will discuss Stockton’s proposal to pay potential shooters not to shoot people; Iowa congressman Steve King’s bill that would put people like Oakland’s mayor in prison; and a California court orders the state to count ballots that have b||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Will and David fill a woefully deserted niche in political podcasts: thoughtful, conservative opinions focused on Californian. As a Californian (Kern County-an to be more exact), I have lamented that there are not more voices commenting on the state of our State. NRO's Radio Free California does so with intellect and humor, making it a delight to listen to. I highly recommend to any and every California conservative, or for those outside our state who want to try to understand the madness that is the Golden State.
Check it out.
Cogent. Careful. Funny. Articulate.
Solid pod. As a Californian I do recommend.
Liberals listen, too
I am a staunch liberal but I listen to you and appreciate what you have to say. Please keep in mind that you aren’t just speaking to the right. You’re also explaining conservative thought to people who care about being fair. It does not help to give “stooge” awards or allow yourselves to sound snide. That’s at least as bad as the political correctness and disdain of the left.