HLC-096 Trump’s Taiwan On Strategy...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast for December 6, 2016, it’s the Trump’s Taiwan On Strategy edition of the podcast, brought to you by Stamps.com, SimpliSafe and DonorsTrust. Today we discuss – Trumps phone call diplomacy with Taiwan. The Taiwanese government is no doubt in ecstasy that after forty years of one China policy – where the one China was someone other than them – that the new President-elect was either cunning enough or bumbling enough to get himself on the phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. We share some secret insight that we have from a Taiwanese diplomat acquaintance who shall remain nameless. Then, Kelloggs dives into a bowl of politics and goes Snap Crackle Pop as (a) they suspend their advertising from Breitbart.com and (b) Breitbart strikes back. As of this writing Kelloggs (NSYE: K) is down about 4% in the last five trading days (against a rising market). And we’ll talk about Madonna Doing the Trump Depression Dance. The rock star and pop tycoon is interviewed in Billboard Magazine this week and shares her mourning emote over the results of the election. It is not quite just another vacuum tube pop star whining however and the M-ster has a few intelligent things to say. We will discuss. We will, as always, have our shower thoughts and this week our hidden gem is Ian Tyson’s country/folk classic Someday Soon as sung by Suzy Bogguss. The Harvard Lunch Club podcast is brought to you by stamps.com: Anything you can do at the post office you can now do right from your desk with stamps.com. Anything except, of course, wasting your precious time. Buy and print official U.S. postage for ANY letter or package using your own...

HLC095 – Trump Killed Fidel...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club for November 28, 2016 it’s the Trump Killed Fidel edition of the show! Trump stuns the world winning the big election and just like that Fidel exits stage left to his eternal reward. Coincidence? We think not. We discuss how finally Fidel’s place in history is well-urned. Yuk, yuk. Should the Cuban government have kept their glorious leader in corporum eternus in the manner of Castro’s inspiration and guide V.I. Lenin (who continues to greet tourists to this day in his subterranean mausoleum)? Might an embalmed Fidel have come in handy as the greeting face at the future Havana Disney World’s Yesterday Exhibit? We’ll discuss. And, why do liberals continue to whine and moan in utter hysteria over Trump and what can we do to get them to keep it up forever? Todd tells the story of a colleague who forwards all manner of diatribe to him – including a hilarious piece by Milo Yiannopoulos entitled Here’s Why There Ought to Be a Cap on Women Studying Science and Maths, the humor of which appears to have eluded said colleague. We’ll talk about Milo’s argument and the perspective of Nobel Prize Winner Tim Hunt regarding which Mike giving his informed scientific opinion. Finally, Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan is challenging Nancy Pelosi and political orthodoxy that identity politics is all and everything to the left. What is identity politics anyway? Is our strength to be found in diversity or in unity? What is the value of diversity to the right? What is the value of unity to the left? We will have, per usual, our shower thoughts; and our hidden gem this week is the classic tune Somewhere Beyond the Sea, as rendered by...

HLC-094 The Trump Party Podcast...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for November 22, 2016, It’s the Trump Party edition of the program, brought to you by SimpliSafe as well as Donors Trust. This week on the podcast we discuss the conflict of interest landmines awaiting Team Trump described recently by Republican Commentator David Frum. How will it be possible for President Trump to avoid getting in trouble when legislation, executive orders and rolling out of bed will have consequences for his personal financial empire? For the Democrats (and Republicans) who will be scheming to get rid of him as soon as possible won’t this be a target rich environment? Then we’ll talk about Vice-President Elect Mike Pence’s trip to the theater with his daughter to see the big, Tony-award winning hit Hamilton and the booing and dissing that he endured just to acquire a little culture with his kid (other than that Mr. Pence, how did you enjoy the play?). Was that an unbelievable ego trip by the Hamilton cast and crew members or what?!? Finally, we’ll discuss an article by bustle.com writer Julie Alvin entitled: 21 Women Whose Dads Voted For Donald Trump Tell Their Fathers How It Made Them Feel. How does this make Mike feel??? That’s Mike with three college attending daughters who are not completely with the Trump program. You can find the Harvard Lunch Club at http://harvardlunchclub.com/ and on Facebook at Harvard-Lunch-Club-Political-Podcast, find us on iTunes (a 5 star rating, please!!!) or anyplace else that you get your podcasts. We are on Twitter: @HLCpodcast and, of course, we are on Ricochet.com! The HLC podcast is brought to you by SimpliSafe: Protect your home the smart way without the expensive long-term contracts using Simply Safe home security. Visit Simply Safe-dot-com-slash-RICOCHET. That’s spelled S-I-M-P-L-I-S-A-F-E dot com slash Ricochet.” And the HLC podcast is...

HLC-093 The Primal Scream Podcast...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for November 15, 2016 it’s the Primal Scream edition of the podcast with your hosts, radio host Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. After six days we are all still screaming! Some scream for Donald Trump, some scream at Donald Trump and some scream, unaccountably, for ice cream. This week on the podcast we will talk about more fallout from the election – from the enthusiastic protests of professional troublemakers and precious snowflakes to the promises, promises of Lena Durham and fellow travelers to leave the United States (don’t let the door hit you on the way out!); from the new odd couple in the White House – of course I am talking about Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon – to the nation’s courageous mayors who are reaffirming their commitment to stand in the schoolhouse doors and prevent the enforcement of Federal Law. We’ll talk about marches by the KKK that aren’t and Mike’s plan to use the purse strings of scientific research to force universities to ensure that their janitors and gardeners are all legal U.S. residents. We’ll have, as usual, our fascinating shower thoughts and, as a tribute to the late, great Leonard Cohen we’ll have as our hidden gem of the week one of his early greats, Bird on a Wire. So come and scream with us! You can find the Harvard Lunch Club at http://harvardlunchclub.com/ and on Facebook at Harvard-Lunch-Club-Political-Podcast, find us on iTunes (a 5 star rating, please!!!) or  anyplace else that you get your podcasts. We are on Twitter: @HLCpodcast and, of course, we are on Ricochet.com! The Harvard Lunch Club podcast is brought to you by stamps.com: Anything you can do at the post office...

HLC-092 Trump is a Genius...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for November 9, 2016 it’s the “Trump is a Genius” edition of the podcast. We’ll discuss the new reality of November 9, 2016. We’ve been wondering what this day was going to be like for *ever*. And it turns out to be better than we could possibly have imagined it! Not only did Trump win, but the sheer energy of the victory carried along almost all of his detractors on the right – at least temporarily – like a tsunami…a temporary tsunami? We will discuss the change in the electorate that brought this about. Are the blue collar, Reagan Democrat, rust belt “leftover” voters a permanent feature of the new Republican coalition? Are Democrats in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – what Michael Moore called the “Brexit states,” destined to be a vanishing breed just as Democrats in the South have vanished? Mike will make a valiant attempt at humor with the prospective differences between the Trump presidency and the Obama presidency. (It’s hilarious). And then we will discuss wither the Clintons now? Will Hill and Bill finally get divorced leaving Bill to sow his molding wild oats around the globe? We discuss! Then we’ll have our shower thoughts as usual and our hidden gem this week is “It Don’t Worry Me,” from Robert Altman’s Nashville, as performed by Barbara Harris. Check us out on Twitter @HLCpodcast, on facebook at www.facebook.com/Harvard-Lunch-Club-Political-Podcast. And please go to iTunes and give us a big, fat, wet five stars! The HLC podcast is brought to you by a bevy of wonderful sponsors. By Stamps.com: Anything you can do at the post office you can now do right from your desk with stamps.com. Anything except, of course,...

HLC-091 Conrad Black’s Life Matters...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast for November 1, 2016 it’s the Conrad Black’s Life Matters edition. Our special guest is Lord Conrad Black founder of The National Post, author of highly acclaimed biographies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, and Canadian TV personality. Lord Black is an outspoken Trump supporter who writes for the National Review. He will discuss with us, among other things, what makes America the greatest country on earth and how the “Bush-Clinton-Obama co-regency” threatens to derail that greatness. Further, as a personal acquaintance and longtime business associate of Donald Trump he attests to Trump’s solidity as a businessman and loyalty as a friend (to say nothing of his basic sanity). Also, we’ll talk about FBI Director James Comey’s leap back into the middle of the 2016 election and the torpedo he launched at the HMS Hillary last Friday by reopening her email investigation. Does Hillary’s first instinct of demanding that Comey release everything immediately make sense? Is her second instinct – to assassinate the messenger by slamming Comey – work any better? Is the enthusiasm gap, where Trump now leads by seven points according to one poll, enough to tilt the election to Donald? We’ll have our shower thoughts as usual and our hidden gem this week is (the subversive) Clandestino, by Manu Chao. The HLC podcast is brought to you this week by Stamps.com! Anything you can do at the post office you can now do right from your desk with stamps.com. Anything except, of course, wasting your precious time. Buy and print official U.S. postage for ANY letter or package using your own computer and printer. And we are also brought to you by SaneBox. Is your email box...

HLC-090-Trump Is Dead

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for October 25, 2016, it’s the “Trump is Dead” edition. Your hosts Todd Feinburg, Boston area talk show guy and Mike Stopa, practicing nanophysicist will guide you again through this week’s obstacle course of an election and preview what’s going to happen if we wake up on November 9 to President-elect Hillary Clinton (as we seem painfully likely to do). We will not spare you the pain: Obamacare cast in cement, pathway to citizenship, oppressive taxation (“she’ll go where the money is”) – are on the horizon. What do we do? And we’ll also discuss the drip, drip, drip of the Wikileaks email dumps. If we haven’t heard the crescendo yet, what can we expect to come next? We discuss the revelation of some supposedly distinguished journalists cravenly calling themselves “hacks” and running their copy by John Podesta, the DNC or any other leftwing outfit that gives them succor and access. (Hint: we name names…but that’s what Wikileaks is all about, isn’t it?). We’ll have our shower thoughts as usual and our hidden gem this week is Senza una Donna, by the Italian superstar Zucchero. (For you folkies out there, sorry, he *does not* play the banjo). The HLC podcast is brought to you this week by Stamps.com! Anything you can do at the post office you can now do right from your desk with stamps.com. Anything except, of course, wasting your precious time. Buy and print official U.S. postage for ANY letter or package using your own computer and printer. And we’re also brought to you by ZipRecruiter! Is your business giving you endless headaches because you can’t seem to find the qualified candidates who are right for the jobs...

HLC-089 The Rigged Podcast...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for October 18, 2016 it’s the Rigged Podcast edition of the show. We are thrilled to have the chance this week to talk matters philosophical and transcendent (and Supreme Court) during our exclusive interview with Emily Bazelon of the New York Times Magazine and the Slate Political Gabfest who joins us again at HLC. The Trump Train continues to clatter down the tracks and the days of rigorous speeches and focused message in late August and early September that brought the race to parity seems to be a thing of the past. Trump continues to draw tens of thousands but The Donald’s focus seems to be on polls and process. We discuss this and we also discuss a powerful piece by Hoover Institution historian and overall conservative big cheese Victor Davis Hanson – in The National Review no less – arguing the case for conservatives to vote for Trump. (We thought that was a no-brainer long ago). We’ll have our shower thoughts and our hidden gem for this week is Buster Poindexter’s cover of Castle in Spain from Disney’s Babes in Toyland. This edition of the HLC podcast is brought to you by SaneBox. If your inbox is out of control (and who’s isn’t) try the SaneBox solution. Go to Sanebox.com and enter the promo code HLC (that’s us) and get an extra $25 off on top of the two week free trial. We are also brought to you by ZipRecruiter.com. Is your business just not finding the qualified candidates you need to succeed? At ZipRecruiter.com post you advertisement just once and watch qualified candidates roll in. Follow us online at Harvardlunchclub.com, on twitter @hlcpodcast and at Richocet.com. And now, if you like...