HLC-162 Liz Warren 2020!...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 16, 2018, it’s number 162, the Liz Warren 2020! edition of the show with your humble hosts, Todd Feinburg, radio guy and Mike Stopa nanophysicist. This week, in anticipation of her nomination, election and coronation in 2020, is our all Liz week! What’s the point of swimming upstream? Socialism is nigh. We didn’t build it! Who doesn’t need a shrill school marm to keep us all in line? Who doesn’t yearn for that Patron Saint of people who can’t read the fine print on their credit card application? We will reveal some things you never knew about Granny Warren and discuss some things you know only too well. We will have, per every time, our shower thoughts and our hidden gem is (what else?) the Tomahawk Chop Song. Enjoy! Join us in the comments and *please* (if you haven’t already) give us a few of those juicy stars over on iTunes or wherever you get your weekly HLC fix! Thanks! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-161 Nunes, Man of Steele...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast number 161 it’s the Devin Nunes, Man of Steele edition of the show with your humble hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. In this week’s edition we dissect, trisect, septasect the Nunes memo, the Steele dossier (yichh!) and the FBI cabal that is working night and day to take Trump down. This is a serious discussion. Of course the legacy media on the left (did I repeat myself?) are doing nothin but “debunking.” They call it fact checking but they set out with the clear and unvarnished objective to cut the Nunes memo down to size. Newsweek’s treatment is particularly egregious in its one-sidedness. But is the right a bit unhinged as well? Stopa thinks so, Todd is unconvinced. Is there really a conspiracy in the FBI? or is it simply partisanship that has gotten excessive? We will discuss. Next, we discuss an LA Times report on some “research” out of the University of Leeds. Leeds is like one of those third rate institutions that are just trying to grab themselves some sunshine. Published in Nature Sustainability the Leeds paper compares the quality of living in lots of countries with the sustainability. It is an embarrassing socialist diatribe with a little climate hysteria sprinkled on top. It’s always fun when the second rate academics dance their naked leftist dance  for all to see. We will have our shower thoughts (P.G. Wodehous! What ho!) and our hidden gem, first ever for Simon and Garfunkel, is from Bridge Over Trouble Water:  The Only Living Boy in New York. Half of the time we’re gone but we don’t know where and we don’t know where…” Enjoy! Podcast: Play in new window |...

HLC-160 The Glenn Reynolds Interview: Listen to it All...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast for January 29, 2018, it’s the Glenn Reynolds Interview: Listen to it All edition of the show, episode number 160! Our special guest this week is the purveyor of Instapundit himself, Glenn Reynolds. We are truly psyched to have Glenn on. He represents the best in independent, libertarian, power-suspicious and iconoclastic podcast voices in the history of the internet. We will have, in addition to the interview with Glenn, a discussion about gridlock and why it’s so bad after all. The New York Times blathers on about how Donald Trump has demolished the sweet, bipartisan spirit that had been, up until recently, embracing Washington for, how long? who knows? We’ll talk with Glenn about the history of Instapundit and about his forthcoming USA Today column: Our Current Golden Age. We’ll have our shower thoughts as always and this week’s hidden gem is from the man himself, Jimi Hendrix, The Wind Cries Mary. Enjoy! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-159 Whither the Street Walkers?...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 23, 2018, it’s the Whither the Street Walkers? edition of the show with your humble Johns radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week we ask why aren’t the street walkers embraced whole-heartedly by the March for Women and the #MeToo movement? After all, who has more right to wear a pussy hat than professional sex workers? They have appeared this year at the Women’s March in Las Vegas (where their profession is, of course, legal) with their insignia red umbrellas, but they seem to generate some, er, friction with the movement, so to speak. We will analyze. And then, the #NeverTrumpers….again….An interesting article by David Frum in the Atlantic. According to Frum, conservatives need to be culturally modern, economically inclusive and environmentally responsible. According to Frum, Trump appealed to what was mean and cruel and shameful. So, besides being deplorable we are now mean and cool and shameful? Okay, count me in. We will have our shower thoughts, naturally. And our hidden gem this week (a propos of the Street Walker theme) is Joe Cocker’s rendition of Bye Bye Blackbird.  Enjoy! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-158 The Harvard Bitcoin Political Podcast...

Well it worked for the Long Blockchain nee Island Ice Tea Corporation, why can’t it work for us? The former Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast is now the Harvard Bitcoin Club Podcast…or maybe it’s the Harvard Lunch Club Bitcoin podcast…we’re not sure yet. But the Long Island Iced Tea Company tripled their share price last month after catching the bitcoin wave with a catchy name change to go along with their business model change. So we too are going for it! In this edition of the Harvard Bitcoin Club podcast we talk about…Bitcoin! and then some more about bitcoin! and then (to show how flexible we are) we talk about racism and Donald Trump. Last week, founding father Peter Robinson posted on Ricochet an email Mike sent to him with my brief explanation of bitcoin – how it works, why is it worth anything, and what will it be worth tomorrow. You can find it here. Thanks Peter! You should equally check out the comments where the great Ricochetti once again displayed their depth and erudition. You know there are a lot of smart, well-informed people out there! In the future we will, on the Harvard Lunch Club page, um, er, the Harvard Bitcoin Club page, have a page of explanations and links to the bitcoin literature that embellishes on my short explanation. But for now, enjoy and comment and please recommend us to your friends and on iTunes! In addition to our shower thoughts (natch!) our hidden gem this time (and it’s pretty well hidden, believe me) is that smash hit “Om Asatoma” by Deva Premal. Cheers!   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-157 Let’s Go Get Sessions Stoned...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 10, 2018, number 157, it’s the Let’s Go Get Sessions Stoned edition of the show with your Magical Mystery Tour guides Todd Feinburg and Mike Stopa. This week we explore the non-changes to the federal law prohibiting the sale and use of marijuana and the radical suggestion (hasn’t he done this before?) by A.G. Jeff Sessions that we enforce the existing law!!! Where did they find this guy? Hasn’t he been around Washington enough to know that we pick and choose which laws we enforce based on our perceived anticipation of the arc of history? Our HLC edition #80 contains our interview with then Senator Sessions and is here. And we will also discuss Oprah! or, as NBC likes to call her, OUR future President Oprah (nothin but respect here too). After the Dems and the left have gotten flattened by an eighteen wheeler from the reality TV world, does it make sense that they should go looking for and eighteen wheeler of their own? We will discuss. We have our shower thoughts. And, our hidden gem for the week is from Brewer and Shipley: One Toke Over the Line. (p.s. they’re both still alive). Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-156 The Crimson Crystal Ball...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 3, 2018 – O.M.G. it’s 2018! It is the Crimson Crystal Ball edition of the show with your hosts fortune-teller Todd Feinburg and Swami Mike Stopa. We will peer into the future, part the enveloping mists of chaos and tell you what you can expect in the coming year and perhaps beyond! Here are, yes, our much-awaited predictions for 2018! Can you afford *not* to listen? We will also discuss a column from the New York Times which, gasp, gives begrudging credit to Trump’s deregulation efforts for the economic revival we are enjoying, including the optimism and investment by the business community even before the tax breaks became a reality (or even before they had moved very far along). We will have, as you, gentle listener, have come to expect, our shower thoughts and we will have, naturally, our hidden gem. The latter of which, this week, is by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Midnight Train to Georgia. Enjoy! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-155 The Exquisite Flake...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 27, 2017 it’s the Exquisite Flake edition of the show, episode 155 (O.M.G.). We are your humble hosts…at times unabashedly pro-Trump, at times, acerbic, at times silly, we are Todd Feinburg, radio guy and Mike Stopa nanophysicist. And we are with you every week to keep you up to date and properly enraged at the political landscape. This week, enraged is the key to the show. We have two topics, both enraging. First, Jeff Flake and second regulatory dark matter. One. Jeff flake recently commented that the people at Trump rallies are the “spasms of a dying party” and that Trump is ruling through “anger and resentment.” This is the guy who drove around trying to bamboozle federal agents who came to his family;s ranch (or flew over it) trying to catch the illegal aliens that Flake’s family was “hiring and harboring” (that’s a felony if you want to look it up). Flake then goes on to say that he is thinking of treading in the giant footsteps of Evan McMullin in 2020 carrying the conscientious conservative banner. Flake is the kind of conservative who is – shallow as a dishpan – convinced that whatever is good for the Flake family is good for America. His sense of entitlement would embarrass Prince Harry. He waxes eloquent in the NY Times recently about how he, *he*, the very scion of the Flake dynasty, sat in humility at the feel of their illegal alien ranch hand and learned the value of hard work from the heathen. It reads like Jesus washing the feet of his lowly disciples. Then, we have a terrific discussion with Wayne Crews, the director of technology at...