The only political podcast I listen to is the Commentary Magazine Podcast. Commentary is a monthly magazine about politics and culture; it is conservative in outlook, and, given that it was founded by the American Jewish Committee, it gives a lot of coverage to Israel and Judaism. In the twice-weekly podcast, magazine editor John Podhoretz dominates an hour-long conversation with three other pundits about current events. I started listening in 2019, so many or most of the shows I’ve listened to have focused on either the Trump investigations or the Democrat primaries. It makes me feel decently well-informed without actually, say, reading a newspaper or watching a debate. And the podcast’s tenor suits me—conservative, but generally finding lots of folly to marvel at on both sides of the red–blue divide.
The Movie Snob branches out.
The Sub-Beacon Podcast. I get a fair amount of entertainment value out of podcasts these days, so I’ve decided to add them to the list of “things I review.” This is the one I’ve been listening to the longest, although it was called The Weekly Substandard when I first started listening to it. (It was an appendage of The Weekly Standard magazine, and when that magazine went out of business the podcast moved over to The Washington Free Beacon.)
Here’s the blurb for the podcast on the Apple podcasts webpage: “Each week, geek out with Victorino Matus, Jonathan V. Last, and Sonny Bunch for a podcast about movies and pop culture.” Or, as the hosts sometimes describe their program, “Dudes chattin’.” The episodes generally come out every Thursday, are around an hour long, and usually focus on a single recent movie release. If a superhero or Star Wars movie is out, they will almost certainly review it. Recent episodes included discussions about Joker, Rambo: Last Blood, Ad Astra, and some Dave Chapelle comedy performances. But the hosts talk a lot about their personal lives before they get around to the movie of the week, so get ready to hear plenty about Vic’s gout, his reduced gluttony diet, and his abnormally large head, Jonathan’s love for fine watches and his son’s amazing fastball, and Sonny’s antipathy for the beach and the outdoors more generally. Vic and Jonathan are almost my age, so I can relate to some of their references to how things were back in the day. In sum, I find the show pretty entertaining, although I must say that the humor does get a little high-schoolish at times, with double-entendres that barely qualify as such.