Friday’s program is a unique way to end the first broadcast week of the new year. I spent most of the week interviewing key political players like GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, House Budget Chair Paul Ryan as well as Senator Rand Paul, Congressman John Campbell, AEI President Arthur Brooks, Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney and Washington Examiner columnist Philip Klein –almost exclusively on the fiscal cliff and the looming debate over entitlements. Most of these interviews are in transcript form on the transcript page, as is my annual roll call of some of the departed with Mark Steyn..
On Fridays, though, I try and get to the biggest issues, and today it is easy to do so as the first two hours will be spent with Jon Meacham and the third with Dr. Larry Arnn of Hillsdale College. I am talking Jefferson with Meacham and Homer with Arnn. Because talk radio is so uncivil, don’t you know.
John Meacham’s new biography of Jefferson —Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power— is splendid. I urge you to listen and then buy the book and read it, as I did, in a few sittings. It is very strangely relevant to these times.
Hour three with Dr. Arnn launches a new feature, The Hillsdale Hour, in which we will first review the news of the week, and then dive into one of the classics. Hillsdale is the “lantern of the north” because it has been combining a great concern for the present with a deep study of the best of the past for nearly 170 years. Each week we will be doing this format, so if you want to be smart about the world we live in, and why it is the way it is, don’t miss this hour. After our review of the week’s events, Dr. Arnn will tackle how to read the classics and an intro to Homer’s Iliad.
Because if talk radio doesn’t do it, it doesn’t get done. For past offerings from Hillsdale and to sign up for the free monthly speech digest Imprimus, visit the Hillsdale College’s website.
And remember: No debt ceiling hike without entitlement reform. Somebody put that into Latin please, like Cato the Elder’s Carthago delenda est!