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John Podhoretz


Media Fellow, Hoover Institution; Columnist, New York Post; Author, Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane.

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The Challenges Of Reforming Health Care In A Partisan Era

interview with Avik Roy, John Podhoretzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ideas to reform health care, elections, politicians, society, and the family with Avik Roy and John Podhoretz.

Arnold Beichman Marches On

by John Podhoretzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 2, 2010

A tribute to the late Hoover fellow—journalist, anticommunist, enthusiast of life and the American experiment. By John Podhoretz.

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John Podhoretz — The Purposes of Political Combat

with John Podhoretzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The editor of Commentary magazine and the film critic for The Weekly Standard, John Podhoretz served as a speechwriter in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. He is the author of Hell of a Ride: Backstage at the White House Follies.

BUSH ALMIGHTY: Two Views of George W. Bush

with John Podhoretz, Ron Reaganvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 27, 2003

Admirers and critics have two diametrically opposed views of President George W. Bush. The admirers see a compassionate conservative at home and defender of the nation against terrorism and rogue states abroad. Critics see a radical conservative at home who led the nation into a destructive and unnecessary war abroad. Why do conservatives and liberals so often seem to be describing two different men when discussing President George W. Bush? Is it possible to find any common ground on which view of President Bush is closer to the truth?

HEBREW NATIONALISTS: Why the U.S. Supports Israel

with John Podhoretz, Steven Spiegel, Stephen Zunesvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 14, 2002

Recent opinion polls that show that the American public overwhelming wants the United States to avoid taking sides in the conflict in the Middle East. Yet members of Congress have been nearly unanimous in their support of Israel in its actions against the Palestinians. Just why is our government so steadfastly supportive of Israel? Does this support further our legitimate strategic interests in the Middle East? Or is it the result of domestic special interest politics?

The Inner Equality

by John Podhoretzvia Policy Review
Wednesday, August 1, 2001

John Podhoretz on In Therapy We Trust: America’s Obsession with Self-Fulfillment by Eva S. Moskowitz


with Michael Medved, John Podhoretzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Every year it seems that popular culture goes a little bit further—bigger explosions, more action, more violence, more sex... Is pop culture harmless or should we be concerned about the values presented in pop culture and the effects those presentations have on society? For instance, what is the connection between depictions of violence in films and on television and the incidence of violence in real life? If pop culture is having a negative impact on our society, what should we do about it?

TERMS OF ENDOWMENT: Government Funding and the Arts

with John Kreidler, Alonzo King, John Podhoretzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, May 25, 2000

In 1965, Congress established the National Endowment for the Arts, declaring that it was "necessary and appropriate" for the government to fund the arts. We examine the question of whether the NEA really is "necessary and appropriate." What are the consequences of the government awarding money to individual artists? What role does the NEA play in arts education? In short, has the NEA been a success or not?

Do-gooders and Double Standards

by John Podhoretzvia Policy Review
Saturday, April 1, 2000

John Podhoretz on The paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of Public Trust. by John B. Judis

Father of The Godfather

by John Podhoretzvia Policy Review
Tuesday, February 1, 2000

John Podhoretz on Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life by Michael Schumaker