Quips, quotes, and highlights from podcasts across America 

The Week of July 30, 2021



“The previous administration had a mantra ‘Make America Great Again.’ Critical Race Theory will ‘Make America Racist Again.’ And I have no doubt about it. I believe it will divide us as a nation.”
— GOP Candidate for U.S. Senate Kathy Barnette, the Delaware Valley Journal Podcast.


“We spend most of our time talking about [law] enforcement. We talk very little about proven methods of preventing people from picking up guns in the first place. We need to invest in real, meaningful job opportunities that can keep people away from violence. We need to invest in healing people’s trauma, we need to invest in making sure people have a good quality of life. Why is no one talking about that?”
— Philadelphia City Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, WHYY’s Radio Times podcast on addressing the surge in gun violence.


“It’s so funny, this thing of ‘overnight success.’ I’ve been doing this for 20 years, but yes, sure, it happened overnight!”
–Brett Goldstein, who plays aging soccer player Roy Kent on the Ted Lasso show, In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast.


“We know that we can’t trust the unvaccinated …We should think about [mandatory vaccinations] like we think about drunk driving. I have two young, unvaccinated kids. I don’t know if people should have the freedom to transmit COVID-19 to my unvaccinated kids.”
— Former Baltimore health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, the Democracy Now! Podcast.


“There has been a total inversion on the Left since the 1960s. Back then, the government was bad and the people were good, hence the message ‘power to the people.’ Today, it’s very clearly ‘the people are bad — the people are so bad we must empower the government to fix them.’ It’s ‘power to the government.'”
— Abe Greenwald, The Commentary Magazine Podcast.


“If you’re vaccinated, you have a better chance of dying from a hornet or wasp sting, a dog attack, a car crash, drowning, sunstroke, choking on food than you do of dying from COVID-19.”
— Marc Theissen, the What The Hell is Going On podcast.


“We did polling of just Democratic primary voters during the heat of the 2020 primary. Only about one in ten primary voters were on Twitter, and those folks had totally different attitudes from the rest of the electorate. Twitter is not representative. It’s not even representative of the primary voters.”
— Lanae Erickson with the liberal think tank Third Way, The Chuck Toddcast.


“I don’t feel like my time here has been particularly successful.”
— U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), The Truth with Lisa Boothe podcast.


“I would get out of her car with her, a limo, and everyone’s going Madonna! Kathy Bates! Madonna! Kathy Bates!”
— Actress/comedian Rosie O’Donnell, the ‘PEOPLE’ In The ’90s podcast, recalling attending Oscar parties with Madonna before their 1992 movie A League of Their Own came out.