Lagniappe …

Matt K. Lewis | Senior Contributor

As we head into the weekend, here are a few thought-provoking topics for your listening and viewing pleasure …

On the Matt Lewis & The News podcast this week, we spoke with author and historian Helen Rappaport about her book “Conspirator: Lenin in Exile.”

“I think all politicians need to have an apprenticeship,” Rappaport said of Vladimir Lenin. “[T]hose 16 — nearly 17 years in exile — made him the revolutionary he was.”

(Listen to our full conversation with Helen Rappaport here or download it on iTunes.)

We also talked with Dr. Rafael Medoff about his new book, “Herbert Hoover and the Jews: The Origins of the ‘Jewish Vote’ and Bipartisan Support for Israel.” (Listen to our full conversation with Rafael Medoff here or download it on iTunes.)

And over at ‘The DMZ’ show, Bill Scher and I discussed whether or not Sarah Palin is favoring gender over ideology when making endorsements — and if the GOP should change itself to appeal to women and minority voters. We also discussed Ross Douthat’s theory about the danger of politics becoming religion.

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