Beg to Differ with Mona Charen

Mona Charen hosts a roundtable with Linda Chavez, Bill Galston, and Damon Linker discussing the news of the week.

About the show

Beg to Differ is a weekly roundtable podcast brought to you by Host Mona Charen is joined by Linda Chavez of the Niskanen Center, Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, and Damon Linker of The Week to discuss the news of the week in a respectful, rational forum.


  • Hinge Moment of History

    February 25th, 2022  |  54 mins 28 secs

    AEI's Adam White joins the group to consider whether the invasion of Ukraine will shake the US from its decline into imbecility. Also whither the Supreme Court?

  • San Francisco Sends Democrats a Message

    February 18th, 2022  |  1 hr 29 secs

    George Will joins to discuss the San Francisco warning, the Republicans' drift, and the inflation danger.

  • Open Everything?

    February 11th, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Tom Nichols joins the panel to discuss whether it's time to end Covid restrictions, Ukraine and democracy, and "legitimate political discourse."

  • A Canceling We Will Go

    February 4th, 2022  |  56 mins 45 secs

    Peter Wehner joins the group, which includes Bill Kristol this week, to discuss the Whoopi Goldberg and other cancel controversies as well as Trump's acknowledgement of attempting a coup, and who's really abandoning democracy, Republicans or Democrats.

  • Putin Wants to Turn Back the Clock

    January 28th, 2022  |  52 mins 32 secs
    belarus, biden, breyer, confirmation, defensive weapons, democracy, democrats, energy, france, georgia, gerhard schroder, germany, manchin, merkel, nord stream, nuclear power, olaf scholz, pew, putin, qatar, republican base, russia, scotus, senate, sinema, soviet union, supreme court, tucker carlson, ukraine

    Stanford’s Francis Fukuyama joins the group to discuss Ukraine and the impact of a new Supreme Court justice on politics and jurisprudence.

  • Do's and Don'ts of Democracy Protection

    January 21st, 2022  |  55 mins 19 secs
    arizona, biden’s first year, big lie, black voters, brennan center, desantis, early voting, economy, gdp, georgia, inflation, new york, presidency, republican legislators, senate, unemployment, voter id, voting rights, voting rights act, water bottles

    CATO's Walter Olson brings his libertarian insight to a discussion of voting rights and wrongs — and Biden's first year.

  • Biden's Nadir Week?

    January 14th, 2022  |  55 mins 21 secs
    ballots. vote counting, belarus, biden, bull connor, chicken, covid, eastman, eric adams, europe, filibuster, georgia, gerrymandering, green card, harry enten, immigrants, jefferson davis, lincoln, lukashenko, mcconnell, milk, nato, new york city, nyc, omicron, russia, ruy teixeira, senate, sinema, stacey abrams, supermarket shelves, supply chain, swing states, ukraine, vote casting, voter turnout, voting, voting rights

    A.B. Stoddard and Ben Parker join the group to discuss Biden's kamikaze voting rights push and Putin's threats to Ukraine.

  • The Death of the Conservative Party

    January 7th, 2022  |  59 mins 19 secs
    conservatives, cult, democratic party, edmund burke, electoral count act, fbi, freedom to vote act, gop, groundhog day, insurrection, january 6, john lewis, lindsey graham, matt gaetz, polling, trump, wall street journal

    NY Times columnist Bret Stephens joins the panel, including Norm Ornstein, to discuss the GOP in the wake of Jan 6 and whether the Democrats are missing the boat on ECA and voting reform.

  • Were the Clintonites Right after All?

    December 24th, 2021  |  59 mins 25 secs
    activists, bbb, biden, bill clinton, build back better, centrists, child tax credit, cultural issues, defund the police, democratic leadership council, education, federal spending, hillary, hispanics, house boat, immigrants, latinos, manchin, non-college education, obama, pelosi, progressives, protesters, reagan era, senate, sister souljah, spending, suburban swing voters, the 90s, the clinton era, the squad, viriginia, west virginia, white working class

    The centrist wing of the democratic party is making a bit of a comeback. With Joe Manchin calling the shots on BBB — and cultural issues like "defund the police" not winning even among Black and Hispanic voters — is it time for the Democratic leadership to stand up to the progressives? The Atlantic's Ron Brownstein is this week's special guest.

  • Was January 6 a Coup Attempt?

    December 17th, 2021  |  1 hr 9 mins
    2024, antifa, biden, bob dole, chris wallace, congress, covid, democrats, economy, fox news, house committee, incitement, insurrection, kamala harris, liz cheney, mark meadows, martial law, military, montana, primary, service workers, trump

    The Washington Post's Dan Balz joins the panel to discuss the January 6 committee, whether Biden will/should seek reelection, and how the pandemic has affected work/family balance.

  • Resentful Animosities

    December 10th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    aggression, american conservatism, biden, bob dole, china, cold war, culture war, damon linker, david brooks, democracy, democracy summit, government benefits, government spending, gun fetishism, gun safes, guns, hispanics, infrastructure, involuntary manslaughter, iran, latinos, latinx, linda chavez, michigan, mona charen, north korea, parental responsibilities, parental rights, peter meijer, peter wehner, pew, police, realism, ron brownstein, rural living, russia, school shootings, tim alberta, united states, us, war, william galston

    Peter Wehner joins the group to discuss threats to democracy, the GOP's gun fetish, and more.

  • If Roe Goes

    December 3rd, 2021  |  53 mins 45 secs
    abortion, biden, bill galston, bill kristol, birth control, boosters, constitution, covid, damon linker, debate, democrats, eunuch, fox news, governors races, griswold, harper's magazine, ilhan omar, kevin mccarthy, lauren boebert, lawrence v texas, marjorie taylor greene, masks, midterms, mona charen, mondale, morning in america, nancy mace, obergefell, omicron, protests, puberty blockers, reagan, republicans, roe vs wade, same-sex marraige, scotus, senators, substack, supreme court, trans kids, transgender kids, travel restrictions, trump, tucker carlson, will saletan, women

    Slate's Will Saletan joins the group, including Bill Kristol, to discuss the implications of a possible reversal of Roe and Biden's opportunities to recover.