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222. Non-belonging

Is the word ‘conservative’ up for grabs? Does lying matter? What Harvey Weinstein should have said. Who’s worse: Trump or Pence? Subscribe to Need to Know in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed. ...

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221. Swamp Creatures, Morons, Gun Control, and Rock

Policy guru Avik Roy joins to consider whether there’s still space for market oriented reform in health care and in American life in general. He also explains how he became a wonk. Jay and Mona then turn to the Las Vegas massacre, Tom Price’s departure, Rex Tillerson’s honesty (and likely tenure), going easy on Trump, and Mona’s experience at a rock concert. Yes, really. Music from this week’s episode: Barcarolle from “The Tales of Hoffmann,” by Offenbach, sung by Montserrat Caballé and Shirley Verrett Subscribe to Need to Know in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed. ...

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220. Men in White Coats

Football, addled congressmen, vionists who learn from YouTube, Russian Twitter bots, what Roy Moore signifies about Republicans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and finding our footing amid the constantly shifting ground of politics in 2017. Music from this show: Wuilly Moises Arteaga at the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York  Subscribe to Need to Know in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed. ...

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219. Return to Normalcy?

That’s what Warren Harding promised. Is the Trump Administration approaching something like it? Jay and Mona discuss Trump’s UN speech, Medicare for all, the Alabama senate race, and whether conservativism and crudeness are now coterminous. Music is Jean Sibelius, Karelia suite. Subscribe to Need to Know in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed. ...

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218. Betrayed

The Atlantic’s Emily Yoffe joins to discuss her series on campus rape. Mona has done some research of her own on this, and they talk evidence, rights of the accused, and other thorny matters. Talk then turns to Trump’s deal with the Democrats, Berkeley’s encounter with Ben Shapiro, the conservative media complex, and demagogues of the right and left. Music is from The Producers. Subscribe to Need to Know in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed. ...

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217. Dream On

Mona and Jay had not talked to each other in a while — she had been moving, he had been traveling — so they have some catching up to do. They talk about “dreamers” and immigration. They talk about Trump and “Chuck ‘n’ Nancy.” They talk about the Koreas. They talk about Joe Biden (!). About New Jersey (Mona’s native state). About the Confederacy and the ongoing war over monuments. About many things. They even talk about Taylor Swift, if briefly (swiftly). The music they go out on is not Taylor but Bach – as jazzed up by the Swingle Singers, back in a swinging era. Subscribe to Need to Know in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed. ...

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216. Civil Wars Then and Now

Jay and Mona talk of Nazis – neo and old (Jay is in Salzburg), how the Republican Party has now managed to take on the Democrats’ past sins, nuclear brinksmanship, and whether Trump’s churning staff changes will make a difference. Subscribe to Need to Know in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed. ...

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215. Pyongyang Threatens. Is Trump Up To This?

Bad choices everywhere you look with regard to North Korea. Jay and Mona discuss the options, the prospect of nuclear war – should we threaten it? – and the fitness of the commander-in-chief. They also consider Google’s corporate culture, whether campus attitudes matter, the Mueller investigation, McMaster v. Bannon, and Jay’s Salzburg sojourn. Subscribe to Need to Know in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed. ...

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214. A Little Help From My Friends

New York Times op-ed editor Bari Weiss joins NTK to discuss the extremism of the January Women’s March and how mainstream liberals have handled the issue. Jay and Mona then turn to Rex Tillerson and democracy, abortion and the Democrats, obsolete technology, race and art, and the generals and others who advise Trump. Subscribe to Need to Know in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed. ...

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213. The Eternal Asterisk

Benjamin Parker of The Weekly Standard (who also happens to be related to Mona) joins NTK to discuss his interview with Vladimir Kara-Murza and the free speech climate on his college campus. Jay and Mona then discuss the cyber bullying of Jeff Sessions, the crazy White House, and some rare good international news. Subscribe to Need to Know in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed. ...

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