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182. What’s Next?

Jay and Mona wonder what the next four years will look like now that the Republican Party has taken on so many of the features of the Democratic Party. Is demography destiny? Does anyone still uphold good character and deplore the “coarsening of the culture”? They close with light and dark: A note of fortitude about our task, and dark foreboding from Shostakovich. Music from this week’s show: End of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 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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181. You Picked A Fine Time to Go Nuts, GOP

Did Citizens United hand the US electoral system to nefarious corporate interests and “dark money”? We ask former FEC chairman and free speech advocate Bradley Smith. His lucid explication makes even this murky realm of the law very clear. Jay and Mona then consider emotionalism, tribalism, and extremism in American politics. Also, is it just the women angle that makes Trump unacceptable? Bob Dylan gets a shout out that he might not like. 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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180. Rupture

Presidential historian Tevi Troy drops by to talk about crises. He’s written a book titled Shall We Wake the President? Wilson was a flop at responding to the 1918 flu, but Reagan responded well to the Tylenol poisoning case. This much is certain: Every president will have to respond to a crisis, so . . . After Tevi departs Jay and Mona consider the crisis of the election and the hypocrisy of the right. How did we get here? Will we all come back together after November 8?  Music from this week’s episode: Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi – Aida, “O terra addio” 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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179. Him and Her and Others

Note: This podcast was recorded before the Trump video story broke.  Mona and Jay talk about him and her – you know, the major-party presidential nominees. They also talk about some other things: including the Nobel Peace Prize, Captive Nations Week, Bill Cosby, and music. Bill Cosby, you say? In his legal distress, he has turned to racism – charges of racism. With patriotism, they are a last refuge.  The podcast goes out on music by Prokofiev – from his great ballet “Romeo and Juliet.” Also, here is a link to the Czardas piece discussed in the show. 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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178. Debate Post-Mortem. Fat Pigs Edition

The match of the century? Hardly. Jay and Mona speculate on which Republican could have done what Trump failed to do in the first debate – really take it to Hillary Clinton. They talk trade, Lewinsky, taxes (did Trump admit he doesn’t pay them?), “trickle down” economics, demeanor, and more. The closing music is emblematic of the Republican Party this year. 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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177. Who’re You Calling Deplorable?

It’s a Need to Know two-fer. First Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal editorial board joins Mona to talk trade, economics, Trump outsmarting the press, birtherism, and Venezuela. Then Jay joins to talk Baltic Nations, Mike Pence, “Chelsea” Manning, Colin Powell, a little baseball, and who’s deplorable. Music from this week’s episode: Õnnis on Inimene – Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir 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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176. Dictatorships and Double Standards

Mona and Jay talk about Hillary and Trump – and Putin and some other unsavory folks. Conservatives are strong on freedom and strong against dictators, right? The hosts also talk about the outcome of the election: Big Hillary win? Little Hillary win? Little Trump win? Big Trump win? Who knows? Near the end of the podcast, they talk about two movies, one concerning the First Couple, the other concerning a pilot hero. And they close with comments on two figures out of the musical-entertainment past: Victor Borge and Peter Schickele. 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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175. Ride On, McMullin!

Evan McMullin, independent candidate for president, joins Jay and Mona with surprisingly encouraging news about his efforts to offer a choice to those dismayed and disgusted by Trump/Clinton. He explains the p’s and q’s of ballot access and write-in campaigns and then talks some policy. Jay and Mona then mull their mixed feelings about banning the burkini. They discuss Georgetown’s affirmative action for the descendants of slaves the university sold generations ago, a teacher who denied Shakespeare to her “diverse” students, a few words about a truly heroic doctor, Denis Mukwege, and some reflections on childhood in the summertime. The closing music is “Ride On, Jesus,” arranged by R. Nathaniel Dett, sung by Florence Quivar (mezzo-soprano). Note: To support Dr. Denis Mukwege, click here. 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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174. Has Trump Killed Conservatism?

WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes – the radio host whose incisive interview with Donald Trump before the Wisconsin primary made headlines around the world — joins Jay and Mona to discuss how a conservative non-Trumpian copes with the Alice Through the Looking Glass world we’re in. Jay and Mona then catch up on some Hillary anathematizing. A certain university gets some praise, along with another podcaster. Music from this episode: Chicago, That Toddling Town by Oscar Peterson 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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173. Waiting for the Messiah

A two-part Need to Know this week begins with the American Enterprise Institute’s James C. Capretta, who knows everything there is to know about Obamacare and related questions. Mona asks him about the Aetna decision to withdraw from exchanges and what the state of the law is generally. He’s not optimistic, but then, who is? Jay then joins from Salzburg (within sight of Mozart’s home) to discuss Louisiana flooding, Bill Clinton, music, what we expect of politics, and many other subjects. The one topic not covered: Trump. Everyone needs a break from time to time. The music, apropos of Salzburg, is Mozart’s Requiem. 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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