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161. American Dilemmas

Mona begins with a guest: Walter Olson, of the Cato Institute. They talk about the Libertarian party and the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld. Then Jay joins Mona for some Trump talk: Trump U, the “Mexican” judge, and so on. For the remainder of the show, Mona leads a discussion of some big problems facing America: runaway entitlements, debt, a feeble foreign policy. Jay chimes in dyspeptically. Mona is indulgent. In conclusion, Jay relates an unusual lunchtime encounter. Music: The final section of the final movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 9 in C, Op. 59, No. 3 Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time The Great Courses Plus is offering Need To Know with Charen and Nordlinger listeners a chance to stream their new Video Learning Service: The Great Courses Plus popular collection of business courses – Absolutely FREE! Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/NTK Get control of your inbox! Visit sanebox.com/ricochet today and they’ll throw in an extra $25 credit on top of the two-week free trial. You don’t have to enter your credit card information unless you decide to buy, so there’s really nothing to lose. 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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159. Up from Trump/Clinton

David French — lawyer, writer, soldier, father — and decent, humane man joins Mona and Jay to discuss matters of conscience and how to cope with the Republican Party’s embrace of an unstable, fascistic showman. The only good thing to emerge from the Year of Trump may be the demonstrated integrity of those who staunchly oppose him. Music: “Ombra mai fu” from Handel’s opera “Xerxes” by George Frederich Handel. The voice sounds like a woman, but is actually a male countertenor. Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time The Great Courses Plus is offering Need To Know with Charen and Nordlinger listeners a chance to stream their new Video Learning Service: The Great Courses Plus popular collection of business courses – Absolutely FREE! Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/NTK 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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160. Hinge Moment

Jay and Mona begin with some Memorial Day reflections and then turn to the grim business of politics. This podcast is a protracted answer to those who say that this election is just a contest like all the others, a choice of the lesser of two evils, a hold-your-nose-and-pick one case. They think it’s different, a hinge moment that could destroy conservatism, and possibly much more. The week offered a perfect contrast: Gov. Susana Martinez, they urge, is the antithesis of Trump. Little good cheer this week, but honesty aplenty. Music is the Marine Corps hymn in honor of Cpl. Nicholas Thom (whom Mona mentioned) and all those who gave their lives for this country. Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time The Great Courses Plus is offering Need To Know with Charen and Nordlinger listeners a chance to stream their new Video Learning Service: The Great Courses Plus popular collection of business courses – Absolutely FREE! Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/NTK Get control of your inbox! Visit sanebox.com/ricochet today and they’ll throw in an extra $25 credit on top of the two-week free trial. You don’t have to enter your credit card information unless you decide to buy, so there’s really nothing to lose. 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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158. Up The Danube

Jay and Mona are actually in the same place for this edition of Need to Know — on a boat on the Danube courtesy of National Review. With the river (which is not blue) as backdrop, they discuss travel, and the state of things in the post-Trump inevitability world. NR senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru joins to discuss whether the people are to blame, how and whether to reform the primary system, and whether conservatism was rejected. Jay announces that he has left the Republican Party. Mona is unusually indecisive. Even Ramesh (unlike the river) is a bit blue. Music from this week’s episode: The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time The Great Courses Plus is offering Need To Know with Charen and Nordlinger listeners a chance to stream their new Video Learning Service: The Great Courses Plus popular collection of business courses – Absolutely FREE! Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/NTK  Get control of your inbox! Visit sanebox.com/ricochet today and they’ll throw in an extra $25 credit on top of the two-week free trial. You don’t have to enter your credit card information unless you decide to buy, so there’s really nothing to lose. 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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157. Condemnation Special

There are too many people to condemn to fit into one podcast, but Jay and Mona do their level best to race through some of the most deserving: John Boehner, Bob Corker, Terry McAuliffe, Will Ferrell, Mike Pence, and Hillary Clinton. But there are a few bright spots: the late Harry Wu, a hero, former Senator Tom Coburn, ditto, and well, that’s it for heroes. These are not good times. Still, this podcast sets some records for sheer number of topics covered – and with pizazz! The music is from Tom Lehrer’s That Was The Year That Was. Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time The Great Courses Plus is offering Need To Know with Charen and Nordlinger listeners a chance to stream their new Video Learning Service: The Great Courses Plus popular collection of business courses – Absolutely FREE! Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/NTK Get control of your inbox! Visit sanebox.com/ricochet today and they’ll throw in an extra $25 credit on top of the two-week free trial. You don’t have to enter your credit card information unless you decide to buy, so there’s really nothing to lose. 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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156. “Cautious Politician Time” and Other Gaffes

The Wall Street Journal’s Mary Kissel joins Need to Know to take a tour of the remaining candidates’ approach to foreign and trade policy. Take your Prozac first. Jay and Mona then discuss the bathroom wars (Mona’s ready to man – you should forgive the expression – the barricades), CPT, Swiss Muslims and handshakes, backdoor amnesty, Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, and more. Music from this week’s episode: Finale (Fugue), “Falstaff,” Verdi Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time The Great Courses Plus is offering Need To Know with Charen and Nordlinger listeners a chance to stream their new Video Learning Service: The Great Courses Plus popular collection of business courses – Absolutely FREE! Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/NTK Audible.com has more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free 30 day trial and free audiobook at Audible.com/NTK. 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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155. Struggles

Donald Trump and his army are not too happy about Colorado. Mona and Jay are not too happy about Trump and his army. They discuss. They also discuss Ted Cruz, about whom they have sharp disagreements. And Bill Clinton, about whom they are in harmony. And Paul Ryan (ditto). Mona analyzes the folly of government intervention in private compensation. Jay tells a couple of tales from Guatemala. They both talk about winning the war against Islamofascism, another long, twilight struggle, whether we want one – which we don’t – or not. Music from this week’s episode: “La Campanella” (“The Little Bell”), from Liszt’s “Paganini Etudes,” S. 141, played by Evgeny Kissin. Support Our Sponsors! Get premium mattresses for a fraction of the price delivered to your door! Casper is revolutionizing the mattress industry by cutting the cost of dealing with resellers and showrooms and passing that savings directly to the consumer. Get $50 off your first purchase! Go to Casper.com/NTK and use the coupon code NTK at checkout. For a limited time The Great Courses Plus is offering Need To Know with Charen and Nordlinger listeners a chance to stream their new Video Learning Service: The Great Courses Plus popular collection of business courses – Absolutely FREE! Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/NTK 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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154. From Wauwatosa to Washington

The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes joins Need to Know to talk about the critical Wisconsin primary (he’s a native), the state of the Republican race, conservative media, and the condition of the Republican Party. Jay and Mona then consider Bernienomics, the pageant of the presidential primary season, George W. Bush, charity (pro and con), and a visit by a certain political figure to a matzah factory in New York, among other topics. There is the usual complement of stories, book recommendations, plus a bonus – a Bill Buckley quote Mona hadn’t heard before. It’s a good one. Music from this week’s episode: Sondra Radvanovsky – Act 1 cavatina & cabaletta (Roberto Devereux) Support Our Sponsors!For a limited time The Great Courses Plus is offering Q and A, hosted by Jay Nordlinger listeners a chance to stream their new Video Learning Service: The Great Courses Plus popular collection of business courses – Absolutely FREE! Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/NTK Get control of your inbox! Visit sanebox.com/ricochet today and they’ll throw in an extra $25 credit on top of the two-week free trial. You don’t have to enter your credit card information unless you decide to buy, so there’s really nothing to lose. 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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153. You Can’t Bite a Stripper Anymore

No guest this week, just Jay and Mona catching up on the overlooked nuggets of the week’s news. They speak of Cruz — does he have an authenticity problem? – and Kasich (who has an ego problem). Jay has an unusual take on Trump’s abortion comments. Lewandowski and the man he serves are subject to a good filleting. And much more. Music from this week’s show: “The March of the Siamese Children” from “The King and I” by Richard Rodgers, arranged and played by Stephen Hough, piano. Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time The Great Courses Plus is offering Q and A, hosted by Jay Nordlinger listeners a chance to stream their new Video Learning Service: The Great Courses Plus popular collection of business courses – Absolutely FREE! Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/NTK Get control of your inbox! Visit sanebox.com/ricochet today and they’ll throw in an extra $25 credit on top of the two-week free trial. You don’t have to enter your credit card information unless you decide to buy, so there’s really nothing to lose. 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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152. On to 2020!

Jay and Mona welcome RealClearPolitics guru Sean Trende, who sheds light on where we’ve been (what about those famous “missing white voters”?) and where we’re going. He recognizes the desperate state of the Republican Party but takes the long view – and it’s not apocalyptic. Mona and Jay then turn to President Obama’s trip to Cuba, and the state of the nation with their usual combination of dismay and hope. Ok, heavy on dismay. But if Sean Trende is calm, all is not lost, right? Support Our Sponsors! This podcast is brought to you by Hillsdale College and their Constitution 101 course. You can sign up for FREE today. Once you start the course, you’ll receive a new lecture every week to watch on demand, along with readings, discussion boards, and more. Sign up for Constitution 101 for FREE at Hillsdale.edu/Ricochet For a limited time The Great Courses Plus is offering Q and A, hosted by Jay Nordlinger listeners a chance to stream their new Video Learning Service: The Great Courses Plus popular collection of business courses – Absolutely FREE!Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/QA 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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