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151. The Fate of America

Mona and Jay have a guest, Russ Roberts, the economist and podcaster. He talks about, among other things, immigration. There is hardly any topic today that generates more liveliness. Roberts is lucid on the subject, and Mona and Jay contribute their own lucidity, in their fashions. Then Mona pays tribute to Marco Rubio, who has just ended his campaign. Jay agrees entirely, except for a jot or tittle here and there. Then the topic is the fate of America: What’s it all about, Alfie? How will it turn out? They also discuss Obama and the Supreme Court, new music at Carnegie Hall, and other matters. This is a serious episode – an episode filled with grave subjects – but it’s also a lot of fun. Listen in, as America continues its wild ride. The closing music is Renee Fleming sings “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck, which was sung during the funeral mass for Antonin Scalia. 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!),...

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150. Coming to America

National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke joins Jay and Mona to speak of the campaign, the citizenry, the candidates, the press, incitement to violence, and other matters, including whether he, as an America-loving immigrant, has had any second thoughts about his adoptive nation due to this campaign – or rather what this campaign has revealed about the state of the nation. Jay and Mona then discuss Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, confiscating other people’s property, and the comforts of music among other topics. The podcast closes with a Richard Rogers song that Jay thinks many an opera composer would have been proud to create. 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 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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149. Bitter Recriminations Edition

It’s the morning after the “small hands” debate. Mona is joined by the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Henry Olsen, an expert on elections and politics. They pick over the pieces of what was once a great American political party. Can it be saved? Is it worth saving? What about a contested convention – is that even possible? How in the world did this happen? Note: We had some technical difficulties with this show and the recording abruptly cuts off at the 32 minute mark. Do not adjust your listening device. We apologize and promise to do better in the future. 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 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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148. Comstock, Trump, and America

Barbara Comstock is a longtime conservative political player, and is now a member of Congress. She represents the tenth district of Virginia. She is also a longtime friend of Mona’s. And she is the guest on this “Need to Know.” Later, Mona and Jay get to talking about the election: and the Big Question, namely Donald Trump, the Republican party, and the future of the Republic. Mona points out that she and Jay have talked a lot about Trump in a lot of podcast episodes. But, to borrow from Hillel, if not now, when? This is crunch time. The podcast goes out with “America the Beautiful” – and if you know Jay, he will throw Leontyne Price at you, which he has. Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time to stream this course: Understanding Investments – a $215 value -and hundreds of other courses for FREE! Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/Ricochet This podcast was 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 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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147. Ben Sasse For President?

Well, maybe not this year, but someday, it could well happen. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, is, after all, one of the new stars in the conservative firmament. He joins Need to Know this week to talk about the coming battle over Justice Scalia’s replacement, the state of the Republican Party (and the party system in general), and across-the-aisle comity, among other topics. Jay and Mona then speak of Cuba and President Obama’s upcoming visit, the continuing drama of Trump, a few words about Michael Bloomberg and the possibility of a subway presidential race (Sanders, Trump, and Bloomberg would represent Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan), the Iraq War, and much more. Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time to stream this course: Understanding Investments – a $215 value -and hundreds of other courses for FREE! Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/Ricochet This podcast was 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 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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146. Who Dealt This Mess?

Mona welcomes the Daily Caller’s Matt K. Lewis to Need to Know this week. They discuss the Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders and socialism, and Matt’s new book Too Dumb to Fail. Matt’s book, a critique of some aspects of the right (“con$ervative” media, for example) couldn’t have been better timed. Talk of the right and its woes leads naturally to theRepublican race. Could “con$ervative” media have given us Donald Trump? Is Ted Cruz the only man who can stop him? What is Jeb Bush’s legacy? Can Rubio still come back? Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time to stream this course: Understanding Investments – a $215 value -and hundreds of other courses for FREE! Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/Ricochet This podcast was 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 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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145. A Left-Right Conversation with No Shouting

A liberal has stormed the ramparts of Need to Know! Well, not really. Wall Street Journal columnist and Brookings Fellow William Galston was invited. He’s Mona’s guest on this special podcast. The two discuss the rule of law, the role of evidence in politics, executive power, and Bernie Sanders. There is some disagreement and some major agreement, proving that civil conversation across the aisle is possible even in this most polarized era (and polarization comes up too). Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time The Great Courses has a Special offer for Ricochet listeners. Order any of these 4 Business & Presentation courses – for just $9.95. Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/NTK This podcast is brought to you by Harry’s Shave. For the finest shave at the best price, got Harrys.com and use the coupon code NTK at checkout. 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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144. Jay and Louise

Just a few hours before the last pre-Iowa caucus debate, Jay and Mona talk Trump. Whose fault is it that he has risen so high? Will he show up at the Iowa debate? Was it smart or a blunder to skip the debate? And how in the world is it possible that everyone – even the hosts of Need to Know – find it hard to speak of anything else? Other topics do come up though – CNN’s unconscious concession about guns, Cheryl Mills’s unconscious concession about wages, Harry Reid’s endorsement, the WASP “establishment” (may it rest in peace) and Jay’s encounter with a movie star. Do join us. Support Our Sponsors! For a limited time The Great Courses has a Special offer for Ricochet listeners. Order any of these 4 Business & Presentation courses – for just $9.95. Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/NTK Get control of your inbox. Try SaneBox yourself with two free weeks of SaneBox. Visit sanebox.com/ricochet to start your trial—no credit card needed. 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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143. A Model of Good Sense

Mona and Jay welcome a guest, Fred Barnes, the veteran political journalist. Jay remarks that, year after year, Barnes is a source of good sense. Indeed, a model. So it proves on this podcast. He discusses the presidential campaign, especially Hillary Clinton. Then Mona and Jay discuss the campaign, especially the agonizing GOP primaries. Bob Novak wrote a book, after 1964: “The Agony of the G.O.P.” Mona and Jay concert on Trump, basically. They differ sharply on Cruz. They both like Marco (though Jay’s for his friend Ted). Other candidates get honorable mentions. Iran comes up, and, finally, some music: the Mahler Second, “You Light Up My Life,” and other immortal works. By the way, Barnes and Novak were very good friends. They attended basketball games together. After this podcast, Barnes hurried off to attend a basketball game. Help Ricochet by Supporting Our Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Harry’s Shave. For the finest shave at the best price, got Harrys.com and use the coupon code NTK at checkout. For a limited time The Great Courses has a Special offer for Ricochet listeners. Order any of these 4 Business & Presentation courses – for just $9.95. 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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142. To Boldly Split Infinitives

Jay and Mona are back together and conversation ranges far and wide: from rape in Sweden and Germany to immigration to the words “neocon” and “isolationist” and much more. Did Hillary just forget, in the moment, about Bill when she said all women who make accusations of rape are to be believed? Jay speaks of the use and abuse of symbols. There is praise of London — as Samuel Johnson said “If you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life.” There is discussion of populism and Trump and immigration pro and con, and some closing thoughts on the damage Obama can still do in the year remaining in his term. Jay saw and loved Star Wars. Mona confesses to having been a Trekkie. We close with — who else? — John Williams. Help Ricochet by Supporting Our Sponsors! For a limited time, The Great Courses has a special offer for “Need To Know” listeners. Order any of four bestselling courses, including The Everyday Gourmet courses, and get up to 80% off. Go to thegreatcourses.com/NTK Get control of your inbox. Try SaneBox yourself with two free weeks of SaneBox. Visit sanebox.com/ricochet to start your trial—no credit card needed 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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