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141. It’s A Picture

Mona is joined by special guest host Rob Long this week filling in for a vacationing Jay Nordlinger. They consider the state of Christmas observance, conservatism in the age of Trump, the nature of Republican primary voters, weather free market solutions to our problems are what people really want or not, and other reflections on the state of the world. As Rob notes “everyone’s a pundit!” (Though actually running and winning ain’t so easy.) The podcast closes with some observations about Hollywood from Rob, and some recommendations for your viewing pleasure. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 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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141. Unscrubbed

The podcast begins with Stuart Taylor, co-author of an important book on an important subject. That book is “Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It.” Then Mona and Jay discuss a variety of issues, including, of course, Trump (and the rest of the GOP field). Also, the threat from radical Islam. Will Democrats recognize that threat? If not, why not? Mona notes that the Washington Post stressed an amazing notion: that all black lives matter, not just the ones taken by abusive police officers. Even the ones taken by other “youths.” The hosts talk about Venezuela, which has just had a remarkable election. Will the rulers of the country let the voters have their way? Also, there’s the Saudi royal who knocked Trump – which can only make Mona and Jay feel defensive of Trump. Hanukkah was celebrated at the White House and in Paris – in very different ways. And Microsoft scrubbed God from the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” The podcast goes out with that song, sung by the Harlem Boys Choir, with unscrubbed lyrics. 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 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...

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140. Good Victims, Bad Victims

That’s the way things tend to be framed in 2015 America. The left was all over the Planned Parenthood shooting – and Mona recounts her experience discussing it on NPR earlier this week – but when San Bernardino happened, official organs were reluctant to “attribute motive.” Jay notes some basic truths he discovered long ago about gun control. The Democrats have painted themselves into quite a corner with their refusal to face the reality of jihadi violence. But then, Republicans may not be able to take advantage of that if they nominate Trump. Jay and Mona also consider the triumph of p.c. over good sense in the decision to open all combat roles to women. The closing music is the theme from “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” by Ennio Morricone. 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 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/Ricochet and use the coupon code RICOCHET 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...

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139. Terrorists, Climate Catastrophists, and Trump

When you say Paris this week, one thinks of jihadi killers – but that’s not what President Obama thinks about. He’s looking forward to the great summit on climate change set to begin there next week. Jay and Mona welcome Steve Hayward, the right’s most astute analyst of the folks he has christened the “climatistas,” to fill us in on what to expect. Will it be a second Kyoto? More end runs around Congress perhaps? Steve explains what it means to be a “luke-warmer” on climate. Next, the conversation moves to John Kerry and his staggeringly gross comments about the terrorists and murder (some are “understandable” apparently), an update on the collective nervous breakdown on American campuses, memories of Bill Buckley’s unsuccessful mayoral race in 1965, whether you should shake hands with a dictator, and what will happen if the Republican party actually nominates you know who. 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 today and get two weeks for free. VisitSaneBox.com/ricochet. 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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138. Shades of the Red Guards, Here

Ed. Note: This podcast was recorded before the events in Paris on Friday. Mona and Jay devote most of this podcast to the lunacy on campus – although it’s more than lunacy. It’s hatred, ignorance, and intimidation. It is profoundly un-American and undemocratic. M. & J. also talk about recent days in the GOP presidential campaign – which have featured some lunacy themselves, certainly in the form of Trump’s attacks on Carson (who has responded, “Pray for him”). In brief, this podcast includes discussion of some of the most important issues of our time: the very character of our nation, and its fitness for survival. The podcast goes out with a piece of music that Mona heard recently: a piece for three cellos and piano by David Popper. 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 today and get two weeks for free. VisitSaneBox.com/ricochet. 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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137. Rather Not

Dan Rather was once the voice of establishment liberalism. He reigned on the CBS Evening News and on 60 Minutes. Was he different from the rest of the liberal pack? Only in this respect: He got caught. The person who caught him is our guest, Scott Johnson of Powerlineblog.com. Scott reviews the history of “Rathergate” in light of the movie bearing the absurd title Truth. Jay and Mona then speak of Hollywood’s other distortions of history, the “land of enchantment” New Mexico, Bernie Sanders, the CNBC debate, the perils of serving as a police officer, the moment in American history when the middle class sought to improve itself, and the wonderful life of Fred Thompson, RIP. It’s vintage NTK. Not to be missed. Help Ricochet By Supporting Our Sponsors! For a limited time, The Great Courses has a special offer for “Q&A” 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 today and get two weeks for free. VisitSaneBox.com/ricochet. 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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136. The Agony of the GOP

That was the title of a book by Bob Novak in 1965, about the previous year’s election. In this new podcast, Mona and Jay talk about Trump, the GOP, and the Right. They also talk about Hillary: her brazen lies about Benghazi, and her quaint charges of sexism. Because Bernie thinks a woman’s place is in the kitchen, you know? Speaking of women – or something in that ballpark – Mona brings up Caitlyn Jenner, who is Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year. She also addresses the Great Bacon Panic of October 2015. The ’cast goes out with the Finale of the (Organ) Symphony No. 1, by Louis Vierne. Help Ricochet by Supporting Our Sponsors! For a limited time, The Great Courses has a special offer for “Q&A” listeners. Order any of four bestselling courses, including Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know, and get up to 80% off. Go to thegreatcourses.com/NTK 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. 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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135. Is It Time To Panic About Trump?

Ramesh Ponnuru joins NTK to discuss Trump and the state of the race. Ramesh tries to cull some lessons from Trump’s popularity, as should we all. But let’s face it, if Trump is the nominee, it will represent the suicide of the Republican Party. Jay has decided to delay panicking until Thanksgiving. After Ramesh’s report, talk moves to Bernie Sanders, the Democrats, and socialism, Iran’s test of a nuclear-capable missile, the Obama administration’s disgusting moral equivalence between Israelis being stabbed in the streets, and the Palestinians who rejoice in it. “Clock boy” pays a visit to one of the world’s genocidal murderers (remember Darfur?). The podcast closes with happier thoughts about Dick Van Dyke, The Martian, and a fantastic young cellist. Help Ricochet by Supporting Our Sponsors! For a limited time, The Great Courses has a special offer for “Q&A” listeners. Order any of four bestselling courses, including Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know, and get up to 80% off. Go to thegreatcourses.com/NTK Get control of your inbox! Try SaneBox today and get two weeks for free. VisitSaneBox.com/ricochet. 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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134. Stop the Madness

Mona and Jay begin their latest hour by talking about the House leadership race: curiouser and curiouser. Then they are joined by Henry Olsen, a scholar of politics, and in particular elections. He gives his analysis of the presidential campaign (on both the R and the D sides). The hosts do some talking about presidential politics themselves. And about Russia and Putin. Speaking of the Soviets, the City Council of New York has honored Ethel Rosenberg. Why in the world did they snub Julius? Sexism? Mona brings up a piece that Jay has in the current National Review: “Hung Up on Israel: An explanation for the sincere.” This is meant to answer the question, “Why do you write so much about Israel? What’s the big deal?” Mona brings us some good news from academe, not a reliable source of good news: At one Ivy League college, at least, the Cold War is being taught non-dishonestly. What’s next, art for art’s sake? Speaking of the arts, the prime Gilbert & Sullivan group in New York has canceled “The Mikado.” The group had been criticized for ethnic stereotyping. When will the world say “Enough is enough”? “Enough political correctness! Stop the madness!” Not soon enough for Mona and Jay . . . Help Ricochet by Supporting Our Sponsors! For a limited time, The Great Courses has a special offer for “Q&A” listeners. Order any of four bestselling courses, including Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory,How Conversation Works, Art of Public Speaking, Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill and get up to 80% off. Go to thegreatcourses.com/NTK Get...

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133. What’s It Like to Have Hitler for a Father?

We’ll never know, because most scholars agree that Hitler had no offspring. But as Jay Nordlinger relates in his gripping new book, Children of Monsters, there was a man, a Frenchman, as it happens, who was told that he was Hitler’s illegitimate son and believed it. It distorted his mind and his life. That’s where Jay’s book journey begins, and where this podcast, devoted to the book, begins too. Discussion then touches on the stories of some of the other children of monsters. There was Vasily Stalin, who wasn’t raised by the dictator, but by his bodyguards, and Svetlana, who defected and came to America. There were the Mussolini kids – one of whom, daughter Edda, stayed loyal to papa even after he executed her husband. There are Kims and Husseins and Duvaliers and Ceausescus. Idi Amin had 60 kids. There are vicious villains, and some who’ve managed to go straight. “People are interesting,” a friend of Jay’s commented when told what book Jay was writing. Are they ever — especially in the hands of such a gifted, knowledgeable, and insightful writer. Not all of the monsters were communists, but enough were to justify our closing music — the Internationale. Help Ricochet by Supporting Our Advertisers! We’re thrilled to welcome a new sponsor to Need To Know – The Great Courses! For a limited time The Great Courses has a Special offer for Need To Know listeners: Order from 8 of their bestselling courses — including The Great Masters  — at up to 80% off the original price! But, this offer is only available...

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