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132. A Pope, a Communist, and a Hero: Which is which?

Pope Francis disappoints Jay and Mona, by turning his back on Cuban dissidents, and Scott Walker surprises by dropping out of the race. Jeremy Corbyn is a certifiable red, now heading the Labour Party in Great Britain. Leopoldo Lopez is a genuine hero in Venezuela. So is Karen Gaffney, a young lady with Down Syndrome who swam the English channel. What would be the ideal job for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump? Jay has a suggestion. CNN, Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, The New York Times’s Jew-baiting, Need to Know gets to all of those things in a rousing rush of conversation. 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 for a limited time, so hurry! Go to TheGreatCourses.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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131. Go Tell It on the Mountain

When they recorded this podcast, Mona had just returned from Texas and Jay had just arrived there. They sing a hymn of praise to Texas – a duet. Then Mona tells us about the organization Wounded Warriors Family Support, on whose board she serves. As the podcast continues, she and Jay discuss the Middle Eastern migration crisis (a true crisis). And the Islamic State, or ISIS: Has the Obama administration cooked the intelligence to make it look like ISIS is less of a threat than it is? Inevitably, there’s discussion of Trump. And the podcast ends with a very lively discussion of Mount McKinley, or “Denali,” as we all must call it, since The President Himself has so decreed. The podcast goes out with the middle movement – the Double Fugue – of the Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain,” by Alan Hovhaness. 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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130. What Supreme Leaders Have Wrought

This week, Mona and Jay begin with a guest, Lee Smith, who is an expert on Iran and other matters Middle Eastern. He fills us in. One thing he says is: Debate about the Iran deal is not over. Opponents of the deal need not shut up and acquiesce. Mona and Jay then talk about a slew of issues. These include the refugee crisis in Europe, unemployment in the United States, and Dr. Ben Carson. Jay insists on talking about what he considers one of the finest and most important pieces of journalism published this year: Mona’s “What the Left and the Right Don’t Get about Campus Rape.” Mona gives a summary, in the podcast, but listeners will want to read the piece. The show goes out with Brahms, a composer Mona brings up in her remarks about The Great Courses. This is the closing movement of his Double Concerto (for violin and cello), with three immortals: Oistrakh, Rostropovich, and Szell. 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 for a limited time, so hurry! Go to TheGreatCourses.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...

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129. HAIL CAESAR?

After a long hiatus during which Jay did music in gorgeous Salzburg (salt town), Austria and Mona traveled to exotic, um, Canada, the hosts are reunited to discuss, what else –Trump. As Jay noted about halfway through: “We have the most outstanding field of Republican candidates in memory and yet we’ve just spent a full half hour talking of nothing but Trump.” How can you not? Is he the suicide of the Republican Party or is this the silly season? Does character matter? How should we judge the other candidates’ reactions to Trump? Should Jindal drop the faux populist pose? The hour flew by. Do join us. 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 for a limited time, so hurry! Go to TheGreatCourses.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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128. The Day After

Like America at large, Mona and Jay have a lot to chew over. There’s last night’s presidential debate, of course (or debates). Mona and Jay pay particular attention to the Trumpster — to whom they have different reactions (though probably the same fundamental one). They then discuss the Iran deal, and opposition to, and the American president’s continued disgusting accusations against his critics. Are you with the “Death to America” crowd? If you oppose the deal, Obama says you are. Also up for discussion is the SAT, and the decision of some universities to jettison it. Hmmm, why are they doing that? And is their decision doing students any good? Mona and Jay talk about the Castros’ embassy in D.C., an international prize to Kim Jong-un, and the prospect of John Kerry as Nobelist. They end by appreciating the late Robert Conquest, poet, historian, truth-teller, and delight. (Closing music: Morton Gould’s “American Salute,” which takes advantage of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”) 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 for a limited time, so hurry! Go to TheGreatCourses.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...

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127. Allies and Enemies

The multi-faceted Michael Oren (member of the Knesset) joins Need to Know this week to discuss the Iran deal. Oren has written two great histories, and now a memoir of his time as Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Ally. Mona and Jay are fans – with one caveat – that Jay raises. Still, an important man on a deadly serious subject. Jay and Mona then welcome another historian, Ron Radosh, of PJ Media, who provides a teeth-grinding account of PBS’s decision to air an approving documentary about the Black Panthers. What can be done? Is there, perhaps, a Republican congress that can hold hearings or bring pressure to bear on taxpayer-funded PBS? Not saying they should pull the documentary – but there are other options. Do join us. 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 for a limited time, so hurry! 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 GLoP at checkout. Also: Please take our listener survey! Subscribe to Need to Know in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review,...

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126. Democratic Socialists

While Jay Nordlinger is dodging walruses in Alaska on the NR cruise, Mona welcomes the wise and wonderful Larry Kudlow as guest host. Radio host John Batchelor starts things off with insights about Iran – ancient and modern. He knows these things not just because he’s a polymath, but because his mother’s family hails from Persia. He shares that story. Larry and Mona then consider Hillary Clinton’s proposal to increase the capital gains tax, which leads to a broader discussion about whether the Democratic Party believes in capitalism at all anymore. And what about the rest of the country? Is there an opening for a Republican who can talk knowledgeably about simplifying the tax code and making other common sense reforms to promote growth? At the national level, there are a number of candidates who might. At the local level, in the Connecticut senate race, the person to make that case just might be this week’s co-host! 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 for a limited time, so hurry! Go to TheGreatCourses.com/NTK Also: Please take our listener survey! 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...

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125. Gotta Have Heart

Mona and Jay begin this episode with Arthur Brooks, the scholar who heads the American Enterprise Institute. He has just written “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America.” Every word he says sings to Mona and Jay, and other listeners will feel the same way. The hosts then talk about ghastly news out of Planned Parenthood, and the issue of abortion generally. This is both a fascinating and a frustrating topic. They also discuss something a little lighter and less momentous – the entry of Governor Scott Walker into the presidential race. They then welcome another guest, Omri Ceren, a very timely guest indeed in that he is an expert on the nuclear negotiations that have just been concluded in Vienna. He tells us what went down and what the consequences will be. They are not good. Mona and Jay wonder, “Is this Munich?” Let’s hope not. But it smells that way. Under the circumstances, we thought we might close out the show with Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a musical sign of mourning. Instead, we close with The Star-Spangled Banner, for America needs its chin up. We’ve seen darker times, heaven knows. 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 for a limited time, so hurry! Go...

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123. Hillary, Bernie, and Alex (Hamilton)

Is Hillary socialist enough? That’s one of the questions Jay and Mona ponder this week. Bernie Sanders is the pure essence of leftism, untainted by money – or facts – and that seems appealing to some segments of the Democratic Party. Discussion then moves on to conservative victories. There have been many over the past quarter century, particularly in tackling crime. But now those successes are taken for granted, and we may be slipping back. And what should we think about the huge numbers of African American males behind bars? Jay and Mona talk of demography – in Europe where the big Italian family is defunct – and elsewhere. There are kind words for Alexander Hamilton (back off Jack Lew!), Frederick Douglass, and Booker T. Washington (and a swipe or two at Jackson). Jay quotes a graceful George W. Bush, and the hosts remember Omar Sharif. 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 for a limited time, so hurry! 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....

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122. The Greek Way

Edith Hamilton wrote a famous book called “The Greek Way.” Economic collapse was not what she had in mind. Mona and Jay have an excellent guest to discuss Greece: Desmond Lachman, of the American Enterprise Institute. He is full of sympathy for that country, but is unsparing in his analysis. Then Mona and Jay talk about a variety of issues, starting with The Donald. Who spells trouble for the Republicans, at least for now. The hosts are far warmer toward another candidate, Rick Perry. They talk about the stubborn question of the hour – Iran – and also about climate change. Mona hails Matt Ridley, an invaluable scientific Brit. Jay hails “On the Town.” There’s a little something for everyone. 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 for a limited time, so hurry! Go to TheGreatCourses.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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