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121. Judicial Jujitsu

Not since Roe v. Wade has the Supreme Court committed such a brazen act of judicial jujitsu. Stealing the powers granted to the states and, thereby, to the people, five lawyers decreed that their policy preferences will be the law of the land. Jay and Mona discuss process, and why it matters, and ask whether we might as well just accept reality – judges are legislators. Since they clearly cannot resist abusing their power, let’s amend the Constitution and elect justices of the Supreme Court. There was a lot to chew on from the nine robed ones this week, and Need to Know gives full coverage. There’s room for a story or two (a very accomplished movie composer died in a plane crash), a couple of jokes, and some Buckleyisms. The podcast closes with a lovely grace note from Jay about a great dancer bowing out. 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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120. ¿Sí o No?

In this episode, “Need to Know” provides a special treat: a little immigration debate between Ann Coulter and Clint Bolick. Ann is the author of “¡Adios, America!” Her view of immigration is that it’s wrecking America. Clint is the author, with Jeb Bush, of “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution.” The two of them are excellent representatives of the immigration split on the right. After the debate, Mona and Jay do a little jawing, about Twitter mobs, tourism to Cuba, the late Allen Weinstein, and other things. The podcast closes with warm memories of Priscilla Buckley. Actually, the ’cast closes with a bit of “El Salón Mexico,” a Copland hit. Jay wants to jot the following: “I said that Joyce Milton might have been the co-author of ‘Perjury.’ Actually, she is the co-author, with Ron Radosh, of ‘The Rosenberg File.’ D’oh! Can’t tell the puncturers of Communist myths without a scorecard.” 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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119. Jenneration Crazy

The word crazy leaps to the lips this week as Jay and Mona consider the elite’s celebration of Bruce Jenner’s dysphoria. His unhappiness is sad, but the culture’s rush to celebrate and endorse his delusion that he is, in fact, a woman, is the crazy part. Also, do we never simply avert our gaze from these things? While Jay and Mona are often gloomy – and with good reason – there are flashes of blue sky duly noted this week. The abortion rate is down, as are Hillary Clinton’s approval ratings. Conversation flows to Barack Obama, Marco Rubio, George Stephanapoulos, Tiger Woods, and a fabulous horse with a misspelled name: American Pharoah. We close with A Fugue for Tin Horns, from Guys and Dolls, which should make you smile. Help Ricochet By Supporting Our Sponsors! 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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118. Pieces of Work

This week, Mona and Jay talk about human rights, and those who suffer and fight for those rights. They further talk about the current “draw Muhammad” fashion, or practice. Okay, but outside mosques? They then get to a couple of presidential candidates: Rand Paul, who has some curious views about ISIS, and Hillary Clinton, who is corrupt and dishonest up to her eyeballs. Is the Democratic party really going to stick with this piece of work? Maybe Republicans should hope. Toward the end of the ’cast, Mona praises Ricochet’s flagship ’cast, starring Rob, Peter, and James. Jay cites a 103-year-old groom and then tells a joke. Mona tops that with a better joke. Laughingly, they close. Help Ricochet By Supporting 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. 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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117. Suing Harvard

Ed Whelan, sage of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and creator of Bench Memos, joins us to talk gay marriage, Justice Ginsburg’s ethics, and constitutional interpretation. Jay and Mona then chew over the whole “if you knew then what we know now” way of evaluating public policy. They go on to consider the question of racial and ethnic quotas in university admissions. A consortium of Asian American groups is suing Harvard and other schools for discrimination. Also, are kids from Harvard et al really noticeably smarter? Talk roams to Mozart, Anthony Hopkins, and more. Do join us. Help Ricochet By Supporting Our Sponsors! 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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116. Is America in Eclipse?

Those were some of Jay’s thoughts as he trooped around Istanbul. Need to Know doesn’t go for small-fry issues. So this week, it’s the rise and fall of empires! Do Americans appreciate and understand their past? Should we teach American history “virtues and all”? Certainly the left seems to have abandoned one of the key tenets of the founding – a belief in the near sanctity of free speech. Jay and Mona have a good deal to say about the left’s hypocrisy and cowardice on this score. They also discuss the British elections, the NHS, America’s duty to brave Iraqis who put their lives on the line for us, and much more. We close with one of Tchaikovsky’s most memorable melodies – the opening of his Piano Concerto #1. It got panned by critics when it debuted (the subject of a Great Courses lecture), but listeners can decide who has the last laugh. Help Ricochet By Supporting Our Sponsors! 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 Philosopher’s Toolkit– 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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115. Little Podcast on the Prairie

The sagacious Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum drops by to discuss foreign policy, the nature of Islam, and other matters. Jay is surprised that Pipes is not more gloomy. As one of the most knowledgeable people on the planet about the Middle East, he is well worth sitting up and paying attention to. He’s even worth ending a sentence with a preposition for. Jay and Mona then consider the, ahem, appearance of impropriety wafting from the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton juggernaut. It all rests on one thing, they agree – the press. There’s a discussion of the victim weapon on college campuses, the Democratic Party, Obama’s profound and consequential dishonesty, and then some lighter to fare to end on. (Another preposition!) A little music and a tribute to a great American whose autobiography is selling out. Help Ricochet By Supporting Our Sponsors! 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 Philosopher’s Toolkit– 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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114. Great Men … and President Obama

No guest this week but Jay and Mona have no shortage of matters to discuss. It ranges from Hillary’s odd invention of immigrant grandparents (Rubio envy?) to Jeb Bush’s integrity. Plus, is there a time to defy the right? If there’s an Iranian fatwa against building nuclear weapons, why can’t anyone find it? And if it doesn’t exist, shouldn’t someone demand to know from President Obama why he keeps referring to it? Jay and Mona speak of Cuba, and the president’s shameful enthusiasm for tyrants, as well as Hillary’s trap – she must distance herself from the unpopular Obama but cannot risk alienating the African American vote. There’s much more, including closing thoughts on great professors, Lincoln, Appomattox, and a great moment in American history, almost exactly 150 years ago. You will recognize the closing music. Help Ricochet By Supporting Our Sponsors! 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 Philosopher’s Toolkit– 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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113. A Guru Speaks

This episode begins with Peter Wallison, who talks to Mona and Jay about the crash of 2008 and how to prevent another crash. A lot of people consider Wallison a guru. You’ll see why. Then Mona and Jay take up some other concerns: Rand Paul and his presidential candidacy; the University of Michigan and “American Sniper”; Mitt Romney and the NCAA basketball tournament; conservative affection for the late Senator Moynihan. There is the usual gnashing of teeth over Barack Obama, too. And memories of William F. Buckley Jr. The podcast goes out with the movement from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 that WFB used as the theme music for his long-running television show, “Firing Line.” Subscribe to Need To Know with Charen and Nordlinger on iTunes or on Stitcher. Help Ricochet By Supporting Our Sponsors! 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 Philosopher’s Toolkit– 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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112. Armageddon Eve

Mona and Jay talk about the issue of the hour, the issue before which all else pales: Iran’s imminent acquisition of the Bomb. They talk about other issues as well: such as the Arizona-ization of Indiana. How quickly Indiana has been made a pariah state. Another issue is Senator Menendez: who has been indicted while Lois Lerner has not. This smells like politics, and not of the upright kind. The hosts engage in some wild speculation about Harry Reid, who has just announced his retirement from the Senate. Does his face look like the face of a man who has lost a bout with a piece of exercise equipment? In any case, the podcast goes out with some playing by a young Chinese piano sensation who comes up in the conversation – no, not Lang Lang, but Yuja Wang. (We have her playing the arrangement of Mozart’s Rondo alla turca by her brilliant Russian colleague Arcadi Volodos.) Subscribe to Need To Know with Charen and Nordlinger on iTunes or on Stitcher. Help Ricochet By Supporting Our Sponsors! 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 Philosopher’s Toolkit– 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...

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