111. Why George Will Is Optimistic
Need to Know welcomes the incomparable George F. Will to talk politics, history, baseball (ya think?), and more. The focus is on threats to free speech, which are multiplying in American life, and poisoning the universities. Despite it all, Will remains basically sunny about America’s prospects, and explains why.
Jay and Mona then consider, among other topics, the Obama administration’s increasingly naked attacks on Israel – at the UN human rights commission, at the Pentagon (which declassified a report about Israel’s nuclear program), and elsewhere. They analyze the Iran negotiations – a slow motion
nightmare — and consider that France is now more hardline than the US. Jay recounts a particularly ugly moment of mob hatred at the New York Philharmonic.
But there’s always Bach. The podcast closes with a snippet from his first cello suite played by a Canadian beauty named Denise Djokic.
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