Need To Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Episode 63: Gypsy Rondo

National Review's Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Feb 8, 2014
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As usual, Mona and Jay talk about subjects beautiful and ugly. In the latter category: Bill Ayers, IRS harassment, and Pete Seeger’s Communism. In the former category: Brahms, congressional oversight, and free enterprise (particularly as a means of uplifting the poor). Mona gives a tour de force on the effects of family breakdown. The two do some chuckling over the New York Times. There is also a Buckley story or two. The podcast ends with music that Mona mentions at the top of the show: the final movement of Brahms’s G-minor piano quartet, orchestrated by Schoenberg. It’s marked “Rondo alla zingarese,” i.e., “Gypsy rondo.”

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  1. Frightened American

    What’s the opening music to this podcast?  I just heard it watching the Olympic opening ceremonies.  I recognize it from my childhood.  I have a vague recollection of Danny Kaye and Peter and the Wolf.   

  2. Nick Stuart

    What we see at work in the political use of the IRS, EPA, DOJ, DOL, et al is Gleichshaltung for the early 21st century.

  3. Sabrdance

    “Saberdance.”  By Aram Khachaturian.

  4. Rodin
    Nick Stuart: What we see at work in the political use of the IRS, EPA, DOJ, DOL, et al is Gleichshaltung for the early 21st century. · 2 hours ago

    Just so.

  5. NorthSound

    Jay’s discussion near the end (around 50 minutes) about Hernando DeSoto is first rate! Great comments about property rights and the desires of  those “others” who are amazing proponents of free markets and democracy. Always glad for how Jay broadens my world view with his stories of people from places outside the US.

    Not sure if Jay reads comments on this board. If so, thanks for your contributions. Also, you really rocked on the Coffee and Markets podcast the other day! I’ve never heard you sound better. Funny, informative and you sounded like you were having a blast. 

  6. J Flei

    I sure would like a link to how exactly to turn a bubble inside-out without breaking it!

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