When it comes to guns, it seems doubtful. Mona and Jay talk discourse, extremism, and the seeming elusiveness of serious policy discussion.

The podcast begins with the redoubtable Richard Brookhiser, historian and NR senior editor, who reflects on Trump’s influence on conservatism, dirty tricks in politics, and much more.

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Prof. Gabriel Rossman of UCLA joins NTK to offer reflections on being a conservative in academia – and also on invitations to provocateurs like Milo. 

Jay and Mona then analyze the Mueller indictments, Russian interference, domestic divisions, crime, and the origin of a famous expression.

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The wry and witty Andrew Ferguson joins NTK to report on The Post, which he had just seen, and on the Washington world, which he’s seen through the years.

Jay and Mona then speak of Rob Porter, bias, Riccardo Muti, and much more.

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Benjamin Wittes of Lawfareblog joins a special NTK that includes David French to analyze the release of the Nunes memo and the state of our intelligence community in the Trump era.

David, Jay, and Mona then opine on the State of the Union speech, the state of conservatism, and the unpredictable nature of courage.

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From the “secret society” to banned memos to shady “informants,” the infotainment wing of conservative world went into full baying mode this week. Jay and Mona also talk about Hillary’s aide, Kenneth Starr, disobeying presidential orders, “Young People’s Concerts,” and the poor little team that must do its best against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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David Byler crunches numbers about the 2018 elections and explains his impressive degree. Jay and Mona then talk deportation, immigration, and telling it like it is. They also ask who deserves credit for serving in the Trump administration. They close with music jokes.

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The new year begins with a behind the scenes book that President Trump is attempting to suppress. Jay and Mona consider its merits or faults. This leads to a discussion of conservative virtues and Burke v. Paine. They then move on to Steve Bannon, Mitt Romney, Sweden, the British health service, and parties.

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NTK reviews the week’s news – and 2017’s, and then reflects on a little known Romanian heroine, a New Jersey senator who stood up to Andrew Jackson (his descendant is in the House today), and some thoughts on the heavens (UFOs and the Milky Way).

Music from this week’s episode: Ain’t It a Pretty Night by Dawn Upshaw

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Moore is gone. Is Bannonism? Could you imagine voting for a Democrat? Do you fall in love with politicians? Some of the questions Jay and Mona tackle this week.

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Jay and Mona talk a little Roy Moore (as little as possible) and then consider the state of the Democrats and Republicans, the recognition of Jerusalem, Kuwaiti TV, immigration, abortion, and Hogan’s Heroes – inter alia.

Music from this podcast: Martin Fröst and VFCO play Giora Feidman “Let’s be happy” (Klezmer tune) – Verbier Festival 2010

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But taxes first. National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru joins to provide his perspicacious insights on all things tax related, including a rebuttal to the WSJ arguments about the child tax credit.

Jay and Mona then consider whether Trump’s style will harm the Republican Party, and how well populism is faring. They also discuss the hypocrisy of both right and left regarding sex scandals and sexual harassment.

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Need to Know pulls back the lens on the storm of sexual harassment charges to ask how this happened. Jay and Mona speak of uncomfortable subjects, like whether you should always believe women, the malice and schadenfreude on both sides, and porn, the great sewer beneath all of it.

Music from this week’s episode: To A Wild Rose – MacDowell, J.J. Sheridan, Piano

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Jay and Mona chew over the election results and ask whether the Republican civil war is on or off. They also consider Chief of Staff Kelly’s comments about China, the reforms – if that’s what they are – in Saudi Arabia, Nigel Farage and the “Jewish lobby,” and whether music can mean something.

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That could describe Charlie Sykes – a powerful batter for truth, conservative ideas, and integrity. He joins to talk about his new book – How The Right Lost Its Mind.

Jay and Mona then turn to the Mueller investigation, latent libertarianism, and yes – baseball.

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Or very nearly. Jay and Mona reflect on New York City’s glorious renewal, the work of great philanthropists, the worth of work in general, Putin’s Kafkaesque assault on truth, and a grim anniversary, among many other topics.

Here is a link to the Bach piece mentioned toward the end of the podcast. 

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Jay and Mona talk gossip—the morality of it. They don’t traffic in it. They offer their take on the week’s imbroglios, and touch on GWB, Harvey Weinstein, Colin Kaepernick, Putin’s comely fake opponent, John Kelly, and Jerry Brown among others.

Music from this episode: “La calunnia” from Rossini’s “Barber of Seville,” sung by Ezio Pinza

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Is the word ‘conservative’ up for grabs? Does lying matter? What Harvey Weinstein should have said. Who’s worse: Trump or Pence?

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Policy guru Avik Roy joins to consider whether there’s still space for market oriented reform in health care and in American life in general. He also explains how he became a wonk.

Jay and Mona then turn to the Las Vegas massacre, Tom Price’s departure, Rex Tillerson’s honesty (and likely tenure), going easy on Trump, and Mona’s experience at a rock concert. Yes, really.

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Football, addled congressmen, vionists who learn from YouTube, Russian Twitter bots, what Roy Moore signifies about Republicans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and finding our footing amid the constantly shifting ground of politics in 2017.

Music from this show: Wuilly Moises Arteaga at the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York 

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That’s what Warren Harding promised. Is the Trump Administration approaching something like it? Jay and Mona discuss Trump’s UN speech, Medicare for all, the Alabama senate race, and whether conservativism and crudeness are now coterminous.

Music is Jean Sibelius, Karelia suite.

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