Once more, Jay shamelessly exploits “Q&A” to do a music program – this one in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll hear Irish music of various types – performed by John McCormack, Kathleen Ferrier, Bryn Terfel, and noteworthy others.

You get songs, needless to say. But you also get a famous march – “Brian Boru’s March” – and a selection from The Father of the Nocturne, the Irishman John Field.

It’s a very special midweek episode of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe of the Nihilist in Golf Pants reconvening to discuss the critical issues of our time.  Topics addressed include:

* Barack Obama’s controversial NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket picks

Mona and Jay have a guest, Russ Roberts, the economist and podcaster. He talks about, among other things, immigration. There is hardly any topic today that generates more liveliness. Roberts is lucid on the subject, and Mona and Jay contribute their own lucidity, in their fashions.

Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. Haber, authors of "Fragile by Design," speak at the Hoover Institution's Washington office during a podcast of "Econtalk," hosted by Russ Roberts on Feb. 5, 2014. Photo: Jay Mallin jay@jaymallinphotos.comThen Mona pays tribute to Marco Rubio, who has just ended his campaign. Jay agrees entirely, except for a jot or tittle here and there. Then the topic is the fate of America: What’s it all about, Alfie? How will it turn out?

This week, James Delingpole and Toby Young provide another across-the-pond perspective on the James’ continuing convalescence, the American primaries, whether or not a female President help stoke the moderation of Islamic culture, anti-Semitism on the left in Britain, and more on the looming Brexit.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review discuss Tuesday’s sweeping wins for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and the realities going forward in both parties.  They also assess what went wrong for Marco Rubio in the 2016 race.  And they slam Trump for suggesting he must be given the nomination even without a majority of delegates or there will be riots.

In this comparatively early venture in pessimism about the moral strength of the West, two leading historians of the classical world voice their doubts about whether Europe can (or will) resist the second coming of Islam. They are Victor Davis Hanson and Bruce Thornton who joined us in this prescient discussion in 2008.

A few weeks ago, the Iraq War was in the news again, briefly: That’s because Donald Trump went all Cindy Sheehan on the subject. In response, Victor Davis Hanson wrote an important piece – certainly what Jay regards as an important piece: “Iraq: The Real Story.”

VDH-picIn this “Q&A,” Jay talks to VDH about Iraq. Among other things, VHD explains the practical effect of getting Iraq wrong – of allowing a false picture to take over. The effect isn’t good.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review react to Hillary Clinton saying no Americans were lost in Libya.  They also discuss Ben Carson endorsing Trump and saying if he’s bad president it will only last four years.  And they have fun with Trump taking a shot at his friend Chris Christie to discuss how John Kasich has been out of Ohio a lot.

Europe is in the grip of a soft despotism, says Todd Huizinga, author of The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Huizinga describes where the European Union went wrong, what British voters should think about as they consider leaving the EU, and whether the United States is following the EU on the path to unaccountable governance.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review discuss the ugly scene in Chicago Friday as protesters trigger chaos at a Trump rally and spill into the streets.  We unpack the very public dysfunction at Breitbart News.  And we slam John Kasich for his clueless campaign strategy.

National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke joins Jay and Mona to speak of the campaign, the citizenry, the candidates, the press, incitement to violence, and other matters, including whether he, as an America-loving immigrant, has had any second thoughts about his adoptive nation due to this campaign – or rather what this campaign has revealed about the state of the nation.

Jay and Mona then discuss Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, confiscating other people’s property, and the comforts of music among other topics. The podcast closes with a Richard Rogers song that Jay thinks many an opera composer would have been proud to create.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud a substantive debate but are glad the debate season is just about over.  They also shake their heads as Dr. Ben Carson endorses Donald Trump, the man who once compared Carson to a child molester.  And they dissect the Trump campaign’s response to allegations campaign manager Corey Lewandowski roughed up a female reporter.

Polls show Americans are skeptical about tax cuts, free trade, and may even be warming to socialism (at least in the Democratic Party). Is free-market capitalism still considered the best path to prosperity here in the U.S.? To find out, I chatted with capitalism evangelist Larry Kudlow, CNBC’s senior contributor and previously host of “The Kudlow Report” on CNBC. He also hosts the nationally syndicated “The Larry Kudlow Show” on WABC Radio and is co-host of the “Money and Politics” podcast here on Ricochet. Among the topics we covered: Donald Trump-onomics, tax policy, and the future of the GOP.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud Jorge Ramos of Univision for asking tough questions and follow-ups that Hillary Clinton answered badly.  They also slam Bernie Sanders for glossing over the record of the Castro regime and spending as much time discussing what he sees as its good points.  And they unload on the Trump campaign after campaign manager Corey Lewandowski roughs up a female reporter and says he thought she was a less friendly reporter.

This week’s podcast is a large as the plains that our guest, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) hails from. We go from Trump, to party loyalties, to Rubio vs. Cruz, to remembering Nancy Reagan, Camille Paglia, and more. With the Senator, we delve into his very public argument against Donald Trump as the party standard bearer, why he’s a conservative, and the upcoming battle over the next Supreme Court nominee.

Music from this week’s episode:

Commentary Editor John Podhoretz and Noah Rothman, Commentary’s assistant online editor, are back this week to tell Establishment Democrats and their media enablers that they’d better take Bernie Sanders seriously—and to deliver the depressing news that the Republican Party’s suicide march seems to be proceeding apace. It ends with a joke. A bleak joke. But a good joke.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review react to another strong night by Donald Trump and no indication that Republicans are about to unify around an alternative.  They also bang their heads against the desk as some pundits argue the establishment should rally around John Kasich after his third place finish in Michigan.  And they relish Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss to Bernie Sanders in Michigan.

“Imagine no posesssions,” crooned John Lennon. It would be a nightmare, says Christina Sandefur, co-author of Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st-Century America.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Sandefur explains why property rights are so important, how they’re under pressure from eminent domain and regulatory takings, and what we should make of Donald Trump’s record on them.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are hopeful that Hillary Clinton’s new far left positions on fracking and guns will cost her in some critical states come November.  They also shudder as Iran brazenly test-fires ballistic missiles.  And they dissect the flap over a CNN story suggesting some Rubio advisers think he should quit before the Florida primary.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are pleased to see the GOP delegate race get tighter over the weekend.  They also point out that the non-Trump candidates are stuck in a Catch 22 in the coming days and that a brokered convention would end in disaster. They rip the federal government for planning so poorly that Navy SEALS are forced to share their guns.  And they pay tribute to the late First Lady Nancy Reagan.

It’s the morning after the “small hands” debate. Mona is joined by the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Henry Olsen, an expert on elections and politics. They pick over the pieces of what was once a great American political party. Can it be saved? Is it worth saving? What about a contested convention – is that even possible? How in the world did this happen?

Note: We had some technical difficulties with this show and the recording abruptly cuts off at the 32 minute mark. Do not adjust your listening device. We apologize and promise to do better in the future.

Larry Kudlow and Tim Pawlenty have plenty to talk about this week as they analyze last night’s debate, Super Tuesday’s results, the recent news that the man who rant Hillary’s email server was given immunity from prosecution, strong jobs numbers and the Fed, and Larry responds to rumors that he may be Secretary of Commerce in the Trump administration.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review react to more specific allegations of Trump hiring foreign workers over Americans and that he is shifting his position on H1-B visas.  They also discuss Trump dismissing warnings that the military would refuse to carry out illegal orders such as killing the family members of terrorists.  And they slam Hillary Clinton for using footage from the Benghazi hearings to reflect her boredom in watching the debate.

It’s an extra special midweek edition of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe of the Nihilist in Golf Pants reconvening to celebrate episode 100 of this award winning podcast. Also making a grand return to the folder, the original H himself, John Hinderaker.

Topics addressed include:

As we recorded this week’s podcast, Mitt Romney was giving the stem-winding speech of his life in Utah against the candidacy of Donald Trump. We cover that in real time with our guest Rick Wilson.

Prior to that, our old friend and Ricochet Super Fan, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels stops by to talk about political correctness on campus and throw some light in the state of the country at large. Makes us wistful… Also, Trump and the KKK and a possible movement afoot to draft a new candidate.