ntk-logoThose 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.

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  1. Asquared Inactive
    Asquared
    @ASquared

    What exactly does “America in Eclipse” mean?  Is there another object between us and the sun blocking its light?

    Anyway, GREAT to have the Great Courses as a sponsor (pun intended). I’ve been a customer for almost 20 years now.

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  2. Goddess of Discord Member
    Goddess of Discord
    @GoddessofDiscord

    I am currently (re)reading How the Irish Saved Civilization. The first chapter sets up the sequence of events which lead to the fall of the Roman Empire. There were so many parallels with what has been happening in this country that I became depressed. Yes Jay, I know what you mean.

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  3. Funeral Guy Inactive
    Funeral Guy
    @FuneralGuy

    I love Jay and Mona and the Need To Know podcast. But Jay’s habit of constantly clearing his throat is starting to drive me nuts. I’m assuming it’s a nervous habit. If it’s not, he really needs to get it checked out.

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