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This episode begins with a guest, Henry Olsen, a guru on elections and electorates, among other things. Then Mona and Jay proceed with a smorgasbord of issues—beginning with Hong Kong. Could Tiananmen Square be repeated? And how about the broader question of democracy, for peoples that don’t have it? Democracy for me but not for thee?
Mona and Jay wonder whether President Obama has learned a little humility in the business of terrorist-killing: It can be hard to do it without injuring or killing innocent people in the process. Is it okay when we inflict collateral damage but not when Israel does?
The University of Chicago has done a stirring thing: dropped the Confucius Institute from its campus. These Confucius Institutes are bad news, because they are “soft power” extensions of the Chinese Communist Party. Speaking of East Asian Communists: Where is Kim Jong-un, that onetime Swiss schoolboy? Sidelined by gout? Too much cheese?
Really, it is a story, as are the other subjects on this show.
The closing music is the last few minutes of Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird. The recording is by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pierre Boulez. Our excerpt begins with a French-horn solo.
This solo figured in a review by Jay yesterday. The Berlin Philharmonic opened Carnegie Hall’s season with a program that included the final scenes from The Firebird. Jay said that the best thing about the whole evening was the solo by Stefan Dohr, the Berliners’ peerless principal horn.
To hear Dohr himself play the solo in question, years ago, go here.
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