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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  1. GENEMCDONALD Coolidge

    Jay and Mona:

    Thank you both so much for your kind words today regarding my son KJ McDonald. He is “that violinist…a wonderful talent,” at the NRI Ball, who played Bach’s Chaconne.

    I am a long-time NTK listener, and KJ has listened more recently. He was thrilled when invited to perform for NRI, before so many stalwart conservatives. Though Mona could not prod you Jay into offering a critique, it was huge praise that you “enjoyed them both very much”, referring to KJ and the harpsichordist. Even in oblique reference your kind words have really encouraged him.

    KJ so admires Mr. Kovner for his accomplishments from humble origins and, of course, for his charity to him personally. It is providing that Neil Kinnock type platform you mentioned to pursue his musical dreams. It was an honor to play at his patron’s NRI award night and he worked hard to prepare for it.

    Thanks again. Keep talking, and we will keep listening and learning.

    Sincerely,

    Gene McDonald

    • #1
    • October 28, 2017, at 12:16 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  2. George Townsend Inactive

    This was a wonderful Podcast. Several impressions:

    1. About what Jay said about Populism: I wanted to deny it at first. But, upon reflection, Buckley was probably right: There is a streak of it in conservatism, such as when he said he’d rather be governed by the first two hundred people in the Boston telephone book, than in the Harvard faculty. I just think that Populism is so dangerous to the Republic that even to acknowledge a little bit of it is apt to make it get out of hand.
    2. The insight that the far left and the far right have a lot in common is something I had been saying for years (modestly speaking), and is not often remarked upon. I think the Trump Excusers (or whatever you wish you call them; the people who just won’t acknowledge the faults in the man) have much in common, in this way, with the left, who will not acknowledge the wrong-doing of their heroes.
    3. Speaking of Trump: While I do think that some criticism of him goes too far (Jennifer Rubin is a good example of this), I do understand the temptation, such as when Mona mentioned Trump’s seeming aversion to truth. I found it unforgivable when he said that we kill people too, when challenged about Putin. So, aversion to him is an understandable temptation, which, like most temptations, should be resisted.
    4. Finally, this is for Mona: I’ve decided that NTK is my favorite Podcast. The Remnant is a close second. But they are very different, and the breath of NTK makes this a no-brainer decision.
    5. Addendum: I hope your past holidays, Mona, have been everything you would want them to be. You are not old. You are just right, with a lot of juice left!
    • #2
    • October 28, 2017, at 5:39 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  3. Nancy Spalding Thatcher

    For Mona, while the word “fascist” is despised, for truly fascist leanings, look at euthanasia & assisted suicide for quality of life (once called “useless eaters” & “life unworthy of life”), and look at transhumanism– what a brave new world, that has such creatures in it!

    • #3
    • October 28, 2017, at 5:45 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  4. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    George Townsend (View Comment):

    1. Speaking of Trump: While I do think that some criticism of him goes too far (Jennifer Rubin is a good example of this), I do understand the temptation, such as when Mona mentioned Trump’s seeming aversion to truth. I found it unforgivable when he said that we kill people too, when challenged about Putin. So, aversion to him is an understandable temptation, which, like most temptations, should be resisted

    There are so many truly horrible things that Trump has said, but I agree, that moral equivalence expressed from Trump’s complete and utter ignorance and really awful instincts, is probably the worst. I don’t think aversion to Trump should be resisted but I am guilty of aversion to his supporters and I really should try to resist that. Some make it very hard though!

    • #4
    • October 28, 2017, at 1:34 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  5. George Townsend Inactive

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    George Townsend (View Comment):

    1. Speaking of Trump: While I do think that some criticism of him goes too far (Jennifer Rubin is a good example of this), I do understand the temptation, such as when Mona mentioned Trump’s seeming aversion to truth. I found it unforgivable when he said that we kill people too, when challenged about Putin. So, aversion to him is an understandable temptation, which, like most temptations, should be resisted

    There are so many truly horrible things that Trump has said, but I agree, that moral equivalence expressed from Trump’s complete and utter ignorance and really awful instincts, is probably the worst. I don’t think aversion to Trump should be resisted but I am guilty of aversion to his supporters and I really should try to resist that. Some make it very hard though!

    I gotta admit, Julia, that I have felt the same way. I should try and realize that most of them were fooled. But the more virulent-seeming ones just have a way of repelling me. Some even act more noxious than he does, if that’s possible. They twist my words. I like thoughtfulness in people, and some just want to fight all the time. It is very sad, don’t you think?

    And someone like Prager drives me over the top. He always seemed very kind and thoughtful. But when it comes to Trump, he seems to want to put him on Rushmore!

    • #5
    • October 28, 2017, at 2:15 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  6. Mona Charen Contributor

    GENEMCDONALD (View Comment):
    Jay and Mona:

    Thank you both so much for your kind words today regarding my son KJ McDonald. He is “that violinist…a wonderful talent,” at the NRI Ball, who played Bach’s Chaconne.

    I am a long-time KTN listener, and KJ has listened more recently. He was thrilled when invited to perform for NRI, before so many stalwart conservatives. Though Mona could not prod you Jay into offering a critique, it was huge praise that you “enjoyed them both very much”, referring to KJ and the harpsichordist. Even in oblique reference your kind words have really encouraged him.

    KJ so admires Mr. Kovner for his accomplishments from humble origins and, of course, for his charity to him personally. It is providing that Neil Kinnock type platform you mentioned to pursue his musical dreams. It was an honor to play at his patron’s NRI award night and he worked hard to prepare for it.

    Thanks again. Keep talking, and we will keep listening and learning.

    Sincerely,

    Gene McDonald

    What a delightful surprise to see this post! Thrilled to have you as a listener. Your son has an extraordinary talent. Thank you so much for taking the time to contact us.

    • #6
    • October 29, 2017, at 8:38 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  7. Mona Charen Contributor

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    George Townsend (View Comment):

    1. Speaking of Trump: While I do think that some criticism of him goes too far (Jennifer Rubin is a good example of this), I do understand the temptation, such as when Mona mentioned Trump’s seeming aversion to truth. I found it unforgivable when he said that we kill people too, when challenged about Putin. So, aversion to him is an understandable temptation, which, like most temptations, should be resisted

    There are so many truly horrible things that Trump has said, but I agree, that moral equivalence expressed from Trump’s complete and utter ignorance and really awful instincts, is probably the worst. I don’t think aversion to Trump should be resisted but I am guilty of aversion to his supporters and I really should try to resist that. Some make it very hard though!

    George Townsend (View Comment):
    This was a wonderful Podcast. Several impressions:

    1. About what Jay said about Populism: I wanted to deny it at first. But, upon reflection, Buckley was probably right: There is a streak of it in conservatism, such as when he said he’d rather be governed by the first two hundred people in the Boston telephone book, than in the Harvard faculty. I just think that Populism is so dangerous to the Republic that even to acknowledge a little bit of it is apt to make it get out of hand.
    2. The insight that the far left and the far right have a lot in common is something I had been saying for years (modestly speaking), and is not often remarked upon. I think the Trump Excusers (or whatever you wish you call them; the people who just won’t acknowledge the faults in the man) have much in common, in this way, with the left, who will not acknowledge the wrong-doing of their heroes.
    3. Speaking of Trump: While I do think that some criticism of him goes too far (Jennifer Rubin is a good example of this), I do understand the temptation, such as when Mona mentioned Trump’s seeming aversion to truth. I found it unforgivable when he said that we kill people too, when challenged about Putin. So, aversion to him is an understandable temptation, which, like most temptations, should be resisted.
    4. Finally, this is for Mona: I’ve decided that NTK is my favorite Podcast. The Remnant is a close second. But they are very different, and the breath of NTK makes this a no-brainer decision.
    5. Addendum: I hope your past holidays, Mona, have been everything you would want them to be. You are not old. You are just right, with a lot of juice left!

    I always look forward to seeing your comments George!

    • #7
    • October 29, 2017, at 8:39 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  8. Ambrianne Member

    @monacharen I took my cello up again three or four years ago after a 25-year hiatus. My advice: find a teacher, find an ensemble and practice daily even if it’s just twenty minutes. Twenty minutes is better than no minutes!

    • #8
    • October 29, 2017, at 9:45 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  9. Ambrianne Member

    @jaynordlinger I interned for Senator Steve Symms. A Hatch intern told me how he was working reception when the phone rang and the voice said, hello, this is Dan Quayle, may I please speak to the senator? He said, just a moment and put him on hold. He called the senator’s AA and said, someone who says he’s Vice-President Quayle is holding for the senator. She said, don’t lose him – I’m picking up.

    I sure miss Dan Quayle, who made his own phone calls.

    • #9
    • October 29, 2017, at 10:01 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  10. George Townsend Inactive

    Ambrianne (View Comment):
    I sure miss Dan Quayle, who made his own phone calls.

    Not only for this. He is a fine man. He might have been a tad over his head, to be V.P. at such a time. But he never deserved to be the recipient of such that he got. I also miss Marilyn, who gave a wonderful speech at the ’92 convention – which was also made fun of!

    • #10
    • October 29, 2017, at 10:36 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  11. George Townsend Inactive

    Mona Charen (View Comment):
    I always look forward to seeing your comments George!

    Thanks. This really does mean a lot to me. I’ve always had a lot of esteem for you, Mona – which word has been downgraded, ever since someone decided to add “Self” to it!

    Hey, you know, I just had a thought: How does Mona Charen for Senate sound?

    • #11
    • October 29, 2017, at 10:42 AM PDT
    • 2 likes