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Mona and Jay’s guest this week is Professor Richard Pipes, the historian of Russia (and national-security official in the Reagan administration). His subjects are Russia, Ukraine, Putin, Obama—and some others as well. He is one of the leading scholars of our time. Then, Mona and Jay take up yet more subjects: national greatness, and the question of honor; America’s energy revolution; charter schools, and a fissure on the left; Lincoln and Churchill, as a pair; the abominable Harry Reid; the interesting Maria von Trapp (daughter, not governess); etc.

The concluding music is from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, the “Little Russian.” As Jay has explained many times in print, the nickname does not refer to a short Muscovite; it refers to Ukraine.

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