This week on Need To Know, Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger welcome the great Victor Davis Hanson. They discuss the events in Boston, how the left has politicized it (and similar events in the past), and the impact on the culture at large going forward.

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  1. Profile photo of Vice-Potentate Member

    I love VDH in this podcast. Unpolished honesty seems to be a rare commodity these days. VDH shows how its done without the appearance of unwarranted bitterness. Applause.

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    • April 20, 2013 at 1:33 am
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  2. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Inactive

    As befits judicious, thoughtful commentators displaying the collective wisdom of the conservative commentariat, Mona, Jay, and Victor credit President Obama with being personally a good man. No knock on them, this is what is conventionally expected of conservative bien pensants.

    Having become radicalized more than somewhat by the events of the past year specifically, and past decade generally I am going to advance the notion that President Obama is not personally a good man. He is a vile machiavel (albeit one whose narcissism blinds him to reality) who will say anything, and do perhaps anything to advance his agenda of, as he said “fundamentally transforming America.”

    We can’t wait for a miracle-working candidate in 2016, we need to begin the fight now.

    The Left pushes, pushes, pushes, and pushes. We have to begin pushing back or we will be pushed into completely impotent irrelevancy.

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    • April 20, 2013 at 6:01 am
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  3. Profile photo of Keith Preston Member

    Cool. My favorite historian. Why isn’t he nationally known outside of conservative circles? Never mind, I know the answer to that question…

    sigh.

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    • April 20, 2013 at 6:38 am
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  4. Profile photo of Bob McMaster Inactive

    First direct link in the post is actually to episode 27.

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    • April 20, 2013 at 7:07 am
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    Fixed, thanks. 

    Bob McMaster: First direct link in the post is actually to episode 27. · 20 minutes ago
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    • April 20, 2013 at 7:28 am
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  6. Profile photo of The Mugwump Inactive

    I always enjoy listening to VDH, but I was not cheered by his sober analysis. I can only conclude that delusional thinking is a fixture among leftists.

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    • April 20, 2013 at 11:11 am
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  7. Profile photo of Give Me Liberty Inactive

    Nick, I completely agree with you. Why does JN believe Obama is personally a better man? This makes no sense; a better man would not be cable of his despicable words or deeds.

    Grendel: VDH doesn’t like Obama because BHO doesn’t like America.

    Of course he doesn’t like America. He’s a Democrat, and Democrats are not American except in the narrowest legalistic sense. How can you claim to be an American when you loathe the Constitution and despise the Declaration? Obama, being a narcissist and not having been raised in America, just has a weaker sense of what it is politic to say. · 47 minutes ago

    Hawai ‘i is part of America and, except for a brief time living in Indonesia, Obama was raised in Hawai’i. I was raised in Hawai ‘i and consider myself very American. The distinction is that I was raised as an American, Obama was raised to hate America, and he does.

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    • April 21, 2013 at 1:03 am
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  8. Profile photo of Grendel Member

    VDH doesn’t like Obama because BHO doesn’t like America.

    Of course he doesn’t like America. He’s a Democrat, and Democrats are not American except in the narrowest legalistic sense. How can you claim to be an American when you loathe the Constitution and despise the Declaration? Obama, being a narcissist and not having been raised in America, just has a weaker sense of what it is politic to say.

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    • April 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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  9. Profile photo of concerned citizen Inactive

    Another excellent podcast. Lately “Need to Know” has become my favorite of the Ricochet podcasts! Keep ’em coming.

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    • April 23, 2013 at 3:09 am
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  10. Profile photo of Max Knots Member

    Volume problem:

    Great podcast and guest as usual. But the volume level is too low on Dr. Hanson’s microphone. I needed to increase the volume 3 notches when he spoke and then drop it back for Mona and Jay. Not the only Ricochet podcast where this has occurred. The previous podcast with this problem was due to the guest sitting too far from the speakerphone (apparently). A small complaint assuredly. Thanks for doing these interviews.

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    • April 23, 2013 at 3:45 am
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    It’s a Skype issue. We have no way to individually control the levels — they all come in over one channel. We try to balance them out in post as best we can, but it’s tough when one guest is on the phone and the other two are on Skype. 

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    • April 23, 2013 at 3:54 am
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  12. Profile photo of Benjamin Glaser Member

    Is there a place where one can listen to VDH lectures?

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    • April 23, 2013 at 9:18 am
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    Benjamin Glaser: Is there a place where one can listen to VDH lectures? · April 23, 2013 at 6:18pm

    He’s all over YouTube and has a few on Fora.tv.

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    • April 25, 2013 at 9:03 am
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  14. Profile photo of soccerlad14 Member

    From 30:20-32:38; 33:54-36:20- Sublime. I could listen to VDH for days…

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    • April 25, 2013 at 9:18 am
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