Need To Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger Episode 57: Duck The Halls

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Mona and Jay talk about the week’s hot topics: Pajama Boy, Duck Man, etc. They also talk about some presidents past, including two Bushes and one Nixon. They talk about the next chapter for Mona’s youngest son: He’s going off to college. What’s it like, for conservative parents to send their offspring to a place like Penn? They end their podcast with some Christmas music – and a lovely dose of Engelbert Humperdinck. (Not the Vegas singer – not that there’s anything wrong with him – but the German composer from whom he took the name.)

Note: Mona’s microphone decided to take off early for the holidays a few minutes into the podcast, but the show must go on. We expect it will return to work in time for the next show. 

Music from this week’s episode: 

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen by George Shearing Quintet

The Evening Prayer (from Hansel and Gretel) by Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Stade

O Holy Night by Leontyne Price

Ding Dong! Merrily On High by George Shearing Quintet


    There is more than one Engelbert Humperdinck?

    Excuse me, I have to go collect on a little bet!

  2. Rightfromthestart

    Trying to understand the leftist worldview, we all know how brilliant and soft spoken Victor Davis Hanson is, a few months back I saw him described on a lefty website as —  ‘a wacko even by the standards of National Review’. One cannot hold a discussion with such people.     

  3. Peter Fumo

    Stitcher cuts podcast after 30 minutes. It also cut main podcast at 10 minutes

  4. Peter Fumo

    In reference to Jay’s opinion of Michael Kinsley, I remember his send-off from Crossfire 20 years ago. Robert Novak and John Sunnunu were praising him to the hilt, very gracious to him. He just sat there with a self-satisfied smug look on his face, like none of these compliments surprised him. I don’t know about others, but praise humbles me. I just remember thinking how ungracious Kinsley was. It certainly lowered my opinion of him, a small window on his character.

  5. There is something going on with Stitcher. They are aware of the issue and are working on it, but  it’s an issue on their end, not ours. 

    Peter Fumo: Stitcher cuts podcast after 30 minutes. It also cut main podcast at 10 minutes · 1 hour ago

  6. Bureaucrat859

    To your point about explaining what’s wrong with The Life of Julia and Pajama Boy, we need a slew of dystopian movies similar to Logan’s Run, etc..  Why not start with one called “The Life of Julia”?

  7. lakelylane

    Merriest of merry’s…Mona I would like to know when the cello started and how long it has taken you to get to the point you are. Love you Jay!!!

  8. Hartmann von Aue

    Thanks for playing the Leontyne Price piece. I nearly fell out of my chair here in the office- the beauty was overwhelming. 

  9. Mona Charen

    Dear Lakely Lane,

    I started lessons in the summer of 2011. Everything about the cello is, as the saying goes, outside my comfort zone. I look at a piece of music for the first time and instead of humming along in my head, I think “What are those chicken scratches?”

    Eventually, with much effort, the chicken scrathes yield to something else.

    Here is a column I wrote about the experience:

    Merry Christmas.

  10. Michael Sanregret

    Jay discussed recalling how he came to be a conservative.  This is an interesting topic for many reasons, one very practical reason is we want this to happen to as many leftwingers as possible!

    In my case, it happened after the 911 attacks.  It wasn’t that I thought leftwingers weren’t against the terrorists.  I saw us all being pretty much united in that.  But being in academia, I had just thought of the left as being more rational and open-minded than the right, given that so many academics are on the left.  I had been drifting right already, but the discussions I saw on how to prevent terrorists from taking airplanes opened my eyes.  One suggestion was to arm pilots.  This still makes sense to me as the most practical way to prevent a 911 type attack.  But liberals would have nothing of that.  Their ideas consisted of random strip searches and the various useless things we subject passengers to that as far as I know have never stopped any terrorists.  At that moment the glass just kind of shattered and I knew I wasn’t “liberal” anymore. 

  11. captainpower

    Thanks for the music links.

    Amazon links would be neat too, especially since you guys could put your ricochet code in to get a kickback.

    Mona, thanks for querying Jay on his vast music knowledge. Good call.

    Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

  12. NorthSound
    Peter Fumo: Stitcher cuts podcast after 30 minutes. It also cut main podcast at 10 minutes · December 21, 2013 at 9:01am

    Yeah, what’s with that? Do I need to dump Stitcher and use iTunes? Really donut like that platform as much, but if I must….

  13. We have reported this issue to Stitcher and have been told they will address it this week. There are many excellent podcasting apps for iOS and Android. Happy to suggest a few if you’re interested.

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