Need to Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger Gypsy Rondo

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As usual, Mona and Jay talk about subjects beautiful and ugly. In the latter category: Bill Ayers, IRS harassment, and Pete Seeger’s Communism. In the former category: Brahms, congressional oversight, and free enterprise (particularly as a means of uplifting the poor). Mona gives a tour de force on the effects of family breakdown. The two do some chuckling over the New York Times. There is also a Buckley story or two. The podcast ends with music that Mona mentions at the top of the show: the final movement of Brahms’s G-minor piano quartet, orchestrated by Schoenberg. It’s marked “Rondo alla zingarese,” i.e., “Gypsy rondo.”

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