Need to Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger Straight Talk

Stuart TaylorJay and Mona welcome Stuart Taylor, Jr. author of Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It. They’ve both mentioned Stuart Taylor in the past and don’t stint on the opportunity to tell him just what they think of him to his face.

Affirmative action/race preferences are the topic for the first half hour, including a review of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding Michigan’s ban on the practice. In a particularly powerful passage, Taylor wonders at the presumption of Justice Sotomayor, who implied that all of her colleagues who disagreed with her don’t understand the issue of race in America. This – to Clarence Thomas.

There’s a lot of straight talk about race, class, and lies in this podcast. Fair warning.

Jay and Mona then consider the continuing polarization of American politics and civic life, the preference for greater equality over prosperity by the left, the swoon for Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital In the 21st Century, the decision by the New York Times to fire Jill Abramson, a strike in Norway, and Alec Baldwin getting booed (in absentia) at the New York Philharmonic.

Music from this week’s episode:

The aria “Come scoglio” from Così fan tutte (music by Mozart, libretto by Da Ponte), sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf