Jay ends this podcast with a recording by an American tenor — a man who sings “O Holy Night.” He once made a living as a big-rig truck driver. And bounty-hunter. Preceding this seasonal musical treat, you have talk of Syrians, Saudis, business titans, football players, and others. Come along and Jaywalk.

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Jay is referring to a moment in an Art Tatum arrangement (of a famous Dvorak piece). He plays that moment, and a Latvian folk song, and “The Kiss,” an Italian number. Also, he talks about U.S. politics, the fate of Europe, porn, and other pressing issues. An appetizing smorgasbord.

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On “Take the ‘A’ Train,” for one thing. And on elections, foreign relations, sports, etc. Jay takes a little tour, in the style of this podcast. It concludes with a song from Mexico.

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Jay ends this podcast with a chorus, a heavenly chorus, carrying us off into the eternal blue. Before we get there, however, there is talk of economics, foreign policy, political philosophy, and more. There’s also more music: including a bit of Callas in Carmen.

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Jay indeed plays a waltz — a spooky one. And other dance music. He also talks about our censorious culture, personal responsibility, peculiarities of language, and more.

 

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Jay talks about Mahler, and a Sinatra song, and Shostakovich. Also about Russia, Canada, California, Chicago . . . This is a tour of places, ideas, and issues. Won’t you come along? (That’s the start of a song about New Orleans.)

 

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Saudi Arabia, American politics, an age of disruption, baseball, China, Russia, music — Jay runs a gamut. Among the musicians heard is Taylor Swift.

 

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Jay tells a joke in this episode — pretty good (according to him and his gang). He also talks about politics and music. We hear from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which has just had a name change, and from a late, great Spanish soprano. Jay also shows how Andrew Lloyd Webber borrowed — and borrowed wisely — from Puccini.

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Jay talks about music, especially loud music. (You get some Verdi and Wagner in this episode.) He also talks about hero-Nobelists, North Korea, and more. No earplugs required.

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Jay starts out with a little music, including the one about the bee. Then he gets into some political issues — before ending with golf, tennis, and, again, music.

 

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Jay begins this episode with Alec Baldwin and ends it with a reflection on colors — especially blue and red. In between are some grave subjects, but also light. You hear Kiri Te Kanawa sing “Come to the Fair,” for example. There’s some Ella Fitzgerald, too.

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