Jay starts with a phrase from long ago — “a thousand points of light” — and ends with some music, heard in the darkness of Iraq under ISIS. The music in this episode is eclectic: a couple of pop songs from the late 1980s; a national anthem (the best one?); and, finally, that music heard in Iraq, from the soundtrack of a Holocaust movie.

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Jay has a few subjects historical: Neville Chamberlain, Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan. He has a few subjects current, too: Trump, Putin, Kim (the latest one). His musical assists come from Takemitsu, the Japanese composer; Handel, the German composer who was an honorary Englishman; and Drigo, Riccardo Drigo, a long-forgotten Italian who worked in Russia. Jay is bringing him back, with the help of one of the greatest tenors in history.

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At the beginning, Jay says, “Got a slew of issues for you, and some music to go with.” This proves to be true. He talks about the opioid crisis, Seattle, the flag, the Gap, and more. And he does it with a little help from his friends — among them Elton John and Kander & Ebb. A track or four of music helps the medicine go down.

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Jay does a kind of tour, touching on some burning issues and some less burning ones. He talks about the Nobel Peace Prize, a movie about Stalin, and “realism.” Personalities include Marco Rubio, Bill Cosby, and J. D. McClatchy. The podcast is not without music — from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. Come take the tour.

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Something Mitt Romney said reminded Jay of what Hillary Clinton once said — to him (Jay). H. R. McMaster delivered an important message. Eliot A. Cohen unearthed an extraordinary (early) American. A man learned a painful lesson in Alaska.

Jay talks about all this and more, including sports and a deodorant commercial (yes). The podcast ends with his dad singing a fight song. A brief podcast positively bursting with eclecticism.

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The appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser puts Jay in mind of mustaches — and he plays a little Stephen Foster. He also has coined a term that he hopes will catch on. Whether it does or not, he likes it. He talks about language, political and non-, and he tells a couple of stories — presidential ones. He ends with material related to Saint Patrick’s Day, late or not. “Danny Boy” is for every day, right?

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Jaywalking around, Jay talks about a newly named regiment in Russia. And about Erdogan’s latest maneuvers. And about Trump’s different sorts of maneuvers. Later on, Jay indulges in the delights of language and in a song — a kind of hymn — written by a composer most famous as a teacher of other composers. (A great many people partook of that Boulangerie.)

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This episode begins with a meditation on “the people” – that phrase in the mouths of politicians left and right. We also hear some music: variations on “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” Jay then talks about immigration, sports, and some other things. He ends with The Parade – the parade ordered up by President Trump, who was inspired by Bastille Day in Paris. Jay says, if there is to be a parade, at least let the music be good. We then hear some John Philip Sousa – specifically, a march that bears the name of a newspaper. It steps lively!

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