Jay and Mona are back together and conversation ranges far and wide: from rape in Sweden and Germany to immigration to the words “neocon” and “isolationist” and much more. Did Hillary just forget, in the moment, about Bill when she said all women who make accusations of rape are to be believed? Jay speaks of the use and abuse of symbols. There is praise of London — as Samuel Johnson said “If you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life.” There is discussion of populism and Trump and immigration pro and con, and some closing thoughts on the damage Obama can still do in the year remaining in his term.

Jay saw and loved Star Wars. Mona confesses to having been a Trekkie. We close with — who else? — John Williams.

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Mona is joined by special guest host Rob Long this week filling in for a vacationing Jay Nordlinger. They consider the state of Christmas observance, conservatism in the age of Trump, the nature of Republican primary voters, weather free market solutions to our problems are what people really want or not, and other reflections on the state of the world. As Rob notes “everyone’s a pundit!” (Though actually running and winning ain’t so easy.)

The podcast closes with some observations about Hollywood from Rob, and some recommendations for your viewing pleasure.

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The podcast begins with Stuart Taylor, co-author of an important book on an important subject. That book is “Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It.”

Then Mona and Jay discuss a variety of issues, including, of course, Trump (and the rest of the GOP field). Also, the threat from radical Islam. Will Democrats recognize that threat? If not, why not?

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That’s the way things tend to be framed in 2015 America. The left was all over the Planned Parenthood shooting – and Mona recounts her experience discussing it on NPR earlier this week – but when San Bernardino happened, official organs were reluctant to “attribute motive.” Jay notes some basic truths he discovered long ago about gun control.

The Democrats have painted themselves into quite a corner with their refusal to face the reality of jihadi violence. But then, Republicans may not be able to take advantage of that if they nominate Trump.

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When you say Paris this week, one thinks of jihadi killers – but that’s not what President Obama thinks about. He’s looking forward to the great summit on climate change set to begin there next week. Jay and Mona welcome Steve Hayward, the right’s most astute analyst of the folks he has christened the “climatistas,” to fill us in on what to expect. Will it be a second Kyoto? More end runs around Congress perhaps? Steve explains what it means to be a “luke-warmer” on climate.

Next, the conversation moves to John Kerry and his staggeringly gross comments about the terrorists and murder (some are “understandable” apparently), an update on the collective nervous breakdown on American campuses, memories of Bill Buckley’s unsuccessful mayoral race in 1965, whether you should shake hands with a dictator, and what will happen if the Republican party actually nominates you know who.

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Dan Rather was once the voice of establishment liberalism. He reigned on the CBS Evening News and on 60 Minutes. Was he different from the rest of the liberal pack? Only in this respect: He got caught. The person who caught him is our guest, Scott Johnson of Powerlineblog.com. Scott reviews the history of “Rathergate” in light of the movie bearing the absurd title Truth.

Jay and Mona then speak of Hollywood’s other distortions of history, the “land of enchantment” New Mexico, Bernie Sanders, the CNBC debate, the perils of serving as a police officer, the moment in American history when the middle class sought to improve itself, and the wonderful life of Fred Thompson, RIP. It’s vintage NTK. Not to be missed.

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That was the title of a book by Bob Novak in 1965, about the previous year’s election. In this new podcast, Mona and Jay talk about Trump, the GOP, and the Right. They also talk about Hillary: her brazen lies about Benghazi, and her quaint charges of sexism. Because Bernie thinks a woman’s place is in the kitchen, you know?

Speaking of women – or something in that ballpark – Mona brings up Caitlyn Jenner, who is Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year. She also addresses the Great Bacon Panic of October 2015.

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rameshponnuru300x410Ramesh Ponnuru joins NTK to discuss Trump and the state of the race. Ramesh tries to cull some lessons from Trump’s popularity, as should we all. But let’s face it, if Trump is the nominee, it will represent the suicide of the Republican Party. Jay has decided to delay panicking until Thanksgiving.

After Ramesh’s report, talk moves to Bernie Sanders, the Democrats, and socialism, Iran’s test of a nuclear-capable missile, the Obama administration’s disgusting moral equivalence between Israelis being stabbed in the streets, and the Palestinians who rejoice in it. “Clock boy” pays a visit to one of the world’s genocidal murderers (remember Darfur?).

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Mona and Jay begin their latest hour by talking about the House leadership race: curiouser and curiouser. Then they olsenheadshot-150x150are joined by Henry Olsen, a scholar of politics, and in particular elections. He gives his analysis of the presidential campaign (on both the R and the D sides).

The hosts do some talking about presidential politics themselves. And about Russia and Putin. Speaking of the Soviets, the City Council of New York has honored Ethel Rosenberg. Why in the world did they snub Julius? Sexism?

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We’ll never know, because most scholars agree that Hitler had no offspring. But as Jay Nordlinger relates in his gripping new book, Children of Monsters, there was a man, a Frenchman, as it happens, who was told that he was Hitler’s illegitimate son and believed it. It distorted his mind and his life.

41llHxZtW9LThat’s where Jay’s book journey begins, and where this podcast, devoted to the book, begins too. Discussion then touches on the stories of some of the other children of monsters. There was Vasily Stalin, who wasn’t raised by the dictator, but by his bodyguards, and Svetlana, who defected and came to America. There were the Mussolini kids – one of whom, daughter Edda, stayed loyal to papa even after he executed her husband.

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Pope Francis disappoints Jay and Mona, by turning his back on Cuban dissidents, and Scott Walker surprises by dropping out of the race. Jeremy Corbyn is a certifiable red, now heading the Labour Party in Great Britain. Leopoldo Lopez is a genuine hero in Venezuela. So is Karen Gaffney, a young lady with Down Syndrome who swam the English channel. What would be the ideal job for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump? Jay has a suggestion.

CNN, Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, The New York Times’s Jew-baiting, Need to Know gets to all of those things in a rousing rush of conversation.

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leesmith1This week, Mona and Jay begin with a guest, Lee Smith, who is an expert on Iran and other matters Middle Eastern. He fills us in. One thing he says is: Debate about the Iran deal is not over. Opponents of the deal need not shut up and acquiesce.

Mona and Jay then talk about a slew of issues. These include the refugee crisis in Europe, unemployment in the United States, and Dr. Ben Carson. Jay insists on talking about what he considers one of the finest and most important pieces of journalism published this year: Mona’s “What the Left and the Right Don’t Get about Campus Rape.” Mona gives a summary, in the podcast, but listeners will want to read the piece.

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After a long hiatus during which Jay did music in gorgeous Salzburg (salt town), Austria and Mona traveled to exotic, um, Canada, the hosts are reunited to discuss, what else –Trump.

As Jay noted about halfway through: “We have the most outstanding field of Republican candidates in memory and yet we’ve just spent a full half hour talking of nothing but Trump.” How can you not? Is he the suicide of the Republican Party or is this the silly season? Does character matter? How should we judge the other candidates’ reactions to Trump? Should Jindal drop the faux populist pose?

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ntk-logoLike America at large, Mona and Jay have a lot to chew over. There’s last night’s presidential debate, of course (or debates). Mona and Jay pay particular attention to the Trumpster — to whom they have different reactions (though probably the same fundamental one).

They then discuss the Iran deal, and opposition to, and the American president’s continued disgusting accusations against his critics. Are you with the “Death to America” crowd? If you oppose the deal, Obama says you are.

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ntk-logoThe multi-faceted Michael Oren (member of the Knesset) joins Need to Know this week to discuss the Iran deal. Oren has written two great histories, and now a memoir of his time as Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Ally. Mona and Jay are fans – with one caveat – that Jay raises. Still, an important man on a deadly serious subject.

Jay and Mona then welcome another historian, Ron Radosh, of PJ Media, who provides a teeth-grinding account of PBS’s decision to air an approving documentary about the Black Panthers. What can be done? Is there, perhaps, a Republican congress that can hold hearings or bring pressure to bear on taxpayer-funded PBS? Not saying they should pull the documentary – but there are other options. Do join us.

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ntk-logoWhile Jay Nordlinger is dodging walruses in Alaska on the NR cruise, Mona welcomes the wise and wonderful Larry Kudlow as guest host. Radio host John Batchelor starts things off with insights about Iran – ancient and modern. He knows these things not just because he’s a polymath, but because his mother’s family hails from Persia. He shares that story.

Larry and Mona then consider Hillary Clinton’s proposal to increase the capital gains tax, which leads to a broader discussion about whether the Democratic Party believes in capitalism at all anymore. And what about the rest of the country? Is there an opening for a Republican who can talk knowledgeably about simplifying the tax code and making other common sense reforms to promote growth? At the national level, there are a number of candidates who might. At the local level, in the Connecticut senate race, the person to make that case just might be this week’s co-host!

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N2K_001bMona and Jay begin this episode with Arthur Brooks, the scholar who heads the American Enterprise Institute. He has just written “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America.” Every word he says sings to Mona and Jay, and other listeners will feel the same way.

The hosts then talk about ghastly news out of Planned Parenthood, and the issue of abortion generally. This is both a fascinating and a frustrating topic. They also discuss something a little lighter and less momentous – the entry of Governor Scott Walker into the presidential race.

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ntk-logoIs Hillary socialist enough? That’s one of the questions Jay and Mona ponder this week. Bernie Sanders is the pure essence of leftism, untainted by money – or facts – and that seems appealing to some segments of the Democratic Party.

Discussion then moves on to conservative victories. There have been many over the past quarter century, particularly in tackling crime. But now those successes are taken for granted, and we may be slipping back. And what should we think about the huge numbers of African American males behind bars?

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