Harvey Sachs is one of the great writers about music. “His biography of Toscanini,” says Jay, “is one of the greatest biographical feats I know.” Sachs’s latest book is “Ten Masterpieces of Music.” With Jay, he talks about this mighty ten. The conversation at large abounds in interesting facts, observations, opinions, and stories. 

As Jay says in his introduction, Matthew Continetti is “a conservative and a conservative-ologist: a student of conservatism, a dissector of it, an expert on it. He has written a new book: The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism.’” Jay and Matt have a meaty hour on conservatism. And they barely get started. 

Inna Sovsun is a member of the Ukrainian parliament. What she has to say about what is happening in her country right now is very informative and not a little moving. 

“On ‘Q&A,’” says Jay, “I have had people from many walks of life: politicians, novelists, athletes, comedians, scientists, journalists, businessmen, sopranos, human-rights activists—on and on. I don’t think I have ever before had a poet. So, today is the day to have one. She is Danielle Rose.” And a very interesting person is she. A thought-provoking, enriching conversation. 

Jimmy Crumpacker is a very interesting fellow who is running for Congress in Oregon. He is from an old Oregon family—about as old as such a family can get. Jimmy Crumpacker is seventh generation. He is a Republican, of the old school, which is to say, he believes in limited government, free markets, and economic growth. Also the rule of law. Born and raised in Portland, he discusses with Jay the shocking degradation of that city. Crumpacker has always been interested in politics and government, and, indeed, majored in government at Georgetown. He had a career in the private sector—Wall Street, where he kept close tabs on energy markets. Now he is running for office. An interesting, thoughtful, engaging fellow—not your everyday. Get to know him a bit. 

Eliot A. Cohen is a professor of international relations. As Jay says, he is a leading expert in the field—a man from whom you can learn a great deal. Cohen discusses two of his own professors in this “Q&A”: Richard Pipes and Samuel Huntington. Are we in a Huntingtonian moment? A clash of civilizations? Jay asks Eliot Cohen several specific questions about Ukraine and Russia, and some broad questions too—such as, “What is the importance of this conflict to the United States?” A very, very informative discussion, and not without a dose of uplift, believe it or not. 

Hanna Liubakova is a journalist whom Jay respects a great deal. She is a Belarusian, in exile, who reports on her own country, of course, but also on the war in Ukraine. Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, the Baltic countries, other countries—all these things are connected. Hanna Liubakova is deeply and widely informed, and she makes the rest of us more informed too. With Jay, she discusses some fundamental matters.  

Once more, Radek Sikorski brings his expertise to this program—and at a critical hour. He is a Polish member of the European Parliament. He was foreign minister and defense minister of his country. With Jay, he discusses Putin’s war on Ukraine, from military, political, psychological, and other points of view. A clarifying analysis. 

Luba Kolomytseva is the art director at National Review. She is an old friend and colleague of Jay’s. They first met in November 1998, when Jay arrived at NR. Their first conversation was about Ukraine and Russia. They have been talking about the subject, on and off, ever since. Luba began life in Kharkiv, Ukraine. These weeks have been emotional for her—a “torture,” she says. She has many interesting things to say, especially of a personal nature. Get to know Luba a little. 

Bill Browder is the financier who is the driving force behind Magnitsky acts—acts that allow governments to sanction individual human-rights abusers, rather than whole peoples. He is one of Vladimir Putin’s chief enemies. He has been in Putin’s crosshairs for years. Browder is the author of “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Mans Fight for Justice.” With Jay, he talks about the importance of money to Putin and his regime. The Free World can put the screws on these guys—but we have to be willing to do it. 

Casey Michel is an expert on a shadowy world: financial corruption, around the globe. Where do the oligarchs get their dough? How do they hide it? How do they invest it? Where do they park it? Have Americans, and others, aided and abetted them? With Casey Michel, Jay gets into this critically important subject. Mr. Michel is the author of a new book, “American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money-Laundering Scheme in History.” Jay’s final question is, “Is Vladimir Putin the richest man in the world?” Answer: Could be, could very well be. 

Teng Biao is a prominent lawyer, human-rights activist, and democracy leader from China. He comes from a small, poor village and went to the country’s leading university: Peking University. He earned a Ph.D. in legal philosophy. His life took a turn, though: he entered dissidence, wanting to defend people’s rights and speak for the voiceless. He was therefore imprisoned and tortured several times. Today, he is in the United States, where he has lectured and taught at many top universities: including Harvard, Yale, and Chicago. With Jay, he talks about the Olympic Games, the genocide of the Uyghurs, and other very important issues.

Kateryna Yushchenko was born and raised in Chicago. Her parents were Ukrainian refugees, who had been through many storms. Kateryna worked in the Reagan State Department on issues of democracy and human rights and then in the White House. She moved to Ukraine and became First Lady of the country. Her husband, Viktor Yushchenko, was president from 2005 to 2010. He survived a poison attack a murder attempt by Kremlin agents. Mrs. Yushchenko has a lot to say, on important issues. Ukraine is once more in the crosshairs of a seething Vladimir Putin. The time is very tense. 

Francis Fukuyama is one of the most influential political thinkers of our times. He teaches at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, at Stanford. He is chairman of the editorial board at American Purpose. With Jay, he talks about his upbringing and education. His paternal grandfather came to America from Japan in 1905. His father was born and raised in Los Angeles. The family was interned, in Colorado, during World War II. In college and graduate school, Fukuyama studied with an array of well-known scholars: Bloom, Deman, Derrida, Barthes, Huntington, Mansfield, et al. Jay further talks with Fukuyama about liberalism, conservatism, America’s two-party system, Ukraine, and more. At the end, Fukuyama pays tribute to Alexis de Tocqueville, that great chronicler of America and explicator of democracy. 

Myroslava Luzina is a political analyst and consultant in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. She is also a book translator and other things. She is someone, as Jay says, from whom you can learn a great deal. Jay asks her about the situation in Ukraine now: What does it feel like? Are people making preparations (for a further Russian invasion)? Are Ukrainians becoming more nation-minded? Rallying around the flag? What about the east-west divide that we hear about? What would you like from the outside world? And so forth. A very, very interesting conversation about critical—even urgent—topics. 

As in 2008, the Chinese government will soon host Olympic Games. Talking about the issues with Jay is Perry Link, the estimable China scholar. Should the U.S. be boycotting? Is a diplomatic boycott enough? How about Peng Shuai, the tennis player? Should Elon Musk be doing business in Xinjiang Province, or East Turkestan, where the Uyghurs are being persecuted? And so on and so forth. At the end, Jay talks with Professor Link about Chinese culture, to which the professor has devoted a great deal of his life. A highly interesting, very stimulating conversation. 

Vladimir Kara-Murza is a Russian democracy leader, writer, documentary-maker, etc. He has long been admired by Jay and many others. Kara-Murza worked with Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader murdered in 2015. He himself has been subject to two murder attempts (by poison). In this “Q&A,” Kara-Murza and Jay discuss Russian civil society; the relationship between the current government and the Soviet past; the Russian people and the media; Russians abroad; the issue of Ukraine; and more. Kara-Murza is an incisive analyst and a compelling speaker. 

Togo is a West African country, of about 8 million. Since 1967, it has been ruled by two dictators, father and son. An outstanding—and outstandingly brave—opposition leader is Farida Nabourema. Jay wrote about this young woman in 2018: Daughter of Togo.” He also did a “Q&A” with her. She is back, now, with the latest: the latest about her country. Although her remarks are specifically about Togo, they apply to other countries under dictatorship, and to political life generally. A marvelous thinker and talker, this young woman, and, again, amazingly brave. 

The college-football playoffs are coming up. On hand to discuss them are David French, Vivek Dave, and Rahul Danak. Also, should coaches just up and leave, before bowl games? Should athletic departments fire them mid-season? At the end of this podcast, Vivek and Rahul discuss the Concession Call. When their schools play each other, in football or basketball, the alum of the losing school has to call the alum of the winner – which can be very, very tough. Anyway, a wonderful discussion, on the glory and agony of sports. 

Josh Kraushaar, of National Journal, is one of the best political reporters and analysts in America. His handle, on Twitter, is “Hotline Josh,” for reasons he explains in this conversation with Jay. He and Jay jaw over some of today’s politics: Biden—is he all there? Harris—does she have what it takes? Trump—are he and the GOP at one? Josh also provides assessments of the four big leaders on the Hill: Pelosi and McCarthy; Schumer and McConnell. So too, he talks about the changing role of the media, and why it matters. You can learn a lot from Josh Kraushaar, as serious students of American politics have long known.