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Episode 18: Frenching It Up

Jay talks about infidelity, Bastille Day, the National Front, and the math scores of French students. He also talks about Debussy and the Canadian national anthem (à la française). You ...

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Episode 15: Kings, Ballplayers, and More

Jay begins with a memory of Nixon, which leads to a march, believe it or not: by America’s “other” march king (not Sousa). Then he gets into some big questions, ...

Episode 14: People Who Need ‘People’

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 ...

Episode 13: Hold the Tomatoes

Jay tells a story about cultural differences, starring Saoirse Ronan, the Irish actress. He also talks Weinstein, Trump, Obama, and a good bit more. Last, he answers a question about ...

Episode 12: ‘His Bravest Best’

Jay talks about the late King Michael of Romania, with music to accompany. “It is good to be king,” people say—and often it is. But how about when you’re a ...

Episode 11: Planets Apart

This episode begins with “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” and ends with a Paganini caprice (the best-known one). In between is a bit of “Ol’ Man River” – sung by ...

Episode 10: Rolling Your Own

Jay says that he likes a performer who rolls his own — that is, who writes music, in addition to performing it. He plays a fair amount of music on ...

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Politics & Policy

The Coming Shellacking

Two years ago Donald Trump hijacked the Republican party. Now it’s time to think about what steps might have to be taken to regain control of it. The tocsin of doom that sounded this week in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District could hardly have been more clear in its meaning: This November the GOP ... Read More
National Security & Defense

Leave McMaster Be

About every two months, there are rumors that Gen. H. R. McMaster might be let go as Trump’s national-security adviser (along with many other stellar appointees). The world, however, is a much more logical and predictable place than it was 14 months ago. We’ve restored ties to the Gulf monarchies; Israel ... Read More
Economy & Business

What Kudlow Got Right in 2007

Lawrence Kudlow’s appointment to be director of the National Economic Council has brought out the critics, who have combed through his copious writings to find every wrong call he has made over the decades. One passage that has come in for some ridicule, though, doesn’t deserve it. Here’s Kudlow, writing ... Read More
Film & TV

Love, Simon Outs Hollywood’s Youth Exploitation

Simon (Nick Robinson), the 17-year-old white gay high-school student in Love, Simon, appears to be a comic version of the protagonist in Moonlight. Rather than blatantly copy that Oscar-winning black-gay-victim film, Love, Simon remakes the pathetic Moonlight in the more marketable guise of a sitcom about a ... Read More