Need to Know
About This Show
with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger.
Most Recent Episode
Ep. 185: How to Build a Cabinet, Etc.
2 days ago
Mona and Jay talk about President-elect Trump and his cabinet-building. Also about Carrier, conservatism, and capitalism. And about the hunt for heretics: Do you now or have you ever belonged to a church that opposes same-sex marriage? There is also some talk about identity politics vs. art: Who will win? The outcome of that war is momentous. And there is an appreciation of the Queen of England, and her husband, Prince Philip.
The podcast goes out with some music from a ballet that Mona brings up, and that is especially popular this time of year. It is the Grand Pas de Deux from “The Nutcracker,” by Tchaikovsky.
Rated 5 out of
I had lost my interest in talk radio after listening for many years, so I was glad to find podcasts like Need to Know. The calm, thoughtful discussions of matters that are important to me finds the perfect pitch. The blend of politics, music and personal stories is like a visiting with old friends. And as a mother of college-age sons, I enjoy Mona's stories about hers. Keep up the good work...you brighten my day.
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 4 out of
Good General Podcast for Conservatives
Jay and Mona put on a good discussion of weekly events. Their strengths are in discussions of historical matters, especially when they get into talking about the Cold War or even the Nobel Prize (both have written extensively on the subjects). They have begun reserving time at the end to talk about classical music, as Jay has covered the subject for years as a journalist and Mona has taken up learning the cello.
The podcast is best when they have a guest. When they do not, they often lapse into a mutual appreciation society of two. At their worst, they fawn over expressed opinions, trying to outdo each other with humble gratitude. The cause is that the two agree on nearly everything. If you don't agree with them, the conversation can seem closed or provincial. Fortunately, these periods are rare enough not to detract too heavily from the content.
Another plus: they do their shows regularly. Ricochet has trouble making sure their contributors keep up fresh contributions.
Date published: 2014-01-21
Rated 5 out of
Smart, Cool Commentary
Both these folks are excellent writers, and they obviously like each other, which comes across. The best thing about the podcast is that they are gentle, not shouters--I can listen to it when my apolitical wife is in the room. They also talk about things other than politics.
Date published: 2013-12-03
Rated 5 out of
An honest podcast for thoughtful conservatives
Mona and (especially) Jay are not afraid to tell listeners that the problem with politics is the voters. Love that honesty and the cultured way they provide it.
Date published: 2013-10-16