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Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review and the music critic of The New Criterion. His guests are from the worlds of politics and culture, talking about the most important issues of the day, and some pleasant trivialities as well.

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Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review and the music critic of The New Criterion. His guests are from the worlds of politics and culture, talking about the most important issues of the day, and some pleasant trivialities as well.

    Daughter of Cuba

    Daughter of Cuba

    Rosa María Payá is a democracy activist. So was her father, Oswaldo—killed by the Cuban regime in 2012. With Jay, Rosa María talks about political prisoners, the Castros, the alliance between Havana and Moscow, the alliance between Havana and Beijing, the nature of democracy, and more. She is a brave, poised woman, with a touch of nobility about her, or more than a touch. Her father would beam. 

    • 38 min
    A Life in Academe, a Life in the World: Eliot A. Cohen

    A Life in Academe, a Life in the World: Eliot A. Cohen

    For The Atlantic, Eliot A. Cohen has written a piece called “Farewell to Academe.” The subtitle is: “I leave with doubts and foreboding that I would not have anticipated when I completed my formal education in 1982.” With Jay, he talks about this. They also talk about Israel and Ukraine. About U.S. politics. About the life of the mind, including poetry (Dylan Thomas, Edwin Arlington Robinson). A wide-ranging, personal, and informative conversation. 

    • 48 min
    From Russia, a Brave, Conscientious Woman

    From Russia, a Brave, Conscientious Woman

    Anastasia Shevchenko was a civil-society leader in Russia. She was the first person prosecuted under the Kremlin’s notorious law concerning “undesirable organizations.” She fled Russia in the summer of 2022 and continues to work for human rights in her native country from abroad. Earlier this month, she was a guest, by video hook-up, of the Oslo Freedom Forum. In this “Q&A,” Jay talks with Mrs. Shevchenko about the Soviet Union, Putin, Ukraine—many things. An encounter with Anastasia Shevchenko is a pleasure and an inspiration. 

    • 27 min
    Saturday Night in America

    Saturday Night in America

    Christian Schneider is a writer and podcaster. With Scot Bertram, he hosts a podcast about “Saturday Night Live.” Jay talks with him about “SNL,” about politics, about politics and “SNL,” etc. 

    • 45 min
    Ukraine, from Independence till Now

    Ukraine, from Independence till Now

    Adrian Karatnycky is a New Yorker with Ukrainian-Polish heritage. For eleven years, he was president of Freedom House. Today he is with the Atlantic Council and other organizations. He was a student of Ukraine—and the general neighborhood—long before most people thought of Ukraine. He has now written a history: “Battleground Ukraine: From Independence to the War with Russia.” With Jay, Karatnycky talks about some of the basics. A deeply knowledgeable man about a crucial set of issues. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Son of Nicaragua

    Son of Nicaragua

    Carlos Fernando Chamorro is one of the most important journalists in all of Latin America. He is a Nicaraguan—though the dictatorship has stripped him of his citizenship. He now works in exile, in Costa Rica. He is the son of Pedro Joaquín and Violeta Chamorro. His father was the editor of La Prensa, the newspaper that opposed the Somoza dictatorship. He was assassinated in 1978. His mother was elected president of Nicaragua in 1990. Carlos Fernando was involved with the Sandinista movement for some years. Like so many others, he turned into an opponent. They have hounded him out of the country. Yet he is still on their tail. With Jay, he discusses family, Nicaragua, and politics in general. 

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
227 Ratings

227 Ratings

Mike Tierney - BreakRight! ,

A Voice For Human Rights

Jay Nordlinger is a soft-spoken champion for those who would see an end to regimes who rule their citizens through heavy-handed oppression. Russia, China, and Iran all provide ready interview subjects who have endured the cruelty those governments inflict upon those who resist their authoritarian control, but victims of other countries’ predations make appearances, as well: Venezuela, Sudan, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Saudi Arabia, to name a few.

However, not all of the episodes feature such grim, but valuable, content. Jay also is a music critic, and so brings the listener interviews with notable artists from symphonies and opera. Sports and commentary from thoughtful sources - the occasional interviews with George Will, for example - provide an eclectic selection from which the well-rounded intellect may indulge.

Cincinnati Duke ,

Consistent production problem in otherwise outstanding podcast

I like, but PLEASE stop overlaying the closing music over the end of the guest's remarks. Jay continues to thank his producer, but this is an AWFUL production issue.

JHKelsey ,

New Party

Jay nailed it with his last question. We need leaders who put the country’s interests first NOT their own or their party’s (as was on full display Jan 6). Love the podcasts!

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