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Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review and the music critic of The New Criterion. Since 2001, he has written a Web column called “Impromptus.” It touches on a great variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, human rights, travel, language, music, and cultural quirks. His “Jaywalking” podcast is essentially an audio version of Impromptus -- with added touches. N.B. The most recent ten episodes of this podcast are available on this feed. Full archives are available at NationalReview.com.

Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review and the music critic of The New Criterion. Since 2001, he has written a Web column called “Impromptus.” It touches on a great variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, human rights, travel, language, music, and cultural quirks. His “Jaywalking” podcast is essentially an audio version of Impromptus -- with added touches. N.B. The most recent ten episodes of this podcast are available on this feed. Full archives are available at NationalReview.com.
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Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review and the music critic of The New Criterion. Since 2001, he has written a Web column called “Impromptus.” It touches on a great variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, human rights, travel, language, music, and cultural quirks. His “Jaywalking” podcast is essentially an audio version of Impromptus -- with added touches. N.B. The most recent ten episodes of this podcast are available on this feed. Full archives are available at NationalReview.com.

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Episodes

Episode 45: Improvisations

11/20/2018
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On “Take the ‘A’ Train,” for one thing. And on elections, foreign relations, sports, etc. Jay takes a little tour, in the style of this podcast. It concludes with a song from Mexico.

Duration:00:24:22

Episode 44: Carried Off

11/14/2018
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Jay ends this podcast with a chorus, a heavenly chorus, carrying us off into the eternal blue. Before we get there, however, there is talk of economics, foreign policy, political philosophy, and more. There’s also more music: including a bit of Callas in Carmen.

Duration:00:20:54

Episode 43: Waltzing Around

11/6/2018
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Jay indeed plays a waltz -- a spooky one. And other dance music. He also talks about our censorious culture, personal responsibility, peculiarities of language, and more.

Duration:00:27:13

Episode 42: The Greatest Moment in All of Music, Etc.

10/30/2018
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Jay talks about Mahler, and a Sinatra song, and Shostakovich. Also about Russia, Canada, California, Chicago . . . This is a tour of places, ideas, and issues. Won’t you come along? (That’s the start of a song about New Orleans.)

Duration:00:16:49

Episode 41: Keeping Your Hopes Up

10/23/2018
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Saudi Arabia, American politics, an age of disruption, baseball, China, Russia, music -- Jay runs a gamut. Among the musicians heard is Taylor Swift.

Duration:00:20:29

Episode 40: Pick Up the Pace

10/16/2018
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Jay tells a joke in this episode -- pretty good (according to him and his gang). He also talks about politics and music. We hear from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which has just had a name change, and from a late, great Spanish soprano. Jay also shows how Andrew Lloyd Webber borrowed -- and borrowed wisely -- from Puccini.

Duration:00:18:20

Episode 39: With, or without, Earplugs

10/9/2018
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Jay talks about music, especially loud music. (You get some Verdi and Wagner in this episode.) He also talks about hero-Nobelists, North Korea, and more. No earplugs required.

Duration:00:24:50

Episode 38: Feel the Buzz

10/2/2018
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Jay starts out with a little music, including the one about the bee. Then he gets into some political issues -- before ending with golf, tennis, and, again, music.

Duration:00:19:22

Episode 37: The Turning Crowd

9/27/2018
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Jay begins this episode with Alec Baldwin and ends it with a reflection on colors -- especially blue and red. In between are some grave subjects, but also light. You hear Kiri Te Kanawa sing “Come to the Fair,” for example. There’s some Ella Fitzgerald, too.

Duration:00:29:40

Episode 36: My Kingdom for a Grubstake

9/17/2018
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Jay talks words, concepts, and the world – including Syria, Russia, Burma, and Taiwan. He also does a little sports (Tiger Woods). And music. Leo Ornstein lived to 106, in three different centuries. Did he compose in all three of them? Possibly...

Duration:00:18:43

Episode 35: Movin’ On Up

9/12/2018
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Do you have your piece of the pie? Is an economy, or a society, a pie, leaving us all fighting for crumbs? Jay talks about this, as well as disinvitation, the anonymous op-ed piece, Europe’s politics, the power of talk, and the power of music.

Duration:00:23:01

Episode 34: With a Cherry on the Bottom

9/7/2018
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Jay talks about Bill Clinton, Louis Farrakhan, Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, Theresa May, Howard Cosell, Neil Simon, and more. He ends with Don Cherry, the late singer and golfer -- what a combo, what a life.

Duration:00:20:11

Episode 33: Maria Is Not a Problem to Solve

8/30/2018
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The scheduled Maria for a West Side Story had to withdraw -- because she was not Latin American. Well, nuts to that, Jay says, as did Leonard Bernstein – “who wrote the frickin’ thing” (as Jay also says). Jay begins this episode with West Side Story, then moves to Austria, the Czech Republic, Russia, and beyond. An episode full of culture and politics, with an occasional dyspeptic tone.

Duration:00:24:14

Episode 32: Raindrops (No Roses)

8/23/2018
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Jay talks about issues timely and timeless, grave and light. He has help from Verdi and three other composers -- including Burt Bacharach (along with his lyric-writing partner, Hal David).

Duration:00:21:13

Episode 31: You Say Kardashian, I Say Kashkashian

7/27/2018
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Jay speaks of Kim Kardashian -- and of Kim Kashkashian, a distinguished violist. Important to tell them apart. He also speaks of Reagan, Trump, Ed Schultz, Serena Williams, and others -- including the Gabor sisters. In a way, they were Kardashian before it was cool.

Duration:00:22:28

Episode 30: Light and Dark

7/17/2018
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Jay starts with a phrase from long ago -- “a thousand points of light” -- and ends with some music, heard in the darkness of Iraq under ISIS. The music in this episode is eclectic: a couple of pop songs from the late 1980s; a national anthem (the best one?); and, finally, that music heard in Iraq, from the soundtrack of a Holocaust movie.

Duration:00:23:14

Episode 29: Leaps and Bounds

7/9/2018
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Jay has a few subjects historical: Neville Chamberlain, Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan. He has a few subjects current, too: Trump, Putin, Kim (the latest one). His musical assists come from Takemitsu, the Japanese composer; Handel, the German composer who was an honorary Englishman; and Drigo, Riccardo Drigo, a long-forgotten Italian who worked in Russia. Jay is bringing him back, with the help of one of the greatest tenors in history.

Duration:00:29:09

Episode 28: Pimps, Turks, Dutchmen, and Golfers

7/2/2018
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Jay Nordlinger “jaywalks” from subject to subject and place to place: social conservatism, in Nevada and elsewhere; freedom of the press, in France and elsewhere; a Dutchy town in Michigan; and a noble tragedy in South Dakota. There is some dance music, for no extra charge (clogs required).

Duration:00:18:15

Episode 27: Sun-Kist Misses and Hits

6/26/2018
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Jay talks California, conservatism, personal responsibility, and trade -- with some help from three singers: Al Jolson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bryn Terfel. “Don’t be late.”

Duration:00:21:18

Episode 26: Bibs, Tuckers, and Songs

5/29/2018
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At the beginning, Jay says, “Got a slew of issues for you, and some music to go with.” This proves to be true. He talks about the opioid crisis, Seattle, the flag, the Gap, and more. And he does it with a little help from his friends -- among them Elton John and Kander & Ebb. A track or four of music helps the medicine go down.

Duration:00:28:31