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Seasons of Steyn

War and Remembrance

The first November 11th after September 11th

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The Day After Labor

On this Labor Day/Labour Day, Mark contemplates a world without work

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America The Beautiful

For Independence Day, Katharine Lee Bates' hymn to nature, modernity, and the American spirit

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An Ambivalent Anniversary

At noon on this day in 1867, the British North America Act came into effect and the Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Canada were united into the new Dominion of Canada...

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Happy Father's Day!

Steyn celebrates the great anthem of fatherhood, from Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

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The Advantage of Knowing What People Really Think

For Flag Day, some Steyn thoughts on pennants and punishment

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Memorial Day in New Hampshire

Mark ropes in the real talent in the family

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Memorial Day, and Decoration Day

Mark on war and sacrifice, then and now

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic

For Memorial Day, Mark celebrates a great song of the Civil War

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Happy Mother's Day!

Mark presents a special audio presentation for moms, mums and maters everywhere, celebrating the lost art of the mother song

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Christmas Day with Mark and Friends

A Steynamite cornucopia of festive delights

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Boxing Day Is Here

Mark mellows out with Russell Malone and a final selection from this year's Mark Steyn Christmas Show:

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Happy Christmas Bank Holiday Tuesday!

In Britain and Europe, Christmas isn't just for Christmas, it's a holiday that lasts halfway to Valentine's Day...

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A Gift for Christmas ...and the Year to Come

You don't have to brave the malls for the big Steyn gift this year...

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A Thanksgiving Sampler

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers. Here are a few Thanksgiving thoughts from me over the years...

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Happy Halloween!

Tonight is All Hallows' Eve. To mark the occasion, we have a truly horrific sight: the Halloweiner. Almost as scary to at least a few New Yorkers must have been this billboard of me and fellow CRTV hosts Michelle Malkin and Mark Levin looming over Times Square today...

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The Language of Love

Happy Valentine's Day, a day on which we anglophones struggle under one of the worst burdens in a world which has otherwise blessed us: the word "love." The French for "love" is amour, which rhymes with dozens of other useful words - toujours (always), jour (day), carrefour (crossroads), tambour (drum)... So the romantically inclined Québécois lyricist can slough off a love ballad in minutes: Darling, you're my amour Not just today but toujours I know from that very first jour When I saw you at the carrefour And my heart beat like a tambour... Truly, French is the language of love. By contrast, the romantically inclined Manitoban lyricist is stymied at every turn. English has just four and a half rhymes for "love," approximately ...

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The State of the State of the Union

Well, it's that time of year again - the State of the Union! Here are my traditional thoughts on the occasion - after which we'll deal with the peculiar circumstances of tonight's festivities...

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What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Happy New Year with one of Mark's favorite songs for the season

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A Three-Hundred-and-Sixty-Se'nnight of Steyn, 2015

In case you missed it, here's how the last year looked to Mark

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New Year at the Movies

Some films for the end of the year, and the end of the world

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Christmas at SteynOnline

A cornucopia of Yuletide delights from the Santa Steyn grotto - carols and lessons, movies and memories...

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A Lesson from Luke

This is a column we still get a lot of requests for this time of year - written twelve Christmases ago and riffing off an often overlooked corner of the Gospels...

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The Reverend Harold Pinter's Christmas Sermon

Is Santa a CIA stooge with a false beard?

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Have Yourself a Feline Groovy Christmas

I'd like to think that at least some of the folks trampling li'l ol' ladies into the dust at shopping malls this Black Friday will be stampeding for my new cat album...

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Fourteen Years On

Mark looks back on a dispiriting anniversary

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The Spirit of Independence

To all our American readers, Happy Independence Day!

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"To man a trench and live among the lice..."

The centenary of one of the worst disasters in British imperial history

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! I've been out and about promoting the official Earth Day release of the new paperback Climate Change: The Facts...

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Lighting Out for the Territory

My book Lights Out takes its title from a famous observation by Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary, as he looked out of his window at London at dusk on the eve of the Great War...

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A Presidential Medley

Happy Presidents Day to all our American readers. In honor of the false equivalence of this newish holiday, here's an encore presentation of an audio special we first aired six years ago way back at the dawn of the Obama era, featuring 44 songs for 44 presidents...

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Happy Australia Day!

Even in the Lucky Country, the battle for freedom of expression is not going as well as it might...

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The State of the State of the Union

A revolting spectacle

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This Date in History

Happy New Year, with a piece we get a lot of requests for

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Have Yourself an Undocumented Christmas

I'd like to think that at least some of the folks trampling li'l ol' ladies into the dust at shopping malls up and down the land will be stampeding for my new book....

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Cat Scratch Fever

You know you've been waiting for this: Mark Steyn sings Ted Nugent!

Really.

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June 6th 1944

D-Day 70 years on...

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A Man Alone

The perils of the ideologically unsound joke

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Auld Lang Steyn

A Happy New Year to you and yours from all of us at SteynOnline

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Christmas Day 2012

Wherever you are around the world this December 25th, from New Hampshire to New South Wales, Quebec City to Kuala Lumpur, we wish you the merriest with a cornucopia of Yuletide delights from the Santa Steyn grotto

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Happy Thanksgiving ...and Happy Birthday!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers - and Happy Birthday to us...

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Talking Turkey

Mark profiles the big bird

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SIXTEEN TONS

A Song for the Season by Merle Travis Happy Labor Day, or Labour Day, according to taste. We'll be back with a Song of the Week bonus audio edition later this week, but in the meantime here's labor lyricized at the lower end of the register in a great Merle Travis song. This essay is anthologized in A Song For The Season: I was born one mornin' and the sun didn't shine I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine I loaded 16 tons of number nine coal And the straw boss said, 'Well bless my soul!' For Labor Day, we need a song about labor – not just about work, a job, but a song you can feel the sweat and ache in. You can find plenty of working-nine-to-five-what-a-way-to-make-a-living numbers but not a lot in which you can feel the ...

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