Welcome to another of our weekend specials this summer. From James Bond's dialect coach to refugees fleeing Isis, the Chinese coronavirus has cut a swathe through the obituary notices - as Mark has noted each week in his popular Last Call feature on The Mark Steyn Show. In this anthology he remembers some of those lost to ChiCom-19 from all around the world: a non-corona virus expert, Joan Jett's hit writer, the patriarch of a great jazz dynasty, a Brechtian on 'ludes, a right royal red, a controversial Canadian, a mononymous Mexican, a slapstick Sumo, a Gallic non-charmer, a Swedish radio programmer, and a Pushtun squash legend ...along with musical contributions from Sting, the Doobie Brothers, Rodgers & Hart and more.
We hope these forty minutes of words and music will provide a respite from the civilizational collapse all around this Sunday. To listen, simply click above.
Mark will be back later today with Steyn's Song of the Week and Episode Thirty of our new Tale for Our Time, The Prisoner of Windsor.
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