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1.24.20 Culture Friday, Bluey, and Word Play
"The world and everything in it is made possible by listeners. Like my name is Jennifer track. I live in Columbus. Oh Hi and I'm a stay at home mom. I hope you enjoy today's program. Good morning today. Another media me accepts the easy narrative of blackadder villains and white headed heroines at a Christian school for big Smile Rainbow Bell top and a colorful birthday cake captured in this photo. That's ahead today on culture Friday. Also today Meghan has a review of something rarely seen in on the entertainment landscape children's show that does justice to Dansk. Louis if I'm talking to another grownup dining to rep like that a K.. And George George Grant has the January edition of wordplay. It's Friday January twenty fourth. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm Megan Basham. Nick Eicher good morning up next can't Covington with today's news. Today is day three of opening arguments for house. Democrats in the Senate impeachment trial on Thursday lead impeachment manager. Adam Schiff pressed his case once again defending the houses charged that president trump abused his office. He discussed evidence from Rudy. Giuliani associate lead which he says bolsters that case the only thing that matter was the public announcement as this note says with an an astronaut gets Zielinski to announce that the Biden case will be investigated and fellow impeach manager Texas Congresswoman. Sylvia Garcia said in pushing for that announcement. The president abused his power. Because he knew he would. It would be damaging to an opponent who was consistently consistently beating him in the polls and therefore it could help him get reelected in twenty twenty Democrats today. The day will use the balance of the twenty. Four hours allotted to make their opening arguments then White House lawyers will respond trump attorney Jaysekulow. We will be putting on both in affirmative -firmative gays in defense of the president but also pointing out Some of the errors in the case that they presented White House counsel will also get twenty four hours over three days to make their case. The trump administration on Thursday published new visa rules aimed at restricting so called birth tourism prism World Radios Kristen Club reports. The new rules are designed to stop women from traveling to the United States to give birth so their children can have. US citizenship up. The federal government will deny tourist visas to travelers if consular officers determined. They're coming here primarily to give birth. Those with medical needs will be treated like other other foreigners coming to the United States for medical treatment. They must prove they have the money to pay for it including transportation and living expenses White House. Press Secretary Stephanie. Sneak Grisham said in a statement the closing this glaring immigration loophole will combat these endemic abuses. The new rules take effect today reporting for world radio. I'm kristen five in the world. Health Organization said Thursday. That it's still too early to declare the corona virus outbreak a global emergency. WHO HMO emergency committee chairman doctor who saw explained why they're holding off on that declaration because of a limited number of cases of road an and also considering the first which are presently made by China Chinese authorities in order to try to contain the Disease an emergency declaration can bring more money and other resources to fight a threat however it can also trigger economically damaging restrictions on trade and travel in the affected countries. On Thursday Chinese authorities moved to lock down at least three cities with a combined population of more than eighteen million and it is an unprecedented efforts to contain the deadly new virus. That has sickened hundreds. At least twenty. Five people have died in the outbreak. All but one of them in or around the city of Wuhan three American firefighters died Thursday while battling wildfires in Australia. They were flying C.. One Thirty Aerial water-tanker New South Wales when the plane went down stayed real fire commissioner. Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters the crush Down in the snowy Minero Minero area It's impacted heavily with the ground and initial reports. are that there was a lodge fob associated with the impact of the Plein Is it hit. The ground. Officials are investigating the cause of the crash. Americans and firefighters from several other countries have joined Australian teams to combat one of the the worst fire seasons the continent has ever seen the tragedy brings the death toll from the blazes to at least thirty one. Since September the fires have also destroyed more than twenty six hundred homes and torched more than twenty five million acres. That's an area bigger than the state of Indiana journalist. I Jim Lehrer has died at the age of eighty five many knew him as longtime host the nightly. PBS Newshour good evening. I'm Jim Lara on the news hour. This it's Wednesday. Many others knew him best for his role as a debate moderator Lehrer moderated eleven presidential debates between Nineteen eighty-eight in two thousand twelve governor Romney. Do you have a question. And you'd like to ask the president directly about something. He just said well. Sure it led to clear up the record and go through piece by piece I also anchored pbs coverage of inaugurations and conventions. Engines after Larry graduated from college in Nineteen fifty-six he served three years in the US Marine Corps later worked eleven years at the Dallas Morning News and other other newspapers before making the jump to television at a statement. PBS said Lehrer died peacefully in his sleep NFL star. Eli Eli Manning is ending his sixteen year career. The New York giants announced this week that the two times super bowl champ is retiring giants president and Chief Executive Officer Officer John Mara said for sixteen seasons ally manning defined what it is to be a New York giant both on and off the field manning holds numerous franchise is records with the giants and was selected to four pro bowls. The thirty nine year old leaves the NFL with as many super bowl titles as brother Peyton retired after leading the Denver Broncos goes to a title in two thousand fifteen. I'm Kath Covington and straight ahead. On culture. Friday another media media meme pushes a familiar narrative lost George Grant considers redefining. Words has changed the world. This is the world yeah. It's Friday January. Twenty four th twenty twenty it have you along and everything in it good morning. I'm Megan Basham Dandy Nick Eicher now before we get started. I need to make an apology on Wednesday of this week as we were reporting on the impeachment trial in the Senate. I've made a really sarcastic remark about the congressional schedule. Very strongly implying lying that members of Congress simply don't work as hard as we regular tax payers do well. That was just wrong and really. I know better than that when I was young many many years ago I was a congressional staffer and I know how many hours members of Congress work it is a tough schedule. Many of them are away from their families. Please and that's hard on families. Many members do work hard to serve the public and Congress the institution simply does not deserve the broad brush treatment treatment that That I thought I gave so. I'm very sorry about that and And I'd like to apologize. Yeah and you know I spent a couple of weeks a couple years ago doing interviews interviews with lawmakers and I. I really couldn't believe the pace that a lot of them kept up so I will add my apology to Knicks. Well onward maybe you heard about the story. It went viral last week. A Christian School in Kentucky expelled a fifteen year old girl simply for wearing a rainbow sweater and posing in front of a colorful cake during her birthday earth. Day Party Pretty bad right certainly sounded bad when the local papers story hit the web. With the Headline Louisville Christian school expelled student over a rainbow cake. Family says the schools outrageous act was then covered by Fox News. Good Morning America The Washington Post and the UK Daily Mail to name. Just just a few. Here's a bit of the report that ran on the today show. It was a happy. Happy Moment Freshman. Kayla Kenny celebrating her fifteenth birthday with family at a restaurant in late December for big smile rainbow top and a colorful birthday birthday cake captured. In this photo. She was happy she looked beautiful. You know of course as a mom took her pitcher blown out her candles and I posted that on my facebook. Page the girl's mother was quoted in USA Today. Saying I just feel like it's a label. The school officials have put on her. Just because I'm wearing a rainbow doesn't mean I'm gay and that's the angle. All those news outlets started and stopped with the problem. Here is there was more to the story a whole lot more. Some intrepid citizen journalist spent. Well let's just say it probably didn't take all that much time to check out the girls social media to verify the family's account what they found put a decidedly different spin on things in multiple public post. The girl referred to herself as coming out referred yourself as getting a girlfriend. She mentioned going to bed with other girls. One picture showed her in boys clothing. A formal suit essentially asking girl at another school into a dance. All of it suggests that when the mother insisted the rainbow sweater in cake. Meant nothing as we said there was more to the story at the very at least it showed that her daughter had an extensive and very public record of being in violation of the Schools Bible based policies for student conduct. Well John Stonestreet joins us now for culture. Friday he is president of the Colson Center for Christian worldview. John Good Morning. Good Morning John. It sure seems seems like The mother's own initial comments Within them there were some red flags that probably should have tipped off a a competent reporters. Sir Spidey senses here. You know I mean she said of the school I just feel like those religious beliefs. They are imposing. Now are very judgmental. Now I have I have to say the question naturally occurs to me. Why would you send a child to an unequivocally Christian school if you object to their religious just beliefs and and I really don't say that so much to render judgment on the mother but when I saw this controversy I did the same thing that the citizen journalist did did I pulled up? The girls publicly available social media accounts and it only took me a couple of minutes to have enough information at least to begin to question in the narrative that we heard just a few moments ago So you had these massive media organizations basically mounting a PR campaign when a citizen citizen journalists. Just a citizen can easily pop that balloon. Now listen feel free to comment on the story any way you like but I I'd like for you to interact also with the what I think. Really is a crisis of credibility in the news media particularly where it applies to disfavored groups like well. Let's just say people who run Christian schools. Yeah I kind of wonder. Sometimes if the some members of the media are just really trying to feed the Babylon new headlines and headlines that aren't even satirical and that's where the Babylon is at. Its best when it just kind of reports on actual stories that happens but there's this kind of long line of of of Oh you. Journalists along history of journalists it certainly has become more intense in recent years of the general has just missing the story and really. What's behind minded? I mean it's hard not to think of the COVINGTON Catholic Boys You know story that happened. Basically a year ago at last year's March for life clearly misrepresented from a narrative that should've taken really in very little effort at all to correct and again it underscores I think What is a deeply held worldview across many that are in disposition not let? Let's be clear to that. This is a position where the job Bob is to kind of get past any sort of narratives that are already embraced and kind of get to the facts. I mean that's really the job of a journalist from day one. The world is affecting their job really in two ways. I mean I. It is kind of introducing a narrative upfront and anything Outside of that narrative is not told but I think it's also kind of creating a sort of intellectual laziness. It's a laziness that can't even imagine what what would keep you from just doing that. What would keep you from just googling? This girl are looking up facebook I. It's only if you're already convinced upfront that there's no a possible other angle to the story. And that's really the role that a worldview can play in our lives by the way it's interesting just this past week and speaking to our Colson fellows program Ram about A A story where we I saw this sort of media bias and that's it goes way back Nineteen twenty five scopes trial. Were six thousand journalist. Inland flooding to Dayton Tennessee to cover. What is the trial of the century before Oj You know what happened in the in the courthouse there between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Appearance Darrow. And you saw that same sort of thing and he was very very much a narrative driving that media and an intellectual laziness where so many of the journalists actually believe believe. They didn't even have to go to the trial they just kind of get the hearsay and then send the news to Their papers we're just seeing that same sort of thing and it's one thing to be captivated you too bye narrative it's another thing when that kind of same worldview assumption leads you to laziness and not doing your job. Nothing new under the Sun You know John You brought up Covington. I have to note that this follows on the heels of CNN having to pay a large settlement to the family of Nicholas Sandman from Covington Catholic So hypothetical in light of the Sandman settlement. Let's say the school had it in mind to sue over damage to their reputation. And let me be clear. I'm not suggesting that they're going do that or that. They have any grounds to do it. I'm not the legal lady around here but I do wonder if more Christians aren't going to go the route of the Sandman family and start taking the media to court. And if they do I mean is that a viable biblical option for dealing with say negligent. or I mean in this case even hostile press wrath th. That's an interesting question. I think that there's all kinds of legal recourse that Christians right now are taking. That is completely a justified recourse because of financial damage of reputational damage. Or you know things like that and I think that's a legitimate. I'm I'm grateful for example and this is something that a lot of folks don't realize is that the tremendous Indus legal work. That's being done right now. From groups like eighty F- or back ed or in the Christian Legal Society. A lot of that never gets to the Supreme Court or even to the courtroom at. Aw there's legal action that's taken in order to stop it in its tracks I mean sometimes the sternly worded letter is all that it takes you know in order to kind of rebalanced the power here and I'm completely okay with that. I also think though that the mistake is going to be made if we think that the legal action is the only action that we have in the midst of all of this. I don't think we should ever underestimate the power and the influence and the reputational Sional boost that Christians will get with a well-timed actor forgiveness and You know you look. I'm not imposing imposing my conscience on anyone on this particular situation at all in fact man I've been trying to figure out what is the settlement that Nick God thieves is i. I Really WanNa know that and I think it would be really helpful information to rebalance the scales. If we kind of knew what's at stake and I think that that both of those things need to be in the arsenal as we try to figure out what it looks like to live in this cultural moment so John I want to turn turned to another Christian conflicts playing out the media and I want to be careful that we don't commit any of these journalistic errors that we've just been talking about but Earlier this week. The Saint Paul Pioneer Haya near press ran a story about a united Methodist Church who's older members claim. They're being asked to leave to make way for young families. When I posted this article in our our internal communication channel a lot of our staff members thought it actually was a Babylon be article now? The Church's leadership clarified a little bit with the Washington Post. And they said they're they're not asking these older parisioners to be barred from the church. They're only saying that their services are being canceled. So I guess there's a a lot at work here There's a lot happening in the story. From where why. Mainline churches are struggling to the issue of age discrimination. But I guess I just like to ask. Do you think there's commere it to this idea that to attract young people. We have to move away from older people or elements that appeal to older people. Well you I suppose if the what we're after is to attract younger people as you know I if that's the win Of the Church that maybe there is or if the you know the win. Dan is to have a bigger church than me. No maybe the strategy you know could work. The problem is is. I think both of those things are the wrong definition of a win and You know I think that there is a deep Infection in the American Church That bigger is always better That growth is always a measure of God's blessing the church maybe God's blessing the church by shrinking it. Anyway I just I just feel like like there's something at work here. There's something ideological here because within the United Methodist Church that has dealt with such deep divisions right now in so many mainline denominations the nation's kind of in the same sense. I wonder if you know the divide between young and old is also a divide between ideologies whether this church churches trying to become more progressive in order to attract more people and these old people were standing in the way. I don't know that that's behind the story but I I certainly wonder under if it is and I know that there are churches that are dealing with that as well. John Stonestreet is president of the Colson Center. For Christian worldview. It is culture culture Friday. John always good to talk with you and thank you so much. Thank you both well. NASA is preparing pairing to launch a new Mars rover later this year but first they have to answer an important question what to call it. Birmingham Pugh thirty-six explosive space. SMART Jovita no too cartoony. No NASA sought K twelve student input from across the country possible names and out of thirty thousand essays received they have narrowed the field to nine. Here they are endurance tenacity. Promise perseverance vision clarity already ingenuity fortitude courage and you can vote for whatever winner you like at Mars Dot Nasa Dot Gov. But I think what's clear here here. Is that student. Input is much better than surveys of the general public. Perhaps you remember a few years ago. The Natural Environment Research Council asked the public to name a research vessel and the result they came up with our S S. Boaty mcboatface nuff set. It's the world world and everything in it. Today is Friday January twenty four th twenty twenty thank you for turning to world radio to help start your day. Good Morning. I'm Nick I'm here and I'm Megan Basham coming next on the world and everything in it a show targeted at the very youngest members of the family family but still holds appeal for all ages. Have to say. I never thought I'd have much reason to devote a full review to a preschool cartoon but that was before four I found my husband and our five year old daughter parked in front of the TV giggling away at a little blue dog town. My husband says he wiped laughter tears. As from his is you've got to see this. Thus I met Disney's newest international star blue. You'll lose this is it. I am not dead I am magic. Magic Law has no children. His days are free and easy her. The series debuted in Australia in two thousand eighteen and immediately became that country's most popular children's show the BBC soon started airing it in the UK to similar acclaim claim. And that's when Disney decided to get in on the action the show premiered stateside on Disney junior in October and Disney. Plus this week and to that Out this American mom says good on you might because everything about the little blue heeler puppy and her lovable family feels refreshingly. Modern and get also wholesome start with the fact that they actually are family. Well what about when you pretend to be made what I don't pretend to be you. What is it being say? Dad I stay home. I'll get up. What what is it my little I tell which is a shame. Because he's such answer fellow muscles given that parents are really should be the center there preschoolers world. It's strange how few children's shows include them or include them only to show them as bumbling Bluey Creator Joseph Brum especially especially wanted to address that with depictions of family life that feel realistic in an interview with an Australian newspaper. He noted that it was important to him to explore the way. Kids really learn about life largely through play within their homes as such each seven to eight minute episode show six-year-old Bluey and her four-year-old a year old sister Bingo engaging more with their parents and each other than the wider world. It may be a make believe game daddy robot or something as simple as picking up takeout for dinner for kids they the spring rolls. Aw screen roll the just cooking them now. Say the kids must be stubbing. North leaving without spring rolls so see this focus on comical realism is what makes the show truly enjoyable for adults as well L. especially when it comes to the dynamic between blues parents I'd struggle to name any other children's show that depicts a husband wife relationship that feels affectionate in fact I struggled to name any other children show that acknowledges there is a husband wife relationship and not just a mom dad one while never inappropriate blew us. Parents are flirtatious with one. Another as when dad bandit pretending to be a peacock waves his tail feathers and waggled his eyebrows at mom chilly. But that's not the only thing that sets bandit apart. Most cartoon DADS are lazy dimwitted and mostly. They're just to be the butt of jokes even if they don't rise to Simpson's sins level character assassination even daddy pig on preschool favourite. Pepe pig isn't much of a leader in his home. Brum specifically wanted to avoid that stereotype. He said in that same interview and I'm not going to do the Australian accent here just looking around at me and my friends and brothers. We're all trying pretty hard. We're not perfect. But we've learned how to change NAPPIES and make lunches and so that's what we see with banned it and archaeologist who often works from home he cares for Bluey and Bingo in in Chile is at her part time job while that's definitely a different model from say. Leave it to beaver bandits. Parenting style is still distinctly fatherly think more rambunctious and hands off your right. Bluey gives us a look. Okay I'll just have to jump the leg golf. He's also clear authority figure. Louis if I'm talking to to another grind up. He died interrupt like that. Okay I've got a plan. You laugh to stop the wagon. Chatou friends you have to take a straight eight to the monkey boss still interesting clan ANA. How `bout this plan? I'll do I want and you don't tell me what to do. And now that I mentioned how moms and dads styles are typically different. It might be a good time to bring up the one thing about Bluey that could give some parents pause bandits occasional. Let's say gaseous jokes. Now as I'm married to a man who's given to similar comedy stylings usually to the delight of his daughters and the Chagrin of his wife. Well we find that element pretty authentic to but if you prefer your kids not be exposed is to any whoopie cushion humor. Bluey might be a little too real for you. If you don't mind that sort of thing Bluey is a little miracle cartoon about about real home life that entertains even the youngest kids cross still making the rest of the family giggle it today. Is Friday January twenty four th good morning this is the world and everything in it from listener supported rated World Radio Acre and she is Meghan Basham now notice. I didn't say they is Megan Basham. Although the Miriam Webster Dictionary might not out of corrected me. Had I done that. But here's George Grant with a January edition of wordplay in which he explains. Why Miriam Webster has now announced? twenty-nine teens word of the year as have the Oxford Cambridge in Collins. Dictionaries determined by I various factors page hits and popular searches on their websites online polling and editorial discretion the words are intended to reflect the leading developments in popular English usage as it is inevitably shaped by current events and social trends. We'll have a world of sudden and dramatic shifts and changes a world flooded with information and words so it is probably not surprising that a host of new words or awkward with new meanings crowd into the cultural consciousness as jargon in slang or neologism seemingly out of nowhere are public discourse is peppered with words like deep fake aac re wilding and non binary or Babo Slang for body positive and follow the fear of missing out for the designation of the word of the year is intended to highlight an expression that particularly reflects the ethos mood or preoccupation the preceding year over the past two decades words like blog meam woo woke truthfulness vape and Brexit and then named word of the year by one or another of the dictionaries this year. Miriam Webster selected the word they as the word of the year. It's a repurposing of the traditional third person plural pronoun as a first person singular pronoun used used for someone who's preferred gender identity is non biological and non binary. According to the dictionaries editors this new usage literally burst unto the public stage this past year congressman premise jay-paul for instance revealed during the Judiciary Additionally Committee hearing that her child is gender. Non Conforming and self identifies with the Pronoun they British pop singers. Sam Smith announced that he too now prefers to be called they and the American Psychological Association recommended that the singular they be preferred in professional writing over he or she the Oxford Cambridge and Collins as well as several online dictionaries were similarly progressive minded opting for words related to climate change like like echo anxiety extinction flight shaming climate emergency carbon sink plastic footprint and up cycling. So once again. We're reminded that language is a world view construct and that the battle for the dictionary is nearly as fierce as the battle for the Bible as John Locke wants declared whoever defines the words defines the world old for world's radio. I'm George Grant. Well it takes a lot of people to put this program together each week and so our thanks to these hardworking folks Maria Bear Joel Bells. Paul Butler can't Covington Laura. Edgehill Kristen Flavin George Grant Anna Joe Hansen Lee Jones News Ao. He Kerry Mary Reicher. Michelle L. Slaven Sarah Weinsberg and less so Johnny Franklin and carl-peter. Stay up late to get the program to you early. JC Derek is managing editor and Marvin. Urban Alaska is editor in chief. And you make it all possible with your support. Thank you now. Let me remind you about our offer to get world magazine into your own. 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7.3.20 Washington Wednesday, Footsteps of St. Peter, and Gettysburg
"The world and everything in it is made possible by listeners like us. Hi, I'm Gary Chanel from Alfred Georgia? My wife and I are very proud of our daughter Virginia. She is a graduating senior. An incoming freshman at Patrick Henry College. Congratulations Virginia Lee. We'd love you. We hope you enjoy today's program. Good Morning. The Supreme Court dealt pro-lifers a disappointing blow this week. We'll talk about what it might mean for the movement going forward. That's ahead on Culture Friday. Also the second installment in a BBC documentary series about leaders in the early church this week. It's the Apostle Peter Stern plus a visit to Gettysburg to remember little battle and the civil war, if we look at the adversity and the turmoil that our ancestors overcame, we can find in this lessons that can help give us a way to move forward in time that we would also claim can be tumultuous. It's Friday July third. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported. World Radio I'm Megan. Basham and I'm Marina Brown. Up Next Kent Covington has the news. New, jobs numbers show that the US economy continued to bounce back in June. The economy added four point eight million jobs, a record gain with mashed expectations of just under three million jobs president trump on Thursday touted the recovery and said the economy is roaring back. Eighty percent of small businesses are now open. New Business applications have doubled since late March, but while unemployment is down at remains high at about eleven, percent and trump presidential rival Joe Biden on Thursday said he was very happy for the millions who returned to work, but there is one number that I was stunned that the president didn't mention even once the process and the entire time he talked about. The number was fifty thousand. Yesterday the number of new COVID, nineteen cases in America topped Fifty Thousand Single Day. The positive jobs numbers were compiled during the second week of June. Just before, many states began to pause or backtrack on reopenings. And, Corona virus cases are now rising and forty of the fifty states, thirty six states are also seeing an increase in the percentage of positive tests. Florida's set a daily record, Thursday, reporting more than ten thousand new cases speaking in the Tampa area yesterday governor Ron. Santa's said the numbers suggest younger Floridians are fueling the spread of the virus. You go back a month. The median age of our cases was in the fifties. now the median age of the case here in Hillsborough County for the entire pandemic has dropped to thirty four, and they'll be days where we'll get cases in Hillsborough County and the median age will be under thirty. And Colorado Governor Jared police shares the same concern is state is the latest to shutdown bars and nightclubs are uptake like be major spice in other states is largely among younger demographic and I think it is partially attributable to the bars and nightclubs, and also potentially two large public gatherings in the protest movement, so we've seen outside. And Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an order Thursday requiring face masks in public spaces, and nearly every county in the state health officials say Americans not wearing masks or social distancing states have reopened is largely to blame for covid nineteen resurgence. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill including some notable Republicans are pushing back against president trump's plans to drastically cut the US troops presence in Germany world's Kristen Flab and has more. About thirty five thousand US troops are now stationed in Germany the president's plan would cut that number by nearly ten thousand but GOP, senator, Mitt. Romney is among the lawmakers worried that the withdrawal would weaken the security of NATO allies and Romney said the move would be a gift to Russia. He's pushing an amendment to the military spending bill for the next fiscal year. That would block the use of. Of Funds to move troops from Germany, that is unless the defense secretary can vouch for the move mark expert would have to certify that it would not weaken. NATO's defence hurt the US military's global objectives or lead to big redeployment costs down the road and the GOP's ranking member of the house. Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry said his committee would approve a similar measure reporting for world I'm Kristen Flahavan? In Iran? A fire and an explosion struck centrifuge production plant above an underground nuclear enrichment facility on Thursday the Natanz. Nuclear facility is one of the most tightly guarded sites in the country after earlier acts of sabotage their. Iran downplayed the fire, calling it an incident that only affected an under construction industrial shed, but Iran's state run news agency published a commentary addressing the possibility of sabotage by enemy nations such as Israel and the United States. Authorities in New Hampshire have arrested a close associate of Jeffrey abstain acting US attorney. Outreach Strauss made the announcement. Thursday today announced charges against Glean Maxwell for helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually exploited an abuse multiple. Girls from the period of nineteen, ninety, four through one, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety seven. Prosecutors say the fifty eight year old British socialite helped recruit three girls for sexual encounters with the now deceased billionaire one as young as fourteen. Epstein killed himself in a federal detention center in New York last year while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Strauss called the charges against maxwell a Prequel to charges. Prosecutors brought against Epstein a year ago. Kent Covington and straight ahead taking stock of the pro-life Movement after a Supreme Court setback plus a special performance of the national anthem. This is the world and everything in it. It's Friday the third of June twenty twenty. Glad to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it. Good Morning I'm Ernie Blount and Meghan Basham. On Monday, the Supreme Court blocked Louisiana Abortion Law from taking effect that would have required abortion businesses to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles, something often required in the case of other minor surgeries like colonoscopies or laser eye surgeries, so really a very reasonable precaution, but in a five four decision chief justice. John, Roberts once again joined the liberal majority to prevent even this slight obstacle to ending and unborn babies life. Many court watchers were surprised because Roberts's reasoning in this case stood in direct opposition to his descent on a similar Texas case only four years ago. Here's C. N. N.'s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, speculating on what this means for the pro-life caused going forward. Is going on with John Roberts I'm John. Roberts has sided with the liberals now in three of the biggest cases of the year, so it is a major decision. It is a major message that Chief Justice Roberts may not be who we thought he was well. It's culture, Friday and time now to welcome. John Stonestreet President of the Colson Center for Christian worldview John Good Morning Good Morning, so John a lot of Christians applauded. President Trump's conservative appointments to the supreme. Supreme Court over the last few weeks. The applause has been replaced with hetty size of disappointment. Even words like betrayal are being used so my question is, does that kind of response suggest what Psalm thirty three sixteen warns us about The king is not saved by his great army. A warrior is not delivered by his great strength in other words are Christians putting too much faith in having the right person in the right role rather than faith in God. You know I think that's probably true. Some Christians I think we kind of think that there's a political solution or political appointees solution in this case to our problems, but you know I think that we're rightly disappointed. Rightly disappointed in. We should demand more I. think that this. Analogy that keeps coming up of Lucy. Holding the football for Charlie Brown is an APP one. What we're told when it comes to. Elections, is that Supreme Court? Nominations matter and make no mistake they do matter, and they matter a lot and I think you know I, don't think anyone is under the illusion that the case would've been decided differently. Had President Clinton or something like that, but in the office, and not only that one, but so many other cases But I! Do think it underscores especially the way this particular decision was written in which a state level legislation that was different, looking legislation when applied on the ground, in Louisiana than it would have been in Texas where it was earlier short down earlier. Was a state by state sort of approach to the issue of abortion, which is one of the best innovations of the pro-life movement now for quite a while and I think that can discourage the state by state movement. The state by State Movement, the the the work on the ground the pregnancy resource centers. Reaching out and finding ways to connect with abortion minded women on the ground There's never going to be a national solution for the sort of. Person to person love and care and ministry that needs to happen when it comes to women who find themselves in vulnerable situations and unexpected pregnancies, and so on so th. That's what can't go way. It's never going to be the Supreme Court and nothing else. It's only going to be the Supreme Court. Because of everything else that has been done and the Supreme Court is going to be kind of a Cherry on top of a culture that's already decided that abortion is is an unthinkable thing like slavery or some other great evil in the past. You know John Izhak conservative. Writer David French cautioning against discouragement, and he argued pro-lifers are actually winning on the cultural front. He cited some statistics from the GUT macher. That showed that the abortion rate in the US is now lower than it was in nineteen seventy-three the year. That Roe v Wade was decided, but you know, of course the Gut Marker Institute is affiliated with Planned Parenthood and their data likely doesn't include abortive fashion so grain of salt there. What's your take on where the pro-life Movement stands now? You know I like David a lot he was. He's been optimistic or more optimistic than the rest of us. All the Supreme Court decisions in this storm that have been so negative. I think he's wrong. Unfortunately I think the pro-life movement has been tremendous, and I think the innovation that we have seen. I think the the technological innovation in terms of reaching through Internet searches, and so on to abortion minded women. I think going medical I think being combined with post. Abortive care think there are all kinds of things. That show that the pro-life movement is changing hearts and minds I. Don't think that that we've persuaded hearts and minds because I think this statistics still tell us that while more millennials and younger Americans don't personally like abortion. They're also full-blown moral relativists, and we don't actually solve this problem until we think that abortion is just flat out wrong, not wrong for me, but not for you not wrong for me, but I'm not sure we should legislate morality, but just flat out wrong, and that's going to require a lot more work, even than the very important work of just loving on women who are in crisis, pregnancies is important as that is. So John Turning to another subject. I've really been looking forward to catching up with you to ask about something I know I could use some clarity on I'm guessing others out there could to. It's removing statues and renaming things. I think on the one hand. Most people feel good about Mississippi deciding to remove the confederate symbol from their flag. If a private university like Princeton decides to remove Woodrow Wilson's name from its public policy school. Sure why not up to them, but what about museums, taking down Teddy Roosevelt statues or some news? That just broke today. The Boston Art Commission, voting unanimously to take down the Lincoln Emancipation Memorial A. A monument that Frederick Douglass dedicated, which are the principles be when thinking through this business of renaming and removing things well. I don't think we can get the principles yet because you can't make these decisions unless you know your history in other words without a fundamental knowledge of the narrative, the and I don't mean to the reconstructed narrative of the left or the ride or something like that I mean just basic civic education one. That's not. Not, whitewashed, as it has been also one, that's not just you know subject to this ridiculous notion that somehow we're morally evolved pass. Those who have gone before I mean there's a complete loss of what the American story was all about in through those new lenses. We're now trying to make a really hard decision like who's a good guy and who is a bad guy throughout history, and does this that you connote some sort of? Of superiority like we know that some of the confederate statues were intended to do during the Jim, Crow era, or these actually talking about history, and telling us a an important part of our story, you know it's the same thing by the way with being a Christian if we don't know what a human being is if we don't know what creates us what gives us inherent dignity as created and the common humanity and the common fallen. All share in our humanity, then we're gonNA draw these artificial lines of good guys and bad guys, and it's not gonNa make any sense, and and and this clearly doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and how we're preceding the because by the way I mean the line that we're seeing most commonly drawn Who have lost their story is the good guy bad guideline. I'm on the you know the good guy. You're the bad guy. I would have been on the right side of history. I'm on the right side of history now you're on the wrong side of history. It's a bit of historical arrogance. What did a CS Lewis called it chronological snobbery? At Work here because there's not a frame of reference, there's not a framework by which to approach these questions at all, but let me. Can I follow up real quick John. You know as I hear you talking about this good guy, bad guy line, and and just Megan's question made me think of something that i. read not too long ago. a group of realtors. They WANNA get rid. Rid of the word master in their real estate listings, so instead of saying master, bedroom or master bathroom they wanna say primary bedroom, and of course the reason they say it carries a connotation to slavery and slave masters. Do you make of that I mean? Is that going too far? When you think about being the good guys, the bad guys I don't know. What do you think? Listen I. Don't think it's going too far. I actually think it's going nowhere. We've been told that now for several weeks. We gotta do something. You don't always have to do something especially, if doing something is doing nothing, we need to do the right thing. If you don't have the right principles. You'RE NOT GONNA. Know what to do, and so you just GonNa do stuff like this, which is like seriously? What's I? Guess I might be missing something but I don't see the point. Well John Stonestreet is president of the Colson. Center for Christian worldview John Thanks as always for being here. Much! These days if you don't speak a second language, no problem just whip out your phone and use any one of the dozens up translation. APPS now available or just navigate to Google translate, you'll find at least a rough real time translation for any relatively common language on earth. Except for one sign language there hasn't been a way to translate sign language into spoken word in real time while until now. Scientists at the University of California. Los Angeles say they engineered a special glove that will translate hand signs, they say the Glove has an intricate series of sensors that identify a word letter or phrase in American sign language it then since that translation into a smartphone APP, which reads it out loud. UCLA lead researcher John Chen said our hope is that this opens up an easy way for people who use sign language to communicate directly with non-signers without meeting. Someone else to translate for them I call that eliminating the middleman. It's the world and everything. Today is Friday. July third. Thank you for turning to world radio to help. Start Your Day. Good Morning I'm Myrna Brown and I Megan Basham, coming next on the world and everything in it, the second installment of a documentary about the men who knew Jesus best. I'm David Suchet. And I'm in search of one of the most puzzling characters in history. Simple first century, fishermen, who somehow became the founding father of the most powerful Christian church on Earth. Look at A. We, know him as Saint Peter. Think of actor David Suchet as a sort of Christian Rick Steves with Twenty fifteen documentary in the footsteps of Saint, Peter. He guides US cheerily along the highways of the apostles life, hitting major points recounted in the New Testament. He also takes us down. Intriguing little byways based more on tradition in theory along the way he may stop now, and then to sample a local delicacy like fried to lobbyists sold in Galileo parts as peters, fish, or to admire particularly lovely eleven century fresco. In other words, it's a lot more fun than your average. Take your medicine educational documentary. A. Lot more likely to leave you with an urge book plane tickets. Around me, all around me is a group from Brazil. They'll very fired up and photographing themselves for the family home. The excitement and enthusiasm of these modern Christian is perhaps captured something of the mood of two thousand years ago. The film blessedly avoids any Cheesy reenactments of men in sandals, clashing with other men in Tin Helmets. But suchet is best known for playing Agatha. Christie's Belgian detective Urculo. You'll Poirot, so we can't resist hamming it up in high thespian style now and then. But that's all part of the charm. We not only hear from experts on the theological significance of certain details of Peter's life. We experienced suchet's delights. For example casting nets with Galileo and fishermen. is a kind of life. From the modern winches, and all that sort of thing I'm doing what some pizza would have done and his brother Andrew and Jason John. I'm touching a little bit of history like its predecessor in the footsteps of Saint, Paul in the footsteps of Saint Peter was produced as a mainstream BBC production. So that means it doesn't proselytize. Suchet wrote of the film and a UK paper. I'm not trying to evangelize. I'm just trying to bring people. One of the most extraordinary men that ever lived and yet suchet's faith does shine through when he exclaims and pleasure at how different scholarly Jewish debates are from the kinds of Bible Studies. He attends secular audiences may find themselves intrigued to learn more about these gatherings. Yeah. Has Really. Told me one thing. And that is that this is nothing like a Bible. Study Group would be in England. I've seen anything like this I've never seen anything so passionate. Even more impressive. The experts suchet consults. None of them actively undermine biblical narratives as we've seen before with similar history channel, National Geographic documentaries a few like king's College London history. Professor Joan Taylor even subtly bolster the Bible. Taylor straightforwardly explained that she doesn't believe Christianity would have been possible without miraculous acts, and it says that among the works of the Messiah the Messiah would heal the blind raise up those who about down raise the dead and preached the good news so Jesus was doing this proving that he had the power that was expected of a Messiah Longtime. Believers will likely find the second episode more engaging than the first as it leaves the well worn. Particulars of Peter's life described in the New Testament and moves into cautious speculation like where and when he might have traveled in Turkey planting new churches. Now that said some Christians are likely to take issue with few moments like here. Where Suchet speculates about the age of the Capitol and mountains, there are some places on this earth quite seem to belong here. They're like fragments of Alien Planet. The whole region around Gorham in Turkish capital care is just one of those places. It's the most extraordinary landscape shaped by volcanic activity for the past ten million years overall, though suchet makes such an amiable guide and good faith effort to shed light on the Apostle Peter's life. Few are likely to regret having followed along in his footsteps. Additional support comes from the makers of the Illuminate Bible series deep discipleship for your. Children's Daily. Needs Union Gospel Press Dot Com. Next up remembering the pivotal moment of the civil war today July third mark the end of the three day battle of Gettysburg in eighteen, sixty three. While the civil war lasted two more years Gettysburg was defining moment of the conflict as the Union army repelled a confederate incursion into Pennsylvania. The two sides suffered a combined fifty one thousand casualties in two thousand thirteen at the One hundred fiftieth anniversary of the battle managing editor. JC Derek produced this short piece on the thousands gathered there to reenact and remember. July first second third of eighteen, sixty three are three of the most pivotal days in us. History as a confederate and union armies clashed in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. It would be the defining battle of the civil war last year. More than one point, one million tourists visited Gettysburg National Military Park where to American armies combined for more than fifty one thousand casualties on Wednesday tens of thousands of people from around the world, gathered to recreate Pickett's charge to climactic moment of the three day battle, exactly one hundred and fifty years after it happened. Morning Rain gave way to partly sunny skies is the charge took place? Thousands of civilians were lined into nine brigades in at three PM began the nearly one mile uphill hike to where a sea of humanity stood representing union troops. Citizen. Soldiers broke through war era fence boundaries just as confederate Major General George Pickett's men did on similar terrain in eighteen, sixty three. This was a highly costly battle. The ground you came across a strewn with the dead and wounded from the Prior Brigade and you've made it this far you. A recreation of Pickett's charge was unprecedented in the park's History Park Rangers chose not to have a commemoration event on the battlefield, nineteen, eighty-eight for the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary, but. Katie Lan said thousands showed up anyway for an unofficial event. re-enactors wanted to recreate Pickett's charge so this rogue event in about five thousand people went to it so this year we decided we needed to get our arms around Pickett's charge, and we decided to create this event that all of the public could participate in instead of the traditional. Public stand around the edges and watches. Someone else do it. I made my way through the Union camp I stumbled upon seventy-four-year-old. John Grant Griffiths, who has been reenacting civil war battles since nineteen fifty-six, and happens to be the great great grandson of Union General and future US President Ulysses s grant. He was my great great grandfather on my mother's side. I have three and Cheshire's score in the federal army during the war. Now they're all this time. They're all with the Federal Army as Tennessee which grant commanded and the other two were. Well one listen assistant surgeon in. A private. Another man playing a union soldier, Eric Mueller traveled all the way from Hawaii for the week-long commemoration I'm out here today. As a member of the Hawaii Roundtable sort of spreading the Gospel, if you will of the Hawaiians at ended up, getting roped up into the US of war. Of, which there were at least three here, Gettysburg Mueller said it's important for Americans not to forget what happened at Gettysburg if we look at the adversity. And the turmoil that our assessors overcame we can find in this strength. We can find in this wisdom, and we can find this lessons that can help give us. The strength gives the path and gives us a way to move forward in time that we would also claim can be tumultuous. A. Mom. Off. Reporting from Gettysburg Pennsylvania. To the. To. A Today is Friday. June third good morning. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio I'm Megan Basham. And Earn Brown earlier this year. vocalist Caroline Nielson accepted an invitation to sing the National Anthem before Major League Baseball game. That game was supposed to take place on May twenty seventh between the Texas Rangers and the Washington nationals. But the MLB season still hasn't started after last week's baseball commentary from Marvin. laskey listener. Caroline Nielsen wrote to Marvin about her daughter's missed opportunity, so he offered a consolation prize chance to sing the national anthem for us in celebration of this weekend's Independence Day and good news. She accepted so here's caroline. Nielsen a doctoral student in vocal performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston singing, the Star spangled banner. Oh. I. See. What's? Who is broad stroke? It's. Off. A. Game. US. Oh. 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8.13.20 School choices, recovery in Beirut, and John MacArthur
"The world and everything is made possible by listeners guess high where the Ferguson's we live in Woodward Homa, my husband is hospitalised serving on the front lines here in Rural Oklahoma and I home school our five children I hope you enjoyed today's program. Good. Morning the people of Beirut face a humanitarian crisis after last week's explosion, the blast tore through the country's grain reserves in bread supplies are running low. We talk with world's Mindy Bells, who's on the ground in Lebanon also, parents are facing some tough choices about schooling, their children this fall plus mega church pastor John. Macarthur talks about his clash with California officials over in-person Worship Services and CAL Thomas on how the US Postal Service could complicate the November election. It's Thursday August thirteenth this is the world and everything in it from listener supported. World Radio I'm Megan Basham. Kyko. Up Next, news with Ken Covington. Joe Biden made his first appearance with his newly announced running mate Senator Kamala Harris on Wednesday raw going to watch Senator Harris raise your right hand and swear the oath of office as the first woman ever serve the second highest office in America this land for her part Senator Harris wasted no time going on offense America is crying out for leadership. Yet. We have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him. The two appeared together at a press conference in Wilmington Delaware. President Trump brushoff Biden's VP pick on twitter. He said Senator Harris quote started strong the Democratic primaries in finished week ultimately fleeing the race with almost zero support he added that's the kind of opponent everyone dreams of. The United Kingdom's first fatal railway crash since two thousand seven left four people dead insent six others to the hospital on Wednesday. Several of the passenger trains cars went tumbling down embankment near the coastal town of stonehaven Scotland British prime. minister. Boris Johnson told reporters of the reasons that this. Accident Shuki is a cool that it is this type of accident on the roadways is thankfully. So so rap, but also it's a very much the those who lost their lives, their families. Those who have been injured the line was not busy but the area saw very heavy rains and flooding before the. The British Transport Police and local officials are investigating the cause of the accident. As the pandemic continues to drag down the Economy Republicans and Democrats remain far apart on a new coronavirus relief bill president trump announced several executive actions aimed at providing economic relief after negotiations fell apart on Capitol Hill last week but both GOP and Democratic leaders say they still want to strike deal on a new bill but each side accuses the other of being unwilling to budge Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Democrats remain ready to return to the table. We need our Republicans to join us there and need us half way. But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell countered it's been clear for some weeks at the speaker of the House and the Senate Democratic leader trading this crisis. Like an ordinary political game treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin on Wednesday expressed skepticism that the two sides will be able to hammer out a anytime soon. Democrats say President Trump's executive actions aimed at suspending payroll taxes and extending extra unemployment benefits among other things don't go nearly far enough and they questioned whether the orders can legally take effect. Another major US retailer is filing for bankruptcy protection has pandemic related hardship continues to hammer brick and mortar retailers world kristen. Flavin has more. The Discount Chain Stein Mart announced that it has filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy protection, and it will close most if not all of its three hundred stores in thirty states at its peak in two thousand, five Stein Mart boasted revenue of about one point, five billion dollars and came close to that number as recently as twenty fourteen. CEO Hunt Hawkins said the combined effects of a challenging retail environment coupled with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic were too much to overcome more than forty retail chains have filed for bankruptcy this year including JC Penney Neiman Marcus and pier one imports reporting for world I'm Kristin Flavin. Meantime. Britain, has suffered the deepest recession among the world's top economies since the pandemic began its economy shrunk by twenty point, four percent in the second quarter alone that's the country's worst quarterly drop on record. Reshi soon, knock is UK Chancellor, of the Exchequer that is the British Treasury. He said the pandemic has hit British workers hard hundreds of thousands of people have already lost their job and sadly many more will but I will say people although tough decisions lie ahead for all of us. No one will be left without hope or opportunity. While many of the lockdown restrictions have been eased. The country faces a tough time in the coming months. Unemployment is likely to spike as a government phases out a support program that has effectively kept nearly ten million workers on company payrolls. Britain's recession is deeper than those recorded by comparable economies in Europe notably, Germany France and Italy or by the United States. There may be college football in Autumn after all worlds Sarah Weinsberg has details. Just hours after the Big Ten and PAC twelve announced they'll wait until spring to resume playing the big twelve conference said Wednesday that it's moving ahead with plans to play in the fall. In a statement big twelve board chairman Victor Bus. Keeney said our student athletes want to compete and it is the boards collective opinion that sports can be conducted safely. Team. So a play, a nine plus one schedule meaning nine conference games and one non conference game with the Conference Season Beginning September twenty sixth. Reporting, for world, I'm Sarah. And I'm Kent Ten. Straight ahead cleanup begins in Beirut Plus Cal Thomas with some questions about mail and voting. This is the world. And everything in. A. It's Thursday. The thirteenth of August twenty twenty. Glad to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it. Good Morning. I'm Nick Ike. Meghan Basham first up recovering from a manmade disaster west week, a massive explosion rocked Beirut Lebanon. It killed more than two hundred people, injured thousands more and left hundreds of thousands. Homeless residents of the devastated city are working hard to clear debris and repair damage. International aid groups are also pitching in, but it's going to be a long process world senior editor Mindy Bells traveled to Beirut to report on the situation and she joins us now Mindy Good Morning. Good Morning Meghan. So what you're seeing there on the ground. It's a remarkable seeing really I mean the the level of destruction is different from anything I've seen before you have a crater in the middle of Beirut's harbor that runs now about one hundred and forty feet deep half the city of Beirut has been affected by this and by affected I mean houses destroyed like you would see an earthquake metal rods things twisted like you would see in a hurricane that kind of thing I went by the Saint George's. Hospital today I didn't realize that it was actually a medical complex stretches over about a block and a half or maybe even more, and it is every window is blown out. Mattresses are hanging out of what used to be hospital rooms and It's kind of destruction that you really have to see to believe before our interview you were mentioning how significant this is because of Beirut and what it represents in the area. Can you talk about that a little bit? Sure, it's not an exaggeration to say that Lebanon is in many ways the last bastion of freedom in the Arab world and. One of the Great. Pieces of that. I think an ingredient of that is that it has a very vibrant. Christian community and that Christian community is based out of what many people call old Beirut or east Beirut, and these are the neighborhoods that are directly close to the port. These are the neighborhoods that are most devastated. It is a real question now whether Lebanon's Christian community inside Beirut can hold on because of the devastation that's there. So have you started talking to the Christian community there yet, and if so how are they responding to the disaster? Yeah I've spent on the last few days walking the streets with them going in some of their houses seen the damage. Really, a remarkable time because the cleanup is amazing, I've never seen anything like that. You have volunteer crews out in the streets with brooms with buckets with dust pans, and they are clearing the glass they are bringing in these small front loaders to move the rubble and. and. They're taking their churches and Christian ministries here that I don't think they've slept since this happened a week ago and so it's it's really an incredible all volunteer cleanup effort at this point. And about the international response and how is the US been involved? US officials were here this week the head of USA ID, which will I think lead the humanitarian effort but also the American head of the World Food Program was here yesterday and I spoke to him to David Beasley. He's a former governor of South Carolina. He was here because he knows what a severe food crisis is going to be coming for Lebanon. He told me yesterday that Lebanon has two and a half weeks of bread supply left I. think that might be some people would say that's a little bit of an exaggeration. There is now some grain that's coming in. But. All of the grain reserves. For Lebanon were in the port and were destroyed and. Any country untold should have six months of grain reserves and Lebanon now has zero months. The US has pledged seventeen million dollars also toward assisting. Big Route, and much of that may go into helping restore, simplify chain, and these grain reserves. They were even looking at the United States being a partner potentially with France or with others in helping to rebuild the port it is pretty much of a major issue because Lebanon is a major importer I believe eighty, five percent of its food is. But secondarily a thirty percent of what the US. Gets into Syria comes in through this port and Beirut, and so that's a huge issue to we're looking at a whole region that can be affected by the long term closure of the sport. So I think that's where the US will focus its efforts. Well Mindy One more question before we let you go I know Lebanon has had political upheaval for some time but did the ruling party's resignation surprise you of course, Lebanon has been in crisis with six months of protests economic decline. So I guess the question is, how much does all of that impact the situation now? It's a huge part of the situation now and everywhere I go people are talking about the political instability and the economic instability here. So on the one hand, this is a terrible time for a country to have this kind of disaster this level of. Loss of life and and humanitarian crisis on the other hand, it could turn out to be a time that we're the disaster itself the explosion itself forces this region and the rest of the world to focus more on the role that Hezbollah particular has been playing in the political atmosphere here in. Lebanon. We think of Hezbollah as tear group, which it is and the US considers a one officially. But here in Lebanon is political party with a lot of political power. There is fear of Hezbollah but we've been seeing effigies burning and martyr square right off. Of the port site every night to of some of the key Hezbollah figures I saw a newscast tonight where questions were being asked about key Hezbollah leaders here. These are things that were never discussed. People been too afraid to talk about it and it's sort of coming out of the shadows. I think that we could be in for a time up people here. It's not a time for Western powers to look the other way but I also think could be a tremendous time opportunity both for Christian relief work and for rebuilding the country as a whole. While Mindy, bells is senior editor for world. Mindy thanks for being our eyes and ears in the Middle East today. Thank you, Meghan. Coming up next on the world and everything in it. We're going back to school. Well, some of us are anyway after what feels like the longest summer break in history families are finally preparing to get back into the school routine but for many students and their parents school is going to look a lot different than it did this time last year world's Anna Joe Hansen reports now on the difficult school choices parents are having to make. Nina embezzle has two daughters aged five and ten at first their Atlanta Area School district offered multiple options in person classes, online classes, or a combination of both. But then administrators decided to go online only for the entire first semester. That was a big problem for umbrella my husband and I, both work she works in healthcare her husband works at a hotel. So they felt like they only had one choice when it came to their daughters education, we need it Oh kids to be in school. We were aware of the challenges in the danger of broad with it but. We just felt like we didn't have the choice to have them. Do online schooling. So their daughters will go to daycare and do school online from their daycare is providing assistance with having teachers already in position ready to teach them what the elementary school teacher cannot do by the online lesson Basil says it's the best option for them right now, but she still frustrated she wasn't planning on paying a thousand dollars a month for daycare indefinitely John Bailey is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He says, parents everywhere are facing a lot of tough choices. I don't think there's like a a single good option here for most parents are a lot of parents are trying to. Balance between what's best for their kids academically it also what they feel like is to keep them. The safest in many parents are worried about their children catching or spreading Cova nineteen. If they go back to the classroom, a recent study showed that four in ten parents want vaccine before they will feel safe sending their kids back to school in all of that. Is Sort of just suggests that again, the fear is very intense for parents that if the students don't go back, parents are worried about a host of other things. There's a lot of concerns. I would say about schools are such a part of the social safety net particularly providing food security to a allow families, and so they're also concerned about their children falling behind in school and missing out on social interactions according to that same poll parents worry about those two things almost as much as they worry about Cova nineteen because they aren't sure if online learning is enough while all services that children are receiving in the school setting are a hundred percent transferable to online settings. Make Flanagan is an education consultant. She says, that's especially true for children with special needs. some thinking about things like a one to one classroom aid or feeding therapies. Certain kinds of day-to-day hygiene routines that need to happen during the school day medical care. Behavior support those are all things. Some families don't have internet or tops to even do online classes according to John Bailey. It's a big need. We've seen other studies recently that have been estimating that it's about six to nine million kids who probably lack reliable connections also, the devices they need to participate in remote learning. So a lot of parents are looking for other options about twenty percent of parents say they're going to do something different. They aren't going back to the same school fair trying something new I think at the beginning of July. Parents everywhere realized await with schools are probably not going to be the ones to directly saw the particular issues that we had in spring. Alice. Locatelli is the CO founder of an education startup called COPEPOD. It's a networking website that helps parents form groups called learning pods a few families band together to do school whatever form of school they want homeschool online classes. You name it reward kids go to one person house on Monday to another person's passed on Tuesday and other stuff on Wednesday, which spreads out the caregiving among the parents and allows the students to have some of the social interaction. They missed him a spring also makes it easier for remote teaching. Coordination to happen because some families are home schooling, some are recruiting grandparents to help some are doing online classes. Others are going to school in person. Locatelli. Says, each family needs to figure out what works best for them I think the parents also have to figure out this isn't just A. School problem it's an at home question and a what her parents comfortable can they do and how to help and how do we band together as community it's going to look different for everyone but she hopes people continue to step up and create solutions instead of waiting for someone else to figure it out. Reporting for world. I'm Panajot Hanson. Additional support comes from conquer series dot com helping more than one million men break free from pornography freedom today at conquers series dot com. Bono. Maybe you think that cows are just sort of docile creatures very chill just chewing the cut out there in the pasture minding their own business but you may think that because you've never been perceived as a threat to America cow's calf evidently, that was the case for an elderly couple out on a hike. They found themselves chased onto a baron trail by an angry cow. Took the California Highway Patrol to hover a rescue has after drop a line and hoist them to safety? Bring them. Up. Fifty beat out. Get your tail round to the left and people ought to. Go Straight. Good fourteen. Feet. Brooklyn's skid. The video footage shows the cow rearing her head and bellowing aggressively. Humans checked out fine CHP sounded the helicopter alarm until the cows went home. It's the world and everything. Today is Thursday August thirteenth thank you for turning to world radio to help start your day. Good Morning I'm nick. And I'm Megan Basham coming next on the world and everything in it defying government orders a few weeks ago California Governor Gavin newsom ordered all places of worship in the states most populous counties to stop meeting indoors while his new orders do allow for outdoor services. These must be carried out along strict new social distancing guidelines in response to that one of the State's largest churches grace community released a statement announcing it would no longer abide by government restrictions. I spoke with Grace Communities Pastor John MacArthur to ask him about that decision. I also asked about a couple of other issues. He's been outspoken about in the recent past pastor MacArthur. Thanks so much for being with us. my pleasure. Thank you. Well there have been a few direct responses from other Christian leaders and organizations on grace community statements. It's choices. Now. The details of their arguments vary, but they all seem to distill down to it is that they believe civil disobedience isn't the best option right now to give you an example in ethics and Religious Liberty Commission spokesman tweeted out that they're trying to partner in dialogue with California authorities. So what's your response to that? It's not a short answer to be honest. But first thing we would say would be that have no right to tell church it meet. That's an unalienable right from God. So they're fair violent in the constitution when they tell the church, it can. Meet and how it can or can't meet or where. But secondly, what people don't understand is this we have a list of the requirements for us to meet outdoors. They are so unreasonable and they are so vast and there's so complex as essentially to make that meeting impossible, for example. If a person is in the presence of another person in less than six feet for over minutes, they have to be quarantined for two weeks that goes for children as well of different families. So this is just an absurdity. So we've tried to be sensible on say look we're going to be here. You're adults you decide if you WANNA come, we haven't told anybody to come they just kept coming. into. Clarify did I. Read Correctly that Grace Community does have outdoor options. There is a social distancing section in the indoor option is that correct? Well we have, we have an outdoor change and it's been up for a number of weeks and the chairs are little further apart there we have sanitizer around the campus we have Nashville for anybody who wants them. Well. You know how about those who took? The elder statement as as a word for all churches or how about those pastors who have said we're not cowards if we choose not to meet in the normal fashion. Well. Known we didn't want to indict anybody, but I get it. I can't imagine the future when this particular society, all of a sudden loves and tolerates the church. So you may not WanNa fight at this particular point, but you may have to fight down the road. So we just decided to engage at the point that the the society began to work. Control the Church and we're not going to allow that to happen limits. God puts on on the government are clear in the scripture and crisis ahead of the Church and we obey him rather than men when it comes to the spiritual realm. Well I'd like to turn out to a couple of other topics for which you've personally come under fire and those are the me too and social justice movements. As an example political writer and well known evangelical lawyer David. French claimed your criticism of the me too movement was reflexive and I'm just GonNa read a bite of his argument here. Just want to make that clear. He said there's nothing inherently on Christian movement that has mainly exposed celebrity rapists and mainstream media lethargic does it is also exposed abuse within the church. So what would you say it is about the metoo movement and how it's operating in the church that has had you concerned. First of all One thing grace community church does she's church disciplined when I came to this church fifty one years ago I'd never heard of any church in in the nation doing church discipline where you actually follow. Our. Lord's Instruction in the Gospel of Matthew and you confront San and you take two or three witnesses, and if they don't repent, you tell the entire church we we don't. We don't want anyone to think that for a moment that any kind of impedance any kind of perpetuated sin any level even to the top of the board of elders would be tolerated in this church. We. We also know that that's very different than getting caught up. You know feminist ideological. agenda which smacks to me of what the me too movement is, and there's so much danger when instead of dealing with sin, you're dealing with everybody's complaints because if you give. An Open Forum for everyone's complaints and some of them may be legitimate. invented. All of a sudden everybody becomes victim and when you turn everybody into victim, you cut people off from Real Gospel Ministry long as people think they're a victim, they don't understand that they're a perpetrator of soon before God whatever they think somebody did to them. As. Long as people think they're victims and they think somebody also, of course criminal than they are. They're they're trapped in the biggest lie that senators can ever get trapped in that is that there's somehow better than somebody else and that's not how it is before the Lord the second thing that I'm concerned about is what are these evangelical and people? What are they doing to their children? What are they teaching their children about white supremacy systemic racism the to. What what's this next generation of kids raised in a family where there's hostility where there's anger? What are they GONNA be like? They're GONNA be exponentially more of what their parents were. I I know the Lord would want us as parents to teach love him forgiveness mercy and look not on the things of others but on you on your own things but the things that others don't consider yourselves better than anyone else humble yourselves before the Lord every believer has enough to do before God his own Shannon. Righteousness. Well. Shifting gears a bit. I just don't want to let you go today until I ask you about one more thing I don't know how aware you are of the. MEMES that have grown up around you on social media or if you're familiar with the Babylon be but they frequently run these funny fake news stories that feature John MacArthur as sort of spiritual chuck Norris let's say do you ever get a chance to see that sort of thing? Yes I see those yeah. A I don't I don't access social media myself but Yeah. No I always get those sent being and Yeah. I. Take it as a compliment. I it's it's amazing how enduring the word of God is and it spills over on me because you know I'm I'm the guy I guess in a sense, the Romans ten less are the feet of those who bring the news I think I've I've known blessing. The comes to one who faithfully brings the good news. Well, we covered a lot more ground in our conversation and we'll have part two of our. With John Macarthur in just a few weeks. Now as with all of our stories and interviews, you can find the full transcript world and everything dot Org. You can also find something else there today that would be our occasional bonus feature that we call one more thing. Yeah what you know actually there were several more things but I did manage to narrow it down to just the one. John, Macarthur had in a recent message made a passing remark about a soft drink and it led to quite a few amusing responses. So I asked him about it of course, look for that one more thing feature online at two world and everything dot Org. Today is Thursday. August thirteenth good morning. World and everything in it from listener supported World Radio on Nick owner and I megan. Basham nextstep cal. Thomas on the potential for trouble with mail in voting. Two weeks ago I mailed an eight by ten inch envelope from Miami Post Office to an address in New York state. The postage was correct as was the address and Zip Code One week passed and the recipient email to say the envelope had not arrived. So I mailed another one last week he wrote to say the second one had arrived and a few days. After that, he wrote again to say the one male earlier had finally been delivered after a ten day delay it should've taken three business days multiply my experience by one, hundred, million and a potential for widespread problems had all mail in election should be obvious president trump has worried. About the threat of fraud, all mail in voting. But that's not the only issue that should concern us. We need to look at the current much smaller absentee ballot system, the New York Daily News reported one point, two, million New Yorkers cast absentee ballots, and that states June primary. But according to a federal judge quote systematic failures at the state. Board. Of Elections and US Postal Service resulted in nearly one in ten absentee ballots cast June twenty third primary being invalidated unquote some estimates have the number closer to one in five. But either way we're talking about more votes than the two thousand, sixteen presidential vote differential and Michigan and Pennsylvania combined many Democrats. And the media have claimed the fear over male imbalances misplaced. But the evidence proves otherwise in the two thousand eighteen congressional election officials. In Broward County Florida had trouble finding more than two thousand ballots, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported quote the county's eternally beleaguered supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said they either misplaced misfiled or mixed in with another stack on quote and the Associated Press recently reported quote hundreds of thousands of applications for mail in ballots that voter advocacy groups sent voters in Virginia had the wrong return addresses adding another complication for state election officials who are already pressed to pull off a smooth election in pandemic and quote CBS, this morning. Ran a small test on mail in ballots, the program set up a Po box and sent one hundred mock ballots to it a few days. Later, the show sent one hundred more only ninety, seven percent of the first batch arrived after a week and twenty one percent of the second batch had not arrived after four days. There are many other examples of voting problems in some states particularly, those not already equipped with a robust absentee system. That's why mail in balloting should be limited and thoroughly checked most voters can practice all the things. Medical experts tell us to do and vote in person it is a civic duty and a privilege I'm Cal Thomas. Tomorrow Culture Friday a new initiative against cancel culture. It's The Philadelphia statement and we'll talk with one of the signers whose name you know very well, John Stonestreet and we'll have a review of a sympathetic new documentary about black conservatives that and more tomorrow I'm Knicker, and I'm Megan Basham the world and everything in it comes to you from world radio. World's mission is biblically objected journalism that informs educates and inspires may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another in accord with Christ Jesus? I hope you'll have a great rest of the day. 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8.12.20 Washington Wednesday, World Tour, and urban farmers
"The world and everything in it is made possible by listeners leg. were rich and Michelle Harrison. We teach you to classical Christian school in Rochester Minnesota. We're big fans of world and even bigger fans of world reporter. Hannah Harris. We hope you enjoy today's program. Good. Morning Joe Biden picked his running mate yesterday afternoon, we'll that have any effect on his white. House, bid talk about it on Washington Wednesday also today world tour plus will meet some urban farmers in Chicago preparing for possible food shortages. I liked to harvest as people order, but ideally, that doesn't always work because sometimes they just get right to harvest them and Janey be Cheney on our part, in God's kingdom building plans. It's Wednesday August twelve. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world. Radio. I'm Megan Basham Nick Eicher Good Morning. Up, next, Kent Covington has the news. Joe. Biden has picked his running mate. It's California Senator Kamala Harris, the fifty five year, old lawmaker served six years as California's attorney general before joining the US Senate in two thousand seventeen during presidential primary debates, Harris, who is black attacked Biden for working with segregationist senators while in Congress and for opposing busing as a way to integrate schools. But after her own presidential bid faltered she in Dorsey Biden in March of the things that we need right now is we need a leader who really does care about the people and who can there for unify the people and I believe joke, do that. Harris supports pro-abortion measures such as repealing the Hyde Amendment, and it may pro-life activist David. Delight? An sued Harris and planned parenthood. The suit alleged that she as California's attorney general conspired with the abortion giant to prosecute him after he released undercover videos of planned parenthood executives, negotiating prices for the body parts of aborted babies. Harris also said she supports the freedom to worship, but not the free exercise of religion that would allow Christian principles to inform hiring and firing decisions in the workplace. Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a Kuroda virus. Vaccine President Vladimir Putin announced the Health Ministry's approval. Adding that one of his adult daughters received the vaccine with only minor side effects. He also said the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and was shown to provide lasting immunity. But so far Russian authorities have offered no proof to back up those claims and experts around the world are skeptical Johns Hopkins University Scientists, Dr a Mesh adult warned that if something goes wrong with this vaccine quote. Quote, it's going to set us all back if something happens in this Russian experience in terms of a new safety signal or maybe it doesn't show to be as effective as possible. That's going to call her all of the other vaccines and make the public health messaging much harder and Michael Head is a senior research fellow at the University of Southampton and England. He noted that it appears the vaccine was only tested on a few dozen people not as way too early, the protests who actually. Seen, it may processing butts, we may be. Taking that step thoughts of any regulatory approvals at a stage by comparison vaccines entering final stage testing in the United States. Require Studies of thirty, thousand people. Each to vaccine candidates have already begun those phase three trials with three more set to get underway by all. Means, I'm a press conference Tuesday. New Zealand Prime, Minister Jim Sender dern announced the country's first new cases of covid nineteen and more than one hundred days. She said authorities found four cases in one Auckland Household, and she announced new restrictions to halt the spread as all twelve noon tomorrow wing. Stay. August twelfth, we will be moving auckland to level three restrictions for a period. Period of three days, residents will be asked to stay home while bars and many other businesses will be closed. She said that will give officials time to perform contact tracing and make further decisions about how to respond. The rest of the country will be raised to level. Two through Friday gatherings will be limited to one hundred attendees and people need to practice social distancing. And Globally, the pandemic is still on the rise. It took six months for the world to reach ten million confirmed cases, and it's taken just over six weeks for that number to double the worldwide count of known covid Nineteen infections. Climbed Pass twenty, million this week according to Johns Hopkins University the average number of new cases per day in the united. States has declined in recent weeks, but still running high at more than fifty, four, thousand, versus fifty, nine, thousand, and India, and nearly forty, four, thousand Brazil. A Georgia School district has quarantined more than nine hundred students and staff members because of possible exposure to the Corona Virus World Kirsten Flavin reports. The Cherokee County School district is located about thirty miles north of Atlanta. It started the school year on August third, but it's already temporarily closing one of its hardest hit high school's Superintendent of Schools Dr Brian v Hightower announced Eto. High School would close until August thirty first as Tuesday Cherokee has confirmed fifty nine positive tests within the district, a total of nine, hundred, twenty, five students and staff are now under a two week quarantine. Quarantine as officials perform contact tracing reporting for world, I'm Kristen flat in the Big Ten and PAC twelve will not play football this fall that takes two of college football's five power conferences out of a crumbling season amid the pandemic six days before pulling the plug, the big ten released a revised conference. Only football schedule that had hoped would enable teams to play. Instead all fall sports in the big ten have been called off. Both. The Big Ten and PAC twelve will explore a spring season instead. Can't Covington and straight ahead. What Democrats Hope Kamala Harris will bring to the presidential campaign plus Janey Be Cheney Building Kingdom one brick at a time. This is the world and everything in it. Own. It's Wednesday the twelfth of August twenty twenty. Glad to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it. Good morning by Nikai. Meghan Basham, first step, we have a winner in the veepstakes. We do have a winner in the veepstakes after weeks of deliberation, the Biden campaign revealed, it had whittled the choices down to one and Kamala. Harris is officially joining the ticket. Well, it's Washington Wednesday, and joining us now to talk about Tuesday's big announcement and what it might tell us about Biden. Strategy is Kyle conduct. He's with the University of Virginia Center for Politics Kyle Good. Morning Good Morning. We know Harris's basic resume former prosecutor, California. Attorney General, and now US senator for the last three and a half years. Do you think her resume made a difference? Look, I think, she has an adequate level of federal experience. Typically running mates do have elected experience, but also have maybe a longer resume of of kind of higher level of like the experience. Oh so either governor or longer member of the Senate or the House now. So Harris it only three and a half years in the Senate. She's a little light in that regard although she was elected to two terms as California state, Attorney General and. And that's an important job in the nation's largest state. So that does give her a mix of what is what is sort of executive experiences and attorney general, and also as a prominent member of the Senate and you know part of a resume too that she did run for president, and now I don't think her presidential campaign where particularly. Well, but she is she's vetted to a greater degree. I think that many of the other. People. who were mentioned as Democratic vice presidential contenders to me. That makes for a little bit more of a safe choice in that. Sometimes, there are unflattering things that come out about A. Running mate after that person has chosen to the likelihood of of something coming out that we don't know about. Harris. Already, it's probably slimmer than with some of these other. Contenders who had not been in the public eye as much. Well, you know there's been a lot of talk about police reform, even defunding the police and we know that's a huge issue right now with the Democratic base. Now Biden has chosen someone with a law enforcement background. Do you think that's going to be a liability for him when it comes to energizing the base? I do think that in some ways, you'll see the trump campaign attack Harris in some in similar ways they've been attacking Biden and that they'll find things from Harris's record in which maybe she sided with law enforcement over reformer is in certain ways and they'll use it as a way to communicate with typically democratic constituencies that the by Paris ticket is not right for them. They did a similar thing against Hillary Clinton in two thousand sixteen, and you know maybe had a little bit of success in. May Be depressing democratic turn out a little bit. You know maybe experts might be a little divided as how. Prevalent. That was, but that is some messaging that you'll. You'll see from the from the trump campaign. Now on the other hand, I think that. Biden wants to try to position himself and his ticket in a way in which they can credibly say that they're on the side of law enforcement reformers, but also not be so in favor of changes to law enforcement that. They're seen as being allied with the far left that so. In. Some ways, Harris's law enforcement background or background is a district attorney and attorney general might actually kind of helped. Biden occupy maybe more of the middle on the kind of reform versus law enforcement debate that really has been so prevalent in. So noteworthy several months there been so many protests about. INEQUITIES, relational inequities in policing, and actually a lot of changes in public opinion that I think the general public is maybe more open to law enforcement reform that it has been in the past. Well, how about the Republican side of this election? We know it's still early. But yesterday house. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, put out a statement drawing attention to the fact that last year Biden. Called Harris unfit to serve as president. He also said Harris wants to and I'm going to quote here, turn America into San Francisco. So do you think that's a preview of how Republicans are going to cast? Harris? Yeah. Look Republicans. Love to paint the Democratic Party is Is Being San. Francisco Liberals and Hey, you know you've got a a speaker of the House Anti Pelosi who is in fact, the San Francisco Liberal, and then also commonly Harris. The running mate is is also from San Francisco and also as liberal. So that's again, that's a that's a familiar line of attack that you're going to hear from Republicans. You know as for bad blood from the primary, you know there's there's a long history of former rivals. Together, in general election, you know there have been some successful presidential tickets in the past that that featured rivals from a presidential nominating contests. Obama. Biden was actually one of those in two, thousand eight. And also the Ronald Reagan George. H W. Bush ticket in nineteen, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, four, which is one of the most successful tickets of all time. Reagan and Bush were sort of at each other's throat in that nineteen eighty primary. So. I. Think it's totally fair for the other side to point out ways in which these candidates have argued in the past. But I'm sure they know that those attacks are coming and they'll ways to respond to them. Well, you know there's been a lot of talk about Biden's age. He'll be seventy, eight this November and he's referred to himself as the transitional candidate. So to what extent will Harris be something closer to a candidate than say running mate? We'll work on the I think that it's people are aware of of Biden's advance stage I. Think they're aware of what Biden himself is said about. Him acting sort of a bridge, the next generation of Democratic leaders, and I think this running mate slot was very. To many these contenders because. The running mates often do end up becoming presidential candidates in presidential nominees and even presidents the future and look. It's possible that if bind where to get elected. He hypothetically might not run again and twenty, twenty, four and Harris would probably be deleting candidate then or she might be a leading candidate if by loses and there's A. Democratic primary twenty twenty four an open, Democratic primary, twenty, twenty, eight. So. This slots along as? As Harris does a credible job as the VP, it doesn't hurt herself. This is something that she could maybe parlay into presidential nomination in the future. Okay One last question before we let you go kyle assuming the debates go ahead as planned, Harris will face off with Vice. President. Mike Pence and October. Now, pence tends to have a more measured communication style Harris, the former prosecutor. She's much more fiery. How do you think that matchup is going to play out and what effect you know really if any, do you think it's going to have on the race? I don't there have been some famous moments, vice presidential debates in the past. I. Think the sort of the one that. A lot of people might remember particularly older folks was in the nine, hundred, Eighty, eight vice presidential debate when. Democrat Lloyd. Bentsen told Republican. Dan Quayle. You're no Jack Kennedy after after Dan. Quayle. That sort of compared his own level experienced at Kennedy. That's the one that is kind of funny. But you know, of course. Quayle had some problems as a running mate, but Bush quayle pretty easily one, thousand, nine, hundred, Eighty, eight, ultimately. I think back to the Mike Pence Tim, Kaine debate from two, thousand sixteen, and frankly I don't really remember anything particularly memorable about it. And I don't I, don't know if you can say that debates have really mattered all that much of the past. Maybe this one would would matter. But generally speaking it's the it's the presidential debates, really get more attention. It's a one night in the spotlight for the VP candidates other than maybe their acceptance address at the conventions. A lot of people will watch, but then you sort of move on to the rest of the campaign. Kyle conduct is a political analyst with the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Kyle thanks again for joining us today. Thank you. Additional support comes from conquer series, dot com helping more than one million men break free from pornography freedom today at conker series dot. com. Coming up next on the world and everything in it world tour. Now, both of our international reporters are on assignment. So we begin today in Europe. Zev Yego, is open. Your boy in a German court has sentenced a former concentration camp guard to two years in prison. Bruno. Day was convicted of more than five thousand counts of accessory to murder. That's the number of people killed at the Nazi camp. Wild. Wild Day was a guard there in nineteen, forty, four. He was seventeen at the time day claimed not to have known the extent of the suffering in the camp. But the judge ruled against him, saying that mass murderer at the camp could not have happened without guards like him. Even after seventy years, many former Nazis are still being prosecuted the Special Office that investigates Nazi crimes as more than a dozen. Investigations next to the Middle East. Afghanistan has agreed to release four hundred Taliban prisoners in an effort to jump-start peace talks with the militant group. The country's Assembly of elders made the decision Sunday, the Taliban had demanded the release of five thousand fighters before beginning peace talks. These four hundred are the last of that group among them are Taliban. Members accused of major attacks against civilians including a twenty seventeen truck bombing in Kabul, the killed more than one hundred and fifty people. The Afghan assembly said following the release of the prisoners. The Taliban should begin negotiations immediately without any excuse next we go to Africa. Crews are working to remove as oil as possible from a stranded tanker off the coast of, Mauritius, ship ran aground two weeks ago and began leaking oil into the once pristine ocean I- winds and waves are pounding the ship, and that is slowly cracking it apart more than thousand tons of oil has already seeped out of the wreck polluting the nearby reefs and lagoons. lagoons. Thousands of volunteers have created improvised barriers out of fabric tubes stuffed with Straw and leaves. The barriers are supposed to help keep the oil contained in a smaller area. Mauritius. is a small island country in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. It's home to world renowned coral reefs and tourism is a crucial part of its economy. Finally, we end today in Somalia. Eight year old comedian named Mulatto APP share has grabbed the country's attention. She's the star of short comedy videos on Tiktok and Youtube her teenage brother. I. Posted a video of her in. December, twenty nineteen within days, it had more than a quarter of a million views and the account now has over two hundred thousand followers. Wada's brother writes the script and she delivers the punch lines Somalia is still recovering from a brutal civil war and Milwaukee says, she likes to make people happy because they look better when they're laughing and that's this week's world. Tour? Here's a Nice pro-life sentiment. Maybe you know from watching baseball that fans are not allowed in the parks, but cardboard cutouts are. So at the Cincinnati, reds ballpark one fan paid to have a cardboard cutout in honor of his unborn nephew or niece, we can't tell the sex of the baby because it's a pretty early Sonogram. But that Sonogram image is cleverly displayed on one of the cutouts. This is the work of a young man by the name of Aaron Nima. That would be uncle Aaron. He did this for his brother and sister-in-law Adam and Kaley Nemo who are expecting what else baby. Nemo. The way these cardboard cutouts work is you pay for one, the proceeds go to charity than the team staff arranges them in the seats. However they like. So you have no idea where to find them when you watch the game on TV, but a local TV station did find out. This would be Fox nineteen in Cincinnati. We haven't seen yet on TV. You start looking a little bit closer during the Games. All right. So I'm thinking every lefthanded batter who swings late on a fastball and fouls up third base line is going to have the Nemo's reaching for pause on the DVR for another round of. Finding. Nemo finding. Baby. Name. It's the world and everything in. Today is Wednesday August twelfth. Thank you for turning to world radio to help start your day. Good Morning. I'm nick. and. I'm Megan Basham. Early in the COVID, nineteen response, many grocery stores, limited food selection, and also quantity, and that of course coincided with more people starting to cook at home as restaurants closed their doors five months. Later, many stores still have fewer options for their customers in the event of possible disruptions in the food supply. This winter August Gardens may be a logical answer for those willing to plan ahead, world radios, Laura finch talk to some midwestern growers to out. In, times, of national, crisis modern Americans have always been pretty good at growing their own food victory garden. That's the answer. We can grow food victory in our own backyard. Zachary. Grant and educator with the University of Illinois. Extension has studied small-scale food production and the history of food production during crises. From, nineteen forty to nineteen, forty, three, the city Chicago alone was growing. You know they had somewhere in the neighborhood of slightly less than a thousand acres equivalency of food production space within the city of Chicago. So we're talking primarily home food production community gardens. Grant says interests in growing local food often shoots up during uncertain times like during a recession or the silver panic of eighteen, ninety three or a world war, two percent of the produce consumed in the united. States actually grown in in these victory gardens. This year quarantine came at just the right time for starting a pandemic pardon. Though it did catch seed companies by surprise, I believe from some time in late March through the month of April, most seed companies actually had to. Close their online. Stores because there was such an address, such a high demand for seeds during that window grant advocates growing your own food all the time, not just during a pandemic, or he says look in Para urban areas, neighborhoods, ringing larger cities for small farms. These are likely bursting with produce this month, even factory Laden suburb west of Chicago. There's one of these on a major truck thoroughfare. Josh, Sisk Hausky and his wife are young first generation farmers and their yellow brick ranch sits on a pretty major suburban artery. Right next to a gas station. But they're growing vegetables of every kind plus fruit trees. All of this space was non-productive lawn, and you know it could produce maybe a hundred pounds of food and these raspberries will grow for years and years and just keep feeding my family over and over again and others around here. It's priceless. It takes his cows. skied does to offer CS shares next year. But for now like A. A good millennial. He just posted on his facebook page. Harvests are right and people come to the House to buy it. I like to harvest as people order, but ideally, that doesn't always work because you know sometimes, they just get right have to harvest them. They'll get the most bang for your buck because last for a long time to because most of that, nearly anything right now, whether founded a farm stand on sale at your local grocer or in your own backyard can be preserved in one form or another planning for long term storage. Fermenting, is a big one finding local farms like this. That you know can. Grow possibly even year round. You know that's a sustainable food stores Because I. don't see industrial agriculture as a sustainable system in the long term. Even, if you don't have joshes culinary agricultural ambition, there's still time in this season to plant a little fall garden, proxy carrots onions even. Salad Greens can all go into the ground now, and the fall weather will act as a natural refrigerator for them in the absence of that, there's still away to support local farmers and fill your own freezer in case if another porn teen. Poll over four tomatoes. August in Illinois means farm stands. Nothing like a fresh tomato, a love. That fresh. Jason Hall. The manager of this farm stands in a preserved turned growing field with his pop up farm stand. Plan at garden this year, he's got you covered fifteen, hundred, two, thousand pounds roughly. Couple of days. Home says even though tomatoes are available year round in most grocery stores there never as good as the fresh ones gassed with ethylene. They pick them like very, very green, very unripe then. Sometimes people think it's a luxury product. It's not food when really it's like. There's in novelty and having tomatoes available year round. So get them now grow them by them. Chop them, puree them. Sauce can then freeze them or do whatever you want to do with them. But grab the fresh tomatoes now because this is Chicago land and sunshine will not last forever. Wouldn't it be nice. This winter to have a few weeks. Worth of delicious healthy groceries already tucked away. Number Panic shopping. Yes. For the duration at least it's our job to grow food for our own tables and no need to strain transportation resources to bring food from a victory garden to the table. And Year in year out, if need be with our own hands, we can grow the gardens of victory. Reporting? World. I'm Laura Finch in West Chicago Illinois. Today. Is Wednesday August. Twelfth Good Morning. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported World Radio, I'm Megan Basham and I'm Nick Eicher. Janey Cheney now on. God's kingdom construction plans. The parable of the talents in Matthew is the parable of the minus in Luke and the differences are not minor. A talent was worth more than one thousand dollars. A Mina amounted to three months, wages a goodly some but not extravagant. Luke also adds this context. The master in the story was going away to receive a crown, and his would be subjects had already rejected him by sending a delegation ahead to complain, we do not want this man to be our king. So. The servants are entrusted with a considerable sum of money to invest in a hostile society. Matthew's use of talents may signify the immense value of what we're given to invest. Luke's mention. A minus could suggest the limits of human time and resources both apply, but we should also consider the audience listening to this. Story for the first time. Look explains they expected the Kingdom of God to appear at once now that Jesus was there to claimant. No He's telling them, the kingdom must be built. I will build my church and my church will build the kingdom. Not on her own, not without the son's name or the Holy Spirit's power or the father's Providence, but the kingdom is hours to build. I, forget that I think Jesus coming with angels to judge the living in the dead, and that's the kingdom. Right? It will appear at the sound of a trumpet. With, the world in such disarray now it'd be a great time. But Christ. Coming is when the kingdom will be made visible and apparent. It's appearing right now. My business. Every day is kingdom business. That business has many facets making a living raising a family performing acts of charity serving at a local church, all in a culture that keeps insisting we do not want this man to be our king. That's always been the case in churches straight laced times as well as degenerate times. This world does not want Christ as king and never has. So. We build his kingdom in a hostile culture brick by brick. I don't know why he does it this way. We say, come Lord, Jesus meaning, bring it. But. He's not going to bring it. He's going to wrap it up as a gift to present to his father. He's coming to place a bridal crown on our head and take our hand to lead us to the wedding feast with the rightful king restored and the rebellious subjects subjugated. Don't forget that part of the story. Was My part, where do I built? My little section of this magnificent project seem small and insignificant, but his eyes are on it and a cloud of witnesses are cheering me on. I'm Johnny B Cheney. Tomorrow we'll hear from parents struggling to adjust to the new school reality, and we'll talk with pastor, John MacArthur about California's effort to keep his church from meeting for in-person worship than and more tomorrow I'm Nick I. And I'm Megan Bash on the world and everything in it comes to you from world. Radio World's mission is biblically objected journalism that informs educates and inspires. Let's close with the prayer of the Apostle Paul. God might make us worthy of his calling and fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power I. Hope you'll have a great rest of the day. We'll talk to you tomorrow.
1.29.21 Culture Friday, WandaVision, and Listener Feedback
"The world everything in it is made possible by listeners. Like me i'm rain. Fritsch a retired librarian who has been crisscrossing. The us in an rv for the past couple of years. I've downloaded this podcast from thirty eight different states. I hope you enjoy today's program. Good morning president biden signed lots of executive orders last week. One of them is likely to have an impact on women's sports. That's ahead today on culture. Friday plus megan basham reviews a new disney miniseries from marvel studios. It's called wanda vision. Unusual couple you know. That was ever inquest. What i mean is we don't have an anniversary today of what survive surviving our first dinner party sites and your listener feedback. It's friday january twenty ninth. This is the world and everything in it from listeners. Supportive world radio. I'm mary record. And i'm nick anchor could up next can covington hands. Today's news residents bein. Inside another pair of executive orders in the oval office thursday. The first one. I'm going to be signing here is a strength of medicated. Before care with pen in hand biden said he wasn't doing anything new on thursday but was simply restoring the affordable care act and medicaid to the way it was before the trump administration biden is directing federal agencies to review existing policies. That may make it. Tougher to receive medicaid including work requirements is also reopening the sign up for obamacare white house. Press secretary jen. Psaki told reporters the department of health and human services will open healthcare dot gov for a special enrollment period from february fifteenth to may fifteenth also on thursday biden took action to increase access to abortion both at home and abroad. He rescinded the so-called mexico city policy which bars the government from giving taxpayer dollars to organizations that use it to perform or promote abortion overseas. That drew a sharp rebuke from republicans. On capitol hill including florida. Senator marco. Rubio that this occurs here is shameful enough and i believe that is what history will regard it that we use taxpayer money to promote it and exported abroad is outrageous former. President obama also rescinded the reagan era mexico city policy and the opening days of his first term president trump restored it in the first week of his presidency. A new poll of roughly twelve hundred. Us adults found that seventy seven percent oppose using tax dollars to support abortion overseas even as covid nineteen cases spiked late last year. The us economy actually grew at a four percent annual rate in the last three months of twenty twenty but of course the numbers for the year overall told a very different story. World kristen flavin has more thursdays government. Report on the. Us economy twenty twenty showed quite. The roller coaster ride the nation's gross domestic product. It's total output of goods and services plunged record shattering pace in the april june quarter. It dropped at an annual rate of more than thirty one percent. Then in the july-to-september quarter a record surge of more than thirty three percent but for the year as a whole the pandemic dealt a crushing blow inflicting the worst economic freeze since the end of world. War two the economy overall contracted three and a half percent reporting for world. I'm kristen flahavan. A new strain of the corona virus identified in south. Africa has spread the south carolina state health officials thursday announced the first two confirmed cases of the variant on. Us soil the to patients live in different parts of the state and neither of them has traveled recently. Dr critique capelli as an infectious disease physician at the medical university of south carolina. She called the news frightening. Because it means there are likely more undetected cases within the state. New strains of the virus appeared to be more contagious. Six people are dead in georgia. After a liquid nitrogen accident poultry. Plant fire crews responded to a chemical leak at prime pack foods in gainesville thursday morning zach bracket is hall county fire division. Chief was the units arrived. They found a large contingent of employees. That had evacuated Along with multiple victims that were in that crowd that were also experienced medical emergencies. Five people died at the plant and one more died at a local hospital hall county sheriff. Gerald couch asked the public to pray for the wounded and for the families of the victims. These folks that came into work today did not have any idea of what would happen nor did their families. They're not in a profession that you would expect something like this to happen but here we are. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the accident. Refrigeration systems at poultry plants sometimes used nitrogen. I'm ken covington and straight ahead. Executive orders erasing gender loss or listener feedback. This is the world and everything in it. It's friday january twenty ninth twenty twenty one glad to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it. Good morning. i'm nick. And i mary record last week. President biden signed nineteen executive orders. He signed more yesterday. So now we're up to more than thirty topics range from covid relief to climate change to undoing former president trump's order to work toward deregulation in other words that for every new regulation approved to had to go and then the executive order. I want to talk about today. It's titled executive order on preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. Lets people with male chromosomes. Compete against those with female chromosomes not to be overly scientific boys against girls. Here's language from the order justifying this change. It says children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom. The locker room or school sports culture friday. And so let's welcome katie mccoy. She is assistant professor of theology in women's studies at southwestern seminary in fort worth texas. Good morning katie. Hey nick and mary good to be with you as always well. This seems to be right up your alley as a women's studies professor. I've always understood. One of the aims of the feminist movement was promoting equality for women in title nine specifically led to opportunities for female athletes. Do you think complaints. We've heard that this is the death knell for women's sports are a bit overblown. Is it really reasonable to believe. There's going to be this rush of born male athletes identifying as women and placing born female athletes from positions in the sports lineup. It's a good question. I think the significance of this executive order is more in the precedent that it sets more so than the number of transgender athletes that will be represented in women's sports. Of course we're already hearing about teenage girls who have been elbowed of winning competitions. And then consequently i don't know how that would affect their scholarship. Opportunities christiana hokum of alliance defending freedom has been defending Three different i believe. It's three teenage girls and she had a fascinating observation. She said that here. We celebrate the first female vice president and then hours later eviscerate. Women's sports spaces isn't pro woman. And i would have to agree. It's entirely not pro woman. One of the ironies is that second way. Feminism advocated for women's expanded rights and social parody on the basis of the belief that they were oppressed because they were born female. Female nece was a predictor of one's cultural and social experience. And so one of the things that has been reversed in all of this with transgenderism and the rise of transgender in the mainstream has been that now a biological male can define what it is to be a woman it actually doesn't get much more patriarchal than that well along those same lines Katie the new president. What has been called the ban on transgender service in the military doing neighboring all qualified american serve country in uniform and essentially restoring situation. You used to be chant transgender personnel qualifying. Every other way can serve government in united states especially about song. What struck me as i read. The order was the following sentence. The secretary of defense concluded it was appropriate to create a process that would enable service members to take steps to transition gender while serving and That sounds to me like the military paying for hormone treatments and surgeries and again this seems to be at odds with traditional understandings of of women's rights or a strain of feminism that promoted equal opportunity for women in the military. Yeah in fact. I think even expanding that conversation to not just the military covering for hormone therapies and surgical procedures. But i think we're not too far away from requiring private healthcare providers to To cover that as well. So i think that we're probably to maybe max five years away from almost like a an affordable care. Act two point. Oh that here we thought the contraception mandate was going to be this real watershed moment in our culture about religious liberty and health care. I think we have just seen the beginning. I think it's reasonable to assume that as gender identity and transgenderism becomes a civil right in increasingly accepted as a civil right for biological males to identify women and vice versa. That we're going to see more and more pressure for health insurance providers to cover hormonal treatment therapies in surgical procedures and to require private companies to subsidize and cover for those treatments as well. Well i wonder whether you saw a story out of baylor university. A friend of mine put out a tweet that called the transgender orders and a reversal on protective pro-life policy anti science and bad for human flourishing and a woman who is a lecturer at baylor basically agreed with his tweet and said kind of provocatively. What if i don't want biological boys in the bathroom with my biological daughter. Do the ninety nine percent of us who do not struggle with gender dis. Fauria have a voice. No cool According to the journalist rod dreher baylor students reported that message to title nine. Bu you equity baylor n. Double acp and an organization called. It's on us be you And the tweet has since been deleted. Now it doesn't appear to me that baylor is taking any kind of official action against her and the department chair plans to have her back over so it was said in that story but it seems like one of those issues. You really want to watch whether it'll be a cancel culture moment or whether baylor will stand for the lecturers freedom to speak you. Pay attention katie to translate this in higher education. Do you see this one as a bellwether. Absolutely and i think the wording in biden's executive order sets the stage for that. You'll notice Mary when you quoted the exact line it frames. The dilemma in terms of children being denied access to the restroom locker rooms in school sports. I don't know of a scenario in which a school administrator is denying a child access to those spaces. Seems like the real issue is they're being denied access to those spaces of their gender preference. And so it's really this matter of of their preference the restroom of their preference the locker room of their preference the sport team of their preference. And so what the wording in that seems to do. I'm not a lawyer. But it seems to make it on par with denying child access to any social space so in other words if you're denying a child access to the social space of their preference you're denying them access to any social space. It is tantamount to forbidding child from going to the bathroom if you tell that child that he or she cannot pick the bathroom of their choice. The reason that this is this is also happening. just at this lightning breakneck cultural speed. is that this is the new cultural ethos. This is the new morality. It is the belief that one's biological sex is irrelevant to one's identity and one's gender identity and that one's gender identity is actually based on an internal psychological state so in a culture that values individuality so much that cultural social and religious influences are viewed as restraining or constraining. Someone from being their true authentic self than objecting to someone's chosen gender identity is a cardinal sin. And that's exactly what we're seeing in this response to the baylor professor katie. You mentioned breakneck speed of change. How do you address these topics. And i you do as a seminary teacher from a christian perspective to express empathy for people with gender dis for you but also we want to stand up for what true. So how do you balance that absolutely well. I'm so glad you brought that up. Because it reminds us all that when we're talking about these headlines these headlines represent people and the core problem of our human condition is that we need to be reconciled to our creator and we christians have that message. And i think it's important to go back to the basics that no matter how complicated our world becomes. The solution is actually quite simple. The bible tells us that god created the world. Instead it was good god created humanity and said it was good so our material world. Our physical selves are good. The fact that jesus resurrected bodily and that we too will be bodily resurrected reinforces the goodness of our physical selves. So our personal. It is more than our physical bodies. The bible tells us but it isn't less and we will never understand the significance of what it means to be male or female and we will never find the inner wholeness of our gender identity as man or woman apart from being reconciled to the creator. Who made us. And he made us male and female in his image right. Katie mccoy assistant professor of theology and women's studies at southwestern seminary in fort worth texas. Thanks so much katie. Always great to be with you. Additional support comes from the mccandless journalism institute at the king's college in new york city training intellectually honest journalists to work in leading outlets across the country more at t k c dot. Edu imagine this. You're creeping along snowy highway in the foothills of southern oregon when suddenly right. Your tires are spinning in the snow. And you're just sitting there you're stuck but that's when a good samaritan knocks on your window and offers to stick a needle in your arm. What that's exactly what happened this week. In grants pass oregon. Health workers also got stuck in the snow there with all those other drivers who were going nowhere. They were carrying corona virus vaccine doses about to expire so instead of see those shots go to waste. They set up an impromptu vaccine clinic right there on the frozen asphalt and ambulance was even on hand for safety josephine county public health director. Mike webber called the snowbound vaccine operation. One of the. Can i do this. One of the coolest things he's ever been part of the world and everything. Today is friday january twenty ninth. You're listening to world radio. We are so glad you are good morning. I'm nick and mary rancor days coming next on the and everything in it you may not be able to see a new marvel movie in theaters. But you can watch the studios. I show on disney plus making basham has our review give executive producer kevin gi and the marvel team credit for this. They are not afraid to take a risk on a creative vision. We saw this when tyco. Itt bucked expectations set by previous store movies for a stalwart iron jawed hero. Instead he turned ragnarok into a goofy buddy comedy we saw it when the studio gambled on bizarre characters from a minor comic with all the zero name recognition that is guardians of the galaxy. It then handed the reins over to a little known horror director. James gunn and now having transformed superhero movies from the gritty sturm wound drying of batman to light hearted extravaganzas. Marvel has taken yet another turn. Its downsizing and going introspective with perhaps it strangest offering to date one division fault. Well yes with all the close calls we've been having. It seems the people of west fewer always on the verge of discovering our secret me. But it's wrong this room as hot dinner with her. Something's wrong the disney plus series. Airing like the mandalorian in weekly installments. Couldn't lean any further into its small screen stature without falling over when we left one maximov played by elizabeth olsen in avengers endgame. The infinity stones had resurrected her from thanasis. Cosmic death snap but her android love vision played by paul brittany was killed before the great disintegration and so he can therefore never return the first episode of one. Division offers. no bridge from the couple's final separation except for what we can infer from the fantasy setting. It's a black and white laugh. Tracks sitcom allah. I love lucy or dick van dyke the next two episodes update the period incrementally going from bewitch style background to something in color and more like the brady bunch but the false cheering us and contrived dilemmas. Don't alter except when a bossy neighbour breaks character to telegraph something like real terror through her pleading gays when an eerie voice with a decidedly. Modern accent comes through the old. Rca radio i've heard things about you. You and your husband will. I don't know what you've been told you. I don't mean anyone any harm. I don't believe you. Who but of course these are all the disruptions of a moment easily dismissed when you have a superheroes ability to bend reality a quicks nap of wanda's fingers and it's back to whipping up a last minute magical dinner to impress the boss. So hubby can win the big promotion date kitchen for moment. Sweetheart people why are they here. What are you were going to tell. You is my boss. And he's still in what this is on. The calendar was an abbreviation. You move at the speed of sound. Tonight can make a pencil through the air. Who needs to abbreviate. We can only gas at this point. The plane wanda is hiding in the place. So many of us do and facing loss or pain in the imaginary world of the television. The central mystery rolls out slowly allowing us to get lost in the superficial plotlines. Just as wanda does it's understandable. If upon first seeing the initial pleasant valley sunday setting you brace yourself for a commentary on the oppressive nature of marriage circa nineteen fifty or glass ceiling circa one thousand. Nine hundred seventy one. Division isn't interested in any of that threw wanda relationship. We see a surprisingly touching tribute to that earthly institution. Scripture calls the grace of life. The fantasy wanda to is a traditional marriage to the man. She loves complete with palm making and children no one sneering at suburbia here. We aren't unusual. Couple you know. Inquest what i mean. As we have an anniversary or song or even wedding rings we review there today could be oral history of what surviving our first dinner party precisely and also could be yacky yacky naturally naturally and the rings well. Couldn't you make some force. I do yes i do. Happy in fact in the first three episodes with the exception of stray minor profanity here subtle. Off-color jokes there this all the pg nearly g. rated world we remember from. Leave it to beaver andy. Griffith fight scenes and few special effects so far at least this is less a show about saving the world than about building a family and forming a community which in its own way amounts to the same thing. I'm megan basham. Today is friday january twenty ninth. Good morning this is the world and everything in it from listeners. Supportive world radio. I'm mary record nick. Anchor next up your listener feedback and we'll start the way we usually do by admitting our fault. Do we really have that much time. Left in the program today. Probably not. But i've heard it's good for the self. So let's begin with a news story. Correction we reported on the death of singer gerry. Marsden and inadvertently referred to his music group as jerry and the peacemakers. Well of course it's actually gerry and the pacemakers and really this falls into the category of mere slip of the tongue. We'd written it properly but when the time came to read it well you know what happened. I know what happened. Probably better than anybody been there done. That right. got the t shirt. The next one comes from a recent world history book we referred to john f. kennedy as the youngest. Us president and were partly correct there because he was the youngest man ever elected president but in truth. Teddy roosevelt was the youngest to hold the office when he got the job after the assassination of william mckinley next. Let's hear from listener. Francis cook who brought to our attention something really important. We celebrated monday january. Eighteenth dr martin luther king junior holiday here and I was disappointed that the podcast made no mention of the holiday. Otherwise thanks for a great news program. I listen every morning. Absolutely right regrettable oversight. They're very sorry to have missed that we shouldn't have and Thank you by the way for the gentle correction. We'll turning now to the segment that generated the most feedback this month. Last week's culture. Friday interview with popular podcasters daryl harrison and virgil walker. We'll start with listener matt brown from boone north carolina. So desperately needed this time to get clarity to get the still thinking to get role to you that we as christians need to be embracing dictating challenging Thanks for the interview. I hope that because if you're from again periodically since they are so clear in how they stay the nisshin and challenge the church listener. Kris kin singer wrote in to register his disagreement. He says that he thinks evangelicals have developed a reputation that over emphasizes politics he thought harrison and walker inflated allegiance to christ with allegiance to the political ideology of the republican party. It sounded to him like a call to oppose the biden administration and continue the division that is dominating our society. He says he thought it was a missed opportunity to bring healing to those wounds on friday. Well moving on now to another segment. That generated quite a lot of feedback. And that was emily. Whitten's interview with kristen getty about teaching hymns two children. Here's listener austin smith and very helpful suggestions as well as provided that great in doing the light of the guinea family ear. What what can look like for one family in seeking to raise their children. Give them get of music gift. I did want to tell you that. I thought missed an opportunity to come. Fathers important formative role of chiltern old. So thank you for sharing it. And maybe next time to china's well or ways to emphasize that both mothers and fathers happen portend week roles to play in will next. We'll hear from a listener. Who noticed a new look to our podcast logo. Hi there. My name's ian mcallister. I'm listening from western massachusetts. I just wanted to say. I love the new show those the icons that show on the website and in the podcast up Great redesign they looked really good. We should mention of course that not. Everybody liked the new color scheme and we understand that. Hopefully though it'll grow on you you know. I've been around a long time cannot tell you. How many design tweaks we've made to the magazine. The website and yet change is not always welcome in that way. The idea of course was to bring some unity to all the different podcasts that were something whimsical what we do have time for one more call today. That will bring us to the end of this month feedback so last word from listener rick callum. Who wanted to offer some praise for this. Week's commentary from kim henderson. I felt like the perspective was right on the weekly and one that we really need to remember as believers. The quotable was for most christians. The war isn't in washington. It's within how true. Thank you so much. 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9.16.20 Washington Wednesday, World Tour, and illustrating the Bible
"The world and everything in it is made possible by listeners like us. My name is drew Hicks and I'm Anna Kate Hicks in Europe both students Hillsdale College in Hillsdale Michigan, we'd like to wish our mom who introduces the world and everything in a very happy birthday this weekend we love you mom and we hope you enjoyed today's program. Good Morning. President trump released a new list of potential supreme. Court. Justices will talk about the political ramifications that's ahead on Washington Wednesday also world tour and telling Bible stories with Comex. You know every. Paper. With our scribbles as sometimes we will on the walls. In. A furniture and some thoughts from world founder Joel Bells. It's Wednesday September sixteenth. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported World Radio I'm Mary Reicher and Meghan Basham Good Morning Now. The news here's Kent. COVINGTON. Hurricane Sally. Slowed to a crawl on. Tuesday over Gulf waters. The storm did not slam the coast last night as expected but outer rain bands in tropical storm force winds still lashed barrier islands at Alabama. Instead, Sally will make landfall today and it's now expected to move ashore as a category one hurricane rather than a cat to as earlier forecasts predicted that means top sustained winds of eighty miles per hour when it strikes land likely somewhere around the Alabama shoreline. But while the storm has been downgraded, wind is not the biggest concern. National Hurricane Center. Director Ken. Graham says even Korn here twenty inches rain. So very dangerous situation that is just torrential rainfall, flash flooding and big issues there from the Florida panhandle to the Alabama coast and Graham noted that the slower the storm moves the more rain will drop as it pushes to the North Flash flood watches and warnings are now in effect as far inland as North. Georgia. A historic moment at the White House on Tuesday has leaders from. To Gulf Arab, nations signed diplomatic pacts. President trump introduced the leaders to a socially distanced crowd. On the South Lawn, we're here this afternoon to change the course of history. After decades of division conflict, we marked the dawn of a new Middle East, the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain joined Israeli prime, Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and formalizing the new agreements those who are with us today. And those who will join us tomorrow I say Salaam Aleikum. Piece onto the. show-me. The new packs do not address the decades long Israeli Palestinian conflict, the UAE, Bahrain, and other Arab countries support the Palestinians, but the trump administration has persuaded the two countries not to let that conflict, keep them for making mutually beneficial alliances. Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed L. Niane said, in fact, he sees the agreements as a step toward broader peace and the region a just comprehensive and enduring to stay solution to the STINIAN. Israeli. Conflict will be foundation the bedrock of such peace. He added quote today we are already witnessing a change in the heart of the Middle East, a change that will soon hope around the world. The Arab nations and the world's only Jewish state have found common ground in their common opposition to Iran and on Tuesday president trump issued a stern warning to Iran on twitter. He said quote any attack by Iran any form against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be one thousand times greater in magnitude is warning follows reports that intelligence officials have warned about a possible plot by Iran to assassinate. Ambassador Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News there's lawmaker Polka, radisson cage, fascination efforts all across the world they've assassinated people in Europe and in other parts of the world we we take these kind of allegations. Seriously we'll do everything that's within our means to protect any one of our State Department officials. The plot is said to involve US Ambassador to South Africa landmarks. Iran's alleged plans could be in retaliation for the January US strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Sola Monte who commanded terrorist operations for. The City of Louisville Kentucky will pay millions to the mother of Brianna. Taylor. Months after she was killed by police world's Anna Joe Hansen reports. A person who has seen the settlement told the Associated Press it is the largest some paid by the city for a police misconduct case Taylor's mother to Meka Palmer filed the lawsuit in April. It alleges the police used flawed information when they obtained a no knock warrant to enter the twenty six year old woman's apartment in March Taylor and her boyfriend were roused. From bed by police and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker has said he fired at the officers thinking it was an intruder investigators say police were returning fire when they shot Taylor several times investigators found no drugs at her home. The state's attorney general is still investigating the incident. The city has since banned the use of no knock warrants reporting for world. I'm Ana Johannesen. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday posted a picture of himself from his hospital bed he still recuperating in. Germany from being poisoned with the Soviet era nerve agent the photo shows him with his wife and two children as he sits upright in his bed in a hospital gown. He posted the photo while Riley joking about his recovery and being able to breathe on his own. On Monday, the hospital said he been removed from a ventilator and was able to leave his bed for short periods of time a spokesperson for devante said the forty four year old plan to return to Russia soon. CAN'T COVINGTON and straight ahead campaigning on supreme. Court picks lost world founder Joel Bells on the appeal of a leader who knows what he thinks. This is the world and everything in. It's Wednesday the sixteenth of September twenty twenty to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it. Good Morning I'm Nagin Basham and I'm Mary Record I up Supreme Court nominees. Last week President Trump released a list of twenty potential Supreme Court nominees that he's promised to pick from. Should he get elected to a second term and have a High Court vacancy to fill here is making that announcement at the? White. House. Every one of these individuals will ensure equal justice equal treatment. and equal rights for citizens of every race color religion and create the president already had a list of potential high court nominees he released to, in fact, during his two thousand sixteen campaign and that was widely credited with helping him win the White House. But the Supreme Court had an empty seat at the time and there's not one now still the president warned that could easily change during the next four years in all likelihood one, two three and even four. Supreme Court justices. The outcome of these decisions will determine whether we fast to our nation's founding principles or whether. They are lost forever president trump warned that his rival for the White House would put forth nominees who are extremely far left and who could never stand up to public scrutiny. Joe Biden has not released his own list of potential nominees. He's pledged to nominate the first black woman to the High Court. The President says that is not good enough and challenged. Biden to name names so that voters have a more informed vote come November but will the Supreme Court play as big a role in this election as it did the last time joining us now to talk about that is John Malcolm. He's director of the MEESE, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Thanks so much for joining us today John. Pleasure could to be with you well, president trump's first list of potential supreme. Court nominees came in two thousand sixteen after the death of Justice Antonin. Scalia that amplified the importance of who would fill that seat. Whoever won the White House President Trump amended the list in two thousand seventeen added Brett Cavanaugh. Who we now know is just as capital, there's a lot of names on this current list John Talk about timing. Why put out a refreshed list right now? I think for variety of reasons one, it's to remind people who supported him about how important the Supreme Court list was to his past election and and obviously the next president is likely to have other vacancies on the court to fill and also to highlight the importance at the trump administration has placed on naming you know high quality men and women. Who are committed textualist and originalist, not only to the Supreme Court but also to the lower federal courts as well. Now, three of these new additions are sitting US Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Holly for my State of Missouri, senators crews and holly say they're not interested in the job. So what do you make of the president including them? Well so before this latest iteration of the list, there had only been one non judge on the list that was Senator Mike Lee This last iteration adds quite a few names So not only three senators whom you just named, but also Daniel Cameron the Kentucky Attorney General and five current or former government officials who have never served as judges. So clearly, the president has widened his aperture some what I think that many of the names on the list including those three senators, crews, cotton, and Hawley are all known and well liked and admired by social conservatives I. Detected a slight nod towards social conservative with respect to this latest list. But you know all of these, all four of the senators including senator. Lee are certainly well-qualified if they were interested in serving on the court three of them us clerk for. Supreme. Court justices in the fourth Tom Cotton for Jerry Smith on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals So bought a few days in their own rights whether they would I accept the nomination. If one I don't know Is it a big departure from the norm to have people on the list that have never been judges? Yes. But it's not unprecedented Elena Kagan who sits on the Supreme Court and his you know whether whether you agree with or disagree with you have to admire her legal acumen. Served. As judge on any court before and so it's it. It is unusual most of the people who who get named the Supreme Court on not only judges but usually federal appellate judges but it's not unprecedented president trump pledged to fill vacancies with people in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia as we mentioned current. Justices Clarence Thomas Samuel Alito. Why so specific do you think? Oh, I think that those three justices are admire or admire widely and conservative legal circles is being committed originalist and textualist that as judicial philosophy that the president WC admires as do i? Joe Biden has not released his own list. As we said in the INTRO, he says he's working on one no word now whether he wants to make that public, the Supreme Court influences so many areas of our cultural and political life for good or for ill does this mean naming names of potential nominees will become a common practice in presidential campaigns. Might be So it had never happened before and Donald Trump broke the mold in two thousand and sixteen. When he came out with his list, it was actually instrumental in terms of his winning the race, it rollout of people who were very very skeptical some of them probably still are skeptical about president trump and his conservative bona fee days but they cared a lot about the judiciary and at the time the the the vacancy that existed on the Supreme Court and when Donald Trump then candidate donald trump put out that list there were a lot of. People who read the sigh of relief and said, well, you know we we may not know or trust Donald Trump but a whole host of issues. But on this issue, which we care a lot about this is a solid list and he has certainly performed during his first term keeping to that pledge well along those lines. In this past term with two justices president trump did choose some of those decisions turned out to be a disappointment for conservatives, for example, ruling that the federal. Employment Discrimination Laws Protect LGBT employees essentially redefining terms not intended when those laws were passed. Do. You think this changes things. Well. Sir Referring to the BOSTOCK decision. By Justice Gorsuch and joined by chief justice. Roberts. I do think it changes things in this regard I i. as I pointed out a moment ago I think this new list contains a lot of names of people who are known and admired by social conservatives. It doesn't make them any less qualified to sit on the Supreme Court but their names that no people have a certain comfort level Avi either. By, their taking position as judges in religious liberty cases or an abortion cases that were pleasing to social conservatives or before they became judges they served for religious liberty organizations like, Lawrence. Van Dyke working for the becket fund therapeutic working for the Thomas More Society So I detected a slight shift away from judges who had expressed a reluctance or You know had criticized the administrative state. More, towards people who have a bit of a track record on issues that social conservatives care about? And finally John I want to return to the question that we started with how big a role do you think the supreme, court will play in this year's election. Well a lot of play. A big role There is a very, very narrow conservative majority if you can even call it that on the court now the next president is going to get to name at least one if not the presents three or four, and that is a possibility justices. The Supreme Court, and of course, we'll have many opportunities to fill hundreds of vacancies on the lower federal courts, and as you pointed out these judges decide issues of great consequence both statutory cases in constitutional cases that affect all of us. So I think that the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts of appeals ought to be considered to be on the ballot with every election and certainly are for this one. John Malcolm is a senior fellow at the. Heritage Foundation. Thanks so much for joining us today John Good to be with him. Additional support comes from crossing cultures international an organization that equips and trains indigenous pastors and Church leaders in more than thirty three countries more at CCI equipped Dot Org. Coming up next on the world and everything in it. World tour with Africa reporter, Onis Ao he Kerry. We start today here Africa's. More. Than fifteen people died after a gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo flawed on. Friday. Heavy rains drenched the area on a nearby river overflowed. The floodwaters filled the mine tunnels with a strong current and the rain triggered landslides that caused the mind to collapse rescue crews dog through the mud in a futile search for survivors. The DRC has huge reserves of gold copper and other valuable minerals. Accidents Enroll minds are common due to poor safety standards and dangerous working conditions. Heavy rain is also problems in Asia. Monsoon rains have pounded Nepal over the past month. They caused a foothill to collapse triggering landslides swept through three villages on Sunday. The landslides killed at least eleven, people and injured five twenty others are still missing the MoD swept away trees and buried homes up to the roof line leaving behind swats of tumbled boulders and chunks of concrete. The villages are located near Nepal border with China. The region has suffered multiple landslides this year. A local mayor says a twenty fifteen earthquake may have weakened the area leaving it more vulnerable to landslides. Dodging. Salsa initial new Soviet scuttled. Go to Japan Yoshihiko suge is set to become the country's next. Prime. minister. Japan's governing party elected suge. Leader. After current Prime Minister Shinzo Abby announced his resignation last month suge previously served as obeys. Chief Cabinet. Secretary. The Japanese parliament will vote on the new prime minister today because Abby and Schubert's political party holds a majority suge. Certain to the vote. He. Has promised to maintain obeys economic approach and foreign policy strategies that includes prioritizing trade with the United States while keeping a good relationship with China. And finally we end today in Israel scientists have brought a handful of two thousand year old dates seeds back to life after discovering the Judean date seeds at an archaeological site scientists soaked them in water, planted them, and watch them sprout. After years of cultivation the date palms finally produced fruit. The scientist harvested the dates just last week historically of course, it's fascinating to wake something up. That's been asleep that long the Judean dates was extolled in Asian Dryden's for it's delicious flavor in medicine all value it reportedly died out around five hundred eighty. That's this week's world tour reporting for world I'm on Ezio he. Carey, in Abuja Nigeria. A. Wheeler is a starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. We're missed his last start against the marlins this week after injuring his right Middle Finger, but the injury did not occur on the field phillies manager Joe. Girardi. told reporters well. You can't make this up what happened was he caught his fingernail of his middle finger on his jeans. And separated the nail from the nail bed, it was really swollen and the notoriously tough sports media in philly pulled no punches WC a you in Philadelphia headline that read ready for this top pitcher out with freak injury as Phillies can't even put their pants on right Wheeler. is in the first year of a five-year hundred, eighteen million dollar contracts. So you know they want that Pinger to heal up fast the world and everything in it. Today is Wednesday September sixteenth. You're listening to world radio and we're so glad to have you along today. Good Morning I'm Megan Basham and I'm Mary Record. Coming next on the world and everything in it animating scripture. Some of America's most famous heroic characters are brought to life in comic books. Comic Strips Think Superman wonder, woman Batman Captain America Spiderman, and the list goes on well ten years ago a new comic book came out that centered around a much more important hero one who didn't use might to make right the comic book is called the Action Bible and it tells the story of Jesus from the creation account to his death and resurrection so far it's been translated into more than thirty languages and has sold well over a million copies in the United States World Sarah Sh-, Weinsberg met up with illustrator. Let me show yourself. Let me shows like many Garages Sergio carry yellows as a good number of boxes but aren't packed with old tax returns, family photos or birthday cards. These contain carry yellows, comic drawings. By here. On the originals. See. Seven, hundred and fifty. Seven hundred and fifty pages, pages of battles, miracles, Romance, sacrifice prophecies, and instruction. The Bible told through comics. Each page has several illustrations on it, adding up to thousands of individual drawings that started as simple pencil sketches. Once, carry yellow was happy with the rough drawings. He had to trace each one with ink. We don't want the best way to show through. we raise the Pencil and ink woven main then he enlarged scanned emailed each lay out to the publisher all in all the process took more than three years two, thousand and six, seven eight. And nine. The project was a dream come true Sergio Carry L. it was born in Brazil but he grew up loving American comic sport whenever I. Wanted To read American comics. I will go to the to the local airport and read the the original English colorful. comic books also learned to create his own my brother and I will would fill. You know every. Piece of paper with our. Scribbles as sometimes, we would draw on the walls. In a furniture carry yellow dreamed of coming to the United, states to study and work for comic studios like Marvel or DC. When he was twenty a Bible College in Dover, New Jersey gave him a scholarship and their carry yellow covered the rest of his tuition. By drawing caricatures of students have a big sign. You know have your catcher one Medicare job by Brazilian artists for only three dollars. Then he attended a graphic art school. He landed an internship with marvel comics. Marvel liked his work so much they hired him to freelance. Work to do daredevil and Spiderman and. Corn in not to be outdone DC comics, picked him up to one of the woman Batman. Grill entered with those experiences under his belt publisher. David. C Cook approached carry yellow about creating the Action Bible. Carry Yellow said he wanted to use the style that made DC and marvel comics some popular action and action is created by what Carey Yellow Calls Dynamic drawing you feel the motion. By making the figures pop out of the page. With a choice of. Choice of poses. Even exaggerating the pose a bit more from reality to make it really pop. and. Thus way marvel at. Yes back inside his house carry yellow small office looks like a Toy Museum I'm a big. The office is filled with figurines of superheroes, animals, a sword, and even a donkey's Jawbone. To. Jaw. Simpson. And I wanted to know how? How somebody would hold a A Jawbone and his hand took one thousand scenes. You know what I mean today Sarraj. Okay. Yellow. No longer uses a pencil. He draws on a large digital pad with an electric stylus. This. Young. He sits in his office chair and holds a figuring of a man in his right hand and draws with left moves and stuff. He stretches out the models arms and starts to sketch. I can take pictures or A. Pose them. In a way that I know how to draw them sometimes knowing what to drop is more difficult than knowing how to drive. Figuring out how to convert the words of scriptures into pictures that would make those words. Clear was a challenge. Whenever I don't know what to do. I just asked the lawyer know what would you have me do here and sometimes. Just, open a good book. From of art. And so flipping the Beijing. My juices star. You know pumping again they. Oh I know Kerry yellow creates a fresh page on his drawing pat he starts sketching the fight between David and Goliath so. You see a big foot of. A giant and you see that they is much smaller. You WanNa convey in the story that we are dealing with a small guy finding a huge guy, and we want to show that in a drawing after he finished drawing the Action Bible carry yellow worked with artists to color the comics. Sometimes people have criticized the way characters look for instance, Jesus, Brown, Hair, Brown eyes, and fair skin. Carry Yellow says while it's important to portray historically accurate characters getting caught up too much in physical attributes misses the point I'm I'm saying that. It's exactly here's I'm saying that God uses all gifts when we presented in a way that we are. Going him. So he anoints it and uses regardless of us this month the Action Bible Publisher is releasing a tenth anniversary. Edition. Sergio carry yellow says he believes the Action Bible continues to attract an audience because many people are visual learners. They also love a good. Superhero Story. And it doesn't get better than the Bible that was a little bit different than drawing Batman and kept America. Because all of those superheroes for entertaining, but the Bible is not only for. Entertaining But it's for life changing. Reporting for world, I'm Sarah. Swines spurred in. Holiday Florida. Aw. Today is Wednesday September sixteenth good morning. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported World Radio, I Megan Basham, and I'm Mary Record. Here's world founder Joe Bells. Of, all the criticisms president trump has to live with being a middle of the rotor is in one of them. You may not like his position on an issue, but you'll know what he thinks. Immigration. Free trade with. China. Prisoners of war like the late John McCain. No hugging the stripe at the middle of the road on any of those. You know what your president thinks or at least what he says, he thinks today. I guess is that this Trumpian straightforwardness is one of the main reasons for whatever popularity he enjoys. Here, at world, we regularly get mail saying something like this. I don't have to agree with all his policies, I, just like the fact that he knows what he believes. Or. As an Iowa farmer told me recently I like it that he doesn't beat around the Bush I don't have to guess what he thinks. For my farmer fan it doesn't even matter much that the trump record like that most presidents includes almost self contradictory positions on issues of agricultural trade. This trump certainty has won the support of large numbers of evangelical. Christians along the way. These folks are tired of leaders who constantly seek the mushy middle of the road and who equivocate on issue after issue. More and more you can find such leaders within evangelical academia and media to. These opinion shapers are constantly nudging their followers to move to the middle to trim sharp edges off their thinking processes. But the voters were in the process of trimming those sharp edges. They may also be saying goodbye to their cutting edge. Lots of them voted for trump for years ago and many loyalists will vote for him again in November. In choosing that route, these folks will be largely rejecting the council of the Evangelical Intelligentsia. For years many colleges, universities and seminaries have called for more open minded approach to issues such as the origin of man, the meaning of marriage and economic structures. The move from right to left on such issues historically starts in intelligentsia for both society Writ Large evangelicalism specifically. Of course in terms of what is biblically right and wrong grassroots, folks are no more likely to be on target. But the direction of the flow of ideas is worth noting. By their very nature professors and writers are creating folks unwilling to accept the status quo they're always looking for new explanations. and. We should be thankful. God made some people that way In the right context, they keep us all looking for his truth. But in all that unsettled scheme of things, it's easy to see why significant numbers of voters find themselves saying forget it. Give me a leader who knows what he thinks. I'm Joel Bells. Tomorrow Russia's influence. We'll find out what's going on behind the scenes on Moscow's political stage. And we'll bring you the second part of my interview with California Mega Church Pastor John Macarthur that and more tomorrow I'm Megan Basham and Mary record the world and everything in it comes to you from world. Radio World's mission is biblically objective journalism that informs educates and inspires. 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"The world and everything in it has made possible wellness she like we're the venables from Austin Texas I'm David I'm Corinna. I'm John I'm Jay. I'm the CTO of a small software company working in mobile learning and I work from home homeschooling our sons. Good Morning. All talk today about the Jerry Fall Junior resignation at liberty. University. And what it tells us about the importance of structures of accountability and the power of the proverbs that's ahead today on culture Friday also today a new film adaptation of the Dickens Classic David Copperfield my head yes I am I right. Ed is connected to let me just look. Yes Without any doubt that it is on us, go to here and your listener feedback. It's Friday August twenty eighth. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported World Radio I'm GonNa Brown dark. Nick Eicher. Up Next Kent Covington has today's news. With the White, house as his backdrop president trump took center stage on the South Lawn last night and made it official my fellow Americans tonight with a heart full of gratitude and boundless optimism. I profoundly accept this nomination for president of the United States. On the fourth and final day of the GOP convention. The president touted his unwinding of Obama. Policies and he told the crowd of supporters that he has followed through on his two thousand sixteen campaign promises including his pledge to reshape the courts by the end of my first term. We will have approved more than three hundred federal judges including two great do supreme. Court justice. Trump said he has made the right moves for America amid the COVID nineteen pandemic and he predicted that the country will have a safe and effective vaccine by the end of the year crediting and advance his administration's vaccine fast track. Program operation. Warp speed. Recalled an economy that was roaring before the pandemic and hammered home his core message that electing Joe Biden would doom the country's economic recovery. Also said Beijing would quote own our country if Biden is elected Joe Biden's agenda is made in China, my agenda is made in the USA. Evening ended with a fireworks display over the Washington Monument. Andy Live Opera performance among the speakers setting the stage for the president last night Franklin Graham Hud Secretary Ben Carson Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and first daughter. Ivanka trump. Earlier, on Thursday, the president said he plans to visit Texas and Louisiana. Or one of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike the continental United States pounded the Gulf coast on Thursday Hurricane Laura slammed the coast as a category for unleashing winds of one hundred and fifty miles per hour along with a wall of seawater storm at least four people damaged or destroyed thousands of buildings and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands Louisiana Governor John Bel. Said relief efforts are underway. We have thousands and thousands of our fellow citizens whose lives are upside down. because their businesses and their homes. have been damaged. And we have. Lots of challenges around the state to say the least southwest Louisiana took the brunt of the damage drone video showed water surrounding homes with much of their roofs peeled away one. Lake Charles Residents said, it was like living through a disaster movie. All you hear. Is Gusts the wins. You know debris flying. Glass Shattering. You know would flying just to stick your head outside of the door. Governor Edwards said, he's activated more than five thousand. National Guard troops to help with relief cleanup and repairing infrastructure fema is also on the ground. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits topped one million again last week and new numbers from the Commerce Department. The impact of the corona virus. World's Lee Jones reports. Roughly a million people filed jobless claims last week down by about one hundred, thousand from the one point one, million the week before that the Commerce Department downgraded its earlier estimate of gross domestic product. In the last quarter, it reported that the US economy shrank at an annual rate of thirty one point seven percent during the quarter ending in June the sharpest quarterly drop on record. But despite the impact of the covid nineteen pandemic, some sectors of the economy are showing signs of rebounding, including the housing market, an auto sales, and the Federal Reserve aims to keep it moving in the right direction. The Fed announced Thursday that it plans to keep rates near zero even after inflation has exceeded its two percent target level that means the Fed is prepared to tolerate a level of inflation than it generally has in the past that she keep borrowing rates low for years to come on both personal and business loans reporting for world. I'm Lee Jones. The Wisconsin Department of Justice said Thursday that twenty nine year old Jacob. Blake had a knife inside his vehicle near the driver's side door when police shot him on Sunday. State Attorney General Josh Call said. Blake. Admitted to having the weapon in his possession. The shooting occurred when police responded to a domestic incident and Kenosha Wisconsin officials said officers tried to arrest Blake but he resisted they then Deployed Taser but that was not effective. That's when Blake Begin walking to his car with officers trailing him yelling at him to stop even open the driver's side door and appeared to reach inside. That's what an officer shot him seven times. It's unclear if Blake was reaching for the knife four if the officer who fired the shots saw the weapon Jacob Blake is reportedly conscious but partially paralyzed. Also on Thursday, NBA players reportedly met and voted in favor of resuming the playoffs that a day after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted game five of their series against the Orlando Magic in protest of the Kenosha shooting that led to the postponement of all games scheduled for yesterday. Kent. COVINGTON straight ahead lessons for Christian leaders from Jerry Falwell junior plus nor listener feedback. Says the world and everything. It's Friday the twenty eighth of August, twenty twenty. Glad to have your long for today's edition of the world and everything in it. Good Morning Amarna Brian. I first up today culture Friday. I am so honored and humbled to be here tonight. That is the now former president of Liberty University. Jerry Falwell Junior speaking at the 2016 Republican convention. This. Week brought the end of a thirteen year tenure that followed the death of his father who founded the school Falwell Junior announced his resignation retracted. It then submitted a final time. Reportedly, he walks away with a ten point five million dollars severance. We will be discreet in describing the details that follow the resignation comes after he revealed his wife's infidelity with a business partner by the name of Giancarlo Granda and then an explosive. Story that cited evidence that during some of her encounters Falwell, junior was voyeur the story surfaced after Liberties Board of trustees. Place Fall will junior on indefinite leave that action followed Falwell's posting a photo of himself aboard a yacht with his arm draped over an assistant to his wife both of them with pants open. He said the photo was a joke and removed it and later admitted it was a bad. Idea to post the pitcher in the first place Falwell junior was also given to aggressive comments on social media. Once calling university students parented dummy criticizing pastor by name and making a crude reference to male anatomy following the terrorist attack. In San Bernardino California in Twenty fifteen falwell junior spoke to liberty students at a convocation and made a joke about the concealed weapon. He was carrying illegal to pull it out I. Always thought if more more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they before. Now, world quoted a former Liberty University English professor who said a Falwell Juniors departure and I'll quote the words. It's a great relief that liberty no longer has a leader who clearly no longer wants to be in that position his behavior for a long time has not been that of a spiritual leader. John Stonestreet is here. He's president of the Colson Center for Christian worldview John Welcome and good morning good morning. John listened to this reaction Falwell junior gave he'd said this in numerous interviews with several media outlets but also in this phone interview with National Public Radio Sarah McCamman I will step aside and the quote I've been thinking about all night. Martin Luther King in your free at last free at last. Thank God Almighty I'm free at last. And so. That's the way appeal. Get it that he's very stressed out, but it does kind of fit with the statement that Myrna just read basically suggesting that. He didn't really want this job. What do you make of all this? Well I mean it's been a big story all week and there's a whole lot of words that have been said about it from all sides. So I just kind of been disillusioned by kind of using this story to kind of celebrate the unrighteousness and that's really what this whole thing has done. and at the same time Is a big place it's got along history This is one of those things that affects a an awful lot of lives. You have a bunch of Grads, thousands, tens of thousands of graduates, and you know, what will this mean in terms of the reputation of their degrees you've got an awful lot of evangelicals in an awful lot of people who are evangelicals who have certain political views and And those now are going to be mocked. I, guess the the ripple effect of this is way bigger than just the headlines in this sensationalism and and the stories, and so that's why to me. I've just found this whole thing very, very, very sad all week and a a real slap the face that our behavior matters are witness for Christ matters and that when sin comes into the open. You of see how many people that it actually affects and I. Want to delve into all the details. Let's just suffice it to say that Reuters broke the story they verified a facetime call audio recording text messages our reporter did reach him but when he did Falwell Junior said he couldn't talk but he was very talkative otherwise to the Wall Street Journal. He said he thought his leave of absence was driven by pressure from self righteous people. So you know you kind of get this picture of a a quiescent person who's obviously weary but you also see that Defiance and it was interesting as you go back over some of his history, you obviously see those provocative statements that just didn't befit a Christian university president but on more than one occasion, he made this point I'm not a spiritual leader. I'm not a minister I'm a real estate attorney, the faculty, the students, the campus pastor they're the ones keeping the school spiritually healthy and I realize this is a very sad personal story were Falwell Juniors concern, but it does John. I think provide a backdrop for. Talking about the proper role of the Christian leader. Well, this was a dramatic shift and we've seen Christian leadership even leadership in higher education take different models in work. Just fine. We've actually seen all of those categories of leadership fail. We've seen it in churches. We've seen decentralized leadership do well, and we've seen it also be a place of corruption and tells us a little bit about what we should remind ourselves about when it comes to human sin and the fall that the problem's not out there the. Problem. Is Not with that group of people or that particular creepy guy the problem is with all of us and because that's true. The Red flags that should send our spidey sense tingling and I don't mean when we're looking at other people I think there's been enough of that done in this situation I. Think when we look at ourselves is when we are unaccountable when our leadership when our power, when our influence is not checked by any systems by any other individuals by anyone that will listen to. You talked about this before nick over the last couple of weeks. But I guess for about three years now, I've been struck by how remarkably profound proverbs czar and not because there are some sort of esoteric hard to understand spiritualism but because. They're just kind of down to Earth obvious and I think one of those is You know one proverb says that. You know you are blessed. By the wounds of your friends and I think that our vision of leadership has to be shaped deeply by what we know to be true about the human condition and our need for other people who love US enough to call out our idiocy when it's appropriate without that I just I don't think that there's a model that works Those are basic ingredients that leadership can't survive without John I wonder what lessons do we draw from this? What about the role of board and structures of accountability? Seems like a good opportunity to reflect on this well, I think there's going to be a lot of introspection at this particular institution about the role of the board and the role of other leaders. In the accountability that they either did not provide or not allowed to provide and I don't know enough about the INS and outs I mean certainly there's plenty of headlines tell you plenty of things and I I'm just not sure. What the truth is I I know some of the names on that board and they're really good people I I know, for example, that between the administration and the everyday life on campus is a dramatic divide. I mean literally as geographic divide and there are wonderful wonderful men and women of God who are deciphering and carrying out that vision day in day out to make champions for Christ, and they've been working hard at it not. So I'm not sure the life on the ground is GonNa Change other than there's a whole lot of gossip for the kids to talk about. But boards have a role in whether we're talking about elder boards or Deacon Boards or boards of governance. They have a very important role and I think we are coming out of a generation where charismatic leadership was oftentimes given a pass on this or that or the other by boards that were kind of hand selected I just think that's a no no, I'm grateful I don't always feel it but I'm grateful that I don't have a yes man board I can tell you that I mean they keep me very much accountable and will happily disagree if the mission is compromised. And that's it level of accountability that everybody works for somebody and we're all accountable to the mission. John Stonestreet is president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, John? It's great to talk with you again have a good one. Thank you both. Today is Friday August twenty eighth. Thank you for turning to world radio to help start your day. Good Morning I'm Myrna Brown and I'm Nick Eicher will coming next on the world and everything in a new film adaptation of a classic Charles Dickens. Novel. Whether David Copperfield, turn out to be the hero of his new film. Or whether that station will be held by anybody else this review must show. And in truth while Dickens's tail is still up to entertaining crowds, his erstwhile orphan is more confectioner than hero here he stands mostly off to the side casting whimsical Victorian visions, but he seems a little disengaged from events himself. His full of more. One does. Wickedness. All the cities of the. Police. To go wherever we choose. Credits is. Impossible To Tyler's most unreasonable muffing in many ways director Armando IANUCCI, the personal history of David Copperfield bears a striking resemblance to the charming 2017. Dan, Stevens movie the man who invented Christmas. That too was a story about the creative writing process and it showed us how a Christmas Carol came to be assembled in Dickens's imagination based on in his youth. Something similar happens here. The differences Christmas Carol is only thirty one thousand words David Copperfield the novel. Yeah. Well it runs more than ten times that. So while the holiday classic is just the right length for reimagining while still having time to hit those high notes whittling Dickens's magnum opus down to a mere two hours in choosing a very thin slice out of very large pie. The Wedge IANUCCI serves up is the hardest and in some ways the least representative of the whole. Essentially recasts Copperfield as a farce. Full. Is. How old is she tell them J.. J.. Tell me please wrote to save you. Value Very. Very. Very. She's The complex though admittedly often ridiculous characters who populate David's life become nearly as fantastical as scrooges three ghosts. We have the wind some family by the see the Peggy's the artful debt dodger Mr Macabre play by Dr who is Peter Capacity. Donkey foiling aunt mistrial would wonderfully played here by Tilda Swinton and of course, her side kick the Kite Flying Mr Dick Hugh Laurie giving us a much warmer and fuzzier performance than he ever did as Dr House to like to meet you. used. Thank you. Just confirm something my head. Yes. My head is connected to my body. Yes. I can confirm without any doubt that it is. Good to. See My kite. Yes fees, IANUCCI draws them all as outlandishly as cartoons took become a proctor eager. SEATTLE. That celebrating. What is the proctor. Faintest idea. However, in the novel, the humor comes from wincing it relatable shortcomings as much as following parodies and pratfalls. Even today. I. Can hardly hand over my debit card at Nordstrom annual sale without ruefully reflecting on that sage wisdom Mr Macabre always fail to follow. Annual income twenty pounds annual expenditure, nineteen, nineteen, and six result happiness. Annual income. Twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six result misery. Well. The same goes for Mr Whitfield's alcoholism andoras immaturity in new plays them solely for laughs never for the tragedy we see in the source material. Wakefield. Very nice to see you you well. The too early Sherry. Yearn to see David come to his senses and finally recognized Agnes would be a wife worth more than rubies because we never fully appreciate what counterfeit glitter Dora offers. You was staring psyche. Is there something wrong with me? No. I apologize for my rudeness. He's apologizing gyp showy. Forgive him. He says we shall. Thank you. Think nothing of it. Speaks, very well is that she me? I like to pretend he speaks. Some people think to deal tick. The most redemptive arc of the novel, the fall and recovery of little emily is present in broad strokes but there simply isn't time to touch on the deep biblical themes Dickens included in the book themes that brought to mind Jose pursuing his wayward wife or the products father abandoning honor to run to his son. That story would have required an entire film to itself and I'll be honest. That's one I often longed to see. But. Still the upside to a lighter more candy colored Copperfield is it's short sweet, and PG enough to please all but the youngest ages. Even the villains or more amusing than threatening. Bend Wishaw Snivelling Ensemble Oso Unbel- urea heap remember him well. He has all the menace of Roald illustration through. Acquaintance Moscow. Thank you. What she sees. beep humility. And with that you Ri- heap rubbed himself out of the route. So. There's not much here that will cause nightmares. War sparked questions parents may not be ready to answer. While Dickens purists may wish there were a little more salt to balance out the sugar. This copperfield is still a treat. I'm Megan Basham. Today is Friday August twenty eighth good morning. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm nick and Myrna Brown next up your listener feedback. We'll start today with a quick correction on yesterday's program. We said Shreveport Louisiana was five hundred miles north of the coast where Hurricane Laura came ashore yesterday when it's actually just over two hundred miles aural equivalent of Hypol-. Well next, we'd like to say thank you to everyone who wrote to us about this week special report on the statistics related to Covid nineteen. We do appreciate all of your comments and some suggestions for future reports. Sarah Stewart wrote in from Alaska to tell us thank you and by the way she said it three times for emphasis. Thank you for your covering of stats. It was informative, calming, and just plain real. 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4.16.21 Culture Friday, The Greatest Average American, and Faithful
"The world and everything and is made possible by listeners like us. My name is noel glacier. I live in deer park washington. I am fourteen years old and listen to the world podcast with my family. I hope you enjoy today's program. Good morning for the first time in the history of the poll now in this country. Religious americans are minority ahead today on culture friday. We'll talk with trevon wax about that. Plus a new clean comedy special. We can all relate to that they take a shower with their mask on and they sleep with the mask on hamster and the hamster probably has a loan and myrna has a review of an album and book combo called faithful. It's friday april sixteenth. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm myrna brown. Nick eicher tam now for news. Here's kid covington secretary of state. Tony blinken made an unannounced visit to afghanistan on thursday doing his best to sell afghan leaders on president. Biden's plan to pull all american troops out of the country this summer. Even when our troops come home our partnership with afghanistan. we'll continue our security partnership will endure biden announced this week. That the twenty five hundred. Us soldiers remaining in the country would becoming home by the twentieth anniversary of the september eleventh attacks. Afghan president ashraf ghani told blinken quote. We respect the decision and are adjusting. Our priorities nato immediately followed biden's lead on wednesday saying it's roughly seven thousand non american forces in afghanistan would also be departing within the next few months secretary blinken explained on thursday. We never intended to have a permanent military presence here. The threat from al qaeda and afghanistan is significantly degraded. But critics say the ground gained against al-qaeda and other terror groups in afghanistan will quickly be lost as soon as us forces depart gop. senator marco rubio. I wish that the situation afghanistan were different right. I wish that there was an afghan government. That was strong and taliban that was headed towards defeat. that said. that's not the trends this has taken. The critics have cited as a cautionary tale. The american military draw down in iraq prior to the rise of isis. The united states is expelling ten russian diplomats while imposing sanctions on dozens of companies and people at a house intelligence committee hearing on thursday chairman. Adam schiff said moscow is guilty of many infractions. Election interference attempted murder deal. Legal invasion occupation of crimea reported bounties continuing cyber hacks that list is not exhaustive but the actions taken to respond and more importantly name and shame russia and those sanctioned. Those responsible is absolutely critical sanctions against six russian. Companies that support the country cyber-attacks represent the first measures against the kremlin for the hack commonly known as the solar winds breach. The us on thursday also explicitly linked to the hack to a russian intelligence agency called the vr. The us also announced sanctions on thirty two individuals and entities accused of trying to interfere in last year's presidential election a group of democratic lawmakers has launched a legislative to expand the supreme court massachusetts. Senator ed markey announced the effort alongside several other democrats in front of the high court on thursday. We are here today. Because the united states supreme court is broken. It is out of balance And it needs to be fixed. Joining congressman markey was house. Judiciary chairman jerrold nadler and judiciary members mondaire jones and hang johnson. The lawmakers argued that they're not trying to pack but rather unpacked. The court said it was republicans who packed the court. By denying president obama's pick merrick garland and holding the seat open for president trump to fill. They say to bring the court back into balance. President biden should be allowed to pick four new justice. The judiciary act of twenty twenty. One is just a two page bill. It would expand the court to thirteen seats but the republican ranking member on the judiciary committee. Jim jordan pushed back controls big media. They control big tech. They control big sports. They control hollywood. They control higher education. They control the congress. They control the white house and now because they don't have control of the supreme court they're gonna add four people to the court. They control everything. This is a radical takeover of our country. President biden recently announced a thirty six member commission that will examine the question of expanding the high court. The number of americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to the lowest level since the pandemic began worlds and joe. Hansen brown has more. The labor department reported five hundred. Seventy six thousand jobless claims last week. That was a twenty five percent drop from the week before. Is the latest sign that the economy is bouncing back in march employers added more than nine hundred thousand jobs the most since august that drop the unemployment rate to six percent less than half the pandemic pika fourteen point eight percent retail sales also jumped in march sales at stores car dealers restaurants and bars jumped by nearly ten percent. The biggest gain in nearly a year reporting for world anna hansen brown. The defense rested its case in minneapolis. Thursday at the trial of former police officer. Derek chauvin and the death of george floyd and arrested without putting chauvin on the stand before the jury was brought into the courtroom judge. Peter kay hill addressed chauvin directly. Is this your decision. Not to testify. It is your honor all right. Do you have any questions about your right to remain silent or to testify on your own behalf. Not at this time i don't. the prosecution. briefly recalled a lung and critical care expert. The counter the testimony of a defense witness and with that both sides finished presenting their cases. The judge then addressed the jury members of the jury. The evidence is not complete for this case Next up for you is to listen to closing arguments. And then retire for deliberations that will happen on monday meantime. Another former minnesota police officer made her first appearance in court. Kim potter is facing a second degree. Manslaughter charge in the death of a young black man. Fodder fatally shot twenty year old dante right during a traffic on sunday and suburban minneapolis. The incident has sparked days of unrest covington and straight ahead. America loses its religion plus a new musical project that reimagined familiar bible stories. This is the world and everything in it. it's not the way to do. It's friday april. Sixteen twenty twenty one. Glad to have you along four to david addition of the world and everything in good morning. I'm myrna brown. And i'm nick anchor will here is one of these slow motion trend stories. We've all seen it coming. We all expected it and yet when it arrives. We're still a little shocked and saddened in a way. It's the gallup houses of worship survey of the united states eighty years of surveys about the religious life of americans and the shocked nut shocked. Finding is that for the first time in the history of the survey religious americans are now in the minority american membership in a house of worship sits at forty seven percent which is to say that less than half of all americans said. They belong to a church synagogue or mosque. The survey released several weeks ago. But we have not reported here still again. It's been a long time coming but it's facts aren't going away anytime soon. Well it's culture. Friday and joining us now is trevon wax. He's general editor for the gospel project at lifeway christian resources. He's also a visiting professor at wheaton college. Trevon good morning good morning so we can slice and dice these data points any way you like trevon. There's a generational component. Two thirds of. Elderly americans belong to a church according to the survey but as you get younger down in the demographic the dropoffs become very noteworthy. A baby boomers down to fifty eight percent gen x. Fifty percent millennials and gen z thirty six percent There's also a decay of the culture component are elite institutions. Have been secularize him for a long time. And it just seems logical that this would be the result. But just because this news doesn't seem all that newsy doesn't mean it's not significant. Why does this story have your attention traveling. Well i think what initially struck me about. This survey was abd something. You might call it the snowball effect in that. If you look at the data it really is in the last twenty years that this decline has become much faster and more precipitous when it comes to who is identifying as a church member who says that they are a member of a of a mosque synagogue. Ori- or church and so for me all of the generational components were about what you'd expect. i mean we've we've seen a secular trend but i think the the quickness of the off in the last twenty years going from where we were twenty years ago to where we are now being a minority of american saying that they are a member of the religious organization. That in itself is a pretty stunning Collapse so to speak now. That doesn't mean that a lot of people are going to church May in fact church. Attendance is measured differently than church membership. But it certainly gives us a view that commitment to a religious organization commitment to religious institutions Commitment to a religious faith is on the wane rather quickly in our society. I wanted to ask you about the cova disruption trevon. I i look at economic numbers all the time. And and one thing we've seen is that the economic recovery was what they call a v shaped recovery. That is to say A violent plunged down the upper left of the dropping diagonally down than the bounceback. that's just as abrupt. Might we see something of the same thing with religious attendance. When let's say the mask mandates come to an end. Is that part of it at all. I don't think that that has much to do with gallup survey of religious membership because there are a lot of people that have not been attending church regularly in the last year. Who would still say that. They are a member of a congregation of some sort Gallup was was was looking at membership rates. Attendance rates like i said is a different survey. So of course. Attendance rates are going to be way way down this last year. Because of co ed and i think you're likely to see something of a v. Shape that once The mask mandates are over and once we are really on the other side of the pandemic. I do think that you'll see a recovery when it comes to church attendance But i do think a lot of congregations are going to feel unstable for a while so just because there might be a bounced back of church attendance that they will be going back to your church. I know of cases across the country pastors. I've spoken with who have lost members during this season. Not because People have drifted away from the faith entirely. But because they've they've you know they've visited other churches online and they didn't i guess they didn't feel super connected to the congregation that they'd been a part of and so they had been on. The periphery already and sort of migrated to another service. Where they like the worship better. They might like the sermon more. I think there's going to be a sense of destabilization in churches for the next year or so even if attendance does begin to creep back up. I wonder if there's a positive way to look at this. Trend may be in this sense. Couldn't it be said that in a hostile culture church membership has some cost attached to it not just benefits so naturally. It's a little weird. It's a little counter cultural even to go to church let alone believe what's taught there and maybe the health of a smaller church community is Is better more healthy. Let me quote the baylor historian. Thomas kid he writes at the gospel. Coalition quoting here if nominal utilitarian civil religious. Christianity is mostly. What's fading away with. Cratering of american church membership. Then i say good riddance. Do you say the same thing. Trevon so i. I appreciate thomas kid for a lot of things and there is a sense in which i know what he's saying and i agree with that in the sense of if we're talking about a nominal christianity that is devoid of the gospels power to change lives the because it's just sort of a ritualistic Cultural thing then yes we should want the true biblical gospel to to be blazing to To we we should want that kind of nominal cultural christianity that doesn't really have intrinsic power to to fall away so in that sense yes. I agree with what he's saying there with that sentiment. There is another side to that statement though and it's that The the plausibility structures of our society. Or what is it that there are enough people in society. Do a certain thing that makes it seem like a reasonable thing to do where a plausible way of life when those are affected b. y. When you see stats like this. Those plausibility structures are affected. So when you only have a minority. Now of americans who clay membership at a church. It doesn't mean necessarily that they're no longer spiritual in some sense or that they even No longer have religious practice of some sort but they have no institutional ties. What that does is it. Makes those who do have institutional ties feel much more out of the mainstream than they might have before. So what happens is culturally. There's a massive shift here where the challenge and the task becomes all the more difficult for christians who are seeking to fulfill the great commission You know make disciples baptize people. Teach them everything that jesus taught us to to do and and to belong to his family that belonging part where there is obligation when it comes to religion is something that seems more and more foreign to people when you see numbers like this so that is not a good thing. That is something that makes the christian task harder in our day rather than easier. And i think that that is is something that we have to reckon with even while we can appreciate the sentiment that yes. We want a true christianity blazing on fire for god christianity to be the norm rather than a shell of cultural christianity. That has often been the case with trevon. Nick mentioned earlier. The generational component. And i want to drill down just a bit more on that. The numbers show a significant decline in millennials and gen z. And let me review that real quick. Only thirty six percent belong to a church. That's a twenty. Plus percentage point drop from the baby boomers who traditionally have been more theologically orthodox so out of a desire to be relevant to these young people. Do you think pastors are feeling the pressure to create a reward. You know some type of reward system to pander to the younger generations. What do you think well. There's all sorts of cross pressures that are happening for for passengers in this cultural moment. And one of them certainly is generational. I don't. I hardly ever speak to a pastor when we talk about challenges facing the church that they don't bring up younger generations and how to engage them into involve them One of the challenges that you have with a lot of younger people and i think other surveys would bear this out. Is that a lot of younger. People simply don't have many affiliations or associations at all so it's not just that are not members of a church but they're really not. There's a lot of younger people that aren't members of anything. You see the decline of civic institutions. I mean it'd be hard you'd be hard pressed to find you know Rotary clubs and cohen. 'as and you know those kinds of civic organizations that are just teeming with young people the the idea of Obligation and reward in for many of these associations are i. It's just it's just much less for younger people What what we are finding in statistics and surveys from gallup from other organizations about churches that are effective in reaching and engaging young people what you find is they don't water down the biblical message. They take jesus's message seriously You find that. They are involving young people in leadership earlier rather than just sort of catering to young people they are are reaching out to young people to have them lead to To have them serve in the congregation so where they. It's clear that they own this that this is not just church for them but they are for the church as well And so the you know there's Keira powell's but growing young talks a lot about different aspects of churches that are are effective at reaching younger people and some of the the things that we are not what you'd think it's not the size of the church the the flashy worship service. necessarily it's all sorts of different things than you might expect are effective in engaging young people and keeping them involved in the church trevon wax. He is general editor for the gospel project at lifeway christian resources. He's also a visiting professor at wheaton college. Thanks great to be with you. Thank you both Additional support comes from wilberforce weekend. A world class event from the colson center. That explores your god. God-given calling and his restorative work in the world may twenty-first through twenty-third more at wilberforce. 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The snake comes packaged in lettuce from all oldie supermarket in sydney australia as it turns out this little babies long isn't cute at all. It is poisonous the refrigerator the refrigerated supermarket supply chain likely lulled the cold blooded juvenile into a stupor because he made a trip of more than five hundred miles from packing. Plant two point of purchase. Needless to say the customer got in touch with a snake expert to help out at home all the for its part is looking into the incident and i imagine that they are what the wildlife agencies reptile coordinator says here. I'm not sure makes things all that much better. It's the first snake. He says that he's ever had in sealed packed produce and then he adds we get frogs in them all the time we world and everything in it. Today is friday april sixteenth. Thank you for turning to world radio and not turning from world radio to help start your day. Good morning. i'm nick anchor and myrna. Are you all right after the baby. Schlage steps just just baby steps baby and myrna brown coming next on the world and everything in it. Something to make you laugh this weekend. Nick who couldn't use that. Well i could sure use it. You know if you've listened to this program for any length of time you have to know that. Megan basham has a special affection for clean comedians. Who compete in the mainstream arena. This week she recommends a brand new special. Buy one of her favorites and mind. This guy is great. The tennessee kid also known as nate bar. Gutsy singing get to run through the one of the most refreshing things about nate margulis brand of comedy is that he's not just family friendly. He also avoids taking aim at any tribe. His latest set. The greatest average american just debuted on netflix. And as you might expect. It's heavily focused on the pandemic and events twenty twenty. Let me tell you. Twenty twenty has been my favorite year. Ufo and no one cares. There's not a politicized joke in the bunch and that's on purpose in a recent interview. Bhargava told the daily beast. Politics is overwhelmed. Every facet of entertainment so i like being an outlet you can trust. You're not going to get lectured. And there certainly are. No lectures just laughs. When he talks about the various cove ed camps. You want to be in the middle. I think and i've got friends. I got friends that they take a shower with their mask on and they sleep with the mask on hamster and the hamster probably has tried david alone in the hamster and i also have friends that i don't think have even heard about covert. It looks like someone told him to try to go get it. That's how they're living and of course there are ways. The corona virus has changed our public. Behavior arkady one thing that's gone forever is coughing and public. That's that's That's a wrap you drink water wrong at a restaurant. Just go walk traffic. Most of us have seen movies and tv as a means of escape from the lockdown reality of the last year but bergonzi argument that leaning into our shared. Experience is cathartic we all tried to perform. Stand up over zoom but we have all experienced some form and video conference fail now that said some bits don't feel as sharp or developed as in his past specials but then like so many other entertainment professionals. Comedians haven't had the opportunity to hone new work in front of live audiences the way they usually do so a few of the scene. Show here but there are still plenty of laugh out loud moments particularly when he turns to the subjects of marriage and family at the end of the school day. Someone from the school called my cellphone. They have my wife cell phone. They have my cell phone. They called my cell phone and teach. She said hey. Do you know what bus number your daughter is supposed to be on. And i said. I'm her dad as like i was like this is how you thought you would get. This information was the call. The true to form dash now profanity sexual material. And the one joke that glancing gay marriage does so only to highlight. Innate gender differences in traditional marriage then quickly turns back to the ways. Men and women tend to fulfill separate roles. I would rather you ask a lady. That doesn't know her. I think she could get to the bottom of it. Quicker than i can go getter guard. I'll come get her. What's the name of the school. And i'll come get her. Don't think that avoiding racy or snarky jokes equals bland or corny far from it by god z just avoids falling back on the cheapest tricks. In the playbook confusing crudeness or derision with comedy. I hope the basham the only ones cracking up at the familiarity of a fight. He and his wife had about the meaning of the phrase. One fell swing go. One fell swoop means instead of possibly just being wrong she goes. I know it went bell. Swoop means i go. Yeah it doesn't sound like you do law right. We have the same last name. I can't have you out. There in one fell swoop conversation. What do you think you birds. One stone me. Let's just go through. I don't know any of these. We know the proverb about sharing a house with a contentious woman. Bar godsey illustrates the pitfalls of being a contentious scan laid there. I'm just thinking about it and you think about it a lot because you like because you learned longer. You're married sometimes. It's just let stuff go. You know who cares. And the next morning i get up and kinda still wanna talk about it. We didn't talk all night. You know so. I went into like look. I'm going to tell you. I mean it's just not what it means. You know that got gotta go and real good whether it's dealing with the stress of life under cove bid or marital strife. we laugh at what we recognize and that process of taking ourselves less seriously is what creates the best medicine or gotzis. New pandemic special is just what the doctor ordered. I'm megan basham taken a chain issues. Today is friday april sixteenth. Good morning this is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio this morning. We are keeping the faith with six time grammy award winner. Amy grant and singer songwriter. Ellie holcomb they did. Is it often and were honest. It's downright rare that a christian book album and live stream of it is ever promoted on prime time secular media then too. It's not every day. A group of award winning christian artists and bestselling authors gather to collaborate and create in an old converted. Church turned studio outside of nashville tennessee. That's exactly what twenty-seven artistic heavy hitters did during the winter of two thousand nineteen just a few months before the pandemic but there was another group of women represented during those long weekends and their stories are the inspiration behind the faithful project. A book album in livestream event inspired by the women of the bible. We'll tell it like it is. I was hanging by a thread pushed out to the fire. This edge was and proud of that song. God above god below ray heads lullaby features singer songwriter. Sandra mccracken like a snug glove soft simple chords and strong harmonic. Chorus are a perfect fit. For the books i chapter written by author amanda bible williams williams tells the story of rahab the canaanite woman who risked her life to save the spies he forever labeled a prostitute. Williams writes rahab. Story is about a different kind of profession not her line of work but her profession of faith minds feed like other projects before it faithful includes the often told stories of familiar women in the bible including ruth esther and mary magdalene but to its credit. The faithful project also tells the story of a lesser known. Woman in the bible jehovah found. In second kings jehovah risked her life to save the life of her one year old nephew. One of israel's future kings in her essay writer kelly him makes a compelling correlation between this ancient woman who poured herself out daily for the life of her nephew to the high call him. We have today as wives and mothers that thumping chorus from songwriter. Ginny owens underscores the significance of jehovah's story because of jehovah's hidden sacrifice peace was restored to an entire nation. There are twelve songs on the faith will go and speak album and eleven chapters in the corresponding faithful book. Now it's worth noting. A few of the essays are noticeably stronger than the songs. They're connected to for instance. It's hard to compete with the witty lisa harper who writes i aspire to be like ruth and esther but sarah not so much the idea of buying pampers and depends at the same time. Just is an appealing. The faithful project is also realistic in its reflection of. Life's bright and dark moments in chapter. Eleven ginny owens writes about hannah and her. Years of baroness owens who is visually impaired. Also reveals the rejection humiliation and isolation she felt from her cited classmates ruth simon's writes about lia and the spurning she felt from jacob simon's an asian american also recalls growing up as an immigrant and being riddled with rejection for her almond shaped eyes. The foreign words she spoke and the fried rice they ate but the two authors. Don't leave us with just sad stories about being dismissed and misunderstood because at some point in our lives. We've all spent time in that space. As co writer of the praise anthem. I will bring praise. Simon's reminds us got sometimes chooses to write his redemption story through the most unlikely women and through circumstances that don't always make sense our response. Pray well it takes a team to put this program together and ensure that it is faithfully delivered to you each morning and thanks are in order to our excellent team. Meghan basham anna hanson brown. Kent covington katie. Gawltney kim henderson o'neill's ao. He kerry bonnie pritchett mary reicher. Jenny lynch myth sarraj weinsberg julie. Spencer cal thomas. Steve west whitney williams and emily with johnny franklin and carl. Pets are audio engineers. Lee jones is managing editor. Paul butler is executive producer and marginal laskey is editor in chief. And thanks to you because of your support. You're helping make it possible to bring christian journalism to the marketplace of ideas. The says love of the lord never ceases his mercies. Never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness. Have a wonderful weekend of worship with your brothers and sisters.
12.4.20 Culture Friday, The Queens Gambit, and Ask the Editor
"Good morning i'm stephanie. Deep from orange. California i recently awoke from my turkey coma in time to change the calendar where i was reminded that its world december giving drive so i beat the christmas rush and got my donation in before all their servers crashed because this is going to be their best year ever. You can join the fun by going to w. n. g. dot org slash donate and support journalism with a biblical worldview and help redeem the disaster. That has been one thousand twenty in the meantime. I hope you enjoy today's program much. That's just the kickoff. We need well good morning today. On culture friday we'll talk about securities regulators and transgender activism. And you know what on culture friday we will bring those two ideas together also today ask the editor plus meghan. Basham has a review of the netflix series. The queen's gambit strong person is the person who was scared to be all well to you need to figure out how to take care of yourself and the music of advent a it's friday december fourth. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm mary rancor nick. Eicher good morning time now for the news. Here's kent covington. California governor gavin newsom said thursday. That tougher lockdowns are on the way. He said he'll likely have to order. Most businesses in the state to close or limit capacity hospitalizations are now at record highs. Both in california and wide and the democratic governor told reporters regions where the icu capacities falling below fifteen percent. We are now mandating that we are implementing a stay at home order for three weeks. He said without serious action hospitalizations could double or even triple just one calendar month is announcement comes as covid. Nineteen deaths set a new single day record in the united states or three thousand people died of the disease on wednesday. The number of americans filing jobless claims remains chronically high but new applications fell last week to seven hundred and twelve thousand. That's down about ten percent from the week before analysts say many employers are hiring seasonal workers for the holidays and that could explain the drop in new claims the total number of people continuing to receive traditional state unemployment benefits also dropped from six point one million to five point five million meantime on capitol hill. Lawmakers say they're feeling more optimistic about passing. a relief. package unveiled earlier this week new york. Gop congressman tom. Reed is co chair of the house problem solvers caucus. I want to thank each. And every one of these members that came together and we were able to support this package because of the work and the trusting relationship that this group has formed over the last year's the nine hundred billion dollar measure is now in the draft process it would focus on delivering state and local aid unemployment help and small business loans. The proposal is more than a trillion dollars. Shy of heroes. Act that house. Democrats passed earlier this year but would spend four hundred billion dollars more than the latest senate republican bill. President trump told reporters thursday. He's all for it. I wanted to happen. And i believe that They're getting very close to support. It will house speaker nancy. Pelosi and senate majority leader mitch. Mcconnell spoke on the phone thursday. it's unclear if either would support the bill as it currently stands but both leaders struck an optimistic tone and signaled a willingness to compromise tech giant. Ibm says cyber hackers trying to steal information about plan to distribute corona virus. Vaccines world's anna. Joe hansen brown reports. Ibm security agents recently uncovered the cyber espionage scheme which used phishing emails to try and break into systems in several countries. The hackers were trying to swipe vital information on the world health organization's plans for distributing vaccines in developing countries. Researchers aren't sure who was behind the campaign or if it was successful but they say the campaign bore quote the potential hallmarks of nation. state tradecraft. The hackers were sophisticated and careful efforts to cover their tracks. Ibm security officer nick. Rosman said whoever's behind the operation could be trying to learn about the distribution process in order to copy it or they might want to undermine a vaccines legitimacy or even launch disruptive or destructive attack reporting for world. I'm ana johannesen brown wisconsin. Supreme court says it will not hear a trump campaign lawsuit right now. The campaign wanted the swing states high court to disqualify more than two hundred thousand ballots mostly democratic counties alleging irregularities and a split decision thursday the court said the case must i wind its way through lower courts that ruling came one day after president trump made his case to the american people in a video address again claimed the democrats rigged the election. They use the pandemic as an excuse to mail out. Tens of millions of ballots which led to a big part of the fraud. But republican senate judiciary chairman lindsey. Graham said it's time for trump's legal team to prove its case you're making all these claims you gotta prove it doing a video is not proof and vada court heard arguments thursday and a trump lawsuit there one day earlier in arizona republican governor. Doug ducey certified president-elect biden's win in his state i'm covington and straight ahead virtue signaling on wall street lost marvin olesky on cultural marxism. This is the world and everything in it. It's friday december. Four th twenty twenty glad to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it. Good morning. i'm mary record will. It's no secret that big tech as an outsized influence over our lives and now the second biggest stock exchange the nasdaq takes that influence to a whole new level. Nasdaq is an electronic stock exchange a marketplace for buying and selling corporate equity and it caters to high tech stocks while the nasdaq is now trading in identity politics this week. It sought permission from the government regulator the securities and exchange commission to place a new restriction on public companies. That trade on the nasdaq. Here's nasdaq ceo. Adena friedman on cnbc. We establish standards that we are asking companies to meet Which is to have at least one woman at least one person of either an underrepresented minority or lgbtq on their board now. What she's saying is that nasdaq listed. Companies must have diverse corporate boards or else explain why can't comply at risk of being kicked out of the market is all in the definitions as she explains nasdaq's proposal is at least one woman director and one director from an underrepresented minority group or lgbtq now. Interestingly nasdaq now has about three thousand companies listed and something like seventy five percent of them today are not in compliance or maybe. They're not knowingly in compliance. Maybe a company has a board member who's Will not open about that. Most of the bigger companies are compliant. It's the smaller ones that aren't in particularly four and one's chinese companies. For example. The wall street journal editorialized quote like much of corporate america. Today the nasdaq is virtue. Signaling at the expense of someone else imposing its own identity politics on companies metals in corporate management and will harm economic growth and job creation. A free society looks at the skill and talent of individuals. Not their physical. Appearances will joining us now to talk about this. Is john. stonestreet the president of the colson center and host of the break point. Podcast john. good morning. Good morning well. I'm a proponent of free market economics of course and the free market provides more opportunity than any government ever will. But i really want to home in on the lgbtq part of this question. John it's especially interesting to me that the sec has to approve this rule. If you know anything about public company financial disclosure requirements the compliance regime is enormously stringent. Have to be true. They have to be thorough. They have to be accurate yet. Just thinking here about pudding. Let's see the actress ellen page in a corporate board seat now elliott page as she came out as a transgender male. This week really strikes me kind of As ironic that you have fixed standards about financial disclosure but self identification trump's fixed standards of biology. Well here's a question. What if you had ellen page on your board two weeks ago and she re identifies herself as a man as elliot pages. She is now. Are you now out of compliance. If you don't have a woman on your board well that's a. That's a good question. I it kind of gets to the heart of. I think the point that you're making which is that. When it comes to economic realities you are dealing in reality is. You're dealing with observables. You're dealing with measurable with testicles things that repeatable. This is the way that the science is whether we're talking about the economic sciences things upon which things in real life are based right in other words. It you have to have a certain level of society built on realities to even have conversations like this in which denials of reality are even possible and then you bring up like a very real question which is if part of this compliance means. You have to have at least one woman. What if you have a woman now. That reclassifies herself as a man as allen page. Did this week. Then are you now out of compliance and what this should do for us is make a step back and go wait a minute. We are having this conversation at all which means it's a something that doesn't make any sense. We often made this joke. You know working with college students. As i did for years and high school students is that you know you can only be a post modernist questioning the existence of whether something is true in that corresponds to reality or whether it just is something that is a result of your own kind of opinion or imposition of your own will on the world. You can only have that conversation in english class. you can't have that conversation and engineering right Because you can't build bridges based on the fact that two plus two equals four is really an example of cultural bias to actually equals ford in real life. And so that's what's happening. Here is the mixing of categories like male and female which are kinda built into reality itself in one could actually see the point of saying you know look we. We wanna have a female voice in the leadership of our organization But then turn around to equate that with something that is as pliable and maneuverable as gender identity which is not the same thing is biological sexual realities. You just have to reach a particular point of decadence and comfort in society to even have that conversation and then the the the inconsistency on its face should make us rethink the whole thing. Which on there was a smart business reporter at fox business Who had a question for nasdaq and wasn't able to get an answer as it relates to chinese listed companies will it force these companies to select as board members Let's say people from persecuted minorities on the mainland No answer to the question interesting. Well you know it's interesting to think of most of the companies that are out of compliance or international companies and many of them. You know in the nasdaq. Obviously coming from. China is going to be the place where corporate america stands up to china because we certainly have on any other issue right. I mean we have completely bowed down whether we're talking about disney's film distribution or the nba's inability to compromise the amount of money that they can potentially make and have already made an in china. There's no other issue upon which we have stood up to china at all right now because of the financial realities Is this going to be the one this one right here. This has got to be where we take our brave courageous fan. No i can't imagine that suddenly we're going to develop courage when it comes to china and money on this issue. I wanna ask you briefly. John about another topic of interest to me as a court watcher This week a prominent appellate lawyer wrote a piece for scotus. Blog tom goldstein. He called out liberals for attacking lawyers who represent clients. That liberals don't like it happened this week. An oral argument where a politically progressive lawyer argued in defensive companies that were alleged to have used child slavery. Although nobody said they actually new child slavery was going on. The legal question was really technical. But no matter. The liberals went after this This progressive lawyer for advocating for his client This this was a guy who pleased liberals when he went after the trump administration every which way after explaining how our justice system works. The client should have the best advocacy. This is the line. That caught my attention and goldstein. Wrote this seems like an example of the political left eating. Its own john. I have old fashioned words for this kind of thing mean an ignorant hausch christians counter mean ignorant in this culture. Well i mean the good news is we have truth and love and that that of course is sounds like a cliche or tried or something like that. But you know i keep coming back to how revolutionary kind of biblical truth are in this cultural moment like for example So much of what you read in proverbs is one of the reasons i find proverbs. So compelling as wisdom literature of all the religions because most wisdom literature especially out of the eastern religions. Is this esoteric nonsense. That you can't make any sense out of you know it's this stuff. That sounds too smart by half the proverbs is like. Hey don't talk loudly early in the morning bad idea. So there is such a baseline of a common sense wisdom To proverbs and in a cultural moment like ours it can sound just absolutely revolutionary. Like a soft answer turns away wrath for example. So our our best option. I think at this point is to retreat back into being confident in truth and being confident in the truth that every person is made in the image and likeness of god and we can treat them that way and so we can be absolutely ruthless with ideas and gentle and kind with people. That is something that we can do. Not something we're good at. It's not something that's easy. It's much easier to measure temperature gauge with the heat. That's coming at us and our commitment as some would say to light instead of heat is the thing that should set christians apart. John stonestreet is president of the colson center and host of the break point. Podcast thank you john. Thanks so much. Additional support comes from christian book dot com christian books bibles music toys and gifts. At christian book dot com from samaritan ministries. Healthcare sharing is affordable. And you can join today. More at samaritan ministries dot org slash world and from world helps christmas giving catalog. Everydollar multiplies thirty three times to ship. Emergency aid to people struggling to survive the pandemic world. Help dot net slash podcast. Well construction crews restoring the historic roslyn grist mill on long island. New york found something buried in a concrete floor. It was a time capsule from a century ago. Inside a building built three centuries ago a spokesman for the roslyn landmark society revealed. What was inside howard. Crop lek speaking with. Cbs rediscovered messages in a bottle. And we've taken out the messages and they're actually readable. The first letter explained workers were rebuilding the structure for the grandson of poet. William cullen bryant in the second letter. The italian builder of the grist mill building made a simple request in his native language. I am romolo cafarelli. I worked on the gristmill. Please remember we are we. Are that letter. Made it into the hands of caporale granddaughter. The time capsule if old milk bottles also had inside four rare coins. The roslyn landmark society is thinking about burying its own time capsule before completing the restoration. It's the world and everything Today is friday december fourth. You're listening to world radio. We're so glad you are good morning. I'm necker and i'm mary coming next on the world and everything in it. Megan basham reviews a new show so popular. It's been inspiring people to go out and spend hard earned dollars so they too could start saying checkmate even beyond the nineteen sixty sets and costumes. There's something old fashioned about netflix's massive new hit the queen's gambit a drama about an orphan girl competing in the man's world professional chess now from the synopsis in might be easy to dismiss it as yet another modern morality play about patriarchal oppression but if that had been the case the series probably would have remained one of those critical darlings mass audiences largely ignore. It certainly wouldn't have become popular enough to send sales of chessboards and books skyrocketing. Now what would do that is surprisingly warm. And riveting tale of overcoming hardship and finding community in unexpected places namely from the men. Many other stories would have turned into villains attorney for the summer. Maybe maybe what would you like some training. I know i know you're better than may have play the soviets. You need help. When she first arrives the methuen school for girls. Nine year old beth harmon has been let down by every woman in her life i. Her mother abandons her through suicide then her headmistress manages her behavior by feeding her daily doses of tranquilizers the only person to take real notice ever. is the school janitor. A chess enthusiast should be in chapel but site game called upstairs the others. I don't wanna be with the others. I wanna know what that you're playing is called josh. Will you teach me. I don't play strangers. Mr scheiber fosters growing intellectual prowess teaching her a few lessons about graciousness. Along the way. You resign no yes. New have resigned the game. He didn't tell me the rules. It's another real sportsmanship. But china is hardly the only man beth comes to rely on her male competitors may dismiss her in the beginning simply because they've never played a girl before but none tried to shut her out eventually. They set aside their own interests to support hers. Hello if he goes with the night with the king rook palm any because the bishop to the same thing but opened up your queen file. How do you know times seven. Am here but working on it for three hours. We hi beth. Really nice to hear your voice. It's the queen's gambit offers a rocky style tale of achieving success in america crecy despite early disadvantages though. She begins life profoundly underprivileged the greatest obstacle. Beth faces is her own. self sabotage fostered through drinking and drug abuse. That may have grown out of the harmful place in pattern. She was born into but eventually she has to take responsibility for her choices. If that is she wants a future filled with something beyond bitterness and envy. You need help. What kind of help with that help with my chest because we tried that showed i'm talking about. What are we talking about my dad drink. But if the series doesn't offer you go girl feminist triumphalism or grievance neither does place too much power and individual bootstraps again and again the men. In beth's life come to her rescue unraveling toxic lessons. Her mother taught her strongest person. Is the person who was scared to be alone. Other people he got worry about. Someday you're going to be all alone to you. Need to figure out. Take care of yourself without their support. She could never pull herself up to compete on the world stage in moscow. The closing image of the series to perfect spoil here illustrates how much gain when we refuse to sort ourselves into superficial categories based on gender identity. Which is not to say. The show is perfect character. Swear profusely and the last couple of episodes take unnecessary swipes at international christian organizations. Beth also engages in several emotionless sexual encounters including one scene hints with another woman. Now there's no nudity. All but one are implied not shown and that one is noteworthy for how degrading and unfulfilling. It is and once. Beth stops the drugs and alcohol. She also stopped sleeping around illustrating the truthfulness of occasions. Five eighteen do not get drunk on wine. Which leads to debauchery in the end. The show is at least honest enough to show that schorr sin is fun and can even seem to give you an edge for a while but ultimately it takes much more than it offers so if conscience allows you to tolerate these elements. The queen's gambit is the rare show that is as smart as advertised and even more engaging. I'm megan basham and one more thought. Before i go in our several years of these giving drives never actually fallen to me to get to throw out the first pitch as it were so fair warning. I throw like a girl. Though in my fantasies that means a female softball pitcher who zips one seventy miles per hour right across the plate by which i mean. I i like to be direct. So here goes. I've been writing for world for more than a decade now. Nick nick asked me when the world and everything in it was still just a weekly program to start reviewing on air. And i have to say i have loved every minute of it. It's been my honor to get to be a part of it. From reviewing hosting to commentary. I am all about this team. I want you to know this year. The basham family has actually gone all in. It is a family enterprise now. I'm so proud of my husband. Brian big bash joining the team to pioneer a new outreach young people to bring biblical understanding to the news of the day with world. Watch if you haven't seen it you should check it out and it was your support that helped make a major undertaking like that possible and it is going. Well all thanks to you but you know all the work we do here that we do every single day it takes resources and we do need your support. So would you renew your support this month. I said i am durex. How about renewing your support today. This world's december giving drive. So would you take a moment and visit w. n. g. dot org slash donate and make a gift to help us. Keep the work going strong. I'm megan basham. And i'm grateful for anything you can do to support sound. Journalism rounded in god's word w. n. g. dot org slash donate thanks so much Today is friday december fourth. Good morning this is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm mary record nick eicher. It's time now for ask. The editor here is world s chief. Marvin alaska a reader in pennsylvania. Asked this question. Dr or laskey you mentioned in your earlier years that you believed in communism but god helped you to see the truth just recently. I heard the expression cultural marxism. Could you explain what that means. Sure your question takes me back. Fifty years to the most crowded guest lecturer. I ever attended at yale. University students filled every seat in an auditorium. They sat on the stairs. We stood at the back to here. Visiting seventy one year old philosopher with a german accent. Herbert mukunda why because we young revolutionaries face the problem the proletariate the poor workers who should most want to revolt did not instead. They found us revolting. Why dr makusa. Why tell us what we must do to be saved. Mccutcheon said advertisers and churches work together to give workers quote false consciousness. Yes madison avenue. Mix workers think consumer goods will give them happiness but even worse is the way churches promote monogamy and the patriarchal family. If young people throw off repression and have more sex not a tough sell. In nineteen seventy. The revolution will come marquesses disciple set in that great day to come. Men will no longer be burdened by the need to work hard to support their families because women will no longer depend on them. Children can be aborted students instead of trying to please. Professors will be free to do as they wish no class today new ruling class tomorrow nine thousand nine hundred seventy was not only the peak of mark who's popularity but also the year in which you're lama firestone advanced cultural marxism in her book titled the dialectic of sex. She called for quote. Not just the elimination of male privilege but off the sex distinction itself. She said i'll quote again on obstructed penn sexuality will replace heterosexuality artificial reproduction. Children would be born to both sexes. Equally or independently of either marquette and firestone prophesied a brave new world in her words. The division of labor ended by the elimination of labor altogether through cybernetics tyranny of the biological family broken mark. Who's a new. Many americans would oppose this. So the revolution to succeed would require. Undemocratic means no tolerance for those who discriminate on religious grounds or oppose government control of social benefits education and medical care. Markouzi received a standing ovation. I was one of the students applauding. Until god changed several years later for which i remain very thankful but cultural marxism his hot among those unchanged. Amarna laskey this weekend. Christians observed the second sunday of advent. Once again we'll close today's program with a few different takes on a him of reflection. That's almost as old as the church. World correspondent bonnie. Pritchett is our guide an ancient latin poem dating back to the fifth or sixth century calls all children of the day to listen like this sunday's election airy readings the him hark a thrilling voices sounding declares christ is near and urges the listener to prepare for his arrival in this twenty twelve recording that chester cathedral choir sings herald. Voices calling there are many english variations of the text most her translated from a sixteen thirty two latin version john dryden is credited with the first english translation published in seventeen o six after his death but the most popular version of the text and melody is from the mid nineteenth century englishman edward cavoye translation alternately called hark the herald voices calling or hark a thrilling voices sounding was put to music in eighteen fifty by fellow englishman william henry monk covenant presbyterian church chicago included this arrangement by paul vanderbilt and jason read in his twenty eleven advent album proclaimed the bridegroom near old young christ and son onslaught shines audie and i say chapter forty. The prophet tells a voice crying out to prepare the way of the lord. The first eight verses of mark's gospel tell the reader prophecy was fulfilled in john the baptist who preached one who come one mightier than him and in second peter chapter three. The apostle declares christ will return guild of church worship leaders calling themselves folk him no used caz walls translation on their twenty eight team. Project called incarnation songs. The recording includes more modern version of hark a thrilling voices sounding stewart. Venter's tim briggs compose an additional course. That reminds the listener of the promises fulfilled. Long ago and hope promises yet to come out we will reporting for world. I'm bonnie pritchard. Kouri my Spezia only you're enjoying bonnie's advance elections good news for you. We've created a spotify playlist this year. So you can find the music for your own enjoyment. We have included the link to that in today's transcript at world and everything dot org. Well it takes a real team to put this program together each morning and we are thankful for the team. We have megan basham. Anna johannesen brown myrna brown janey. Be cheney can't covington kristen flavin katie golden kim henderson lee jones own ezio he kerry bonnie prison cherish weinsberg cal thomas. Emily whitten and kyle's simic night owls johnny franklin curl or the audio engineers who stay up late to get the program to you early. Paul butler is executive producer and marvin laskey is editor in chief. Of course none of this happens without you. We thank you for coming alongside this team to bring biblically objective journalism to the marketplace of ideas. I hope you have a restful weekend in worship with your brothers and sisters in christ.
The Academy Awards and the Lost Art of Storytelling
"I'm Shane Morris. Thanks for listening to the breakpoint podcast ideology, trumped art in Hollywood, where has all the good storytelling gone, and what can young Christian filmmakers due to develop their craft. These are the questions Warren Cole Smith and world magazine. Film critic Megan Basham wrestle with as they discussed the film's actors and directors nominated for this year's Academy Awards Meghan will also give us her predictions in. What was truly a less than stellar year at the movies? Here are Warren Cole Smith and Megan Basham. Megan Basham, welcome to the program. And you know, I've been excited for a couple of weeks about having you on the breakpoint podcast just to talk about the ostrich which are coming up this Sunday night. You know, we often the Colson center say politics is downstream from culture. I was talking to I had dinner interestingly last night with Makoto Fujimoro who has written a book called culture care, and one of the things that he said over dinner, and he has made that point in his book is that sometimes the reason we have culture wars is because we don't pay attention to culture care and movies are great culture shaping experience this day and age, aren't they certainly certainly our most popular art medium. Well, that's right. Billions and billions of dollars every year changes hands on tickets, and a lot of the stories that we see in movies are stories that become part of the popular imagination become part of the conversations that take. In the public square. So that's why I get as I said again, I'm really excited to have you on the program what I'd like to do Meghan. Just kind of go down the list of all the major categories. There are so many awards given out by the academy of Motion Picture Arts and sciences that we can't possibly do them. All. In fact, we're going to miss even some of the major wards, but let's start with a few maybe with a particular attention paid to any worldview aspects of that. But let's start with the actor in a lead role. We've got Willem Dafoe Rami Malik for bohemian rhapsody. Bradley Cooper stars born Christian bale for vice and Vigo Mortenson was in green book, any of those performances and or movie stick out to you. Well, yeah, you know, I would tell your listeners that if you saw Christian bale as Batman you probably don't need to see vice because he does exactly the same thing to play Dick Cheney. So if you liked that man, you know, what he does with Dick Cheney so you can skip that, and you should skip it for other reasons, it's a terrible movie. But you know, I was. Get a say kind of laughing that this is a rough year to tie, which we were doing this on some year where there was some better movies. You know, some I liked, but I didn't feel just overwhelmed with love for any particular major nominee this year. So that's been kind of tough. And as I particularly look at the actor in a leading role that stands out that I go. I liked Rami. Malik. I you know, I liked Vigo Mortenson performance. But I would have said, you know, in past years, they wouldn't have been actor in a lead role quality of all of the. Yeah. I mean, did you feel that way? Well, did you know in some with the exception of Rami Malik who of course, played Freddie, Mercury and bohemian rhapsody in some ways this category to me feels like they to use the great lawn from Casablanca, they rounded up the usual suspects. You know, Bradley Cooper, Christian bale be Morrison Willem Defoe. These are all guys that are, you know, let's say middle aged or beyond that have sort of. They've been inside Hollywood for the last ten fifteen twenty years. Right. And and I liked Romney Malik performance. But I actually think when I finally saw it it was, you know, well after the original hype of the movie coming out, and I read your piece, and I think that's what struck me is it could have been so much more complex. But it was a great performance, but it wasn't terribly complex because the script is terribly complex. And by the way, since you mentioned, it a forgive my shameless self promotion here, but I did right along piece on bohemian rhapsody and on Freddie Mercury. The bog repeat, Freddie. Mercury four world. It's on their website right now. So you can go to world MAG dot com and see that. And we'll also put a Lincoln the show notes as well. But since you mentioned vice of being such a terrible movie that your assessment, Meghan. I must push back on that a little bit seems to be at odds with the academy because not only did Christian bale. Get an anonymous for actor in a leading role. But Sam Rothwell got a supporting actor nod for vice Adam McKay got best screenplay for vice. And best director for vice. So somebody likes the movie, even if you don't is that because of the sort of anti conservative ideology of that movie. Yeah. That's the only sense. I can make of it. Because this is a ludicrous done. I mean, it is one step beyond SNL sketch. It's just so ridiculous. And even the supposed- mocking. It does if Cheney and it's not even funny like you, just I have friends who are very liberal that went that was a painful movie wasn't clever. The way thought it was it wasn't. It was just a screed and not a very funny one. So I honestly can only go they just wanted to reward the politics of that movie because I can't make any other sense of it. Yeah. Well, let's move on to the supporting actor role. Adam driver for a black klansman Szalai elite did I pronounce his name rider or close to right Allie? But mar Marschall leaf bring a Richard grant for can you ever? Forgive me. Sam Elliot stars born. And of course, the aforementioned Sam Rothwell for vice any surprises there. No, not really. And I like, Adam driver. I've liked him before. And I had some issues of black clansmen, but I liked him in that role. I liked Marschall Ali in green book. Sam elliot. I don't really understand that one. It's it's a very Sam Elliott Esq performance. And I love him. But it wasn't something that particularly deep in that performance. And Sam ado wonder if the Sam Elliot performance might have been an award for a body of work for a career of work because you know, he's now, I don't know probably seventy ish. And and as you say, it's kind of a Sam Elliott performance. But you know, he's done. He's done sort of yeoman's work for decades. And hasn't you know, maybe gotten the star treatment that he's deserved in the past. So maybe they did it for that. Yeah. I have to think that and I really like him. So, you know, it's not like it would hurt my feelings if he ended up there, but I I wouldn't say that it was. Was that this was his Ord worthy performance as far as Sam Rockwell? He's the best thing in vice even though again, he's only one step beyond will Ferrell in playing George W Bush, so well, I'm a big fan of Sam Rockwell, generally. But yeah, I agree with you about the movie vice is just I think it's gotten all the attention because of its politics and ideology and not for its artistic performance at all. Well, let's move onto a best actress because you know, that's another major category. Glenn Close for the wife. I'm gonna need your help. Probably with another name yell -letes operate GIO for Roma believe, that's correct it pretty close. Okay. Good lady Gaga for stars born Olivia Colman for the favourite and Melissa McCarthy for can you ever? Forgive me, going close is one of those act-. She's you know, kinda become an American icon. And so it's no surprise, you know, any role that she's in she's probably going to get nominated for. But I think there are a couple of. Sizes here. One would be Melissa McCarthy. At least to my way of thinking was a bit of a surprise and Roma y'all Lisa operatiothe in Roma was interesting in part because that's a movie that was on Netflix. It got released on Netflix. And it's kind of an example of how Netflix is shaping entertainment. He stays. Yeah. You know? And they had said that the past couple of years there's been a real resistance from the academy to recognize net flicks movies, and it appears that that between that and BUSTER Scruggs, that's breaking down this year. We're starting to see into be fair. There was so little this year worthy of rewarding that I think Roma probably really benefited from that. And you know, that's a funny movie because I enjoyed it. I thought you know, there's good coffee discussion there, but it was hardly to me a traditional best picture best. Actress, you know, major award winner like we would have seen him pastures. I enjoyed her performance. But it's a very quiet movie. There's not a lot of activity. There's not a lot of. Action. There's there's not even a whole lot of story. I mean, it's a very quiet still film. So there's not nearly as much for her to do as say a Libya Coleman who is chewing the scenery in the favorite in a movie. I didn't like, but I liked her performance best. So I'm kind of hoping it goes to Libya Coleman, very good. Well, supporting actress, and we'll make short work of this one Meghan Rachel vice of for the favorite marina day. Tavira also for Roma Amy Adams, another vice nomination. Emma, stone for the favorite in Regina king for Bill streak could talk again, I would just note that Fleiss getting another nomination and Roma. The Netflix movie another nomination. So again, it's just highlighting kind of what a weird year. It is. Yeah. And this is at least the one category where everybody seems to think this one sewn up this is Regina kings, and she will walk away with it. And I have to admit I have not seen this film yet. But my hearing from people I trust is that she will deserve to walk away with it. Right. I want to don't want to spend too much time on. This category Meghan adapted screenplay, but I accept to mention this that some of the movies that we've already mentioned are in this category of Bill street could talk stars born can you ever forgive me black klansman, but one movie that you just barely mentioned a few moments ago. But let us spend a few more minutes within that is the ballot of BUSTER Scruggs. You mentioned BUSTER trust just a minute ago. A cone brothers film, Joel Coenen Ethan Cohn, again, another movie that was out on Netflix. And it's a strange movie as well. It is not a continuous narrative. It is a collection of short films, which makes it unusual in that way as well. And I really enjoyed the ballot of BUSTER scraps. And to me, that's actually one of the it's an example of the positive development of net flicks. That as you have these extremely big budget. Studio pushes for it seems like all we get now are superhero movies superhero as a western superhero as romantic comedy. That you go. Thank goodness for net. Flicks. And other streaming platforms coming along to give us something creative in different and the ballot of BUSTER Scruggs is that and it's one of those that I go it will not be for everyone. But for me the moment, I heard the strains of cool water the old cowboy pallet I was in. And so I really enjoyed this movie. And it was something different. And I I was really grateful that Netflix was around to give us something like, well, I'll tell you that I didn't love it. But I found it sort of one of those movies at couldn't take my eyes off of as I said there were several I think think there were five shorts that made up the whole, and I found a couple of the shorts very compelling and very interesting. The thing that I like about the Cohn brothers is that they swing for the fences most of the time I mean, even on some of their lights stuff, you know, like, oh, Brother Where Art they? I mean, you know, they they're dealing with deep philosophical in in some cases, theological issues. They're not. Coming at it from a Christian, worldview perspective, of course. But they are coming at some of these questions from a very thoughtful perspective and asking serious questions in serious ways. And I like that about him. Well, and I kind of you know, in BUSTER Scruggs is sort of the dark humor that it has I sort of saw that in some of these little vignettes, you saw a story of an old prospector, and I won't give it away. But it made you think about what do we spend our lives chasing after and the futility the vanity vanities. I agree with you. Yeah. That was the one that actually sort of, you know, I think that was in my view, the strongest of the vignettes. And of course, Tom waits was the star of that one. And I'm kind of you know, anything Tom waits as going to be interesting to me. So yeah. So great. Well, let's move onto the best screenplay because again just real quickly going through the amount of McKay for vice Nick Villalonga and Brian curry and Peter Farrelly for green book that was interesting because. Fairly brothers are folks that are known for sort of bald comedies and green book was anything, but that Afonso coral for Roma which we've already talked about talked about. But the thing that was interesting to me about that was that he sort of got his start as a cinematographer and now he's moved over into the director's chair for several movies now and Deborah Davis in Tony McNamara for the favor, but the one that I want to talk about with you Meghan is first reformed Paul Schrader movie. This was I think the only nomination that a God, it might have gotten some minor nominations. But this was a a movie about a pastor having a crisis of faith. I'm wondering what you thought about it. Yes. Funny, because I go man that I had feelings like the kids say about this movie. I had a lot of feelings. And yeah, my intended to be opposite of a lot of my fellow Christian critics. I really didn't like it. I could see the artistry of it. I could see and to be fair. I actually thought that I'm shocked that Ethan Hawke didn't get a nomination. For best actress because may to me too fantastic performance. Like that actually was a best actor performance if ever there was one this year. I struggled a lot with the story mainly because where some people read an allegory about replacing religious faith with environmental extremism. I felt like Paul Schrader was being a little more straightforward about that. And I struggled with the character of the pastor who really didn't seem to have deep faith at all. Like, I read so many secular reviews were saying this is a man struggling with faith. And I didn't feel that he was as a believer. I went he doesn't go to the word. I don't see him in much prayer. He reads Christian mystics, but he doesn't go to the source, and there were little asides that he kind of dismissed something scriptural like say sexual ethics. He sort of made a little comment about well. I know that's not real sin about his affair. He had with a choir director. And so that sort of thing was really hard. For me to like the film because I went I don't see this. As a believer struggling with faith. I see this as someone who doesn't have faith. And so it's not surprisingly rocked by events. Well, I completely agree with you. And plus again, I don't want to give away the ending for those who haven't seen it. But I found the ending way over the top for my taste, and the other thing that was kind of strange to me about the movie to be honest, though, was just how poorly it did at the box office. I thought within hawk and with Paul Schrader, and with the the buzz that this movie God because you know, they were on everywhere from you know, from entertainment tonight to fresh air with Terry gross, the movie kind of tanked at the box office. What ask you that the really unpleasant movie to watch a top of everything else? Besides a great performance. I would almost rather go get a root canal than sit through that movie. A second time it's out here that painful and. Yeah. And it's not particularly engaging. And and even when it brings up to. There was a few themes in it that I did appreciate you know, when he challenged the mega church abundant life discusses whether that is entertainment or worship, I went. I could get behind a theme like that. It's just buried in so much to me like humanist nonsense. Well, I I completely agree with your assessment Meghan, especially that Eaton hall at didn't get a nomination, I would've I would've traded his posh raiders best screenplay nomination for a best actor nomination for Ethan Hawke any day of the week. You know, the best cinematographer is not a category that you know, really gets a ton of attention. Maybe the actors and the actresses and the directors that usually get a lot of attention. But I wanted to just briefly mention it this year are today with you Meghan because Caleb Denzel got a nomination Afonso Koran for Roma. We've already talked about him as the director of Roma. I mean, the cinematographers directors of Taga fy as they're sometimes called are are slowly becoming more and more important to movies to the point where we're now seeing folks like, for example, Alfonso Koran moving from behind the camera to the director's chair, and I'm wondering if this is a function. Of the role technology is playing in movies these days. Well, you know, it's funny when I saw that about Alfonso Koran. I almost wondered is it also a function of our storytelling is growing weaker in some senses in filmmaking that the image is becoming more important than the storytelling character development. Plotting all of those things that make up story because they're just not as strong as they have been in the past. But that said Roma is almost wholly visual movie. So that is very well deserved. And I think he'll win because that is where I really think he deserves to win because it's so arrestingly visual as a film that you it's beautiful to look at even though. It's very quiet. Well, let's move onto the sort of enclosing here. Meg into the two top categories. Best director and best picture. We've got Spike Lee for black klansman Adam McKay of the aforementioned vice Alfonso Koran, which we who we've already talked about Roma again a couple of. As I might need some help with Powell Powell cow sqi for Cold War and your goose Lanta most for the favorite that. I come anywhere in the ballpark of getting those names. Right. Megan. I think you got them both right. Excellent. Very good. So who do you like, and who do you think the academy will like, you know, it's so funny because I actually started looked at this list and went well, yeah, there's two that are competing for what do I hate more versus? What would I award more? I really disliked vice and I didn't like the favorite at all. It had a real it starts out with a really cheeky tone. And you think it's going somewhere. And then it just evolves into it goes nowhere. It's very historical. I don't want to give away a lot. But it turns into a lesbian love triangle with Queen Anne. And even that they don't it just drops off. It goes nowhere with it. So I thought it was week writing. Even though it starts out so much strong. So for me, I think on this list everyone. Alphonso Koran to walk away with it. I think he will. I will say about Spike Lee, I enjoyed black klansman. But what's funny to me is I get a lot of letters people who get upset with me for not liking Christian films. Sometimes and I feel like what I didn't like about black Klansmen was the same thing. I sometimes don't like about Christian films is that it was so over the top and making its point it just wanted to underline its evangelism in a way that racism is damaging our country that it's bad that racist people are bad at its quality. We don't want to develop in our nation. And that's all true. Just like I would say these Christian movies. Yes. That's all true. And yet you don't leave any complexity for character growth for there are moments in the movie where you go. I don't believe that. I don't believe it would happen like that. And then you look at look it up and go it didn't happen like that. And so that's the thing. I feel a lot in Christian films. And I think Spike Lee did the same thing. So this I hate to say this was really a year where I go. It was really. Just a process of elimination going which one did I at least feel okay about and that would be Roma. I was really bummed. I feel like this year. There was not a lot of great movies to choose from. Well, that may take us into the best picture category. They'll given what you said it is ironic that while we only have five best director nominations, we have eight best picture nominations, and that's impart because a couple of years ago, they changed the rules to allow as many best picture nominations as the kademi felt was deserving. Rather than limited to a finite number. There have been as many as ten as I recall in this category. In recent years only eight this year, and again, just to quickly recap them the favorite black klansman. Vice Black Panther bohemian rhapsody Roma Asaraha's born and green book, I'm guessing that based on what you said before in your process of elimination. You would put Roma as your top pick their Meghan. You know, I actually went because there's a couple in that category that weren't in the best director category. I would just go did I none of them. I would consider great film that will stay on the test of time. And I like to star is born. But you go man MRs are four three iteration of this movie. And it would be nice to see something new green book is a nice old fashioned movie. I think it made people feel good it tells engaging story it it's not the best movie I've ever seen. But it is a good old. It's a solid old fashioned movie and again going along with a review of bohemian rhapsody. I go it is not certainly the best. I section I've ever seen of a famous person and their career trajectory, but it's an engaging movie and the music is so great that you can't help you caught up in that. And the way the music is filmed is good. So I would probably go with one of those three as as my pick. It's hard to say which one because I didn't just love any of them. But Roma will probably win. Well, inclosing Meghan just real quickly. And we've already kind of talked around the edges of some of this. But a couple of key takeaways, especially from a Christian, worldview perspective number one. I'd sounds like that the art in this year's selections is lacking less than it has been in the past ideology and politics, in some cases, for example in by. So he Mian wraps the and others. The favorites seem to again ideology, Trump's artistry any other lessons that we can take away. Well, you know, I I would look at young Christian filmmakers and go. I just see such a huge hole in the market for serious thoughtful spiritually developed films that are well done. And and I always want to say to young would be Christian filmmakers, go out and learn your craft, you know, don't start go. Find me page and immediately run out and start filming spent some years in the trenches. Learn your craft, but I go there is clearly such a need for. Spiritually mature good storytelling? And we just don't see it. And and not and also from non-christians we need that. Clearly, but you go there's just a lot of people. I think who are so intent on sending a message that we're missing out on a lot of good storytelling these days. So that's probably my message as the old classic movie. Goes we've got the greatest story ever told. We just need to learn how to tell a better. It sounds lawn. Yes that well, Meghan Basham. A culture editor with world is always a pleasure to chat with you just on a personal level. But especially in your role is culture editor there into kind of get this update on what's going to happen at the Academy Awards this Sunday night. Thanks a bunch, and I'll be watching right alongside you take care Warren. Thanks for listening to the break point podcast. We hope you'll join us for this year's Wilberforce weekend may seventeenth through nineteenth outside Washington. DC the nation's premier Christian worldview conference come in here from Rick Warren, Johnstone street, Eric Metaxas. John. Lennox star. Parker and many more will also be presenting this year's William Wilberforce award for all you need to know. And to register come to Wilberforce weekend dot org. That's Wilberforce weekend dot org. Don't wait too long. Last year's event was a sell-out. Thanks again.
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"The world and everything in it is made possible by listeners. Like me hi. My name is sue alexander and i live in springfield illinois with my husband and my son i teach. Esl at the local community college. I hope you enjoyed today's program. Good morning. Us troops are leaving afghanistan and the taliban is still there. We'll talk about it. That's ahead on washington. Wednesday also world tour plus the value of job. Well done tabby. You're here is like everything in between and we've heard of creeping secularism these days it's leaping secularism worlds founder. Joe bells has some thoughts on that. It's tuesday april twenty first. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm mary reichardt. And i'm megan basham time now for the news with paul butler former minneapolis officer. Derek chauvin is now in a county jail cell awaiting sentencing. He faces up to seventy five years behind bars after a jury found him guilty on all charges tuesday afternoon. We the jury in the above entitled matter as to count one unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony. Find the defendant guilty. The jury made up of six white and six black or multiracial. People came back with its verdict. After about ten hours of deliberations over two days the jury also found chauvin guilty of third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. Judge peter kay show. Van will be sentenced in eight weeks. Floyd family members gathered at a minneapolis conference room could be heard sharing after the verdict and outside the courthouse demonstrators also celebrated after. The jury made its decision. President biden called the floyd family instead of himself and vice president khama harris. We're so relieved. Three other former police officers who were at the scene when derek chauvin pin disney george floyd's neck last may will stand trial in august they're charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. Regulators in the european union said tuesday. They've found a possible link between johnson and johnson's corona virus vaccine and extremely rare blood. Clots world data joe hansen brown reports. The european medicines agency has recommended adding a warning label to the vaccine but experts at the agency. Also reiterated that the vaccines benefits far outweigh the risks. It's blood clotting should be considered a very rare side effect of the vaccine. The m made its determination. After looking at a half dozen cases among some seven million americans who received. Jj shots johnson and johnson immediately announced it will revise its label as requested and resume vaccine shipments to europe in march eu regulators recommended adding similar warning label to astrazeneca's vaccine reporting for world. I'm ana johan's brown. The senate judiciary committee held a hearing tuesday on voting rights putting georgia's new election reform laws under the microscope former democratic gubernatorial candidate stacey. Abrams told lawmakers car in georgia were more likely than white voters to vote by mail for the first time and the last two election cycles she said george republicans knew that when they placed new rules on mail in voting abrahams complain that the laws shorten the window to request and return absentee ballot applications and add voter. Id requirements to mail in ballots. The state already requires voter. I d for in person voting under the new rules. Anyone returning ballot by mail. We'll have to provide their driver's license or state issued. Id number now voters who don't have an id. We'll have other options such as writing the last four digits of their social security number along with their data birth on the ballot. Republicans say they passed the new laws to address concerns about elections security but senate majority whip. Dick durbin leveled this charge on tuesday. These new pieces of legislation may not involve literacy literacy tests or counting the number jelly beans in a jar like the original jim crow. But make no mistake. They are a deliberate effort to suppress voters of color. Gop congressman burgess owens of utah who testified at the hearing fired back to racism is this is projection of democratic party. All my proud race is called the soft bigotry of low expectation and he rejected the comparison to jim. Crow is disgusting and offensive to compare the actual voter suppression and violence of that air that we grew up in with a state law that only ask the people show their id democrats during the hearing called for more federal oversight of state election loss and finally this morning lawmakers and connecticut state senate are set to consider a controversial bill that would end a longstanding religious exemption from vaccination requirements for kids in classrooms. Were also lead. Jones has that story. Many democrats in the state house said it's time to end the religious exemption house majority leader. Jason rojo's said the state has seen a steady rise in parents opting out of vaccine requirements on religious grounds. And he added quote. We do not know when community. Immunity might be compromised. Some connecticut republicans argued. The bill was an overreach stepping on the religious freedoms of thousands but the democratic controlled house passed the bill after sixteen hours of sometimes fiery debate that action came hours after an amendment passed that grandfathered in any students with an existing religious exemption democratic governor ned lamont has said will sign the legislation into law if it passes in the state senate reporting for world. I'm lee jones. And i'm paul butler straight ahead. What's next for afghanistan. Plus joel bells on a remarkable recognition. This is the world and everything and it's wednesday. The twenty first of april twenty twenty one glad to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it good morning. I'm megan basham and mary record. I up leaving afghanistan nearly twenty years ago roughly a month after the september eleventh attacks president george w bush addressed the nation from the white house on my orders. The united states military has begun strikes against al-qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the taliban regime in afghanistan. that was the opening salvo in afghanistan. Of what would become america's longest war in twenty eleven. Roughly a hundred thousand. Us servicemen and women were stationed there. That number is now down to about twenty five hundred. There is not a lot on which president biden and former president trump agree but on this they are of the same mind both believe it's time for american troops to get out of afghanistan. President trump had planned to bring all of them home by may first under a deal brokered with the taliban president biden is pushing that deadline back by several months but he insists he is committed to bringing every trip home before the twentieth anniversary of the nine eleven attacks but plenty of lawmakers on capitol hill and some top military. Commanders have disagreed with both presidents on the troop pullout here to explain what the withdrawal might mean. Both in the short and the long term is clifford may. He's president and founder of the foundation for defense of democracies clifford may spoke to worlds. Can't covington clifford. Thanks for joining us in. Let's start by setting the scene in afghanistan. obviously there's an ongoing power struggle between the afghan government and the taliban is civil war. The right term to describe what's happening there. Is that too strong. No it's there's no question there's a civil war it's a low intensity conflict. Although afghan forces are and have been taking casualties on a steady rate americans have not been. We haven't had an american casualty over year. Doesn't mean we couldn't have at another time but again the mission at one point there were well over a hundred thousand foreign troops american in a nato in afghanistan. but that's stopped about two thousand fourteen since then it's been an advise train and assist mission. That's what's going on now so there is a civil war there. We are supporting. The afghan government side against the taliban and al qaeda in that president biden has announced that he wants that end on september eleventh on that date. I think we can rest assured that the taliban and al qaeda will have to causes for celebration one. 'cause will be they will remember that. What what the outlet allocated did to us on nine eleven one though celebrate that but the also celebrate that over twenty years of fighting they have forced to us to retreat to withdraw to accept a seat in afghanistan so they can go on do what they would like to do. This will be a very important Is very important message to islamists and jihadists around the world. Not least to the jihadists nets how they think of themselves in iran who are now will know they have nothing to fear from president biden and they can get the deal they wanna get. I think we what we know from this. Is that our enemies around the world. We'll take a heart will understand what this means in terms of. Us resolve and our friends will also understand what this means and try to think about who they need to make the to cut deals with and how they may have to hedge their bets over the years to come now after all these years after nearly two decades in afghanistan. Why have we not been able to help usher in a stable afghan government. Look it's not an easy thing to do. We don't know a lot about how to do nation building The out the harder clue that. That's not the hardest question The harder question is why were we not able to defeat the ragtag band of taliban a couple of reasons for that General hr mcmaster national. Security adviser is not president trump which say that we haven't had a coherent military strategy. We've we instead of fighting a twenty year where we put a one year war twenty times President bush I don't think wrongly decided the taliban needed to be toppled after it hosted in assisted al qaeda but then he's attention was was elsewhere mostly in iraq. President obama said this was a just war in an important war but then he did. Strange things like said. Oh i'm going to have a surge that surge will end no matter what the conditions are in so many months so the taliban can okay. Well we just need to hunker down for a while. These guys were coming in. And then they're going. It's not really a problem for us. President trump kind of held fast but then he tried to develop a peace process with the taliban negotiating with the taliban. I don't think that worked out very well either. But it's but you know we need post action reviews to learn from our mistakes. I think we can have a decent reasonably decent government in kabul. But it's not gonna be switzerland or even costa rica now secretary of state's tony blinken in an interview earlier. This week said quoting here. If the taliban has any expectation of getting any international acceptance that of not being treated as a pariah it's going to have to respect the rights of women and girls. What do you make of that statement. And does that suggest that he believes that when the us military leaves that the taliban will be the dominant power there that statement strikes me as mind boggling and delusional if you understand who the taliban are you understand what they believe in what they represent the notion that they care about international approval. I mean i want you to try to imagine the senior management meeting of the taliban where they said guys. We gotta talk about this. Because i you know if we keep Throwing acid in the faces of little girls going to school if we make women of put them in the inch full veils. I think there's going to be a lot of infidels. Crusaders zionists heretics and apostates who disapprove of us. And gosh. i'd feel awful about that wouldn't you. I mean that's not going to happen in the hundred zero back. How at this point can we not understand who these people are. And the ideology the theology to which they subscribe i. I was so disappointed to see The secretary of state say that is just morally naive clifford as as we know both president trump and president biden have both planned to pull the troops out this year. How how much do we know about the pushback that both presidents got from the pentagon about that plan and what i think what most of the security cabinet in certain pentagon has said is. We shouldn't leave. Afghanistan completely we should have a residual force there. If we don't the jihadists will arise and resurrect again and we should have learned a lesson from two thousand and eleven. When president obama ignored the advice of his national security cabinet and withdrew every troop. We had in iraq. He was warned that if he did that. The jihadist would regroup into a new force. That happened worse than anyone expected. What we got was what's called the islamic state. One of the reasons that president by was advised to keep a residual force in afghanistan is to have a platform there for the indo pacific region where there are more than twenty. us designated terrorist groups. If you're not there it's very hard to maintain Surveillance to have intelligence on them and to hit them when necessary. Our intelligence assets needs the protection of the military. So those two things go hand in hand. There is a reason why we have even today amps in germany. We have troops in qatar in kuwait in bahrain japan. We have troops in south korea. They are there because being forward deployed they can gather intelligence can hit our enemies when necessary. They can deter enemies to the extent possible. Bring them all back to kansas And fort bragg in fort benning and you can't do any of that effectively will let me let me press you just a little bit and speak for the other side because there are obviously plenty of people in washington who do agree with the president's decision and they would say sure you you can give us some good reasons to stay there. There are good reasons to keep troops there. But we can't stay in afghanistan forever and the commander in chief has a responsibility to the troops to end this at some point and bring them home out of harm's way. What what do you say said that Don't forget what what happened. In iraq president obama had to send troops back in. We had to go back in because the islamic state was resurrected. We took more casualties. Rather than fewer we would have had fewer casualties had we left a residual force of elite troops in there too as a stabilizing force so for that reason alone the protection of of american troops. That's why we have our military planners saying it's best if we stay there get not unusual numbers but this is what our elite troops are trained to do. We need the intelligence. We need to be able to hit our enemies when they're planning if we find out through our intelligence that they're planning say another nine eleven attacks on kind get them they are rather than hope the fbi finds out about it when they're in the us and guests to arrest them and send them to one town of mohan put them on trial another ten or fifteen or twenty years This the war in afghanistan will not end because we leave it but our enemies will advance if we leave this front and leave the afghan forces to fight this without our assistance training and had an advice and part of what bothers is if we just bug out all the troops all the soldiers who have sacrificed for for that theatre. They will have done it for nothing. Didn't know purpose if we stay there and maintain and precede over time Then within the sacrifices will will be worth a lot more clifford may has been our guest. He is president of the foundation for defense of democracies clifford. Thanks so much thank you. Additional support comes from proceeds of the book. Faith to foster by tj and jen men seeking to inspire christians to consider serving foster children in their community by exercising their faith faith to foster dot com and from mission focused men for christ a twenty minute. Weekly podcast to equip encourage and energize men to honor christ with their lives. Mission focused men for christ on your podcast app coming up next on the world and everything in it world tour with our reporter in africa. Here's okay kerry restart today here in africa. Chadian army spokesman announced the death of the country's leader on tuesday shifts. You printers army. President idriss debbi ignore reportedly died after being wounded in a fight with rebels in the north of the country. The surprise announcement in just one day after the country's electoral commission declared the winner of the april eleventh that would have extended his three decades in pa by another six years. Debbie survive multiple armed rebellions during his time in office and he was a major french ally in the fight against islamic extremism. Chad hosted a base for the french military and supply troops for the peacekeeping effort in northern mali. But questions remain about the circumstances surrounding. Debbie's death the army said a military council led by debbie's thirty seven year. Old son would replace him. Muhammad idrees debbie no oversaw his father security as head of the elite presidential guard next we go to nigeria jihadist attacks in northeastern nigeria have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. The united nations says as many as sixty five thousand people left the city of damasec last week in by bluish is a spokesman for unhcr. The un refugee agency's up to eighty percent of the town's population which includes the local community and internally displaced people as well forced to flee assailants looted and burned down private homes warehouses of humanitarian agencies. A police station a clinic and also a unicycle. Facility fighters from the so called islamic state west africa province are behind the attacks. The terror group split from boko haram and twenty sixteen but nine jazz army dismissed claims that militants have overrun damasec walls of the governor of board new state urged residents to return home in a show of unity and courage. The military claims government troops are in control of the area. Now we go to rwanda meet associated uncork. John commune could have a new report. Commissioned by the rwandan government has concluded. France bear significant responsibility for enabling the country's nine hundred ninety four genocide the report labels. France a collaborator in the systematic. Killing of eight hundred thousand people at the time. France was providing critical military and political support to the rwandan regime to protect its own strategic interests in africa. The report claims france. New hutu leaders plan to slaughter the tuzi minority but did nothing to stop them a. Us law firm conducted the investigation. It relied on millions of pages of documents and interviews with more than two hundred and fifty witnesses. A separate report commissioned by french president emmanuel macron concluded. France bore overwhelming responsibilities for the genocide but it stopped short of calling french officials complicit. Finally we end today. In the caribbean a french navy ship docked in saint vincent last week bring in seventy five tons of humanitarian aid. The island continues to struggle with paw and water shortages after a volcano erupted on april ninth. Nearly one fifth of the residents of saint vincent and the grenadines had to leave their homes. The number of people crowding into shelters is growing officials. Say they don't know how long the crisis will last. The volcano continues to spew clouds of ash and smoke. Every day officials warned the could spread to neighboring islands including barbados antigua and barbuda. That's this week's tour reporting for world. I'm an easy. He carry in a bujak nigeria. Well up in alaska. An entrepreneur has given customers away to fight back against the corona virus. More than that they can beat up the virus caroliina toll a day doll sells handmade pinatas out of her home and her latest creation. It's a pinata in the shape of the covid nineteen virus when it comes to covid nineteen for sure. I think you'd release. Smashed embraced them and heed them meaning. Eight-year-old rose consign took that to heart. She let loose a whole lot of pent-up frustration. Here's what she told. Alaska public media. Well i just felt like vida. The heck covid. Covert vinnie outta. Apparently quite a few people have some pandemic frustration to let out as soon as vidal posted pictures of the pinatas on her instagram account. The orders started rolling in while. I'm not surprised. I can think of maybe more than a few applications for something like that. I'll bet you can. It's the world's at everything in it. Today is wednesday april twenty. I thank you for turning to world radio to help start your day. Good morning. i'm mary record. And meghan basham coming next on the world and everything in it keeping it clean. This country has around three hundred and eighty thousand churches. Now they don't clean themselves. Of course someone has to do it. Custodians and janitors are responsible for that task they scrub dust vacuum and now even prevent the spread of disease. But there's more to the work than the physical world correspondent. Elizabeth stopped by a church and discovered a custodian who sees the spiritual aspect of his job. It's five o'clock on tonight. Charlie holidays workday has just begun. Holiday grabs his ruling. Muck prepping for the next five hours of cleaning is dozens of windows to wash to floors to sweep and mop in endless spider webs. About down holiday is the custodian. Holy trinity lutheran church in muncie indiana. Most of the two hundred members of his church never see who makes their building spotless. They don't see that they don't stop realize who clean the bathrooms. You know after we left who clean the offices who empty trash you know. Who does the vacuuming who strips and waxes for floors keeps the windows. I mean there's so much that you do that. The average person doesn't want to do it but holiday is average person. The muncie native is the self-proclaimed clean freak star because we must into growing up. My mom always made the house on the weekends. So more like a lot of kids get to go out and play um weekend. We were busy claim house. He has loved cleaning since he was a kid. The skills came in handy after school when he joined the military in mid extra cash doing others laundry and chores after twenty one years in the military holiday retired kentucky. He returned muncie when his mom's health took a turn haughty considers moving home one of the best decisions of his life because here he discovered a job he loves. You're cleaning fanatic. You're not just like clean. You know he likes it so much. He has a hard time putting down his mop. Jennifer sanford is the church office manager. She makes holiday's cleaning assignments and she says he always claims more than what's on the list He's very friendly. Likes to talk But he's very helpful. I mean all you have to do is make a suggestion of something needs to happen. And i come in the next morning and a if holiday finishes his cleaning too early. He searches the church for new projects. Recently adding a new coat of paint in putting up shelves in the music storage room sandifer says his work ethic demonstrates that he feels fulfilled by what he does being a custodian a high calling to holiday. He says no organization would run without his roles. That the love. What you do is not really one task here. Reports since the pandemic his job has become even more vital does not just mopping holidays or scrubbing stove. Top's he's sanitizing children's toys and wiping. Dan pugh's so far more than ten thousand people in delaware county tested positive for covid nineteen but a much lower percentage of holy trinity church members have reported contracting. The virus. Holiday believes he's played a part in that to him the nearly thirty hours of work each week or about defending and serving his brothers and sisters in christ janitors custodian. Whatever you wanna call. I lived in the summertime will put those air conditioning back in for the pastor and virginia's office during the winter we'd take him out not my job but i do that anyway. I take him out or holiday. Feels most rewarded for his work when others notice like when members give him baked goods or handwritten notes when i hear the compliments from other people about what they see is being done. That's that's worth more money than anyone can ever pay me. This encouragement began the moment. Holiday stepped foot in the church five years ago after his mom died church members prayed with him and provided meals came in a time of my life. When i started working here that i wouldn't have cared if they gave him a paycheck. Yeah because people were praying for me. People understood my situation holiday. This was the start of an unexpected. He's found family at the church and they don't look at me as custodian. They don't look at me as their janitor. I'm just one of the group it makes you feel really touches me for world radio. I'm lisera reporting. From muncie indiana Today is wednesday april twenty first. Good morning this is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. Megan basham and i'm mary record. World founder joe bells now looks at one way to gauge the health of the nation. You want an example of cultures quick slide into secularism. Go back just twenty two years and reread time. Magazines notable decision to ogg minutes long popular man of the year by featuring in its place. A person of the millennium times editors boldly selected yohannes gutenberg as the individual who shaped our world's culture between one thousand nine hundred nine ninety nine such choice would of course be virtually unthinkable these days in today's climate even a fleeting reference to gutenberg. Bible stern unconquerable fuss back in one thousand nine hundred eighty nine folks at time. Audaciously suggested the uniqueness of the bible was precisely what catapulted gutenberg bible onto a bestseller mode in many parts of the world. Nothing like it ever been seen superficial. This store ends like to promote the idea that technology was the key produced such widespread acceptance but the richness and reality of gutenberg's contribution to world. Culture is so much more than just a machine be sure a sovereign god was working out a scenario through the berg that included several strands of technology besides the printing press gutenberg focused intensely on three other developments new kinds of paper who kinds of ink and the explosive use of movable type prior to gutenberg bibles were printed on european presses but at a turtle's pace each page came from a block of wood tediously carved in reverse image the wood blocks were secured in the bed of the press inc and then fitted with a sheet of paper or bellum. The enormous pressure necessary for a good image sometimes cracked or even splintered the blocks that stopped production. While the printer waited for a replacement gutenberg's great technological contribution was his insight that a combination of metal letters locked into a frame and placed face up on the bed of the pressed provided a much more versatile tool for reproducing the hundreds of pages bible production required the type used for one page could be sorted into handy cases and then reused for the next page still a tedious process. Nothing like carving wooden blocks and as a former professional jeweler. Gutenberg was savvy to the makeup of various metals and introduced the use of allies it strengthened the print quality and the durability of the type e introduced to a worldwide audience. A profound is all those technical developments may have been. They were not gutenberg's main contribution. There's little or no particular evidence that he was as progressive in his theological outlook is. Those who like lutheran calvin came less than a century later but he apparently had the good sense feel the role that printed bibles might play in the cultural explosion of the coming reformation and he was faithful in applying the insight to his life calling only a huge cultural stretch would ever let us predict the time magazine might have nominated as its person of the year someone whose influence was this profoundly shaped by biblical values. It's hard to imagine but if they do don't expect our culture to show much understanding. I'm joel bells tomorrow tracking vaccine reactions. We'll tell you about potential problems with logging. Kobe vaccine data. And we'll take a moment to listen to the sounds of god's amazing creation that more tomorrow i megan basham and mary record the world and everything in it comes to you from world radio. World's mission is biblically objective. Journalism that informs educates and inspires. 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9.18.20 Culture Friday, Boys State, and Word Play
"The world and everything is brought to you by listeners like us. On jared must growth. Pastor Environment Texas I've been listening to the world and everything in it. Since that first weekend in August two thousand eleven I've enjoyed every day's program since then and I hope that you will enjoy today's. Good Morning Christians in Nigeria are under attack by Islamic militants in what human rights activists say is genocide at the lying militant came out of nowhere just started shooting the. Children for just running followed them shut them down John Stonestreet joins us to talk about that on Culture Friday plus a review of a documentary film about Boise's stayed where a thousand teenage boys compete for political power. You know and Stevens gun control as he came out, my first instinct was, let's Mirim on it. It's Friday September eighteenth. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported World Radio I'm Mary Record and I'm Nick Eicher Good Morning. Now. The news here's can't Covington rescuers on the Gulf coast used high water vehicles Thursday to reach people cut off by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally at least one person died in Alabama where governor Kay Ivey told reporters Sally was a record breaking rain and flooding and. And is the water continues to recede which may take a few days we will see more accurate poet of the full devastation across southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle homeowners and businesses began cleaning up officials, inspected bridges and highways for safety, Sally's remnants though continued to push deep inland with heavy downpours, threatening flooding across the south from Alabama, all the way to Virginia and Florida Governor Rhonda Santa's warned Thursday that means the flood risk has not passed in his State. All that water ends up coming down the different streams, rivers, and tributaries. So all these bodies of water in northwest Florida, you're probably going to see them rise and crest, and you could see even more flooding over the next couple of days. At least eight waterways and Alabama and the panhandle were expected hit major flood stage by the weekend and forecasters warned that some could break records submerge bridges and swamp homes. A federal judge on Thursday blocked postal service changes blamed for slowing down mail delivery fourteen states sued to halt measures like the so-called leave behind policy where mail trucks have been leaving facilities on time. Regardless of whether, there's more male to load the ruling came as president trump renewed his attack on expanded mail in balloting. The biggest problem we have right now are the ballots millions of ballots going out. That's the biggest problem in some states, millions of ballots will go out to voters who did not request mail in ballots trump is predicted that will result in increased voter fraud. And his ruling Thursday District Court Judge Stanley Bastion, and Yakima Washington noted trump's attacks on expanded mail in balloting, and he called the changes at the post office. Quote a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the postal service before the November election. Postmaster General Lewis did joy has strongly denied that accusation last month the announced that he was pausing many of the cost cutting changes until after the election and said, he would approve new measures to help ensure on time delivery of election male. But the fourteen states that filed suit said, some changes remained in place and asked the court to block them. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped slightly last week. World's Kristen Flavin has more. The Labor Department reported Thursday that eight hundred sixty thousand Americans filed jobless claims last week that was a drop of thirty three thousand from the week before overall twelve point six million are collecting traditional unemployment benefits compared with just one point seven, million a year ago until the pandemic weekly US jobless aid applications had never exceeded seven hundred thousand that has now happened for twenty six consecutive weeks but the economy and job market have recovered somewhat from the initial shock employers added ten point six million jobs from May through August as roughly half of the jobs lost in March and April reporting for world I'm Kristen Flan. The trump administration is set to announce tomorrow that all UN sanctions on Iran eased under the two thousand fifteen nuclear deal are back in force secretary of State Mike. Pompeo explained that the nuclear agreement included a provision were under UN. Security Council resolution twenty to thirty one. any one of the nation's identified. There had the right. To say we want the sanctions that were in place prior to this that moment to snap back and that's what we'll do. But the other members of the UN Security Council including US allies disagree and avowed to ignore the step they say the United States cannot invoke a provisions of that deal after withdrawing from it in two thousand eighteen. That sets the stage for confrontations as the world body prepares for a corona virus restricted General Assembly session. Next week the question is how the trump administration will respond to being ignored the United States has slapped. Sanctions on Iran. But could also impose penalties on countries that don't enforce the UN sanctions. President trump plans to address Iran and a speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday. Meantime for the third straight day federal prosecutors have announced criminal cyber hacking charges against Iranian nationals. World's Anna Joe. Hansen has that story. Prosecutors announced the most recent charges Thursday in a US district, court in Virginia, they accused a member of the Revolutionary Guard and two others of stealing the identities of people working in aerospace and satellite technology. The hackers used those identities to launch so-called phishing campaigns on the tekkers peers to steal sensitive data and intellectual property. One of the men charged identified as. A leader in the Iranian dark colours team. The indictment describes it as a notorious group of Iranian hackers responsible for numerous computer intrusions worldwide earlier this week in Iranian national and a Palestinian national were indicted for allegedly defacing US websites, and on Wednesday, the department announced charges against two other Iranian nationals accused of stealing data hacking campaign reporting for world I'm Ana Johannesen. Kent Covington straight ahead persecution in Nigeria lost George Grant on the difference between glitter and blister. This is the world and everything in it. It's Friday, the eighteenth of September twenty twenty. Glad to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it. Good Morning I'm Mary anchored and I'm Nick Eicher first up today. Culture. Friday. Now if Alani militants came out of nowhere. And just started shooting. This is from an eyewitness of an attack on. Christians. In Nigeria this summer, you may have noticed the term Fulani militants. Now to explain the Fulani are believed to be the world's largest nomadic group about twenty million people dispersed across Western. Africa according to open doors the Fulani are engaged in a campaign that can be described as ethnic cleansing of the middle belt of Nigeria. The. Middle. Belt is exactly what it describes that part of the country that separates the north from the south in one of the states of the Middle Belt Fulani militants are waging a massive campaign to displace indigenous Christian farmers. Nigeria is among the countries where Christians are most in danger for practicing their faith. The country ranks number twelve on open doors twenty twenty World Watch list the group Christian Solidarity International issued a genocide warning in Nigeria in response to the rising violent conflict caused by Islamic militants. Let's hear a bit more of that eyewitness account from the July attack I am from the Kgoradio try. Village was attacked on July nineteenth. We were at the wedding celebrating. A children were dancing. The militants came out of nowhere. And just started. The children are just running Sonoko followed them shot down. A shot over seventeen people. Those could to the hospital. Soundly lasts along the way. And the rest are still in the hospital struggling. John Stonestreet joins us now for Culture Friday John Is President of the Colson Center for Christian worldview it morning John Good Morning John You're part of a panel this week bipartisan group trying to call attention to this human rights crisis and specifically trying to get the attention of the White House. I'd like for you to talk a bit about the situation in Nigeria and what prompted you to speak out on this but I'd also like to know a bit about what you expect in terms of hearing anything from the State Department or the White House you I'm encouraged because of the attention that the good work of icon the. International Conference on Nigeria is getting on this panel on Wednesday my comments were really twofold. I is that that there was a very carefully used word throughout the press conference that I participated in the panel that I was on and it was the word genocide. A genocide has been very carefully defined a for official reasons and for good reasons so that we have something to escalate a crisis when it needs to be escalated in the attention of political figures or governments by every aspect of the official definition of genocide. What Christians there and the northern part of that country have faced at the ends a first Boko Haram. The Fulani militants qualifies under this definition and the person, the panel who so specifically used that term over and over and over and has street cred really to do it is former representative frank, wolf who served in the US House for thirty years, and during that time became known as a incredible champion of religious freedom both here and abroad what frank really encouraged over and over and over was the appointment of a special envoy much like what has happened before a. by the President by the Secretary of state so that these people basically. Can go into these situations and with all the force of the US government, and that's what we're all hoping to hear and we were also joined on Wednesday by two others which are really interesting the I was representative Tulsi Gabbard she of course, also this week and I thanked her for this in my comments immediately came out and condemned net flicks unequivocally for their exploitation of preteen girls and the movie cuties. I was really grateful for that. Obviously, we would disagree on all kinds of things but when it comes to that which she. Considers. To be wrong. She doesn't seem to hedge at all. No she doesn't. She is not an afraid personnel. She's not and she's unequivocal in her condemnation of what's happening in Nigeria, and then finally we were joined and I say finally but obviously, he stole the show because he was you know he's bigger than all of us. He officer as this you know enormous presence and an incredible platform that he's been using to defend the unborn as well as now to defend a persecuted Christians in Nigeria and elsewhere, and that's Benjamin Watson. who retired from the NFL has just become an incredible voice Let me just say one more thing on that website icon help dot org they have put together a calendar and you can actually just walk day by day. It looks like the calendar you'd have on any other APP on your phone or on your laptop and each day they are documenting, and this only goes back right now to Christmas of two thousand and nineteen. So it's not that long ago but they're documenting day by day by day what's happening to Christians? In. Nigeria and the northern parts of Nigeria a how many are killed? How many are abducted? How many are injured in the last week over twenty Nigerian Christians have been killed and over sixty have been abducted, and that's just in the last week, and then if you go all the way back just to Christmas of two, thousand, nineteen, you can see day by day that this is. One of the great human rights tragedies of our day. John You mentioned Benjamin Watson the Super Bowl champion as one of the panelists on Nigeria I'm wondering I. I had heard that he made a foray into documentary film. Will you heard correctly? He is executive producer of divided hearts of America just out yesterday and I'd like to play a short bit of the trailer for that documentary. When a person get rights? When does a person get rights? When a person's a person. One of the. Best thing when a when a child is born. then. The child is a child. There is no person put under law for fetuses. We don't have that in this country. Abortion is targeting black commerical best not an exit. Fast. Hard hitting stuff there. The this is one of the reasons that I'm a big fan of Benjamin Watson off the field and even on the field. He is just using this platform I I was in fact, I was at a gathering I know that sounds like a long time ago, and it was right before the all the lockdowns of the pandemic hosted by live action insist group that Lila rose runs la in which they awarded champions of life and a number of people were honored Benjamin Watson was one of them and. Reason is he has been just unafraid to not only tackle those issues I mean he has been outspoken to when it comes to issues of the police conflict and police brutality the the issues within the African American community with policing in sentencing laws and everything else. But he's also been just ferociously clear ferociously clear on the issue of life and now as he's waiting into this. Territory that a lot of African American leaders and a lot of even pro-life leaders themselves are feared to tread, which is the imbalanced an overwhelming targeting of abortion against the black community in America and how that is not a bug of the abortion industry. In America, it's been a feature. It's the very beginning it's built into the system it's part of it hardware the DNA. The whole system and he's waiting into that here and he's doing it in a in a very, very powerful way So I look forward I the trailer I haven't seen the film overall look forward to seeing yet an amazing thing. I mean it's part of one of the things that we have talked about I mean and it's been a while since we brought this up the idea of making culture to try to roll back this terrible scourge from our country. Yeah. You know Andy Crofts something and I think. His book. Culture making is that those of us that really advocate worldview thinking the danger for us is to think that analysis changes things you can't change things without analysis but analysis itself is not enough to think about something to categorize something there has to be some level of creating cultural artifacts. We can certainly see this both across human history anytime there's Minnesota Revolution. If you're talking about the reformation, it was the printing press. If you're talking about the sexual revolution, it was born in the pill and just then. The absolute necessity of the technological revolution it takes on a whole new level with the iphone I mean you you just have a part of the human condition of human reality part of the human story stories that we make stuff. We do stuff with the world that we have, which is what by the way also has implications on why economic theories need to take into account not only that humans consume but humans produce and Anyway that's probably another conversation for another time, but it is it's an important aspect. And we're not talking about anomalies here we're talking about this is what humans do. They actually do stuff with the world and they tell stories about it, and that's what we're seeing here from Benjamin Watson about something that needs to be addressed and it's You know the kept secret about abortion in America but too many people are are afraid to say anything about it I'm grateful for his leadership in speaking up now was about to say John You sounded a little bit like David Monson talking about supply side economics. It's high praise to Johnstone. Street is president of the Colson Center for Christian worldview John Thanks so much. Thank you. Additional support comes from crossing cultures international an organization that equips and trains indigenous pastors and Church leaders in more than thirty three countries more at CCI equip. Dot Org. Well if you are a history buff here is your chance to bid on a unique piece of history James His lip with Christie's auction house in. Manhattan says, it's truly one of a kind special doesn't even begin to describe him. That's right. I shouldn't have said it. He has a nickname and it stand a longtime ago old Stan wait at least seven tons and his bite could have crushed a car assuming a car existed back then what we have coming up for sale on. Is Best T-rex to come to auction the Nitta Generation. Stan is one of the most complete and most studied T. rex skeletons on the planet. Christie's expects the Apex Predator to fetch six to eight million dollars. So if that's not too rich for you, you do need to know this he's thirty seven feet long meaning you may have to clear out the garage and knock out a wall or just have standard for you. It's the world and everything it. Today is Friday September eighteenth. Thank you for joining us today for the world and everything in it. So glad to have you along good morning I'm nick. and. Mary. Record. Coming next and award winning documentary about mock elections in very real political drama was reviewer emily whitten. Every summer the Veterans Organization American Legion host nearly twenty thousand young men and week long camps called boys state. There's a girl state too but that's another story at least before covid nineteen hundreds of boys would come together in each state to create a sort of mock government. The focus is on the political process running for office campaigning holding elections. It's a lot of fun and viewers can get a glimpse of it all in a new award winning documentary called Boy State filmed in Texas in two thousand, eighteen, a message of unity as good as it sounds is not winning anyone any elections? Primary polls are now open get yourselves ready for a tar balint election? Whatever happens best of luck. My name is Stephen Garcia. And I'm running for governor. Could summarize the film this way too liberal documentary-makers crash a conservative voice camp on the other hand despite Democratic Bias Filmmakers Jesse Moss Amanda mcbain use a cinema verite style. The lets the boys speak for themselves, and that does give viewers some level of insight. At. Times boy state fills relaxed or tongue in cheek. But other times it bursts with excitement and a lot of testosterone think running of the Bulls. Thousand Raucous and rowdy seventeen year olds converge on. Austin. In the midst to the chaos mcbain and moss focus on four boys, Stephen Robert Renee and Ben much of the time they portray the boys as three dimensional people who make real moral choices choices like whether to lie to get ahead. Here's Robert this is a very, very conservative group. We have here. Very conservative. Stance on abortion would. Not Lineup. The guys out there at all so I chose to pick a new stance. Politics I think. That's politics. Unlike grownup politics here we get to peek behind the curtain to what's really in the boys, hearts and minds also valuable the model as servant leadership. We see in the golden boy of the film Stephen Garza Stephen Begins Boys state and a Beta Aurora t shirt and ends the film speaking at the. Twenty. Eighteen Texas Democratic convention whatever you think about is politics the way Stephen treats other people stands out. For me on the ballot. What your fish. Questions. What's your name saving? From the beginning Stephen Sets out to be a servant. He talks with the boys he disagrees with and looks for ways to represent their views as well as his own. Most of all. He doesn't belittle his opponents and contrast then as Reagan loving conservative. But as the week progresses been smears opponents with whatever dirt he can find. For example, he misrepresents Stephen stance on guns in his mind it's just part of the game. I. Found banned most intriguing and disappointing of the group. It's true that the filmmakers don't treat him with the same kid gloves as Stephen. You don't hear magical twinkle music when Ben appears the way you do with Progressive Stephen and the filmmakers may have skewed his treatment. That doesn't excuse the self serving behavior. We do see an here but like I have no regrets about that decision at all both I'm like a moral level and on a political level because politically it works. Now, in the end I, don't know maybe God differently for all this or you know no. Boy State does contain bad language and negative role models. We also see the clear difference between servant leadership and self serving politicians, and the fact that these young men get the opportunity to vote for leaders at all is worth celebrating even as human flaws show through. One final point since the film's release on Apple TV August many media outlets have focused on boys in the film with progressive views. For instance, Rene wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times recently. But the most powerful reflection I've seen comes from Ben the conservative. Reaganite. Ben says that when he first saw the film, he felt misrepresented then he had a change of. As he explains in this interview with the Aspen Institute. I kind of reflected on it more I'm like this is Kinda right and the fact that I have this reaction I shouldn't be offensive I should be probing about it. You know when Stevens gun control if you came out my first instinct was, let's Mirim on it and that wasn't me trying to be mean it was that's all the adults are doing. So of course, we're going to do that and it just seemed natural boise state was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on it and say you know just because that's how it's been isn't how it should be. That kind of mature introspection repentance feels almost shocking in our culture today and it gives me renewed hope that God isn't done with these boys or our country just yet. I'm emily. Today, is Friday September eighteenth good morning. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm Nick Ikea and I'm Mary Record. Here's George Brand now on nuance in the meaning of words. All that glitters is not gold is a familiar aphorism meaning that why you see or what you think you see may not be quite what you get not everything is as good as it might appear to be at first glance in fact, if something looks too good to be true, it probably is early expressions. The idea make their appearance in the English language by the Twelfth Century and may have been drawn from ace ops. Fables? Geoffrey chaucer Alexander Pope John Dryden all variously adapted the phrase to their purposes. Baz did later such divergent voices as J R, R Tolkien, and led Zeppelin. There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold and she's buying a stairway to heaven. But of course, it was William. Shakespeare. Who gave us the most familiar version the saying in his fifteen, ninety six, play the merchant of Venice though most modern editions of the play render the line, all that glitters is not gold. Shakespeare actually. wrote it as all that glisters is not cold oft. You have heard it told that many a man, his life half solved but my outside to behold gilded tombs do worms in fold. The glitter's version long ago superseded the original glisters and is now almost universally used glitter and glitter Kim be synonyms but. They're not entirely interchangeable. Each conveys individual nuances and intonations. The words are also etymologically distinct glitters passed into English from the old norse Glee Tra and the Saxon gleed meaning sparkling shining, twinkling and glinting. glisters on the other hand comes from the low German, gleese, Trinh and the Middle Dutch gleese Dowran up meaning gleaming, glistening scintillating and Shimmering Stand glitters but do glisters. This distinction is evident in the King James Translation where. Glittering is used to describe the lustrous glory of the stones of Solomon's Temple in I chronicles twenty nine and the transcendent luminescence of Christ at the transfiguration glittering or twinkling hardly suits the gravitas of either of these evocative scenes but cholesterol. It's all together apt. Word choices matter often even the tiniest distinctions in our word choices matter. The fact is all that glitters does not glisters. I'm George. Grant. while. It takes a lot of people to put this program together each week as you well know our thanks to these hardworking people, Meghan Basham Joel Bells Myrna Brown Kent Covington Kristen Flavin George Grant Kim Henderson Anna Johannesen Lee Jones Vivian Jones Jill Nelson Onis Ao he carry Sarah Weinsberg less Cillers, cal Thomas, and emily with Johnny Franklin and Carl Pete say up late. To get the program to you early, Paul Butler is executive producer marginal. Lasky is editor in chief, and of course, you you make this program possible with your support thank you. The Apostle Peter tells us that the grass withers and the flower false that the word of the Lord remains forever. May you have a restful weekend and worship with your brothers and sisters in Christ?
4.30.21 Culture Friday, and a fond farewell
"The world and everything in it is brought to you i- listeners. like us. i'm matthew brink of owensboro kentucky. A graphic designer with bring quirks. Enjoy the program good morning the transgender revolution from student dorms to homeless shelters to california politics. We'll talk about it today on culture friday yes we will and john stonestreet will be along to join us and we will bid a very fond farewell to one of our own. It's friday april thirtieth. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm myrna brown. Nick eicher could now. Here's the news. Ken comington us. Economy continues to bounce back as more american companies. Get back to business as usual or at least closer to it. The government said thursday that the economy grew last quarter at a vigorous six point. Four percent annual rate and new jobless claims fell last week by thirteen thousand to just over five hundred and fifty thousand. That is the lowest level since the start of the pandemic and the rebounding economy is the backdrop for a renewed debate over washington. Spending the american jobs planning americans family plan invest in the foundations of our strength house speaker. Nancy pelosi echoing. The president's sales pitch one day earlier in front of a joint session of congress. Democrats say the government must keep spending big to keep the economy on track but republicans say with the economy. Getting back to its feet. It's time for the government to get out of the way senate minority leader mitch. Mcconnell we heard about the so-called jobs plan packed with tax hikes at exactly the time. Our nation needs a recovery. The i would actually leave. American workers would lower wages at the end of the day. Senate democrats could pass the proposed four trillion dollars in additional spending without any republican votes using a process called budget reconciliation. They used the same process last month. The past the nearly two trillion dollar american rescue plan. The justice department brought federal hate crime charges this week in the death of a twenty five year old black man in south georgia. World's lee jones has more. The department of justice has charged three men with hate crimes in the death of ahmad. Aubrey prosecutors charged travis mcmichael and his father gregory as well as william roddey brian with one count of interference with civil rights and attempted kidnapping. The mcmichael's are also charged with using carrying and brandishing a firearm. During a crime of violence the father and son armed themselves chased and fatally shot arbery in february of last year. They claimed he matched the description of a burglary suspect. The georgia bureau of investigation took over the case the next day and swiftly arrested all three men who remain jailed on state murder charges. They are due back in court next month reporting for world. I'm lee jones. The fda is renewing. Its push to ban menthol cigarettes acting administrator. Dr janet woodcock said the agency will propose regulations banning the flavor in the coming year. She said such a ban would help prevent many americans from ever starting smoking and increase the chances of smoking cessation among current smokers and address home to spare experience by communities of color. Low income populations. The food and drug administration has attempted several times to get rid of menthol but faced political pushback. African american groups have been pushing the agency to try again as they say. The meant flavor is especially popular among black smokers thursday's announcement is the result of a lawsuit filed by anti-smoking and medical groups. Last summer to force the fda's hand any menthol ban will take years to implement and will likely face legal challenges from tobacco companies west. Virginia's governor signed a bill this week. That bars male athletes who identify as female from competing and girls and women's sports worlds and johansen brown reports. republican governor. jim. Justice signed the bill into law protecting female sports in middle schools high schools and colleges. The bill narrowly passed the state senate which had added the college component. The house of delegates then overwhelmingly approved it. Some lawmakers warned against the bill noting that the ncaa could retaliate and decide not to hold college tournaments in the state. Lgbt activists are currently pressuring the nc double a board of governors to refuse to schedule championships in states that limit women's sports to biologically female athletes. Gop lawmakers in florida have just sent a similar bill to the desk of republican governor ron sanchez reporting for world. I'm ana joe hansen brown. India said global record in new covid nineteen cases thursday. The country has said global records for seven of the past eight days with a rolling average of nearly three hundred fifty thousand new infections. The health ministry also reported more than thirty six hundred deaths and only twenty four hours but those numbers are likely vastly under-reported foreign secretary harsh vardhan shrink law said. The white house has been in touch with prime minister. Narendra modi is invited. Prime minister he authored sensitive assistance beginning today. The united states is sending more than one hundred million dollars worth of items including thousand oxygen cylinders. Fifteen million ninety five masks and one million rapid covid nineteen tests. Australia and several european countries have also promised help and russia sent two aircraft carrying oxygen machines. All adults in india are now allowed to register on a government app. A for vaccinations but social media were flooded with complaints that the app had crashed ended. Appointments were unavailable covington. Culture friday is up next and then a special send-off from one of our own this is the world and everything in it. It's friday april thirtieth. Twenty twenty one. Glad to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it good morning. I'm ana brown. And i'm nick hiker as we passed the symbolic one hundred day. Mark for the presidency of joe biden. Let's think back to the one day or one week mark when the new president signed a big stack of executive orders. I will call attention to three stories. That world reported online over the past week that have to do with the administration's transgender mandate that continues to roll. Through the federal agencies to of the stories have to do with the housing agency known as hud. That's an acronym for housing and urban development one hud policy concerns sex segregated student housing even at private religious schools. A second hud policy concerns sex segregated housing for homeless shelters that accept federal funding both instances involved placing biological males that is to say such biological males who claim a female gender identity placing those biological males into living spaces reserved for biological females. The third story has to do with a h health and human services that massive federal agency has moved to strip religious conscious protections from catholic hospitals these protected religious hospitals who shielded doctors from having to perform gender transition procedures now those protections are gone three significant developments in just one week well. It's time now to welcome john stonestreet. He's president of the colson center and host of the break point podcasts. John good morning. good morning. Well you know. I think we were all sort of wondering how long it would be before. We started to see the practical effects of the flood of president. Biden's executive orders. Clearly we're seeing those effects now. But i was really struck By these three story's popping up just one after the other online world. But i wanted to bring in another story. John that's related to this. Transgender threat comes out of canada. It's a story of a prisoner of conscience as his lawyer calls him. He's a father whose daughter without his knowledge or consent received from medical professionals cross sex hormones at age fourteen because she identifies as a boy. Now this was a couple of years ago. The dad raised a real ruckus and found himself on the wrong end of the law because he broke a court ordered ban on talking publicly about the case but now he is flat out engaged in civil disobedience talking openly about his experience and going to jail for doing it. So here's the question. Are we at or near this point in this country. Do you think where we have to consider the cost of objecting to this agenda and risk jail or lesser sanctions than that to stand up for conscience. Well no. We're not far off at all and i think now would be a time and maybe yesterday would be a better time to have thought this through. What are those things. Were willing to be fired over one of those things that were willing to our freedoms over And you know what i see right now is kind of broadly a grand experiment and missing the point where for example churches are advising their people on issues that have already largely been decided by culture but on these culturally controversial issues. Not willing to go one way or the other. Because of fear of whatever reciprocity they might face and that's not adequately preparing people to make the sort of decisions that this dad here in canada's clearly having to make the other thing is is when you put this in a line with The three executive orders this week that you mentioned from the biden administration. It's important to keep in mind that those executive orders would have been unthinkable under president obama and so when you look at how unthinkable it is to think of a dad being imprisoned for talking about it and being told you can't say your opinion and we think that's unthinkable here in america. Just remember what was on thinkable yesterday. That's thinkable today. In the form of these three executive orders well speaking of unthinkable. John interesting political drama unfolding in california with the famous athlete. Bruce jenner now very well known as transgender celebrity caitlin jenner now getting involved in the effort to recall the governor of california gavin. Newsom really puts that a handful of republicans in the state of california in a very odd position. They don't like newsom But maybe we're going to start hearing about the never jenner movement. Life comes at you fast. I think this tells you far more about the state of the republican party in california than it does anything else. If this is the best option you have to throw on the on the list. It's kinda tells you about this day. The republican party more broadly in two thousand sixteen of all those candidates donald trump's the one and only wins but wins head and shoulders above. Everybody else. I mean the fact that the the only people that can win right now on the right or people that have this kind of you know celebrity popularity and i get part of it is has to do with the fact that they have to overcome so much media headwinds but at the same time i mean. Look bruce jenner would be a terrible candidate. I you know. I mean randy quaid jumped in this week. I mean that's the you know as i tweeted. That's the gift that keeps on giving all year round which some of you will get. This is just a ridiculous moment when And and and it proves maybe that neil postman ultimately was the best social critic of the last fifty years that this is what happens when entertainment takes over the world And then entertainment gets hijacked in the name of social causes and political causes but there is something to say about someone who disbelieves in things that are observed realities and Especially someone who completely won the fame in the accolades. He did because his maleness because of his testosterone levels because of his ability to take advantage of the increased bone density and oxygen transfer rate. And all the other. Things that separate men from women athletically even though you know. He now dresses in fancy dresses. And someone who can't put reality together any better the nat Should not be the good guy. Because he's on our side and that's going to be a test for california republicans as we're talking about california and the entertainment scene The actor will smith his wife jada and their two young adult children are huge cultural influencers episodes of their facebook talk show have gotten up to forty million views now on a recent episode. Willow smith who was twenty years old announced she is poly amorous and of course emery is of course the practice of intimate and consensual relationships with more than one partner. Now the reason behind this choice she says and i'll quote is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you and not just stepping into monogamy. Because that's what everyone else around you says is the right thing to do in then in response you see reactions from the mom and grandmother. Mom says anything goes as long as the intentions are clear. Grandma says she's considered indulging in pollyanna marie to i've i you know i teach women and younger women at my church along but the tightest to model which is older women teaching the younger women. John do you see this as a trend. Though today where older women are abandoning the titus two model and not just that but doing the opposite appearing to be taught the new morality of the younger. What do you think there's so many things wrong with this story. It's hard to know where to begin. i wish i could just say that. That was the issue but it but it but it clearly is One of the issues that the There is a new form of what lewis called chronological snobbery at work in the new sexual orthodoxy. That the clarity. That older generations may or may not have had When it comes to things like sexual orientation gender identity is is suddenly lost and be because of the new fads Oftentimes it has to do with the kid. I don't know for example. A single popular evangelical figure that has changed his mind or her mind on sexual issues. That hasn't had a personal experience driving it and typically a family member that has identified as gay or lesbian or transgender. And it's interesting. How are thinking capacity is is just stunted by all of this so consider again will smith who by the way makes a new and now the the thing that needs to need to be known she makes a new announcement every few months about something sexual so everyone should immediately go polly emery of any of the new sexual words that were being forced to learn right. Now against our will is above all a A statement of practice. It's gotta be something you do. She's taking something that's a behavior and turning into an identity you know that's just not a legitimate category of a human being. It's it is a failure across the board john. Stonestreet is president of the colson center and host of the breakpoint. Podcasts could talk john next week. Thank you both. Thank you john. Additional support comes from the podcast to to flush one couple slightly irreverent musings on faith food family and marriage too busy to flush dot com A young couple strolling through an art exhibit in south korea noticed a very large unframed painting. This is a valuable one. It was valued at four hundred. Forty thousand dollars. The piece is by american graffiti artists. John andrew perello known as john one part of the display included paint cans and brushes underneath the canvas. Kind of see where this is going. A couple took that as an invitation sort of thinking. Hey this is An interactive art exhibit. Oh is exactly right. But i i'm with them. You know it's graffiti. So the couple added several bold brush strokes of their own and start black paint completely oblivious to what you'd ordinarily consider vandalism right. The police showed up. They had some questions for the couple and pretty quickly determined. They didn't know what they were doing. It was a clear mistake so neither the artists nor the exhibit organizer press charges but now the artwork has a little fence around it which was a good idea the first time little fence around it with a sign saying do not touch. Thanks to the notoriety though. The piece is drawing something else and that is record crowds. It's the world and everything today. Friday april thirtieth last day of the month. And you're listening to the world and everything in it. Glad to have you along with us today. A myrna brown. I'm nick eicher. Well if you've been a longtime listener to the program. And i mean a long time as in from the very beginning. Maybe you remember the first ever appearance of megan basham here because her first ever appearance happened to coincide with the programs first ever appearance. Megan was on program number one august six twenty eleven ten years ago this summer. She reviewed captain america for us. It's something we've seen with batman with spider man it's become a lot of Part of what is the new. Marker of a superhero is self questioning not sure about their patriotism. And that's been very different with this movie though it's interesting because it seems like the director is trying to distance himself from his. Obviously in captain. America i think the the characters of steve rogers has has an innocence about him. That is the most american thing about him. You know he. It's not a propaganda tool waving the flag or anything. It's about this guy who just wants to do the right thing. He may be saying that. Because at this point international box office so important but i i would say that anybody who sees it is not for a minute. A question whether or not. This is a flag-waving patriotic movie. Regardless of that comment thanks appreciate your work telling it like it is making now makinson across all of our platforms. This podcast are digital product. Starting out with world magazine. Our print product megan's been a constant source of excellence which we obviously recognized here. But it's come to the attention of others who also recognize her excellence. Yeah myrna isn't that just the way it goes. That's the regrettable thing about at our competitors. Listen and they recognize that. Excellence to which leads me to the news that i have been dreading all week long and then some But that i have to share with you. Meghan received a great offer from the daily wire. That's a conservative media. Company founded by ben shapiro. Jeremy boring have a lot of respect for those men. And i m just as proud of megan as i am sad to tell you that she is accepted their offer. She's going to be taking on. What will be for her. An exciting new challenge at the daily wire and well. I'll just get right to the point instead of beating around the bush here. What that means is that today is her last day here at world which is awesome for them but definitely a loss for us and we're not going to let her go without a proper farewell and so we will take some time here to do that and to wish her. Well a radio colleagues now telling how. Much megan's mitt to them. I emily whitten our book reviewer. Megan thank you for all you've done for the world family for years now. I've used the phrase but megan said as a trump card and family entertainment choices and more than that you're reviews provided great worldview training for my kids and their friends. They don't remember a time. You aren't speaking into their lives modeling. How to take every thought captive to god's word so megan thank you for all those late night movie screenings. Thank you for being forgiving. Co worker and inspiring me to stand for truth i pray to god will continue to use you for his kingdom. Now is senior reporter. Kim henderson twenty seventeen. I've got to go on a reporting trip to washington dc. Where i met up with several other world riders. This is my first time to actually meet members of the world team that i had read and listen to for years including megan so i was pretty all struck very first afternoon. We got our press badges at the capitol. And i was having a hard time keeping step with group because i was wearing heels and make noticed she pulled a pair of flip flops purse and handed them over just like that and she's continue to be considerate and kind to her friend with the faulty footwear. Ever since. I'm really sad to see you go. Megan but i wanna thank you for years of instructive. Articles reviews interviews and tweets like the tribe of iskar. You've helped me the times even when i didn't want to. And above all you've encouraged us to test everything and hold fast to what's good. Thank you megan. You will be greatly missed. And here's senior reporter katie. Gold me meghan. I hate goodbyes. I know that's corny but it's true. Change is hard. We've only actually been in the same room three times that i can think of. But whether in person or over the phone or online. I've always felt a connection to you. As a fellow mom of young kids it had moments sitting outside of a softball practice or ballet rehearsal writing a script or emailing a source wondering if you were doing something. Similar you've been a champion of others and a keen observer of our culture and i know you'll continue to be those in your next chapter speaking of chapters. Just don't let your new role distract you from that book. I want you to write. Sounds like she puts you on the spot. There meghan. well tim. Lamer has worked with megan for the longest time directly here at world. He was her editor for the magazine. And he's now executive editor in charge of world digital where he oversees news coverage on the radio side as well. I remember when you first started a world. Megan we knew right away. We had the best movie reviewer in the business. And you've proven that over and over again you've had the confidence and courage to stand up for biblical truth. You've been a sounding board for me. When i wanted to think through a difficult issue and you've been an encouragement to me and to others. Thank you so much for that. I know you're going to be created the daily wire. We're really going to miss you. Now for our newsman. Kent covington well. This is certainly bittersweet under the lord has a lotta great things planned for you and in your future but we certainly hate to see you go. I'm gonna miss hearing your voice on this program. your skill. As a movie reviewer i think is unmatched and of course the energy that you brought to our team your character your work ethic your humility. All of that will be missed greatly so please accept my thanks for all of your efforts here and many blessings to you and the basham family next is reporter bonnie pritchett i megan. This is bonnie you have been a valuable source of discernment in our home when it comes to deciding what movies and other programming to watch or not. I have a degree in radio television and film and thought. Perhaps i could fill in for you. When you took time off. I was wrong your reviews mine the depths of story nuance and that only comes from years of experience. Undergird your knowledge and application of god's word in each review i pray you continue being salt and light at the daily wire. I also look forward to hearing. Ben shapiro bash the basham in an upcoming ziprecruiter. Endorsement may god richly bless. You enter family and here sarah shrines berg meghan. I have you to thank for many a wonderful movie night. I've looked forward to your witty insightful reviews. Each friday for the past several years. They become the icing on the cake after a week of programs for me and so many of our listeners. I also want to personally. Thank you for giving me a chance to start writing. My own movie reviews a couple of years ago. I had no experience but you gave me a shot anyway. Provided excellent coaching. Along the way overall you've taught me how to look for what's redeemable in our culture stories and that all truth is god's truth whether we know in or not i'll miss you meghan. Managing editor lee jones editing. Your reviews has been a highlight of my thursday mornings for nearly three years. I appreciate your insight your humor and your love for all things. Beautiful and good. Thanks for always being willing to chat with me about. The latest family friendly offering suitable for the seven year old set. Who will i turn to now for advice on all important things like the best women film adaptation. Who will commiserate with me over the trials of being a dance mom. I'm really gonna miss you. And i know our listeners will while well our executive producer paul butler would have recorded something but he is now recovering from covid nineteen. It hit him pretty hard and he's doing a lot better now but he's really just working to regain his strength today. So for paul stand in and just repeat some of what he had to say in our team meeting last week paul recalled that at our live events to which i can attest as well. We had two people. Everybody seemed to swarm. Mary record was one. Megan basham the other listeners. Responded to her reviews because of the content but also because of who she is even if a listener might disagree and sometimes a listener did disagree they all knew that megan is trustworthy and really wrestles with issues from a mature biblical worldview. Paul concluded meghan. We will miss you for who you are and what you added to our team. Thank you for selflessly serving and encouraging us in our work. You are one of the stars but constantly you push other people out front. We honor you for that and we wish you. Well get better. Paul and now. Mary reichardt megan. When we first started co hosting together we crack up and chit chat. Maybe a little bit more than some people like in fact one wrote in to complain that we sounded like clucking ends and we just owned. We did take it offline though. After that i have wonderful memories with you and i know transitions are just part of the deal in this life but that doesn't make it any less painful to me. You are that smart. Little sister that i never had the one with the artful phrase and the literary references galore and way more hip to the culture than i'm ever going to be may the lord bless you and let's keep in touch. I'm still going to need a sounding board for life and remember. It's my podcast idea that over at daily wire you're going to be cliven and movie maven. I want credit for that. Megan i wasn't at myra and consumer of your work even before i became a worldly as our editor in chief likes to call us. As you know honey. What movie are we watching this weekend. Well megan says. That's how my husband and i start many of our saturday night entertainment conversations. You are critical thinker. You ask questions that make us think and your words are grounded in truth and i like your style. Thank you for your support and encouragement. It has been a joy to co host with you. And i miss you already see you at the next between mirna. You know when. Megan called me to talk to me about this. I have to say i even now. I'm just not quite over it. But i said to her something along the lines of what we've been listening to for the last several minutes. Megan you are a valuable colleague. You're a true professional highly versatile. Great writer and thinker talented broadcaster and a committed believer able to communicate a christian worldview with grace and truth meghan. I'm excited for you. And you'll have to remember the title that i asked you to retain and it is first lady of world. Watch your husband. Brian is every bit. The pro you are. He's doing a terrific job building. Our video news product for young students. So we will consider you the flow. And brian's going to have to go with the flow first lady of world watch so check out anytime you like as the eagles would say but you can never leave and you know i don't want to so i'm glad i'm the flow and i have to say that it's probably not surprising given what i've been doing around here for the past fifteen years that i often picture significant moments in my life as movie scenes and this week as i was reflecting back on my years with world my mind kept going to this opening scene. I'm in india on a reporting trip for another outlet and on a bumpy bus. Ride somewhere between hyderabad and carola. My roommate jamie deen who. I've only met a couple of days before. Shares at her magazine is in need of some film critics. She suggests i reach out. And i think why not. I've always liked world. And maybe if. I'm lucky mike. Connection with jamie will result in a few freelance assignments. So when i return home. I submit a review of the brad pitt political drama babble and i don't recommend it by the way so don't go check that out and that review leads to another and another. Within a couple of months. I receive. And i went and looked it up this week. This note for marvin laskey meghan. I liked the reviews. You're doing so i'm curious. What do you want to do over the next several years. What you're calling. What do you want to do with your life so no big deal. Easy questions right. Well you know. I didn't really know the answers. But the lord did and his kindness to me since that bus ride has been so great. I went from being solitary gig writer before the gig economy was even a thing to being part of a news family. Who taught me what a commitment to biblically objective. Journalism looks like in practice working on this. Podcast has blessed me with beloved sisters like mary. Myrna lee kim emily katie embody and i've had so much fun just laughing with each and every one of them. I mean if you hurt us sometimes. We're like kids at a slumber party and it's also given me a host of brothers like ten paul. Can't johnny carl and nick. Though i mean i have to admit i sometimes think of you neck. Moore's the dad. But i feel like kill like brother better so i'll go with that. Well you can call me grandpa about that there. You go but you know what's funny is like all families as i've grown up. My role has changed and in recent years. I've had the chance to be kind of the advice. Dispensing cool aunt. Well i'll say maybe just advice dispensing and to some of our talented young reporters and producers like sarah anna and kristen and so even in my leaving god's graciousness to me has continued in that he allowed my husband brian to come into the fold before i went out so that even if my daily work will happen elsewhere now i'll still feel part of the family. And i have every intention of crashing the next company retreat. And you know that feels appropriate because the relationships that i've built here are eternal. Thank you megan. God bless you. Yeah well it really does take a dedicated team to put the program together and deliver it to you. Each morning. and thanks are in order. Anna joe brown janey chaining kent covington jamie deen. Katie golden jill nelson kerry. Mary record sarraj. Weinsberg cal thomas. Lynn vincent and steve west and meghan basham johnny franklin. And carl pete's our audio engineers lee jones is managing editor. Paul butler is executive producer. And marvin alaska is editor in chief. And you you made it possible for us to bring christian journalism to the marketplace of ideas. Thank you the apostle paul wrote to followers of jesus christ for i am confident of this very thing that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of christ. Jesus have a great weekend and worship with her brothers and sisters in christ.
10.8.20 COVID mortality, and two opposing election views
"World and everything in it is made possible by listeners like US my name is mark with I live in Richmond, Kentucky along with my beautiful wife of thirty four years Jennifer where we are the parents of three adult children, two sons by marriage, a grand dog and too precious granddaughters. We hope you enjoy today's program. Good morning separating fact from fiction in the COVID nineteen statistics isn't easy today we'll talk specifics. This to the ordinary seasonal influenza. I would not compare this to the two, thousand, nine, hundred, one pandemic because it is more severe than both of those plus to Christian leaders with opposing views on our presidential choices and world commentator Cal Thomas on the goodness of humility. It's Thursday October eighth. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm Mary Record, and Nagin Dasha Good Morning. Time for the news. Here's COVINGTON senator, Comma Harris and Vice President Mike Pence. Vice President and would be VP faced off last night and Salt Lake City the only vice presidential debate of twenty twenty. In contrast to last week's chaotic debate between President Trump and Joe Biden last night's debate remained respectful. The most spirited exchange came when pens pressed Harris on the question of expanding the supreme. Court. Are you Joe Biden? If somehow you win this election going to pack the Supreme Court to get your way. I'm so glad we went through history lesson. Let's do that a little more. In eighteen sixty to answer the question. Presidency Making speaking aristocracy to question while accusing President trump of taking the supreme court out of the hands of voters by nominating Judge Conybeare Barrett to the high. Court just weeks before the election here is also took aim at the trump administration's handling of the pandemic they minimize the seriousness of it. The president said you're on one side of his ledger. If you wear a mask, you're on the other side of his ledger. If you don't, she charged that president trump still doesn't have a plan to deal with it. Pence countered that Biden's plan to fight covid nineteen sounds a lot like what the White House is already doing when I look at their plan that talks about advancing testing creating. Developing a vaccine. It looks a little bit like plagiarism. They also traded shots on healthcare foreign policy and the economy fence and Harris sat twelve feet apart separated by plexiglass barriers to guard against transmission of the corona virus and a small audience was socially distanced and wore masks. President trump and former vice president Joe Biden are scheduled to square off once again next Thursday in Miami. The White House says it remains open to passing some piecemeal economic relief measures before the Election White House chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday that he's been on the phone with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The secretary nine been talking about What we could do with standalone bills to help airlines, small businesses, and the American people was stimulus checks. The president on Tuesday called off talks with Democrats on a wide ranging relief bill until after the election saying House Speaker Nancy. Pelosi was not negotiating in good faith Pelosi called the breakdown of the talks on fortunate. She said, she felt things were moving in the right direction. We had such great provision in the bill not that they agree to all of them yet but we were on a pack and a series of tweets, Wednesday the president called on Congress to send him a standalone bill for another round of twelve hundred dollar stimulus payments to Americans a said I am ready to sign right now. Also urged Congress to immediately approved twenty five billion dollars for airlines at one, hundred and thirty, five billion for the paycheck protection program to help small businesses. The New England patriots have canceled practice amid reports that a third player has tested positive for covid nineteen world's kristen flop and reports. Sports illustrated reported that raining NFL defensive player of the Year Stefan Gilmore tested positive on Wednesday and was added to the team's reserve slash covid nineteen list starting quarterback Cam Newton missed New England's loss at Kansas City on Monday night after a positive covid nineteen test and was added to the reserve list Saturday practice squad player. Bill Murray joined him on the list Tuesday Newton's positive test prompted the NFL to postpone New England's game with the chiefs. By Day Newton tweeted a picture of himself Wednesday morning wearing a mask along with the caption where your mask keep your distance. The Patriots are scheduled to host the Denver broncos on Sunday reporting for world I'm Kristen Flavin. To scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for developing so-called molecular scissors to edit. Some say that has raised hopes of one day curing inherited diseases Frenchwoman. Emmanuel. Sharp on Ta and American Jennifer a doubt Anna came up with the method known as Crisper CAS nine. It can be used to change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms. We figured out that This protein is able to cut DNA and importantly that we could control where it cuts. DNA, by changing the molecule that guides it to a particular DNA sequence molecule of RNA. Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry Class Gustafson said the development has revolutionized saying he said as a result, any genome can now be edited to fix genetic damage, but he acknowledged that the technology raises serious ethical questions and said scientists must use it carefully. Ten and straight ahead the data behind some of the most important pandemic statistics plus Cal Thomas on an opportunity for presidential humility. This is the world and everything in it. It's Thursday October eighth. Twenty twenty you're listening to the world and everything in it, and we're so glad you are good morning I'm Megan Basham and Mary. I up, Kovic nineteen statistics. Back in August, we asked two of our reporters to dig into some of the most common corona virus numbers, data points that you've probably heard and scratched her head over things like positive case scouts, different types of testing mortality rates, and recovery's. Now, if you missed it, we will link to that in today's transcript. A lot of you wrote to say how much you appreciated that explainer, but you still had a lot of questions. So we put world reporters, Anna Johann and Sarah Schwartzberg back on assignment to find some answers. To now, surpassing one hundred thousand cases, we are up to fourteen million cases global dramatic increase in hospitalizations. Twenty eight point one, million COVA, die teen the United States is reporting the highest number of deaths in a single day nearly fifteen hundred. I'm Sarah Weinsberg and I'm Ana Johannesen. Pandemic terminology can be a slippery thing. We picked it up really fast a symptomatic social distancing even the word itself pandemic. When did the average person? Say Pandemic Pre two, thousand twenty. Only when I tried playing the board game emphasis on tried. But some of the COVID related words and phrases we hear these days are harder to pin down. into. thinking. Take, this term fatality rate there are at least three terms related to covid nineteen fatality that you might have heard used interchangeably case fatality rates, infection fatality rates, and mortality rates. They obviously sound very similar but they all measure something different. Let's start with case fatality rates or CFR. This looks at how many people have died from covid nineteen versus how many people have had covid nineteen an Algebra terms virus deaths divided by confirmed virus cases that gives you a percentage right now, the US case fatality rate is two point eight percent that means. Of all the people who have tested positive for covid nineteen, two point, eight percent of them have died case fatality rates vary widely by country and it's tough to tell how reliable they are because the ratio depends on a nation's ability to test for the virus something that's easier to do in developed countries. The infection fatality rate or I afar tries to cast a wider net. Here's Dr Amos adult. He's a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University, Center for Health Security. What we really want to know eventually is the intrinsic fatality rate what? What inherent risk of death is there for being infected and that's the infection fatality rate and obviously I F R is the proportion of virus deaths to covid nineteen cases. Notice I did not say confirmed Kobe nineteen cases. Researchers think anywhere from forty to eighty percent of everyone who has covid nineteen is as symptomatic if the majority of people don't show any signs of the virus that means there's a good chance they'll never get tested and become confirmed virus case Kris Lindahl is a bio statistician at Vanderbilt. University. He says without the ability to test huge numbers of people in order to catch all the symptomatic cases, it's difficult to calculate a true infection fatality rate and a precise picture of the virus. Statistical models that provide an estimate. The fact that awful the same, they don't give you all the same also should be meaningful. It means that the actual precise truth is difficult to get our hands around and it's also one of the biggest reasons why we are struggling so much with understanding the pandemic in the meantime bio citizens have to rely on projections and estimates to calculate the I. Afar the total US infection fatality rate estimates range from point five, percent all the way up two point eight percent that's anywhere from one and a half to two and a half million Americans that significantly lower than. The current case fatality rate of two point, eight percent which comes out to nine million people. But as testing increases, those numbers should start to align. Here's Dr Doll you get what's called the severity bias in the data where the far is likely higher than the true iof are because you're missing so many cases because you don't have the diagnostic testing capacity as you get better at diagnosing, you will see the two numbers approach each other and last we have the mortality rate. This justifies the total number of confirmed covid nineteen deaths by the entire population, infected and uninfected. The US mortality rate is point zero, six percent. Jose Miguel Yamal is a bio statistician and data scientists at the University of Texas. He says, this is the least helpful measurement. So mortality rates is not taking into account whether you know the whole population has been infected, which no population has gone level. So the case fatality rates and infection fatality rates measure all cases across all age groups. But when it comes to Covid nineteen your chances of dying really depend on how old you are and your underlying health issues. That's right. The infection fatality rates vary widely by age groups. Here are the CDC's latest numbers if you are nineteen years old or younger you. Have a point zero, zero, three percent chance of dying from the corona virus. If you're between twenty and forty nine years old, you're odds jumped two point zero, two percent for ages fifty to sixty nine the I F are climbs again two point five percent anyone older than seventy has the biggest risk by far a five point, four percent chance of dying from covid nineteen. So it's important to look at what kind of group you have, because it will affect your statistics and how dangerous the virus appears. For example, in Italy the population is much older the second highest in the world having a more vulnerable. Overall. Drove up its case fatality rates to seven point two percent in March. Nearly five percentage points higher than the United States now depending on who you are and how old you are. You may be thinking all of these death rates either sound really serious or not something to worry about. So is there a way we can put these numbers into context? Can we maybe compare covid nineteen to other diseases? We asked five bio statisticians and epidemiologists about this and all of them said, no, not really years Kris Lindahl at vanderbilt it is not the same as the flu virus it is not the same as the common. Cold it is not the same as the bolivars. It is a virus his own thing. Kobe. Nineteen is most often compared to the flu but the experts we spoke with said that comparison is difficult to make simply because of how long we've known about the flu humans have battled influenza for centuries that means we've built up more immunity a vaccine and knowledge about how to protect ourselves, which means juxtaposing the flu and Kobe nineteen isn't really a fair comparison because we just don't have that information yet one difference between the flu and Covid nineteen is which demographics are affected. Most Jennifer. nozoe is the lead epidemiologist johns. COVID nineteen testing insights, initiative seasonal flu. What we deal with every year tends to hit the very young the very old this viruses particularly hard on the very old fortunately, children are don't seem to be as hard hit by this virus they can be with flu. Here's another difference. So far, Dr Ayman Adult says the COVID nineteen infection fatality rate is higher than the flu. I would not compare this to the ordinary seasonal influenza. I would not compare this to the two thousand, nine, H, one, N, one pandemic because it is more severe than both of those, it probably has a true I F are. Six Times or so worse than the seasonal flu it seems like the CDC or the World Health. Organization are always releasing updates about what we know or don't know about the virus and sometimes those numbers can look contradictory. So. We wanted to ask some data gurus about a new number that the Centers for disease, control and Prevention issued in August. You might have seen this going around on social media. The CDC report said that ninety four percent of Cova debts had contributing factors only six percent died of covid nineteen alone. Here's what happened. The CDC did not change the official number of Americans who died after testing positive for covert. Nineteen. But it did clarify information about the causes of death. The report said that less than ten thousand people in the United States had died of only cove in nineteen. The rest also had two or three other contributing factors. Dr Michelle just says that isn't surprising. You have to remember that covid nineteen does accelerate accentuate other medical conditions like cardiovascular disease like strokes like pulmonary embolism or blood clots in the lungs. and. People would not have died. Were it not for Covid nineteen th then we've known from the beginning that high risk groups people who have other Co. Morbid. Conditions are going to be the ones that are most likely to die and I think that's what the data reflects. So how should that clarified information shape or perception of the virus Jennifer nozoe at Johns Hopkins. Says it should be a red flag for people with other health problems and their family members and friends with a clarification means is that if you have an Underlying health condition you should be particularly concerned about your risk of dying were you to contract the virus, but it does raise questions about the response to the virus because that response also has an impact on all demographics Jose Miguel Yamal at the University of Texas points out some deaths have decreased because of the response to Covid nineteen example, traumatic brain injuries with people staying at home more and taking less risky behavior that there's been a lot less traumatic brain injuries that others have increased, and there's also other issues like to food. And mental health and those other factors may be due to the pandemic itself. But. Not. Specifically to the virus and so the. Situation is is mixing his complicated remember last time when we talked about excess mortality, that's the difference between the. Number of deaths in time period and the expected number of deaths in the same time period. For example, The New York Times reported that between March and May New York and New Jersey had more than forty four, thousand excess deaths. Two thirds of those people died from covid nineteen, but the others died from heart, Disease Alzheimer's and influenza. Those people may have chosen to stay away from hospitals because they didn't want to risk exposure Cova. Nineteen There are plenty of other questions still to answer. That's true for the experts to there are still a lot of things that statisticians at the GIS in public health experts don't know about this virus or what the response to it means for the lives of billions of people. And that's a difficult tension for them and all of us to live in. Reporting for world. I'm Andrew Hanson and dime Suresh Weinsberg. A. Nine year old in elementary school in New Orleans got suspended for possessing a weapon in class fourth grader Kamari Harrison admits he had a gun but hang on it wasn't a deadly weapon. It was only a BB gun. Still. The young man now has a weapons violation on his permanent academic record. Here's the real kicker his math teacher spotted that BB gun during of virtual lesson you heard that right? Kamari. was at home and the BB gun was propped up against a wall behind him. But the school district said, the boy violated federal law against having a weapon at school his father said, the suspension was over the line. Told, in invading privacy just period Imola, we can have not in the House and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is on his side. He said it's troubling that the school district has not paused to think about the constitutional protections and rights that should be afforded when the school enters someone's home, the family has hired a lawyer in suing to get that violation off Maris. School record. It's the world and everything in it. Today is Thursday October eighth. This is world radio thank you for listening in Good Morning. I'm Mary Record and I'm Megan. Basham. Coming next on the world and everything in it a special edition of the Alaska interview. Now in the last issue of World Magazine Editor in Chief Marvin Alaska interviewed Christian journalist and lawyer David French as well as Christian theologian author wing Gruden. They have very different perspectives on Donald Trump in the twenty twenty election. Unless. Friday's program. Alaska explained his reasoning for talking to both men. When there is not a clear biblical position. which is often the case at election time. We will help to sharpen you by presenting contrasting views. If we don't sharpen you were doing your disservice. So today, we're going to hear excerpts from both conversations in order to practice proverbs twenty seven, seventeen iron sharpening iron begin with French who says regardless of trump's policies he can't support the president because of the president's character. President of good character is going to be a president who doesn't try to intentionally divide the United States of America I mean Jane the Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that trump would was a person who by pattern and practice intentionally tried to divide the united. States of America and the other thing that I would say in response to this division of character versus policies is if you're somebody who's outside the Christian community that's news to you. Because the Christian community spent decades decades saying that character mattered fundamentally and was right. It was right for those decades and in fact, the separation of character from policies is impossible to trump card for trump proponents who recognize the severe character deficiencies that then lead to bad policies. The trump card is abortion and how do you answer that saying? Well, if you if you offer Biden than you are finesses murdering little children well, you know. I I what you have to say is that look the power of the president over abortion is profoundly limited, profoundly limited and so given that his power over abortion rights is profoundly limited. Do you subject everything else to this interest in? Why do I say that? If you look at American abortion rates, for example. They peaked around one, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty one, and they have diminished every single presidency. Since through pro-life presidents, the abortion rate has gone down through pro-choice presidents. The abortion rate has gone down. The abortion rate is determined by factors that have very little to do with the president. The United States, that's the bottom line reality we've now learned through forty plus years of activism is that the abortion rate does not depend on the president spent about twenty twenty, four will America be in or worship? If Joe Biden selected trump is elected, what do what do you think would happen over the next several years I think if we America will be in much worse shape if if Donald Trump is is reelected. If he's reelected it's probable that he would be reelected with yet another minority of the popular vote. Yes I know and I understand fully that presidents are elected through the Electoral College Not Popular Vote But A. Constitutional, Republic can only withstand minority -tarian governance for so long before it creates unrest decisive action by temporary and very, very narrow majorities. You I think you destabilize the country so What I hear you sang essentially, is that You are cheering for Joe Biden. Oh I do not want donald trump to win reelection. What I want to see happen is that Donald? Trump lose to Joe Biden in the Republican Party retained the Senate show how you hear you cheering for a narrow democratic win. Oh no no no I. wanted I wanted a decisive loss for trump. My hope is that a resounding rejection of Donald Trump doesn't carry with it a resounding rejection. Of Republicans who are not like, Donald Trump and that's what I'm pessimistic about I feel like the the resounding rejection of trump will also lead to a resounding rejection of Republicans who are not like trump and and I think that that is an outcome that's not best for the country. So this does throw us to prior because it seems that we are in a natural way hung- hung either way or hanged either way look. Mistakes. Have consequences and win the GOP. Voters chose Donald Trump to be their standard bearer in two thousand sixteen and I also say when Democratic voters chose Hillary Clinton to be their standard in two thousand sixteen, a serious consequential error was made. And that, and we are living with those consequences and there's no easy way to escape those consequences. But at the same time, the nomination of Donald Trump was the product of an awful lot of forces that had been building for some time including this concept of negative partisanship and so that he is a consequence of the rise of American partisan animosity. He's sort of like a symptom of a disease that makes the disease worse like a hacking cough can break a rib. Wayne Christian journalist and lawyer David French says America. Will be in better? SHAPE. In twenty twenty four. If Joe Biden is elected. And President. Trump is defeated. I have no idea holly could justify that statement does he want judges who make their own laws in are accountable to no-one? Or does he want judges who follow the original meaning of the Constitution of laws as he would, under Donald, trump does he want higher taxes under Biden or lower taxes under trump does he want more futile attempts gaining equality and hindering our economic growth or more prosperity under trump? Does he want Negro economic growth under by and fewer jobs or strong economic growth under trump high unemployment under biden as it was under Obama or low on employment under trump? Will he worked toward further reconciliation between Israel and Arab countries as Donald Trump has done with the UAE or will marginalize Israel and Benjamin to under Biden, we would have no legal protection for unborn babies. But under Donald Trump without increasing protection for unborn babies more school choice or less school choice does he want increasing attempts by government to force Christians to violate their consciences and their sincerely held religious beliefs under trump strong protections for religious freedom and freedom of conscience. And the last item I mentioned under Biden we'd have extreme environmentalist policies leading to enormous increases in energy prices and frequent blackouts, not only in California but elsewhere under trump we've had abundant energy and cheaper energy. Well, I'm getting the impression the you disagree with David French he considers president trump to a very divisive. How do you respond to that? There's been hostility to president trump since the day he took office and that divisiveness comes from an increasingly hostile and violent left, but the divisiveness is coming from people. Not who disagree with him but people who call themselves the resistance and tried to oppose everything he does That's country Romans thirteen one which says late every person be subject to the governing authorities. He resist the Authority resists what God has appointed. Well, let me ask. What do you think will happen in November and perhaps even December if the election results aren't clear, it'll be resolved to the constitutionally prescribe legal process. There is a deadline for states to turn in their their electoral vote tallies, and if that is not decisive and it goes to the House of Representatives and the delegation of each state is allowed one vote in House of Representatives. Republicans. Have a slight majority in that scenario and House of Representatives would choose Donald Trump is president I expect that would be that would be quite a scenario. Yeah. I don't think that's what the Lord has in store for US Marvin I surely hope and hope and pray not What our? President Trump's most significant legislative accomplishments. Well, first of all the appointment of Supreme Court justices and the approval of a over two hundred other judges That's incentives legislative because it needs approval through the Senate then Defense budget that was around seven hundred, fifty billion dollars of just in history strengthening our military, which was really weakened under Obama and then. There was some legislative approval of measure of funding for a building a wall on our southern border. So it wasn't as much as president trump wanted, but it was something. And then the response to the COVID nineteen prices. Was a bipartisan legislative recovery package. In the midst of the crisis so there are some significant things that have been done. One more question then. What do you think about the number of refugees? Allowed in the US hitting an all time low. I wish the number were higher. Honestly. But I I think it's part of the larger question. We're the nation. Has, to, decide. What is the will of the people regarding immigration? Policy in general for many years, we've admitted more refugees the United States than all other countries in the world combined now last year's eighteen thousand. WAS A. Decline from that number. And I would hope it will return to hire number. To read more of Alaska's interviews with both French and Gruden check out the October tenth issue of World magazine or you can read both online. We'll include links in today's transcript at world and everything dot Org. Additional support from Mir of that this university flexible biblical engaging online options from high school to Graduate School M, B U Dot Edu from the New Book titled Gospel By Lisa Children The author recounts her own journey through doubt and deconstruction and how to stand firm for Biblical beliefs in the face of Progressive Christianity a Lisa. Shoulders. Dot Com slash another Gospel and from Christian Book Dot Com great gifts at great values just a click away at Christian Book Dot. com. Today is Thursday October Eighth Good Morning. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm Mary Record and I'm Meghan Basham. Cal. Thomas now on the value of a little presidential humility. President trump's infection with covid nineteen adds to a year. No fiction writer could've contrived the image of trump last Friday, walking out of the White House wearing a mask and traveling by helicopter to Walter Reed. National. Military Medical Center was an optic. We have not seen with this president and it was sobering. It was the same as he returned to the White House Monday and took off his mask for a photo op. This experience produce changes in his campaign more importantly will inject a dose of humility into his persona. It will necessarily curtail his personal appearances for time how long and whether it alters plans for a second debate depends on his progress. It may also bring some sympathy to him if he response in a way that encourages mask-wearing and other practices that have proved effective in warding off the coronavirus. If he recovers everyone with an outs of goodwill to a fellow human beings hope he does he should not engage in triumphalism as if he's superman instead. He should deliver a nationally televised address saying what he has learned from the experience and what the country can also learn. The first lesson is that no one is guarantee complete immunity from the virus wearing masks frequent hand washing and practicing social distancing does help. The second lesson is that Americans have sympathy even empathy for people who have overcome challenges that is at the heart of one of Joe Biden's campaign ads about the death of his first wife and daughter in a car accident we admire such people it's part of the American story and in. Our, DNA listen number three could be the greatest of all. If the president can demonstrate some humility, it might resonate with many people. There is no greater testimony than the one who can say I once was blind but now I see the blind man Jesus. Healed in John Chapter Nine explains to skeptical Pharisees that he doesn't know anything about the man who healed him. All he knows is that he now has his site whereas before he didn't the president has a chance, he will cease it to emerge if not a different man than a man. Who has learned something he can share with others. He would also be able to credibly comfort those who have lost loved ones to the virus. This should not be seen as a political tactic though it would have obvious political benefits, but it should be something genuine in a city and in a political climate that is increasingly phony and cynical. The year twenty twenty has been filled with numerous surprises seeing a new or at least a slightly different president trump emerged triumphantly, and humbly from this personal challenge would be the ultimate October surprise I'm Cal Thomas. Tomorrow John Stonestreet joins US four culture. Friday and I'll review a dramatic film from two sixteen that explores difficult questions of ethics around marriage that more tomorrow and Megan Basham and I'm Mary record the world and everything in it comes to you from world. Radio? World's mission is biblically objective journalism that informs educates and inspires. When pride comes then comes disgrace but with the humble is wisdom. Go now in grace impis.
3.4.21 Bitcoin, the Equality Act, and a guitar-makers gift
"The world and everything in it is made possible because of listeners like us. My name is patricia. laden. Dora from oroville california. I work as an adaptive is education specialists. And i like to listen to the podcast. Mike cars. I drive from school to school. I hope you enjoy today's program. Good morning. crypto currencies are becoming less mysterious and more mainstream. Bitcoin is a hard currency like gold. Because it a very limited supply also the equality act is a clear threat to religious liberty. We'll tell you why plus a guitar maker who used his talent to ease the pain of a stranger when you could step in when there's something you can do to help somebody in a situation like that. It's just a good field and commentator cal. Thomas on the need for moral guide rails. It's thursday march fourth. This is the world and everything in it from listeners. Supportive world radio. i'm mary record. And i'm megan basham. Good morning time now for the news. Here's ken covington. The commanding officer of the dc national guard testified wednesday that the pentagon hesitated for hours before sending troops to help quell the capital riot. Major general william walker told a senate panel that on january sixth former capital police. Chief stephen son called him just before two pm. He informed me that the security perimeter of the united states capitol have been breached by hostile rioters. Chief son is voice cracking with emotion indicated that there was a dire emergency at the capitol walker sentence of more than three hours for him to get the green light to send guardsmen to the capital e. Said defense officials were worried about the optics of a large national guard presence at the capitol and some were concerned it could further inflame the rioters but senior pentagon officials said it took time for the army to sort out with the national guard was being asked to do especially since capitol police days earlier had not asked for any help. Other officials told lawmakers wednesday threats against the capital persist acting under secretary of homeland security. Melissa maslova told senators we issued a bulletin last night co authored with the fbi about Extremists discussing march fourth and march six acting. Us capitol police chief. Yoga onto pittman said capital. Law enforcement will not be caught off guard again. She said the department has greatly stepped up security. On capitol hill. A us contractor died in iraq on wednesday when at least ten rockets slammed into an airbase housing us and other coalition. The pentagon said the contractor suffered a heart attack while sheltering from the rockets and died a short time later. No service members were injured at the white house. On wednesday press secretary jen psaki said the administration is still investigating the incident and she said quoting here. If we feel. Further response is warranted. We will take action again in. A manner and time of our choosing and the president was briefed by his national security team this morning was of course monitoring The details overnight. What we won't do is make a hasty or ill informed decision. That further escalates. The decision plays into the hands of our adversaries. The attack was the first since the. Us military struck. Iran backed militia targets along the iraq syria border last week in response to an earlier rocket assault. No one claimed responsibility for wednesday's attack. Cdc director rachelle alinsky said wednesday that she worries. Some states may be relaxing covid nineteen restrictions. Too quickly. Texas governor greg. Abbott announced this week. That as of next wednesday the state is lifting public mask. Mandates and businesses will no longer have to limit capacity. It is now time to open texas one hundred percent but alinsky says now is not the time Even very clear that now is not the time to release all restrictions on. I do think the next month or two is really all in terms of how this and goes new. Daily cases of covid nineteen are down sharply in the united states and hospitalizations are at the lowest levels since october. But will linski said we risk halting our progress against the virus by reopening too quickly governor abbott said removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility he added. It's just that now. State mandates are no longer needed. The governors of michigan mississippi and louisiana are also easing up on bars restaurants and other businesses a deadly collision that killed more than two dozen people in an suv. In southern california tuesday was apparently linked to a human smuggling operation. The border patrol said the. Suv drove through a large hole. In an old section of fencing. Along the mexican border. The breach occurred in a busy area for illegal crossings. Near the imperial sand. Dunes officials have revised the number of people killed in that collision to thirteen chief. Omar watson with the california highway patrol told reporters there were twenty five occupants in the ford expedition including the driver who's twenty two years old twelve of the occupants including the driver succumb to their injuries. Twelve on scene and one hospital. Republican arizona congressman. Andy biggs said. It is not uncommon for smuggling rings to dangerously pack dozens of people into a vehicle crammed through twenty twenty five people in a passenger at ford expedition or some other suv. That's what happened yesterday. So that's normal that we see along the border. A semi trucks smashed into the side of the suv eleven miles north of the border. After it crossed into the path of the truck the border patrol said. It was not pursuing the suv at the time of the crash. New york governor andrew cuomo on wednesday rejected calls for him to resign following sexual harassment allegations. I wasn't elected by politicians. I was elected by the people of the state of new york. The democratic governor speaking publicly for the first time since three women accused him of inappropriate touching and offensive remarks. Cuomo said quote learned an important lesson about his behavior around women he added it was unintentional. I truly and deeply apologize for it. To of komo's accusers immediately. Rejected his latest apology. They say he's attempting to excuse. His behavior as his way of being quote playful new york attorney general letitia. James is overseeing an investigation of the allegations against the governor. I'm kelvin ten and straight ahead growing acceptance for digital currencies las cal thomas on disappearing boundaries. This is the world and everything in a. it's thursday the fourth of march. Twenty twenty one. This is the world and everything in it and we're so glad to have you along today. Good morning i'm mary record. And i'm meghan basham. First step digital currencies the idea for electronic money first surfaced in a paper published in the wake of the two thousand eight financial crisis. That's when nearly five hundred banks failed. And americans lost ten trillion dollars. The papers author so toshinaga moto said financial institutions. Can't always be trusted any post. What then seemed like a futuristic solution. What if consumers could just cut out the middleman and pay each other directly bypassing banks and government regulators a year later not emoto released the first crypto currency to the public. You've probably heard of it. It's called bitcoin since then. Dozens of other cryptocurrencies have popped up. But bitcoin is still the most valuable for several years. It floated in the back alleys of the internet but increasingly it's hitting mainstreet world's sarah weinsberg reports. Kurt ward has a phd in kinesiology. But he enjoys dabbling investments on the side. He first heard about bitcoin. Seven years ago he thought about buying some but it looked it up like yeah. That's a little sketchy sketchy because it was so new. War didn't know if a coin would hold its value or if the technology behind it really worked but that didn't quench his interest. He kept researching and watched as bitcoin and other digital currencies grew in value and popularity in twenty seventeen ward bought in small portion of bitcoins. Mike corn and some theory. And he's glad he did last year. Crypto currencies worth grew three hundred percent just through trading basically since august. I've tripled what i've put in word says the longer bitcoin and other digital currency stick around the more comfortable people like him are getting with them. But think it's becoming more mainstream easier access. A january twenty twenty survey found a third of us small businesses now except some digital currency for payment. Bitcoin debit cards. Convert the currency's value into dollars allowing purchases an atm withdrawals big box names like whole foods. Overstock and at and t. Also accept bitcoin car. Company tesla recently purchased one point. Five billion dollars worth of the currency and will also accepted as payment financial institutions are jumping into pay pal. Lets users by hold bitcoin on its platform massachusetts. Mutual life insurance recently bought one hundred million dollars worth of it. Some wall street investors are also buying it up and pressure from employees is pushing banks like j. p. morgan and goldman sachs to consider investing so what businesses see and bitcoin that they didn't see before glen goodman is the author of the crypto trader. He says financial institutions are buying bitcoin as a hedge against inflation in uncertain financial times coins become hugely popular in recent times largely due to the fact that corona virus set off a situation where the federal reserve felt that it needed to create huge amounts of new money in order to try and boy up the economy while everybody was in lockdown bali printing huge amounts of money. They scared a lot of investors and made them think. Oh no you'll devaluing the dollar and we need a hard currency and originally they started turning to gold and the price of gold was rising but then a lot of investors started turning to bitcoin and saying bitcoin is a hard currency light gold because it has a very limited supply bitcoins. Mathematical algorithm will only allow twenty one million coins to ever exist so like gold has a limited supply. right now. computers have mind. Eighteen and a half million coins. Mining is wear high-powered computer solve complex math puzzles to create new bitcoins. This limited supply also means investors. Don't want to miss out on the opportunity to buy in. And make money. The fact that you just can't printed in endless quantities like you can with national currencies that arguably is what makes bitcoin the most attractive cryptocurrency and. Why is prizes soy. Bitcoin also attracts customers. Because it's decentralized that means it isn't controlled by a government or bank. It's regulated by bitcoin users who all have to use compatible software. But it does have downsides. Joe griffith is a financial regulation scholar at the heritage foundation. He says bitcoins biggest. Problem is its volatility in february. Bitcoin reached its highest value. Ever then plummeted. Twenty one percent in a week. With the dollar depreciates almost every year but with bitcoin you have very wide fluctuations and that can happen in the course of a day. There's another risk so far. Bitcoin and other digital currencies have faded government regulation. But that could come to an end treasury secretary. Janet yellen says crypto currencies allow criminals to finance terrorism and drug traffickers to launder money. Author glen goodman says. The federal government could also step in. If bitcoin keeps growing is ready with a trillion dollars it becomes more and more powerful and starts to threaten the dollars position as the global reserve currency. Then the treasury set could tree and the sec and other regulators may decide to really clamp down on. Bitcoin and that would have a massive impact bitcoin if they did that while bitcoins future may be uncertain. Glen goodman says cryptocurrencies in some form are here to stay. That will still be loads of cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin i suspect will now stay around. Because of the company's financial institutions that are investing in it and giving it strength. But we still can't guarantee the bitcoin we'll hang around for the long term reporting for world. I'm sarah weinsberg coming up next on the world and everything in it an assault on religious liberty last week. Democrats in the house passed a controversial bill almost entirely down party lines. The so-called equality act would rewrite civil rights statutes to prioritize lgbt protections over religious liberties. Last year the supreme court extended sexual orientation and gender identity to cover employees in secular workplaces. The equality act would further extend those protections to many other areas without adding religious freedom safeguards. Now this isn't the first time house. Democrats have pushed this legislation. Lawmakers passed a virtually identical bill in two thousand nineteen but republicans control the senate then and the bill didn't stand a chance there now. Democrats have the slight edge in the upper chamber and they're prepared to try again here now to help us understand. Exactly what is in this law and what it could mean for. Religious rites is sarah partial. Perry she's illegal fellow at the heritage foundation. Sarah good morning good morning. Thanks for having this is aggressive. Legislation is not. What exactly would this bill do. If it were to become law well we had a sense of what was coming in biden sweeping executive order on gender identity and sexual orientation protections on the day that he was sworn in. And really what this actual bill does is it expands in federal law in any context the definition that the supreme court decided they would interpret for sex under federal law entitled seven the bostock versus clayton county georgia case and unilaterally. Extend that to all federal references to the chumps sex it also expands the definition of public accommodation whereas before it was a very narrow definition that was relegated strictly to things like courthouses and hospitals. This at this point is now extended to any particular good or service provider. So you can imagine with the sweeping regulation. The sweeping impact of a bill like this. It's not just title seven that we're talking about but there are actually fifty nine substantive changes made to federal law under this version of the equality. Act obviously this would affect religious liberties. Did you see that playing out. Well it's interesting. Because the supreme court has delivered on the balance between religious liberty and soju and in fact had the opportunity to consider that but the petitioners at the supreme court level in bostock decided not to raise their religious liberty rights on their appeal to the supreme court. So these supreme court has yet to actually consider what the appropriate balances between religious liberty rights and sexual orientation gender identity protection so we are headed ultimately i believe for showdown and i do think when that time comes it will be an individual who will have to raise this issue. And they'll have to raise that at the supreme court level to actually make the court to determine what the appropriate balances gorsuch and writing for the majority. The six three majority bostock sort of cavalierly waved off any considerations that might stem from other bills related to sex or sexual orientation gender identity saying we're not addressing religious liberty were not addressing bathrooms locker rooms anything of that sort and was rather inviting future litigation on the issue so i do believe the equality act becomes law it will ultimately be headed to the supreme court. So are you. you've also written that. In addition to religious americans there are two other groups. This bill targets biological women and parents explain what you mean there sherve well biological women. We know being protected by title nine at an interscholastic environment have been deeply impacted by their anxiety on the quality. Act and what it will mean for. The future of sex separated sports back in one thousand nine hundred eighty two. The educational amendments were passed specifically to protect equal educational opportunities for women. The purpose was to give biological females the opportunity to compete in their own athletic programs understanding the physiological differences between men and women that they are immutable and that the simple changing of what you wear or the taking of hormones does not change your body's biological dna makeup. These are women who are now faced with the prospect of losing championships titles the opportunity to compete on sex segregated sports so the arena of athletics. Title mine obviously would be swept into the equality act that would be something that would directly impact biological women but it goes further than that because the equality act expanding the definition of public accommodation out. Take for example. Your local neighborhood shopping mall and make all of the bathrooms gender neutral religious americans as well obviously deeply impacted by this on one of the co-sponsors of the bill. Jerry nadler said that religious americans can keep their ministerial duty religious protections and other words. We envision that you can keep religion within the church or the synagogue or the mosque walls. But don't bring it out into the public sphere. And that is ultimately where we are headed for showed on i believe at the supreme court we cannot coexist as religiously free americans with the rights to exercise religious liberty in all aspects of our life with a bill like the equality act. I understand that this bill faces an uphill climb in the senate. Democrats have a slim majority there but likely not enough to overcome a filibuster. Well it's hard to say at this point. We understand based on the composition right now. We're relying ultimately on some of those more moderate republicans to defeat the equality act. Mitt romney for example has already spoken on the fact that he believes the religious liberty protections are insufficient in this bill and so he will be voting against the equality. Act if we come down to a tie. obviously we're dealing with kamala. Harris is the tiebreak in vote. We know which way she would come down. So i think there are some conservatives who are a little anxious about what the senate portends the uphill battle. This year is not nearly as steep as it was two years ago. Sarah partial perry illegal fellow at the heritage foundation. Sarah really appreciate your time. Thanks so much for joining us. Thanks for having well. The story will either strike you as great or awful depends on whether you're the seller or the buyer a man. In connecticut recently bought a small porcelain bowl at a yard sale about six inches in diameter with blue flowers on a white background so happens that the man is an antiques enthusiast and he had a hunch that the sale tags thirty five bucks might just be a bargain and that is putting it mildly as it turns out the buyer later emailed information and photos to the auction companies. Southeby's asking for an evaluation. Angela mcateer is an expert on chinese ceramics and art. She told w cctv. The all itself dates to the early fifteenth century. During the reign of the young emperor who certainly in terms of chinese history is one of the all time great emperors blue and white porcelain production during his reign. Reached it senate. Nobody knows how. Such a rare chinese artifact found its way to a yard sale in connecticut. But here's the part you've been waiting for that thirty five dollar purchase mcateer thinks the bowl will fetch between three hundred thousand dollars and a half million dollars. Oh wow i mean. I've heard a buyer's remorse. This has got to be a great game of sellers. Remorse right hits the world at everything in it. Today is thursday march fourth. Thank you for turning to world radio to help start your day. Good morning. i'm mary record. And i'm megan basham coming next on the world and everything in it making music a little over two months ago. On christmas day a bomb exploded in nashville. Tennessee lives were lost and property destroyed including seven guitars owned by country music artist. What happened next. Caught the attention of world senior correspondent myrna brown. Here's the story when bud visi heard about that downtown nashville explosion and musician. Who lost it all. He fired up his old fashioned desktop. cinema message through his facebook page. Says hey you wanna get to our. I'll send you one. So of course he said yes and then these mosey on down to his basement handpicked. One of his twelve hundred dollar custom made guitars and rushed it to nashville. No charge when you can step in when there's something you can do to help somebody in a situation like that. It's just a good feeling named after his father. Charles was lisi was born in chattanooga tennessee. My mother didn't wanna call me junior and she didn't like chuck he star called me. Buddy changed because it's never more sophisticated. The the teenager enjoy playing the guitar but by the time he was studying journalism in college he had lost interest in the instrument after serving abroad in the army. During the vietnam war he returned to tennessee resumed his career in television news and started a family dope probably into my forties. I started well. I wanna play guitar. some more. i started but at that stage of life. These was interested in more than just guitar. Picking will the best way to buy an get a deal on a guitar is fine. One is damaged so i would buy damaged guitars on and repair them and then resell and actually would make money doing that. That's how visi custom guitars started when he retire. Thirteen years ago today. Nearly every inch of his one thousand square foot basement is covered and tools. When i see one that i think i need a by it and sometimes i'll buy a tool and then realize that already had that and it was under that pile over there wearing a dark bib. Apron and a salt-and-pepper ponytail these sits on the edge of a black swivel barstool to remove masking tape from inside the neck pocket. The neck is the long skinny part of the guitar. These attached to the body of the instrument. Let me show you as a how the bodies looked when they come to me when the buys guitars there unfinished shells of mahogany maple and other kinds of would building guitar off and begins with finishing it take his latest creation for instance a bright amaral green electric guitar. It took him weeks to get the shade and the shy just right. Okay so what this hall this is. This is my room. This is where do all the painting and finishing. It's a tight fit because the room is no larger than a walk in closet. Splotches of color dot. The flat cardboard box propped up against the wall with his new guitar. In one hand and a silver holes in the other busy sprays the neck with a clear liquid. That looks a lot like apple juice. But it's pretty silly. Normally if i were painting more of you wearing a respirator it's called clear lacquer stored and recycled spaghetti jars. Lacquer is a finishing agent. That makes the guitar shine to drive a coupla hours spray. Another coat and dry overnight. And tomorrow i'll speak up more. These e will repeat that process at least five times experimenting with color. Is justice time consuming. He'll use jars clear lacquer for that as well so i'll take jar of this and makes it with a die lack of orange die and i wind up lis- orange locker and that's what else spray for the color coat. Then for the final sand and polish visi uses a special buffer that resembles a dumbbell but instead of heavyweights. The wills are made of fabric. That's been then. I put in the electronics Myself and do which call the setup which means you. You're just all parameters of the guitar like the distance between the strings and the fritz complete the set up and then is ready to play while he hasn't forgotten the joy that sound brings these. He says there's another phrase that's music to his ears to me. I'm successful succeeded when somebody else has one of my guitars that new emerald green guitar already has an owner. It joins the first one visa rushed over to nashville on christmas day. He decided he wanted to buy one with his insurance money. So now making one for filton reporting for world. I'm myrna brown and lawrenceville georgia If you'd like to see bud visa building one of his guitars. Myrna produced a companion piece for world. Watch our video news program for students post linked to that story in today's transcript. Additional support comes from barnabus aid providing hope and support for the persecuted church worldwide distributing aid from christians threw christians to christians more at barnabus aid dot. Org from wilberforce weekend. A world class event from the colson center. That explores your god-given calling and his restorative work in the world may twenty-first through twenty-third more at wilberforce weekend dot org and from door university. Doors master of public administration will give you the christ-centered leadership skills. You need to thrive in a public or nonprofit setting more at dort dot edu slash mpa next stop on the world and everything in it a preview of listening in this week host. Warren smith talks to western music singer. Songwriter are w hampton hampton on his experience as a rancher to write the soundtrack for life on the range he's lived and worked on ranches all over the american west in twenty eleven. The western music association inducted him into its hall of fame in this excerpt. Their conversation hampton reflects on where country music and western. Music parted ways. Here's warren smith country. Music of win. Hollywood but western music. Konta stay true to the rooch kind of true to that sort of faith. Freedom family god and country message. Why is that a fair characterization. Yeah war of very serious third position. And i've seen that you know years ago. It was country and western and there was the blue grass in the country music from east of the mississippi and then the mental part of the country and then there was the music the country not tell people. Western music is the country music the west and You know when. I first started listening to country. Music artists like eddie arnold and Course marty robbins sue. I got to meet later. had a very valid place Playing you know. The radio played their western music. And it's some part like you said. They parted company. And i think country music gut younger and younger and western music remained. You know As it was one time. I had hoped to re carve out of place for western music in contrast music but You know in all night. Trips to nashville. I had age out of nashville for years. People would say we love him with love his voice with love the way he sings a song writes it. We don't know what to do with him. They were very much into categories. Yeah there was a song you wrote called of the cross that's A song that. Maybe i don't know deals with the broken this of the world and how we deal with that broken. This in the power of christ did that song. Come out of the nashville experience or other forms as in your life. It came out of other experiences. You know everybody's got an nashville. Flora l a story you know. Even the big guys had one where they got turned down. Said go home. Don't quit your day job. You know that was you know my disappointment. There were were not. They were disappointments but they weren't devastating. But you know. I've been through. Divorce have been through cancer and some things like that and sometimes we've got to come to the end of our cities and that's what the shadow of the cross is the old map in the shadow bra It was was done for. That's our w hampton talking to warn smith to hear their complete conversation. Look for listening in tomorrow. Wherever you get your podcasts. Today is thursday march fourth. Good morning this is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm megan basham and mary record. Here's commentator cal. Thomas now on what happens when society ditches its moral guardrails every sport has boundaries rules. Were playing the game. They occasionally change but the boundaries remain in baseball. It's called foul territory and football. A pass caught out of bounds is ruled incomplete. No one would think of erasing boundaries and expect an orderly contest but boundaries are rapidly being erased in modern american culture. Everything seems to be in danger of sacrifice to opinion polls campaign contributions from certain advocacy groups and aditorial support from major newspapers. The equality act targets. What few boundaries remain about human behavior its popularity with democrats should tell us something about that. Party and the moral and cultural direction of the country. Is there any human sexual behavior. They would oppose conservatives have warned against granting special rights for what they regard as chosen behavior. They predicted that strategy would open the door to myriad claims from groups that want federal protection for their behavior. Looks like they were right. Polygamous groups began campaigning for the legalisation of their relationships soon after the supreme court narrowly approved same sex marriage in two thousand fifteen. What is to stop them now. Who will say no. This is too far on. What would such an assertion be. Based the constitution the bible not likely when both sources of law and morality have been diluted to the point of being unrecognizable and much of modern and increasingly secular america. Both are now considered open to individual interpretation or ignored in this classic book mere christianity. Cs lewis writes about moral claims. People make on one another he notes they often say you should or should not do such and such or you ought to say or not. Say certain things in this. He says they're appealing to a standard outside of themselves. Here's how lewis puts it quote now. What interests me about all of these remarks is that the man who makes them is not merely saying that the other man's behavior does not happen to please him. He's appealing to some kind of standard of behavior which he expects the other man to know about unquote well. Today's other man may know about such standards either because he has heard them from parents or grandparents or has limited reservoir of them in his dna but he is afraid to speak of them lest he be ostracized from what used to be called polite society. So please tell me if you can do any standard still exist if they do based on what if they don't based on what because denying a standard is itself. A standard is not. I'm cal thomas tomorrow. Bethany christian services the evangelical adoption agency will now place children with same sex couples all across the country. We'll talk to john stonestreet for culture. Friday and sarraj weinsberg brought you on wednesday. The story of the lone survivor of arizona's yarnell fire tomorrow. I'll review a movie based on the lives of those heroes that more tomorrow. I'm megan basham. And i'm mary record the world and everything in it comes to you from world radio. World's mission is biblically objective. journalism that educates and inspires. the bible. says the grass withers and the flowers fall. But the word of our god forever go now in grace and peace.
12.25.20 WORLD staff Christmas reflections, and the Christmas story
"Good morning i'm rich bishop editorial director at world. Watch the video news program for teens. This is world's december. Giving dr gifts from people like you keep us busy. Helping students learn to enjoy staying informed about current events news delivered with the truth that comes from a biblical foundation. Please continue that work by going to w. n. g. dot org slash. Donate good morning and merry christmas and same to you. Well we have pulled the staff together and in just a few minutes we will all reflect on this most unusual year also today you're advent scripture readings from the book of luke plus the music of advent. It's christmas day december. Twenty fifth twenty twenty. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm mary record nick anchor. Good morning now. The news with paul butler will be in order in a christmas eve session house. Republicans and democrats declined to include president. Trump's changes to the coronavirus relief in government spending package. The president said the two point three trillion dollar legislation. Didn't offer americans big enough stimulus checks. He wanted to bump the payouts from six hundred dollars per person to two thousand in a largely symbolic move. Democrats held rush vote yesterday. If the chamber unanimously support the bigger stimulus checks. The house could have approved the changes but house minority leader. Kevin mccarthy opposed the measure. Republicans then countered asking democrats to slash the amount of spending on foreign aid but democrats in turn blocked that request so the house adjourned yesterday without an agreement in a press conference afterwards house majority leader steny hoyer said the president and republicans don't appear to be on the same page as we saw today. Republican congress and the white house can't agree on what they want house speaker. Nancy pelosi said that chamber will hold a vote on the stimulus. Check increase monday. The european union and united kingdom have reached a brexit trade deal sealing the uk's twenty sixteen decision to leave the european bloc european commission president ursula von reliance said in a press conference the deal benefits both sides. It is fair it is a balanced deal and it is the right and responsible thing to do. For both sides under the agreement both sides will continue to trade free of tariffs but there will be more bureaucracy for importers and exporters. The free flow of workers will also end and london's financial centre won't have guaranteed access to european markets but british prime minister. Boris johnson said. The deal gives britain the freedom to depart from e. u. regulations and signed free. Trade deals with countries like the united states. We've taken back control of our laws and our destiny. We've taken back control of every jot and tittle of our regulation in a way. That is complete and unfettered one. Major sticking point was northern ireland's status under the agreement the country will remain in the e us customs area meaning. It won't need a customs border with the republic of ireland. Now the european and uk parliaments must sign off on the deal by the end of the year or else tariffs and border delays automatically begin a powerful winter storm system moved across much of the country this week. Granting wishes for a white christmas to millions on tuesday blowing snow and damaging winds up to ninety five miles per hour shutdown. I seventy west of denver than on wednesday. The storm blanketed the planes with heavy snow and high winds causing whiteout conditions. The blizzard made driving difficult for cross country christmas travelers but in minneapolis. Last minute christmas. Shoppers told nbc station. Care eleven the weather didn't faze them born in raised. Minnesota love it here and pulled. His mother means we got. We got kind of lucky up until today on christmas eve. The storm blanketed the great lakes region in snow but dumped rain on. The eastern seaboard forecasters say the torrential rain will put the east coast under flood risks. That could extend into next week. A us district court. Federal judge has issued a restraining order. That temporarily halts four arkansas antiabortion regulations from taking effect world. Sarah sh- weinsberg has the story. A set of arkansas abortion laws that safeguard the unborn will not take effect as planned. The arkansas legislature passed. The laws two thousand seventeen. The regulations include a ban on dismemberment abortions. Additionally providers are required to seek consent from the woman's partner or family member before performing the procedure physicians must also obtain pregnancy related medical records to ensure abortions aren't influenced by sex selection and healthcare workers are required to report teenage patient abortions to local police. The laws survived an earlier constitutional challenge and took effect on tuesday within hours. Us district judge christine. Baker issued a two week injunction against their enforcement in her restraining order. Judge baker claimed regulations imposed an unconstitutional substantial and undue burden. The arkansas general says she expects the state will successfully defend the laws on appeal. The temporary restraining order is in effect until january fifth. I'm sarah weinsberg. The corona virus has hit another milestone is reached antarctica for more than eight months. It was the only continent not touched by the pandemic. But this week. The chilean army reported thirty six cases at its bernardo o'higgins research station on the northernmost point to the antarctic peninsula patricia. A coa is colonel of antarctica fares. Petitio six men tested positive. Nineteen of which twenty six army personnel contain with civilians from contract to company who are doing scheduled. Mike antarctica advice. The thirty six individuals were evacuated to chile. Where they're under isolation and are reported to be in good condition. Medical officials have long been concerned about the potential impact of the virus on researchers in antarctica christian. Newness espinosa is an infectious disease researcher. I think we know that exposure to extreme weather affects a person's physiology the condition of isolation the changes in seasonal lot can also be immunosuppressive in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus. All major research projects in the antarctic have been halted. There are seventy permanent research. Bases from twenty nine countries spread across the large icy continent. And finally this morning. Christmas day has historically been one of the biggest movie days of the year but has many local governments restricted public gatherings. This holiday movie studios are feeling the pinch so at number of highly anticipated. Premieres are moving forward but online life hasn't been what you'd probably think anticipated blockbusters like wonder woman nineteen eighty-four and pixar latest animated film soul are streaming this weekend place. What's your name honey. It's a trend. Some industry analysts see continuing even after the pandemic but not all studios are on board with. My name is captain jefferson. Kyle kid to news of the world starring. Tom hanks and matteo garrone is pinocchio. Are two films moving forward today with theatrical only released storm trump to be a puppet. I want to become a boy this as theater. Attendance is down more than eighty five percent from last year. It's yet to be seen if big names and even bigger budgets will bring the audiences in. I'm paul butler straight ahead. Christmas reflections from world staff plus the christmas story led by lists amps. This is the world and everything and It's friday the twenty fifth of december twenty twenty christmas day. Glad to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it. Good morning. i'm mary record band. I'm nick eicher will last year. We shared some of our christmas memories with you but this year we wanted to do something a little different because well twenty twenty has been so so twenty twenty the pandemic surely cast a shadow over everything and for many of us that includes christmas our celebrations there. Just not the same. They have been in the past but as you are about to hear. That doesn't mean that there are any less meaningful. Well that's right into. We've gathered the whole team together for a bit of retrospective and one of the questions were considering is. How are you handling. Twenty twenty. I'll be honest with you for me with a very painful learning curve. Let me explain in march. I got a call from a friend from law school. Who was distressed over the shutdowns in april. I got a plea serve as a legal guardian for a friend who'd become confused and needed some long term care and then in may i heard from another law. School friend undergoing surgery for cancer. But you see. I was very busy over the summer. Had more than i could comfortably handle but i plan to follow up with these special friends come fall. You can probably imagine the rest of this. Before i made the time one died of covid one died from the cancer and one took his own life. So what's different. This year will a lot of things are but one is. I finally learned that people are not obstacles to getting things done there. The reason i'm doing things in the first place. And i'll just finish with what the psalmist says. Lord teach us to number our days so that we get a heart of wisdom a heart of wisdom. That's something each of us need to get reconciled to will paul butler what about you. What are you dwelling on this christmas. Well every sunday. During advent our church sings progressively through the him. Oh come come emmanuel. We sing one verse each week. Kits the thing that actually look forward to the most every year during this season. Here's just a bed of last sunday's first four long the yearning rest in this him seems all the more poignant this year there's a palpable longing for christ coming by many in the church but even in the face of a pandemic social and political unrest and economic uncertainty the him writer calls me to rejoice. Why because christ has come. He's paid my ransom. The debt that i couldn't pay he paid in full. He set me free from satan's tyranny and i'm no longer. His slave christ's light has crashed through the clouds of despair. And the dawning of his incarnation. Means darkness will never prevail so my longing is not to escape the hardships of twenty twenty but that in each and every day christ would come in new corners of this world in if that happens through blessing or through trials. I will rejoice because he manual has come. Well that paul you know. It's often within hardships that we learn the most valuable lessons i think. Well what about you lee jones. Well i started the holiday season being really sad about all the things. We couldn't do canoe trips to the nutcracker or the holiday symphony concert. We've really come to rely on those things as kind of markers for the season. No parties with friends. I mean that's what. Christmas is all about right No christmas program at school. I even pared back my decorating because it seemed a little pointless to all that effort without having anyone to share it with But then i realized that stripping away all the things. I thought i needed to celebrate. Christmas actually helped me focus on the only thing that matters for unto us a child is born. That's the whole point right. And how often have. I missed that in the business of normal year. So i'm grateful. For the twenty twenty grinch trappings. It's stole actually made it harder for me to worship god and celebrate his gift. The way i should so this year. My family is focused on spending time. Doing simple things and basking in the joy of christ's first coming as we look forward to his return the virus that stole christmas. But it can't steal. Christmas is exactly right. Well i think kim henderson has some thoughts on that too i do. I believe twenty twenty made us. Maybe that's why. I did a story this summer about songs. People would like at their funerals. Since then i've listened to to those picks in real time. I think ethel mae britt will be glad to know. Her niece did play the requested. How great thou art on. What mrs. Ethel may called an all summer a wholesome and you may remember my mother at the end of that segment for ten thousand two months so well four weeks ago. We sang her pick at her funeral. Missing mom has made for a different christmas My heart hurts when i look at the recipe card for her limb nut cake written in her careful cursive and i couldn't quite bring myself to pull out the holiday place mats. She made years ago. But this christmas. I am very thankful for god's gift of memories. They are truly priceless. They are priceless. Kim in our hearts hurt with you. Wish weinsberg what about you. What lessons have you learned this year. Yeah like so many others already have mentioned this year has been hard and different and not just because of covid but in many ways it's also been wonderful. There was more space to write and be creative to stay home and to have long talks with my husband or with friends and family on facetime just to slow down and appreciate all the little things and this year. My husband and i worked our way through. Paul david trips. Devotional new morning mercies. That was another blessing because through trips daily talks on the gospel and grace the holy spirit really showed me how much i've embraced. And i can save myself. And the people around me way of dealing with sin and life and it's been such a gift to let jesus to take that burden off my shoulders now as christmas approaches. I'm realizing just the magnitude of the hope healing enjoy jesus birth has always brought and brings. These are all things. I actually don't want to leave in twenty twenty. It's good perspective losing the burdens and yet gaining hope while connecting with your husband. That's great and it's been great to watch you develop professionally you came from wj. I world journalism institute like so many of the people here. And it's been great working with you this year to say well. This did give A few good takeaways didn't Especially for you anna. Joe hansen brown. Yes i am as. Mary likes to put it a googly. Eyed newlywed and. I'm not ashamed of fact a year ago. At the fall world retreat. I was complaining about my lack of love life. Because i'd never actually dated anyone before and one of the donors. I just met patted my arm and said don't you worry honey when the time is right. God's going to drop them in and out of the blue eyed known wesley for years. But i wasn't actually interested in him and then last december. We were both in a friend's wedding together and we started talking. He invited me to a viking costume. Photo shoot was doing with some friends. And i'm a nerd so i thought that sounded really fun. We started dating in january proposed in may and we got married in october. And on the inside of wesley wedding band is engraved lamentations three twenty two twenty three the steadfast love of the lord never ceases his mercies. Never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness. I really wanted that reminder that it's god's unshakeable love that sustains us and empowers us to love each other well and that when we fail his love doesn't and his mercies are new every morning awesome. I love it. And we all love that you are a googly eyed newlywed. What about you johnny. Franklin you're you're not a newlywed but this year gave you an opportunity to spend a lot more time with your wife. Didn't it did fact. We celebrate our fortieth and a couple of days with a looking back to the beginning of the year. I didn't have the remotest idea of the technology changes that would come our way this year. Now i've been working from home for seven or eight years. So i had the social distancing thing down. Pat schools started transitioning to distance. Learning my wife's piano lessons had to do the same. So let's see to do this right when you mike for her of mike for the piano. A camera on her a camera on her hands and keyboard headphones to prevent feedback. Well eventually eventually. It all worked out pretty well Last week when a read the classic poem twas the night before christmas to my four grandkids in ohio. I set up our extra computer camera. So they could see me and the color illustrations in the book. I'm a five year. Old grandson was really impressed. And just the other night One of my wife's piano students had to miss the christmas recital because she'd been exposed to covid nineteen and yet there. She was onstage sitting on a music. Stand on my laptop that not only got to watch her sisters perform but we all got to hear her so this year. I've learned that sometimes technology and change is a real pain in the neck. Thankfully just sometimes johnny franklin pudding attack in tech producer good work. We'll speaking of pains in necks of the gawltney family. Felt some pain in the neck This christmas right katie. Yeah well you know i mean. Pain is relative. I guess than in light of how twenty twenty affected so many this small potatoes. It's true nick. We're we're loyal to our mall. Santa and you've been doing this for decades. We have years of photos with him. All lined up on the piano at christmas time. And you really like. We don't make a big deal out of cnn our house but no matter how you feel about the guy this this santa is the loveliest man. He's so kind. And so sweet to the kids and you just. He looks like a coca cola ad But this your for obvious reasons. He's not doing in person visits but a big box. Outdoor store was offering the photos so we thought we'd give it a go but it was just so sterile an awkwardness. My kids sat about five feet in front of him with a giant plexiglass sheet between them in santa's chair and santa had a face shield on and then they couldn't hear each other between all that plexiglass distance it was just. It was such a fail and we have the weirdest photo now to remember what season this twenty twenty. Christmas really is. Well at least. The photo tradition went unbroken right. And and he you did show us the picture and it was so bad but unforgettable. So there's that well it can't covington what about you. This year was pretty eventful for you. Wasn't it yeah You definitely could say that at this time a year ago like most people. I thought i had a pretty good idea of what twenty twenty was going to look like and how it was going to go and and And then of course it happened. And when i think about twenty twenty i think about James four thirteen which says now listen you who say today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city spent a year their carry on business to make money. Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life. You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes instead. You ought to say if it is. The lord's will live and do this or that. This year reminded me that. Of course we have no idea what will happen tomorrow. But the lord does and twenty twenty was interesting. I contracted covid nineteen in early april. And of course back then. We knew almost nothing about this illness. So that was unsettling. But that the scariest thing to happen to me this year. Not even close because my daughter got her driver's license also my My prayer life has never been stronger. See there you go see. I know this by times for a remember the days Pretty scary stuff jenny. Rough what about you. Well believe it or not. My brilliant idea for christmas gifts last year was to get everyone an emergency kit. You know in case something unexpected where to hit the planet like i'm dangerous virus but my husband nixed the idea and added a pandemic hit. I remember thinking. I hope the al garden steak got my mother in law is proving useful in these time man with that But then i thought you know what if she's resting outside on her deck overlooking that silly foul maybe it is. Doctors say of the three pillars of health. Rest really is the most important. And i feel like it took a virus as serious as covid nineteen to force the world to rest air pollution cleared. The sky was blue families were walking trails together. Psalm twenty three says the lord is my shepherd he makes me lie down in green pastures. You know as if we're too busy or foolish or stubborn to choose rest. My heart goes out to those affected by the coronavirus. I pray the lord rid of this virus. But i also thank him for the rest he always gives no matter our circumstances. Rest and slewing down. Yes now that sounds like a great recipe for twenty twenty one. Actually well carl. What do you think yes rests slowing down. Sounds like a good idea and getting out with family and laughing. Together that reminds me of last year. we one of the best little church in the country. Christmas plays every you know just made us laugh and it was great and the other day. I asked if they are planning to do one for this year but of course they said no in fact they're still meeting outside and i guess that's better than not meeting at all like so many congregations today But some of us were able to go to a christmas worship service at a local family barn law with masks in socially spaced out. Hay bales of course This was the sixteenth annual celebration at the third generation. Family barn and it was totally family. No hype no professional singers or production. Just a simple time of song and scripture and mary and joseph and some shepherds animals and speak about animals that the donkey got along. Okay but at a certain point she didn't want to go anymore and joseph pushed and mary pulled in owner even involved and and sometime during that wrestling match there was some kicking going on from the side of the donkeys belly. Guessed it. the donkey was with child as baby. Jesus was looking on. Everybody just enjoyed the drama and sang the songs of praise for savior in a simple way in a simple barn and it was. It was good to relax a bit and soak it all in. Because i frankly i've forgotten how to stop and smell the roses as they say. Maybe this'll help me do more of that in the coming of the roses. Hey listen i come from a farm family so you know it smells like in a bar. It doesn't smell like roses. Wilford church in a barn to church in the big city. Meghan basham. yeah that's right. You know last week and my family attended a christmas concert at our church in charlotte should say distance christmas concert and our daughters. they were dressed in their festive best. We got lots of pictures of all. The cousins gathered in front of the massive tree in the lobby. But you don't have to be honest. As i entered the sanctuary i really felt kind of depressed and anxious about the schisms that seem to be opening through every aspect of american culture these days even among believers so much over the past year has just felt like one battle after another so as the sound of violinists vocalist drummers guitar players rang out celebrating the birth of our savior. I sat there feeling kind of weary kind of disconnected and that was when our international choir took the stage like everyone else. I've heard joy to the world probably thousands of times over the course of my life but somehow hearing it in french romanian hindi tagalog telugu spanish. It suddenly struck me. A new christ's coming is joy to the world to the whole world. So how divided. I may feel from other americans these days. I'm one day going to know perfect unity with my fellow citizens of a far greater country. well that be something. That'll be a joyful noise. Won't it okay. Myrna brown. what about you. How were you feeling this time last year. Well mary i've got two words for you. Fired up especially at the beginning of twenty twenty. You know sitting at the piano taking him. Requests from elders sitting criss cross apple sauce Talking about jesus with second graders and leading worship with men and women in recovery. I was all in on romans. Twelve eleven no drooping zeal here and then of course kobe. I wrote in my journal. I feel a restless discontentment washing over me and i stood in that space wondering like many of us. Now what then my church probably like. Your church discovered that line four letter communication to and we began using them yup. We began using it for daily morning. Prayer gatherings and at first every second of those thirty minutes seem consumed with petitions of protection on may twenty ninth. We needed a new facilitator now. Seven months later. I still get to lead this group of early rising prayer warriors. And you know we pray for prodigal 's marriages and sometimes i even get to lead the chorus of him but we never tire of giving thanks to the one who reminds us to rejoice always be patient in tribulation and constant in prayer never tire of giving thanks and boy. It's been great working with you this year as such an encouragement you are a praying woman. And i'm grateful for that. Whatever the situation will kristen flavin. What do you think. What do you have to be thankful for in twenty one. Well you know. Snowboarding is one of my husband's and my favorite hobbies so we kicked off twenty twenty with two amazing snowboarding trips together. One in january two stow another in march two vail and we had big plans to go to park city in april for our last trip of the season so when we landed at home after vale in march and we started getting messages about the park's closing down. We were heartbroken and i'll be honest. Ice spent several weeks pouting about our last trip getting canceled but a few months later we heard something that changed everything wonderful. Needless to say the rest of this year has been a lot of lasts. Our last family vacation without a child our last holiday season for just the two of us and march was our last snowboarding trip alone but instead of being disappointed about these lasts where both so excited about all the first yet to come the first time our son smiles at us. The first time he sees snow the first time we hear is little voice. Where so filled with joy in anticipation for twenty twenty one to be the year of firsts. Well you wouldn't know it from the last name but kristen. Flavored is is my daughter. And i want you to hear something. Kristen and that is jane. Speaking of firsts are first grand daughter recognizing the voice of her aunt kristin kristin flag and of course my first little girl this year delivering news to us that she's delivering in march our first grand son and looking forward to meeting him. Listen i am relatively new to this grandfather business. But i love it and everything every grandfather told me about. What a great gig. It is was absolutely right recommended and you know. I'm also grateful that both my parents and my wife's parents Two sets of great grandma and great. Grandpa they're all healthy but most importantly all called according to his purpose. Merry christmas and since we have the whole gang altogether. Let's do this okay. I marry christmas everybody. Today is friday december twenty fifth. Thank you for turning to world radio to help start your day. I'm mary record. And i'm nick eicher coming next on the world and everything in the greatest story ever told read for us by a peg lion and ed and cynthia long ball own luke. Two versus one through twenty In those days a decree went out from caesar augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when cornelius was governor of syria. All return to their own ancestral towns to register for the census and because joseph was a descendant of king david he had to go to bethlehem in judea david's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of nazareth and galilee. He took with him mary to whom he was engaged. Who was now expecting a child and while they were there. The time came for the baby to be born. She gave birth to her first born son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger because there was no lodging available for them and in the same region there were shepherds out in the field keeping watch over their flock by night an angel of the lord appeared to them and the glory of the lord shown around them they were terrified but the angel reassured them. Don't be afraid he said. I bring you good news. That will bring great. Joined the savior. Yes the messiah. The lord has been born today in bethlehem the city of david and you will recognize him by this sign. You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth lying in a manger. Suddenly the angel was joined by vast host of others the armies of heaven praising god and saying glory to god in the highest and peace on earth to those with whom god is pleased when the angels went away from them into heaven. Shepherd said to one another. Let us go over to bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the lord is made known to us and they went with haste and found mary and joseph and the baby lying in a manger after seeing him the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about. This child all heard the shepherds story were astonished. But mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often and the shepherds returned glorifying and praising god for all they had heard and seen as it had been told them Today is friday december twenty fifth christmas. Good morning to. This is the world and from listener supported world radio. I'm nick anchor. And i'm mary record for the past four weeks. We've ended our friday programs with music of advent we pray these provided moment's peace and reflection as we've anticipated the birth of christ right and it seems only fitting that we should also and this week this day with music. Bonnie pritchett takes us back to where we began with a him by charles wesley charles. Wesley creation a him for christmas day has been greatly altered since he. I wrote it in seventeen thirty nine. for starters. the title has changed and the opening line originally read hark the belkin rings. Glory to the king of kings belkin means sky or heaven and what fills the pages of today's hymnals is only three verses of the original five of wesley. Hark the herald angels sing. Here is a nineteen eighty recording by the bach choir and philip jones brass ensemble Wesley's friend george whitfield added to the opening. Couplet to read hark the herald angels sing glory to the newborn king perhaps whitfield's desire to keep the rhyme unintentionally created this great theological debate did the same or say to the shepherds unto. You is born this day. A child who is christ the lord whether sung or spoken. The message was most assuredly music to their ears. The melody sung today is thanks to william. Cummings who in eighteen fifty. Five put the lyrics to portions of mandelson's festival song junior car and the spirituals choir gave that melody a gospel. Twist and this december fifteenth recording in london st paul's cathedral the inspiration for the him reportedly came to wesley as he walked to church christmas day. Steeple bells typically call the faithful to church. But that day christmas day they seemed to proclaim the birth of the king of kings. The irish band. Rend collective's inc of bells and chimes echo. The ancient call eight ever ending call to worship reporting for world. I'm bonnie pritchard. Merry christmas everyone miles. That fewer you say well. It takes many people to put this program together each day and a lot of extra effort went in this week. Managing the holiday. So let's say thank you to megan basham anna joe hansen brown. Myrna brown can't covington kristen flat angelo fulton katie. Gold name kim henderson lee. 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