Sept. 14, 2013
The World and Everything in It - Weekend Edition

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Responding to Syria, remembering anniversaries of tragedy, and churches respond to new legal environment, plus movie and music reviews

Cal Thomas on Obama’s Syria speech, Mindy Belz on long-term problems in Syria, Southeast region finalist for 2013 Hope Award, 50th anniversary of Alabama church bombing, culture talk with John Stonestreet, American Songbook on the songs that we sing, Benghazi anniversary, Dollars and Sense, conversation on ‘Prodigal Press,’ Phil Boatwright reviews ‘Earth’ and ‘March of the Penguins,’ churches respond to new legal environment on same-sex marriage, listener feedback, The History Book, and more

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Program Segments

Hour A, Segment 1

A conversation with commentator Cal Thomas on Obama’s Syria speech

WORLD’s Mindy Belz on the long-range problems in Syria

Commentator Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated columnist. Read his recent column on Obama’s speech Tuesday night. Follow him on Twitter: @CalThomas

Mindy Belz is editor of WORLD Magazine and writer of the thrice weekly column focused on international news Globe Trot. Follow her on Twitter: @mcbelz

For more on Obama’s national address on his response to the evolving situation in Syria, read this report by Washington Bureau chief Edward Lee Pitts. 

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Hour A, Segment 2

2013 Hope Award for Effective Compassion: Southeast finalist Beltline Bike Shop

Susan Olasky is lifestyle editor for WORLD Magazine and a regular contributor to The World and Everything in It

Beltline Bike Shop is the Southeast Region winner for WORLD’s 8th annual Hope Award for Effective Compassion, an award that seeks to honor Christian poverty-fighting ministries. We will be profiling all finalists — four domestic and one international — over coming weeks.

Beltline, located in Atlanta, gives youth the opportunity to earn bikes and repairs through work in the community. Read the full report by Susan Olasky in “Help on wheels,” published in the September 21 edition of WORLD Magazine. You can also click through a slideshow of pictures taken by WORLD News Group’s Tiffany Owens. 

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Hour A, Segment 3

50th anniversary of Birmingham church bombing

On September 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan set a bomb to explode at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four young girls. The tragedy sparked a turning point in the civil rights movement. 

Fifty years later, House and Senate leaders have awarded the four victims with Congress' highest civilian honor. The Congressional Gold Medal honored Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley — all 14 years old — and Denise McNair, who was 11 years old. 

WORLD News Group founder Joel Belz visited the historic church site in 2001, the same day 62-year-old Thomas E. Blanton Jr. was convicted of murder for his participation in the bombing. In this segment, Belz recalls the town’s reaction. You can read his 2001 column here.

Also, read WORLD Magazine’s cover story “Birmingham +50,” written by Emily Belz. 

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Hour A, Segment 4

Culture Talk with John Stonestreet: A just war?

Commentator John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and host of The Point, a daily radio feature on worldview and culture. Follow him on Twitter: @JBStonestreet

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Hour A, Segment 5

American Songbook and the church: The songs we sing

Bob Case is a board member at WORLD News Group, and for many years he headed our training initiative WORLD Journalism Institute.

In the second segment focused on American popular music of the 20th century  — also known as our ‘singing in the shower’ series — Mr. Case poses the question: As Christians, what songs shall we sing? Is only "church" music appropriate?

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Hour B, Segment 1

Benghazi: One year later

Dollars and Sense: Anticipating a reaction

Kent Covington is a senior correspondent for The World and Everything in It. In this segment, he recounts the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. One year later, many questions remain.

Warren Cole Smith is vice president of WORLD News Group and regularly covers business and economic news. Read his weekly finance column “Dollars and Sense.” Follow him on Twitter: @WarrenColeSmith

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Hour B, Segment 2

A conversation on newly released edition of Prodigal Press

In this excerpt from an upcoming BreakPoint This Week program, WORLD News Group’s Marvin Olasky and Warren Cole Smith discuss their book, Prodigal Press: Confronting the Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media, released this week. Chapter 1 of the book is online here (PDF).

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Hour B, Segment 3

Home video screening room: Earth and March of the Penguins

Film reviewer Phil Boatwright is the editor of PreviewOnline.org. He is also the author of Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Really Bad (CreateSpace, 2009).

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Hour B, Segment 4

Churches respond to new legal environment on same-sex marriage

Listener feedback

Steve Jordahl is a reporter for The World and Everything in It. In this report, he says that as homosexual marriage spreads, some churches are moving to protect themselves in case they are sued for refusing to perform or host a same-sex wedding.

Christina Darnell is a field producer and social media manager for The World and Everything in It. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to interacting with our listeners on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud

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Hour B, Segment 5

Weekend Exclusive: The History Book

Sept. 17, 1787—The U.S. Constitution is completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

Sept. 17, 1862—Union forces hurl back a Confederate invasion of Maryland in the Civil War battle of Antietam. It remains the bloodiest day in U.S. military history.

Sept. 15, 1963—Four girls are killed when a bomb goes off during Sunday services at a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Ala.

Sept. 16, 1974—President Gerald R. Ford announces a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War deserters and draft-evaders.

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