Jan. 4, 2014
The World and Everything in It - Weekend Edition

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The World and Everything in It for the first weekend in 2014

Cal Thomas looks back on the top political stories of 2013, 2013 departures, Bob Case looks at sad songs from The American Songbook, a visit with World War II veterans, Cal Thomas on the 50 years since the declaration of war on poverty, Veronique de Rugy on U.S. Postal reform, Frank Gifford on Route 66, the Dark Energy Survey, Legal Docket year-end review, The History Book, and more

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Program Segments

Hour A, Segment 1

A look back at the top political stories of 2013

Commentator Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated columnist. In this segment, he talks with our executive producer Nick Eicher about the world of 2013 politics. 

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Hour A, Segment 2

2013 Departures

In this segment, we recall some of the people — famous and infamous — who died in 2013.

Click here for a more extensive list of notable deaths from 2013.

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Hour A, Segment 3

The American Songbook: Songs of sadness

Bob Case is a former board member at WORLD News Group, and for many years he headed our training initiative WORLD Journalism Institute. In this segment, he focuses on sad songs, saying such songs are musical echoes of songs sung long ago by the Israelites.

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Hour A, Segment 4

The Greatest Generation

Mary Reichard is a reporter for The World and Everything in It. In this segment, she visits with three World War II veterans living at a veterans home in Missouri.

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Hour A, Segment 5

Commentator Cal Thomas: War on poverty

Commentator Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated columnist. Read his recent article on which this commentary is based. Following him on Twitter: @CalThomas

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Hour B, Segment 1

U.S. Postal reform: An interview with Veronique de Rugy

Dollars & Sense: Wall Street's optimistic new year outlook

Veronique de Rugy is a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. 

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

Route 66 and religious imagery in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

Susan Olasky is a special correspondent for The World and Everything in It. She talks with Frank Gifford of the website Rt66pix.com

For more on religious imagery in The Grapes of Wrath, see this article from the University of Southern Queensland (Australia).

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Hour B, Segment 3

Scientists try to wrap their minds around ‘dark energy’

Michael Cochrane covers science and technology for The World and Everything in It. Learn more about the Dark Energy Survey.

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Hour B, Segment 4

Legal Docket: 2013 in review

Mary Reichard is a legal affairs correspondent for The World and Everything in It. In this segment, she reviews the major legal cases that made up 2013. 

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Hour B, Segment 5

Weekend Exclusive | The History Book

Jan. 6, 1838—Inventor Samuel F.B. Morse successfully tests his electric telegraph in Morristown, N.J.

Jan. 6, 1941—President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his now-famous "Four Freedoms" speech in the State of the Union address.

Jan. 7, 1979—The Cambodian capital of Phenom Penh falls to invading Vietnamese forces.

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