Dec. 24, 2011
The World and Everything in It

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News, reviews, and interviews: a report on North Korea, listeners share favorite Christmas music, a commentary on the Salvation Army, current legal cases, and the story behind a well-known Christmas poem

In this week's program, Mindy Belz reports on an unexpected changing of the guard for North Korea, TW&E listeners share their favorite songs of Christmas, Andrée Seu comments on the Salvation Army, a look at some current legal cases, the story behind a well-known Christmas poem, and much more.

Program Segments

Hour A, Segment 1

A surge for Santorum in Iowa?

An unexpected changing of the guard in North Korea

  • Prominent Iowa social conservatives Bob Vander Plaats and Chuck Hurley have endorsed former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) for the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus.
  • Read Joel Hannahs Web Extra report on the Santorum endorsement.
  • Mindy Belz is the editor of WORLD Magazine.

Hour A, Segment 2

A TW&E Series: "Favorite Songs of Christmas"

  • During December, our listeners are telling us about their favorite Christmas music.
  • This week, WORLD News Group CEO Kevin Martin highlights "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear." He also shares a recording of his father playing Christmas music on the piano. Kevin's dad made the recording just before advancing cancer robbed him of his ability to play.
  • Download the Christmas album Let It Snow by Jukebox Logic here—for free!

Hour A, Segment 3

Taking on the commercialization of Christmas—with satire

  • Learn more about Stan Freberg's 1958 recording, Green Chri$tma$.

Hour A, Segment 4

Listeners talk about their favorite songs of Christmas

  • Canadian folk singer Cat Yahnke's recording of "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming"—and her entire album of O Night Divine—can be heard online here.
  • Twila Paris's 1989 recording of "In the Bleak Midwinter" (under the title "Midwinter") is available as an mp3 download here.

Hour A, Segment 5

Andrée Seu commentary: The Salvation Army does war with the devil

  • Commentator Andrée Seu is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine. Today's commentary is adapted from an article that appeared in WORLD.

Hour B, Segment 1

Legal roundup: Religious freedom vs. professional prerogatives; pre-trial arguments in WikiLeaks case; Sister Wives patriarch challenges polygamy law

Encouraging news on the economy

  • Mary Reichard is the legal affairs correspondent for The World and Everything in It.
  • Warren Cole Smith covers business and economic news for WORLD News Group.

Hour B, Segment 2

A TW&E series: "Favorite Songs of Christmas"

Hour B, Segment 3

The story behind a well-known Christmas poem

Hour B, Segment 4

A TW&E series: "Favorite Songs of Christmas"

  • TW&E co-host Nick Eicher likes Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan's recording of "Silent Night."
  • Learn more about the Ten Commandments parchment that is on display through Jan. 2 at Discovery Times Square in New York City.

Hour B, Segment 5

The most influential person in all of history

  • "One Solitary Life" was written in 1926 by Dr. James Allen Francis, pastor of the First Baptist of Los Angeles. Learn more about "One Solitary Life" here.
  • Find out more about Jesus of Nazareth and the most consequential life of all time.
Dec. 24, 2011


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