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News, reviews, and interviews: The Olasky Interview, Komen foundation and Planned Parenthood, Tuskegee Airmen versus racism, hostility at Vanderbilt, a film review of a silent movie
In this week's program, the Olasky Interview with author Bill Bennett, the Komen foundation cuts Planned Parenthood grants - then doesn't, the Tuskegee Airmen fight racism, hostility toward religious freedom at Vanderbilt University, a film review of a silent movie, and much more.
Hour A, Segment 1
Catholics, evangelicals battle Obama administration over health mandates
Komen foundation cuts grants to Planned Parenthood—or maybe not
Hour A, Segment 2
The Olasky Interview: Bill Bennett
- Former Education Secretary William J. Bennett is the author/compiler of America: The Last Best Hope (Thomas Nelson, 2007) and The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood (Thomas Nelson, 2011). He is also the host of Bill Bennett's Morning in America on the Salem Radio Network.
Hour A, Segment 3
Taking a stand: The Tuskegee Airmen fight racism
- In 1945, Lt. Quentin P. Smith and 100 other African-American officers refused an unjust order—and got the attention of a president. Reporter Joel Hannahs reports the story in the Feb. 11 issue of WORLD Magazine.
- Audio of Quentin Smith on TW&E is courtesy of Chicago's Pritzker Military Library.
Hour A, Segment 4
Hostility to religious freedom at Nashville's Vanderbilt University
- Carol Swain is on the faculty of Vanderbilt University Law School. She is the author of Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise (Thomas Nelson, 2011).
- Learn more about the Vanderbilt situation at VanderbiltReligiousFreedom.com.
- Mary Reichard is the legal affairs correspondent for The World and Everything in It.
Hour A, Segment 5
Listener comments about TW&E
- It's our half-birthday—or semi-anniversary (take your pick). Today we celebrate with some listener feedback!
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Hour B, Segment 1
Is an Israeli strike on Iran imminent?
House votes to freeze federal worker pay
Employment picture improves, but consumers still not too confident
Making the pro-life case at the National Prayer Breakfast
- The Congressional Budget Office released a study Jan. 30 showing that many federal workers receive better benefits and pay packages than comparable private sector workers.
- Warren Cole Smith covers business and economic news for World News Group.
- World News Group's Emily Belz reported on Eric Metaxas' address at the National Prayer Breakfast. Read "No pious baloney."
Hour B, Segment 2
TW&E Series: Notable Speeches Past and Present
- This week, we bring you a January 2012 speech by former White House speechwriter Michael Gerson. His speech was part of the January Series of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Gerson is the co-author (with Peter Wehner) of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (Moody, 2010).
Hour B, Segment 3
A silent film is nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Film
Newsboys founder Peter Furler—going solo
- Michael Leaser's review of The Artist can be found in the Feb. 11 issue of WORLD Magazine. See the trailer for The Artist and clips from the film here.
Hour B, Segment 4
Attorney General Holder gets chilly reception at hearing on failed gun sting
- The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday's rancorous House hearing. Read "Lawmakers Investigating Gun Scheme May Cite Holder for Contempt."
- Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Learn more about the "Fast and Furious" investigation here.
Hour B, Segment 5
The TW&E History Book
- Feb. 5, 1597 — The Japanese government puts to death 20 Japanese Christians and six European missionaries by crucifixion. The 26 were deemed a threat to Japanese society. Watch the trailer for for the forthcoming short film, 26 Martyrs.
- Feb. 5, 1937 — President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposes increasing the number of Supreme Court justices (and judges on other federal courts). Roosevelt's "court-packing" plan (as critics called it) was defeated in Congress.
- Feb. 6, 1952 — Britain's King George VI dies in his sleep at age 56. He is succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II.
- Feb. 4, 2004 — Facebook is founded by Mark Zuckerberg. The social-networking site now has nearly 850 million members.