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News, reviews, and interviews: Contraceptive mandate and California marriage, Notable Speeches, Santorum's surge, technology and books, a TV review of 'Alcatraz'
In this week's program: President Obama tries to put out a religious-freedom firestorm while a federal court lights one; Eric Metaxas and the National Prayer Breakfast; Rick Santorum on a roll; news, technology, culture reviews, interviews, and much more.
Hour A, Segment 1
Obama offers 'an accommodation' on birth-control mandate
Federal court tells California it can't define marriage as one man/one woman
- Seeking to quell a political backlash, President Obama tries to mollify religious employers upset over his administration's earlier demand that such groups provide employee health insurance that covers contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. World News Group's Emily Belz reported the story in "No details."
- Learn more about the Alliance Defense Fund.
- Mary Reichard is the legal affairs correspondent for The World and Everything in It.
Hour A, Segment 2
TW&E Series: Notable Speeches Past and Present
- This week, we present an excerpt from author Eric Metaxas' recent address at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Metaxes is the author of Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery (HarperOne, 2007) and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Thomas Nelson, 2010).
- For more on Eric Metaxas' address, read the World News Group story, "No pious baloney."
Hour A, Segment 3
Hour A, Segment 4
Dickens at 200
The voice of Otto Von Bismarck
Hour A, Segment 5
The National Preach-In on Global Warming
Commentator David Fischler blogs at The Reformed Pastor. Learn more about the Preach-In (PDF).
- Read the Feb. 8 news release titled "Pro-Life Leaders Call for End to Misleading Environmentalist Campaign."
Hour B, Segment 1
Resigned Komen executive decries 'shakedown' by Planned Parenthood
More troubles for Greece—but U.S. economy shows improvement
Hour B, Segment 2
TW&E Series: Let the Candidate Speak
Leading to the Super Tuesday primaries on March 6, we're featuring presentations by the four leading GOP presidential candidates.
This week, we present excerpts from the audiobook edition of Rediscovering God in America by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, published by Oasis Audio. To find out how to order the full audiobook, go here.
Hour B, Segment 3
Hour B, Segment 4
A Valentine's visit to the TW&E Book Nook
Off the Beaten Path—with Steve Moore
Susan Olasky is the books and lifestyle editor of World News Group.
This week she talks about The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch (Scribner, 2012), Bringing Sex into Focus: The Quest for Sexual Integrity by Caroline J. Simon (IVP Academic, 2011), As Good as It Gets by Stephen M. Clark (Wipf & Stock, 2010), and The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire (Zondervan, 2012). Read Susan's reviews of these books in the Feb. 11 issue of WORLD Magazine.
- Steve Moore is TW&E's Off the Beaten Path reporter. He likes to find stories you probably haven't heard about elsewhere. Steve is also the co-host of the daily radio program MoneyWise from Compass—finances God's way.
Hour B, Segment 5
The TW&E History Book
- Feb. 12, 1924 — George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue premieres in New York City.
- Feb. 11, 1945 — President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Josef Stalin conclude a conference at Yalta in the Crimea by signing a series of agreements on the governance of post-World War II Europe.
- Feb. 11, 1990 — After being held for 27 years, Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison near Cape Town, South Africa.
- Feb. 12, 1999 — The U.S. Senate votes to acquit President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. The case a case involved the president's attempt to conceal a sexual relationship with a former White House intern.