Feb. 25, 2012
The World and Everything in It

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News, reviews, and interviews: The Santorum stumble and the battle for religious conscience rights, Mitt Romney speaks, technology and books, and a look at the Academy Awards

In this week's program: Rick Santorum bogs down in final debate ahead of Arizona and Michigan primaries, the rights of conscience and religious freedom win crucial support, a preview of the Academy Awards, Mitt Romney speaks, and "How the Potato Changed the World." Plus: Afghanistan and the Quran, Iran and nuclear weapons, population growth, mystery novels, the markets, and the history book.

Program Segments

Hour A, Segment 1

Frontrunner Santorum suffers the slings and arrows

Suit against UT-Austin asks court to end race-based admissions policy

Federal court upholds conscience protections for pharmacists

Hour A, Segment 2

More colleges file lawsuits in response to Obama administration's birth-control insurance mandate

Religious leaders send letter to President Obama protesting the mandate

Hour A, Segment 3

Why do relatively unpopular films dominate the Academy Awards?

  • Megan Basham is the entertainment editor for World News Group.
  • Read her article "Oscar's filter" from the Feb. 25 issue of WORLD Magazine.

Hour A, Segment 4

Mother of five serving life term in Texas will get an appeal

How the lowly potato changed the world

Hour A, Segment 5

America's fertility rate is best in the West, but to whom much is given ...

  • Commentator Joel Belz is the founder of WORLD Magazine.

Hour B, Segment 1

Afghans riot despite U.S. apology for inadvertent Quran burning at a military base

Stocks and gas prices rise

Iran snubs International Atomic Energy Agency on nuclear program

  • The UK's Telegraph newspaper reports on the Afghanistan protests here.
  • Warren Cole Smith covers business and economic news for World News Group.
  • The IAEA has information online about Iran's nuclear program.

Hour B, Segment 2

TW&E Series: Let the Candidate Speak

Ahead of the Super Tuesday primaries on March 6, we're featuring presentations by the four leading GOP presidential candidates.

This week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's reads from his book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (sound is from the audio edition of his book and is provided courtesy of Macmillan Audio). Romney's campaign website is here.

Hour B, Segment 3

The TW&E Book Nook: 4 recent mysteries

  • Susan Olasky is the books and lifestyle editor for World News Group. This week, she talks about The Queen by Steven James, The Hunter by John Lescroart, All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen, and The Blind Spy by Alex Dryden.
  • Susan writes about these recent mysteries in the Feb. 25 issue of WORLD Magazine.

Hour B, Segment 4

Southern Baptist leaders embrace proposal for alternate denominational name

TW&E's Nick Eicher shines in Name That Tune competition

  • Learn more about the proposal that would make Great Commission Baptists an "alternate descriptor" for Southern Baptists.
  • The Name That Tune competition at the annual gathering of National Religious Broadcasters is hosted by Bob Lepine of FamilyLife Today.

Hour B, Segment 5

The TW&E History Book

  • Feb. 25, 1870 — Hiram R. Revels, R-Miss., becomes the first black member of the United States Senate.
  • Feb. 25, 1913 — The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to levy and collect an income tax. Such a tax previously had been ruled unconstitutional.
  • Feb. 26, 1993 — A bomb explodes in a parking garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000. That terrorist attack was carried out by Islamist militants, all of whom were captured, convicted, and sentenced.
Feb. 25, 2012


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