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Culture Friday, a $46 million dollar Rockwell, the American Songbook, St. Nicholas
Today’s news, plus Culture Friday with John Stonestreet, examining the reason behind Christian persecution -- also: an unidentified buyer pays $46 million for a Norman Rockwell original, Bob Case discusses the most popular Christmas song ever, we remember St. Nicholas, and more
The loss of Mandela: The world mourns the loss and celebrates the life of civil rights icon Nelson Mandela.
Minimum wage protests: Fast food patrons had to cross picket lines to order burgers and fries at McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other quick service restaurants Wednesday. The demonstration, part of a multi-city protest demanding an increase in the minimum wage.
Islamic radicalism: Congressman Adam Schiff says growing Islamic radicalism among rebel factions in Syria has put the country’s minority Christians at greatest risk.
Business/economy: U.S. stocks fell on Thursday. Business reporter Warren Smith explains that the drop was a return to the peculiar pattern of good news actually being bad news for the markets.
Culture Friday: The tragedy of the global persecution
John Stonestreet of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview discusses why Christians are being persecuted in the Middle East, North Africa and other places.
Norman Rockwell’s painting 'Saying Grace' sells for $46 million
A 1951 work by Norman Rockwell, depicting an older woman a young boy praying before their meal in a restaurant, has fetched the highest price ever paid at auction for a piece of American art.
American Songbook: The top-selling record of all time
Today, Bob Case discusses a Christmas recording that has made an indelible mark on American culture.
The man called St. Nicholas
On Dec. 6, 345, a Christian bishop named Nicholas passed away in Myra (present-day Turkey). Stories of his generosity eventually became part of the Christmas tradition, and St. Nicholas became the basis for Santa Claus.