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A new plan for overhauling U.S. Immigration laws, possible changes in the BSA, and the connection between pornography and sex trafficking, plus commentary from Cal Thomas and John Stonestreet
Birth-control mandate update, immigration roundup, Boy Scouts of America proposed policy to include homosexuals, remembering Ed Koch and Patty Andrews, Saeed Abedini faces eight years in Iranian prison, violence and football, Notable Speech by Gov. Bobby Jindal, John Stonestreet, Black History Month, AlfonZo Rachel, markets and the economy, Cal Thomas, Olasky Interview, Donna Rice Hughes, Megan Basham on forthcoming movies of 2013, National School Choice Week, 'Blended' education, The History Book, and more
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Hour A, Segment 1
Obama administration updates 'accommodations' in birth-control mandate
Boy Scouts of America considers inclusion of homosexuals
Kent Covington is a political reporter for The World and Everything in It.
The BSA National Board will discuss a proposal to lift the long-held ban on homosexuality among scouts and leaders. Read “Scouts suggest surrender” by Warren Cole Smith.
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Hour A, Segment 2
Remembering Ed Koch and Patty Andrews
Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini faces eight years in brutal Iranian prison
Ed Koch served as mayor of New York City for 12 years from 1978-1989. He passed away Feb. 1 at age 88—on the same day that a film documentary about his life premiered in New York.
Patty Andrews was the last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters, a singing group that earned 19 gold records, mostly during the 1940s. She died Jan. 30 at 94.
U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini was arrested during a recent trip to Iran to wrap up details on building an orphanage. He was brought before a judge known as the “hanging judge,” who sentenced the Iranian-American pastor to eight years in a brutal Iranian prison for his earlier work in assisting Iranian house churches. His wife is asking the U.S. government to take swift action but says Abedini would ask Christians to pray for God’s glory. “More than my needs, more than what my family’s needs are, his heart’s desire, and my heart’s desire is that [God’s] kingdom would come.”
Hour A, Segment 3
Violence and the game of professional football
Mark Bergin covers sports for WORLD Magazine. He is also a church planter in the Chicago area.
Hour A, Segment 4
Notable Speech: Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) on reorienting the Republican Party
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) spoke at the RNC Winter Meeting in Charlotte, N.C. on Jan. 24, 2013. The full text of his remarks is here.
Hour A, Segment 5
Alone together: Losing touch with each other in a world of “social” media
Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and the author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (Basic Books, 2012).
Hour B, Segment 1
Black History Month: An interview with political humorist AlfonZo Rachel
Markets and the economy: Strong January on Wall Street, but clouds loom
Commentator Cal Thomas: Hardball journalism gone soft
Kent Covington covers politics and current events for The World and Everything in It.
AlfonZo Rachel is a conservative social/political humorist. His satirical video commentaries, called, ZoNation, are featured at PJTV.com.
Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated columnist. Read his recent column “60 Minutes’ missed opportunity.”
Hour B, Segment 2
The Olasky Interview: Donna Rice Hughes
Donna Rice Hughes is president and CEO of Enough is Enough, a non-profit organization that leads initiatives to make the Internet safer for children and families.
Read “Coming home,” published in the Feb. 9 issue of WORLD Magazine. A video of the full conversation between WORLD News Group editor in chief Marvin Olasky and Donna Rice Hughes is posted at the end of the article.
Hour B, Segment 3
Looking ahead at the 2013 box office: A year of established franchises
Megan Basham is the entertainment editor for WORLD News Group. Read her article “Prequels and sequels,” published in the Jan. 26 issue of WORLD Magazine.
Hour B, Segment 4
National School Choice Week
'Blended' education is mixing online and in-class instruction
National School Choice Week is an annual event aimed at empowering parents with more say in where their children attend school. Learn more in "Next stop school choice" by WORLD News Group's Jill Nelson.
Joy Pullmann covers education stories for The World and Everything in It. She is editor of School Reform News. She reports that a mix of online and in-person instruction is changing the education marketplace.
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Hour B, Segment 5
The TW&E History Book
Feb. 5, 1597 — Seen as threat to Japanese society, a group of 20 Japanese Christians and six European missionaries are killed by the government of Japan.
Feb. 2, 1887—Punxsutawney, Pa., holds its first Groundhog Day festival, coinciding with the Christian religious observance of Candlemas.
Feb. 4, 2004—Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize homosexual marriage. Four members of the state's seven-member Supreme Judicial Court rule that a man should be allowed marry a man and a woman marry a woman. The state legislature blocked attempts to allow Massachusetts voters to decide if the ruling should be overturned by constitutional amendment.