Jan. 5, 2013
The World and Everything in It

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Visiting a missions conference that attracted 16,000 young people, a conversation with the co-founder of Walden Media, and a visit to the home video screening room with Phil Boatwright, plus Hobby Lobby pushes back hard against the Obamacare birth-control mandate

Fiscal cliff deal, Cal Thomas, Hobby Lobby defies mandate, Mark Tooley, religion and the new Congress, Urbana 2012 and student missions, Passion 2013 fighting slavery, The Olasky Interview with Micheal Flaherty, Andrée Seu Peterson, gun control, markets and economy update, notable speech by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Phil Boatwright with home video reviews, passing of Patti Page, Georgia pro-life bill blocked, positioning the pro-life message, Charmaine Yoest, The History Book, and more.

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Program Segments

Hour A, Segment 1

Fleshing out the fiscal deal: Big drama, small results 

Commentator Cal Thomas: Passage of the fiscal bill shows more of the same

Hobby Lobby defies mandate, prompting staggering fines


Kent Covington covers politics for The World and Everything in It

Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated columnist. Read his recent column “More of the same.” 

Steve Jordahl is a reporter for The World and Everything in It

Read “Obeying immoral laws” for more on Hobby Lobby’s decision to defy Obamacare’s HHS mandate, which requires the retailer to provide abortifacients in its employee healthcare plan. 


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Hour A, Segment 2

Mark Tooley: Secularization is not the wave of the future

Religious diversity and the new Congress


Author Mark Tooley is president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He writes regularly for The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, and other publications. Read his article in The American Spectator, titled “Religion highlights of 2012.” Also see "God is alive and well in America, says Gallup chief" from Religion News Service.

A analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life on the religious affiliations of the 113th Congress concludes that Congress is more religiously diverse and less devout than past years. Click here for that full report. 


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Hour A, Segment 3

Urbana 2012: College students and Christian missions

Passion 2013: Ending slavery and human trafficking


Kristen Eicher is an intern with The World and Everything in It. She visited The Urbana Student Missions Conference—held in St. Louis—which equips and encourages young people in global missions.

Steve Coleman is the religion editor for The Associated Press. The Passion 2013 Conference was held in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. 


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Hour A, Segment 4

The Olasky Interview: Micheal Flaherty, Walden Media


The Olasky Interview series features conversations with newsmakers, writers, business leaders, and other influencers of the culture with interviewer Marvin Olasky, editor in chief of WORLD News Group.

Micheal Flaherty is the co-founder and president of Walden Media, the company that produced Amazing Grace, Won’t Back Down, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Watch the full interview (video), courtesy of Patrick Henry College in Virginia.


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Hour A, Segment 5

Commentator Andrée Seu Peterson: Guardrails, escape hatches, and safe havens


Commentator Andrée Seu Peterson is a columnist for WORLD News Group and the author of We Shall Have Spring Again (World and Life Books).


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Hour B, Segment 1

Gun control: A conversation with author John Lott

Fiscal cliff, government debt, and lethargic job growth


Kent Covington covers politics and current events for The World and Everything in It.

John Lott is an American economist and political commentator and the author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding the Gun Control Laws (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

Warren Cole Smith covers markets and the economy for WORLD News Group. Read his regular column “Signs and Wonders.”


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Hour B, Segment 2

Notable speech: President Lyndon B. Johnson declares war on poverty


In his first State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “war on poverty in America.” Read the January 1964 speech in its entirety.


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Hour B, Segment 3

Home video screening room: Brave and Sparkle

Notable death: 'The Singing Rage' Patti Page


Film reviewer Phil Boatwright is the editor of PreviewOnline.org. He is also the author of Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Really Bad (CreateSpace, 2009).

Read his full reviews of Brave and Sparkle.

Patti Page was the best-selling female singer of the 1950s. She died on New Year’s Day at the age of 85.


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Hour B, Segment 4

Georgia state judge blocks pro-life bill

Positioning the pro-life message: AUL president Charmaine Yoest


Reporter Kate Rhea covers pro-life news for The World and Everything in It

Susan Olasky is the books and lifestyle editor for WORLD News Group. She also co-founded and chaired the Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center in Austin, Texas. 

Charmaine Yoest is president and CEO of Americans United for Life, a legal arm of the pro-life movement. 


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Hour B, Segment 5

The History Book


Jan. 6, 1838—Inventor Samuel F.B. Morse successfully tests his electric telegraph in Morristown, N.J.

Jan. 6, 1941—President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his now-famous "Four Freedoms" speech in the State of the Union address.

Jan. 7, 1979—The Cambodian capital of Phenom Penh falls to invading Vietnamese forces.


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