Jan. 12, 2013
The World and Everything in It

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New national security team, the persecuted church, White House and gun control, 'Downton Abbey,' and redeeming a pop hymn

New national security team, Cal Thomas, Vice President Joe Biden's talks on gun control, Supreme Court rejects challenge to President Obama stem cell research, January pro-life series with Hadley Arkes, 'Downton Abbey,' Open Door releases persecution list, pastor taken to court for speech in foreign country, John Stonestreet on the persecuted church, Georgia Power to shut coal plants, markets and the economy, Pastor Louie Giglio forced to bow out of inauguration, notable speech by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Robert George on marriage, reality TV show women struggling with aftermath of abortion, redeeming ‘Hallelujah,’ The History Book, and more.

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Program Segments

Hour A, Segment 1

The new national security team

Commentator Cal Thomas: Questions about Hagel

Vice President hosts roundtable meetings to discuss changes in gun control policies

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

Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated columnist. Read his recent article “Hagel and defense.”

Christina Darnell is a general assignment reporter for The World and Everything in It.

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Hour A, Segment 2

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Obama stem cell research

Positioning the pro-life message: Dr. Hadley Arkes


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

WORLD News Group reporter Emily Belz has been following the story on the court challenge to stem cell research. Read her articles “Case dismissed” and “Court dismissal.”

Dr. Hadley Arkes is an American political scientist, professor at Amherst College, and author of Natural Rights and the Right to Choose (Cambridge University Press, 2004).


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Hour A, Segment 3

Downton Abbey returns


Meghan Basham is the entertainment editor for WORLD News Group. The third season of Downton Abbey airs Sunday nights on PBS.

Writer Todd Dorman asks “Why is God still absent from Downton Abbey?” at Christianity Today


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Hour A, Segment 4

Open Doors releases persecution list

American pastor taken to court in U.S. for speech in foreign country


J.C. Derrick is a Washington-based reporter for WORLD News Group.

Open Doors International released its annual ranking of places in the world where Christian believers are most heavily persecuted. View the latest Watch List here.

Mary Reichard is a legal correspondent for The World and Everything in It. Ugandan-based group Sexual Minorities of Uganda has filed suit against the Rev. Scott Lively in a U.S. court, claiming that his criticism of homosexual behavior is a “crime against humanity.”


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Hour A, Segment 5

Commentator John Stonestreet on an American evangelical blind spot: The Persecuted church

John Stonestreet is a Fellow for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and host of The Point, a daily radio feature on worldview and culture

In a letter this week, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) urged Christian leaders to speak out on behalf of the persecuted church. You can read that letter here

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Hour B, Segment 1

Georgia Power shutting plants to meet federal environmental regulations

Wall Street earnings reports begin, unemployment claims up

Pastor Louie Giglio withdraws from Obama inauguration

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

Tim Echols is a member of the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). This week, Georgia Power said it will ask the state PSC for approval to retire several coal and oil plants to comply with stricter federal rules aimed at reducing air pollution.

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

Steve Coleman is the religion editor for the Associated Press. For more on Louie Giglio’s inauguration withdrawal, read this article by WORLD News Group writer Leigh Jones. Giglio's blog post about his decision is here.

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Hour B, Segment 2

Notable Speech: President Eisenhower’s 1961 Farewell Address

President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his Farewell Address in January 1961. He spoke of finding the right balance between “actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future.”

You can read the entire speech here (PDF).

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Hour A, Segment 3

Robert George: What is marriage?

Dr. Robert George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, where he also heads the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He is a co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (Encounter Books, 2012).

You can watch the complete discussion, hosted by The Heritage Foundation.

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Hour A, Segment 4

New reality TV show about women struggling with the aftermath of having an abortion

Redeeming 'Hallelujah'

Emily Whitten reviews films and books for WORLD News Group. Read her review here of the new reality-TV show Surrender the Secret.

WORLD News Group Marvin Olasky recently argued that Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” lyrics are a “brooding, angst-filled, lonely ode to failure”—so he rewrote them. Then he invited readers to perform the song and submit it.

In this segment, we feature the recordings of two WORLD readers who performed Olasky’s new version of the song: Ben Ghormley from Conway, Ark., and Nathan Petersheim of Goshen, Ind.

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Hour A, Segment 5

The History Book

Jan. 15, 1919 — Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston bursts. A wave of molasses rushes through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.

Jan. 15, 1967 — The Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeate the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first Super Bowl.

Jan. 13, 1982 — Just after takeoff from Washington's National Airport, an Air Florida 737 crashes into the 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 people.

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