March 9, 2013
The World and Everything in It

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Chavez dies, Sen. Paul filibusters, and Christian broadcasters hold confab -- plus Arkansas acts to protect the unborn, Arsenio Orteza reviews Boz Scaggs' 'Memphis,' and Andrée Seu Peterson comments on growing gender confusion

Venezuela's Chavez dies, Sen. Paul filibusters on drones, sequester fallout, National Religious Broadcasters focuses on religious liberty, Arkansas enacts most protective abortion law in the nation, heathcare conscience rights, Jonathan Last on America's demographic decline, pushback on plastic-bag bans, Arsenio Orteza reviews Boz Scaggs' 'Memphis,' Andrée Seu Peterson on gender confusion, public-interest lawyers fighting for economic liberty, mission to Mars seeks volunteers, The History Book, and more.

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Program Segments

Hour A, Segment 1

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, friend of U.S. enemies, succumbs to cancer at age 58

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) draws attention to drone issue by holding floor for 12 hours, 52 minutes

Federal budget sequester has financial and political fallout

Read "Brennan gets confirmed, Paul gets concession" by WORLD News Group's J.C. Derrick.

Kent Covington is a political reporter for The World and Everything in It.

Read "White House hysteria" by WORLD News Group reporter Edward Lee Pitts.


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Hour A, Segment 2

Christian broadcasters meet, focus on religious-liberty issues


The group National Religious Broadcasters held its annual convention March 2-5 in Nashville, Tenn. The convention's Facebook page is here.

Reporter Steve Coleman is religion editor for the Associated Press.

Attorney Mat Staver is the chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of the Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va.

Attorney Kelly Shackelford is the president and CEO of Liberty Institute in Plano, Texas.


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Hour A, Segment 3

Music review: Boz Scaggs’ Memphis


Arsenio Orteza covers music for WORLD News Group.

Boz Scaggs released his new album Memphis released Mar. 5, 2013.  


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Hour A, Segment 4

Arkansas legislators override governor's veto to enact most protective abortion law in the nation

Premature baby delivered by Caesarian section after expectant mother dies in hit-and-run accident

'Paper or plastic?' Not in Austin, Texas, after city bans plastic grocery bags

Read "Arkansas’ new abortion law won’t stop a beating heart" by WORLD News Group's Whitney Williams.

Christina Darnell is a field producer for The World and Everything in It.

In response to the Austin, Texas, ban of plastic grocery bags, Texas state Rep. Drew Springer (R) has introduced "The Shopping Bag Freedom Act."


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Hour A, Segment 5

Commentator Andrée Seu Peterson: A great delusion


Commentator Andrée Seu Peterson is a columnist for WORLD News Group and the author of We Shall Have Spring Again (World and Life Books). Read her recent column “A great delusion” on which her audio commentary is based.


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Hour B, Segment 1

Jonathan Last on America’s shrinking population

Markets and the economy

Jonathan V. Last is an American journalist and author of What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster (Encounter Books, 2013).

Warren Cole Smith is vice president of WORLD News Group. He covers business and economic news for The World and Everything in It. Read his online column “Dollars and Sense.”


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Hour B, Segment 2

The Olasky Interview: Institute of Justice’s Chip Mellor


Chip Mellor is president and cofounder of the Institute of Justice, a civil liberties law firm.

For more, read the article and watch a full video of the conversation between WORLD News Group editor in chief Marvin Olasky and Chip Mellor, conducted at Patrick Henry College in Virginia.

Read "Colorado appeals court: Douglas County school voucher system legal" from The Denver Post.


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Hour B, Segment 3

Privately funded mission to Mars looks for volunteer couple to be astronauts


Read "Mars mission poses greater risk to human life than NASA would allow" from The Guardian. Visit the Inspiration Mars website.

Michael Cochrane the science and technology correspondent for The World and Everything in It.


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Hour B, Segment 4

House conservatives introduce Health Care Conscience Rights Act

Slice of life essay: A cozy fire and a room full of smoke

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) issued this news release about Health Care Conscience Rights Act. Read these related stories: "Second attempt" by WORLD News Group reporter Emily Belz and "Hospital policy protects pro-life nurse's choice" by WORLD News Group's Angela Lu.

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

TW&E's slice-of-life essayist Albin Sadar works for a media production company in New York.


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Hour B, Segment 5

The History Book


March 10, 1876—Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call, saying "Mr. Watson, come here, I want you."

March 9, 1954—Newsman Edward R. Murrow critically showcases Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's anti-Communism campaign on the CBS-TV broadcast See It Now.

March 10, 1985—Mikhail Gorbachev is chosen to succeed the late Soviet President Konstantin Chernenko. Gorbachev ends up presiding over the dissolution of the Soviet Union.


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