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Thursday, September 16, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 5:12): ────────────────── ‘How Much Is A Little Girl Worth?’: Gymnasts Tell Riveting and Wrenching Testimony in Senate Hearing Against Larry Nassar Highlighting Failure by FBI BBC NEWS Simone Biles: 'I Blame System That Enabled Larry Nassar Abuse' PART 2 (5:13 - 18:1): ────────────────── Great Moment of Disclosure: Texas Abortion Law Unveils Divide in Pro-Life Conservatives Between Those Who Are Willing To Legalize Anti-Abortion Laws to Protect the Sanctity of Life and Those Who Are Not THE BULWARK (JONATHAN V. LAST) Why I Opted Out of the Abortion Wars THE BULWARK (MONA CHAREN) Why This Pro-Life Conservative Is Voting for Biden NEW YORK TIMES (GAIL COLLINS AND BRET STEPHENS) History Can Close In on Us Awfully Fast PART 3 (18:2 - 24:35): ────────────────── The Great Divide Now Evident: The Sanctity of Human Is Not Just an “Issue”

24mins

16 Sep 2021

Rank #1

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 16:15): ────────────────── America’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lands in Controversy — What Does This Mean for America’s Constitutional Order? FOX NEWS (KYLE MORRIS) Milley Secretly Called Chinese Officials Out of Fear Trump Would 'Attack' in Final Days, Book Claims PART 2 (16:16 - 19:54): ────────────────── The Parable of Bitcoin: The Digital Is Never Merely Digital, for We Live in a World That is Made of Matter NEW YORK TIMES (JON HUANG, CLAIRE O’NEILL AND HIROKO TABUCHI) Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible? PART 3 (19:55 - 22:38): ────────────────── Sometimes the New Solution is Worse than the Old Problem? “Experts” Argue that One Climate Solution May Be Worse than the Problem NEW YORK TIMES (HIROKO TABUCHI) Biden Outlines a Plan for Cleaner Jet Fuel. But How Clean Would It Be?

22mins

15 Sep 2021

Rank #2

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 6:56): ────────────────── History to Be Made Today in California — Will Governor Gavin Newsom Become Only 2nd Governor Recalled in History of the State? What Are the Implications for the Nation? PART 2 (6:57 - 13:0): ────────────────── Worldview Significance of the Recall Election in California: How Can A Governor Be Recalled, And Who Can Be Voted In Replacement? The Answers To Those Questions Could Determine A Major Shift in the Political Landscape of California PART 3 (13:1 - 21:55): ────────────────── ‘Who Let God Into the Legislative Chamber?’: The Secular Left’s God Problem NEW YORK TIMES (LINDA GREENHOUSE) God Has No Place in Supreme Court Opinions PART 4 (21:56 - 24:33): ────────────────── Activists Are Calling for ‘Shark Attacks’ to Be Renamed ‘Shark Encounters’ — But if a Shark Bites Me, I’m Calling it an Attack NEW YORK TIMES (ALAN YUHAS) Don’t Call Them ‘Shark Attacks,’ Scientists Say

24mins

14 Sep 2021

Rank #3

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Monday, September 13, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 4:28): ────────────────── Thinking Seriously About President Biden‘s Sweeping Vaccine Mandate That Will Cover Nearly 100 Million Americans NEW YORK TIMES (KATIE ROGERS AND SHERYL GAY STOLBERG) Biden Mandates Vaccines for Workers, Saying, ‘Our Patience Is Wearing Thin’ PART 2 (4:29 - 13:40): ────────────────── The Complex Issues of a Federal Vaccine Mandate: Evaluating President Biden’s Coercive Move — Moral, Constitutional, and Political Considerations NEW YORK TIMES (JIM TANKERSLEY) Biden’s New Vaccine Push Is a Fight for the U.S. Economy PART 3 (13:41 - 18:30): ────────────────── More Woke Than Capitalism: Virtue Signaling in Corporate World as Salesforce CEO Commits to Move Anyone With Hindered Access to ‘Reproductive Healthcare’ From Texas — Or Any Other State CNBC (JORDAN NOVET) Salesforce Offers to Relocate Employees and Their Families After Texas Abortion Law Goes Into Effect CNN (RAMISHAH MARUF) Salesforce Said It Will Help Employees Leave Texas Due to Abortion Law PART 4 (18:31 - 25:0): ────────────────── A Parable of Post-Christian Religion: John Shelby Spong, Non-Theist Episcopal Bishop Dies at 90 WASHINGTON TIMES (MARK A. KELLNER) John Shelby Spong, Liberal Episcopal Bishop, Dies at Age 90 PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY (JOHN SHELBY SPONG) Charting the New Reformation: The Twelve Theses PROGRESSING SPIRIT (JOHN SHELBY SPONG) Oklahoma! A State in Transition

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13 Sep 2021

Rank #4

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Friday, September 10, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 8:52): ────────────────── 20 Years After 9/11: Wake Up, We Live in a Dangerous World — Lessons from 9/11, Lesson One PART 2 (8:53 - 15:8): ────────────────── The Clash of Civilizations Is Real — Lessons From 9/11, Lesson Two FOREIGN AFFAIRS (SAMUEL P. HUNTINGTON) The Clash of Civilizations? PART 3 (15:9 - 17:53): ────────────────── Theology Really Matters, Islam Really Matters — Lessons From 9/11, Lesson Three PART 4 (17:54 - 22:21): ────────────────── The (Temporary) Collapse of Moral Relativism — Lessons from 9/11, Lesson Four

22mins

10 Sep 2021

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 10:24): ────────────────── Court Rules Against Catholic School’s Firing of a Gay Teacher — Warning Every Religious Institution of the Inevitable Clash of the Sexual Revolution and Religious Liberty ASSOCIATED PRESS Court Rules Catholic School Wrongfully Fired Gay Substitute PART 2 (10:25 - 14:12): ────────────────── The Culture of Death Scores Another Victory: Mexican Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion WASHINGTON POST (MARY BETH SHERIDAN AND ALEJANDRA IBARRA CHAOUL) Mexico Decriminalizes Abortion, A Dramatic Step in World’s Second-Biggest Catholic Country PART 3 (14:13 - 17:56): ────────────────── Gender Neutrality by Government Decree—Legislature of California Seeks to Push Itself Into Every Aspect of Life, Including the Toy Aisle THE HILL (NATALIE PRIEB) California Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Gender Neutral Sections in Department Stores PART 4 (17:57 - 22:53): ────────────────── Irony in the Academy? Study About Dishonesty Turns Out to Be Dishonest CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION (TOM BARTLETT) A Dishonest Study on Dishonesty Puts a Prominent Researcher on the Hot Seat PART 5 (22:54 - 24:46): ────────────────── Epimenides Paradox: Can You Trust a Liar Who Says He Is Lying?

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9 Sep 2021

Rank #6

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 12:21): ────────────────── Motherhood and Marriage Disconnecting? The Surge of U.S. College-Educated Women Having Babies Outside of Marriage and What it Means WALL STREET JOURNAL (JANET ADAMY) More College-Educated Women Are Having Babies Outside Marriage PART 2 (12:22 - 17:31): ────────────────── The Aspirational Trajectory of a Secularized Culture: A Society that Subverts Marriage Will Celebrate Marriage-Less Child-Rearing — To Its Own Demise THE TELEGRAPH (ROSA SILVERMAN) How ‘Out of Wedlock’ Went from an Insult to an Aspiration PART 3 (17:32 - 27:4): ────────────────── A Generation of American Young Men, Lost and in Crisis — And Not in College WALL STREET JOURNAL (DOUGLAS BELKIN) A Generation of American Men Give Up on College: ‘I Just Feel Lost’

27mins

8 Sep 2021

Rank #7

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 8:27): ────────────────── One of the Major Moral Decision Points in US History as Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Forces War Over Constitutionality and Public Policy of Laws on Abortion PART 2 (8:28 - 18:39): ────────────────── “I Do Not Want to Impose My Religious Beliefs Upon Others” to Pro-Abortion Rights Champion in Chief: History of Joe Biden’s Abortion Views Tells a Tragic Story — And Here is a Timeline CNN (KATE SULLIVAN) Biden Says Texas' Anti-Abortion Law is 'Almost Un-American' and 'Sort of Creates a Vigilante System' AMERICA MAGAZINE (ZAC DAVIS) Vice President Biden's Comments About Abortion in America Interview Kick Off New Conversations PART 3 (18:40 - 26:52): ────────────────── “When Does Human Life Begin?”: Our Answer to That Fundamental and Unavoidable Question Will Determine Our Policy, Our Politics, and Most Importantly, Our Moral Principles

26mins

7 Sep 2021

Rank #8

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Friday, September 3, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 9:30): ────────────────── The Sanctity of Human Life or the Sanctity of Court Precedents? The Single Word —Sanctity — Reveals the Great Moral Divide CBS NEWS (LI COHEN) Sotomayor Pens Scathing Dissent of Texas Abortion Ban: "Justices Have Opted to Bury Their Heads in the Sand" PART 2 (9:31 - 12:6): ────────────────── Pelosi Describes Supreme Court Decision as ‘Cowardly and Flagrantly Unconstitutional’, Setting the Stage for Congress to Debate Abortion WALL STREET JOURNAL (ELIZA COLLINS AND AARON ZITNER) Pelosi Plans Abortion-Rights Vote for House After Supreme Court’s Texas Decision PART 3 (12:7 - 20:8): ────────────────── Intersection of Liberal Religion and Pro-Abortion Movement: The Emergence of ‘Reproductive Freedom Congregations’ WASHINGTON POST (ALEJANDRA MOLINA) Churches are Getting Designated as ‘Reproductive Freedom Congregations’ UNIVERSITY BAPTIST CHURCH Buildings and History PART 4 (20:9 - 24:15): ────────────────── The Mailbox — Dr. Mohler Responds to Letters from Listeners About Issues Addressed on The Briefing PART 5 (24:16 - 27:3): ────────────────── ‘A Dairymaid Can Milk Cows to the Glory of God’: On Labor Day We Reflect on the Dignity and Calling of Work

27mins

3 Sep 2021

Rank #9

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 8:32): ────────────────── A Milestone in the Battle for Life: Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Law to Go Into Effect CNN (KATE SULLIVAN) Biden Blasts Texas' 6-Week Abortion Ban as 'Extreme' and Violation of a Constitutional Right PART 2 (8:33 - 13:32): ────────────────── Elections Have Consequences — and the Supreme Court is One of Those Consequences PART 3 (13:33 - 18:50): ────────────────── China Says “America Myth Down.” President Biden Says “Incredibly Successful.” Continued Humiliation After Afghanistan Evacuation WALL STREET JOURNAL (YAROSLAV TROFIMOV AND JEREMY PAGE) In Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Reshuffles Global Power Relations PART 4 (18:51 - 23:34): ────────────────── Actor Ed Asner, a Paragon of Liberalism in Hollywood, Dies at 91 NEW YORK TIMES (ANITA GATES) Ed Asner, Emmy-Winning Star of ‘Lou Grant’ and ‘Up,’ Dies at 91

23mins

2 Sep 2021

Rank #10