The Briefing

Daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations

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The Briefing 08-20-14

1) Response to 'Purge' hoax reveals fear of humans that law might be removed Social media 'Purge' campaigns spark fear of bloody copycats, USA Today...

  • Audio
  • Legal Marijuana
  • Sexual Identity
  • The Purge
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The Briefing 08-19-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Spread of Ebola aided by lack of cultural understanding of Western medical practice You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough About Ebola, Foreign...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Ebola
  • Parenting
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The Briefing 08-18-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Prominence of ISIS shows declaring peace does make peace Iraq Crisis: Islamic State Now Threat to West, Says U.S., Wall Street Journal (Siobhan Gorman, Tamer El-Ghobasy,...

  • Audio
  • Iraq
  • Islam
  • Parenting
  • President Obama
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The Briefing 08-15-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Explosive growth of Islam in US indicator of vast change in Christian mission field A New Mosque Rises—in Alaska, Wall Street Journal...

  • Audio
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The Briefing 08-14-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Tennessee judge breaks trend by upholding state's same sex marriage ban Tennessee judge breaks gay marriage's streak, The Hill (Mario Trujillo) Court...

  • Audio
  • Public School
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Transgender
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The Briefing 08-13-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Where is outrage in the Muslim world over atrocities in Iraq? Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Christian persecution in Iraq,...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Iraq
  • Isis
  • Parenting
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The Briefing 08-12-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Response to Robin Williams's death reveals how closely Americans identify with entertainers Robin Williams dies in apparent suicide; actor, comic was 63,...

  • Audio
  • China
  • Michael Brown
  • Pro-Life
  • Robin Williams
  • Theology
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The Briefing 08-11-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Centrality of US to world politics a temporary stewardship We may not like it, but Isis and Iraq remind us that we...

  • Audio
  • James Brady
  • Richard Nixon
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • World Politics
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The Briefing 08-08-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Genocide and persecution in Iraq rightly causes Pres. Obama to authorize air strikes Obama Authorizes Iraq Air Strikes Amid Genocide Threat, Bloomberg...

  • Audio
  • Iraq
  • Monogamy
  • Nixon
  • Same-Sex Marriage
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The Briefing 08-07-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Treatment of Ebola brings a morality of personal autonomy into conflict with a plague CDC issues highest-level alert for Ebola, USA Today...

  • Audio
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The Briefing 08-06-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Federal circuit courts begin considering state same sex marriage bans Gay Marriage Arguments Are Flooding Federal Courts, Huffington Post (Amanda Lee Myers)...

  • Audio
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Surrogacy
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The Briefing 08-05-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Cohabitation has become replacement for marriage in a massive moral shift Moving In and Moving On, Family Studies (Scott Stanley) Trends in...

  • Audio
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The Briefing 08-04-14

Podcast Transcript 1) West African Ebola outbreak reminder that man has not conquered pestilence CDC Director Says U.S. 'Surging' Efforts to Stop Ebola Outbreak, ABC...

  • Audio
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The Briefing Special Edition: Supreme Court Ruling on Hobby Lobby Case

Podcast Transcript This special edition of The Briefing is released in response to the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case. Today’s decision in...

  • Audio
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The Briefing 06-27-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Abortion counseling buffer zone law struck down in defense of free speech Mass. abortion clinic buffer zone law struck down, Boston Globe...

  • Audio
  • Buffer Zone law
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Massachusetts
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Summer jobs
  • Windsor
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Briefing 06-26-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Supreme Court's liberals and conservatives united on right to privacy Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones, New York Times (Adam Liptak) 2)...

  • Audio
  • Canada
  • Hollywood
  • Joe Biden
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 06-25-14

Podcast Transcript 1) United Methodist court reinstates defrocked minister in disregard of doctrinal fidelity Methodist Panel Reinstates Defrocked Pastor, New York Times (Michael Paulson and...

  • Audio
  • Autism
  • Childhood
  • Marijuana
  • Parenting
  • PCUSA
  • United Methodists
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The Briefing 06-24-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Significant Supreme Court decisions to be handed down this week Eight big cases await Supreme Court rulings, USA Today (Richard Wolf) 2)...

  • Audio
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The Briefing 06-23-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Creationism banned from all government funded UK schools triumph of materialistic worldview Teaching creationism as scientifically valid now banned in all UK public...

  • Audio
  • Creationism
  • gambling
  • Gender Identity
  • Schools
  • United Kingdom
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The Briefing 06-20-14

Podcast Transcript 1) PC(USA) affirms same-sex marriage, repudiating Scripture as membership declines Presbyterians vote to allow gay marriage, Religion News Service (Lauren Markoe) Presbyterian Church...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Hollywood
  • PCUSA
  • Same-Sex Marriage
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The Briefing 06-19-14

Podcast Transcript 1) World Cup popularity evidence of democratizing effect of soccer Why is the World Cup so popular?, Christian Science Monitor (Matthew Clark) A...

  • Audio
  • Fatherhood
  • Parenting
  • Sports
  • World Cup
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The Briefing 06-18-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Basis of theological authority cause of rifts now evident in Iraq Obama Pushes Iraqis to Mend Sectarian Rifts, New York Times (Mark...

  • Audio
  • Authority
  • Gallup Poll
  • Iraq
  • Union Theological Seminary
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The Briefing 06-17-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Polarization of U.S. exposes deep significance of worldview Political Polarization in the American Public, Pew Research Center In polarized United States, we...

  • Audio
  • Childhood
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Political polarization
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The Briefing 06-16-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Breakdown of nation of Iraq reminder of human inability to prevent catastrophe Why the rivalry between ISIS and al-Qaeda may lead to...

  • Audio
  • Fathers
  • Iraq
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The Briefing 06-13-14

Podcast Transcript 1) DC mayoral race a glimpse of future after the homosexual revolution Series of gay rights victories imbues elements of post-gay politics in...

  • Audio
  • PCUSA
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • SBC
  • United Methodist Church
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The Briefing 06-12-14

Podcast Transcript 1) California ruling opposes teacher tenure law for sake of children's education California court rules teacher tenure creates impermissible unequal conditions, Washington Post...

  • Audio
  • Economy
  • Europe
  • honor
  • Religious Liberty
  • Teacher Tenure
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The Briefing 06-11-14

Podcast Transcript 1) College anti-discriminatory policies a collision of theory of toleration and actual practice Colleges and Evangelicals Collide on Bias Policy, New York Times...

  • Assisted Suicide
  • Audio
  • Colleges
  • Discrimination
  • OJ Simpson
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The Briefing 06-10-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Secular writer concerned over literal belief in the Bible of many Americans Religious Constriction, New York Times (Charles M. Blow) 2) Scientist...

  • Audio
  • Comic Books
  • Creationism
  • Evolution
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The Briefing 06-09-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Reports on rising stay-at-home dads reveal urge to declare changing gender roles More dads stay at home, but reasons are complex, USA...

  • Audio
  • Divorce
  • Euthanasia
  • Gender Roles
  • Parenting
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The Briefing 06-06-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Corruption and decay of gambling venues reveal vain hopes of gambling Horse Racing Still Stumbling in Antidrug Push, New York Times (Juliet...

  • Audio
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