The Briefing

Daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations

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The Briefing 04-21-15

1) Mediterranean boat disaster reveals desperation that drives quest for freedom and security Hundreds of Migrants Are Feared Dead as Ship Capsizes Off Libyan Coast,...

  • Audio
  • Euthanasia
  • Isis
  • Italy
  • Libya
  • Migrants
  • Misao Okawa
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The Briefing 04-20-15

Podcast Transcript 1) 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide reveals challenge of mists of history to human judgment A Century After Armenian Genocide, Turkey’s Denial Only...

  • Anglicanism
  • Armenian Genocide
  • Audio
  • Canada
  • Religious Liberty
  • Timothy McVeigh
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The Briefing 04-17-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Rubio's openness to attend gay wedding result of mixing approval of people with ceremonies  Marco Rubio: I'd attend a gay wedding, Politico (Nick...

  • Audio
  • Britain
  • Perception Politics
  • Religion
  • Rubio
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The Briefing 04-16-15

1) Increasing opposition to Christians in the Muslim world reinforces threat of radical Islam Middle East Christians Trapped by Islamist Extremists Forge Alliances With Former Foes, Wall...

  • Audio
  • Big Tobacco
  • Islam
  • Marijuana
  • Marriage
  • Middle East
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The Briefing 04-15-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Moral contradiction of life of Nobel winner Günter Grass shows absolute need for divine grace  Günter Grass Dies at 87; Writer Pried Open...

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Audio
  • China
  • Gunter Grass
  • History
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The Briefing 04-14-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Rubio announces candidacy for presidency, revealing importance of timing in politics Ready to step into 2016 GOP race for president, Florida's Marco...

  • 2016 Presid
  • 2016 Presidential Campaign
  • Audio
  • Marco Rubio
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Sexual Revolution
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The Briefing 04-13-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Hillary Clinton announces candidacy, facing different Democratic Party than her husband  What does Hillary stand for?, The Economist A contest, or a coronation?,...

  • 2016 Presidential Campaign
  • Audio
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Iran
  • Nuclear power
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The Briefing 04-10-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Obama opposition to gay conversion therapy collides with Christian hope of transformation Response to Your Petition on Conversion Therapy, The White House...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Bible
  • Conversion Therapy
  • Parenting
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The Briefing 04-09-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Boston Marathon bomber found guilty, drama of determining death penalty begins Tsarnaev guilty of Marathon bombings, Boston Globe (Milton J. Valencia, Patricia...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Conversion Therapy
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
  • Norway
  • Prisons
  • White House
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The Briefing 04-08-15

Podcast Transcript 1) TIME cover story on religious liberty confirms significant cultural transition occurring now The Battle of Indiana, TIME (David Von Drehle) The Writing’s on the Wall...

  • Audio
  • Marriage
  • Mormonism
  • Religious Liberty
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The Briefing 04-07-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Frank Bruni demands Christian theology capitulate to standards of modern age Your God and My Dignity, New York Times (Frank Bruni) Bigotry,...

  • Audio
  • Boy Scouts
  • Free Speech
  • Islamic State
  • Religious Liberty
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The Briefing 04-06-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Iran nuclear deal faces scrutiny in  US and Iran, offers less than it appears Iran Agrees to Detailed Nuclear Outline, First Step...

  • Al-Shabbab
  • Audio
  • Iran
  • Kenya
  • Nuclear Deal
  • President Obama
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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 04-04-2015

1) Should Christians use creeds and confessions to instruct their children? 2) Should Christians attend beaches or pools where there are immodestly dressed people? 3)...

  • Audio
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The Briefing 04-03-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Shabab attack on Kenya university targets non-Muslims, especially Christians Shabab Attack on a Kenya University Kills 147, Officials Say, New York Times...

  • Al Shabab
  • Audio
  • Islam
  • Kenya
  • MLB
  • Robert Schuller
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The Briefing 04-02-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Separation of powers threatened by increasing influence of Supreme Court The high court reigns supreme, USA Today (Richard Wolf) Notable & Quotable:...

  • Audio
  • Canada
  • Russian History
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 04-01-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Anniversary of Terri Schiavo's death reminder of how much ground culture of death has gained On Schiavo Case, Bush Treads Lightly, Wall...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Discrimination
  • Indiana
  • Terri Schiavo
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The Briefing 03-31-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Criticism of Indiana religious liberty law piles on, showing priority of sexual revolution Malloy Bars State Travel to Indiana Amid "Religious Freedom" Law...

  • Audio
  • churches
  • Indiana
  • New York
  • RFRA
  • Schools
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The Briefing 03-30-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Media skews Indiana's religious liberty law as anti-gay, showing extent of moral revolution Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Says Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Law Won't...

  • Audio
  • Indiana Religious liberty law
  • Moral Revolution
  • Motherhood
  • NCAA
  • Nicholas Kristof
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The Briefing 03-27-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Discovery Germanwings copilot crashed plane exposes inability to know the mind of others  French prosecutor: Co-pilot took doomed flight on deliberate dive, Washington...

  • Audio
  • Erotic Liberty
  • Germanwings
  • Indiana
  • Religious Liberty
  • RFRA
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The Briefing 03-26-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Suspicious circumstances surrounding Germanwings crash radically alters its significance Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France, New York Times...

  • Atheism
  • Audio
  • Germanwings crash
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The Briefing 03-25-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Exchange of ideas shut down on college campuses in order to protect students' emotional state In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas,...

  • Audio
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The Briefing 03-24-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Concerns rise as scientists near possibility of designer babies, a move beyond human dignity Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the...

  • Audio
  • Designer Babies
  • Family
  • Germline therapy
  • PCUSA
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The Briefing 03-23-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Death of Singapore founder reminder of value of political separation of powers Lee Kuan Yew, The Economist 2) Islamic State attack on Yemeni...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Genocide
  • Isis
  • Senate
  • Singapore
  • UN
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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 03-21-2015

1) What worldview will come after post-modernism? 2) What aspects of the early church should be part of our church worship? 3) Should a Christian accept...

  • Audio
  • Buddhism
  • early church
  • philosophy
  • Postmodernism
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The Briefing 03-20-15

1) Common Core false dichotomy between fact and opinion subversive to moral truth Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts, New York Times...

  • Audio
  • Chores
  • Moral Relativism
  • Narcissism
  • Parenting
  • Technology
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The Briefing 03-19-15

Podcast Transcript 1) PC(USA) redefines marriage under growing demand for theological compromise Largest Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage, New York Times (Laurie Goodstein)...

  • Audio
  • Authority
  • Confessionalism
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Scripture
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The Briefing 03-18-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Close Israeli elections reminder of value of US Constitution   Netanyahu Shifts Tactics as His Likud Party Appears to Slip in Final Surveys,...

  • Aaron Schock
  • Audio
  • Human Trafficking Bill
  • Israel
  • secularism
  • TED
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The Briefing 03-17-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Gordon College affirms biblical view of sexuality, still faces challenge of perseverance Gordon College Reaffirms Sexuality Policy, Launches Taskforce, The Gospel Coalition (Joe...

  • Audio
  • Bible
  • Elton John
  • Entertainment industry
  • Gordon College
  • IVF
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The Briefing 03-16-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Failure of human trafficking bill over abortion issue reminder of deep division in nation Human Trafficking Bill Hits a Snag in the...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Children
  • Language
  • Politics
  • Tokyo
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The Briefing 03-13-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Two Ferguson officers shot as breakdown of trust in Ferguson continues Police seek suspects in Ferguson, Missouri, police 'ambush', Reuters (Kate Munsch) The...

  • Audio
  • Civilization
  • eugenics
  • Ferguson shooting
  • Margaret Sanger
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