The Briefing

Daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations

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The Briefing 05-04-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Gunmen killed at anti-Islamic Texas art show raise question of international involvement Police shoot dead 2 gunmen at Texas exhibit of Prophet Mohammad...

  • Audio
  • Baltimore
  • Cultural Christianity
  • Freddie Gray
  • Islam
  • Texas
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The Briefing 05-01-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Nick Loeb presents unexpected defense of dignity of human life of embryos Frozen Embryos Have a Right to Live, New York Times...

  • Audio
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Frozen Embryos
  • Moral Revolution
  • Nick Loeb
  • Surrogacy
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The Briefing 04-30-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Tragedy of Baltimore points to breakdown of trust and family in society Baltimore Residents At a Loss After Riots Close Some CVS...

  • Abercrombie
  • Audio
  • Baltimore
  • Family
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The Briefing 04-29-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Supreme Court oral arguments on gay marriage reveals more than marriage at stake Gay Marriage Arguments Divide Supreme Court Justices, New York...

  • Audio
  • gay marriage
  • Religious Liberty
  • Supreme Court Oral Arguments
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The Briefing 04-28-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Today marks historic day in Constitutional history with definition of marriage at stake History Suggests Kennedy Holds Key to Gay-Marriage Case, Wall...

  • Audio
  • Baltimore
  • Freddie Gray
  • gay marriage
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 04-27-15

Podcast Transcript 1) In aftermath of Nepal quake moral evil mixed with natural evil Fear of aftershocks has Nepal on edge, Washington Post (Rama Lakshmi...

  • Audio
  • Calbuco Volcano
  • gay marriage
  • Nepal Earthquake
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 04-24-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Arrest of 'Flash Crash' instigator exposes critical need for trust for economic success 'Flash Crash' arrest shakes investors' confidence, USA Today (Kaja Whitehouse)...

  • Audio
  • Economy
  • Ginsberg
  • Human Genome
  • Isis
  • Scalia
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The Briefing 04-23-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Human trafficking bill finally passes in Senate despite conflict over abortion restriction Senate, Clearing Hurdle, Sets a Thursday Vote on Loretta Lynch,...

  • Audio
  • Human Trafficking
  • Religious Liberty
  • Republicans
  • Same-Sex Marriage
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The Briefing 04-22-15

Podcast Transcript 1) 'Accountant of Auschwitz' asks forgiveness, reminder of magnitude of crime Trial of Former Auschwitz Guard, 93, Opens in Germany, New York Times...

  • animal rights
  • Audio
  • Auschwitz
  • Oscar Gruening
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The Briefing 04-21-15

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

  • 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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