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Oct 25, 2013 0

Show 1047 The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate  by Robert D. Kaplan.

Michael Medved talks to the author. 


  Overview of the Book-

In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.

 
In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world’s hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands. The Russian steppe’s pitiless climate and limited vegetation bred hard and cruel men bent on destruction, for example, while Nazi geopoliticians distorted geopolitics entirely, calculating that space on the globe used by the British Empire and the Soviet Union could be swallowed by a greater German homeland.
 
Kaplan then applies the lessons learned to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Middle East. The result is a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia. Remarkably, the future can be understood in the context of temperature, land allotment, and other physical certainties: China, able to feed only 23 percent of its people from land that is only 7 percent arable, has sought energy, minerals, and metals from such brutal regimes as Burma, Iran, and Zimbabwe, putting it in moral conflict with the United States. Afghanistan’s porous borders will keep it the principal invasion route into India, and a vital rear base for Pakistan, India’s main enemy. Iran will exploit the advantage of being the only country that straddles both energy-producing areas of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. Finally, Kaplan posits that the United States might rue engaging in far-flung conflicts with Iraq and Afghanistan rather than tending to its direct neighbor Mexico, which is on the verge of becoming a semifailed state due to drug cartel carnage.
 
A brilliant rebuttal to thinkers who suggest that globalism will trump geography, this indispensable work shows how timeless truths and natural facts can help prevent this century’s looming cataclysms.

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Oct 18, 2013 0

Show 1045 Ben Shapiro, author of Bullies, speaking at Young Americas Foundation.

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Oct 16, 2013 0

Show 1044 Audio Book excerpt 2- Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Michael B. Oren

 

This is an audio excerpt from the audio book.

To download the entire audio book visit Audible.com

Audible is recommended by ACU.

 

In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days of intense Arab-Israeli fighting in the summer of 1967.Michael B. Oren spotlights all the participants: Arab, Israeli, Soviet, and American, as well as all the world leaders involved in this earth-shaking clash that transformed the world.

 

For maps and additional information visit:

 

6 Day War 1967 War Maps

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/67warmaptoc.html

  

Video documentary- Six Day War 1967 - Part 1 of 3

http://youtu.be/H1dbAFH_GVE

 

 Video documentary - 1967 The Six Day War - Tank Battle of the Sinai

http://youtu.be/G02FiZNbZHY

 

Six Day War Comprehensive Timeline

http://www.sixdaywar.co.uk/timeline.htm

 

Six-Day War From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six-Day_War

Oct 14, 2013 0

Show1043 Audio Book excerpt 1- Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Michael B. Oren

 

This is an audio excerpt from the audio book.

To download the entire audio book visit Audible.com

Audible is recommended by ACU.

 

In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days of intense Arab-Israeli fighting in the summer of 1967.Michael B. Oren spotlights all the participants: Arab, Israeli, Soviet, and American, as well as all the world leaders involved in this earth-shaking clash that transformed the world.

 

For maps and additional information visit:

 

6 Day War 1967 War Maps

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/67warmaptoc.html

 

Video documentary- Six Day War 1967 - Part 1 of 3

http://youtu.be/H1dbAFH_GVE

  

Video documentary - 1967 The Six Day War - Tank Battle of the Sinai

http://youtu.be/G02FiZNbZHY

 

Six Day War Comprehensive Timeline

http://www.sixdaywar.co.uk/timeline.htm

 

Six-Day War From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six-Day_War

Oct 11, 2013 0

Show 1042 Gulag: A History. To understand the Soviet Union, and American foreign policy in the post-War II era

Dennis Prager talks to Washington Post columnist, Anne Applebaum. Her new book, now in paper back, is Gulag: A History. To understand the Soviet Union, and American foreign policy in the post-War II era, one must understand this subject.

 Book Description-

The Gulag--a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners--was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost. Applebaum intimately re-creates what life was like in the camps and links them to the larger history of the Soviet Union. Immediately recognized as a landmark and long-overdue work of scholarship, Gulag is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand the history of the twentieth century.


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Show 1041  Emily Gets Her Gun: ...But Obama Wants to Take Yours by Emily Miller

 

In the wake of tragic shootings in Newtown and Aurora, the anti-gun lobby has launched a campaign of lies, distortion, misrepresentation, and emotional manipulation that is breathtaking in its vitriol and its denial of basic facts. Their goal is to take away our Second Amendment rights and then disarm law-abiding Americans.

 

Emily Miller tells her personal story of how being a single, female victim of a home invasion drove her to try to obtain a legally registered gun in Washington, D.C. The narrative—sometimes shocking, other times hilarious in its absurdity—gives the reader a real life understanding of how gun-control laws only make it more difficult for honest, law-abiding people to get guns, while violent crime continues to rise.

 

Using facts and newly uncovered research, Miller exposes the schemes politicians

on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and around the country are using to deny people their Second Amendment rights. She exposes the myths that gun grabbers and liberal media use to get new laws passed that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms.

 

The gun rights debate isn’t just about firearms. It’s about protecting a fundamental right that is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. It’s about politicians who lie, manipulate, and outright break existing laws to get what they want. It’s about President Obama wanting a bigger federal government to control you. Not just your guns—you. The fight for gun rights is the fight for freedom. Emily Miller says stand up and fight back now because your Second Amendment will only be the first to go.

Oct 7, 2013 1

Show 1040 Michael Medved talks to the author of Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership by Conrad Black

 

Overview of the Book-

 Like an eagle, American colonists ascended from the gulley of British dependence to the position of sovereign world power in a period of merely two centuries. Seizing territory in Canada and representation in Britain; expelling the French, and even their British forefathers, American leaders George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson paved their nation’s way to independence. With the first buds of public relation techniques—of communication, dramatization, and propaganda—America flourished into a vision of freedom, of enterprise, and of unalienable human rights.

In Flight of the Eagle, Conrad Black provides a perspective on American history that is unprecedented. Through his analysis of the strategic development of the United States from 1754-1992, Black describes nine “phases” of the strategic rise of the nation, in which it progressed through grave challenges, civil and foreign wars, and secured a place for itself under the title of “Superpower.” Black discredits prevailing notions that our unrivaled status is the product of good geography, demographics, and good luck. Instead, he reveals and analyzes the specific strategic decisions of great statesmen through the ages that transformed the world as we know it and established America’s place in it.

 

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Oct 4, 2013 0

Show 1039 Part 2 of 2 The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

 by Richard J. Herrnstein,  Charles Murray

 

This is an abridged version of the book. 1 hour 52 minutes total time for parts 1 and 2

 

For Transcript and more info on this book visit http://youtu.be/i1YYZjsDsxQ

 

Overview of the book-

The seminal book about IQ and class that ignited one of the most explosive controversies in decades, now updated with a new Afterword by Charles Murray

 Breaking new ground and old taboos, Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray tell the story of a society in transformation. At the top, a cognitive elite is forming in which the passkey to the best schools and the best jobs is no longer social background but high intelligence. At the bottom, the common denominator of the underclass is increasingly low intelligence rather than racial or social disadvantage.

The Bell Curve describes the state of scientific knowledge about questions that have been on people's minds for years but have been considered too sensitive to talk about openly — among them, IQ's relationship to crime, unemployment, welfare, child neglect, poverty, and illegitimacy; ethnic differences in intelligence; trends in fertility among women of different levels of intelligence; and what policy can do — and cannot do — to compensate for differences in intelligence. Brilliantly argued and meticulously documented, The Bell Curve is the essential first step in coming to grips with the nation's social problems.

Oct 2, 2013 0

Show 1038 Part 1 of 2 The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

 by Richard J. Herrnstein,  Charles Murray

 

This is an abridged version of the Audio book. 1 hour 52 minutes total time for parts 1 and 2

 

For Transcript and more info on this book visit http://youtu.be/i1YYZjsDsxQ

 

Overview of the book-

The seminal book about IQ and class that ignited one of the most explosive controversies in decades, now updated with a new Afterword by Charles Murray

 Breaking new ground and old taboos, Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray tell the story of a society in transformation. At the top, a cognitive elite is forming in which the passkey to the best schools and the best jobs is no longer social background but high intelligence. At the bottom, the common denominator of the underclass is increasingly low intelligence rather than racial or social disadvantage.

The Bell Curve describes the state of scientific knowledge about questions that have been on people's minds for years but have been considered too sensitive to talk about openly — among them, IQ's relationship to crime, unemployment, welfare, child neglect, poverty, and illegitimacy; ethnic differences in intelligence; trends in fertility among women of different levels of intelligence; and what policy can do — and cannot do — to compensate for differences in intelligence. Brilliantly argued and meticulously documented, The Bell Curve is the essential first step in coming to grips with the nation's social problems.

Sep 30, 2013 0

Show 1037 John Stossel Show. Is America a police state?

Is America a police state? Stossel and his guests cover the use of swat raids, drones and the NSA programs.  Aired on 08/15/2013.  41 minutes

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Sep 27, 2013 1

Show 1036 The Armenian Genocide. Documentary

 

This is ACUs audio version of the video documentary.

 

To watch the video documentary and Ebook visit:

http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/2008/12/armenian-genocide.html

 

The Armenian Genocide is a documentary exploring the circumstances surrounding the mass-killing of more than one million Christian Armenians by the Islamic Ottoman Empire during World War I. The documentary was broadcast by most 348 PBS affiliate stations on April 17, 2006.

Produced in conjunction with Oregon Public Broadcasting, it was written and directed by Andrew Goldberg (who also directed The Armenians: A Story of Survival) and narrated by Hollywood celebrities Orlando Bloom, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Julianna Margulies and Natalie Portman.

 

To watch the video documentary and Ebook visit:

http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/2008/12/armenian-genocide.html

 


Ebook: Armenian Genocide - Reign of Terror
Armenian Genocide : A Reign of Terror

For another great documentary on the subject on youTube search-

BBC Documentary: Armenian Genocide - The Betrayed  

or visit at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI8PP0JnsW0&feature=share&list=PL05CD46A253C290B5

Sep 25, 2013 0

Show 1036 The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro

 by Humberto Fontova

Michael Medved talks to the author.

 

Overview of Book-

 Fidel Castro jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror. He murdered more Cubans in his first three years in power than Hitler murdered Germans during his first six. Alone among world leaders, Castro came to within inches of igniting a global nuclear holocaust.

But you would never guess any of that from reading the mainstream American media. Instead we hear fawning accounts of Castro liberating Cuba from the clutches of U.S. robber-barons and bestowing world-class healthcare and education on his downtrodden citizens. “Propaganda is vital—the heart of our struggle,” Castro wrote in 1955. Today, the concept is as valid to the Cuban regime as ever.

 

History records few propaganda campaigns as phenomenally successful or enduring as Castro and Che’s. The Longest Romance exposes the full scope of this deception; it documents the complicity of major U.S. media players in spreading Castro’s propaganda and in coloring the world’s view of his totalitarian regime. Castro’s cachet as a celebrity icon of anti-Americanism has always overshadowed his record as a warmonger, racist, sexist, Stalinist, and godfather of modern terrorism. The Longest Romance uncovers this shameful history and names its major accomplices.

 

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Sep 23, 2013 0

Show 1035 Mark Leibovich, Author   This Town 

Bill Moyers talks to Author on CSPAN   

From CSPAN-  

Our guest is journalist and author Mark Leibovich. He discusses his new book "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral -- Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! -- in America's Gilded Capital." Leibovich acknowledges the media curiosity and attention his book has received. He describes his book as an insider's commentary on the business of government, politics, and media in Washington, DC.

 Published on Aug 19, 2013 

 

To watch the video of this interview visit:

http://youtu.be/AchVwoRGmdI

 

Overview of book-

 

The #1 New York Times and Washington Post bestseller

  Tim Russert is dead.

 But the room was alive.

 Big Ticket Washington Funerals can make such great networking opportunities. Power mourners keep stampeding down the red carpets of the Kennedy Center, handing out business cards, touching base. And there is no time to waste in a gold rush, even (or especially) at a solemn tribal event like this.

  Washington—This Town—might be loathed from every corner of the nation, yet these are fun and busy days at this nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity. There are no Democrats and Republicans anymore in the nation’s capital, just millionaires. That is the grubby secret of the place in the twenty-first century. You will always have lunch in This Town again. No matter how many elections you lose, apologies you make, or scandals you endure.

  In This Town, Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, presents a blistering, stunning—and often hysterically funny—examination of our ruling class’s incestuous “media industrial complex.” Through his eyes, we discover how the funeral for a beloved newsman becomes the social event of the year. How political reporters are fetishized for their ability to get their names into the predawn e-mail sent out by the city’s most powerful and puzzled-over journalist. How a disgraced Hill aide can overcome ignominy and maybe emerge with a more potent “brand” than many elected members of Congress. And how an administration bent on “changing Washington” can be sucked into the ways of This Town with the same ease with which Tea Party insurgents can, once elected, settle into it like a warm bath.

  Outrageous, fascinating, and destined to win Leibovich a whole host of, er, new friends, This Town is must reading, whether you’re inside the Beltway—or just trying to get there.

Sep 20, 2013 0

Show 1034 This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral--Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!--in America's Gilded Capital  by Mark Leibovich

  

Michael Medved talks to the Author.

 

Overview of book-

 

The #1 New York Times and Washington Post bestseller

 Tim Russert is dead.

 But the room was alive.

 Big Ticket Washington Funerals can make such great networking opportunities. Power mourners keep stampeding down the red carpets of the Kennedy Center, handing out business cards, touching base. And there is no time to waste in a gold rush, even (or especially) at a solemn tribal event like this.

 

 Washington—This Town—might be loathed from every corner of the nation, yet these are fun and busy days at this nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity. There are no Democrats and Republicans anymore in the nation’s capital, just millionaires. That is the grubby secret of the place in the twenty-first century. You will always have lunch in This Town again. No matter how many elections you lose, apologies you make, or scandals you endure.

 

 In This Town, Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, presents a blistering, stunning—and often hysterically funny—examination of our ruling class’s incestuous “media industrial complex.” Through his eyes, we discover how the funeral for a beloved newsman becomes the social event of the year. How political reporters are fetishized for their ability to get their names into the predawn e-mail sent out by the city’s most powerful and puzzled-over journalist. How a disgraced Hill aide can overcome ignominy and maybe emerge with a more potent “brand” than many elected members of Congress. And how an administration bent on “changing Washington” can be sucked into the ways of This Town with the same ease with which Tea Party insurgents can, once elected, settle into it like a warm bath.

 

 Outrageous, fascinating, and destined to win Leibovich a whole host of, er, new friends, This Town is must reading, whether you’re inside the Beltway—or just trying to get there.

 

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Sep 18, 2013 0

Show 1033 The Mormon Prophet Joseph Smiths History in his own words.

Visit:

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1?lang=eng#listen=audio

 

"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.  ... When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"

Sep 16, 2013 0

 Show 1032 The Privileged Planet Documentary. 

This is ACUs audio version of this documentary on Intelligent Design. 


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Or on Youtube visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnWyPIzTOTw&feature=share&list=PL61BE8DBE544FE20C

  

For centuries scientists and philosophers have marveled at an eerie coincidence. Mathematics, a creation of human reason, can predict the nature of the universe, a fact physicist Eugene Wigner referred to as the "unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the physical sciences." In the last three decades astronomers and cosmologists have noticed another, seemingly unrelated, mystery. Contrary to all expectations, the laws of physics seem precisely "fine-tuned" for the existence of complex life.

 

Could these two wonders actually be isolated pieces of a wider pattern? Both are prerequisites for science, yet what about the process of scientific discovery itself? What are its necessary conditions? Why is it even possible? Read any book on the history of science, and you'll learn about magnificent tales of human ingenuity, persistence, and dumb luck. But that's only part of the story, and not even the most important part. Our location is much more critical to science than it is to real estate. For some reason our Earthly location is extraordinarily well suited to allow us to peer into the heavens and discover its secrets.

 

Elsewhere, you might learn that Earth and its local environment provide a delicate, and probably exceedingly rare, cradle for complex life. But there's another, even more startling, fact, described in The Privileged Planet: those same rare conditions that produce a habitable planet-that allow for the existence of complex observers like ourselves-also provide the best overall place for observing. What does this mean? At the least, it turns our view of the universe inside out. The universe is not "pointless" (Steven Weinberg), Earth merely "a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark," (Carl Sagan) and human existence "just a more-or-less farcical outcome of a chain of accidents" (Steven Weinberg). On the contrary, the evidence we can uncover from our Earthly home points to a universe that is designed for life, and designed for discovery.

 

For many more great documentaries on Intelligent Design visit:

http://www.youtube.com/user/IllustraMedia?feature=watch

 

Also see our other ACU audio documentaries

Show 198 Unlocking the Mystery of Life.

Show 1029 Darwin's Dilemma (2010) DVD Documentary

Sep 13, 2013 0

Show1031 Part 2 of 3 World War I  "The Great War" OR America's Greatest Mistake?

Michael Medved History Series

 

This is part 2 of a 3 part history series by Michael Medved.

 

ACU has made parts 1 and 2 available here. For part 3 on this and many other history series by Michael Medved visit The Medved History Store or join his podcast.

 

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Product Description-   The focus is not on the tide of battle, or the reasons the European powers stumbled into this cataclysmic conflict. In the show, we will concentrate exclusively on America's decision to enter the war after nearly three full years of fighting -- and repeated declarations of neutrality. Wilson won a tough re-election battle in 1916, beating his Republican opponent by a tiny margin of votes, and relying almost entirely on the memorable slogan: HE KEPT US OUT OF WAR. But within 30 days -- just 30 days! -- of his inauguration for a second term the same guy who "kept us out of war" took us into the disastrous and pointless slaughter in Europe, costing 116,000 American lives and costing the taxpayer more money in one year than the federal government had spent during 130 years of prior history, combined! The top tax rate went up from 7 percent to 95% and Wilson's Democrats were swept from office by a disillusioned, enraged public in an epic landslide of historic proportions.

How did the "war to end all war" become the war that made Hitler inevitable? How did Wilson's eloquent Declaration of War message, which promised to "make the world safe for Democracy," lead directly to making the world ready for Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler? And, most startling of all, how did the president's tortured romantic life (with scandal surrounding the death of the First Lady and Wilson's almost immediate re-marriage) contribute to some of the most disastrous foreign policy decisions (and non-decisions) in all of American history? And why do some conservatives argue that America not only entered an unnecessary war, but did so on the wrong side?

This special history program will probe these uncomfortable but profoundly important questions in a frank, fearless and potently provocative way.

 

EXCLUSIVE - An additional half-hour discussion (not aired with the radio broadcast) that looks at the big questions raised by the dramatic story described in this show. What were Germany's real war aims? How could Woodrow Wilson have avoided taking America to war - and what could he have done late in 1916 to prevent the resumption of German submarine warfare that brought US entry into the war? Michael also examines the cultural impact of "the Great War" and describes his own family's connection, as victims and participants in the European conflict. Don't miss this fascinating material, available only to customers of the Medved History Store.

Total Run Time: 2hr, 18min

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Sep 11, 2013 0

Show 1030 Part 1 of 3 World War I  "The Great War" OR America's Greatest Mistake?

Michael Medved History Series

 

This is part 1 of a 3 part history series by Michael Medved.

 

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Product Description-   The focus is not on the tide of battle, or the reasons the European powers stumbled into this cataclysmic conflict. In the show, we will concentrate exclusively on America's decision to enter the war after nearly three full years of fighting -- and repeated declarations of neutrality. Wilson won a tough re-election battle in 1916, beating his Republican opponent by a tiny margin of votes, and relying almost entirely on the memorable slogan: HE KEPT US OUT OF WAR. But within 30 days -- just 30 days! -- of his inauguration for a second term the same guy who "kept us out of war" took us into the disastrous and pointless slaughter in Europe, costing 116,000 American lives and costing the taxpayer more money in one year than the federal government had spent during 130 years of prior history, combined! The top tax rate went up from 7 percent to 95% and Wilson's Democrats were swept from office by a disillusioned, enraged public in an epic landslide of historic proportions.

How did the "war to end all war" become the war that made Hitler inevitable? How did Wilson's eloquent Declaration of War message, which promised to "make the world safe for Democracy," lead directly to making the world ready for Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler? And, most startling of all, how did the president's tortured romantic life (with scandal surrounding the death of the First Lady and Wilson's almost immediate re-marriage) contribute to some of the most disastrous foreign policy decisions (and non-decisions) in all of American history? And why do some conservatives argue that America not only entered an unnecessary war, but did so on the wrong side?

This special history program will probe these uncomfortable but profoundly important questions in a frank, fearless and potently provocative way.

 

EXCLUSIVE - An additional half-hour discussion (not aired with the radio broadcast) that looks at the big questions raised by the dramatic story described in this show. What were Germany's real war aims? How could Woodrow Wilson have avoided taking America to war - and what could he have done late in 1916 to prevent the resumption of German submarine warfare that brought US entry into the war? Michael also examines the cultural impact of "the Great War" and describes his own family's connection, as victims and participants in the European conflict. Don't miss this fascinating material, available only to customers of the Medved History Store.

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Sep 9, 2013 1

Show 1029 Darwin's Dilemma. 2010 DVD Documentary.

Stephen Meyer, Paul Nelson, Lad Allen, Director.

 

Darwin's Dilemma

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Darwin's Dilemma examines what many consider to be the most powerful refutation of Darwinian evolution - the Cambrian fossil record.

Charles Darwin realized that the fossil evidence did not support his theory of gradual, step-by-step evolutionary development. He hoped that future generations of scientists would make the discoveries necessary to validate his ideas.

 

Today, after more than 150 years of exploration fossil evidence of slow, incremental biological change has yet to be excavated. Instead, we find a picture of the rapid appearance of fully developed, complex organisms during the outset of the Cambrian geological era. Organisms that embody the major animal body plans that exist today. This remarkable explosion of life is truly Darwin's Dilemma. Approximately 65 minutes

Sep 6, 2013 0

Show 1028 Dr Stephen Meyers Intelligent Design Interview 

 

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Published on Jun 23, 2013

The Origins of Information: Exploring and Explaining Biological Information

Dr. Stephen Meyers discusses his new book Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life & The Case For Intelligent Design

 

In the 21st century, the information age has finally come to biology. We now know that biology at its root is comprised of information rich systems, such as the complex digital code encoded in DNA. Groundbreaking discoveries of the past decade are revealing the information bearing properties of biological systems.

 

Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, a Cambridge trained philosopher of science is examining and explaining the amazing depth of digital technology found in each and every living cell such as nested coding, digital processing, distributive retrieval and storage systems, and genomic operating systems.

 

Meyer is developing a more fundamental argument for intelligent design that is based not on a single feature like the bacterial flagellum, but rather on a pervasive feature of all living systems. Alongside matter and energy, Dr. Meyer shows that there is a third fundamental entity in the universe needed for life: information.

 

In Meyer's new book, Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life & The Case For Intelligent Design, he addresses Darwin's most significant doubt and what has become of it.

 

He examines an event during a remote period of geological history in which numerous animal forms appear to have arisen suddenly and without evolutionary precursors in the fossil record, a mysterious event commonly referred to as the "Cambrian explosion." Darwin saw this event as a troubling anomaly and one that future fossil discoveries would eventually eliminate and give more answers to.

 

This problem has generated a crisis in evolutionary biology and gave Darwin his own doubt with the fossil evidence that elicited it.

 

Meyers has divided his new book into three parts (shared by World Mag):

 

Part One, "The Mystery of the Missing Fossils," describes the problem that brought Darwin's doubt in the first place, the missing ancestors of the Cambrian animals in the earlier Precambrian fossil record. Meyers then shares about the successive, but unsuccessful, attempts that biologists and paleontologists have made to resolve that mystery.

 

Part Two, "How to Build an Animal," explains why the discovery of the importance of information to living systems has made the mystery of the Cambrian explosion more acute. Biologists now know that the Cambrian explosion not only represents an explosion of new animal form and structure but also an explosion of information-that it was, indeed, one of the most significant "information revolutions" in the history of life. Part Two examines the problem of explaining how the unguided mechanism of natural selection and random mutations could have produced the biological information necessary to build the Cambrian animal forms. This group of chapters explains why so many leading biologists now doubt the creative power of the neo-Darwinian mechanism and it presents four rigorous critiques of the mechanism based on recent biological research.

 

Part Three, "After Darwin, What?" evaluates more current evolutionary theories to see if any of them explain the origin of form and information more satisfactorily than standard neo-Darwinism does. Part Three also presents and assesses the theory of intelligent design as a possible solution to the Cambrian mystery. A concluding chapter discusses the implications of the debate about design in biology for the larger philosophical questions that animate human existence. As the story of the book unfolds, it will become apparent that a seemingly isolated anomaly that Darwin acknowledged almost in passing has grown to become illustrative of a fundamental problem for all of evolutionary biology: the problem of the origin of biological form and information.

 

Meyer has also written, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design.

Sep 4, 2013 3

Show 1027 Part 2 of 2. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. Audio book excerpts. Author Iris Chang.

This show was originaly broadcast as ACU Show 255. Please see all of our past shows. 

 Book description- In December of 1937, Nanking was the site of one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarities. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city and within weeks not only looted and burned the city, but systematically raped, tortured, and murdered more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. 

 From the ACU- We put this audio selection together in an attempt to better convey America's motivation and determined resolve to destroy the empire of Japan when called upon to do so. By 1940 Americans had no illusions as to the fate that would befall  U.S. cities that fell under the control of of the Japanese military. Secondly, it is an example of conduct and warfare of non-Christian  governments and military leaders that are not restrained by the belief that a God will hold them accountable for their treatment of others.

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Sep 2, 2013 2

Show 1026 Part 1 of 2. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. Audio book excerpts. Author Iris Chang.

This show was originally broadcast as ACU Show 254. Please see all of our past shows for many interesting topics. 

 Book description- In December of 1937, Nanking was the site of one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarities. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city and within weeks not only looted and burned the city, but systematically raped, tortured, and murdered more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. Amazingly, at the time of the writing of this book, the Japanese government still denied this atrocity.

 From the ACU- We put this audio selection together in an attempt to better convey America's motivation and determined resolve to destroy the empire of Japan when called upon to do so. By 1940 Americans had no illusions as to the fate that would befall  U.S. cities that fell under the control of of the Japanese military. Secondly, it is an example of conduct and warfare of non-Christian  governments and military leaders that are not restrained by the belief that a God will hold them accountable for their treatment of others.

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Aug 30, 2013 3

Show 1025 How would God vote. Michael Medved talks to author David Klinghoffer.  37 minutes 8.5MB

Originally broadcast July 2008 as ACU Show 242. We have rebroadcasted it here. Please check all of our past shows for many great subjects. 

From How Would God Vote?

"The Bible commands a style of politics that in the American context could only be described as deeply conservative. Is, then, the politics of God theocratic?
"A strong case could be made for theocracy, American-style, if the word were defined not in the conventional way but according to its root meaning. Democracy signifies the rule of the demos, the people. Strictly speaking, theocracy means the rule not of churches or priests but of theos, God. It won't do to deny that many conservatives, even while unambiguously affirming the traditional American separation of church and state, would add more theos to the democratic mix than is currently the case. I choose not to call myself a theocrat because I know how eager liberal secularists would be to twist the word against me. Dishonestly they would make it appear that I wish to impose a literal biblical theocracy, that I would dumbly imitate word for word the political structure of king, priesthood, and religious high court that existed in biblical antiquity.
"Yet, in a subtler sense, are we not all theocrats now?”

This startlingly original investigation into the controversies dividing America provides a clear and convincing affirmation of the relevance of the Bible to contemporary politics.

With liberals and conservatives alike claiming the authority of the Bible as support for their views on social and moral issues, the need to understand what the Bible actually says has never been more pressing. In How Would God Vote?, journalist and scholar David Klinghoffer illuminates the worldview set forth in the Scriptures and argues that, with some exceptions, the God of the Bible would overwhelmingly support traditionally conservative principles and policies.
Klinghoffer considers the ethical and moral heart of contemporary political debates—questions like immigration, gay marriage, abortion, care for the poor, war and peace, censorship, privacy, the place of religion in schools and the community, and much more. There is a pattern here. It"s for a very good reason that conservatives line up as they do, predictably, on a range of issue; as do liberals. The two competing political philosophies derive from radically different ways of looking at the world: one in consonance with the Bible, the other very much not.
Klinghoffer, however, is no stereotypical Republican. Controversially, he argues that the Bible would have us emphasize domestic policy, the classic pre-9/11 culture war issues, over a hyped-up “World War IV” against “Islamofascism.” The Bible has a foreign policy, he shows, and it is not neoconservative. He demonstrates support in the Scriptures for a welcoming attitude toward immigrants, for gun control, and for affirmative action.
The Bible, Klinghoffer shows, is no mere list of dos and don'ts but a fully coherent and practically relevant portrait of moral reality, compelling and deep enough to guide not only our private but our public lives. Even if we as individuals fail its private tests, that"s no reason to reject its public lessons.
To anyone who takes God seriously, every election poses a radical question: Will we vote with Him, or against Him? The Bible is an unapologetically political book, Klinghoffer explains, and an extremely conservative one. Some political views offend God, and those views are mostly liberal. In short, the Bible commands you to be a conservative.
Stimulating and provocative, How Would God Vote? is an important contribution to pre-election debates and to setting the path the nation will follow in the future under a new president.

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Aug 28, 2013 0

Show 1024  The Upside Down Moral World of the Left - Dennis Prager

 

PBS Interviews Dennis Prager at LA book fair USC regarding his new book "Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph" Apr 21, 2013

 

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