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December 21, 2017

December 21, 2017

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 21, 2017

We’re counting down the best interviews of 2017.  Did your favorite make the list? There’s only one way to find out!

2017 Countdown Day 2

4:00 – #23: Lessons from Eisenhower’s Farewell

President Eisenhower delivered his farewell address on January 17, 1961, three days before the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. His farewell was the closing act of one of modern America’s great leaders, a man who offered a model of principled, effective and understated leadership. As the nation faces another transition of power, Bret Baier joins us to look at Eisenhower’s final days, days that are full of parallels to and lessons for our own historical moment.

4:20 – #22: Rearview Mirror: Star Wars turns 40

The first Star Wars film hit theaters on May 25, 1977, and immediately became a cultural phenomenon. Forty years later, it still matters. Even the most passionate fans have to admit the films are artistically flawed, but the franchise’s impact on Hollywood and American pop culture has been incalculable. We’ll talk with Steven Greydanus about this American mythology and why Star Wars still matters.

5:00 – #21: The Scopes Monkey Trial and America’s Debate on Science and Religion

On July 10, 1925, a dramatic trial began in the sleepy town of Dayton, Tennessee. Known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, it pit William Jennings Bryan and anti-Darwinists against a science teacher named John Scopes in a debate over science, religion and their place in public education – a debate that continues to this day. We’ll look back and the trial and the current state of the debate with Ed Larson.

5:20 – #20: Gosnell: The Untold Story of a Killer

 In 2013 Dr Kermit Gosnell was convicted of killing four people, including three babies. He’s thought to have killed hundreds, if not thousands, more in his 30 years in the abortion industry. He’s currently serving three life sentences in prison for the crimes uncovered at his House of Horrors abortion clinic. Ann McElhinney joins us with a look at the investigation that brought him to justice and how compliant politicians allowed him to carry out his grisly trade because they didn’t want to “attack abortion.”

Previously on the Countdown 

#24: The Economics of Pope Francis

With the possible exception of Amoris Laetitia, none of Pope Francis’ viewpoints have sparked the same level of debate as his statements on the economy. His South American background is different from previous popes and is unfamiliar to most Westerners. He has invited those concerned about the economy to join in a dialogue. What does economic dialogue with the Pope look like? We’ll discuss it with Dr Robert Whaples.

#25: If You Don’t Get Religion, You Can’t Get America

The secular media’s coverage of Donald Trump and his supporters has made it abundantly clear that most reporters don’t understand religion, and an executive editor from the New York Times admitted to it late last year. As David French points out, if you don’t get religion you don’t get America. What are the “original sins” of religious reporting that the media frequently commits? How does it affect the way they understand and present the news? We’ll talk with David.

#26: The Founding Fathers and the Bible

In Colonial times, no book was more accessible or familiar than the Bible. It was by far the most alluded to and quoted source during political discourse and was well-known to the Founding Fathers. How did they use the Bible when they were founding the new nation? We’ll look at their diverse use of scripture and theology with Daniel Dreisbach.

#27: Ronald Reagan’s “Fatima Connection” to JPII

For Catholics, the Easter Season falls between two extraordinary dates on the Church calendar – Divine Mercy Sunday and the anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. In May of this year, Pope Francis traveled to Fatima to commemorate the centenary of Mary’s first appearance. Paul Kengor joined us to look back at another pope, John Paul II, and the extraordinary Fatima connection he shared with Ronald Reagan.