The DOJ ordered Apple and Google to release data on ALL the users of a gun scope app, and that’s just the latest attempt to watch our every move – for our safety, of course. Author Michael Rectenwald joins the show to discuss the onslaught of “smart” technology and why we’re dumb for trusting it. Joe Biden’s gaffes keep racking up, but they’re starting to sound more like aneurysm side effects. Kamala Harris laughed after a man called Trump “mentally retarded,” but then denied ever hearing him.
Hold on to something! This week we've got a bonus episode of Beltway Banthas, a conversation with Glenn Beck, radio show host and founder of Blaze Media. Stephen Kent met up with Glenn at FreedomFest in Las Vegas to talk about his earliest memories with Star Wars, lessons on the political power of fear, generational change and the evolution (plus consistency) of Star Wars' message. Now, THIS is podcasting!! If you follow this show closely you know that Stephen started appearing of Glenn's show regularly since 2017 to break down nerd culture and Star Wars news, so this marks the first time Glenn has come on Beltway Banthas turf. If you liked this you should also check out an interview of Glenn's longtime collaborator and co-host, Stu Burguiere. You can find that here.
Glenn Beck is a conservative political commentator, radio host and television producer. He and Bridget discuss the early evolution of his career, his love affair with radio, the transition from CNN to Fox News, attending Yale at age 30, and mistakes he's made along the way. They delve into the value of struggle and overcoming hardship, the cultural celebration of "victimhood," how tribalism and the culture wars trick people into thinking that the problem is outside themselves, and the dangers of buying into your own fame. They explore the importance of being able to say "I don't know," the loss of compassion that occurs when we stop seeing the humanity of the people we disagree with, Glenn's surprising conversion to Mormonism, and what he found in the depths of his most recent dark night of the soul.
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The rage mobs strike again, and now we’re not allowed to say “INVASION.” We may be at the peak of a massively tribalistic “WE” generation, but social media could course-correct us faster than we expected. Journalist Elijah Schaffer joins the program with his FIRSTHAND look at last Saturday’s Proud Boys/Antifa protests in Portland. Long story short, instead of swinging back at oppression, we should learn from the peaceful protests in Hong Kong. And while Bill Maher HOPES for a recession, we should read the fine print and focus more on our growing debt. Corporations are also making some strange decisions: the NFL is teaming up with Jay-Z, and author Michael Rectenwald believes that Google is PUSHING for authoritarian-style constant surveillance.