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Week of September 28, 2014

Segment 1: Movie: "The Song"

Inspired by the biblical Song of Solomon, The Song is a faith-based movie about sex, drugs and music. Aspiring singer‐songwriter Jed King (Alan Powell, singer for the Christian band Anthem Lights) is struggling to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his famous father when he reluctantly agrees to a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival.  Jed meets Rose, and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Suddenly thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation, his life and marriage begin to fall apart. When Shelby (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas) joins Jed’s tour he’s receptive to her advances.

** Features in-studio performances of "The Song" and "All I Want to Be."

"Ultimately, I think the message is that without God, life is meaningless."

-Alan Powell

Segment 2: A Moment of Rage in Suburbia

In the crushing complacency of suburbia, mid-life crises pop in on men’s lives unannounced.  Walking home in the sub-zero wind chill of a Friday night, a fifty-something podiatrist stumbles on a bottle of horseradish and mindlessly hurls it through the window of a store. This one tiny, out-of-character impulse turns his life vivid and terrifying with waves of fear, crooked cops and suspicions of anti-Semitism, both accurate and paranoid. Peter Mehlman, It Won't Always Be This Great was a writer and producer for the TV show Seinfeld.

"One of my hugest pet peeves about society in general is that it all seems like everyone in the world is sitting at home waiting to be offended somehow."

-Peter Mehlman

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Week of September 21, 2014

Segment 1: Yes, We Totally Messed Up the Planet, but ...

The human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have “subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness.” We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. In "The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us," bestselling author Diane Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating — perhaps saving — our future.

"It is technologically possible to curb [climate change]. The question is: is it politically feasible? That is the big issue. And I think that means the ball is in our court - or rather, the planet is in our court."

-Diane Ackerman

Segment 2: Turkey - Ally or Enemy?

If Turkey is one of our NATO allies, why aren't they helping us defeat the Islamic State? We'll discuss what they're doing, what they want and what motivates them with Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Aaron Stein, Associate Fellow at the United Services Institute who studies Turkey.

"If the Turks begin to attack ISIS, you could see ISIS train its fire on Turkey itself, and so I think they'd like to leave well enough alone as it were."

-Jonathan Schanzer
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