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The World and Everything in It: December 27, 2023

The World and Everything in It: December 27, 2023

On Washington Wednesday, big stories from the year that went under the radar; remembering the lives of pastors, musicians, and evangelists who died in 2023; and Janie B. Cheaney on theories drawn from computer science show us our place in the world. Plus, the Wednesday morning news

High and low moments in reporting on life, religious liberty, and from the sexuality, marriage, and family beat in 2023; notable deaths in business and science, and Joel Belz on who killed the joy of history. Plus, the Tuesday morning news

On this special Christmas Day program, WORLD families read Scripture from the Old and New Testaments to tell the story of Jesus’ first coming, an evening spent caroling, and Apollo astronauts read verses from Genesis while circling the moon 55 years ago

WORLD families read the Christmas story from Old Testament prophecies and the Gospels


On Culture Friday, the fallout from Pope Francis’ declaration condoning blessings for same-sex unions, Wonka and Migration offer amusing stories of family adventure, and remembering the birth of Jesus Christ on the Music of Advent. Plus, the Friday morning news

Iran-backed rebel groups in the Middle East threaten to disrupt global shipping, American families caring for aging relatives, and a living nativity in Kentucky. Plus, Word Play with George Grant and the Thursday morning news

On Washington Wednesday, the Senate stays late to work on a deal that won’t pass before Christmas; on World Tour, news from Chile, Australia, Lebanon, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and making space at the table for soldiers away from home during Christmas. Plus, Janie B. Cheaney on Handel’s Messiah and the Wednesday morning news

Pope Francis issues a papal declaration that allows blessings for same-sex unions, many families turn to melatonin supplements to help kids sleep, and a trip to a reindeer farm. Plus, Daniel Suhr on events before Israel’s war for independence and the Tuesday morning news

On Legal Docket, big changes to military justice take effect this month; on the Monday Moneybeat, the outcome of the UN’s COP-28 summit in Dubai; and the World History Book, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol turns 180 years old. Plus, the Monday morning news

On Culture Friday, the Supreme Court agrees to hear a case about mail order access to abortion drugs, a new podcast adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and on the Music of Advent, songs to remember Zechariah’s visitation by the angel Gabriel. Plus, the Friday morning news