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The World and Everything in It - February 23, 2022

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WORLD Radio - The World and Everything in It - February 23, 2022

On Washington Wednesday, why so many Democrats in Congress are choosing to retire; on World Tour, the latest international news; and the effect boycotts have on the Olympics. Plus: commentary from Joel Belz, and the Wednesday morning news.


MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Good morning!

A record number of congressional Democrats are retiring this year. We’ll find out why and what it might mean for this year’s midterms.

NICK EICHER, HOST: That’s ahead on Washington Wednesday.

Also World Tour.

Plus, we’ll hear from one of the organizations that encouraged Christians to boycott the recently concluded winter Olympics.

And the importance of teaching children how to manage money.

BROWN: It’s Wednesday, February 23rd. This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Myrna Brown.

EICHER: And I’m Nick Eicher. Good morning!

BROWN: News is next. Here’s Kent Covington.


KENT COVINGTON, NEWS ANCHOR: U.S., European ally hit Russia with sanctions over Ukraine crisis » The face-off over Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine escalated dramatically on Tuesday.

Russia’s rubber-stamp parliament, known as the Duma, gave the green light for President Vladimir Putin to use military force outside his country.

And President Biden and European leaders responded by slapping sanctions on Russian oligarchs and banks. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters …

STOLTENBERG: This is the most dangerous moment in European security for a generation. But Europe and North America continue to stand strong together in NATO.

More than two dozen EU nations unanimously agreed to levy their own initial set of sanctions against Russian officials. Germany also said it was halting the lucrative Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia.

Biden said the United States is sanctioning two of its banks and blocking it from trading in its debt on American and European markets.

BIDEN: That means we’ve cut off Russia’s government from Western financing.

One day earlier, Putin declared that parts of Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatists are no longer part of Ukraine. And he began moving so-called peacekeeping forces into separatist-controlled regions.

The White House held back on the toughest sanctions for the time being. Biden said he will unleash them if Russia further invades Ukraine. But he said he fears … that’s likely only a matter of time.

BIDEN: He is setting up a rationale to go much further. This is the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, as he indicated and asked permission to be able to do from his Duma.

Biden also said he was moving additional U.S. troops to the Baltics on NATO’s eastern flank. But he emphasized that it is purely a defensive move.

SCOTUS to hear wedding photographer case » The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new clash between First Amendment liberties and a Colorado state discrimination law. WORLD’s Kristen Flavin has more.

KRISTEN FLAVIN, REPORTER: The high court said Tuesday it would hear the case of Lorie Smith.

The Denver-area designer offers graphic and website design services and wants to expand to wedding website services. But she says her Christian beliefs would lead her to decline any request from a same-sex couple to design a wedding website.

She also wants to post a statement on her website about her beliefs. Doing those things, however, would run afoul of a Colorado anti-discrimination law. Smith says that is a clear violation of her constitutional free speech and religious rights.

The Supreme Court said in taking the case that it would look only at the free speech issue.

It said it would decide whether a law that requires an artist to speak or stay silent violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

The court is expected to hear arguments in the fall.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Kristen Flavin.

Arbery killers convicted of federal hate crimes in his death » The three white men convicted of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery were found guilty on Tuesday of federal hate crimes.

A jury found that father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan violated Arbery’s civil rights. The court also convicted McMichaels of using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. And it found all three defendants guilty of attempted kidnapping.

The verdict came just one day before the second anniversary of Arbery’s death in February 2020 near Brunswick, Georgia.

GARLAND: The defendants’ actions and the racism that fueled them have inflicted enduring trauma on Mr. Aubrey’s family, his friends, his community.

Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., and his mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, emerged from the courthouse holding hands with their attorney Ben Crump, then raised their clasped hands to cheers from supporters.

Cooper-Jones, called the ruling a legal win, but she said it will never be enough.

JONES: We as a family will never get victory because Ahmaud is gone forever.

The defendants, who were already sentenced to life in prison by the state of Georgia, now await sentencing on the federal convictions.

U.S. Soccer reaches settlement with women players » U.S. women soccer players have reached a massive settlement with the sport’s American governing body to end a long legal battle over equal pay. WORLD’s Anna Johansen Brown has that story.

ANNA JOHANSEN BROWN, REPORTER: The $22 million agreement closes a six-year class action equal pay lawsuit.

Five players complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2016 that the USSF underpaid them and did not provide adequate working conditions for women. In 2019, more than 20 other women from the national team sued for damages under the Equal Pay Act and gender discrimination under the Civil Rights Act.

The U.S. Soccer Federation—or USSF— will also establish a $2 million fund for players in post-soccer careers as well as charitable efforts.

The federation also committed to an equal pay rate for the men’s and women’s national teams, pending approval of a new collective bargaining agreement.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Anna Johansen Brown.

I’m Kent Covington. Straight ahead: Democratic retirements.

Plus, important lessons for the next generation.

This is The World and Everything in It.


MYRNA BROWN, HOST: It’s Wednesday the 23rd of February, 2022.

Glad to have you along for today’s edition of The World and Everything in It. Good morning, I’m Myrna Brown.

NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. First up today: Democratic retirements.

The number of House Democrats who will not seek reelection this year just hit a 30-year high.

Most recently, New York Congresswoman Kathleen Rice said she won’t run again. And that made her the 30th Democrat in the House to throw in the towel.

BROWN: It’s the first time since 1992 that so many Democrats have retired. And the Brookings Institution says it’s just the third time since 1978 that 30 members of either party have retired in a single cycle.

EICHER: Joining us now to help explain what this exodus could mean for midterm elections in November is Kyle Kondik. He is an elections analyst and director of communications at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

BROWN: Kyle, good morning!

KYLE KONDIK, GUEST: Good morning. 

BROWN: Well, Kyle, as we mentioned, it’s pretty rare for one party to have 30 or more members retire in a single election cycle. What’s behind it this time around?

KONDIK: There are a combination of a number of factors that I think are contributing to the large number of Democratic retirements. You know, this is a redistricting year and so there are almost always more retirements or a higher level of retirements in redistricting years. Election years that end in two—the census comes out every 10 years—the states have to redraw districts to account for population changes. And what ends up happening is there are some states that actually lose a House seat or two because of slow population growth. There are other states that gain but particularly the states that lose, you know, there's going to be someone who ends up retiring or is forced into a primary general election with another member. So that contributes to the high number of retirements. I don't think it's a coincidence that this is the highest number since 1992, which also was a redistricting year that saw a lot of retirements prompted by redistricting.

However, it's also common for a party that perhaps believes in its heart of hearts that maybe they won't be in the majority after the next election, for members to decide that that's a good year to leave, either because the members themselves are afraid of losing their reelection bids. Or maybe they feel like they are going to win again, but they don't want to serve in the minority in the next Congress. And so I do think you can sometimes interpret the imbalance of retirements on one side or the other as being a bad sign for the party that has more retirements.

It can sometimes be a signal of pessimism, I guess, for the majority party, and I think it's probably fair to interpret some of these retirements that way for Democrats in 2022.

BROWN: You just mentioned redistricting. So how big of a factor is redistricting in this wave of retirements?

KONDIK: It's contributing to some retirements. One good example is Jim Cooper, a Democrat who represents Nashville. Of course, Tennessee is a pretty Republican state. And one of the things that Republican legislators did in that state was they chopped up Nashville into basically three different districts. And so instead of there being one safely Democratic seat in Nashville, there are now three pretty safe Republican seats that cover Davidson County where Nashville is. And so I think he would definitely classify him as a redistricting casualty. But you also have some other members who are from swing districts who, you know, in the case of Cheri Bustos in Illinois, a Democrat, she retired relatively early in the cycle. Her district was actually made better by Democratic state legislators, but she still decided to retire. You also have on the other side of the Illinois border in Wisconsin, you have Ron Kind. His district hasn't actually been drawn yet but he's retiring too. That's a district that covers a lot of places where Barack Obama did pretty well in 2008, 2012. But then shifted to Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020. He's another swing district member who I think would have been in real danger of losing in 2022. You know, some other members like Kathleen Rice, you know, she's in a district that Democrats probably should be able to hold, but you know, there are all sorts of reasons why members retire and ultimately, only the members know, you know, in their heart of hearts, whatever they say publicly, you know, privately why they decided to retire. But I think the political environment could be contributing to some of these retirements.

BROWN: You said something recently that I thought was interesting. You said incumbency is not as valuable as it used to be. Explain that if you would.

KONDIK: It used to be that incumbents had an easier time running ahead or sometimes well ahead of the kind of partisan baseline in their districts. And it used to be pretty common for members of one party to win a district even though the district was voting for the other party for president. But the number of those kinds of districts has declined precipitously in recent years. There were only 16 districts out of all 435 that voted for one party for president, one party for House in the 2020 election. That was basically the lowest number on record going back to going back to the early 1950s. And is probably the lowest number in at least 100 years. So just the value of being an incumbent and being able to outspend your opponent and being better known, etcetera, it just isn't as electorally valuable as it used to be. Although a party generally would still rather have an incumbent defending a seat, than for it to be open, particularly in kind of a midterm wave year as this might be in favor of Republicans. You sometimes see more erosion in the presidential party performance in open seats, as opposed to incumbent held seats. But you know, incumbents just aren't as hard to beat as they used to be.

BROWN: Kyle, how many seats are vulnerable for Democrats as compared to Republicans?

KONDIK: That's yet to be determined because some of the districts aren't drawn yet. But the bottom line is that the Democrats are defending more seats that we rate as tossups. And there's also been some seats that have shifted from being—a handful have gone from being more Republican leaning to more Democratic leaning, but there have also been others that have gone from Democratic leaning to Republican leaning. I think that, you know, the Republicans only need to win five more seats than they want in 2020 in order to flip the House. I think they're in a good position to do that. How big the playing field is, I think it's, again, still to be determined because of redistricting and candidate recruitment and other things. It's not entirely clear yet. But I think for Republicans, one of the goals probably could be or should be to see if they can win 35 net seats this time, which would allow them to win 248 seats, which would be the biggest Republican House majority since right before the Great Depression. To be clear, I wouldn't necessarily pick them to do that right now. I would think their gains would be smaller than that. Although I do still think they're pretty clearly favored to win the House. But that's a number to keep in mind, that 35 number. And there are going to be enough targets for Republicans to get to that number, although they have to flip a lot of Democratic leaning turf in order to do so.

BROWN: What are the major storylines you’re watching right now in the battle for either the House or the Senate?

KONDIK: I think the big picture takeaway here, the most important thing is just that the president has a weak approval rating right now. Midterms are often a struggle for the president's party, particularly if the president has, you know, a low level of popularity as Biden has now. We saw this four years ago with Donald Trump being in a somewhat similar boat and the Republicans did poorly, at least in the House. The Senate was a little bit of a different story, because the Senate playing field was so good for Republicans, even though the environment was bad. And so they were able to make a small gain in the Senate. But at least in the House, you know, I think that Republicans are set up pretty well, so long as Biden remains unpopular. And so there are all sorts of things that go into the president's approval rating and what has hurt him over the past several months, but the bottom line is his numbers are weak and they're not necessarily getting better. I think Democrats need them to get better in order to have a fighting chance to hold the House.

BROWN: Well, Kyle, we've talked a lot about the House today. But how do you see the battle for the Senate shaping up?

KONDIK: You know, again, the Senate’s 50-50 right now. The Democrats are defending vulnerable seats in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, New Hampshire. The Republicans have to defend their own vulnerable seats in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina. There's some other races that may be competitive down the line. But, you know, again, with Biden's approval as low as it is, I think you'd expect the Republicans to be able to net at least the one seat that they would need to win to win the Senate. I think, again, Nevada, Georgia, and Arizona stand out as being vulnerable on the Democratic side. Again, you probably expect the Republicans to flip at least one of them at the end of the day, you know, if Biden's numbers don't improve.

BROWN: Alright, Kyle Kondik with the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Kyle, thanks so much!

KONDIK: Thank you.


MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Coming up next on The World and Everything in It: World Tour with our reporter in Africa. Here’s Onize Ohikere.

ONIZE OHIKERE, REPORTER: Burkina Faso gold mine explosion—We start today in West Africa.

An explosion at a gold mine in Burkina Faso on Monday killed at least 59 people and injured 100 others.

AUDIO: [Talking at the accident site]

The region’s high commissioner said explosives stored at the mine likely caused the blast. But investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened.

Burkina Faso is the fastest-growing gold producer in Africa. Gold is the country’s most important export. About 1.5 million people work in the industry.

Small mines like the one where Monday’s accident happened are becoming more common. And much of the gold dug from them is smuggled into neighboring Togo, Benin, Niger, and Ghana.

Small mines also attract jihadists linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State. The militants tax miners to raise funds and use the sites for recruiting and to seek refuge.

Colombian court legalizes abortion—Next we go to South America.

Colombia’s highest court legalized abortion through 24 weeks of pregnancy in a ruling issued Monday.

AUDIO: [Chanting, cheering]

Abortion activists celebrated outside the Supreme Court building in Bogota.

AUDIO: [Quiet talking]

Pro-life advocates held a more subdued rally. They waved flags, prayed, and held up photos of women who died after legal abortions.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights helped file the lawsuit that eventually overturned Colombia's abortion restrictions. A lawyer who worked on the case said the group’s goal was complete decriminalization of abortion.

Prior to the high court ruling, Colombia only allowed abortion when the mother’s life was in danger, the baby was diagnosed with abnormalities, or in cases of rape.

Colombia is just the latest country in Latin America to loosen abortion restrictions. Argentina, Uruguay, and Cuba also allow abortion without restrictions up to a certain point. But countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic still prohibit the procedure under all circumstances.

Hong Kong faces COVID crisis—Next to Asia.

AUDIO: [Sound of construction]

Construction crews in Hong Kong are building special isolation facilities in hopes of containing a surge in COVID-19 cases. China is the only major economy trying to impose a zero-COVID strategy, despite ample evidence that it doesn’t work.

Under new restrictions, Hong Kong’s 7.4 million residents must submit to three rounds of virus tests, starting in March. Between those tests, they must take multiple rapid antigen tests every day at home. Anyone who tests positive will be strictly quarantined.

Health officials have reported thousands of new cases every day. Officials say the surge threatens to overwhelm the city’s hospitals.

Blind couples marry on 2/22—And finally, we end today in Indonesia.

AUDIO: [Man talking, laugh]

Ten special couples tied the knot in a group wedding ceremony in West Java on Tuesday. A charity for the blind organized the event to coincide with a date many there consider lucky: 2-22-22.

Blind people in Indonesia often face discrimination because of their disability. And blind couples—especially from poor families—often don’t have the means to marry.

One bride said she didn’t mind sharing her special day with others. She called the ceremony “spectacular.”

That’s it for this week’s World Tour. Reporting for WORLD, I’m Onize Ohikere in Abuja, Nigeria.


NICK EICHER, HOST: You know the old joke: where does a great big bear sit? Answer, of course, anywhere he wants to.

Well, it’s no joke for a particular 500-pound bear known as “Hank the Tank.”

He’s terrorizing the locals now in Lake Tahoe, California, because he wants to sit where he wants to sit and that place may just be your kitchen.

Hank the Tank has allegedly broken into at least 30 properties around Lake Tahoe. He hasn’t harmed anyone.

He’s just after their food. A couple of young locals told CBS Sacramento they can’t be too careful

AUDIO: It’s really scary because we used to be able to go on walks or bike rides by ourselves, but it’s become a bigger problem. So now we bring a bear horn whenever we go on walks or bike rides.

Hank the Tank is getting brazen. He smashed a window and squeezed into one house while the homeowners were still there.

Police responded and banged on the outside of the house until Hank went out the back and disappeared into the woods.

Officials aren’t going to quit the bear-hunt. Hank has no fear of people and he needs to be relocated to a zoo or wildlife sanctuary—just somewhere away from your pantry.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Today is Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

Thank you for turning to WORLD Radio to help start your day.

Good morning. I’m Myrna Brown.

NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. Coming next on The World and Everything in It: protesting China’s human rights abuses.

AUDIO: The International Olympic Committee has the honor to announce the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2022. Beijing! [APPLAUSE]

Regional protests over the IOC’s selection of Beijing began almost immediately after this announcement on July 31st, 2015. But in recent months those protests grew stronger and more numerous.

CURRY: This year's Winter Olympics are but one example of how China is using sports money and investment in infrastructure around the world to whitewash their human rights violations…

BROWN: Open Doors USA was just one of many non-profit groups that encouraged their supporters to boycott the winter games over China’s crackdown on religious minorities.

EICHER: What effect did these protests have? WORLD’s Paul Butler takes a look.

PAUL BUTLER, REPORTER: Boycotts are nothing new. The first international boycott in the modern Olympic era occurred in 1956—as China and six other countries skipped out on the Melbourne games.

Other notable boycotts include the 1964 Tokyo Games, 1976 Montreal Games, and—most famously—the 1980 Moscow games when the United States and 64 other countries protested Russia’s involvement in Afghanistan.

JIMMY CARTER: And I have notified the Olympic Committee, that with Soviet invading forces in Afghanistan, neither the American people or I will support sending an Olympic team to Moscow.

While there may have been geopolitical solidarity, many athletes who had trained for years to compete in the 1980 olympics protested the move—like Canadian track and field star Diane Jones Konihowski. Audio here from Global News:

KONIHOWSKI: So I spoke out very strongly against it. I really felt that it was wrong. There's nothing more peaceful than an Olympic Games at the athlete level.

In the long run, the 1980 boycott had little effect. But athletes like former Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter believe today’s international sporting boycotts are a powerful tool for applying political pressure. Kanter called for a complete U.S. boycott of the Beijing winter games during his November 23rd, 2021 interview with CNN:

KANTER: You know the important thing is, we can not just have these kind of games happening where there is a genocide happening while we are speaking right now.

Two weeks later the Biden administration announced that neither the President nor any other government figures would attend the games. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki:

PSAKI: The athletes on team USA have our full support. We will not be contributing to the fanfare of the games.

When Open Doors USA announced its 2022 World Watch List, President David Curry commended the Biden administration’s decision and asked Christians around the world to join in.

CURRY: And today, Open Doors USA is calling on every Christian in our nation to join this boycott of the Olympics in the name of our persecuted brothers and sisters in China.

Olympic boycotts leave athletes in the middle. Two-time Olympic cross-country skier Noah Hoffman offered this perspective during a recent interview on Fox.

HOFFMAN: The athletes have no control over where the Olympics are held…They are just at the mercy of the International Olympic Committee and at the mercy of the host country. And this has been a huge distraction…for them from their sport, and it makes them pawns in this geopolitical fight…It's just a terrible place for athletes to be.

But there is anecdotal evidence that the attention given to China’s Human Rights abuses may have had an effect. Television and streaming ratings were down as much as 48 percent over the last winter games. There are many possible explanations—including the large time difference—but it seems likely that the pressure from the international community played a part.

And that encourages Open Doors USA President David Curry:

CURRY: I love the Olympics. I love watching them. I think it's the drama of that competition and the way it has the potential for people together. But the International Olympic Committee and these kinds of groups keep awarding these games to people who have these major human rights violations, I just think it sends all the wrong signals. And I'm happy if in some way, our call for people of faith to boycott, has had some effect.

But as the 1980 boycott demonstrates, the effects may not be long lasting.

CURRY: There's limited effect they can have, but right now, China is desperate for the attention and for the world to sort of overlook all that's gone on…but if people are now talking about the things that China doesn't want you to talk about if they're talking about what's happening to Uyghur Muslims in the northwest of the country where there's at least a million people in the concentration camps. And the things that they're doing to the Christian population. So I think that's the limited, but positive effect, that sort of thing can have.

While a few athletes have spoken up against China after the games, not many did during them. But Curry understands.

CURRY: I think the best thing an athlete could do is compete with honor. And to use their platform to celebrate the competition. I would have hoped that some would speak out but I don't hold that against them. Their job is to go there and compete on behalf of their country and do so honorably.

Now that the Olympics are over, Curry wants to make sure that China’s religious abuses aren’t forgotten like most fourth place finishers. He’s calling for the same level of pressure to be applied to businesses that manufacture in China: insisting on protections against slave labor—who often persecuted Christians or Uyghurs.

Curry is concerned that the recent attention may have unintended consequences for Christians in China: as the CCP may crack down even more. But he’s hopeful that the Chinese church—and the American church that stands with them—will remain strong and bold.

CURRY: They're already monitoring every behavior, using facial recognition to go into church. They're monitoring every phone when you buy it and they're putting you on a no fly list, you could lose your job, your kids may not get into university and it’s a small step from that to controlling the digital currency and keeping people from commerce if they're a follower of Jesus. I certainly hope that the American church would care, pray, and speak out for the Chinese believers.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Paul Butler.


MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Today is Wednesday, February 23rd. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Myrna Brown.

NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher.

Parents have a long list of things to teach their children while they’re young. But WORLD founder Joel Belz is going to talk about one important lesson parents too often neglect.

JOEL BELZ, FOUNDER: The good news here at WORLD is that the year 2021 ended with the highest level of gift support from our readers and listeners that we’ve ever had.

The bad news is that I’m not sure that level of support is sustainable in the long term. Not because of anything we’ve done or will do. But because the next generation might not have the same capacity to give as their parents and grandparents.

Today’s children have been born into what is almost certainly the wealthiest generation in the history of the world. And eventually, they will be inheriting much of that wealth. The manner in which they steward those resources will radically affect the well-being of thousands of Christian ministries.

The challenge comes back to me: What am I doing to see that my children and grandchildren are exposed to the Biblical principles of stewardship? Here are several facets I think are pertinent.

First, we need to teach them that all wealth is God’s wealth. Those who call themselves billionaires, as much as the homeless man going through garbage cans in the alley, have what they have only on loan from their Creator. That realization changes everything.

Second, there’s no limit to the amount of wealth just waiting to be developed. But on the other hand, there’s no pie in the sky waiting to be distributed fairly.

Third, the tithe has always been, and will continue to be, a teaching tool used by God to coach His children as they adventure into creatively exciting wealth-building assignments. “Just see,” God says in Malachi 3, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven—and pour you out a blessing so big that you will not have room to receive it.”

Fourth, our children need to know that apart from God’s intervention, they will not live in as wealthy a nation and culture as we have. They will have to exercise more discipline than we did. We need to be gently relentless in passing that assignment on to them.

Fifth, paying interest on a loan of almost any type is simply a not-so-clever dodge for paying a significantly higher price for some goods or services than you first agreed to. Realistically, agreeing to an interest charge is to say that you were too impatient to wait until you could afford to pay cash for what you were buying.

And finally, our children will only be able to manage these concepts if they are also versed in at least a rudimentary form of bookkeeping and accounting.

My sense is our nation’s parents have effectively ignored this important teaching assignment. So, too, have Christian parents. If not ignored, then at best deferred as if unimportant.

Our local churches—not to mention our missions organizations, our Christian educational institutions, our relief agencies, and many others—could all be in financial jeopardy because our present generation didn’t bother to educate the givers of tomorrow on these very important matters.

I’m Joel Belz.


NICK EICHER, HOST: Tomorrow: crisis in Ukraine. We’ll talk to a military analyst to find out what Vladimir Putin’s next move might be.

And, athletic events for people with disabilities. We’ll visit a special day camp in the land down under.

That and more tomorrow.

I’m Nick Eicher.

MYRNA BROWN, HOST: And I’m Myrna Brown.

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