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The World and Everything in It: June 6, 2023


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Going into “Pride Month,” consumer backlash against corporate progressivism grows; Ron DeSantis pitches Florida politics to Iowa Republicans; and on Classic Book of the Month, Jane Eyre raises compelling questions about the godly pursuit of romance. Plus, an ursine cupcake thief, commentary from Whitney Williams, and the Tuesday morning news

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PREROLL: The World and Everything in It is made possible by listeners like me. Hi! My name is Haley Isbell. I am a recent graduate of Belhaven University. I live in Frisco, Texas, and work in administration at a local church. I start my masters program this fall at Reformed Theological Seminary, and I want to thank my college best friends Stephanie Morton and Larissa Kans for introducing me to the program almost three years ago. I hope you enjoy today’s program.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: Good morning! Some corporations that get all tangled up in showy ideology are losing money. Will that turn the tide?

NICK EICHER, HOST: Also the retail appeal of presidential candidate Ron DeSantis.

DAVE ROWLEY: Ron DeSantis brings statesmanship, his knowledge, military background, his judiciary background. He brings those strengths to the table.

Plus World’s Classic Book of the Month. Jane Eyre raises compelling questions about romantic love. And the “pleasing aroma of Christ.”

REICHARD: It’s Tuesday, June 6th. This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Mary Reichard.

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

REICHARD: Up next, Kent Covington with today’s news.

KENT COVINGTON, NEWS ANCHOR: Contempt hearing planned for Wray » FBI Director Christopher Wray is facing contempt of Congress charges this week for defying a subpoena and not handing over an FBI whistleblower document.

Wray on Monday allowed House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and the top Democrat on the panel, Jamie Raskin, to view that document. Comer said the record could implicate President Biden in a scandal from his time a vice president.

JAMES COMER: It suggests a pattern of bribery, where payments will be made through shell accounts and multiple banks. There's a term for that. It's called money laundering.

While Wray won’t turn over the document, Raskin says he feels being allowed to read it is enough.

JAMIE RASKIN: I’m just surprised that my colleagues want to try to litigate this in public, much less hold the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in contempt.

But Comer says the record is not classified, and the bureau has a legal obligation to hand it over. He will start contempt proceedings on Thursday.

A contempt conviction could result in a fine of up to $100,000 and up to a year in jail, but that would require a Justice Dept. prosecution, which is highly unlikely.

James Comey effectively endorses Biden » Meantime, former FBI Director James Comey just offered what some see as his political endorsement of President Biden.

In an interview with NBC, he told former Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki:

JAMES COMEY: The president must be someone who abides the law and our Constitution. And there’s no one else but Joe Biden.

He suggested another Trump presidency would be dangerous for America.

While Comey is now a civilian, no longer in law enforcement, his remarks further fuel the concerns of some that the FBI was not politically objective under his leadership.

Pence » Former Vice President Mike Pence is officially a candidate for president, setting up a showdown with his former boss, Donald Trump.

Pence filed paperwork on Monday declaring his campaign, after days of unofficially campaigning in Iowa.

MIKE PENCE: When it comes to peace through strength, we made record investments in our national defense. And our armed forces took the fight to our enemies on our terms on their soil.

Pence is positioning himself as someone who can continue the policies of the Trump administration without the controversies that came with it.

The former vice president is expected to kick off his campaign in Des Moines on Wednesday on his 64th birthday.

Sununu not running » Meantime, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has ruled out a White House bid. And in fact, he called on candidates with—quote—“no path to victory” to drop out.

Sununu has been a vocal critic of former President Trump and warns that a crowded field could help deliver the GOP nomination to Trump, and that, he predicted, would lead to a fourth straight disappointing election for Republicans.

China-U.S.-India » The U.S. and India say they plan to work together to counter Chinese efforts to dominate the Indo-Pacific region.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin commented on a new multiyear military pact.

LLOYD AUSTIN: We discussed ways to increase information sharing as well as new initiatives to improve maritime cooperation, including the undersea domain.

The agreement will fast-track the sharing of technology and production of defense systems to end India’s dependence on Russia for military supplies.

India is the world’s largest arms importer and relies on Russia for nearly half its military equipment.

Afghanistan poisonings » Taliban officials are looking for the person who poisoned about 90 school girls and their teachers in Afghanistan over the weekend. WORLD’s Lauren Canterberry has more.

LAUREN CANTERBERRY: An education official says the girls became nauseous and reported difficulty breathing, vertigo, and headaches at the beginning of the school day.

Under Taliban rule, girls are only allowed to attend school until sixth grade, so most of those poisoned were 6 to 12 years old.

About half of the girls had left the hospital by Monday.

Earlier this year, thousands of students in Iran were poisoned with noxious fumes, but there has been no word on who was behind the incidents.

For WORLD, I’m Lauren Canterberry.

I'm Kent Covington.

Straight ahead: Main street consumers put Wall Street on notice ahead of Pride month. Plus, Revisiting Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, Jane Eyre

This is The World and Everything in It.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: It’s Tuesday the 6th of June, 2023.

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

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

First up: how true is the slogan “go woke, go broke”?

Two months ago, Bud Light built an online campaign around Internet personality Dylan Mulvaney, a man who famously identifies as a woman.

DYLAN MULVANEY: This month, I celebrated day 365 of womanhood. And Bud Light sent me possibly the best gift ever, a can with my face on it!

REICHARD: Conservative-leaning consumers acted fast; they stopped drinking Bud Light. Analysts thought it’d blow over. It didn’t. Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev has lost nearly $30 billion dollars in market value and counting.

EICHER: Then there’s Target, the big retailer. Customers in May posted videos from stores showing “PRIDE” displays aimed at children, and women’s swimsuits designed to conceal male anatomy. Target has now lost more than $12 billion dollars in value.

So we’re seeing significant marketplace pushback.

REICHARD: Joining us now to talk about this is Jerry Bowyer. He is a WORLD Opinions contributor, president of Bowyer Research and author of The Maker vs. the Takers: What Jesus Really Said About Economics and Social Justice.

Jerry, good morning!

JERRY BOWYER: Good morning, Mary. How are you?

REICHARD: I'm doing well, I'm glad you're here. I think many Americans now see there’s a strange system in place. Companies are acting against their own best interests and against those of their shareholders. And we hear terms like ESG. What does that mean?

BOWYER: Well, it's an acronym that stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance, which are then adjectives that are modifying investment. So it amounts to a set of investment decision making tools, which are not rigorously associated with financial outcomes, but more associated with desirable political and social outcomes. It's basically a way of bringing politics into finance, without admitting that it's politics. And um one of the reasons to believe that is not only the way it operates in the real world, which is that it's highly aligned with the left side of the political spectrum. This year, the fastest growing category of ESG proposals, according to the ESG think tanks and advocacy advocacy groups are pro abortion proposals. Proposals which ask companies to evaluate the risk of doing business in pro life states. So you know, the way it acts acts like politics.

REICHARD: Jerry, talk about the work you do to counter political pressure corporate leadership gets from people on the left?

BOWYER: Well, I work with investment funds, and also with financial advisors, in a couple of ways. One is to vote, to use their votes, So for the vast majority of people, if you own a share, you own a vote, you have the ability to vote. Now, what usually happens is people own the shares through a mutual fund or an ETF. So they've given away their vote. Or they might own the shares themselves, but they get this proxy card in the mail. And it's complicated, and it's confusing, and frankly, they throw it, they throw them out. So what's happened is the asset managers, even the conservative and Christian ones, have, to a large degree, turned to the proxy advisory services, to say, well, you just tell us how to vote. And those proxy advisory services are pretty much uniformly on the left, although in the past couple of years, we've seen some, some promising developments on their part. So, what I've been doing is helping investment funds and financial advisors to vote in a way that is consistent with the good of the investor, to set aside politics, to set aside ideology. To not vote ESG, not to vote the opposite of ESG, either. But instead to ask of every proposal that's on the ballot, is this good for the shareholder? Or is this bad for the shareholder? Yeah, that's a yes vote and a no vote respectively. So it's largely a de-politicization agenda, as opposed to a conservative political agenda, countering the liberal political agenda.

REICHARD: And that's what you've been doing with Target starting with their decision to ban the sale of books that made the case against sexual reassignment surgery for minors. Tell us about that.

BOWYER: Yeah, and we're concerned about Target for some time, a lot of us have been I mean, the Target story goes back to 2010, when a CEO there gave money to a conservative politician actually, when the company gave money to a conservative politician for business reasons. But he was also opposed to same sex marriage, and the LGBTQ, that group, those letters of the alphabet came forward and severely targeted the company and unleashed a torrent of abuse and shamed them into apologizing. Eventually, they pushed that CEO out, then they got a new CEO. And that's the CEO we have right now - Cornell. And basically since then, Target has been atoning for its alleged homophobic policies, by essentially caving in to that interest group over and over and over again, you know, including transgender bathrooms, banning books that LGBTQ people argued against. So we were dealing with them. And we were actually making some progress, and then we reached basically like a brick wall. And there was like, there was no more constructive communication, but not before we were able to register the warning, which is that you are you're playing chicken with this brand. And yes, in the past, all of the blowback, you've gotten is from the left. And so you think the only thing you have to worry about is, you know, the letters LGBTQ. But I think you're going to learn that there's a limit to what you can do. And that once Middle America wakes up, they're bigger, arguably angrier, and they're harder to appease. And I think we found out since then, that Target they did go too far. Now they're now they're seeing the backlash. And I reached out to them again, saying, let's have this conversation again now. And it is a brick wall at this point.

REICHARD: Jerry, do you see a time when companies will stop doing the bidding of left-wing activist groups?

BOWYER: Yes, well, I see a time when companies that are not ideologically committed will stop doing it. I think a lot of CEOs are just responding to, you know, pleasure and pain points, right? If they do something and they get, you know, they get electric shocks, they do less of it. If they do another thing, and they get cookies, they do more of it. They're just responding to incentives. And so we didn't show up. So in those cases, I think they'll respond to the New World, which is we're awake now. And frankly, we're looking for other companies - we generally, I’m saying, I'm not big into boycotts. But you know, the conservative community is looking for the next Bud Light, the next Target, you know, who's gonna get boycotted next? So I think companies that are open minded will, in fact, move to the center. Some companies are all in. I don't think you're going to dissuade those people very easily. But I think the vast majority of these companies are tired of this. And so I think the momentum is very much on our side and against the other side. But it's still early. You know, we still do only maybe a 10th of the number of proposals, we still lose the votes more often. But I think as we begin to engage more, because I think we are the majority of shareholders, not the majority of people who are talking to companies. As that begins to increase and as people learn how to do it, I think this is going to get to the point where the majority of voices are back, get back to business, serve the shareholders, do the politics on your own time. And I think the majority of companies, the vast majority, will say okay, yeah, I want to get back to being whatever a lumber company, an oil company. If I wanted to get into politics, I would have run for the Senate, not try not become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

REICHARD: Vigilance the price of freedom.

BOWYER: Hear hear!

REICHARD: Jerry Bowyer is a WORLD contributor and president of Bowyer Research. Jerry, it’s been a pleasure. Thanks so much.

NICK EICHER, HOST: Coming up next on The World and Everything in It: Republicans at the starting line.

Iowa may be thirty-second in terms of state population, but every four years you might think it was number one. Iowa receives outsized attention as the starting point for presidential hopefuls. And this year is no different.

Former Vice President Mike Pence is expected to declare his candidacy today in Des Moines.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: But last week the attention was all on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Pundits talked about his personal appeal and whether his Florida politics will play in Iowa?

Last week, several students from our 20-23 class of the World Journalism Institute attended one of DeSantis’s events in Sioux City. They listened to the speeches and then got impressions from the Republicans in the room.

EICHER: WJI grad Conrad Otto helped write this story. His classmate Alex Carmenaty  brings it to us now.

ALEX CARMENATY, REPORTER: Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis kicked off his campaign last week in Iowa. Starting in the state capital of Des Moines, Florida’s Governor traveled to several towns, including Sioux City, where he made a pitch to voters at the Port Neal Welding Co.

RON DeSANTIS: This country is going in the wrong direction. We all know it, we feel it. We have an completely open southern border with drugs pouring in that are killing 10s of 1000s of Americans. We're also mindful of the 13 service members that we lost in Afghanistan, due to Joe Biden's dereliction of duty as commander in chief.

I had the chance to talk with voters and asked them for their impressions of the Florida Governor. Don Stevens liked DeSantis' experience.

DON STEVENS: He handled Florida great. Florida has a diverse population of so many different kinds of people. And they seem to love him down there. He's been able to move his state positively where it had to go. And so that's some of the reasons I support him.

DeSantis provides a favorable contrast to the rough edges of former President Donald Trump.

STEVENS: I think DeSantis is more calming. I think he's, he's smooth and he's loyal to his people. And I think those are the things that people enjoy. I mean, when you work for Donald Trump and we are Trump people, there's no question where Trump person because he did a lot for this country. But I think I wouldn't want to work for him. He's pretty explosive.

DeSantis’ speech here was pretty explosive. Energetic, about 40 minutes. On the issues, DeSantis focused on illegal immigration and what he calls “woke” ideology. He also aimed at reforming the military.

DeSANTIS: We're a sovereign country, our border matters. You can't have millions of people illegally pouring in burdening communities having criminal aliens come in and having drugs pour in. You also can't have American cities that are overrun with crime.. We also need to restore integrity to our institutions. And yet we look at our military now and we see them getting caught up in political ideology, gender pronouns, talking about global warming. We need to reorient things like the military back to its core mission.

Illegal immigration struck a chord with voter Brian Fannon. He connected it to the economy.

BRIAN FANNON: They kind of go hand in hand. You got all these people coming over here and you know, then there's not as many jobs for the people that are here.

These voters also resonated with DeSantis on culture war issues. Larry Christensen likes the way DeSantis fights what he called woke ideology:

LARRY CHRISTENSEN: It's a runaway ideology is what it is. There's no real reason for it. Other than that, that's the way they want the country to go. And I think you see it with whether it be Disney or Bud Light or now I think Target. It's not what the country wants, and hopefully they get that figured out.

He believes it has taken hold in the US military. Veterans in Iowa like Christensen support DeSantis for his former military background, along with his desire to combat the current direction the military has gone.

CHRISTENSEN: A lot of it's the you know the DEI stuff and the CRT stuff that he put in there all the woke agenda which I agree with him when he set it up there was that they're struggling to recruit. You can't hardly get people to get in the military anymore, so unless they fix that problem I don't think it's gonna get much better.

Along with Iowa voters, local and state elected officials showed their support for DeSantis. Iowa State Senator Dave Rowley:

DAVE ROWLEY: I think he brings a statesmanship approach Ron DeSantis bring statesmanship he brings his experience His knowledge military background his judiciary background, being a prosecutor himself and with JAG. He brings those strengths to the table.

Another strength is DeSantis’s youth. He’ll turn 45. Stevens noted how the last two presidents are over the age of 75.

STEVENS: Take a look at Joe Biden running for office and Donald Trump running for office is just the best we have? Bringing new life into the mix is going to offer a lot of options this country hasn't seen or has seen in the presidency.

DeSantis is emphasizing freedom as a central theme of his campaign, comparing his handling of COVID to that of the federal government, in particular to whom he considers the COVID czar, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

DeSANTIS: We held the line when freedom itself hung in the balance. We protected people's jobs and small businesses in short, Florida. We chose freedom over Fauci-ism and we are better off for having done that.

From here, it’s off to the rest of the nation, and its voters. 

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Alex Carmenaty, in Sioux City, Iowa.

NICK EICHER, HOST: Here’s a story that reads a little too much like the setup to a joke.

A bear walks into a bakery.

NEWS 8: It was the most shocking little, you know, the adrenaline was pumping after that one for sure.

An employee of the bakery in Avon, Connecticut, was loading a delivery van when she heard the bear. Audio here from News 8 in New Haven.

MAUREEN WILLIAMS: The bear turned around and came towards me and did a bluff charge where he makes kind of a huffing noise and comes at you a little quicker so at that point I knew I couldn't shut the door because he was too close. So I backed myself out.

Thankfully, he just wanted the cupcakes she had … and he got them. More than 60 cupcakes to be somewhat precise. But they did have deliveries to make to paying customers, and so they managed to frighten him away by honking the horn.

And then later calling authorities who set up a bear trap baited with what else? Just the bear necessities.

REICHARD: So that bear can rest-at-ease.

EICHER: Sticky sugary treats. That sweet tooth is going to do him in. 

It’s The World and Everything in It.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Tuesday, June 6th. Thank you for turning to WORLD Radio to help start your day.

Good morning. I’m Mary Reichard.

NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. Coming next on The World and Everything in It: our Classic Book of the Month for June.

World Reviewer Emily Whitten says, with romantic love so idolized these days, a British author you likely read in high school might be worth reading again.

EMILY WHITTEN, REVIEWER: Author Charlotte Brontë was born in 1816 in a small English village. She was the daughter of a clergyman, and she knew her Bible—though she held unorthodox views on some important issues. That said, our Classic Book of the Month, Jane Eyre, offers much Christians can savor. It follows Jane as she grows from a mistreated child to a responsible, loving adult. Here’s an audiobook clip by Thandiwe Newton.

AUDIOBOOK: I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons: dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed.

In that clip, you can hear Jane’s longing to be happy, to be good, and to be loved—as well as how those things are out of reach for her. She’s unjustly punished by adults in her life and treated as an inferior by other children. And like all of us, she responds to that mistreatment in sinful ways at times.

At Lowood School, though, she makes a friend—a girl named Helen who is a true Christian. Sadly, Helen dies young from tuberculosis, but in her final scene, Helen points Jane to God’s love.

AUDIOBOOK: “You are sure, then, Helen, that there is such a place as heaven, and that our souls can get to it when we die?” “I am sure there is a future state; I believe God is good; I can resign my immortal part to Him without any misgiving. God is my father; God is my friend: I love Him; I believe He loves me.”

The rest of the novel might be seen as Jane’s search to find—and live out—a similar kind of godly love. She eventually seems to find it in romantic love with Mr. Rochester. He’s the guardian of a young girl Jane cares for as a governess. But a dramatic plot twist threatens to separate her from Rochester forever.

CHELSEA BOES: I had the great privilege of not knowing the ending when I read it. And, if you have not, if you don't know the ending yet, you should go read it now before it spoiled.

That’s Chelsea Boes, a WORLD writer and book reviewer. She earned her degree in literature at Patrick Henry College, and she says Jane Eyre was the first novel she read after graduation.

BOES: And I really think of it kind of as a book that was healing for me because it was sheer pleasure.

Not everyone will enjoy Brontë’s challenging writing style. But Boes did.

BOES: Jane Eyre is full of words nobody knows anymore. Words like inanition and moiety and things like that that I only know now because I've read it so many times. And there's something about Charlotte Bronte, her language is it just has this amazing musicality. It's beautiful.

Boes also enjoys the Gothic flavor of the book. The setting on the empty moors of England or Rochester’s house, with its heavy drapes and creepy noises. All these invite readers into Jane’s feelings of longing and foreboding.

BOES: I mean, parts of Jane Eyre are scary. Like you're reading alone in your bed at night and you're like getting the creepy crawlies and it's just delicious, you know.

Boes says she’s read the book several times since her first encounter with Jane. One reason she keeps coming back?

BOES: I love the perspective on Christian desire in Jane Eyre. It is a really profoundly Christian book in a lot of ways because Jane Eyre is like, how do I be true to myself, so to speak.

Of course, being true to one’s self is used to justify all kinds of horrible behavior today. Grove City College professor Carl Truman says in his book Strange New World that that goes back to thinkers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau who overemphasized inner feelings. Still, Trueman reminds us–quoting here– “We do have feelings.” He says, “Historically, while Rousseau is developing his notion of the self as rooted in inner sentiments, so Jonathan Edwards is writing Religious Affections and exploring that space from an explicitly Christian perspective.”

Boes thinks Jane Eyre grows into that mature Christian perspective.

BOES: Christianity is not erasing your personality, but it is also not worshiping the idol of romance, which I think is like that really beautiful alive place for a Christian to be.

That doesn’t mean the book is perfect. Jane’s love interest, Mr. Rochester, has some major flaws. Boes says we don’t have to feel shy about criticizing Mr. Rochester when he gets things wrong.

BOES: I think it's fine to say we do not treat the mentally ill people and, and people of other races this way.

We should also note Bronte’s theology wasn’t always Biblical. At times, she seems to express a universalist view that everyone will be saved—regardless of whether they have faith in Christ.

Ultimately, though, WORLD’s Classic Book of the Month for June, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, can help Christians think rightly about romantic love—not as an idol to worship, but a great gift when God gives it within his intended design.

BOES: I’m gonna live in that tension, that space between, I really want things, but I have to deny myself sometimes. So I feel like that Jane is a beautiful and timeless person to learn from in that way. And you do not have to like Mr Rochester and you don't have to like St. John. You just have to like Jane. That's all I'm saying you just gotta like her. She's a good friend.

I’m Emily Whitten.

NICK EICHER, HOST: Today is Tuesday, June 6th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Nick Eicher.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: And I’m Mary Reichard. In Second Corinthians, the Apostle Paul says Christians are the aroma of Christ. But have you ever stopped to wonder what that aroma smells like? Here’s WORLD Commentator Whitney Williams.

WHITNEY WILLIAMS, COMMENTATOR: You know how certain smells can take you back to another time, place, or person? Polo cologne takes me back to my Papaw’s arms. The smell of Play-Doh puts me in the front seat of my high school bestie’s yellow VW Bug. And the smell of Tex-Mex, well, that takes me back to my time on the border. AT On the Border, I should say–you know, the Mexican grill and cantina? I worked there during my sophomore year of college—smelled like a tostada my entire fall semester.

Black button-up shirt with a sour cream sheen, solid black, greasy slacks, and black non-slip shoes with guac in the cracks—that was my attire at least three nights a week and during that time, the battle between my old self and my new self was RAGING.

Now, you must understand, my new self wasn’t new new. I’d grown up in church, was on my youth group’s leadership team, the worship team. I did all of the camps and choir tours–even thought God was calling me to be a missionary, at one point. My faith was real, but still, I found myself looking for love, satisfaction, and worth in all the wrong places, which led to a lot of sinful decisions.

In a particularly low moment of my prodigal journey, a group of four Christians slid into one of my booths at On the Border. How’d I know they were Christians, you ask? Well, first off, they looked me in the eyes and called me by name. (Now, I know that’s not the perfect litmus test for a believer, but in my experience as a waitress, it’s about 97 percent accurate).

“Well, Whitney,” a 30-something pastor-ish-looking guy said, “we’re about to pray together to thank Jesus for our meal. Is there any way we can pray for you today?”

“Oh, no no no,” I remember thinking, figurative hands raised in defense, “no, you’ve, you’ve got this all wrong. No, you see, I’m one of you!” as if this man’s offer to pray for me held judgment behind it. But I wasn’t one of them, and in that moment, my convicted conscience knew it.

I don’t remember how I answered those people that day, nor do I remember their prayer or what kind of tip they left me. I just remember the moment as a wake up call; I remember my insides screaming: “What am I doing?! That’s who I am! That’s how I’m supposed to be! Not this!” Now, did my life change right then? No, You see, I was looking at the wrong things. I was looking inward at myself, my works, my worth, my righteousness, or lack thereof, instead of looking to the worthy One who was and is righteous for me.

It took a while, but once my view changed, everything changed. And now I ask every waitress how I can pray for her! No, not really, but hey, if that was you in the back left corner booth, Waco, Texas, fall 2007, thanks for being a pleasing aroma during my time on the border.

I’m Whitney Williams.

NICK EICHER, HOST: Tomorrow: Mike Pence is jumping into the race for president. What are his chances against his former boss?

And, a girls’ volleyball team speaks truth to power and gets a surprising response. That and more tomorrow.

I’m Nick Eicher.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: And I’m Mary Reichard. 

The World and Everything in It comes to you from WORLD Radio. WORLD’s mission is biblically objective journalism that informs, educates, and inspires.

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