On the show today, Kerby chats with Charlie Spencer and Michael Stewart from Inspiration Cruises, they tell us about their company and about the Point of View cruise to Alaska.
In the second hour Kerby welcomes into the studio, author John Dwyer and nationally-syndicated columnist William Murchison. They will chat about the importance in the American culture wars of writing (and reading) trustworthy histories, and encouraging the rising up of others to write other state and national histories.
Dwyer further developed his journalistic skills in radio as a play‐by‐play football and basketball announcer for several radio stations. He won the coveted position of sports director for the University of Oklahoma's 100,000 watt KGOU‐FM radio station. For seven years, he provided live, on‐air reports to America's largest radio networks of University of Oklahoma college football games.
Except for a year in England during 6th grade, John lived in the Sooner State for 28 years before returning to Dallas in 1986 to attend Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Biblical Studies. While there, Dwyer worked part time on the sports staff of The Dallas Times Herald, which at the time owned one of the five largest circulations of any daily newspaper in Texas. It was in Texas that he also met and married his wife Grace in 1988 and settled down to start his family.
His writings are found in publications like the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Human Life Review, First Things, Touchstone, and National Review. His syndicated column, distributed by Creators since the ‘90s, began in 1981.
Married for 32 years, the Murchisons live in Dallas, in a saltbox house designed (and partly executed) by Nancy Murchison. The once-a-week commute to Waco takes less than two hours. The Murchisons have two grown sons and one new daughter-in-law, as well as a taste for wine, opera, and Texas art. They participate actively in community affairs and in the life of their Episcopal parish and diocese..
The DisruptJ20 protest group said it will send groups of demonstrators to the dozen entrances to the grassy National Mall where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather to watch Trump, who has never before held public office, be sworn in as president on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Friday.
"We believe that it's our role and the role of any people with conscience to try to disrupt this inauguration and have a massive showing of resistance on that day," Samantha Miller, a DisruptJ20 organizer, said at a news conference.
Put aside Trump’s specific shortcomings for the moment. The presidency has become ill-suited to the task of unifying the country, because the presidency has become the biggest prize and totem in the culture war. Like the religious wars between Catholics and Protestants in England, if one side controls the throne, it is seen as an insult and threat to the other. And whoever holds the throne is seen as a kind of personal Protector of the Realm.
You don’t get that from Dwyer. Instead, one can quickly discern that he is devoted to his home state. At the same time, the book does not avoid those parts of Oklahoma’s checkered history that are a vivid testimony to the flawed nature of human beings. Instead, he tackles such topics in a way that provides the perspective that is usually missing from other treatments of difficult topics, such as segregation, the Indian removals, corruption in government, and private-sector injustices.