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Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Today’s guest host is Debbie Georgatos. In the first hour, she chats with Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. They discuss education, politics, freedom, justice, common sense, human dignity, sexual responsibility, and moral objectivity.

In the second hour, Katherine Kersten, senior policy fellow at Center of the American Experiment joins Debbie by phone. She discusses left-wing influence on public schools in Minnesota. Join the conversation by giving us a call at 800-351-1212.

Debbie Georgatos
Debbie Georgatos
Lawyer, Political Consultant, Talk Show Host
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Debbie Georgatos is a lawyer, political consultant, conservative activist, and author, whose first book, Ladies, Can We Talk? America Needs Our Vote! encourages women to embrace liberty-upholding conservative solutions to the challenges America faces. Her book and book talks inspire women to step up and take a prominent leadership role in the American political conversation, and to recognize that theyRead More

Everette Piper
Dr. Everett Piper
President - Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Dr. Everett Piper has served as the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma since August of 2002. His credentials include a B.A. from Spring Arbor University, a M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Dr. Piper speaks boldly and unapologetically on issues such as natural law, unalienable rights, self-evident truths, and the unavoidable consequences of ideas on personal, political, community, and corporate well-being.

His commentary rhetorically confronts the reader and listener to consider issues such as freedom, justice, common sense, human dignity, sexual responsibility, and moral objectivity. Piper is specifically passionate in arguing that postmodern political correctness is really nothing more than an unvarnished ploy to consolidate power among society’s elites and to, thus, restrict the individual freedoms and rights of the general public. Opinion as the final measure of right and wrong always leads to the rise of the “rule of the gang” or “the tyranny of one.”

Dr. Piper writes for numerous publications including the Examiner Enterprise, Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint Magazine, and Crosswalk.com. He resides with his wife and two children in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Katherine Kersten
Senior Policy Fellow - Center of the American Experiment
Katherine Kersten, a writer and attorney, is a Senior Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment. She served as a Metro columnist for the Star Tribune (Minneapolis) from 2005 to 2008, and as an opinion columnist for the paper for 15years between 1996 and 2013. She was a founding director of the Center, and served as its chair from 1996 to 1998.

Ms. Kersten has written on cultural and policy issues for a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Christianity Today, Policy Review, American Enterprise, and First Things. For two years, she served as a regular commentator for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” She has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, both nationally and locally, and has been featured on FOX News and MSNBC, as well as NPR’s “Talk of the Nation;” the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s “As It Happens;” NBC’s “A Closer Look with Faith Daniels” and “Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel.” Ms. Kersten has been named a Friend of the Humanities by the Minnesota Humanities Commission, and a Distinguished Alumna of the Program of Liberal Studies of the University of Notre Dame. In 2003, she received the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Family Exemplar Award. Married to attorney Mark Johnson, Ms. Kersten is the mother of four adult children.
Edina School District’s racial identity policies
On Saturday, October 7, the Star Tribune ran my op-ed piece on the Edina Public Schools (“Racial Identity Politics are ruining Edina’s fabled schools”). Today the paper features two commentaries in opposition, and four letters to the editor (all opposed). Together, they provide a window on why our public schools face the ideological assault they do.

The first commentary is the most revealing. It’s headlined “Why it’s crucial for today’s students to unlearn racism.” The author is Annie Mogush Mason, Program Director of Elementary Teacher Education at the University of Minnesota.

Though Mason asserts that “Kersten’s commentary rests on untenable ground throughout,” she makes no attempt to provide evidence for this claim. Instead, she offers her own view of American history, which she says justifies ideologically driven education of the kind the Edina schools practice.
Berkeley Students Protest Exam
A video has surfaced on YouTube showing students at the University of California, Berkeley protesting an exam, and demanding a "take-home essay with significant time to prepare." The reason? "Our well-beings are being put on the line because of our emotional, mental, and physical stress that [Berkeley] is compounding with what is already going on in our every day lives," according to one of the students in the video.

"The content of this class and the way it is being taught is not satisfactory. And even if it is ... we feel that we haven't had the opportunity to interact with the text and information. We demand that you make and [hold space] to [study] the voices of students of color," one protester stated.
Let's Agree that Betsy DeVos Isn’t a Rape Apologist?
No less a progressive luminary than Governor Jerry Brown now agrees with her about Obama’s overreaching Title IX guidelines for campus sexual-assault cases.

Concern over Title IX abuse is now officially, unequivocally bipartisan.

Yesterday, California governor Jerry Brown — arguably the nation’s most powerful leader of the #Resistance — vetoed a state bill that would have imposed constitutionally suspect Obama-era Title IX guidance on California public schools, mandating that they satisfy the lowest burden of proof in sexual-harassment and sexual-assault adjudications, defining sexual harassment far too broadly, and failing to adequately protect fundamental due-process rights.
US Has Second-Highest Rate Of Childhood Poverty
The United States has the second-highest rate of childhood poverty in the developed world, according to a new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), which concluded that nations with comprehensive government programs designed to protect vulnerable children had the lowest rates of child poverty and deprivation.

Out of the 35 wealthiest countries analyzed by UNICEF, only one, Romania, had a child poverty rate above the 23 percent rate recorded in the U.S. The rate is based on the definition of relative poverty used by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which states a child is living in poverty if he or she is growing up in a household where disposable income, when adjusted for family size and compensation, is less than 50 percent of the median disposable income for the country in question.

By this standard, more than 15 percent -- about 30 million -- of the 200 million children across the 35 countries studied are seen to be living in relative poverty.



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