Why is Glenn defending an Ivy League professor who stripped down to his boxers during class?

This morning, TheBlaze reported the story of a Columbia University professor, Emlyn Hughes, who stripped down to nothing but his boxer shorts during the first lecture of his “Frontiers of Science” course.

The class, apparently part of Columbia’s core curriculum, is a lesson in quantum mechanics, and Hughes chose to begin the semester by stripping down to his underwear to change outfits in front of his class, while footage of the September 11 attacks, Adolf Hitler, North Korea, and Saddam Hussein rolled on the projector behind him, and Lil’ Wayne’s Drop It Like It’s Hot played in the background.

The video below captures the event (WARNING: language may be explicit):

The story has become somewhat of a firestorm across the web, with many making a mockery of the event and others questioning why an Ivy League institution that carries a price tag as hefty as Columbia’s ($22,000 a semester) would allow such bizarre behavior. But on radio this morning, Glenn had a surprisingly different take on the incident.

“Now there is a story up on TheBlaze, and this one is going to be counterintuitive. You're going to think that you know exactly where I stand on this,” Glenn said. “In fact, I'm going to have Stu and Pat explain what's happening… and then I'll give you my opinion on this, and I think I know exactly why it's happening. If you read the story, I think you'll be outraged and you'll say this is why I am never sending my kid to an Ivy League school.”

Immediately following the bizarre presentation, Professor Hughes explained his reasoning to the students:

HUGHES: In order to learn quantum mechanics, you have to strip to your raw, erase all the garbage from your brain and start over again. Quantum mechanics, nothing you have learned in your life up to now is in any way – I’ll prepare you for this – because everything you ever do in your everyday life is totally opposite to what you're going to learn in quantum mechanics. And so I've been tasked with the impossible challenge of having to teach you quantum mechanics in one hour what basically the most brilliant minds, Einstein and so on couldn't figure out working on it their whole life.

“I think, and this will come as a surprise, if you don't really read the story or if you don't understand quantum mechanics – and I barely do – I can't believe I'm depending on a professor that is stipulated down to his underwear at an Ivy League university, but I believe this guy may be genius in his approach,” Glenn said. “Trying to get people to understand the insane in today's world, with the way colleges are now, and the way college students are now, this may have been the best approach to get their attention.”

“I completely – and I can't believe I'm saying this because I don't support very many people on college campuses in their teachings, especially when they're in their underpants, but from what I know and what I think happened here, I think the guy's a genius and I think based on what I know, I support him,” he continued. “This is a teacher or a professor that is thinking out of the box, which exactly you have to do. But he is thinking out of the box and I think he's remarkable and brave because somebody looking in from the outside, they're not going to understand it.”

It is safe to say that if this guy plans on showing up to every lecture in his boxer briefs, his teaching style may be cause for concern, but for the first day of a very abstract class, this professor may have taken the perfect approach.

“If he's teaching in his underwear every day, that's a different story,” Glenn said. “But if he is – I mean, if this is the way he introduced it, I think it's a great introduction. I mean, not the one I would have selected myself and, you know, I would – I would keep my eye – if I were a parent, I'd keep my eye on this professor, but…”

“If you tried to teach a class in your underwear, there would be no students the next time,” Stu joked.

From there, the conversation quickly devolved into what the ramifications would be if, say, Glenn showed up to teach a class in his underwear.

“You haven't seen me in my underwear,” Glenn responded. “You don't know how ripped I am.”

Considering Glenn’s penchant for Twinkies and Devil Dogs, only in an alternate universe could a “ripped” physique be possible.

“That one of the possibilities in an alternate universe,” Pat quipped, “you are incredibly ripped.”

“In another universe,” Glenn concluded, “I'm working out.”


We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

Watch the full "Glenn TV" episode below:

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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