Malcolm Gladwell explains why people have been misinterpreting the story of 'David & Goliath' for centuries

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. - Albert Einstein

Best selling author Malcolm Gladwell joined Glenn on TV Wednesday night to discuss the importance of out-of-the-box thinking and "the art of taking down giants". The conversation was one of several that Glenn has had over the past couple of weeks with thought leaders who have focused on nontraditional solutions to the nation's problems, including Mike Rowe and Srinivas Rao.

In Gladwell's book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, he says there are three weapons that the "powerless" can use to overcome overwhelming odds: faith, courage, and determination. While courage and determination have been covered other places, Glenn wanted to focus on faith.

"I have a chapter where I talk about this little town in the mountains of France. It was a bunch of Hugenots...during the Second World War they decided they were going to harbor any Jewish refugees who came to their door. Jewish refugees came by the thousands. They took them in and they told the Nazis 'we're going to take them in and if you to come and get them we're not going to give them to you'" Gladwell said.

"They had nothing. They had no resources. They had no weapons, they refused to lie so they weren't using deceit. All they had was there faith."

"I don't care if you're the most dyed-in-the-wool atheist, you cannot read that story and not come away with a renewed appreciation for the power that faith gives people," Gladwell said.

Moving onto the the story of David and Goliath, Gladwell said that armed with the slingshot, a piece of powerful and innovative technology for the time, and the power of faith, David was never the underdog in his battle with Goliath.

"We've been telling that story as if he's this incredible long shot. He's not the long shot. With those two things he's the favorite," Gladwell explained.

Gladwell, a writer for The New Yorker, surprised Glenn with his insightful interpretation. Glenn said he knew plenty of people of deep faith who wouldn't have that perspective on the story.

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There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

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It should come as no surprise that a newsworthy story receives more media coverage when released on a Monday than a Friday. The reason is in part due to a large number of news-consuming Americans checking out for the week to focus on their weekend plans rather than the news.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck shared information that President Joe Biden decided to release on Friday — when fewer people would notice — regarding the Climate Finance report. This report is marketed to Americans as "A Roadmap To Build a Climate-Resilient Economy." But Glenn believes the report to be Biden's Great Reset warning shot to banks.

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On today's radio program, Glenn Beck was joined by Bill O'Reilly to discuss the top stories of the week.

For O'Reilly, the biggest story this week centered around someone mysteriously missing from mainstream media news reports today: Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, O'Reilly said it's the 'scandalous' way the Facebook CEO spent nearly $420 million to influence the 2020 election — and did so successfully.

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On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

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