Glenn celebrates the life of a remarkable teenager who changed the world in 17 short years

The New England Patriots enjoyed an impressive victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff round on Saturday, but it wasn’t all celebration and jubilation. 17-year-old Massachusetts native Sam Berns passed away just before game time of complications from progeria – a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process. Sam, who was the subject of an HBO documentary last year, had been asked by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to be the team’s honorary captain for Saturday night’s playoff game.

“This weekend was the weekend of celebrations. Hollywood, of course, celebrated itself with the Golden Globe awards… On the football front, fans from Seattle to San Francisco to Denver and clear across to New England were celebrating their team's victories. The Patriots won at home,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “The game should have had one more in attendance. They were supposed to have an honorary captain for the game. His name was Sam Berns. I hope you know the name Sam Berns. He's a 17-year-old high school junior from Foxboro… Sam was a huge fan of the Patriots, but Sam didn't make it to the game. If you read TheBlaze last night, you found out that Sam died on Friday. Sam was a personal friend of one of the people that work here at Mercury, and he alerted me Friday.”

Sam was diagnosed with progeria at 22 months. His parents founded the nonprofit Progeria Research Foundation after encountering a lack of information and research on the fatal condition. Despite his condition, Sam’s outlook on life was infectious. And in both the HBO documentary, Life According to Sam, and various interviews, it became clear that porgeria would not define his life.

“Sam had a dream of playing the snare drums with his high school marching band. Problem is Sam only weighs about 50 pounds, and the harness weighed 40 pounds… It didn't stop Sam. Sam went and found somebody that could design a lightweight harness that would allow him to live his dream. Instead of 40 pounds, it weighed 6 pounds,” Glenn explained. “And [Sam] was out on the field living his dream. During a radio interview, Sam was asked, ‘What's the most important thing that people should know about you?’ Sam said, ‘That I have a happy life. I don't want people to feel bad for me. I don't want to waste energy feeling bad for myself.’”

Last night, Glenn and his family gathered around to watch the TEDTalks Sam gave late last year, in which he discussed his philosophy for a happy life:

“No matter what your problem is, no matter what you think you're facing, here's a kid who has more perspective than most adults I have ever met. He said he had a philosophy for a happy life,” Glenn said. “So the first step is: Be okay with what you ultimately can't do because there's so much you can do. Philosophy point number two: Surround yourself with people you want to be around, people of high quality. And tip number 3: Keep moving forward. The quote he used was from Disney. And he wrote: Around here we don't look backward very long. We keep moving forward. Opening up new doors and doing new things.”

During the talk, Sam also explained that he hoped to go into the field of biology, and he made clear that no matter what the future held, he had one mission in life – to change the world. And he undoubtedly did.

“This weekend there was another celebration that took place. It was the celebration of the life of Sam Berns. A ton we can learn from Sam,” Glenn concluded. “So if you think you have problems today, if you think you can't overcome, if you think that you won't be able to achieve your dreams, think about Sam and have some perspective: The Golden Globe awards or Sam Berns. Thank you, Sam. Through you we know that we are all each other's greatest teachers when we have something called perspective.”

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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