Glenn reacts to his interview with Google's top executives

Last night, Glenn had a fascinating hour-long sit-down with some of the greatest technological minds in the world today – Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, and Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas. Schmidt and Cohen’s new book, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, explains how the face of the internet is about to change, and Glenn hoped to use that as a jumping off point to get a better sense of where they believe the world is headed. On radio this morning, Glenn reflected on the conversation.

“Yesterday I did an interview with Google chairman Eric Schmidt and head of Google Ideas,” Glenn said. “I don't know about you, but I was shocked at how much Eric was denying in his own book. It was incredible.”

One of the things Glenn found most surprising about the interview was the way in which Schmidt and Cohen addressed the technology Google is working on. Glenn is very interested in the work of futurist Ray Kurzweil, who is a director of engineering at Google, and he asked Schmidt and Cohen about some of the bold predictions Kurzweil has made. Their answers, however, seemed to downplay the possibility of actually achieving these goals. That frustrated Glenn and Pat, who had hoped to hear more of a philosophical debate about the role of technology, but Stu was more open-minded.

“You guys seem extremely… disappointed in the interview or disappointed in them. I always find, Glenn, when you interact with people like this, to be really interesting because these are guys that are in the world of doing this on an everyday basis, and… they do think about it different than Ray does,” Stu explained. “But they're smart enough to bring a guy like Ray in because they are trying to move this along. I don't know that they've considered all the things – I'm sure they've considered them and they've obviously written to some extent, but they don't live in that world. And I think that's the issue you tried to bring up with them over and over again: You have to live in that world.”

Glenn wasn’t convinced.

“You know what? They do live in that world,” Glenn countered. “The name of the book is The New Digital Age. Just listen to the title: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business. And so this is a dynamic and terrifying book, and this is what they say is coming. I'm reading the book.”

Interestingly, Glenn revealed that following the interview, Schmidt told him that of the hundreds of interviews they have done for this book, Glenn is the first person they encountered who actually read it.

Throughout the interview, Schmidt and Cohen sought to assure Glenn that Google has no ill intent, and they operate well within the law when it comes to collecting data. With that in mind, Glenn asked what would happen to Google if it was suddenly run by people that didn’t share their same mission and vision of making the world a better place.

GLENN: You guys walk out of this studio, God forbid you're, you know, hit by a bus, which could happen here in New York. Somebody -- somebody evil, sinister takes over Google, and you want certain things from the government. What stops you? You are far more powerful than J. Edgar Hoover ever was. Ever.

SCHMIDT: One, we've not engaged in any of the illegal activity that J. Edgar Hoover did sanction while he was FBI director in the 30-plus years he was. From a Google perspective, it's not going to happen for a bunch of reasons. The governance of the company, the culture of the company, even if you somehow replaced the senior leadership, the people were brought in to do one thing, they're not going to switch just without a huge riot inside the company. It's not going to happen.

It was this rose-colored glass view of the world that concerned Glenn most.

“It is so funny because Ben McPherson works for the Dream Labs. He was [at the interview], and I had dinner with him last night, and he was like, ‘All the way through all I kept thinking was, everything is awesome,’” Glenn explained. “How true.”

“That is their attitude,” Pat agreed. “Everything is awesome. It can never happen. Nothing can go wrong.”

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Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.

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After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.

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Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."

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There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.

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Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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