If you could have dinner with any four people in the world, who would you choose?

In the wake of Sports Illustrated model and Cosmopolitan magazine cover girl Chrissy Teigen including Glenn on her “fantasy celebrity dinner party” guest list, Glenn, Pat, Stu, and Jeffy thought about who would be their dream dinner company on radio this morning. The exercise turned out to be much more difficult than anyone imagined.

“Because one of the world's hottest supermodels – just throwing this in as a matter fact – said on a list of people she would want to have dinner with, out of four people, I was one of them,” Glenn explained. “And I understand that that.”

“So we are trying to come up with our own list,” Pat added. “It's harder than you think.”

"Michael Lewis… [is] going to talk to me about the stock market and flash trading. I don't know if I think it will be a fun evening, but it would be a fun evening, interesting to learn from. He's an interesting, smart guy,” Stu said. “I almost put Nate Silver on the list, but it seemed too douchey, so I decided not to, but I think you go to someone who's probably smarter than you and you would learn things in different a perspective.”

“I could name a lot of people, if I'm being honest,” he continued. “I wouldn't mind doing a dictator roundtable. I think that would be interesting. I think it would be fascinating to talk to these guy, if is they spoke to you honestly.”

Jeffy’s list was a bit more Hollywood-driven.

“I could only think of a couple. Russell Crowe. Maybe Will Smith. But we know them so well through social media,” Jeffy said. “We know what they're like already, so you almost don't want to have dinner with them because you know who they are.”

Glenn’s list was originally disqualified because he was naming people who he has already had extensive conversations with like Ray Kurzweil and Penn Jillette.

“This is typical, Glenn,” Stu said. “He never came up with a list, except for people he already had on the show, then he asks us to come up with a second list.”

But Glenn was actually able to come up with a list of people he is less familiar with.

“If you are not letting me pick somebody that I have met… I would like to talk to Ralph Lauren,” Glenn said. “This is a guy that brought himself up. He was working at a Brooks Brothers and designing ties… That's how he started, but… it would be fascinating to hear him talk about America because he sees us in this idyllic sort of way.”

The next person on Glenn’s list was Daniel Boorstin, who served as the twelfth librarian of the United States Congress, but he actually passed away.

“Next one is Daniel Boorstin. I think he's still alive. I'm not sure, but he used to be the head librarian of the Library of Congress,” Glenn said. “He's fascinating. He's David Barton on steroids.”

Glenn wouldn’t mind sitting down with Hollywood producer Jason Blum.

“Jason Blum [is] a guy that I don't think we should get along with. But I think we would get along with [him],” Glenn said. “He's disrupting all of Hollywood by giving people creative control and saying, ‘It's not my dream. It is your dream. You do it.’ [He’s] not trying to control anybody, and he's disrupting everything.”

Finally, Glenn chose Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who serves as the rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites of Israel, to round out the table.

“He's the guy who is the chief of all of the holy places in Israel. I met a lot of religious figures, but this guy's the real deal,” Glenn said. “There are a few people I have met that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, you are in the room with them and you are like, ‘That is a spiritual man, a really spiritual man.’ And Rabbi Rabinowitz is phenomenal. He doesn't speak a word of English, so it might be a light conversation, but…”

As it turns out, Pat was a bit of a downer and only managed to muster up a couple of people.

“All I can come up with a Chris Gardner (the man whose life inspired the hit film The Pursuit of Happyness),” Pat said. “I would love to have dinner with Steve Young sometime, ask him what the deal was with his relationship with Joe Montana. That was ugly. I always wanted to know about that. As far as world leaders, maybe Tony Blair because he was liberal, really liberal, and then when 9/11 happened, he acted as though he were conservative for about five years.”

Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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