Why does Glenn feel sorry for Alec Baldwin?

On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu somehow got on the topic of Alec Baldwin and an old video that immortalizes his rough talk radio audition. Baldwin was filling in on a local radio program in Philadelphia a few years ago, and he learned the hard way that filling a couple hours of airtime on radio is not as easy as it may seem.

Listening to Baldwin flounder through just a couple edited minutes of tape, Glenn couldn’t help but feel bad for the guy. Glenn explained that talk radio has proven to be the most difficult job he has ever held.

“I've done hard work, and I've never worked this hard in my life,” Glenn said of his early days in talk radio. “People don't know how hard it is – and that's coming from a guy who is in radio… I did morning radio morning forever. Talk radio is 1,000 times harder than anything I ever did. So I want to make Alec Baldwin feel a little better about his stumbling.”

That led Glenn to share a story from his early days in talk radio that may very well have been – by his own admission – one of the worst hours of broadcast in radio history.

As Glenn explained, he was doing a show on WABC in New York at the time, and Stu was one of his producers. They had meticulously planned out every minute of the show, so Glenn would know exactly what to say and when to say it.

The only problem?

Glenn and Stu apparently didn’t realize how much airtime they had to fill.

“I walk in and I'm prepped for every single word, and I'm ready to go… At the end of the hour I said, ‘All right. See you next time. WABC New York.,’” Glenn explained. “And I'm unplugging my headphones and the producer says, in my ear, ‘Whoa whoa, you got another hour.’”

Needless to say, Glenn was not prepared for another hour of radio, and his lack of experience at the time made the prospect of going off-the-cuff particularly daunting. They came up the idea of pitching a topic that would rile people up so they would call in, and Glenn would play devil’s advocate for the hour.

At the time, the story of Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson was in the news, so Glenn came back at the top of the hour and laid out a rather incendiary case.

“I said something like: In those days Thomas Jefferson having sex with a slave is like having sex with a chair. He owned it. What’s the difference? That's the way he looked at it,” Glenn explained. “I was just grasping at straws. And I said, ‘Here's the number for WABC, blah, blah, blah.’”

It seemed as though Glenn had dodged a bullet as the calls began to pour in. After coming back from a quick break, Glenn went to speak to the first caller and the unthinkable happened – the phones failed and all the calls dropped.

“I'm about to say, ‘WABC, go ahead,’ and all the lines drop – every one of them. The phone screen was completely blank,” Glenn recalled. “So we're like 12 minutes into an hour and all of the phones crashed. And I had an Alec Baldwin moment… The whole hour, no phones.”

As Glenn remembers it, he somehow got through several segments before the final few minutes of the hour were upon him. At that point, he had all but given up.

“I was reading a book on the train to New York, and it was dog-eared from where I was reading,” Glenn said. “I saw that book sitting on my desk, so I said, ‘On the way in I was reading this book. And I want to share something with you that I found.’ I literally opened it up to the dog-eared page… There was nothing in there, but I tried to make it sound like there was something important in this book.”

“I looked at the clock and I was thinking, ‘How many paragraphs do I have to read?’ And that clock was just like, tick, tick,” he continued. “And I'm like, ‘You know what? That's all I have time. I think you'll have to take it from there…’ I was dying.”

Ultimately, that day – while embarrassing – proved to be one of the biggest teachable moments of his career.

“I learned my lesson in talk radio,” Glenn concluded. “You better be prepared for absolutely anything.”

Glenn Beck: One TERRIFYING thing is clear no matter who caused the Nord Stream pipeline leaks

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Evidence strongly suggests that the Nord Stream pipeline leaks were the result of sabotage, and U.S. and European officials have been working to discover who could be behind the explosions that damaged the natural gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Was it Russia? Ukraine? Germany? But no matter who carried this out, it has put the entire world in grave danger, because if this is indeed an attack, it means that non-military key infrastructure outside Ukraine is now on the "target menu," warned Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It is so important for you to understand, this is now a non-military key infrastructure that has been destroyed," Glenn explained. "If Russia thinks we did it, they've already said, 'Nukes are now on the table.' That gives us a green light to use nukes," he added.

"This is non-military key infrastructure outside of the borders of Ukraine. To date, as far as we know, combat targets were either in Ukraine, or were military targets hit inside of Russia by Ukrainian Air Force or special forces. But the target menu now includes key civilian infrastructure: electricity, water utilities, energy production. That makes Russia more dangerous than ever. And that would be true no matter who carried out the attack," Glenn stated.

Now, the Russians are saying the Unted States did it, and the U.S. is saying it was Russia. But no matter who carried out the attack, "We are facing a Cuban Missile Crisis," said Glenn.

"This could end up being the biggest story of our lifetime and ... if it isn't played calmly by every side, this could be World War III," he continued. "Russia has already said that this gives them the right to use nuclear weapons as soon as they find out for sure who did it. That would be catastrophic, absolutely catastrophic."

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The White House can try to spin inflation all day long (and it's trying very hard). But you feel the effects of President Joe Biden’s disastrous leadership every time you go to the grocery store or fill up your car. The American economy is on the brink of disaster after less than two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House. And they’ve got plenty more destruction in the works.

The bottom line is they WANT you to get used to a lower living standard. So, what do you do? How do you prepare? What will food and fuel cost in the months ahead? What would the next Great Depression look like? How are you going to feel the effects of ESG and the Left’s war on oil?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck brings in a panel of economic experts to answer those questions. He’s joined by Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” and Jim Iuorio, a small business owner, stockbroker, and managing director of TJM Institutional Services. While both forecast the worst-case scenario for average Americans, they also offer a glimmer of hope to get us out of this mess.

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The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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