Meet the man Glenn called ‘one of the more important voices to unite America’

On Tuesday’s Glenn Beck Program, musician, columnist, and self-described “joy boy” Andrew W.K. joined Glenn for the full hour to discuss a myriad of topics. W.K. has been in the news lately because of some remarkable advice he has handed down to readers via his weekly Village Voice column “Ask Andrew W.K.” It was a combination of those articles and their conversation on Tuesday that had Glenn calling W.K. “one of the more important voices to unite America.”

Glenn asked W.K. to explain a bit about his childhood, which very much informed how he came to have such a diverse viewpoint. Born in California, W.K. and his brother were raised in Michigan. His father is a professor of law at University of Michigan Ann Arbor. W.K. described his mother as “the world’s greatest mom” who is “dedicated to making our dreams come true.”

W.K. said he enjoyed growing up in southeast Michigan because of the breadth of thinkers and opinions in the area.

“You have a lot of radical thinking,” W.K. said, “meaning mind-blowing stuff, ways of looking at the world that I never imagined, kinds of music and culture that I never knew existed and probably wouldn’t have known existed if I hadn’t had the good fortune of meeting people there. So I had a lot of mentors early on, including piano teachers and good school teachers.”

Additionally, W.K. said his father constantly challenged him to reevaluate his thoughts and beliefs, and what he considered to be true.

“He would always just sort of flip things for me, and I would get infuriated because I really just wanted him to agree and cheer each other on and get all excited about it,” W.K. recalled. “But he said, ‘Well, who’s to say that that’s the way?’ And I said, ‘Is that what you think?’ He’s like, ‘I don’t know.’ So he had that very open mind in that it would force me to consider other points of view.”

Considering his father’s academic background, Glenn asked W.K. if his parents were concerned that he chose not to go to college. Interestingly, W.K. aid his father was particularly supportive because of how familiar he is with the university system.

“Well, he was very concerned at first, but, as he’s been quoted saying, he said, ‘Look, I teach college. Believe me, it’s no big deal,’” W.K. explained. “I think he was so deep into it also that he was able to see that… maybe that it wasn’t entirely crucial. He was concerned for my well-being, what I was going to end up doing… but, in a way, that was of course also very motivating for me.”

Ultimately, W.K. said college can be a very important and exciting time for young people, though it may not be for everyone.

“When it comes to college… I think being faced with that moment out of high school of ‘do I go to college or not’ is not just about education or not education,” W.K. concluded. “It’s the first moment where you can actually maybe break out on your own, and I think that’s an exciting moment for any student to have.”

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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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