What does 'The Walking Dead' tell us about society?

Glenn has fallen in love with a new show: AMC's The Walking Dead. Some of you may be saying, "Gee Glenn, welcome to the phenomena that has swept the country over the four years". I know I am (I've been reading the comics since I was in college). But some of you may have never seen or enjoyed the TV series that takes a brutal look at life after a zombie apocalypse.

The show's fifth season premiere shattered records on both the network and TV history. It brought in 22.4 million viewers, making it the most viewed drama ever on cable. The eight-episode fifth season also beat the NFL on five Sunday nights, a feat that Sports Illustrated called remarkable because the NFL "simply does not get out-rated on Sundays".

After watching the show for the first time, Glenn seems hooked.

"It's really good," he said.

But what does the success of the show say about society?

"So we're watching that and Pat and I have this conversation about I think there's something to the psyche of America that knows that we're in real trouble. And I'm trying to think -- wasn't it the 1950s that the zombie movies were really big?" Glenn said.

"So in the 1950s look what was happening. We were a society that was completely out of control. We were afraid of things we couldn't stop. The World Wars were over and now we're in a Cold War and we could be vaporized at any time. So if you look at the entertainment at the time, it was zombies, it was aliens. They were all things that we just could not control. However, at the same time, you had some lighter fare going on. In the Great Depression, you will see that we went to Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart," Glenn said.

"Very hopeful movies. Right now there's something in our psyche that I think is really disturbing. Everything that was coming out that people are going for is apocalyptic or, just like the 1930s when we felt out of control, we went to Superman. Now we're going to Ironman. We're going to Captain America. All the old things that show us again, these situations are out of control, mere men cannot fix them."

In essence, Glenn believes the success of 'The Walking Dead' and superhero movies reflect this sense of things being out of control in the world.

Do you agree?

Watch the trailer for the midseason premiere of 'The Walking Dead', returning to AMC this Sunday at 9/8C.

On today's radio program, Glenn Beck was joined by Bill O'Reilly to discuss the top stories of the week.

For O'Reilly, the biggest story this week centered around someone mysteriously missing from mainstream media news reports today: Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, O'Reilly said it's the 'scandalous' way the Facebook CEO spent nearly $420 million to influence the 2020 election — and did so successfully.

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On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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