Two members of Glenn's staff prepare to depart for the Middle East, right to the front lines of ISIS

Glenn announced the upcoming departure of two of his staff members for the Middle East on his TV show Wednesday night. Glenn's head writer, Dan Andros, and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, made the decision to travel there so the audience could visually experience what it means to be a Christian in that part of the world.

"I'm going to be hobbling here for a couple of weeks because two people that I depend on to help me put this show together every day are going away," Glenn said. "This is the first team that we're sending over in the next 8 to 12 weeks."

Glenn described Jason - a former Marine previously on Glenn's personal security detail - as a "warrior," both in the physical sense and spiritually.

Dan was quick to point out, "I'm not a warrior. I am going to be standing behind Jason at all times."

Requesting prayers on their behalf, Glenn said they're going to be "literally on the front lines with ISIS."

Why would they want to do something so potentially dangerous?

Dan explained he felt moved after reading what one refugee said after being kicked out of his community by ISIS.

"He just said, 'I feel like nobody cares,'" Dan said. "My hope for this trip is that you get to meet these people and that it moves more of the country into some sort of action."

Jason agreed, saying, "We want to show everyone that there is something that you can do. Everyone can play their role," Jason said.

Glenn's response?

"This is what I've been saying that we're at a time of heroes," he said.

Watch the dialogue below.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

JASON: On this issue, now, full disclosure here, we’re not journalists.

GLENN: Good.

JASON: Dan’s a writer, and I’m a researcher. I’m a former military guy. I’m basically a Marine that does research now, and Dan’s a writer. We’re basically just like the audience is. We’re the same. But I think that the whole reason for this is to get two guys that are not journalists, we’re not part of the mainstream media, but we want to show you the same thing that The Root was designed to show, which is what is going on. We want to take the audience on a trip with us to the front lines right there. We want them to say who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys?

GLENN: There are good guys there.

DAN: Because that’s what the media does is they just show you the wreckage. That’s all they want to do is show you the wreckage. What we want to do, since we’re not going in there as one of these guys to just sit there and point to the carnage that’s going on, we want you to see who the good guys are, meet them.

GLENN: They’re heroes.

DAN: Honestly, it’s not like, I know Jason’s just been chomping at the bit to get over there, but it’s not been my dream to go on the front lines against ISIS. I clearly drew the short straw here. But I’ll tell you though, what turned it for me is when I see quotes like, there’s one quote actually in the media that stuck out for me where they interviewed some refugee who got chased out by ISIS. He just said, "I feel like nobody cares." When you just watch the wreckage and you just see some shots and some explosions, it’s easy not to care because it’s just so far away. But when you meet the people and when you get to know them, that’s what my hope is for this trip is that you get to meet these people and that it moves more of the country into some sort of action.

GLENN: This is what I’ve been saying that we’re at a time of heroes. Dan, I’ve known you for 15 years. You’re no hero, and I’m not a hero, not even close.

DAN: We’re not heroes.

GLENN: You’re closer to a hero than we are. We’re not heroes. Can you believe we’re here, where not for money, not for fame, not for anything else, just because I do care, and it’s time for somebody to stand up? That’s amazing.

JASON: And that’s part of the purpose of this trip. We want to show everyone that there is something that you can do. Everyone can play their role.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.