Courage Boys: The Cosmonaut

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The Cosmonaut

Soviet mystique grew even more when they announced Sputnik 2 would be launched before the Americans could send Explorer 1 into space. Nikita Khrushchev promised they would launch within a month, just in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

The kicker was that Sputnik 2 would be manned --- by a candidate chosen on the streets of Moscow. Teams of scientists had already begun their search, avoiding the usual suspects: universities, military, and the like, preferring a simple adventurer, a friend of the worker.

Research showed they would need someone who could deal with extreme cold, hunger and prolonged discomfort. This eliminated any candidates from among the privileged party elite and their sons.

In short order, ten candidates were identified and taken to live at the space training facility in Moscow. Scientists immediately took their vitals and ran them through a battery of tests. A clear favorite emerged that would be another coup for the Soviets. Not only would this first soul in space be a Soviet, the new hero would be a female. They called her Kudryavka or "Curly." She personified Soviet tenacity and grit, and her big brown eyes and wavy hair were a hit on Soviet television.

On November 3, 1957, Sputnik 2 was launched.

After the initial accelerated heart rate and a degree of tension, Curly responded well and had her first meal in space. But sadly, it was also her last meal. The Sputnik nose cone released as planned, but the internal thermal insulation ripped loose, causing temperatures to soar inside the capsule. The cabin overheated, and Curly died quickly.

The mission, while tragic, was not in vain. Curly's space odyssey showed the world that life could be supported during takeoff with maybe a few tweaks to the temperature control system. Other valuable research was also harvested from the failed mission, research that subsequently was used by the U.S. to put the first man on the moon.

To accomplish great feats, we often stand on the shoulders of giants, even little giants like Curly --- a dog.

There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

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It should come as no surprise that a newsworthy story receives more media coverage when released on a Monday than a Friday. The reason is in part due to a large number of news-consuming Americans checking out for the week to focus on their weekend plans rather than the news.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck shared information that President Joe Biden decided to release on Friday — when fewer people would notice — regarding the Climate Finance report. This report is marketed to Americans as "A Roadmap To Build a Climate-Resilient Economy." But Glenn believes the report to be Biden's Great Reset warning shot to banks.

In this clip, Glenn warned that if Americans don't stand together, in eight years we all indeed will own nothing. Watch the clip for the full story. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.



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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.

You can donate to Grace's legal fund here.

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Disclaimer: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-19 and/or COVID vaccine related questions & concerns.

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