WATCH: CNN Anchor Reveals Source of His Near-Obsession With Survival

Journalist and author Anderson Cooper revealed fascinating insights on the "puzzle" of his life and family heritage during a 20-minute interview with Glenn on radio Friday morning.

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As the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°, Cooper has made a great impact on Glenn by asking tough, honest questions to those he interviews --- on both sides of the aisle.

"He takes off the gloves and asks the questions. Both sides. I think he's the most fair journalist in America today," Glenn said. "I don't agree with him on a lot of stuff, but I think he honestly tries to understand."

Cooper recently released a new book, The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss, which is also a documentary on HBO.

In addition to discussing some of his adventures, such as diving with sharks and visiting war-zones, Cooper opened up to Glenn about some of the more personal struggles he faced with his family and during his childhood. He explained how some of these experiences led to his near-obsession with survival.

"My dad died when I was ten. And from age 11, I knew --- I felt like, this ship is sinking and I need to prepare. And I need to --- you know, I need to work. I need to get a job. I need to start earning money. I need to prepare myself for whatever is going to come down," Cooper said.

After getting a job as a child model when he was 11 years old, Cooper started taking survival courses in the wilderness, "Because I literally wanted to learn how to survive," he explained.

"Out of college, I started going to wars," he continued. "I made a fake press pass. I borrowed a camera, and I just started going to wars by myself. One, because I was interested in shooting stories. But also, I was interested in survival, on why two people growing up in a family, why one person survives and the other doesn't. Why my brother died and I didn't. And I wanted to make sure that I could survive no matter what happened, if war came to the United States or whatever it was."

Many more of these details can be found in Cooper's book, which Glenn described as one of the best books he's read in a long time.

"It is --- on so many levels --- about history. It is about America's royal family. It's about your family. It's about a mother and a son who really never talked. It is amazing," Glenn said.

At one point during the interview, Glenn stopped and just gave Cooper a look of amazement.

"You are a puzzle because you are --- I think, and I don't mean this with any of the bad stuff that may go along with it --- but you are a man who is probably a lot like Commodore Vanderbilt, that just doesn't say no."

A down-to-earth Cooper admitted he hadn't studied up on Commodore Vanderbilt --- the original patriarch of the Vanderbilt family.

"I'm a big believer in sort of plunging head-first into the things that scare you most. And I don't know much about Commodore Vanderbilt. I actually just started reading history of him for the first time," Cooper said.

He continued.

"I just didn't think any good could come of that," he explained. "My dad grew up poor on a farm in Mississippi. To me, that was --- I was like, okay, there's a benefit for paying attention to that background. But the Vanderbilt thing, it just seems fancy, and it's not real."

Cooper said he'd never visited the famed Biltmore, George Vanderbilt's 8,000-acre estate in North Carolina --- a destination point for many Americans and tourists around the world.

The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss, which Cooper wrote to encourage people to talk with their aging parents, is available in bookstores now.

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Featured Image: Anderson Cooper on The Glenn Beck Program, May 13, 2016.

Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

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During his campaign, President Joe Biden survived scandal after scandal involving his son Hunter — the Ukraine/Burisma scandal, the laptop scandal, the one involving a stripper from Arkansas and a long-lost child. And yet, after it all appeared to have been swept under the rug, Hunter has now released a memoir — "Beautiful Things."

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere discussed Hunter's "horrible" response when asked on "CBS This Morning" if the laptop seized by the FBI in 2019 belonged to him and reviewed a few segments from his new book, which they agreed raises the question: Is Hunter trying to sabotage his father's career?

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Countless corporations — from Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Porsche to UPS and LinkedIn — are calling out the Georgia voting laws, calling them "restrictive," "racist," and "discriminative." Meanwhile, words like "stakeholder" and "equitable" are starting to show up in their arguments.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck gave the "decoder ring" for what's really going on here, because our society is being completely redesigned in front of our eyes.

There's a reason why all these big businesses are speaking out now, and it has very little to do with genuine ideology, Glenn explained. It's all about ESG scores and forcing "compliance" through the monetization of social justice.

Glenn went on to detail exactly what ESG scores are, how they're calculated, and why these social credit scores explain the latest moves from "woke" companies.

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