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.

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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