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.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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