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GLENN: Jon Huntsman, Sr. is a guy who is teaching me how to be charitable. That was our deal, Jon, when we first met. Teach me how to be charitable. He is a guy who grew up dirt poor, had one shirt when he was growing up, lived in a house that they had to split with another family and they put cardboard walls up in between the two families. Dirt, dirt poor. And now is — he's the guy who invented the egg carton. I didn't — egg cartons one of those things you are like, we didn't always have egg cartons? And he is the styrofoam cup and plastic fork and plate and spoon and I mean, he's an amazing guy, and he is going to die broke because he's giving his billions away, and he has been kind enough to let us use the Huntsman Cancer Institute which has one of the nicest restaurants in the city in it because as a survivor of cancer, he knew he didn't want to eat the Jell O and the really bad food at 3:00 in the morning, he wanted to have a good meal. So he brought some of the best chefs up into this cancer institute so he could cook for them, and he's got a restaurant up there. So we have — he's been gracious enough to let us have that for a fundraiser tonight for 8/28. And then he calls me yesterday. He's the guy I talked to yesterday that I told you about. He called me yesterday and said, Glenn, I want to, I want to give you a check for $50,000. I'm not going to be able to make it to the fundraiser, and I just wanted to give you $50,000 for 8/28. I am — I want you to know I asked if the audience would match that $50,000.

Today at, I will match both his $50,000 and the audience's $50,000 so we can turn his $50,000 into $200,000, and the proceeds are going to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, an amazing group. But let me introduce you to Jon Huntsman, the most charitable man I know.

HUNTSMAN: Well, Glenn, you know, every time I'm with you, Glenn, I feel a little bit like a different person because you're so gracious. And the one thing, Glenn, that, you know, I listen to your show, I watch you on Fox and more importantly, Glenn, you and I have — you know, we were fishing last week together, we had our families together. I watched you personally and I watched your children and I watched your beautiful wife. I know you very, very well. And Glenn Beck, you know, you can talk all you want about people like me, we do the very best we can, but you are a charitable man, Glenn. I look at what you've done for cancer, I look at the money you've raised, and not many people know this but out of your back pocket, you gave an enormous amount of money to cancer, and it lifted the hearts and souls of cancer patients, Glenn, and so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your charity and your goodness, Glenn Beck.

GLENN: Well, this is the guy who actually said last week that I was a natural sportsman. Right?

PAT: Right.

GLENN: Stu, natural —

PAT: Stu and I don't believe that, Jon.

HUNTSMAN: No, no, no.

PAT: That can't be true.

HUNTSMAN: I'm here — let me tell you this.

PAT: Set the record straight.

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HUNTSMAN: First of all, let me talk just a second about the hoary marmot. If you don't know, the hoary marmot, it ran out from this bush and we had just been chasing this moose down the river.

GLENN: Yeah.

HUNTSMAN: And all of a sudden this wild type of creature came —

GLENN: It's like a dog.

HUNTSMAN: Yeah, but it's a light brown.

GLENN: Squirrel thing.

HUNTSMAN: Huge animal.

GLENN: It's a spooky animal.

HUNTSMAN: Spooky animal. And so Glenn and I both said, there goes a varmint! And, you know, of course it's a marmot. And the thing about it, Glenn, I found out since then was what we saw was a hoary marmot.

GLENN: Right.

HUNTSMAN: But we never saw the yellow bellied marmot.

GLENN: There's a yellow bellied hoary marmot?


GLENN: Or just a hoary

HUNTSMAN: Remember those old western movies, that guy would walk into the saloon and they would say, you yellow bellied varmint?

GLENN: Right.

HUNTSMAN: It really was a yellow bellied marmot and we didn't see one but we saw his cousin.

GLENN: So are the yellow belly are they afraid of people?

HUNTSMAN: I don't know whether they are. I think they all got shot in the early West in the saloon.

GLENN: I'm not sure.

HUNTSMAN: But anyway, we had a great time and there is such a thing as a hoary marmot.

GLENN: And I'm fishing and Jon says to me for the first time in my life, a man says to me, you are a natural sportsman. And I said, yes, I am. Yes, I am.

HUNTSMAN: Not only that, Glenn, but our guide looked at you and here was — here's Glenn Beck, folks. I've got to paint this picture because we're on this beautiful river in Idaho, moose running along the side, hoary marmots on the other side, coyotes running up and down.

GLENN: It's nice, isn't it, Pat?

HUNTSMAN: And there's Glenn with one hand. I mean, to all you fly fisherman who use two hands, here's Glenn with one hand hitting the dry fly. It's not a wet. It's a dry, which is very difficult to maneuver in a wind, we had a light wind. And there he was right along the grass, right along the shore. There he was cast after cast after cast.

GLENN: Natural.

HUNTSMAN: Natural.

PAT: Have you ever seen him throw a ball, Jon? Have you ever seen him throw a baseball, football, basketball?

GLENN: Hey, I have to tell you this story. This is my favorite story, me not being a sportsman is my 5 year old son Raphe, we go out to play catch with the ball. My 5 year old son, he's — we're, actually we're not playing catch. I'm throwing — I'm pitching it so he can hit it with a baseball bat. I pitch like three times. He just puts the bat down on the ground and says, Dad, you are really not good at this.

HUNTSMAN: No, no, but Glenn's turned over an entire new life, an entire new leaf, Glenn.

GLENN: Yes, yes. So anyway, well, Jon, thank you so much for your donation and thank you —

HUNTSMAN: Glenn, here's a check for $50,000, Glenn.

PAT: Oh, wow.

HUNTSMAN: I am so honored. Let me just say one word. You know, honoring, Restoring Honor in America and this Special Operations Warriors Fund, I had the privilege to serve in the United States Navy as a gunnery officer. We took the first troops into Southeast Asia. In 1961 I took 1100 Marines on a ship and we dropped them off and, you know, some of them didn't return. This was in the early days of the war and as it cranked up and cranked up, those of us who served in that theater and served in the Pacific. You know, we have a great affection for these young men and women who are the sons and daughters of these special operations forces in the army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, and what a great, wonderful thing you are doing, Glenn. 8/28 and the restoring of honor to America. No one else in America has done this but you, Glenn Beck, and I salute you and we really commend you for it.

GLENN: I have to tell you, these guys, who's the — what was the sergeant's name, Eddie that was on this week with us? Here's a guy, these warriors are all exactly the same. Here's a guy who had, what was it, Pat, a rocket went off?

PAT: Rocket propelled grenade hit him in both his arms.

GLENN: Blew both hands off. So here's a guy that has no hands left and we're talking to him and he has the hooks for hands, and he's like, "You know, I just want to go back."

PAT: He wanted to go back.

GLENN: "I just want to go back." I mean, he went back. It didn't end his service. He taught hand to hand combat after that with no hands.

HUNTSMAN: Just incredible.

PAT: Amazing.

GLENN: These guys are amazing. Hunts they are amazing. And two weeks ago, Glenn, I had the privilege, and Pat, to be at the United States naval academy and there one of my sons was just inducted, sworn in as a new midshipman going through Plebe Summer and we just found out this week that another grandson has been admitted for next year to the U.S. Naval Academy, but these kids want to be SEALs. They have been training their life so they can go out and, you know, it's such an honor to be a grandfather to these young warriors, the young men and women who want to grow up, serve their country and be SEALs and to do what you are honoring these special operations people for doing, Glenn.

GLENN: Jon Huntsman, what a pleasure.

HUNTSMAN: One of my dearest friends in all my life, Glenn Beck. Thanks, dear friend.

GLENN: That means a lot, thank you.

Remember when rooting for your favorite sports team felt patriotic? It's no secret that the sports world has become extremely leftist over the past few years and is now even preaching anti-American ideals in many ways.

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn spoke with veteran sports journalist Jason Whitlock about where he believes this all started — and Whitlock tied it back to former President Barack Obama, Nike, and China.

Whitlock first talked about how professional football and baseball used to have a healthy rivalry over which was the most patriotic.

"The military fly-overs, the national anthem before the game, and all of that — the NFL tried to make you feel like the most patriotic thing you could do on a Sunday is go to church and watch football. It was a brilliant business strategy that catapulted football to where it's America's favorite pastime. ... It's something that I authentically believe in: Sports do teach the values that best exemplify America," he said.

"Then China and our competitors figured out, if you really want to influence American culture, you have to get into the sports world," he added.

Whitlock also told Glenn why he believes President Obama and Nike both played significant roles in moving left-wing political rhetoric into the world of sports.

"I'm not some super-harsh Barack Obama critic, but I'm just going to let the facts speak for themselves. Barack Obama intentionally partnered with ESPN because he wanted to speak to that sports audience," he said.

"It was a process of 'let's move left-wing stuff into the sports world,'" he added. "And Nike is a much bigger business, five to six times more lucrative than the NBA. Nike actually runs the NBA. The NBA is a marketing arm of Nike. Nike's relationship with China is the key to all of this."

Watch the video clip below, or the full podcast with Jason Whitlock here:

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IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health

A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.


A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.


Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.


According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children

On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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