Free Audio: Glenn tells the story of three boys who survived an earthquake to go to the Olympics



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You know, the Olympics, as much as I watch the Olympics and I thought, you know, at least the opening ceremonies, I haven't watched the second half of that and I thought, oh, boy, look out, here they come. It was impressive and there were some heartfelt moments as well. I want to tell you a story that started back in May.

It was a cool, bright blue afternoon in May. Do you remember those times when you were a kid that just made you wish summer would just hurry up and get here? It was one of those days. And it was a Monday. But it was the last full week of school. So you had that beautiful early summer on the last week of school, Monday, you knew. Remember, you didn't do jack. Especially when you were 9. All you could think about was getting out of school. Most of the second grade students who attended the small amount area school, they were all in a great mood because the end of school wasn't far away. And not only did that mean the beginning of summer vacation but also the official countdown to their country's Olympics, and none of them could wait. So it was on this Monday. The old clock on the wall crept slowly to 2:30. Three young friends. They were walking together in the school's main hallway and they were laughing and joking and talking about plans for the summer. Olympics, what else. Their idol, 7' 6" center Yao Ming would be playing basketball against Team USA in the opening round and that was almost too good to be true for these 9 year olds. When they were walking down the hall, suddenly the floor started to shake and they didn't have any idea what was going on. They steadied themselves, unsure of what was happening. But the tremors only grew worse. The walls started to shake. The ceilings cracked. Plaster turned to dust and swirled there in the air. The lights rattled and flickered. Posters and bulletin boards that once had announced sports schedules or honor rolls fell to the floor. Glass shattered all around them. And then a rumble approached. It was low and quiet at first but it grew louder and louder until it was on top of them and so was the school. Heavy support beams and walls crashed all around the three friends, trapping, trapping them out of reach of one another. Water pipes burst and electrical wires sparked and then just as quickly as it started, the shaking stopped. Their world was dark and early quiet. But the three friends were still alive.

Badly injured, the boys knew that each of them would die without a miracle. And then one appeared in the most unlikely of places. One of the boys, a thin 9 year old with jet black hair and a smile that could light up a room was awake and alert under the rubble. He knew his friends had to be as freaked out as he was. So he started singing to them. He led his two friends in song after song and he told them, don't be afraid. And all the while he worked to free himself from the rubble and eventually he succeeded. Pulling himself to the top of the smoking pile of debris, the boy realized that his head and his arm was bleeding and injured badly. But there wasn't a rescue worker or a siren in sight or sound. No other classmates yet were free and so the boy was alone and knew what he had to do. He climbed back on through the rubble of his collapsed school and he searched until he found one of his friends, still having him sing, pulling away the twisted metal and furniture, the boy reached his Popsicle stick arms down to his friend and pulled them out to safety. Then he went back again. Never once worrying about his own injuries or that he might fall back into the rubble. He climbed the pile, found his other friend and rescued him as well. Two of his friends were saved, but a lot of other people weren't that lucky. 20 of his 31 classmates died that day.

That day was May 12th, 2008. Unbeknownst to the boys at that grammar school, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake had just devastated their province in western China. Buildings and homes were leveled for miles and the human toll was breathtaking. 70,000 were dead. Hundreds of thousands injured. Millions were homeless. But sometimes it takes the darkest clouds for people to notice the brightest light. While often it's hard to see God in a tragedy, he can almost always be found in the way people react to one. And so it was that day in China, when somebody asked that little 9 year old boy why he went back into the rubble to save his friends, he gave an answer that if not sent by God directly, was surely inspired by him. Because... I was the hall monitor. It was my job to look after my classmates. You might have seen that little boy walk proudly hand in hand with his hero, Yao Ming, during the opening ceremony. Some say putting those two together was symbolic of one national hero leading in the next. But as you think about that little boy's answer, you might ask yourself, who is leading whom.

It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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