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All-Access Backstage Pass Blog

by Joe Kerry

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December 15, 2008

Our flight from Cleveland to Philadelphia was just long enough for Glenn to talk about his 2010 tour ideas with Rich and Donald. Yes, that was 2010 and not a typo. I don’t know where Glenn gets his energy or his questions. In the one hour flight we had Glenn asked 3 questions. I have no issue with the questions but the fact that Glenn seriously expected that someone on the plane have an answer, I found that either very flattering or deeply troubling.

I’m going to let you know what the questions were and as you read them I’d like to hear from you and see whether you, the reader, know any of the answers. Don’t feel bad if you don’t, none of us on the plane knew any of the answers either. His first question was “who makes money off the federal reserve system”. I know where this question came from. As we drove to the airport in Cleveland we passed the Federal Reserve Building and ever since that happened this question was most likely just bouncing inside Glenn’s head waiting to be asked. Glenn wants to know who gets paid by the fed, how much and who pays since it’s really a quasi-governmental entity. In response to his question there were lots of mumbles and “I think that” but none of us really knew.

Next, while talking to Rich and Don about his 2010 tour plans Glenn out-of-the-blue asked, “what is the first line that Lady Macbeth” utters in the play, Macbeth. The plane again went silent as we tried to determine if Glenn was seriously asking the question or worse, seriously expected one of us to have an answer. I just sat there thinking—Glenn really thinks that someone on this plane is going to know that answer. After about 10 seconds of silence the conversation just moved on.

Naturally, since we were flying to Philadelphia Glenn had to ask a question about its history. I was expecting something to do with Independence Hall, the Constitution, George Washington’s quarters while he stayed here in the summer of 1787. That apparently would have been too easy. So Glenn asks, again, out-of-the-blue “were the Society of Friends” part of the ‘underground railroad” network. There was a brief discussion in response to that question but I don’t think Glenn was really satisfied and I’m sure when I see him tomorrow morning and ask him he’ll tell me that he researched it online.

I can tell you that the man never sleeps (see video below). He doesn’t sleep on the plane, bus or at night. He reads, reads and then reads some more. He has the good questions because he’s always absorbing the information, almost non-stop. That’s refreshing as it is challenging.

The glamorous life: what does Glenn do at midnight on the tour bus?

CAUGHT!!! Glenn and his diet of super-sized milk shake and double scoop ice cream

2008 Official Tour Jacket, designed and gifted by Glenn
Glenn and John Carney before going onstage

Celebrating John Carney's birthday on the road--with a special birthday wish from Glenn

Nick on sound and Darrell on audio getting ready for the 'house' to open 


All-Access Backstage Pass Blog

by Joe Kerry

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December 11, 2008 - Thursday

Watch as tour manager Rich Bonn and Christmas Sweater Director Donald Brenner talk about whether Glenn will accept pending script changes. Learn who really calls the shots. You may be surprised.

Glenn feeling right at home on KTTH 770

Glenn and KTTH's Jenette--working to bring you the truth

Rich Bonn and Donald Brenner enjoying a good laugh before Seattle's show

Rich Bonn...making it all look so easy as he checks all the details one last time before show time!

In Seattle

Getting up at 4:30am each day seems early until you get up at 3am for a few days in a row and then 4:30 becomes much more appealing. For the past two days, Glenn and Adam have been getting up at 3am in order to be at Seattle’s KTTH 770 for the morning radio broadcast. Glenn’s getting up at 3am was made more difficult by the fact that Glenn’s been getting to bed after midnight as he’s had family in town that and just wants to spend as much time as possible with them. The only factor making the late nights and early mornings bearable is that the people at KTTH have been great hosts and their promotions manager, Jenette Warne, made their studios feel like our broadcasting home.

Seattle’s a very friendly city that is, however, acronym impaired. As Glenn pointed out, the South Lake Union Trolley abbreviates to “S.L.U.T.” and the S.L.U.T.’s last trolley stop (I’m not making this up) is at a Hooters Restaurant. Naturally, the S.L.U.T. is lipstick red and posted signs make clear that cash, not credit, is the preferred form of payment. Glenn pointed out that originally all it took was 25 cents to get you a full-ride on the S.L.U.T and a trip to Hooters.—only in liberal Seattle. I’m convinced that it was the same ruling political elite that wisely abbreviated the state’s nuclear regulatory agency, Washington Public Power System to WPPS which is pronounced WHOOPS. Good job!

Acronym’s aside, it’s been great seeing Glenn in his hometown. This is where it all started. Where he made his radio debut as a young boy and where his love for radio was sparked and developed. All day he was like a little kid in the car, anxiously pointing out historical buildings, where he would go shopping as a child, where his family would spend time together and where the radio towers were. He talked about how the city had physically changed with more and bigger buildings but the ‘feel’ and essence of Seattle remained the same. On our way to the airport I was convinced Glenn would ask Adam if he could stay for one more hour. Glenn never asked and I don’t know if that’s because he knew Adam would say ‘no’ or because we were headed for the Lone Star State—Glenn’s adopted home state.

On the plane ride most everyone slept. Glenn used the time to talk about his stage performance with the Director, Donald Brenner. That conversation somehow morphed into a discussion about hyperinflation and the Federal Reserve Board looking for power to issue debt instruments. I swear while Glenn was talking hyperinflation at least 3 passengers were actually considering their chances of survival if they just jumped out of the plane.

In Texas

Glenn’s right when he says Texas has a different feel and that Texans ‘get it’. The first book signing was in Tyler, TX and over 1000 people came out to have their book signed and talk to Glenn. While Glenn signs books, I generally do short video interviews and talk to the people waiting in line and I was immediately struck by how many people said that Glenn’s advice had made a big difference in their lives. They shared stories about hearing Glenn talk on the radio or television about getting out of debt, avoiding the stock market or preparing for harder economic times and that this was the inspiration they needed to act—not blindly—but it was the catalyst for them to sit down with their spouse and families and start to look at things in their lives in a very different light. I heard one woman tell Glenn that she should have listened when Glenn was talking about the weakness of the stock market and the American dollar. She told Glenn it was too late for her, that she lost a lot of her savings. Glenn told her to stay strong—it wasn’t too late—not to give up hope.

One thing I’d like to share with you is that Glenn really believes in the message he shares with you every day. He really is not a doom-and-gloom person by nature but really feels in his gut that America is changing and that we’re in for difficult economic times and wants to get that message out. It’s a message he shares, believes and lives. Today, Glenn mentioned that he needed to buy a coat so during our 15 minute lunch break we piled into a car and drove to a nearby store. As we pulled into the parking lot Glenn said this wasn’t the best time to be buying a coat because of the country’s economic situation and we turned around and went back to the hotel. My jaw literally hit the floor. Here’s a man whose on the radio, has his own television show, and has a book that’s been either number 1 or 2 on the New York Times best-sellers list for almost 4 weeks and he’s not buying a coat because of the economy? It just struck me that he’s the same person on-air as off and when he goes behind the microphone and talks about how our country is going to change and how we’re in for tougher times and belt-tightening he means it and he lives it.

I have heard from so many people in several different cities that they have saved money, that they feel safer and that they are more prepared to weather the upcoming storm because they’ve considered, pondered and in some cases even prayed about what Glenn has shared and made their own decisions about what was best for their situation and feel good about the choices they’ve made. Glenn has met thousands of people in small and large cities across the country on the Christmas Sweater Tour and he is HUMBLED by the words that are spoken and stories that are shared. He has received hundreds of handwritten and typed letters on this tour and I can tell you that I see him read each one. He continues to be inspired as he reads how so many people are facing their own storms and are gathering the strength to move on from their own ‘cornfields’. Some people would despair when reading so many stories about the struggles and battles that people are fighting but Glenn gets motivated to do more—he’s wired differently.


At every stop Glenn tries to speak to the group of gathered people. His message has changed. Before, when no one was talking about bailouts, the credit crisis or a deteriorating dollar Glenn was sounding the warning bell. Now, with everyone talking about these things Glenn’s moved to a message of hope. It’s not something that he plans. It’s just his gut telling him to move on. The message is not static. During this tour I’ve seen his message change. I sense an urgency in his message and desire to get it out. He’s talking about the need for each individual to step forward in their own communities and become leaders—not in 5 years or 6 months, but today.

I’ve heard him at several stops ask people to keep him and his family in their prayers. I see how grateful he is when people tell him that they say a prayer for him and his family. I have seen in city after city members of his team tell him that he can only stay and sign books for one hour due to scheduling constraints but Glenn insists on staying until every book is signed and every friendly smile returned. I don’t think Glenn could leave knowing that there were people who wanted to say ‘hi’ or have a book signed.

So what have I learned on tour so far? Don’t underestimate the power and strength you give Glenn—he needs you, he really does.


All-Access Backstage Pass Blog

by Joe Kerry

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Exclusive Video: Glenn Beck and crew get lost in the Villages during The Christmas Sweater tour...


All-Access Backstage Pass Blog

by Joe Kerry

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580 KIDO treating Glenn as the star he is...


All-Access Backstage Pass Blog

by Joe Kerry

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The Villages

We spent an awesome day at The Villages in Florida. What a great community. It was just so nice to be in a neighborhood where everyone is friendly and literally, despite the 60,000 people who call this home, everybody knows everyone else. The weather was so perfect and the atmosphere so friendly that it looked to me like it was the first day since the Christmas Sweater began that Glenn actually was able to relax and laugh.

Everything you could ever need is here at The Villages. It has its own power grid, it’s own water system, their own stores, shopping centers, golf courses, movie theaters, restaurants and anything else you could possibly think of. It has everything a big city has but has kept the small town feel. The neighborhoods have been planned out perfectly. There’s lots of open fields, trees and space (see video). I love the fact that so many people ride around in The Villages in golf carts (see video) in paths that have been specially designed for them.

The golf carts are a great idea but letting Glenn drive one, well, not so much. Glenn was given the keys to the Cadillac golf cart and a map with very simple directions—there was literally just one turn between where our trip began to our intended destination. We were told that it would take us 10 minutes (maximum) to get to the theater. An hour-and-twenty minutes later we pulled into the theater’s parking lot. If you want the proof that Glenn’s a great guy and super employer but shouldn’t ever drive a gold cart just watch the video.

Salt Lake City

After a beautiful stay at The Villages and two performances in front of the nicest audiences you could hope for we left for Salt Lake City. The plane took off at about 1 in the morning and everyone onboard was just exhausted. I would say that within an hour of being in the air everyone was asleep except for Glenn. I saw him read his thousand emails, then open a book, listen briefly to his IPod—I eventually dozed off. When I woke up, Glenn was resting on the floor of the plane. He was trying to stretch out his back and just relax. Later I learned that he laid on the floor because he didn’t want to wake-up the four members of his team who had already fallen asleep on the plane’s small couch.

I wanted to share this small story because it’s a side of Glenn that I suspect many people don’t see. One of the most refreshing things about Glenn Beck is that he’s the same person on-air as he is off-air. He’s got a good heart—just keep him away from any golf carts!


Friday - Dec 5, 2008

All-Access Backstage Pass Blog

by Joe Kerry

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We present a new round of videos from the road...

Glenn Beck's The Christmas Sweater Tour - Santa

Glenn Beck's The Christmas Sweater Tour - The Villages


Thursday - Dec 4, 2008

All-Access Backstage Pass Blog

by Joe Kerry

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She gets angry listening to Glenn--but still listens and I give her credit for it!

Trying to change his community and world one person at a time.

One laughed, one cried, but both loved the show in Tampa.



Wednesday - Dec 3, 2008

All-Access Backstage Pass Blog

by Joe Kerry

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Father & daughter talk about how their relationship has improved because of the Christmas Sweater

Love the show--even though it made me feel like 'crap' over some of the stuff I've done

Glenn has always said that the people who listen to his show, watch him on TV or are fans of his are the nicest and politest people on the planet. Up until this tour I used to think that everyone said that but I've noticed something on this tour.

Every audience in every theater has given Glenn a standing ovation when he's walked out on the stage--not just a polite "welcome to our theater" but a heartfelt "welcome back my good friend" applause

It's like the audience somehow knows how much time Glenn has put into preparing for this tour. It's like they sense how much of himself he is opening up to them. It's like they are saying "thank you" before even seeing the play.

Can I share with you how much this means to Glenn? How this sustains him?

To Tampa I say 'thank you' for your welcome--maybe it's the oranges or the sun--but Glenn needed the boost you gave him. You made being away from his family a bit more do able.

Glenn’s show was broadcasted from WFLA in Tampa, Florida and it seemed that 5am came earlier today than it did yesterday. For those of you who keep track of such things, Glenn’s actually been losing weight during this tour as the stage show is so physically demanding (Glenn has to pack invisible clothes, ride an invisible bike, etc…). I still can’t tell if Glenn’s ‘all meat all the time diet’ is going to get him through the tour. He’s been getting by on a handful of hours each night—does radio in the morning, signs books during the day and gives a physically intense stage performance at night. He does it because this is a message he believes in his heart has to be shared and it’s been inspiring to see people all across the country share their stories of facing and overcoming their own storms.

It was an interesting show with the callers being more interested in talking about the economy, perfect storm and upcoming upheavals than the more traditional holiday topics. Even when Glenn tried to talk about different subjects with more holiday flare the callers kept brining it back to the economy. I don’t think some of the listeners really understand Glenn. He really is an optimist. He believes America’s greatest days don’t necessarily have to be behind Her and that the storms we’re collectively facing as a country will make things tough but can also act as a catalyst to bring out so much of what makes America great. That’s the message I see Glenn sharing at the book signing stops and when he meets with business owners, individuals who are retired, students and just everyday hard-working people.

I’ve seen Glenn read each letter he receives. On tour, the letters are from people who have faced their own personal storm and have typically emerged with more bodily bumps and bruises but always stronger. The letter simultaneously inspire Glenn when he reads about the strength of men and women who face down their own personal monsters or climb their own mountains but also bring him to tears—literally—I think because he’s gone through his own trials he has a special ability to internalize and empathize with others. He vests a piece of himself with each letter that he reads. It’s like he becomes a silent cheerleader for that person—silently rooting and praying that they’ll have the courage, strength and friendships to make it.

People have also been writing letters about how they are getting involved in their communities. How they are becoming leaders within their neighborhoods. One young couple started a “Constitutional Study Group” in Memphis, a Tampa woman is hosting weekly meetings with her neighbors without any political agenda but in an effort to meet and get to know them and others are just recommitting to be better fathers, mothers, and citizens.

Close by will be more behind-the-scenes photos from our tour stop in Tampa. Enjoy!

John Carney living out his dream. We eventually told him there was no power to his microphone.  


All-Access Backstage Pass Blog - Tuesday - Dec 2, 2008

Why does Glenn’s backstage table have water, Kleenex, batteries and four condoms?  Watch as we seek the answer.

Glenn says he hurt himself while stuffing invisible clothes into an invisible bag during his performance.  Well that certainly would explain his invisible injury.  Listen to Glenn try to make the ‘how he got hurt’ story into something it wasn’t.

Ghosts, Whistles and Condoms

I never knew there was so much superstition as well as tradition in theaters.

I didn't know that each theater has a 'ghost' light that remains on when all other building lights are off and these aren't the environmentally friendly lights but the good old-fashioned incandescent type. So when the last person leaves and locks up the building he/she turns on the 'ghost' light (see pictures) which stays on through the night. The reasons given range from keeping the stage safe to warding off ghosts and the spirits of prior failed productions. .

Glenn also learned that you can't whistle when you're in a theater. Glenn was in the Christmas spirit and whistling a Christmas song on stage when he was told that the general rule is not to whistle on stage as historically anything from the batons was moved based on various whistles that sailors who traditionally worked on stage used to signal each other on what to move where.

Finally, I also learned why there was a box of magnum condoms in the dressing room--they were for Glenn--or actually his equipment (see video). The microphone Glenn uses is so sensitive that his sweat will actually cause it to malfunction so its inserted into a condom. Sad experience has taught us that magnums, nonprofit work best.

All this knowledge and only into day four of the tour.

Joe Kerry

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It's true, Glenn actually pulled several shoulder muscles folding invisible clothes and packing them into an invisible bag during the show. Oh yeah, that all meat diet is really keeping you healthy Glenn! Glenn and Director, Donald Brenner, rehearsing one last time before the show in St. Louis. The faces of our orchestra members have been 'blued' out due to union rules and hurdles.
Nick Daley and Rich Bonn celebrating a great show in St. Louis on the flight to Florida. And to the person who gifted the champagne to Glenn, just one question: what part of "Glenn's an alcoholic" goes with the bubbly? And no, he didn't even have one sip. This cookie basket was twice as high--but what Glenn didn't drink in champaign he made up for in cookies.
I swear it's like flying on a 'witness protection' plane. No name or faces allowed. Chanta Layton brings down the house with her singing during the show. You'll have to come out to hear her (and see her, as union rules/hurdels prevent us from showing her face).


Monday - Dec 01, 2008

Christmas Sweater Tour Blog - Donald Brenner


Behind the Scenes: Glenn and Donald Brenner, the director, rehearsing on a New York City high-rise rooftop.

Glenn at a book signing with Team Beck

Sound Designer, Nick Daley, doing one more check at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.

Glenn, Donald Brenner and the pianist rehearsing (no Glenn's not going to sing!) but there are several songs. We've blotted out the pianist and composer Albert Aahronheim due to union rules which make it all but impossible for us to post photos or video of union members.

Lighting design guru and master, David Marcucci, during a rehearsal in NYC.

Melissa and Mark talks about The Christmas Sweater show

Nick Daley, sound designer for the Christmas Sweater show

Sunday - Nov 30, 2008

The Christmas Sweater Tour began on Friday and we’ve already made stops in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Missouri and tonight we’re off to Florida.

Book Signings

We started the book/stage tours with book signings in Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Toledo and Akron. Even though Glenn’s been told not to talk during the book signings (in order to save his voice for radio and the stage tour) do you think he listens? Nope. Glenn insists on sharing his feelings and message at each stop to the group and where time permits, he does an informal question/answer exchange with anyone who is there.

Several thousand people came out to meet Glenn at the book signings. His message at every stop was for each individual to learn more about what they can do to make a difference in their community and not look for direction or leadership from Washington, DC or others. I’ve noticed that people react to that message differently. Some people are ready to take the lead and others aren’t. At our stop in Indianapolis an individual discussed an idea with Glenn that had a lot of potential but when Glenn suggested that he move forward with it—he said he couldn’t—he said it needed a leader. That wonderful idea may never get off the ground. In contrast there were two women in Toledo who were moving forward with their own plans and making a difference. These women aren’t waiting for anyone! One woman had started her own blog where she writes about the economy and politics and another woman passes out copies of the Constitution to people that she meets throughout any given day.

I think Glenn sees this message of personal empowerment along the lines of the Christmas Sweater—both are about taking control of your life and destiny—and the stories of individuals making changes in their own lives are pouring in. While the rest of us try to find a little bit of sleep on the bus or plane, Glenn will read every letter that he received that day. He reads them. He reacts to the letters differently. Sometimes he takes notes, sometimes he cries (well, that almost always happens)—some he shares and some he’ll read and place in his personal travel bag (on that note, I want to point out that Glenn brought the biggest and heaviest travel bag—and no, it’s not because he’s the one on stage—it’s full of BOOKS!).

Stage Tour

We had our first two shows in Pittsburgh and I can already tell that this tour is going to be a lot different than anything Glenn’s ever done on the road. There’s just so many moving parts.

It’s not just the amount of people involved (director, stage director, tour director, producer, lighting, video, composer, 10 member orchestra, singer, etc) but what they do. The Christmas Sweater is a fusion between the traditional and hi-tech. Glenn’s combined a ten-piece orchestra with traditional instruments with cutting-edge sound design where an eight minute sound segment took two weeks and over 3000 edits to get right.

The show also has an amazing visual component. The entire show is played out in front of a 20 by 50 foot video screen where a combination of pictures from Glenn’s childhood will be shown with other images related to the Christmas Sweater story.

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention how much fun Glenn’s been having while working with about four different labor UNIONS representing the theaters, singers, orchestra members and stage management!

Throughout the tour I’m going to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at what happens while Glenn’s on the road. As always, if you have any questions let me know. See you soon!

Joe Kerry

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How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

Watch the video clip below to hear eight of the most anti-Trump the narratives shamelessly pushed by the media — that were completely wrong.

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Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

Watch the video clip below to hear more from Glenn:

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

Watch the full episode below:

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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