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Listening In, hosted by the Colson Center's Warren Smith, features conversations with newsmakers and thought leaders. "Our goal is to explore topics as thoughtfully as possible," says WORLD Radio Executive Producer Nick Eicher. "It's more like NPR's 'Fresh Air' or public television's 'Charlie Rose,' but with an objective Christian perspective." The Listening In podcast is posted each Friday.
||CleanA conversation with Colin Pinkney||Colin Pinkney runs The Harvest Center, a Christ-centered ministry that takes no government money and cares for thousands of homeless and working poor people in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. The Harvest Center began more than 30 years ago in the number one violent crime neighborhood in Charlotte. The center began as a feeding ministry to the community and throughout the 90's and early 2000's evolved into an organization that provided hot meals, clothing, groceries, transitional housing, and after-school programs. In 2011, The Harvest Center began offering job readiness and life skills classes to assist adults with making the transition to self-sufficiency, beginning a transitional housing program which serves 20 to 30 families a year, and counseling, job skills training, meals, and other services to as many as 4000 people in a year.||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversations with Jim Daly, Alan Carlson, and Steven Mosher||In this episode, Warren Smith talks about population, demographics, and abortion. His guests this week are Jim Daly of Focus on the Family, Alan Carlson, whose new book discusses how families are on the verge of a rebound, and Steven Mosher of the Population Research Institute.||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Mark Hancock||Mark Hancock is the CEO of Trail Life USA, a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts. When it became obvious that the Boy Scouts of America was going to bow to the pressure of gay activists, Florida attorney John Stemberger helped organize Trail Life USA in 2013. In January of 2014 Stemberger officially incorporated Trail Life USA and hired Mark Hancock to be the group's first Chief Executive Officer. Under Mark Hancock's leadership, Trail Life has grown from startup to nearly 30,000 members in just the past three years.||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Rod Dreher||Rod Dreher has emerged over the past decade as one of our most interesting and provocative Christian thinkers. From his perch at The American Conservative, where he serves as senior editor, he writes about both the culture and the church.||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with David Chadwick||David Chadwick has been pastor of Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, since 1980. Under his leadership it has grown from a small church that was part of the mainline Presbyterian denomination to a multisite mega-church with more than 6000 members. But for all that success, Chadwick has remained deeply connected to the Charlotte community, and ' unlike other megachurch pastors who have tended to moderate their position on controversial moral issues ' Chadwick has remained actively engaged in the public square. He was one of the few pastors who stood up for biblical morality in the recent debate on North Carolina's controversial HB 2 law, a law that protected women and children by requiring men to use the bathroom and locker room consistent with their biology.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation Chad Lawson||If you are a fan of classical music, you may already know the music of jazz and classical musician Chad Lawson. His latest release, The Chopin Variations, reached #1 on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon classical charts in 2015. But Lawson's body of work cannot be contained in a single genre. His jazz recordings have developed a passionate and growing following. Chad Lawson is also a committed Christian who until recently also played piano in a large church in Charlotte, N.C. Though he is no longer a church musician, he believes that when he sits down at the piano, what he does there is an act of worship.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversations with Kristan Hawkins, Tina Whittington, and Emily Buchanan||Today, Warren Smith speaks with young women who are becoming important new voices in the pro-life movement, including Kristan Hawkins and Tina Whittington with Students for Life of America, and Emily Buchanan with the Susan B. Anthony List.||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Don Sweeting and Jeff Hunt||In this episode, Warren Smith speaks with two key leaders at Colorado Christian University, Don Sweeting, the president at Colorado Christian University and is a long-tenured veteran in Christian higher education leadership, and Jeff Hunt, who is the director of Colorado Christian University's think tank The Centennial Institute.||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Tony Marciano||Tony Marciano is the executive director of Charlotte Rescue Mission, a Christ-centered addiction recovery ministry located in the center of Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte Rescue Mission is a part of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, a network of 300 similar organizations in cities all across America that are intentionally Christ-centered.||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Larry Alex Taunton||Larry Alex Taunton is a Christian apologist who struck up an unlikely friendship with atheist Christopher Hitchens in the last years of Hitchens' life. Taunton debated Hitchens, studied scripture with Hitchens, and even went on two road trips with Hitchens. Taunton's new book, "The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist," is a moving account of Hitchens and their friendship. Taunton's book has been named by The Gospel Coalition as its book of the year.||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Les Sillars||Today, Warren Smith talks with journalist Les Sillars about his new book "Intended for Evil: A Survivor's Story of Love, Faith, and Courage in the Cambodian Killing Fields." Regular readers of WORLD Magazine probably already know Les Sillars' name. Over the years, he has written many stories for the magazine while he has pursued a career as a professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College in northern Virginia. In "Intended for Evil," Sillars tells the story of Radha Manickam, who became a Christian as a young man in his native Cambodia. When Khmer Rouge forces overtook Phnom Pehn in 1975, Radha became an eyewitness to one of the great horrors of the 20th century. More than 1.7-million Cambodians, including most of Radha's own family, died of starvation, disease, and mass murder in what came to be called The Killing Fields of Cambodia.||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversations with Daniel Hannon, Steve Moore, and Tony Perkins||Today, Warren Smith speaks with Trump advisor Steve Moore, Daniel Hannon, a member of the British Parliament, and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. Daniel Hannan is a British politician, journalist, and author who is a Member of the British Parliament, where he has served since 1999.Steve Moore founded and served as president of the of the influential conservative group Club for Growth from 1999 to 2004. Moore currently serves as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. For the past few months, he has been serving as a senior economic advisor to Donald Trump.Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council, and earlier in his career he held elected office himself, serving in the Louisiana legislature.||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversations with Darrell Bock and Dr. Brian Fikkert||In today's episode, Warren Smith speaks with Darrell Bock and Brian Fikkert.Darrell Bock is a professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and has become one of the best known theologians in the nation. His work crossed over into pop culture when he wrote a book called Breaking The Da Vinci Code, a theological and historical response to the best-selling book and blockbuster movie The Da Vinci Code. Dr. Brian Fikkert is a Professor of Economics and Community Development and the Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale, specializing in international economics and economic development. He is coauthor ' with Steve Corbett ' of the best-selling book "When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself."||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Andrew Peterson and Keith Getty||In this episode, Warren Smith talks about Christmas music with singer-songwriters Andrew Peterson and Keith Getty. Keith Getty and his wife Kristyn have become fixtures in Christian music over the past decade. For the past few years, they've done an annual Christmas tour. This year they're calling it "Irish Christmas: A Celebration of Carols." Stops this year include The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Carnegie Hall in New York.For the past 15 years Andrew Peterson and a circle of musical collaborators have toured the country with a Christmas show called "Behold The Lamb of God." The program tells not just the Christmas story, the coming of the baby Jesus, but rather the full arc of the coming and ultimate second coming of the Messiah. This year, the tour makes stops in Houston, Birmingham, Orlando, Washington, and Nashville, at the historic Ryman Auditorium.||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Bill Walton||Bill Walton is the president of the venture capital firm Rappahannock Ventures. This year, he was called on to help lead the transition team for President-Elect Donald Trump. Walton's role will be to vette potential staffers who might serve in the economic arena of the Trump Administration.For 12 years Walton was chairman of Allied Capital Corporation an investment banking firm that traded on the New York Stock Exchange and managed companies worth more than $12 billion, employing more than 20,000 people. After negotiating the sale of Allied Capital, he opened his own firm, Rappahannock Ventures, which invests in companies that he believes is doing social good, including technology and entertainment companies. Walton is also on the board of a number of conservative groups, including the American Enterprise Institute and the Media Research Center.||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Anthony Bradley||Dr. Anthony B. Bradley is an author, professor, and public intellectual whose provocative and compelling views have made him a highly sought after lecturer, TV commentator, and cultural Critic. Bradley is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at The King's College in New York City, where he also serves as Director of The Center for the Study of Human Flourishing and Chair of the Religious and Theological Studies program. Anthony Bradley is also a Research Fellow at The Acton Institute.||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Rusty Reno||Rusty Reno has been the editor of First Things Magazine since 2011. Though its circulation is only about 30,000, it is closely read by conservative intellectuals. Founded by Richard John Neuhaus in 1990, it articulates a social and political conservatism rooted in the Christian intellectual tradition.When founding editor Richard John Neuhaus died in 2009, the magazine went through a quick succession of editors before Reno took over in 2011. Under Reno's leadership, the magazine has re-asserted its influence in the conservative world, and after a decline in circulation in the years immediately following the death of Neuhaus, it is now back up to its peak when Neuhaus was alive.||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversations about euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide||In this episode, Warren Smith speaks with Kim Kuo, who has become an outspoken advocate for life, Joni Eareckson Tada, who was paralyzed at 17 and is a well-known advocate for the disabled, and the late Kara Tippetts, who wrote a blog and two books chronicling her battle with cancer.||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Rankin Wilbourne||Rankin Wilbourne is the senior pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles. He is a former commercial banker who was called to the ministry mid-career, and his church is a part of New York City's Redeemer Presbyterian Church's network of church plants, and a part of the conservative and evangelical denomination, The Presbyterian Church in America. Rankin Wilbourne's new book is "Union With Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God."||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Rusty Joiner and Shun Lee Fong||Today, Warren Smith talks about movies and the arts with the star of the new movie 'Voiceless' ' Rusty Joiner ' and actor and producer Shun Lee Fong.Rusty Joiner may not be a household name, but there was a time in the late 90s and early 2000s that his face was instantly recognizable to millions of Americans. He was a well known fashion and fitness model for Prada, Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle, Levi's and Powerade. Joiner was the official underwear model for Structure from 1998 to 2000. He has appeared Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, and 11 times on the cover of Men's Fitness. After a life-changing encounter with Christ, Joiner has stepped back from the fashion industry and has begun acting. Shun Lee Fong is an actor and director as well as the leader of The Greenhouse, a ministry designed to help movie industry professionals explore faith, and to help Christians understand how to have a fruitful and productive life in the arts.||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Brian Baugh||Brian Baugh though barely in his 30s, already has a long resume as a director, screenwriter, and cinematographer. Among the project Christian audiences will know him for is the 2009 movie "To Save A Life," which was made for less than a half-million dollars but which ultimately earned nearly $4-million at the box office. He was the cinematographer for the 2006 movie "The Ultimate Gift," a movie that made tens of millions in DVD sales and has become a staple on cable television.Baugh is also the director of the upcoming film "I'm Not Ashamed," the story of the Columbine shooting massacre, told through the life of Rachel Scott, whose Christian faith was one of the reasons she was targeted by the Columbine shooters. The movie releases next weekend.||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAuthor and pastor Mark Batterson||Mark Batterson is the pastor National Community Church in Washington, D.C., and the author of "Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too Small" (Multnomah, 2016).||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversations with Sebastian Gorka and Teddy James||Sebastian Gorka is Professor of Strategy and Irregular Warfare of the Institute of World Politics and Chairman of Threat Knowledge Group. Previously he served as the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University. He has served as an Associate Dean at the National Defense University. He is a regular instructor for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is also the author of a new book, "Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War," which recently made the New York Times Bestseller List.Teddy James is the editor of Engage Magazine, the online magazine for millennials published by the American Family Association, which is now one of the largest Christian ministries in the nation. Although he is just 31, he has been with the AFA since 2009. In addition to his work at Engage, he is a contributor to the American Family Association's flagship publication, the AFA Journal.||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversations from the 2016 Values Voter Summit||Today, hear conversations with North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, U.S. Senator James Lankford, and several others at the Values Voter Summit in Washington.||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Pierce Pettis||Pierce Pettis has developed a reputation over a 35-year career as being a songwriter's songwriter. He got his first big break in 1979 when folk music icon Joan Baez recorded his song "The Song At The End of the Movie." Pettis then became a vital figure in what came to be called the "Fast Folk" movement of the 1980s, along with artists such as Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega.||9/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversations with Kendell Kauffeldt and John Frankhauser in Liberia||Today, Warren Smith shares conversations he had while on a recent trip to Liberia to celebrate the one-year anniversary of that country being Ebola-free.Kendell Kauffeldt is the country director for Samaritan's Purse in Liberia, a role he has had for 12 years. He leads Samaritan's Purse's staff of more than 300 people, and he was in the country throughout the Ebola crisis with the exception of about six weeks when Samaritan's Purse president Franklin Graham ordered the evacuation of the ministry's internal staff.Dr. John Frankhauser is the Medical Director of the ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, which was the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in 2014.||9/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with J. Warner Wallace||J. Warner Wallace ' Jim Wallace ' was a police detective and an atheist until he was 35 years old. Then he started examining the claims of Christ and of Scripture with the hard-nosed skepticism of his police training. The result is that he became a Christian. Nearly 20 years later and after retiring from police work, he wrote "Cold Case Christianity." It has taken the apologetics world by storm, selling more than 100,000 copies and giving Jim Wallace the chance to write more books on Christian apologetics that take the same approach: the approach of a skeptical, hard-nosed detective examining evidence for the claims of Christianity. Those books include "Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection" and "God's Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe."||8/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Kelly Shackleford, Linda Chavez, Chris Smith||Today, Warren Smith speaks with Kelly Shackleford of the First Liberty Institute, former Reagan Administration official Linda Chavez, and U.S. Representative Chris Smith about immigration, presidential politics, and religious liberty.||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Seth and Nirva Ready||Husband-and-wife singer songwriters Seth and Nirva Ready are no strangers to the Christian music world. Nirva toured with Toby Mac for more than a dozen years, and Seth was a background singer for Kirk Franklin. They met at a Billy Graham crusade, where they were both performing. They've been married for 10 years, and both lead worship at the church they attend in Tampa, Florida, where Seth is also one of the pastors, in charge of the church's young adult ministry.After a 2013 EP caught the attention of Integrity Records, Seth and Nirva teamed with producers Israel Houghton and Bryan Fowler to produce their debut album, released just weeks ago.||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA conversation with Gretchen Carlson||Gretchen Carlson is a former commentator and news anchor for Fox News. She recently caused an uproar when she accused Fox News President Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Early news reports suggested that Carlson may simply have been a disgruntled employee because he contract as one of Fox News' top anchors was not renewed. However, when other women came forward, Carlson's accusations gained credibility, and Roger Ailes has stepped down as president of the nation's number one cable news network.||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
On first hearing WNG was doing something a bit different I was intrigued - not really sure what to expect. Having now experienced your first two episodes I'm hooked! Keep up the rich, in depth interviews.
Warren Smith is the Best!
I never miss a weekly episode. Warren Smith is an excellent interviewer. He asks good questions and lets his guests talk. From musicians to newsmakers to thought leaders, every episode is thought provoking and informative. Keep up the good work, you're a real blessing!
Well worth the listen
Informative, insightful and edifying. Well worth the listen.