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Talking “Noah” With Ari Handel

Thursday, March 20, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Ari Handel wrote “Noah” with director Darren Aronofsky, and given that the story of the flood is easily among the top two or three best known stories in the world, I was interested in how he approached the challenge.  Having seen the film –most of the controversies swirling around it are on the spectrum from silly to absurd– I was intrigued about how he and Aronofsky built a compelling and surprising script from the five sparse chapters of Genesis devoted to Noah.  What, after all, does it mean to be “righteous?”  And how about those Nephilim in Chapter 6?  A dozen years of Catholic education and lots and lots of reading in theology since then really didn’t explain this mystery, so it is an inviting angle in an amazing story, and of course I expected the special effects would be riveting…and they are.  There is one sequence, which I discuss with Handel but don’t give away in key detail, which is haunting and he explains it without spoiler in our chat.

So read the interview (the transcript of which is posted here), go see the movie, and brush up on Genesis 5-9.  Every Christian certainly should if only to be ready to talk about the flick with a non-believeing friend –it isn’t every day Hollywood pours hundreds of millions into a Bible story. I will be off this coming week, with Guy Benson filling in for me, but I’ll be back on 3/31 the Monday after the movie’s release, and the debate on the films merits is something to look forward to.


NOTE: Here is the audio of the interview Hugh did with Ari Handel about “Noah.”


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The 14 Plus 3

Thursday, March 20, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I am off on vacation after today’s show, so want to leave a useful post up top while Guy Benson sits in for me.  Thus a post directing you to the campaigns that can use either or both your financial and volunteer help.

The 14 Senate seats currently held by Democrats and for which there is a strong GOP challenger are listed below.  There are also three GOP primaries in which I have taken sides.  I support Senator Mitch McConnell’s re-election in Kentucky, Rep. Jack Kingston’s nomination in Georgia and Rep. James Lankford’s nomination in Oklahoma.

The 14:

Here are the 14 Senate races for seats presently held by Democrats but for which Republicans are either favored to win or serious contenders:

1. West VirginiaRep. Shelley Moore Capito v. no one.

Jay Rockefeller quit after Capito got into the race.  She will win, going away.

2. South Dakota: Former Governor Mike Rounds in South Dakota v. no one in South Dakota

This is a mortal lock for the popular Rounds.

3.  ArkansasRep. Tom Cotton v. the hapless legacy senator Mark Pryor in Ark

Pryor won his seat because his dad held it for years.  Now the combat veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq Tom Cotton has a lead and is building it day by day, as shrinking Pryor struggles to erase all his positive endorsements of Obamacare.  Most recently he was for repealing the cuts to career military COLAs after he was for them. Continue Reading

Debating Common Core

Thursday, March 20, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I have covered the “Common Core” at length and in depth pom the program for most of the past year, with extended interviews with both proponents and opponents.

Yesterday Dr. Craig Barrett, the former CEO of Intel and current Chair of Basis Schools, was my guest to defend the Common Core.  The transcript of that interview is here.

At the conclusion of the interview I invited Dr. Barrett to debate Michele Malkin on the topic on my show.  ”Anytime, my good friend,” Dr. Barrett replied, so now it is just about the scheduling.

I am off next week, with Guy Benson filling in for me, but I hope during that week we can get the details arranged. Perhaps my friends at AM 960 The Patriot in Phoenix can arrange for a live broadcast/debate with both guests on a stage with me from a venue in Phoenix.


“The Crimea and The Global Leadership Deficit” by Clark S. Judge

Thursday, March 20, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

The Crimea and The Global Leadership Deficit

by Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

The March 19th front-page headline in the Wall Street Journal announced, “Defiant Russia Claims Crimea as Violence Flares in Region.”  For the first time since the end of the Second World War, one European country invaded and annexed the territory of another.

The unseen subtext of so many similar headlines around the world was that the end may have come to period in which honoring of international borders, democracy and open markets were the advancing global norm.  That era began with the Allies’ victory in 1945 and reached its apotheosis with the collapse of Soviet communism in 1992.  The late ‘80s and early ‘90s saw the ascendency of democratic, more or less market-honoring regimes from Russia and Eastern Europe to South Africa to the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan to much of Latin America. Later even the Middle East was touched.  Essential to the freedom wave was the global leadership of the United States. Continue Reading

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