Archive for November, 2008|Monthly archive page

John Robinson (reair from November 23, 2006)

In History on November 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm

My wife is a decendant of John Robinson, the pastor to the pilgrims.  This piece is a brief introduction to one of the most significant influences for the band of sepratists that we know today as the pilgrims.

Family History (reair from July 11, 2008)

In Current Events, Family, History on November 26, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Sample Family Tree Chart

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Each summer, millions of American families get together for weddings, family reunions, and picnics. At most such events, it is not uncommon to see the older segment of the family gathered around a table, pouring over memories. This feature is on this important family occurrence, and includes helpful tips for the beginner family historian. My thanks to my Father-in-law Michael Baker and Jack Simpson of the Newberry Library for thier role in this feature.

Storycorps has designated Friday, November 28 as the “National Day of Listening,” encouraging families to conduct oral histories conversations with someone in your family.  For more information, click here.

If you’d like more information about the Newberry Library and the Genealogy Department, click here.


If you’d like to download a free .pdf of a family tree chart, click here.


If you’d like to hear the complete story of my grandfather’s life which was featured in this piece, click below.


Lucy (a.k.a. Australopithecus)

In History, Science on November 24, 2008 at 10:24 pm

“Lucy” courtesy of Answers in Genesis

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On this day in 1974, the fossil remains of an “ape-like” creature were discovered in Ethiopia.  The species was given the name of Australopithecus and nicknamed “Lucy.”  This feature with Dr. David Menton of Answers in Genesis explains why this well known fossil is a “weak link” in the evolutionary chain.

Answers in Genesis sells a wonderful DVD of a lecture by Dr. David Menton entitled: “Lucy: She’s No Lady.”

If you’d like to listen to the full 24-minute interview with Dr. Menton, click here:

You can also view some of the lecture online by clicking here.

Theory of Relativity

In Current Events, Science on November 21, 2008 at 10:01 pm

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It was announced today that Einstein’s theory of relativity is a theory no longer.  A panel of French, German and Hungarian physicists recently proved the well-known equation: E=mc2.  This feature with Dr. Donald DeYoung of Grace College takes a look at this theory and its impact on modern science.

Study of Children’s Educational TV

In Culture, Family, Science on November 14, 2008 at 10:33 pm

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Since the 1930’s, government regulations require that broadcasters offer certain types of programming that meets the public’s interest or need (aka PICON).  A recent study has looked at the educational offerings of broadcast television for children.  This feature reports on what they found.  Christy Glabke is todays guest and also the Director of Children and Media for Children Now, the organization that conducted the research.

UN Conference – A Culture of Peace

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 at 10:42 pm

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Yesterday and today, the United Nations has sponsored a conference entitled: “A Culture of Peace.”  This conference is a call for religious tolerance and understanding.  Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute helps analyze what’s really behind this conference and what’s at stake.

Immigration Considered

In Current Events on November 12, 2008 at 11:00 pm

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During the recent Presidential election, news about the difficulties facing our economy overshadowed most other issues.  However, earlier this year, during the political primaries, the candidates’ positions on immigration played a significant role in party politics.  This feature takes a look at the challenges facing the President Elect on this issue.

Guests include Daniel Griswold, Director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the CATO Institute and Charles North, Associate Professor of Economics at Baylor University and author of Good Intentions (Moody Press, 2008).

Veteran’s Day

In Current Events, Family, History, Testimonies on November 11, 2008 at 11:01 pm

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Many families have personal stories they remember today as we celebrate Veteran’s Day.  This feature is a personal look at one woman’s recollections of life during the Second World War.

Christian Community Demonstrated

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Which Pie is Best?  Photo courtesy of Trivium Pursuit

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Jesus said that His disciples would be known by their love.  This feature highlights a benefit fundraiser for Greg Wallace that illustrates what Christian community looks like for someone in need.  I hope that it challenges you to look for ways to bring loving community to those in need around you…my thanks to Laurie and Harvey Bluedorn, Greg Wallace and his family, Dick Moeller, Melody and Jason Hemmer, Paige Christiansen, Sage Dahlby and Pamela Butler for participating in this feature.

Migration and the Mechanics of Flight – Part I and II

In Science on November 6, 2008 at 10:48 pm

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For many of us in North America, autumn is characterized by dramatic color, crisp evenings and of course, thousands of birds flying in formation to their winter homes.  These features with Dr. Andy McIntosh and Donna O’Daniel look at the mechanics of flight and the science behind bird migration.