War or hearts? – This American Life

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The segment, Act 1: Is This War or Is It Hearts?, took me off guard.  It’s eleven minutes long… See if it gets you, too.

It’s David Ellis Dickerson, from his book House of Cards.

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Mars, Venus and an Iranian Marriage

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Last week, two pals joined me for the Encore of this American Life’s broadcast via a network of theaters across the country.  It was aptly titled, “Return to the Scene of the Crime,” which we did apparently.  Ira Glass was enormously entertaining, as were each of the off-beat acts.  It’s theater of the mind; familiar territory for Lake Wobegonians.

Return to the Scene of the Crime

Return to the Scene of the Crime

This week’s installment is equally funky – but exceptionally touching.  The theme is “Reunited (and it feels so good).”  Fire up your iPod or PC or MAC and tune in… An Iranian couple, after twenty-five years call it quits.  Their remarkable story is told by their daughter, Nazanin Rafsanjani, and well, trust me, you’ll be glad you listened to the whole thing.  Here’s a link.

Matt Lauer revisits mistaken identity

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Our daughter, Candy and her husband Jamie are Taylor University alums.  When the tragic story of a crash on Interstate 69 resulted in the deaths of several TU students hit, I wrote a LeaderFOCUS essay and posted videos of the incredibly moving story of mistaken identity.  This morning, Matt L interviewed Whitney, her father and Laura’s surviving sister.

I’ve posted that video… it’s worth the time to reflect; to witness the warm testimony of living faith and watch especiually, Matt’s response to the family.

Enjoy.  MSNBC VIDEO