Around the World in 80 Days, Day 46: What’s the Word, Johannesburg?

It’s #ATW80 Day 46, and Larry and Zachary have made it to country #9: South Africa. From Johannesburg, Larry calls in to the Rick and Bubba Show for an update that includes a safari, a visit to the shanty towns, the powerful influence of Nelson Mandela on the healing of that country, and South Africa’s … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 38: Russia, Part 2 – A Brief (and Mostly True) History of Religion in Russia

“Drinking is the joy of the Russes!” —Prince Vladimir in The Primary Chronicle In Part 1 of my three-part series on Russia, I said that many of Russia’s problems could be attributed to the fact that Russia is not now—nor has it ever—been truly Christian.  It is that faith that gave birth to the West … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 37: Russia, Part 1 – The Mother of All Socialist Countries

“It was no use assuming that Russian plans worked out well for Russians:  they did nothing of the kind; Russians made failures of everything and reveled in failure.” —Bernard Pares, My Russian Memoirs Speaking of his 1839 trip to Russia, the Marquis de Custine wrote: “Whenever you are unhappy, go to Russia.  Anyone who has come … Read more

March Madness

March Madness to the Final Four: Clash of Civilizations Edition

If you are a sports fan then you know that we are in the midst of “March Madness,” that is, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  For the uninitiated, a committee picks 64 college teams, and over the course of a few weeks those teams play until the field is whittled down to the “Final Four.”  … Read more