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The Big Picture


The Big Picture with Holland Cooke tackles the latest in political news, debates, commentary and more. The program airs live every Friday at 1:30 PM ET, with re-runs at 7 PM and 10:30 PM EM on Friday and Mondays at 01:30 PM ET.

Apr 17, 2021 06:42

When worse comes to worst: Are YOU prepared?

2020 quickly upturned daily lives across the world, making all of us wonder “What IF?” Founder & CEO of ThePrepared.com John Ramey discusses how mental and financial preparedness can be just as critical as survival skills during times of frightening uncertainty. How prepared are YOU for what could come next?

We’ve been warned time and again about natural disasters and climate change. But while many families have taken steps to weather-proof their homes… what would YOU do if the electrical grid went kaput? Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof explains the dangers of an EMP attack that could send us all back to analog.

Apr 10, 2021 06:57

40 years of NASA shuttles: A retrospective

We celebrate the 40th anniversary of NASA’s Columbia Space Shuttle launch – right as SpaceX sends dozens of satellites into orbit to roll out its Starlink broadband network. Veteran space journalist and author John Bisney looks back on just how far our space program has come!

Mother Nature took a breather this past year as city streets and highways emptied during the pandemic. But as we finally look toward a post-pandemic world, president of SmartPower.org Brian Keane explains how we can keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. And with the recent calamities in Texas and Puerto Rico, is it finally time to re-think our power grids as we “Build Back Better?”

Apr 3, 2021 06:52

Curriculum crippled by Covid

President Biden urges unity as Americans prove to be more divided than ever. Psychotherapist Nancy Colier discusses the mentality behind today’s coarsened political rhetoric, and whether a change in leadership is enough to bridge the social divide. Poll numbers suggest a surge in optimism among Americans following the anniversary of Covid-19 lockdowns. But how are teachers and students coping after a year away from the classroom? Media studies professor David Bernstein and host of Teacher Talk Dr. Lisa Mozer explain developmental concerns shared by educators. How soon can students finally get back on track?

Mar 27, 2021 07:03

Post-stimulus: Where’s the money gone?

Where have the Covid-19 stimulus checks been going? As boat and RV sales surge among millennials, Strelmark president Hilary Fordwich breaks down how Americans have been spending (or not spending) their coveted federal relief funds. Also, what’s the deal with the newly-minted ‘SPAC’ companies, and why are A-list celebrities flocking to them? Plus, spring has sprung, which spells open season for dreaded ticks! Gun sales and background checks have seen a steady surge since the start of the pandemic. While the latest mass shootings have once again thrust gun control into the national spotlight, Tom Gresham from Gun Talk Radio dispels some common misperceptions about gun safety and ownership. Plus, Earth is spared by the flight path of mega-asteroid 2001-FO32. But mark your calendars on April 13, 2029, when astronomers expect a real cosmic close shave…

Mar 20, 2021 07:01

Gun sales boom, vaccine mandates loom

One year after Covid-19 turned the world upside down, Americans are still applying for firearm background checks in record numbers. Criminology professor Ronald Hampton talks through the implications of sky-high gun sales, and whether police departments should be alarmed over this small arms race among citizens. Plus, no jab, no job? Attorney Sara Papantonio explains whether it is legal for managers to demand their employees be vaccinated before returning to the workplace.

Movie theaters and restaurants aren’t the only ones facing a serious cash crunch due to the pandemic. Places of worship across the country have suffered a heavy blow since congregations have emptied. Catholic radio host John Harper discusses how Sunday sermons have adapted to the New Normal. Plus, a breakdown of the recent stir over Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine which could present a conflict of faith.

Mar 13, 2021 09:18

Inside the Pentagon: Brains behind top brass

It’s been a month since the changing of the guard in Washington, including members of the top brass in the military. Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof analyzes the role of Army General turned-Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. In the aftermath of US airstrikes on Syria, what other strategic hotspots are the armed forces keeping an eye on? Moviegoers rejoice! Theaters prepare to re-open for the debut of 2020’s delayed blockbusters, including the new ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Ghostbusters’. 2021 has already proven to be a rollercoaster ride for bitcoin investors. Boom Bust co-host Christy Ai explains the ins and outs of cryptocurrency, as digital wallets have enjoyed returns as high as 900% this year alone. Will bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies become the non-gold standard for investments? Plus, NASA releases audio captured by its Mars Perseverance rover, treating us earthlings to the eerie sounds of the Red Planet.