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The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and levity. If you’re tired of politically correct mediaspeak, you want to see God back in the public square, and you’re not allergic to having a laugh, this is the place to be.
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Sep 24, 2019

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In June 1981, six Croatian teens (well, one was 10) went up Podbrdo Hill near the village of Medjugorje in then rural Yugoslavia. When they came down, they said they had seen “the Gospa” (Croatian for Lady). The local bishop, Pavao Žanić, was initially open to their claims but...after he interviewed them, and learned the full story, he knew it was a complete hoax.

If you do an internet search for “Medjugorje” you will find that the pro-apparition websites, books, DVDs, and prayer groups, positively swamp any critical sources. Yet the official judgment of the Catholic Church is clear: Medjugorje is rejected (officially, non constat de supernaturalitate). And yet Church leadership all the way up to Pope Francis treats the decades-sprawling phenomenon with a combination of kid gloves playing hot potato, to mix a metaphor.

The six seers have parlayed their so-called apparitions into consistently high sources of income, and the pilgrimage industry still rakes in millions each year off of naive, usually low information Catholics seeking solace or answers at the place.

Dr. E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture Wars magazine, wrote the first full length treatment of Medjugorje in 1988, and a book length account in 2010, which is why I invited him to give us an overview of the sprawling saga from the beginning. I do so with the intention of alerting my fellow Catholics who may be unaware (most are) of the truth about the Church’s discernment of this oddly toxic phenomenon.

 

 

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Sep 17, 2019

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Many people, especially Catholics, are vexed and confused about how the once admirable Catholic Church suddenly became identified with pedophilia, leadership corruption, duplicity, and worldly ideals having little to do with the gospel.

Author John Gravino has outlined two forces—one intellectual, one moral—working in tandem (although not always intentionally as allies) to create the present crisis. So the John Jay Report found that 81% of sexual abuse victims were teen boys (not “children”). But which moral theologians taught these predators in Roman collars? 

And what about humanistic psychology? Ever hear of Carl Rogers and William Coulson—or Richard McCormick, SJ, or Andre Guindon, or Charles Curran? If the answer is no, this interview is the place to start understanding how the bleep we got here as a Church that claims to have been founded and sustained by Jesus Christ.

 

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Sep 10, 2019

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If Joseph Pearce had a superhero alter ego, it would be...Bookman! I know of very few other scholars more qualified to recommend the great books we all ought to read before we go to The Great Printer. The British born writer, editor, and professor of literature has spent his life mining the gold from the raw ore of books out there. How great to have a guide who can tell gold apart from fool’s gold.

This exchange was a lot of fun, and I know you’ll learn as much as I did.

 

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Sep 3, 2019

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How did the culture get so chaotic so quickly? Identity politics taints everything it touches; sexual minorities clamor for rights that didn’t exist five years ago; violence has replaced reason in public discourse.

How did we get here?


This is the gargantuan problem tackled by scholar and social critic Mary Eberstadt in her latest book, Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics. In light of the level of rage that has taken over public conversations, on and off line, how can we get traction with ideologues on the Left? Eberstadt says we must begin by listening and understanding.

 

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Aug 27, 2019

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It’s a classic David vs Goliath set up. Planned Parenthood veteran director lives in America illegally discovers serious moral and medical problems going on at the clinic she runs. Decides to blow the whistle. Planned Parenthood brass go after her immediately by firing her, poison the well of her reputation, plant narcotics in her desk, and suddenly care about her residence status. 

That’s when Mayra decided to punch back twice as hard. She sued the largest provider of abortions in the world for wrongful dismissal, against the odds, and faced down witnesses with their grim-faced attorneys.

And won.

The unanimous jury judgment awarded her $3,000,000. This is her story.

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Aug 20, 2019

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Very few journalists who are practicing Catholics are willing to honestly tackle the corruption in the Church by naming names, digging until the truth is unearthed, confronting bad guys, making antagonists squirm.

This is what George Neumayr does, chiefly as a correspondent for The American Spectator, but elsewhere as a freelancer. He has gone after the DC Swamp (Catholic Edition) for some years now, telling the true, often horrifying, story of malfeasance and other forms of corruption (sexual and financial) among priests and prelates in what he describes as the epicenter of the priestly abuse scandal that first broke nationally in Boston 2002, with ongoing tremors to this day.

Neumayr is doing what the official Catholic establishment media won’t do. His work is a testament to the power one man can have when writing the truth.

 

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Aug 13, 2019

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Under the papacy of Pope Francis, Catholics around the world are asking themselves wondering about the foundations—the claims and teachings—of the Faith. What is doctrinal and binding and what is disciplinary and optional?

 

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Aug 6, 2019

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I don’t know what it is about courageous people who stand up for the truth of things come what may—including being banned, censored and lied about—but I’m drawn to them. 

Gemma O’Doherty is one of them. 

The multi-awarded Irish journalist and filmmaker, and foundress of Anti-Corruption Ireland, has made a career going after said corruption in the Garda (national police force), the Government, and the intertwining among these institutions and the Church, or in her words, “the cosy cartel that exists between the press, power, and the police in this country.” 

To this day, she has never run out of material. 

Given the Golden Boot Award from The Irish Independent, Ireland’s largest daily newspaper (owned by Clinton crony billionaire Denis O'Brien), Gemma took to YouTube, with the same unPC tenacity that characterized her style.

And then parent company Google took both her channels down for violations of—wait for it—corporate “hate speech” rules. This can happen when you a) are a practicing Catholic, b) won’t be boxed into a single “conservative” box; and c) have a thing or two to say about uncontrolled immigration.

Jul 30, 2019

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There has always been the temptation in Christian history to conflate the humanitarian impulse with the kingdom of heaven. Today, this conflation has taken on various and sundry dangerous forms: liberation theology, globalism and the erasure of nation states, philanthropy for purely human motives, and the like.

Are we to be salt of the earth and to love our enemies as Christ taught, or are we to be sugar and have no enemies as the “religion of humanity” teaches? The often confusing pronouncements by Pope Francis seem to manifest this blurring of classical distinctions. 

Professor Daniel J. Mahoney of Assumption College in Worcester, MA, has nailed the basic problem in a new book, The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity. We talked about the many dangerous ideas arising from the book and how to counter them.

Jul 23, 2019

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French educated attorney and author (and now Moscow resident) Alexandre Havard has made it his life mission to study patterns of leadership: what works, what doesn’t, and how to heal the deeper issues present in the crisis of leadership.

Retired Navy SEAL Commander Jocko Willink famously said, “There are no bad teams, only bad team leaders.” The implications of this for the Christian Church are as enormous as they are obvious. Havard’s books and lectures are not chiefly designed for a faith context but tap into universal truths about human nature, natural law, human temperaments, and what makes a leader truly excellent.

Jul 16, 2019

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What is YOUR dream? I’m going wide with the question: your dream for your career, what kind of service or value you want to provide others, how much money you’d like to make, etc. Maybe your dream to change careers altogether, or add in new elements that you’ve thought about many times but never acted on?

Cliff Ravenscraft is a very popular and well-regard business mentor and entrepreneur. I first learned about his incredible teaching abilities in the podcast arena when I left Catholic Answers in 2016. Cliff has helped thousands of people—most definitely including me—take what they’re doing to the next level: it’s his brand.

But many of us are limited ....

 

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Most Americans (and many Canadians!) tend to view the political climate in Canada as hopeless, being run indirectly by LGBT activists, leftist public officials, neo-Marxist advisors, and most of it aided and abetted by a very liberal media establishment.

Even if this hyperbole were true, there are some people with conservative principles willing to step into the breach and run for office. My guest this week is one of them. Tanya Granic Allen is a wife, mother, professional communicator, parental rights advocate—and a practicing Catholic.

In 2018, despite rising popularity among Ontario voters, she was removed (illegally?) by Premier Doug Ford as a candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party leadership. That’s a longer side-bar story, but in this interview, she talks about “social conservative” values and how they shape voters’ decisions as much as economic or other factors. Her presidency of PAFE (Parents As First Educators) put pro-family, anti-sex education concerns in the public’s mind, which is a rare set of priorities in a Canadian politician. (Even privately pro-life ones are generally chicken to talk about it.)

But this unabashedly pro-life Catholic leader is a sign of great hope for a country under the spell of rabid secularism for too long.

Jul 3, 2019

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The news satire site The Babylon Bee has run into a problem: the crazy world has become harder and harder to satirize. Aimed primarily (at least originally) at evangelical readers, “the Bee” has amassed a much larger audience including many Catholics who also enjoy Eye of the Tiber. 

A few headline examples: 

Christian Extremists Hit Downtown London; Dozens Of Tracts Passed Out

Sheltered Atheist Kid Not Allowed To Watch 'VeggieTales'

Christian Rushes To Get HIV Test After Brief Eye Contact With Gay Person

Out-Of-Touch Youth Pastor Still Saying 'WASSSSUUUUUP!?!?!'

Planned Parenthood Defends Bill Cosby: 'Sexual Assault Is Only 3% Of What He Does'

But as editor-in-chief Kyle Mann (this week’s guest) points out, there’s always a nugget of truth beneath the crust of comedy. Satire serves more than one purpose. Poking fun of Christian foibles and “worst practices” is not only fun, it reflects a certain confident humility. And it may even plants seeds of faith. Enjoy—and hey, lighten up!

 

In this episode you will learn

  • How Kyle came to his commitment to Christ
  • The origins of The Babylon Bee idea
  • Why so few Christians appreciate self-critical humor
  • Why satire is so hard to pull off today
  • How the Bee editors decide what “going too far” means
  • Possibilities of increased interfaith understanding based on what Protestants and Catholics both find hilarious
  • Why comedy is “divine”
  • How the best comedy draws close to reality but spins it into a manageable off-beat direction

 

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Jun 25, 2019

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Stories of conservative thought being silenced and censored online is now a problem so obvious that liberals like Canadian feminist (I know, almost a tautology) Meghan Murphy are taking note. Murphy was was banned for life from Twitter for using the birth name of a transgender person. The horror!

Matthew Peterson, vice president of education at the Claremont Institute, has had enough. He’s on a mission to gather together anyone—conservative or otherwise—motivated enough to fight back against the narrow-minded, one-sided agendae of Big Tech. How is it just that Google, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms routinely soft-ban or outright remove influencers with unapproved opinions? 

Today’s heretics in the Church of SJWs may not be burned at the stake. They’re just booted out of polite cyber society. Then again, given the track record of violence by groups like Antifa, give them a chance…

Jun 18, 2019

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Okay, this is a personal biggie. To get to talk to the mother of the baby boy, James Fulton Engstrom, who was stillborn on September 16, 2010, after a healthy pregnancy. The baby stayed dead for 61 minutes.

Let that sink in.

James’s parents, Bonnie and Travis, began praying—hoping very much against hope—for the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who was born and raised near their hometown, to “do something!”

 

After 61 minutes, something totally unexpected and yet longed for happened. The baby’s heart quickened into a healthy rhythm, and a lovely pink flush replaced the ashen gray of his corpse. TOTALLY impossible, according to every medical expert who has examined the case, and yet it happened. But they weren’t out of the woods. Sweet Baby James, by all evidence, would never recover from the catastrophic loss of oxygen. Doctors predicted the worst.

The Engstroms leveraged social media and doubled down on the heavenly “ask.” People in many countries came to the assistance with prayers. And none of the medical disasters came to pass. James was, and is, normal.

This is an incredible story, and is set to be the bona fide miracle that will make “Uncle Fultie” become Blessed Fulton J. Sheen, one step away from canonization. Ah, cool!

 

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Jun 11, 2019

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The title  a double meaning, his legal appeal on charges of sexual abuse that happened June 4-5, 2019, and his personal appeal as a man and as a Christian. I could have called it Everything You Know About the Pell Trial Is Wrong.

My guest this week explains why. Peter Westmore is the former President of the National Civic Council, and a writer for News Weekly. Westmore attended both trials of Cardinal Pell (and the appeal last week) and heard all the evidence provided to the court—twice. In June 2015, a complainant accused George Cardinal Pell of sexual assault (forced oral sex and genital fondling) involving two choir boys in the sacristy moments after Sunday Mass at the Melbourne Cathedral, in broad daylight, with Pell in full liturgical vestments, with the door open, in a church swarming with people leaving the building or strolling the nearby hallways.

None of the 25 witnesses at each trial (the first one of which ended in a hung jury) could attest to the truth of the claimant’s charges, which themselves changed over time. The other boy ended up overdosing on heroin, and, according to his own mother’s testimony, denied ever been sexually abused. The entire case against Cardinal Pell rests on one man’s say-so, with multiple layers of improbability if not complete impossibility.

An interesting, and telling, fact: Pope Francis has not suspended Pell’s priestly faculties despite the guilty verdict, while Ted McCarrick (never tried in court) was laicized and exiled to Kansas.

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Jun 4, 2019

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Lila Rose fought abortion before fighting abortion was cool. At the tender age of 15, she began the Live Action apostolate from her parents’ living room. She knew it was killing babies and wounding their mothers and fathers, and that “thoughts and prayers” alone is not a strategy.

By 18, the then Evangelical Christian Lila began doing undercover-with-hidden-cam work investigating Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. What she saw and heard—and recorded for the world to see—shocked her. And so LiveAction.org was born and quickly grew.

Ten years out, and Live Action is a top leader and influencer in the area of authentic (and brave) pro-life education. As Lila points out, it’s not just about “learning facts.” It’s about how to put those facts—to quote St. Mother Teresa—into a  living action. Hence, Live Action. Listen to Lila unfold the story of how the non-profit, non-partisan apostolate became a powerhouse model for other pro-lifers wondering what to do about the problem.

 

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May 28, 2019

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Out of nowhere, in a matter of weeks, Pete Buttigieg, the Gay Mayor of South Bend, IN, is a well-known fixture in the American media consumer’s psyche as a candidate for President of the United States. Time Magazine put him on the cover standing awkwardly with his husband (or is it wife?) Chasten with the headline “First Family.” Like, totally normal.

Dr. E. Michael Jones, author of 12+ books on faith and culture and the editor of Culture Wars Magazine has written a concise biography about Mayer Pete titled Home Alone, a riff on the candidate’s memoirs (well, a memoir cum political manifesto), Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future.

As it happens, Mayor Pete grew up three doors down on the same street as the Jones family i South Bend. Jones’s youngest son Adam attended the same school, and was also a valedictorian (in different years, of course) and both went to Harvard.

Yet, Mayor Pete’s memoirs somehow—gosh, who knows why—there is no mention of neighbors like the Jones family. As Jones makes clear, almost nothing is what it appears when it comes to this longshot Democrat Party candidate.

 

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May 21, 2019

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“Brother, are you saved?” is the question most Catholics are not comfortable hearing. In fact, Catholics tend not to talk about “being saved” or even “salvation” itself, even though the whole point of the incarnation of Christ is enshrined front and center in the Creed, “for us men and for our salvation….”

So what is it, and why do so few Catholics seem able or even interested in talking about it? It’s a curious thing. Catholics seem more likely to couch it in terms of “going to heaven” rather than “being saved” which sounds Protestant. Dr. Michael Barber, associate professor of sacred Scripture and theology at the Augustine Institute, sets the record straight in this fact-laden interview about the One Thing that matters in this life and the life to come.

 

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Why does Planned Parenthood target black neighborhood for abortion for sale? Why are there so few high-profile black pastors who are known for pro-life advocacy? Why do so few people know that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was a diehard eugenics supporter?

Rev. Walter Hoye has answers. He also has some practical wisdom to impart, and a courageous non-violent witness to emulate. This helps explain why Alveda King, the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote the powerful Foreword to Walter’s biography (see link below). Hoye chose 30 days in jail time in 2009 for violating an absurd City of Oakland ordinance called a “bubble law” (which was created for him). What was his crime?

He held up a sign that read, “God loves you and your baby; let us help you.” No yelling, no intimidation, no pushy activism. Just a ministry of presence to give scared young women an alternative to what they’re about to choose.

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Sometimes outsiders behave like insiders and vice versa. Agnostic Jewish author and critic David Horowitz has collected an awful lot of important social and historical information and put it all in one place: his new book Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America.


Why defend Christian America from her enemies—many of them liberal Jews at the forefront of radical movements? Because, inter alia, Horowitz is a recovering liberal radical himself and he knows the targets of his book and their rabid agenda very well.

 

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Who cares about boys? Almost….nobody! Our culture focuses on feminist concerns, the wage gap myth, girls’ health, and so on. Boys and boyhood are simply not interesting or valuable enough for the elites to talk about.

Dr. Anthony Esolen had enough. So he wrote a fine book, Defending Boyhood, which lays out the problem, provides some historical context along with tons of examples from novels and movies. The need to support and defend boyhood is urgent and (if you have eyes to see) obvious.

 

In this episode you will learn

  • Why there is no perfect “golden age” where things were perfect but the principles and values of boyhood were much healthier
  • The effect of the failed Sexual Revolution on the world of boys
  • Why boys are in special need of rituals of self-discovery in ways girls are not
  • The connection between absent or abusive fathers and the homosexual impulse
  • How contraception disrupted the relationship between men and women, and hence the family, and how this affected our perception of boys (and children in general)
  • Why boys love to sing if the songs tell manly tales
  • How to survive in a culture bereft of institutions and clubs devoted to the care and growth of boys qua boys.

  

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Apr 23, 2019

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What? Another too-little-too-late book defending marriage? Dr. Scott Hahn thinks the battle has just begun for a resurgent reverence for marriage as its been defined for 3000+ years, and was raised to the dignity of a Sacrament by Jesus Christ.

Marriage as Sacrament is badly misunderstood today, which is part of the reason why so many people leave their spouses when the going gets tough. Hahn, professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, and author of over 40 books, knows firsthand how tough the going can get. Share this very personal interview with one of the best known and respected Catholic thinkers and influencers in American Church history.

 

In this episode you will learn

  • The deeper meaning of “it is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18)
  • Why the Church calls marriage the Sacrament of “Matrimony”
  • The connection between the 1930 Anglican decision to allow contraception and the current crisis of the definition of marriage
  • Why marriage is the cell of the entire body of the Church and of the broader society
  • How couples who stick together provide not just a solid foundation for their kids but a living homily to others
  • Why the Sacrament of Matrimony is impossible without the “third party” of Jesus Christ

 

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Socrates said that the order of the city was the order of the soul writ large. That observation is all the more true today—and not a compliment to the modern soul or the modern city. Most people simply don’t advert to the quiet influence the surrounding architecture has on their psyche: the shape and scale of buildings, the order and proportion (or lack thereof). The father of modern Bauhaus architecture is the German Walter Gropius, a promiscuous cad who married a promiscuous shrew named Anna Mahler, wife of composer Gustav Mahler. Dr. E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture Wars magazine says that Gropius painted into his architectural vision a radically new kind of building and with it, a revolution in urban planning.

 

In this episode you will learn

  • The subtle (?) ways in which the architecture that surrounds us tells us who we are and what our life’s priorities ought to be
  • How Gropius’s rationalization of his own degeneracy got transmuted into buildings built purely for function, and ugly as sin besides
  • Why rebellion against Logos leads to disorder and chaos in the external design of things
  • What public housing Projects in Chicago, suburban Moscow, and industrial Poland have in common
  • Why classical architecture as nurtured by Catholic principles and sound philosophy can lead the way to beautify both home and church design

 

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Apr 9, 2019

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Mike Lindell had a dream. Actually, he’s had a series of dreams, which have all come true. The founder and CEO of MyPillow.com—chances are good you’ve seen one of his infomercials—never dreamed (pardon the pun) that his longtime crack addiction would be a thing of the past.

Nor that he would be a major financial backer of a hit movie that was predicted to bite the box office dust.

And yet, Unplanned starring Ashley Bratcher doubled its predicted opening weekend take and continues to touch hearts and minds, thanks in part to Lindell’s vision for cultural change surrounding abortion. He is also generous in using his large platform to the cause near and dear to him: helping addicts get clean. His whole story is preposterous, if you think about it.

 

In this episode you will learn

  • How this non-MBA small business owner and inventor escaped a life-threatening addiction to crack cocaine.
  • Why Lindell is “all in” for President Donald Trump and how he (Lindell) knew Trump was not only going to be elected president, but would far surpass anyone’s expectations.
  • Why he is using his business platform to help fellow suffering addicts.
  • How he learned that Abby Johnson’s story was a thing in the first place.
  • Anecdotes from the filming of Unplanned.
  • Just how bad the opioid addiction crisis is, and how Mike Lindell is part of the solution.

 

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