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GUEST: Abortion Survivor Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden

As a teenager, Melissa Ohden learned she was a survivor of a botched abortion and was expected to have long-term severe medical issues and learning disabilities. She defied the odds and is now a leading voice for the voiceless in the pro-life movement testifying before congress and speaking across the country.

In You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir, Ohden intimately details her search for her biological parents, and her own journey from anger, guilt, and shame to faith, forgiveness, and empowerment. Her personal story of love and redemption cuts through the debates surrounding a divisive issue to touch our common humanity. It highlights the complexity of the abortion issue and invites more understanding and compassion for every woman impacted by abortion.

Melissa is the Founder of Abortion Survivors Network.


GUEST: Christopher Caldwell on The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties

Christopher Caldwell

Christopher Caldwell is a contributing editor at the Claremont Review of Books and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He was previously a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a columnist for the Financial Times. He is the author of The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties and Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West.

Christopher Caldwell has spent years studying the liberal uprising of the 1960s and its unforeseen consequences. Even the reforms that Americans love best have come with costs that are staggeringly high—in wealth, freedom, and social stability—and that have been spread unevenly among classes and generations. In The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties, Caldwell reveals the real political turning points of the past half century, taking readers on a roller-coaster ride through Playboy magazine, affirmative action, CB radio, leveraged buyouts, iPhones, Oxycontin, Black Lives Matter, and internet cookies. In doing so, he shows that attempts to redress the injustices of the past have left Americans living under two different ideas of what it means to play by the rules. Essential, timely, hard to put down, The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties is a brilliant and ambitious argument about how the reforms of the past fifty years gave the country two incompatible political systems—and drove it toward conflict.


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