Trumpet Hour

Hosted by Joel Hilliker

Trumpet Hour is the voice of the Trumpet newsmagazine. Your host is Joel Hilliker, the managing editor of the Philadelphia Trumpet and theTrumpet.comTrumpet Hour features a range of subject matter with an emphasis on the most important world news: national and international affairs, global economics, politics, society and morality. Trumpet Hour also features segments intended to inform and inspire listeners with stories of remarkable people overcoming obstacles, facing urgent world problems, and searching for solutions. 

In each edition of Trumpet Hour, Hilliker sits down with Trumpet writers to bring you up to date on the latest developments in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Anglo-America and beyond. Trumpet Hour goes behind the headlines to connect current events to their true meaning and their significance in your life. The program also brings you practical advice to improve your life, your family, your marriage and your physical, mental and spiritual health. Trumpet Hour brings you the most important information about your world and your life using one unique resource: the absolute truths of the Bible.

Trumpet Hour airs Wednesdays at 8 a.m and Fridays at 4 p.m. (Central Time). Wednesday’s program features one-on-one interviews with Trumpet staff writers and featured guests, as well as answers to questions from Trumpet readers and listeners. Friday’s Week in Review edition features a panel discussion focusing on the events of the week. Trumpet Hour airs on KPCG 101.3 FM in Edmond, Oklahoma, and online at

#168: Week in Review: Trump Inauguration, German Neo-Nazism, Russian Power, Chinese Globalization, and Much More

Aired Friday, January 20, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   56 minutes

• Donald Trump is now president of the United States. He has threatened to shake up the established world order by praising Brexit, criticizing the European Union, and reaching out to Russia.

• European leaders are deeply concerned—and the pressure on Europe, particularly Germany, to assume greater power is increasing.

• Russia is looking forward to better relations with the U.S., but it is already exercising its power so effectively that one analyst says Russia rules the world.

• China is positioning itself to take America’s place as the new champion of free trade and globalization.

• We’ll also talk about a political rally in Germany that had echoes of 1930s National Socialism—more tension rising between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and what this could mean for the Middle East—the threat that unprecedented levels of personal debt in America poses to the American economy—and the Anglican Church leaders who are actually APOLOGIZING for the Protestant Reformation!

#167: Trumpet Hour: The Trump Effect on the Middle East, Japan’s Nippon Kaigi, Disease Mongering, and More

Aired Wednesday, January 18, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   59 minutes

• Quite a lot of people are excited about Donald Trump’s inauguration—and among them are several leaders in the Middle East—in Israel, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. We’ll talk about why they are optimistic, and how Mr. Trump’s policies may affect the Middle East.

• A great number of Japan’s leaders belong to a nationalist group called Nippon Kaigi. It’s a nationalist group aimed at restoring Japan to its imperial greatness. Learn about this group and what it believes, and you’ll get a lot of insight into the direction and the future of Japan.

• Pharmaceutical companies are making billions supplying drugs to cure all kinds of ailments. But there’s evidence that some of these disorders are actually manufactured simply to sell people on new drugs and make more money. It’s a trend called “disease mongering.”

• And I’ll conclude the program with an ancient, but timeless and terrific, checklist of how to grow in your leadership.

#166: Week in Review: Pope Meets Abbas, America’s Vulnerable Military, Calling on Germany, and Much More

Aired Friday, January 13, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   58 minutes

• Pope Francis is hosting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Rome tomorrow, one day before the Paris Peace Conference. The Vatican continues to show its anti-Israel colors.

• Is America’s military invincible? One analyst points to major vulnerabilities in what are supposed to be this country’s most powerful weapons systems.

• With Donald Trump coming to power in America, the calls for Germany to step up its leadership role within Europe and the world continue to get louder.

• And in Russia, Mr. Trump’s calls to strengthen ties with Russia and to stand up to China have put Vladimir Putin at somewhat of a crossroads—side with America, or Beijing?

• We’ll also talk about how last week’s terrorist attack in Israel generated sympathy among Europeans—how more Asian allies are turning against America—how Mexican immigrants are flocking to Chicago before the Trump inauguration—and how Scotland is considering giving every citizen a basic income, whether or not they work.

#165: Trumpet Hour: Jerusalem’s Future, the Most Powerful People on Earth, Brexit Solving Britain’s Problems, and More

Aired Wednesday, January 11, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   55 minutes

• Several recent events have major implications for the future of the most important city on Earth, Jerusalem. We’ll talk with our reporter in that city about a number of these issues.

• Forbes publishes an annual list of the world’s most powerful people. We’ll analyze several years of this list to gain some insights into how the world is changing.

• Will Brexit solve all of Britain’s problems? Many conservatives in Britain seem to think so, based on their comments at a recent meeting in London—we’ll get a firsthand account from one of our writers who attended.

• And I’ll conclude the program with some thoughts about how to live an honorable life.

#164: Week in Review: All Eyes on Jerusalem, Germany Ready to Split with Trump’s U.S., Mr. Obama’s Post-Presidency Takes Shape, and Much More

Aired Friday, January 6, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   55 minutes

• 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the pivotal Six-Day-War in the Middle East, which united Jeruslam under Israel. But now 50 years on, we must ask: Will united Jerusalem make it to year 51?

• Two weeks from today, Mr. Donald J. Trump will become the President of the United States, and Germany is already preparing for a split with America.

• The North Korean leader brought in the New Year on Sunday by proclaiming that he would soon test a new missile powerful enough to let North Korea hit America’s west Coast with nuclear warheads.

• President Obama is leaving office on January 20, but that does not mean his push to transform America will end.

• We’ll also talk about Russia and Turkey sidelining Iran in Syria—the rising power in Bavaria—the Philippines’ shift toward Russia and China—and what a Trump-Putin alliance could mean for the world.   

#163: Trumpet Hour: 2017 in Preview

Aired Wednesday, January 4, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   56 minutes

• Today we put on our prognosticating caps and look ahead to 2017. What kind of year will it be?

• We’ll talk about the effects that a Trump presidency will have on the rest of the world.

• America is one of several countries that will have or may have changes of leadership this year. We’ll survey some other nations due to have elections and discuss political pressures that could lead to significant changes.

• We’ll talk about potential fallout to the United Nations’ recent resolution declaring the Jewish state’s presence in eastern Jerusalem to be illegal.

• We’ll discuss the factors that show how 2017 has all the ingredients to be a major crisis for Europe that could transform the Continent.

• We’ll conclude with a lightning round of predictions and things to watch for in the coming year.

#162: Week in Review: U.S. Ambushes Israel in UN, Xi’s Power Grab, Iran Presses Advantage, and Much More

Aired Friday, December 30, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   58 minutes

• Barack Obama is making use of his last days in the American presidency—last week he struck a serious blow to Israel by allowing a strongly anti-Israel resolution to pass at the United Nations.

• Newly released secret documents show just how concerned UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was about Germany’s unification. Time has really proven those concerns justified.

• China’s President Xi Jinping is taking more and more power to himself, contrary to laws meant to prevent that from happening.

• We’ll also talk about America sanctioning Russia over allegations of cyberattacks—what the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul says about Iran—how the Catholic Church response to the migrant crisis may be growing more strict—Japan’s prime minister visiting Pearl Harbor—and how America’s Big City mayors are uniting against Donald Trump.

#161: Trumpet Hour: 2016 in Review

Aired Wednesday, December 28, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   57 minutes

• Today is our year in review, looking back over a wild 2016.

• We’ll talk about how America’s decline has created an opening for other powers to rise.

• We’ll discuss the implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal in January—how much that has changed the Middle East and the rest of the world.

• We’ll talk about how America’s allies in Asia peeled away in 2016 and began aligning themselves with China.

• We’ll talk about Brexit—Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, and how that jump-started several important aspects of unification on the Continent.

• We’ll talk about America’s election of Donald Trump, and how this is already accelerating a lot of important trends around the world.

• We’ve packed a whole lot more into this lively hour-long discussion.

#160: Week in Review: Berlin Attack, China’s Drone Theft, Iraq Concedes to Iran, America Sidelined in Syria, and Much More

Aired Friday, December 23, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   55 minutes

• Germany experienced a horrific terrorist attack this week, yet to this point, the government has done almost nothing in response. How long before the German people lash out?

• China illegally stole an American surveillance drone. It’s another sign of tension between China and the United States in anticipation of a Trump presidency.

• Several important nations are meeting to forge a peace deal for Syria—but the United States was not invited.

• The Iraqi government just voted to incorporate an enormous Iranian-controlled Shiite militias into its own national security forces.

• We’ll also talk about Vladimir Putin boasting Russia is stronger than any potential aggressor on Earth—the oldest bank in the world being on the brink of bankruptcy—India’s economy overtaking that of the United Kingdom—and CNN fanning public hatred toward the police.

#159: Trumpet Hour: Trump’s Relationship With Russia, Yemen’s Civil War, Alcohol and Your Health, and More

Aired Wednesday, December 21, 2016   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   55 minutes

• Critics of Donald Trump are really concerned about his nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state—a man who they say is too cozy with Russia. What if U.S.-Russian relations improve? This could significantly alter the geopolitical landscape for a lot of nations.

• The civil war in yemen is getting worse—up to 10,000 people have been killed, 2.5 million people have been internally displaced. This is important to watch especially because of how it shows the larger battle for Middle East supremacy taking place between iran and saudi arabia.

• How does drinking alcohol affect your health? Does it increase your risk of disease or lower it? It turns out that it all depends on how much you’re drinking.

• And I’ll conclude the program with a few words about how to make sure you’re accomplishing the important things in life.