Trumpet Hour

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

• Analysts are saying that the Trump administration is bringing about a fundamental shift in global economics. The U.S. got a key concession at a meeting of the world’s top finance ministers this past weekend. We’ll talk about why this is so important.

• Israel is facing threats from its neighbors, particularly Syria and Lebanon—but Iran’s fingerprints are all over them. The Islamic Republic looks like its stepping up the aggression in its tactics against the Jewish state.

• Imagine a black man forming a friendship with a Ku Klux Klan member—and actually convincing him to give up his racism. One extraordinary man did just that—not just once but hundreds of times.

• And we’ll finish with a few words about some things not to think about—so you can set your mind on things worth thinking about.

• The Netherlands held an election where the far-right Freedom Party gained several seats and became the nation’s second most popular party. It shows just how much European politics are changing.

• It was reported this week that a contingent of Russian troops positioned themselves on Egypt’s border with Libya, showing Russia’s determination to exert its influence there—and also Vladimir Putin gave an order that will absorb troops from South Ossetia into Russia’s military command structure.

• Just two years after Scotland decided it wanted to remain a part of the United Kingdom, the nation’s leaders say they’re going to hold another referendum on Scottish independence.

• We’ll also talk about how federal courts are holding the Trump administration’s foreign policy in check—a bold move by Japan to counter China’s moves in the South China Sea—Iran’s effort to take the Golan Heights—a midnight airstrike by Israel into Syria—and a pornography scandal in the U.S. Marines.

• What does it mean to be a man? Society today has discarded the things that have defined manhood for virtually all of human history, and is suffering a lot of problems as a result. We’re going to look at some of those—and talk about a practical solution.

• Worrying signs are emerging that Europe’s biggest economy is in trouble. In Germany, consumer spending is down, exports are flat, and its biggest bank in trouble. What does this mean for German politics, and for Europe as a whole?

• Palestinian terrorist group Hamas is revising its charter document to remove some radical elements and improve its political standing. We’ll talk about why, and how this could help fulfill a biblical prophecy.

• And we’ll talk about the cost of keeping pace in a caffeinated culture.

• Instability in Asia this week as North Korea launched missiles into Japanese territory— China was offended by the U.S. green-lighting an anti-missile system—South Korea’s president was ousted. How will these events affect Asia’s future?

• European leaders have agreed to open a military command center that some say is the first step toward a unified European defense headquarters.

• It looks like Hamas wants to become the new leader of Palestinian politics—reports say they’re changing their charter to soften their radicalism.

• A new book shows just how much economic control Iran’s ayatollah has, and how he has used that to impoverish his people and enrich his military.

• We’ll also talk about a diplomatic row between Germany and Turkey—threats America faces from cyberattacks—South Africa’s president saying it’s time to start confiscating land from whites—and American police forces facing a recruitment shortage!

• Donald Trump has called himself the “law and order” president—but will he be able to tamp down the trend of increasing violence in American cities? We’ll answer that question with the aid of Bible prophecy.

• Ignorance of American history has become epidemic in the nation’s universities—but today’s students aren’t just ignorant. They actually view American history as wicked, corrupt and racist—uniquely evil. They think much more favorably on other nations—including socialist and communist nations.

• The Flood is one of the most famous accounts in the Bible—but that story is not limited to the Bible. All over the world, people of various cultures have recorded history of this catastrophic flood.

• And I’ll share a thought I had after going one month without a drop of coffee.

Evidence has emerged that North Korea and Iran are colluding together in their development of nuclear weapons.

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is making some key gains in its drive to resurrect the former glory of the Soviet empire.

The Democratic party in the U.S. has recently suffered some big losses not just in the presidential election, but also in the Senate, House and elsewhere. Now, in response to those losses, the party is recalibrating, regrouping, and making a major shift.

Germany’s political campaign season started this week, and there is evidence that Berlin could also be in store for a big political shift.

We also discuss China expanding its overseas power, the Catholic Church attempting to ban work on Sunday, whether America’s generals can save the country, and a dam project in Ethiopia that could have global geopolitical effects.

• Iran is hosting large-scale naval exercises in the strategically important waters around important Middle Eastern sea chokepoints. This has a lot of other nations concerned about Iran’s power.

• Some analysts are encouraging the Trump administration to deal with challenges in its relations with Russia and China by following the Henry Kissinger model of triangular diplomacy. But they’re overlooking some important differences in the situation today.

• You could make a strong case that Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution was far more influential philosophically than it was scientifically. We’ll talk about the philosophical ramifications of evolution.

• And I’ll tell you why you need to literally stick together with your mate.

• At a conference in Tehran this week, Iran’s supreme leader reiterated his nation’s intent on pushing for a violent overthrow of Jerusalem

• A foiled plot to assassinate the prime minister of Montenegro in the Balkans shows Russia’s continuing brutality.

• Germany is increasing the strength of its armed forces and is set to be a stronger military than Russia.

• American demand for illegal drugs is financing a war in Mexico that rivals the crisis in Syria.

• We’ll also talk about evidence that another euro crisis is brewing—Germany looking for ways to retaliate economically against President Trump—an explosive rift between Iran and Turkey—China punishing its client state in North Korea—Chinese people becoming more religious—and Canada’s making itself the opposite of Donald Trump in its immigration policy.

• In America we have a showdown between the Trump administration and people who want open borders. Protesters in the streets—states suing over executive orders—judges nullifying the president’s decisions—sanctuary cities. It’s a dangerous trend toward lawlessness.

• People have criticized President Trump for his ties with Russia—but that’s not the alliance you need to be concerned about. Several factors are working against an American-Russian alignment—and are actually driving another nation toward Russia—and this is an indicator of war being on the horizon.

• If you want to lose weight, is counting calories the best way to go? A nutritionist tells us why the answer is no—and gives a much better way to go.

• And I’ll conclude the program with a word of advice from one of history’s wisest men on how to handle haters.

More and more European military forces are being integrated into the army of Germany. For students of history this is an alarming development, but it is rapidly happening.

Vladimir Putin’s Russia had a busy week of pushing and provoking the Trump Administration. It’s happening in a way that presents a serious challenge and test to Mr. Trump.

Israel and Palestine: For the last few decades, American policy has favored finding a two-state solution to this long simmering issue. But suddenly, Mr. Trump has said a one-state solution may be best after all.

Reports this week show that America’s economic freedom is precipitously plummeting! We used to rank among the freest economies on the planet, but those days are over.  

We also discuss how America is pushing Germany to consolidate and control Europe’s military power, a worrying political decision in Iran, some “game changing” weapons developments in China, and the rising Murder Rate in American cities.