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

In recent months, the integrity of the Nato alliance has taken some big hits, and this week, in a story related to a Russian gas pipeline, it looks like it has sustained another one. Can this Atlantic Alliance survive?

President Trump’s policy toward Iran is quite different from that of the Obama Administration. And one very telling way to examine just how deep these differences are is by looking at it through the way the two approach Oman.

Iran and China have just held some major naval drills in a way that pushes against American influence in the Middle East. 

And a massive trove of Nazi artifacts was just discovered in Argentina.

We also discuss Germany spying on America, what it would take for Qatar to have the embargo on it lifted, a tremendously powerful Russian cyberweapon, and the ongoing shift in American beliefs about the origins of life. 

• French legislative elections took place this past week, giving the party of new French President Emmanuel Macron a sizable parliamentary majority. What does this mean for France, and for the European Union?

• This past Sunday, a U.S. jet shot a Syrian jet out of the sky, and Iran launched some missiles into Syrian territory—escalating tension between the United States and Iran.

• Are rich people selfish jerks? New evidence casts down on some studies suggesting that rich people are rich because they behave selfishly, and points to a different reality.

• And I’ll finish off the program today with a bit of reminiscing about Father’s Day this past Sunday—and a reminder of just how important it is to be a Dad.

• The United States is stepping up its pressure on Iran—moving mobile artillery into southern Syria, getting Senate approval for new economic sanctions. The secretary of state says the Trumpet administration wants regime change. Will it succeed?

• Fears that South Korea’s new president would work against American interests were realized this week as he suspended further deployment of the THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense system.

• The leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrat Party has resigned, saying he can’t lead a political party and be faithful to his Christian beliefs.

• American politics turn violent, as an opponent of Donald Trump went to a Republican congressional baseball practice and opened fire.

We’ll also talk about a massive Russian military exercise about to take place right on the border of NATO—a Russian airstrike in Syria that may have hit a very sensitive target—how the Chinese Communist Party has burrowed deep into Australia’s political system—and a banking crisis in Spain, as its sixth-largest bank was sold for the firesale price of ONE EURO.

• Last week’s election in Britain was projected to be a rout of the radical Labour Party. But fully 40 percent of voters chose Labour and showed that they’re comfortable with befriending terrorists, Marxist economic policies, anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism, and other astonishing views.

• Last week, Russia and China announced that they will be increasing their already strong military cooperation over the next three years. This extraordinary Asian alliance is becoming more robust all the time, and promises to change the world.

• Iran has pushed its presence all the way across Iraq and to the border of Syria, cementing its control over a Shia crescent in the Middle East. It’s forcing Tehran’s enemies to calculate how to stop Iran’s push.

• And I’ll finish off the program by giving you a key ingredient in how to become a doer of the word.

• Britain’s Prime Minister called a snap election to strengthen her political position—and it backfired. She was weakened politically as 40 percent of Britons voted for the party of terrorist-loving Marxist Jeremy Corbyn.

• Several Sunni Arab states have cut off relations with Qatar, sharpening an important dividing line in the Middle East.

• The Iranian capital was hit by brazen coordinated terrorist attacks, and the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

• The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is adding two new members in a move that further unites Asia and strengthens Russia’s leadership.


• We’ll also talk about Germany moving its Middle Eastern air operations to Jordan—evidence of Cuba still sponsoring terrorism—why one analyst says China has won its bid to gain control over the South China Sea—and how the world is sitting on a $400 trillion financial time bomb.

• Donald Trump pulled America out of the Paris climate change agreement. Is this, as some people say, dooming Earth to climatic disaster? The scientific consensus on how much human activity is affecting the climate isn’t nearly as unanimous as people would have us believe. Evidence shows the governments pushing for environmental regulations have another agenda.

• Why is North Korea so anti-American? One source says that it’s at least partly because of the way America fought the Korean War back in the 1950s. We’ll talk to a man who says no, that’s exactly the wrong lesson to take from that history.

• North Korea is one nation putting nuclear proliferation into the headlines. What would it be like to experience a nuclear attack? We’ll study some firsthand accounts of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to give us an idea.

• And I’ll finish off the program with a poem from one of our listeners on the trials of maintaining good posture.


  • United States President Donald Trump has added uncertainty into the calculus of many Europeans with his statements about Nato, and with his America-first ideologies. European leaders are now saying it means its time for Europe to stop relying on America for security and to go it alone.
  • On Thursday, Mr. Trump pulled America out of the Paris Climate deal, which is being seen by some as an assault on the most sacrosanct issue of our time.
  • After years of cold relations, Iran and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas have decided to renew their partnership. This is bad news for Israel. 
  • North Korean tensions continue to climb, with some analysts saying it could mean a U.S. attack on the North is imminent.
  • In this episode, we also discuss a new push for unity by the European Commission, President’s Trump’s plan for the American Embassy in Israel, China’s moves to exploit the growing rift between the U.S. and Germany, and a racial dispute at a U.S. college. 

• Pirates from Somalia are once again terrorizing the waters off the Horn of Africa. Europe is concerned and is proposing to send troops back into the area. Their efforts could put them in more direct confrontation with Iran.

• Recently declassified documents from the Obama administration show that the government has been surveiling Americans illegally on a massive scale.

• The violin is a beautiful classical music instrument that was perfected in Italy over 300 years ago. But there are still craftsmen painstakingly making violins by hand today—and we’re going to talk with one of them.

• And I’ll finish off the program by explaining why just eating the mustard is a key to your happiness.

United States President Donald Trump is in the midst of his first foreign trip, with his first three stops happening in the seats of the world’s three monotheistic faiths. He intensified his scolding about NATO allies not spending enough on defense.

The U.S. navy just conducted its first freedom of navigation patrol under the Trump administration in the South China Sea. This comes during a time when relations between China and the U.S. had been warming, and it could put serious strains on that fragile reconciliation.

Iran just reelected Hassan Rouhani, the so-called “moderate” incumbent who first came into power in 2013. Liberals in the West are calling this a victory for reformists. But the facts show that this optimism is misplaced.

On Monday night, Britain suffered its most devastating terrorist attack in more than a decade. How can we expect Britain and Europe to react to this barbaric Islamic attack?

We also discuss Mr. Trump’s visit with the Pope, new strains in the U.S.-Britain relationship, the Philippines threatening to shift its allegiance from America to Russia, and Iran’s new overtures to Hamas.  

• U.S. President Donald Trump took his first trip abroad this past week, visiting Saudi Arabia and Israel. Why these two countries, and what did his trip accomplish?

• Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, defaulting on $123 billion. This is troubling enough, but the problems with its economy are actually facing every one of America’s 50 states.

• Diet, exercise, sleep—these are important aspects of good health. So is posture. We’ll talk about the problems with bad posture, and the benefits of good posture, and how to make sure you’re keeping yourself upright.

• And I’ll finish off the program today by giving you some advice on how to stay strong in times of stress.