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October 22, 2022 | Vol. 37, No. 20

Split decisions

Inflation. Abortion. An unpopular president. And yes, Donald Trump. The factors weighing on voters’ minds make the 2022 midterms among the most unique elections in American history


From civil rights to psychedelics to abortion, voters prepare to weigh in

The fight for control of Congress will come down to a few key races

As violence continues to rage in the notorious border city, Christians fight a battle of their own


“Our voices can no longer be denied”

TRENDING | New films highlight the dangers of the transgender trend



TELEVISION | New Disney series takes Star Wars into gritty territory


MOVIE | Banalities quench a confused film about a fascist plot in 1933

Railway Children

MOVIE | Weighty portrayals of American racism takes center stage in children’s WWII tale

Box Office Top 10

Top films for the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

MOVIE | Musical comedy about a singing crocodile is a crowd-pleaser that elevates family and service to others

Catherine Called Birdy

MOVIE | Amazon’s book adaptation stuffs modern pieties into a children’s story set in medieval England


Music scenes from across the pond

MUSIC | Two British box sets deserve American attention

New and noteworthy

MUSIC | Reviews of four albums


A rigid racial system

BOOKS | Author challenges the government’s race classifications

Making airwaves

BOOKS | Pioneer preachers found big audiences on radio

Encounters with Joseph

BOOKS | Ancient dramas to rival any modern-day storyline

Children's Books

The ties that bind

CHILDREN’S BOOKS | Four picture books about home and family

Cheap highs and hidden perils

HEALTH | Laughing gas has become a recreational drug of choice for many youth

School’s out

EDUCATION | Violence in West and Central Africa has halted school for millions of children

Volleys from the stands

SPORTS | After defending against an accusation of bigotry, a Mormon school falls victim to it

Conversion blockade

RELIGION | A new anti-conversion law in India appears aimed at discouraging departures from Hinduism