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.  Read More

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

#221: Trumpet Hour: The Threat of North Korea’s Nuclear Program, How We Make Deserts, Designing, and More

Aired Wednesday, July 26, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   59 minutes

• The media has been eager to dismiss the threat from North Korea testing a missile earlier this month capable of reaching America. But the danger posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile program is real. We’ll give you some important truth about why nuclear experts are extremely concerned.

• Deserts take up about one third of the land on Earth, and they’re spreading. How do we prevent this environmental disaster? The answer—is actually quite inspiring.

• Some changes to our website,, should make the experience more pleasurable for you, our readers. A couple members of the team behind the Trumpet will explain them to us.

• And I’ll finish off the program today by puncturing a couple of myths about love, and talking about what love actually is.


#220: Week in Review: Temple Mount Crisis in Jerusalem, Germany’s Takeover of Europe’s Militaries, The Real Russia Scandal, and More

Aired Friday, July 21, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   58 minutes

The crisis at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel is still raging, and could explode into something far more serious—with region-wide and even global consequences.

Germany is making steady and alarming progress in its quiet takeover of the militaries of other European nations. 

And there is a real Russian scandal, involving U.S. energy that the mainstream media is not telling you about.

Meanwhile, Russian president Vladimir Putin is tightening his grip on Russia’s media, and bringing it back to Soviet-era levels of state control.

We also discuss Europe’s Migrant Crisis re-entering the headlines, new figures shedding light on a Middle Eastern arms race, China’s drive to become a tech leader, and how America’s health care could bankrupt the nation. 

#219: Trumpet Hour: Germany’s Spying Scandal, Forecasting Russia’s and China’s Alliance, Tri-Parenting, and More

Aired Wednesday, July 19, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   60 minutes

#218: Week in Review: Russia Steals a Slice of Georgia, French-German Military Cooperation, Temple Mount Terror, and Much More

Aired Friday, July 14, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

• Russia keeps taking over territory in the former Soviet Union, as it recently moved the border of the land it controls in South Ossetia deeper into Georgia.

• When U.S. President Donald Trump was in Poland last week, he made an interesting offer to Eastern Europe: Start buying your energy from America so you’re not so dependent on Russia.

• France and Germany held their first joint cabinet meeting since the election of French President Emmanuel Macron, and they announced plans for closer military cooperation.

• Friday morning, terrorists killed two Israeli policemen on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This could force Israel to increase security and escalate tensions in this crucial hotspot.

• We’ll also talk about advancements in the Chinese navy—a deal with Libya showing Italy’s desperation to stop the flow of migrants—and the newest proposal to fight global warming: fewer babies—more abortions!

#217: Trumpet Hour: Takeaways from the G-20, the Pope Promotes Federal Europe, the Qatar Conundrum, and More

Aired Wednesday, July 12, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   56 minutes

• The G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, was filled with intrigue: the first face-to-face meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin; the city streets filled with violent protesters. We’ll talk about some of the key takeaways from the summit, including how Germany is dealing with its radical left.

• A showdown between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is growing more tense. It could put the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council in jeopardy, reshaping the Middle East, and strengthening Iran.

• And I’ll finish off the program today by giving you some secret clues about your interactions with your spouse, that can tell you whether your marriage is going to last.

#216: Week in Review: North Korean Missile, Trump in Poland, EU-Japan Trade Agreement, G-20 Protests, and Much More

Aired Friday, July 7, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   55 minutes

• Happy 4th of July, America—North Korea celebrated by launching its first intercontinental ballistic missile that puts American soil in range.

• Before traveling to Germany to join the G-20 meeting today, U.S. President Donald Trump visited Poland, and gave a speech asking whether the West has “the will to survive.”

• About the same time, his administration was announcing a new policy in Syria that appears to put it in cooperation with Russia.

• Also before the G-20 summit started, Japan and the European Union agreed to a major trade deal specifically aimed at countering America economically.

• We’ll also bring you up to date on Europe’s immigration crisis, as Austria deploys armored vehicles to keep immigrants out—a new United Nations ruling that recognizes a Palestinian state—and the Trump administration’s new budget, which increases this year’s deficit over last year’s by $18 billion.


#215: Trumpet Hour: Why Do Feminists Ignore Muslim Women?, Canadians Disregard Britain’s Throne, Vegetarianism, and More

Aired Wednesday, July 5, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   59 minutes

• Feminists in the West march for issues like abortion rights and equal pay. Why don’t they speak up on behalf of women who are abused and mistreated, even murdered, in Muslim society? Two Muslim women have a lot to say in answer to that question.

• As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, a new poll shows a majority of Canadians believe when Queen Elizabeth goes, it’s time for Canada to cut ties with the British monarchy.

• Is vegetarianism healthy? We’ll dive into the facts about whether it’s actually a good idea to eliminate meat from your diet.

• And I’ll finish off the program today by talking about how the brightest days for America and Britain lie yet ahead.

#214: Week in Review: Hezbollah Threatens Israel, U.S.-China Tensions Rise, Italy’s Bank Bailout, and Much More

Aired Friday, June 30, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes

• With the Islamic State suffering serious defeats, its enemies Hezbollah and Iran are gearing up to turn their attention against Israel.

• Tensions between the U.S. and China are increasing, as the Trump administration cozies up to India, sells arms to Taiwan, and considering sanctions on China itself.

• The Italian government is bailing out two struggling banks, and breaking new European Union regulations to do it.

• The European Commission slapped search engine giant Google with the largest fine in EU history—the latest in a series of punishments against American tech companies.

• We’ll also talk about the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover—the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Six Day War—one of Pope Francis’s top advisors facing sexual assault charges—and how Seattle's 15-dollar minimum wage is hurting the workers it is meant to help.


#213: Palestinians Reach Out to Germany to Broker Peace, Supreme Court Reinstates Trump’s Middle East Travel Ban, and Decision Time for America Concerning Afghanistan

Aired Wednesday, June 28, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   43 minutes
United States President Donald Trump wants to broker the ever allusive peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. However, if he fails, officials in the Palestinian Authority have indicated that they are looking to Germany to fill the void.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that President Trump is free to reinstate his travel ban on some Middle Eastern nations, striking down lower court decisions to halt what some called a racist decision. What does this mean for the direction of the Supreme Court?

Are we headed toward a troop surge in Afghanistan or will the U.S. cut its losses and leave? This is decision time for the United States after one of America’s top military officials conceded last week, “We are not winning in Afghanistan.”

#212: Week in Review: U.S. Attacks Europe’s Energy Links to Russia, American Attempts to Lure Oman from Iran, Nazi Artifacts in Argentina, and More

Aired Friday, June 23, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   55 minutes

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.