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Kresta in the Afternoon

“Kresta in the Afternoon”—July 24, 2014—Hour 1

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Kresta Comments: Do Muslims want a Caliphate?

  • Description: News of the Islamic State's persecution of Christians increases every day. The terrorist group is trying to establish a Caliphate—a world where Islam reigns supreme. Is the Islamic State just another group of rogues, or does it reflect a goal of Muslims worldwide? Al discusses the latest news from Iraq and how Muslims throughout the world are reacting to the situation.

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Kresta Comments: New HHS Accommodations?

  • Description: President Obama is reportedly going to announce new accommodations for non-profit organizations who oppose the HHS mandate. Al discusses the possible implications of these accommodations, and why non-profits shouldn't be celebrating just yet.

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Kresta Comments: Islamic State

  • Description: Al continues to discuss the latest news from Iraq and the movements of the Islamic State.

“Kresta in the Afternoon”—July 24, 2014—Hour 2

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Kresta Comments: History of the Caliphate

  • Description: The Islamic State wants to bring back a Caliphate- a state ruled by Islamic law. Al discusses the origins of the caliphate.

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Direct to My Desk

  • Description: Al talks with listeners about the need to increase awareness of Muslim violence against Christians.

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Direct to My Desk (continued)

  • Description: Al talks with listeners about the need to increase awareness of Muslim violence against Christians.

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 23, 2014 – Hour 1

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Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative

  • Description: Once a liberal writer and thinker, Michael Novak is here to shows how Providence (not deliberate choice) placed him in the middle of many crucial events of his time: a month in wartime Vietnam, the student riots of the 1960s, the Reagan revolution, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Bill Clinton's welfare reform, and the struggles for human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also spent fascinating days, sometimes longer, with inspiring leaders like Sargent Shriver, Bobby Kennedy, George McGovern, Jack Kemp, Václav Havel, President Reagan, Lady Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II, who helped shape—and reshape—his political views. Through it all, his focus on helping the poor and defending universal human rights remained constant; he gradually came to see building small businesses and envy-free democracies as the only realistic way to build free societies. Without economic growth from the bottom up, democracies are not stable. Without protections for liberties of conscience and economic creativity, democracies will fail. Free societies need three liberties in one: economic liberty, political liberty, and liberty.
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    • Michael Novak
      Author of more than twenty-five books, including The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, winner of Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, former US Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
    • Resources:
      • Book(s):
        • Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative
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Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative (continued)

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Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon–July 23, 2014–Hour 2

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Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love

  • Description: Before he was the world’s foremost Catholic biographer, Joseph Pearce was a leader of the National Front, a British-nationalist, white-supremacist group. Before he published books highlighting and celebrating the great Catholic cultural tradition, he disseminated literature extolling the virtues of the white race, and calling for the banishment of all non-whites from Britain. Pearce and his cohorts were at the center of the racial and nationalist tensions—often violent—that swirled around London in the late-1970s and early 80s. A one-year prison term spurred a sea change in his life. He is here to talk about it.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Joseph Pearce
      Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Tennessee, renowned Catholic biographer, co-editor of St. Austin Review
    • Resources:
      • Book(s):
        • Race With the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love
          Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love (continued)

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Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 22, 2014 – Hour 1

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Mackerel Snappers: How to explain even the toughest teachings about God and his Catholic Church (continued)

  • Segment Guests:
    • Spencer Allen
      Spencer Allen is a lay apologist and Catholic educator in the Jefferson City Diocese. He started and served as president of the non-profit Apologetics from Scratch, formed to spread the Good News in the Mid-Missouri area. Through the AFS apostolate and his individual efforts, he has authored a regular column in the diocesan newspaper, provided the apologetics segment for the television show Our Catholic Life and organized two conferences in the mid-Missouri area, featuring speakers such as Tim Staples and John Martignoni. In the Spring of 2012 he engaged in a public debate with a Church of Christ preacher, discussing the role of Scripture as an authority in the spiritual life of a Christian.
    • Resources:
      • Book(s):
        • Mackerel Snappers: How to explain even the toughest teachings about God and his Catholic Church.
          Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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Mackerel Snappers: How to explain even the toughest teachings about God and his Catholic Church (continued)

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Exposing the Lie: Marriage and Manipulating the Media

  • Description: Many of you have probably seen the headline "Marriage Not An Antidote to Poverty" which has been all over the news. As you might have guessed, there is more to the story. The truth is, the "study" is actually a position paper that presents no new data and, in fact, supports a foundational assertion of the marriage movement's campaign against poverty; namely, that to be effective as an anti-poverty initiative, marriage must come before baby. Dr. Greg Popcak joins us to discuss the facts behind this latest PR campaign against marriage.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – July 22, 2014 – Hour 2

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How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids: A Practical Guide for Keeping Your Kids Catholic

  • Description: Gary Michuta has long worked in the field of apologetics and evangelism. A few years ago, he gathered his experiences and ideas into a series of talks titled "How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids." Catholic parents around the country were extremely enthusiastic about the talks. Parents frequently approached him after his talks and encouraged him to put the information into book form because their own experiences so closely mirrored what he said. Some of these parents would proceed to share their own heart-breaking stories when their child had been pulled out of the Church. These discussions with parents spurred him to act and the result is the book How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids: A Practical Guide for Keeping Your Kids Catholic. Gary joins us to discuss it and answer your questions.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Gary Michuta
      Founder of Thy Faith, Inc., participated in “The Great Debate Series,” contributing editor to Hands on Apologetics magazine.
    • Resources:
      • Book(s):
        • How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids: A Practical Guide for Keeping Your Kids Catholic
          Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids: A Practical Guide for Keeping Your Kids Catholic (continued)

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How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids: A Practical Guide for Keeping Your Kids Catholic (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 21, 2014 – Hour 1

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What is Russia Trying to Hide?

  • Description: Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was shot out of the sky on Thursday near the Ukraine-Russia border. The investigation is just beginning but many world leaders suspect Russian rebels in Ukraine, possibly with the support of the Russian military, are responsible for the attack. Russian rebel fighters in the region have been criticized for removing evidence and tampering with the crash site. President Obama has demanded to know what the fighters are trying to hide and has requested that Russia use its enormous influence to persuade the fighters to cooperate with the investigation. Leon Aron, Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, joins us.
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Digging out of the Dungeon of Self: On the Fundamental Evil of Fragmentation

  • Description: Our society is becoming increasingly more isolated. Technology allows us to spend our entire day looking at a screen without ever interacting with the people around us. Schoolteachers are finding it increasingly difficult to hold their students’ attention for even an entire lecture, much less an entire day. We are losing our ability to truly see, hear, and understand. This problem is paralleled in the fight for the unborn—if we can’t even see our relation to the family member sitting across the dinner table, how will we ever see our relation to the inner-city teen mom’s unborn child? Edmund Miller, president of Guadalupe Partners, a sidewalk counseling ministry in Detroit, and a teacher at Spiritus Sanctus Academy, joins us.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Edmund Miller
      President of Guadalupe Partners, sidewalk counseling ministry in Detroit. Teacher at Spiritus Sanctus Academy
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Digging out of the Dungeon of Self: On the Fundamental Evil of Fragmentation

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 21, 2014 – Hour 2

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Correcting Catholic Blindness: What Catholic Social Teaching Doesn’t Know

  • Description: Modern Catholic Social Teaching tells us to approach political and economic challenges by seeing, judging, and acting. We are to look at the situation through the eyes of Christ, free from our own ideologies. However, this approach entails choices regarding what we look at and how deep we examine it, thus limiting our field of vision. Dr. Sam Gregg of the Acton Institute argues that the imperatives of Catholic social doctrine still apply because they are grounded in integral human development. He believes that it’s possible to adhere to these principles and also widen the scope of our views on economic life. Sam joins us.
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Correcting Catholic Blindness: What Catholic Social Teaching doesn’t know

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Cant Pass as Legislation? Then I'll Issue and Executive Order. President Obama Signs ENDA Executive Order – No Religious Exemption

  • Description: For 20 years, Congress failed to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), suggesting that the legislation must be burdened with more than just a few controversial features. President Clinton and President Bush respected the right of the legislature not to pass the bill, but President Obama is different: he said he signed it because the bill had stalled in the Congress. Why we need the Congress at all he did not explain. The president not only issued an Executive Order imposing ENDA, he chose to sign that version of the bill which fails to grant a religious exemption. We talk about it with Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Eric Stanley
      Serves as senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its Kansas City Regional Service Center in Kansas, where he heads the Alliance Defending Freedom Pulpit Initiative to empower pastors across the nation to speak freely from their pulpits on all matters of life, including how Scripture and church teaching have application to candidates and elections
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Kresta in the Afternoon – July 18, 2014 – Hour 1

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What's a Person to Do?: Everyday Decisions That Matter

  • Segment Guests:
    • Mark Latkovic
      Dr. Mark S. Latkovic (1963-) was born in Cleveland, OH and now lives in Allen Park, MI with his wife and four children. He obtained an M.A. degree from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) and S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees from the Lateran University's Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (Washington, DC "Session"). He is Professor of Moral Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit, MI), where he has taught courses in fundamental and special moral theology since July 1990. He is the co-editor of "St. Thomas Aquinas & the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives" (The Catholic University of America Press, 2004) and "What's a Person to Do? Everyday Decisions that Matter" (Our Sunday Visitor, 2013), among many other publications in both scholarly and popular journals. He is a frequent speaker and consultant on moral issues and a member of many professional societies.
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What's a Person to Do?: Everyday Decisions That Matter (continued)

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What's a Person to Do?: Everyday Decisions That Matter (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 18, 2014 – Hour 2

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“Heaven is For Real”

  • Description: Heaven Is for Real is the true story of a four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who experienced heaven during emergency surgery. He talked about looking down to see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. In heaven, Colton met his miscarried sister whom no one ever had told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each. We talk to the real life Todd Burpo, Colton’s father.
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What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America

  • Description: Solutions ... not theories. Political progress ... not political posturing. Faith…not unbelief. Instead of the constant jockeying for political advantage, columnist Cal Thomas is here to focus on what promotes the general welfare, regardless of which party or ideology gets the credit. Thomas probes and provides answers to questions like, Why must we constantly fight the same battles over and over? Why don't we consult the past and use common sense in order to see that what others discovered long ago still works today? And why does present-day Washington too often look like the film Groundhog Day, with our elected officials waking up each day only to repeat identical talking points from previous days, months, and years? Cal joins us
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    • Cal Thomas
      Cal Thomas has been observing the dysfunction in Washington for thirty years in one of the most popular syndicated columns in the country. He writes the Common Ground column for USA Today (with his liberal Democrat friend, Bob Beckel) and regularly appears on Fox News. He began his career in radio-TV-and print at the age of 16. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of his syndicated column.
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What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America (continued)


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