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Kresta in the Afternoon

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

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Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford’s Theatre

  • Description: Last week we remembered that anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln - April 14, 1865. A famous actor pulls a trigger in the presidential balcony, leaps to the stage and escapes, as the president lies fatally wounded. In the panic that follows, forty-six terrified people scatter in and around Ford’s Theater as soldiers take up stations by the doors and the audience surges into the streets chanting, “Burn the place down!” But there is an untold story - the forty-six stage hands, actors, and theater workers on hand for the bewildering events in the theater that night, and what each of them witnessed in the chaos-streaked hours before John Wilkes Booth was discovered to be the culprit. Thomas Bogar is here to tell that story.
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    • Thomas Bogar
      Thomas A. Bogar has taught theatre for forty years, most recently at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. He is also the author of John E. Owens (2002), American Presidents Attend the Theatre (2006), and numerous journal articles. He has served as a judge for Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes Theatre Awards, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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        • Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford’s Theatre
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Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford’s Theatre (continue)

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Pope John XXIII: Overlooked in This Week’s Canonizations?

  • Description: Published in the 50th anniversary year of the historic Vatican Council II, The Good Pope by Greg Tobin is the first major biography of Pope John XXIII, a universally beloved religious leader who ushered in an era of hope and openness in the Catholic Church—and whose reforms, had they been accepted, would have enabled the church to avoid many of the major crises it faces today. Tobin offers a timely and important investigation into the history of the Catholic Church, and a celebration of one of its true heroes.
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    • Greg Tobin
      Greg Tobin is publishing director of A.A. World Services. He is the author of multiple titles including Saints and Sinners and Holy Father (a biography of Pope Benedict XVI) and was featured widely in national and international media. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife and sons.
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      • Book(s):
        • The Good Pope: The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church--The Story of John XXIII and Vatican II
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Kresta in the Afternoon – April 23, 2014 – Hour 2

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Strength and Solidarity at the 118th Boston Marathon

  • Description: Laurie Kearney, 47, of San Diego had already planned to run in the Boston Marathon for the 19th time before the terrorist bombs exploded a year ago — abruptly ending the iconic event with bloodshed, death and terror. However, she said the attack motivated some of her San Diego friends to qualify for this year’s marathon “as a show of strength and support that the bad guys weren’t going to take away this race.” At Mass in a nearby chapel after her run, Kearney thanked God that she and her husband had a safe race, there were no “major catastrophes” and that Meb Keflezighi, a Californian by way of Eritrea, won. We talk to Justin Bell of the National Catholic Register who reported on the bombing then and now
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Kresta Comments: The Encyclicals of Pope St. John Paul the Great

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    • KRESTA COMMENTS
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Kresta Comments: The Encyclicals of Pope St. John Paul the Great (continued)

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

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Kresta Comments: The Earth Day Divide

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Alabama Supreme Court Opinion Rules that “Child” Includes “Unborn Child”

  • Description: Friday, in an 8-1 decision authored by Justice Tom Parker, the Alabama Supreme Court held that the word “child” in Alabama’s chemical-endangerment statute applies to the born and unborn. This decision follows a similar one handed down last year by the Alabama Supreme Court in Ankrom v. State, where Alabama’s highest court also ruled that the word “child” includes the “unborn child.” We talk to attorney Clarke Forsythe from Americans United for life about the impact of this ruling.
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    • Clarke Forsythe
      Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life. His twenty-seven years of service to AUL includes founding and directing the AUL Project in Law & Bioethics, serving for six years as Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing the nationwide litigation and legislation strategy, and serving as President for ten years. Author of many books, most recently the landmark book Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade
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Kresta Comments: Nicole Winfield, Pope St. John Paul the Great and Fr. Marcel Maciel / Nevada Republicans Drop Pro-Life, Traditional Marriage Stands From Party Platform / Pelosi Calls Pro-Lifers ‘Dumb’ While Accepting Margaret Sanger Award at Planned Parenthood Gala

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 22, 2014 – Hour 2

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Kresta Comments: The Earth Day Divide

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    • KRESTA COMMENTS
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Earth Day 2014: The Papal Edition

  • Description: Pope Francis offered a homily at his inaugural Mass which centered on the need for the Church and its members to take up the vocation of "protector," inspired by the example of St. Joseph, for all of humanity and for creation. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God's creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. The new Pontiff sees no conflict between protecting creation and the protection of each person. This Monday was Earth Day and today we talk to G. Tracy Mehan about Earth Day – The Papal Edition.
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    • G. Tracy Mehan
      Principal with The Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. Served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the administrations of both Presidents Bush. Was Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes. Adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law
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Kresta Comments: Alabama Supreme Court Opinion Rules that “Child” Includes “Unborn Child” / St. John Paul the Great and Fr. Maciel

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

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The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

  • Description: Billions profess to believe in the historical existence, death, and supernatural resurrection of Jesus. This man from Nazareth, a working-class Jew, made an exclusive claim to personal deity. The size of his popular religion and this one audacious claim refuse to be ignored, yet neither one amounts to evidence. Gary Habermas has dedicated his professional life to the examination of the relevant historical, philosophical, and theological issues surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus. His extensive list of publications and debates provides a thorough account of the current state of the issue. Christian believers as well as unbelievers may find within the contents of this site a strong argument for the philosophical possibility of miracles and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, as well as the theological and practical implications of this event.
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    • Gary Habermas
      Gary R. Habermas (Ph.D., Michigan State University) has taught college, graduate school, and seminary for over twenty-five years. He is currently distinguished professor and chair of the department of philosophy and theology at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. He has also authored, co-authored, or edited twenty-five books and over 100 articles in journals and magazines across the nation.
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The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (continued)

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The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (continued)

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

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If Christ Has Not Been Raised....

  • Description: What actually and historically happened to the body of Jesus can best be judged from watching how later Christian accounts slowly but steadily increased the reverential dignity of their burial accounts. But what was there at the beginning that necessitated such an intensive volume of apologetic insistence? If the Romans did not observe the Deuteronomic decree, Jesus' body would have been left on the cross for the wild beasts. And his followers, who had fled, would know that. If the Romans did observe the decree, the soldiers would have made certain Jesus was dead and then buried him themselves as part of their job. In either case, his body left on the cross or in a shallow grave barely covered with dirt and stones, the dogs were waiting. And his followers, who had fled, would know that too. Watch, then, how the horror of that brutal truth is sublimated through hope and imagination into its opposite.
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    • Mark Shea
      Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.
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If Christ Has Not Been Raised.... (continued)

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If Christ Has Not Been Raised.... (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 18, 2014 – Hour 1: GOOD FRIDAY SPECIAL EDITION

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The Pain of the Passion and Death of Christ

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The Pain of the Passion and Death of Christ (continued)

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The Pain of the Passion and Death of Christ (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 18, 2014 – Hour 2: GOOD FRIDAY SPECIAL EDITION

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The Pain of the Passion and Death of Christ

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The Pain of the Passion and Death of Christ (continued)

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The Pain of the Passion and Death of Christ (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 16, 2014 – Hour 1

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Ukraine Crisis: Militants, army face off in east amid soaring tensions

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Go Forth with Hearts on Fire

  • Description: Love Courageously. Evangelization is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world. It is the fundamental mission of the Church. It begins with each of us realizing we have been courageously loved by God; we are called to return this gift of love and share the Good News with the world. Finding ways to love God and our neighbor in a radical and sacrificial way requires great courage, especially in today’s culture. But to love courageously is the most effective way we have to share the Gospel and ultimately leads us to our deepest happiness. This explains the Pastoral Letter recently published by Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington, VA. We talk to him about the New Evangelization.
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The 7 Last Words of Jesus

  • Description: The Seven “Last Words” of Jesus from the cross are actually 7 short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary that serve as an excellent holy week meditation. To find all of the seven last words of Jesus Christ, one must read all the gospels since none of the evangelists records all 7 last words. The sayings would have been originally uttered by Jesus in the Aramaic language, but only one of the last seven words of Jesus is preserved for us in the original Aramaic, namely "Eli, Eli, lama sabacthani" or "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me," which is a direct quote of the opening verse of Psalm 22. The rest of the seven last words of Jesus are found in the gospels after having been translated into Greek by the four Evangelists. With the Triduum upon us we talk to Msgr. James Shea about the Last Words.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – April 16, 2014 – Hour 2

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“Heaven is For Real”

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A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching

  • Description: Many managers who believe themselves to be religious are all too willing to "check their religion at the door" of their workplaces. They may simply be ignorant of the implications of their faith for their business practices. Catholic teaching on business and economics has been described (with intentional irony) as the Church's "best kept secret." The Catholic Church has over the years developed extensive and detailed guidance for many areas of business. But this guidance is often buried within lengthy teaching documents that may not be easily accessible to the busy executive. Answers to specific moral questions may be tough to find. We talk to Andrew Abela who has assembled the relevant quotations from recent Catholic social teaching as responses to these questions.
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    • Dr Andrew Abela
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      • Book(s):
        • A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching
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A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching (continued)


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