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Kresta in the Afternoon

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 15, 2014 – Hour 1

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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. It’s now a major film in theaters everywhere April 16. 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)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 15, 2014 – Hour 2

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Exploring the Creed with Bach

  • Description: As we continue to progress through Lent, Al and Tom Loewe, co-host of “Notes From Above” which explores the intersection of faith and music, look at the Creed, using the music of the Bach Mass in B minor as a guide.
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Exploring the Creed with Bach (continued)

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Exploring the Creed with Bach (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 14, 2014 – Hour 1

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Kresta Comments: Kathleen Sebelius Resigns / Request an NFL Cheerleader to Visit Your Seat / CNN and Perpetual Fear and Disaster Coverage

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The Magisterium Rules: The Debate Over Geocentrism is Over

  • Description: It’s over. It has been over for a very long time. But, like a gathering of diehards who think Appomattox was just a temporary set-back for the South, this crop of geocentrists operate in a kind of time warp. In 1820, the Catholic Church officially closed the debate: Catholics are perfectly free to accept and teach modern cosmological views concerning the motion of the earth while rejecting geocentrism. In 1822, the Church went even further and declared penalties for not allowing the publication of books that present the motion of the earth as a logical conclusion of science. We talk to David Palm who had been following and writing on this topic for years.
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The Magisterium Rules: The Debate Over Geocentrism is Over (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 14, 2014 – Hour 2

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Kresta Comments: Kathleen Sebelius Resigns / Request an NFL Cheerleader to Visit Your Seat / CNN and Perpetual Fear and Disaster Coverage

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Biblical Evidence for Catholicism

  • Description: David Armstrong has been defending the faith for decades, mostly from a purely Biblical approach. Far from straying from the Bible, Catholicism is eminently and thoroughly biblical. Indeed, Catholicism is the only Christian religion that is in full conformity with what the Bible clearly teaches. A former Protestant campus missionary, David is here to tell his conversion story and discusses those issues about which Catholics and Protestants disagree the most: the role of the Bible as a rule of faith, whether we are justified by faith alone, whether doctrine develops, what the Eucharist really is, veneration of Mary and prayer to the saints, the existence of purgatory, the role of penance in salvation, and the nature and infallibility of the papacy.
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Biblical Evidence for Catholicism (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 11, 2014 – Hour 1

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The Matthew Sheperd Case - Not the Story You Think You Know

  • Description: What role did crystal meth and other previously underreported factors play in the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard? The Book of Matt is a page-turning cautionary tale that humanizes and de-mythologizes Matthew while following the evidence where it leads, without regard to the politics that have long attended this American tragedy. Late on the night of October 6, 1998, twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming with two alleged “strangers,” Aaron McKin­ney and Russell Henderson. Eighteen hours later, Matthew was found tied to a log fence on the outskirts of town, unconscious and barely alive. He had been pistol-whipped so severely that the mountain biker who discovered his battered frame mistook him for a Halloween scarecrow. Overnight, a politically expedient myth took the place of important facts. By the time Matthew died a few days later, his name was synonymous with anti-gay hate. Stephen Jimenez went to Laramie to research the story of Matthew Shepard’s murder in 2000, after the two men convicted of killing him had gone to prison, and after the national media had moved on. His aim was to write a screenplay on what he, and the rest of the nation, believed to be an open-and-shut case of bigoted violence. As a gay man, he felt an added moral imperative to tell Matthew’s story. But what Jimenez eventually found in Wyoming was a tangled web of secrets. His exhaustive investigation also plunged him deep into the deadly underworld of drug trafficking. Over the course of a thirteen-year investigation, Jimenez traveled to twenty states and Washington DC, and interviewed more than a hundred named sources. The Book of Matt is sure to stir passions and inspire dialogue as it re-frames this misconstrued crime and its cast of characters, proving irrefutably that Matthew Shepard was not killed for being gay but for reasons far more complicated — and daunting.
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Presidents’ Day Week: The Founders at Home: The Building of America

  • Description: Through the Founders’ own voices—and in the homes they designed and built to embody the ideal of domestic happiness they fought to achieve—we come to understand why the American Revolution, of all great revolutions, was the only enduring success. The Founders were vivid, energetic, and mostly Christian men, with sophisticated worldviews. We look at them, drawing liberally from their own eloquent writings on their actions and well-considered intentions. Myron Magnet knows these men’s lives intimately and joins us to discuss them.
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    • Myron Magnet
      Editor of City Journal from 1994 through 2006 and is now the magazine’s editor-at-large. , A former member of the board of editors of Fortune magazine, Magnet has written about a wide variety of topics, from American society and social policy, economics, and corporate management to intellectual history, literature, architecture, and the American Founding. Author of many books including The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties’ Legacy to the Underclass; Dickens and the Social Order; The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today’s; The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817
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Presidents’ Day Week: The Founders at Home: The Building of America (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 11, 2014 – Hour 2

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Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love

  • Description: Author, speaker, and retreat leader Elizabeth Ficocelli is here to introduces us to three remarkable women saints who became not only her role models, but also her life-changing friends. Therese, Faustina, and Bernadette taught Ficocelli about faith, hope, and love, and showed her what true Catholic womanhood looks like. Some of the best saint stories are not about wonder-workers, but rather the everyday saints--friends who understand the challenges of marriage and motherhood and the banalities of day-to-day life. Elizabeth discovered three such friends in Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of the Divine Mercy, and Bernadette of Lourdes. She joins us.
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    • Elizabeth Ficocelli
      Elizabeth Ficocelli is a bestselling, award-winning author of fifteen books for adults and young people and a contributor to national Catholic magazines. She is a frequent guest on EWTN television programs and Catholic radio, and a popular speaker at conferences, parishes, schools, and retreats. Ficocelli lives in Columbus, Ohio.
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Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love (continued)

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Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 10, 2014 – Hour 1

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Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church

  • Description: In the wake of the clergy abuse scandal of the last decade, many media commentators predicted the “end” of the Catholic priesthood. Demands for an end to celibacy, coupled with calls for women’s ordination, dominated discussions on the effectiveness of the Catholic Church in America. Anne Hendershott argues that rather than a decline of the priesthood and a diminishing influence of the Catholic Church, we are living in a time of transformation and revitalization. The aging generation of progressives that continues to lobby Church leaders to change Catholic teachings on reproductive rights, same-sex marriage and women's ordination is being replaced by younger men and women who are attracted to the Church because of the very timelessness of its teachings. Anne joins us to make the case.
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    • Anne Hendershott
      Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville
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        • Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church
          Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church (continued)

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Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 10, 2014 – Hour 2

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Is There A “Catholic” Way to Overcome Depression?

  • Description: Countless Christians -- including scores of saints -- have suffered profound, pervasive sorrow that modern psychiatrists call "depression." Then, as now, great faith and even fervent spiritual practices have generally failed to ease this wearying desolation of soul. Catholic psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Kheriaty is here to review the effective ways that have recently been devised to deal with this grave and sometimes deadly affliction -- ways that are not only consistent with the teachings of the Church, but even rooted in many of those teachings. We’ll come to know how to identify the various types of depression and come to understand the interplay of their often manifold causes, biological, psychological, behavioral, cultural, and, yes, moral.
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    • Dr. Aaron Kheriaty
      Director of Residency Training and Medical Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. , He co-directs the Program in Medical Ethics in the School of Medicine, and serves as chairman of the clinical ethics committee at UCI Medical Center
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        • A Catholic Guide to Depression: How the saints, the sacraments, and psychiatry can help you break depression's grip and find happiness again
          Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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Is There A “Catholic” Way to Overcome Depression? (continued)

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Is There A “Catholic” Way to Overcome Depression? (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 9, 2014 – Hour 1

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The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning

  • Description: So, you've decided to use Natural Family Planning. Has it blessed your marriage? Deepened your respect for your body? Has it made your sex life fantastic? Do you and your spouse hold hands at sunset, and do pink flowers grow around your marital bed? If so, this book is not for you. But if you've tried Natural Family Planning and have discovered that your life is now awful-or if you feel judged or judgey, or if you trust NFP but your doctor doesn't, or if you're just trying to figure out how the heck to have a sex life that is holy but still human-you'll find comfort, encouragement, honesty, wit, and, most important, practical advice in The Sinner's Guide to NFP. Popular Catholic writer Simcha Fisher shows what it's really like to practice NFP, and how to achieve those fabled "marriage building" benefits. The Sinner's Guide to NFP helps you with: •NFP and Your Spiritual Life •NFP and the Rest of the World •NFP in the Trenches The next time you ask yourself, "If NFP is wonderful, why am I so miserable?" - don't panic. The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning is here to help.
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    • Simcha Fisher
      Catholic blogger, speaker, and freelance writer. She blogs for the National Catholic Register and Patheos at "I Have to Sit Down". She lives with her husband and children in Southern New Hampshire
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The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning (continued)

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The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 9, 2013 – Hour 2

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Education in Virtue

  • Description: The Disciple of Christ- Education in Virtue is a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. This curriculum emphasizes Christian discipleship as indispensable toward human flourishing and the quest for joy. It has been developed in response to the call for a New Evangelization, firmly conveying the reality that happiness is found in a life of holiness. The genesis of the project, Sr. John Dominic of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, is here to discuss it
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    • Sr John Dominic
      Principal at Spiritus Sanctus Academy, Co-Founder of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
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Education in Virtue (continued)

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Education in Virtue (continued)


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