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Kresta in the Afternoon

“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 4, 2014— Hour 1

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Kresta Comments: Shame on Those Who Divide the Body of Christ

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Wide-Ranging Conversation with George Weigel

  • Description: George Weigel is a distinguished senior fellow at Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center. He joins us for a wide-ranging discussion covering the Ukraine crisis, ISIS and polygamy.
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    • George Weigel
      George Weigel is a distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals, and he holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. He is also the author of many books including Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy, and Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church.
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Wide-Ranging Conversation with George Weigel (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 4, 2014— Hour 2

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Ferguson and the Black Vote

  • Description: The most recent issue of TIME magazine reports that only 6% of Ferguson’s black population voted in 2013 municipal elections. Washington Examiner Political Analyst Michael Barone joins us to talk about the black vote in Ferguson and its relation to the recent tensions there.
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    • Michael Barone
      Michael is a senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner. He is co-author of The Almanac of American Politics and a contributor to Fox News.
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The Genius of Man / The Genius of Woman

  • Description: The word prophet often calls to mind someone who predicts the future. In its most proper and Biblical sense, however, a prophet is someone who serves as a messenger of God, who communicates God’s truth to His people. Deborah Savage is here to consider the genius of man and its proper compliment – the genius of woman. Deborah joins us.
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    • Dr. Deborah Savage
      Dr. Savage is a member of the faculty at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas. She is co-founder of the Siena Symposium, an interdisciplinary think tank at the University of St. Thomas, organized to respond to Pope John Paul II’s call for a new and explicitly Christian feminism. She is currently working on a book tentatively entitled Woman and Man for consideration by Catholic University of America Press.
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The Genius of Man / The Genius of Woman (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 3, 2014— Hour 1

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Latest in Ukraine

  • Description: The Ukraine crisis dominated headlines this spring, but has received much less attention ever since ISIS declared its caliphate. Tetiana Stawynchy, a Greek Catholic who has witnessed the protests in Kiev, joins us with an update.
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    • Tetiana Stawynchy
      Tetiana works in the curia of the Greek Catholic Church. During the recent conflict in Ukraine, she spent many days with the protesters in Kiev, at the capitol.

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ISIS: Public Legitimacy Through the Reenactment of Islam’s Early History

  • Description: ISIS continues to commit savage acts in Iraq and Syria. How have they become so successful in such a short time? In a recent article, Andrew Salzmann highlights several similarities between ISIS and the early rise of Islam. He joins us.
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Kresta Comments: Is Scientology the Savior for Flint, Michigan? Truman and the Bomb: Revisited.

  • Description: Flint, Michigan is notorious for violent crime and has topped the FBI’s list of America’s most dangerous mid-sized cities for the last four years. The Church of Scientology is making an effort to reverse the city’s trends by distributing copies of L. Ron Hubbard’s “The Way to Happiness,” which details 23 principles to a happy life. The Flint chief of police supports the effort. Al discusses whether Scientology is really the answer to Flint’s problems. Also in this segment, Al responds to a listener email about our earlier discussion with Fr. Miscamble regarding Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 3, 2014— Hour 2

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Kresta Comments: Thoughts on America as a Christian Nation

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Kresta Comments: Feast of St. Gregory the Great

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The Perils of Polygamy

  • Description: Advocates of traditional marriage have argued for years that the gay marriage argument is a slippery slope that leads to polygamy and other forms of “marriage.” If gender doesn’t determine the definition of marriage, then why should number? A federal court recently struck down a Utah law on this very premise. Christopher Kaczor, author of the article “The Perils of Polygamy,” is with us to talk about it.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 2, 2014— Hour 1

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Direct to My Desk: What are people saying about ISIS?

  • Description: Today ISIS released a video showing the beheading of a man believed to be American journalist Steven Sotloff. What are your friends, neighbors and coworkers saying about ISIS? What do they think the US should do? How should Catholics respond? Call in with your comments at 877-573-7825.

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Direct to My Desk: What are people saying about ISIS? (continued)

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Direct to My Desk: What are people saying about ISIS? (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 2, 2014— Hour 2

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Kresta Comments: After Tiller

  • Description: Al discusses the new PBS documentary "After Tiller," which examines the lives the the remaining late-term abortionists in the US.

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Kresta Comments: Are we a Christian Nation? Distortions

  • Description: Al asks whether we are still a Christian nation and examines misleading claims about the state of religion in America.

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National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

  • Description: Fr. Frank Pavone and Dr. Monica Miller join us as we prepare for the September 13 National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.
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    • Dr. Monica Miller
      Dr. Miller is the director and founder of Citizens for a Pro-life Society. She is also an Associate Professor of Sacred Theology at Madonna University. She is the author of several books including Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church, The Theology of the Passion of the Christ and Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon” — September 1, 2014 — Hour 1

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Race in America: A wide-ranging discussion

  • Description: Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri continue in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. The situation once again raises questions about the state of race relations in America. Pastor Levon Yuille, National Director of the National Black Pro-Life Congress, has been a community activist in Ypsilanti, Michigan for more than thirty years. Pastor Levon joins us with his take on the state of race in America.
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    • Dr. Levon Yuille
      Dr. Yuille is the pastor of the Bible Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan, National Director of the National Black Pro-Life Congress and the host of Joshua’s Trail radio program on WDTK in Detroit.
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Race in America: A wide-ranging discussion (continued)

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Race in America: A wide-ranging discussion (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – September 1, 2014 – Hour 2

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Kresta Comments - Race in America

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Kresta Comments - Race in America

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The LCWR Doubles Down on Dissent

  • Description: For the third year in a row, the question of how the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) would respond to a Vatican mandate to reform the organization spiked high interest in the group’s annual assembly Aug. 12-15.And for the third year in a row, the assembly ended not with a bang, but a whimper. Some fireworks did ignite as the main speakers spent most of their energy defending positions taken by the LCWR, even openly criticizing the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which had ordered the reform in April of 2012 after a three-year doctrinal assessment. Executive sessions that excluded non-members of LCWR also reportedly focused on the mandate. In the end, however, the LCWR National Board issued a two-paragraph statement similar to those of 2012 and 2013: LCWR would stay in the “conversation” with the CDF delegate, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, as long as LCWR’s “mission” and “integrity” were not compromised. We talk to Ann Carey, author of Sisters in Crisis.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 29, 2014— Hour 1

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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.
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    • 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”— August 29, 2014— Hour 2

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A Voice Undefeated

  • Description: When Collin Raye's powerful, golden voice dazzled the country music scene in 1991 with his Number One hit single "Love, Me", country music listeners fell in love with one of the great voices of our time. A new star was rising, and Collin's success continued throughout the nineties with over eight million records sold. Raye's autobiography, A Voice Undefeated, gives readers a down-to-earth account of the author's personal and professional life. From his childhood in Arkansas and Texas through his days with the Wray Brothers Band in Oregon and Reno to his rise to international stardom, this book is both a journey to the top of the music world and an intimate diary of a soul that has suffered great professional and personal losses. Many who love Collin Raye, the successful country music artist, don't know much about Collin Raye, the man, and the many trials he has endured with faith and courage. Most recently his beloved nine-year-old granddaughter, Haley, died in 2010 from an undiagnosed neurological disease. Since Haley's death, Collin has become an advocate for the sick and disabled and has established the Haley Bell Blessed Chair Foundation to provide wheelchairs to families with special needs children. This is a remarkable, inspirational story told by the man who lived it. It is a story of faith, of struggle, of suffering, of profound love, and ultimately of triumph in the midst of tragedy.
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    • Colin Raye
      Collin Raye is one of America's best-loved country singers. He produced twenty-four Top Ten singles, of which sixteen were Number One hits, and a total of five straight platinum and two gold albums, which is a record for the Epic label to this day. He is an advocate for sick and disabled persons and continues to perform live throughout the country.
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A Voice Undefeated (continued)

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A Voice Undefeated (continued)


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