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Kresta in the Afternoon

Kresta in the Afternoon – July 3, 2014 – Hour 1

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Decision Point: A Confirmation Program from the Dynamic Catholic Institute

  • Description: For too long we have watched young people walk away from the faith. The tragedy is, most of them have never had the genius of Catholicism presented to them in a compelling way. So they have walked away, completely unaware of what they were turning their backs on. Decision Point is an entirely new way of teaching the Faith to young Catholics. It was developed because the old ways of teaching aren’t working. Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute, joins us to discuss the Decision Point program and his methods for teaching Catholic youth.
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    • Matthew Kelly
      Matthew Kelly has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves®. Born in Sydney, Australia, he began speaking and writing in his late teens while he was attending business school. Since that time, more than four million people have attended his seminars and presentations in more than fifty countries. Matthew is also active as a Catholic speaker and author. Raised Catholic, he has been saddened by the lack of engagement among Catholics and founded The Dynamic Catholic Institute to research why Catholics engage or disengage and explore what it will take to establish vibrant Catholic communities in the 21st Century.
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Ireland’s Mass Grave Hoax

  • Description: Over the past month, the public has been treated to a series of news stories alleging that Irish nuns threw almost 800 babies into a septic tank outside a home for “fallen women” and children in the 20th century. As it turns out, the “mass grave” story is a hoax. Catholic League President Bill Donohue discusses the hoax in “Ireland’s ‘Mass Grave’ Hysteria.” We talk with Bill about his article and the media frenzy that surrounded this event.
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    • Bill Donohue
      William A. Donohue began his teaching career in the 1970s working at St. Lucy’s School in Spanish Harlem. In 1977, he took a position as a college professor teaching at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. In 1980, Bill was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. Bill is the author of five books and many articles. His first book, The Politics of the American Civil Liberties Union, was published in 1985. His second book, The New Freedom: Individualism and Collectivism in the Social Lives of Americans, was written while Bill was a Bradley Resident Scholar at The Heritage Foundation; it appeared in 1990. Bill’s third book, Twilight of Liberty: The Legacy of the ACLU, was published in 1994; a new afterword to this book was published in 2001. His fourth book, Secular Sabotage: How Liberals are Destroying Religion and Culture in America, was published in 2009. Bill’s latest book, published by Image, a Random House imprint, is Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century.
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Christians expelled from site of the Last Supper: What Christian Holy Sites in the Middle East Are Facing Challenges?

  • Description: A mob of ultra-Orthodox Jews occupied the Upper Room in Jerusalem earlier this month, preventing Christian pilgrims from celebrating Pentecost there. The building is on land that belongs to the State of Israel, which has banned all Christian churches from celebrating liturgies there. John Paul II and Pope Francis are the only people who have been allowed to celebrate on this site. We talk with Steve Ray about the rise in protests against Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land by Orthodox Jews.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – July 3, 2014 – Hour 2

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Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime

  • Description: Richard Cole initially saw his trip to a monastery in western Texas as a retreat—to check out for a few days, maybe a chance to catch up on his reading. Instead, Cole embarks on a zigzagging roller coaster of emotion and examination as he discerns, dissects, and discovers the incredible vibrancy of the Catholic community. Catholic by Choice provides a funny and joyous look at adult Catholic conversion from the point of view of a modern convert, telling a deeply personal yet relatable story of discovery, doubt, and finding a place at God’s table. He joins us to discuss it.
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    • Richard Cole
      Richard Cole is the author of Catholic by Choice: Why I embraced the faith, joined the church, and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime (Loyola Press). He has also written two collections of poetry: The Glass Children (University of Georgia Press) and Success Stories (Limestone Books). His poetry and prose have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Hudson Review and Image Journal - Good Letters.
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        • Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime
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Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime

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Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime

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

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Dean Koontz "The City"

  • Description: Dean Koontz’s newest novel, “The City,” is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Johan Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, “The City” encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes. Dean joins us.
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    • Dean Koontz
      American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Several of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, with 14 hardcovers[1] and 14 paperbacks reaching the number one position.[2] Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including "David Axton", "Leigh Nichols" and "Brian Coffey". He has sold over 450 million copies.
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The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero

  • Description: “The Real Custer” takes a good hard look at the life and storied military career of George Armstrong Custer—from cutting his teeth at Bull Run in the Civil War, to his famous and untimely death at Little Bighorn in the Indian Wars. Author James Robbins demonstrates that Custer, having graduated last in his class at West Point, went on to prove himself again and again as an extremely skilled cavalry leader. Robbins argues that Custer's undoing was his bold and cocky attitude, which caused the Army's bloodiest defeat in the Indian Wars. James joins us.
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    • James Robbins
      Commentary writer for USA Today. Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs on the American Foreign Policy Council. Former Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs at the Washington Times. Author of The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero
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The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero (continued)

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

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Dean Koontz “The City”

  • Description: Dean Koontz’s newest novel, “The City,” is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Johan Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, “The City” encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes. Dean joins us.
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    • Dean Koontz
      American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Several of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, with 14 hardcovers[1] and 14 paperbacks reaching the number one position.[2] Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including "David Axton", "Leigh Nichols" and "Brian Coffey". He has sold over 450 million copies .
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Deliver us from Evil

  • Description: “Deliver us from Evil,” due out today, is based on the story of New York police officer Ralph Sarchie, who begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. Sarchie joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing the city. Director Scott Derrickson joins us.
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Nick Thomm and Steven Greydanus Review "Deliver Us From Evil"

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    • Steven Greydanus
      Creator of the Decent Films Guide & film critic for National Catholic Register. Co-host of Reel Faith

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

  • Description: Kresta in the Afternoon is what Catholic radio has been missing: a daily conversation - personal, authentic and human. It looks at all of life through the lens of Scripture and the teaching tradition of the Catholic Church. The scope is not limited to spiritual subjects...our host Al Kresta talks abortion, war, peace, dissent, old age, New Age, heavy metal, light eating, politics, church affairs, current events, family and marriage, movies and media, theology and apologetics, sports, crime and business. It's talk radio where God matters.

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

  • Description: Kresta in the Afternoon is what Catholic radio has been missing: a daily conversation - personal, authentic and human. It looks at all of life through the lens of Scripture and the teaching tradition of the Catholic Church. The scope is not limited to spiritual subjects...our host Al Kresta talks abortion, war, peace, dissent, old age, New Age, heavy metal, light eating, politics, church affairs, current events, family and marriage, movies and media, theology and apologetics, sports, crime and business. It's talk radio where God matters.

Kresta in the Afternoon – June 30, 2014 – Hour 1: SPECIAL BROADCAST - THE HHS MANDATE RULINGS COME DOWN FROM SCOTUS

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Analyzing the HHS Mandate with Kelly Fiedorek, Clarke Forsythe, Erin Mersino, and Cathy Ruse

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Analyzing the HHS Mandate with Kelly Fiedorek, Clarke Forsythe, Erin Mersino, and Cathy Ruse

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Analyzing the HHS Mandate with Kelly Fiedorek, Clarke Forsythe, Erin Mersino, and Cathy Ruse

Kresta in the Afternoon – June 30, 2014 – Hour 2: SPECIAL BROADCAST - THE HHS MANDATE RULINGS COME DOWN FROM SCOTUS

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Analyzing the HHS Mandate with Daniel Blomburg, Michael Gorman, Robert Destro, Archbishop William Lori, Robert Seiple, and Rob Muise

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Analyzing the HHS Mandate with Daniel Blomburg, Michael Gorman, Robert Destro, Archbishop William Lori, Robert Seiple, and Rob Muise

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Analyzing the HHS Mandate with Daniel Blomburg, Michael Gorman, Robert Destro, Archbishop William Lori, Robert Seiple, and Rob Muise

Kresta in the Afternoon – June 27, 2014 – Hour 1

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Massachusetts buffer zone case: an activist perspective

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Are we in the midst of a ‘golden age’ of the papacy?

  • Description: The recent canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II and the announcement that Pope Paul VI will be beatified in October have caused different reactions. Some feel that we have entered a golden age of the papacy, and others fear it is a time of dangerous self-canonization. Most of the popes from the last century are either beatified or being considered for beatification; only three deceased popes since 1878 are not candidates for canonization. Matthew Bunson, a senior correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor, discussed the issue in a recent article. Matthew joins us.
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Iraq's top cleric calls for deal on PM by Tuesday

  • Description: Iraq's top Shiite cleric stepped up the pressure Friday on politicians to agree on Iraq's next prime minister, after incumbent Nouri al-Maliki lost the confidence of former allies in the fight against Sunni militants. The appeal by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani comes as al-Maliki is fighting to keep his job, with even key patron Iran exploring alternatives in the face of Iraq's worst crisis since U.S. troops withdrew at the end of 2011. The conflict has drawn the Americans back to Iraq with special forces being deployed to help Iraqi troops. The U.S. also has started flying armed drones over Baghdad to protect U.S. interests in the Iraqi capital, a Pentagon official said Friday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the new flights on the record. We talk with Dakota Wood who served as a Marine for two decades and is a Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs at The Heritage Foundation.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – June 27, 2014 – Hour 2

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Massachusetts buffer zone case: a legal perspective

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Vatican releases document for Synod on the family

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Vatican releases document for Synod on the family (continued)


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