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Kresta in the Afternoon

“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 12, 2014—Hour 1

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Kresta Comments: The growing threat of ISIS

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Robin Williams RIP

  • Description: In the flood of commentary and sorrow surrounding the death of Robin Williams, apparently by suicide, so many are struggling over what to say about a man who seemed never to be at a loss for words. Steven Greydanus says recalls that as a lifelong Episcopalian, Williams once cracked that, compared to Catholicism, Episcopalianism was the “same religion, half the guilt.” Steven joins us to remember Williams.
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What you need to know about the Feast of the Assumption

  • Description: August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary and in the United States, it is a holy day of obligation. What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives? Jimmy Akin is here to talk about 12 things to know and share
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 12, 2014—Hour 2

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The Chaldean Assessment of Iraq

  • Description: After meeting with many lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, a spokesman for the Chaldean Church in America, Auday Arabo, said "I cannot stress enough, how important unification and solidarity are when a revolutionary crisis is in the midst.” The Chaldeans in Iraq are virtually non-existant at this point and Arabo joins us to assess the situation and what can be done.
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Robin Williams: How Should Catholics Respond to Celebrity Deaths?

  • Description: Many times after a celebrity death of someone who didn’t lead the most exemplary life, Christians struggle with what to say and how many positive things should we say about them. Patrick Coffin is here to discuss it.
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Kresta Comments: Branding: When advertising images meet reality

“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 11, 2014—Hour 1

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The growing threat of ISIS

  • Description: The self-proclaimed Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS, continues to spread across Iraq. More reports are surfacing every day of the atrocities this terrorist group is committing against Christians, Yezidis and other minorities in the region. The group recently promised to “raise the flag of Allah over the White House.” The US has conducted limited air strikes against ISIS forces and has begun equipping Kurdish forces but has no intention of sending troops back to Iraq. Robert Spencer, creator of Jihadwatch.com, is with us to talk about the latest developments in the Iraq crisis.
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The growing threat of ISIS (continued)

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Kresta Comments: Tony Stewart: When a person becomes a brand

  • Description: NASCAR star Tony Stewart is the center of controversy after a tragic crash this weekend in a short-track race. Stewart bumped 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr.’s car, causing Ward to spin out. Ward climbed out of the car and stood in the middle of the track, staring down Stewart as he came back around the circle. Stewart struck Ward with his car; by the time Ward arrived at the hospital, he was dead. At first glance it seems like this was nothing more than a tragic accident, and that Stewart had no time to avoid Ward. But some people are casting at least partial blame on Stewart, citing his hothead, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred personality that he exhibits both on and off the racetrack. Al discusses the incident and what happens when someone’s personality becomes a brand that is bigger than themselves.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 11, 2014—Hour 2

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Crisis in Iraq: ISIS and the caliphate

  • Description: ISIS continues to grow. It gains new followers every day, controls large areas of Iraq including a key dam and has access to massive amounts of funding and other resources. Daniel Kochis of the Heritage Institute is with us to discuss ongoing threat that ISIS poses to the world.
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      Daniel is a Research Assistant for the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom and The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation
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Kresta Comments: The Problem of Image and Reality

  • Description: Our culture creates a false reality with impossible and often contradictory standards. We want to enjoy success without putting forth any effort. We want to remain fit and healthy without exercising. Women want to look young and skinny, like the supermodels in magazines. Men are told that they deserve to get at least one women with supermodel looks. Al discusses how our society distorts the true realities of life as we prepare for this Thursday’s Image and Reality conference.

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Celebrating the feast of St. Clare of Assisi

  • Description: Renowned actor Leonardo Defilippis, star of “Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz” and other live-action dramas, joins us on the feast of St. Clare of Assisi to discuss this remarkable saint.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 8, 2014—Hour 1

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Celebrating the Feast of St. Dominic

  • Description: Mother Assumpta Long, founder of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist joins us today on the feast of St. Dominic.
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    • Mother Assumpta Long
      Mother Assumpta is the founder and Mother Superior of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
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ISIS and the persecution of Christians

  • Description: Every day we are hearing new reports of the atrocities committed by the terrorist group known as ISIS. They have expelled Christians from cities throughout northern Iraq and are killing those who refuse to convert to Islam. Reports have recently surfaced that they are beheading children. Vanessa Denha Garmo joins us to talk about the horrific persecution being suffered by Christians and other groups at the hands of ISIS.
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Update on the new HHS opt-out

  • Description: Erin Mersino of the Thomas More Law Center is with us to discuss the latest news regarding new opt-out options in the HHS contraception mandate.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 8, 2014—Hour 2

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Celebrating Mary in the month of August

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Violence in the Middle East: What does it mean?

  • Description: Violence in the Middle East has been increasing for several weeks. ISIS is committing unimaginable acts of persecution against Christians and other groups. Israel recently pulled most of its troops out of Gaza after a month long invasion and the two have been exchanging missile fire for weeks. Several ceasefires between Israel and Hamas have done little to establish peace. What does all this violence mean for Christians? How does it impact us and our Jewish brethren? Steve Ray, renowned guide and historian of the Middle East, joins the show to discuss.
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Violence in the Middle East: What does it mean? (continued)

“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 7, 2014—Hour 1

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Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood

  • Description: In “Momnipotent”, Danielle Bean provides much-needed encouragement to all women. “Momnipotent” validates the dignity and importance of motherhood by helping mothers to recognize eight uniquely feminine strengths, and how to use those strengths to find peace, purpose, balance, and joy in being the woman God created and called them to be. Danielle joins the show today.
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      Danielle Bean, a mother of eight, is publisher and editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest. She also hosts a Catholic women’s talk show, The Gist, in production of its third season, on CatholicTV. Danielle is author of My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom (Pauline 2005), Mom to Mom, Day to Day: Advice and Support for Catholic Living (Pauline 2007), (with Elizabeth Foss) Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Your Daily Call to Think, Pray. and Act, and most recently Momnipotent, a book and a parish study that help women find peace, balance, and joy in their roles as mothers.
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Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood (continued)

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Michigan Twins Ordained to Priesthood

  • Description: Twin brothers Gary and Todd Koenigsknecht have spent their entire lives together. They both worked on their family farm and graduated at the top of their high school class. In June they were both ordained to the priesthood and are now among the 22 priests who hail from Fowler, Michigan, a town of less than 1500 residents. Nationwide, new vocations to the priesthood are becoming rarer. There are not enough young, new priests to replace the older generation of priests as they retire. Craig Pohl, Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Lansing, joins us to discuss the twins’ story and the need for new priestly vocations.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 7, 2014—Hour 2

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Michigan Abortion Facility to become Property of Catholic Church

  • Description: The last freestanding abortion clinic in Lansing, Michigan will close this fall, and the building will be leased out by a Catholic church. The top floor of the building will be used by Church of the Resurrection and the rest of the building will belong to a pro-life group. Fr. Steve Mattson, pastor of Church of the Resurrection, joins us.
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Michigan Abortion Facility to become Property of Catholic Church (continued)

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Previewing the Image and Reality Conference

  • Description: In our media-saturated world we are constantly bombarded with images. These images give us a false perception of reality—we expect to be successful without working, women think they should look like supermodels and men think they deserve the same. Our girls want to be like Miley Cyrus and our men want to remain boys. How can we find the real God in an unreal world? Teresa Tomeo joins us to discuss the issue and preview the August 14 Image and Reality conference, where we will explore the problem even further.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – August 7, 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 – August 7, 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.

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