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Kresta in the Afternoon

“Kresta in the Afternoon” – February 3, 2015 – Hour 1

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Direct to My Desk

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Direct to My Desk

  • Description: We’re opening up the phone lines for the full show today. We have a wide variety of topics we’d like to hear your thoughts on. We have a list of five lies the culture tells us every day. We want to know if you think they’re accurate and if there are other lies for the list. We also want to hear what happens when pro-life Democrats “grow up” and how far someone will go to make Obama look bad. Our final question concerns why Obama isn’t calling Islamic terrorism by its real name, even when Egypt’s president is. We want to hear your thoughts on all these topics as well as any other questions you may have. Call us at 877-573-7825. We’re looking forward to speaking with you!

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Direct to My Desk

  • Description: We’re opening up the phone lines for the full show today. We have a wide variety of topics we’d like to hear your thoughts on. We have a list of five lies the culture tells us every day. We want to know if you think they’re accurate and if there are other lies for the list. We also want to hear what happens when pro-life Democrats “grow up” and how far someone will go to make Obama look bad. Our final question concerns why Obama isn’t calling Islamic terrorism by its real name, even when Egypt’s president is. We want to hear your thoughts on all these topics as well as any other questions you may have. Call us at 877-573-7825. We’re looking forward to speaking with you!

“Kresta in the Afternoon” – February 3, 2015 – Hour 2

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Direct to My Desk

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Direct to My Desk

  • Description: We’re opening up the phone lines for the full show today. We have a wide variety of topics we’d like to hear your thoughts on. We have a list of five lies the culture tells us every day. We want to know if you think they’re accurate and if there are other lies for the list. We also want to hear what happens when pro-life Democrats “grow up” and how far someone will go to make Obama look bad. Our final question concerns why Obama isn’t calling Islamic terrorism by its real name, even when Egypt’s president is. We want to hear your thoughts on all these topics as well as any other questions you may have. Call us at 877-573-7825. We’re looking forward to speaking with you!

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Direct to My Desk

  • Description: We’re opening up the phone lines for the full show today. We have a wide variety of topics we’d like to hear your thoughts on. We have a list of five lies the culture tells us every day. We want to know if you think they’re accurate and if there are other lies for the list. We also want to hear what happens when pro-life Democrats “grow up” and how far someone will go to make Obama look bad. Our final question concerns why Obama isn’t calling Islamic terrorism by its real name, even when Egypt’s president is. We want to hear your thoughts on all these topics as well as any other questions you may have. Call us at 877-573-7825. We’re looking forward to speaking with you!

“Kresta in the Afternoon” – February 2, 2015 – Hour 1

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Kresta Comments: Super Bowl Review

  • Description: Sports fans across the nation are going to be talking about last night’s game for weeks, especially the controversial play call that led to one of the most dramatic endings in years. We’re here to discuss other aspects of the game. Malcolm Butler, the rookie cornerback whose incredible interception in the end zone won the game for his team, had some amazing comments after the game. He told NBC’s Michelle Tafoya that he “had a vision” he was going to make a big play and credited his faith for his success. Al has some thoughts on Butler’s comments. Also in this segment, we talk about some of the more memorable Super Bowl ads and the messages they did-or didn’t-get across.
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A Terrorist by Any Other Name

  • Description: The White House has now issued multiple statements claiming that the Taliban is an “armed insurgency,” not a terrorist group. It classifies al-Qaeda and ISIS as terrorist groups but claims the Taliban falls under a different category while acknowledging the Taliban’s terrorist activities. Why would a group responsible for countless terror attacks be classified as anything but a terrorist group? On a related note, Al-Jazeera, a leading Arabic news network, has banned the words ‘terrorist,’ ‘Islamist’ and “Jihad’ from its airwaves. Al discusses why the world is so obstinate in its refusal to acknowledge terrorism for what it really is.
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Why Thomas Aquinas Still Matters

“Kresta in the Afternoon” – February 2, 2015 – Hour 2

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Kresta Comments: Super Bowl Review

  • Description: Al has more thoughts on Malcolm Butler’s interview and the most talked-about ads from last night’s game.
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50 Shades of Wrong

  • Description: 50 Shades of Grey premiers in less than two weeks. The film aired a new trailer during the Super Bowl touting its popularity and asking if viewers were “curious.” We cannot stress enough how this story glorifies violence and abuse against women and is harmful to society. Dr. Miriam Grossman joins us with a medical professional’s viewpoint on what makes the story so dangerous.
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Kresta Comments: 50 Shades of Wrong & Classifying the Taliban

“Kresta in the Afternoon” – January 30, 2015 – Hour 1

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Kresta Comments: Fifty Shades of Grey is now the Fastest-Selling R-Rated Movie in Fandago History

  • Description: “Fifty Shades” isn’t due out until Valentine’s Day, but it has already sold thousands of tickets online. Why is this story so popular? Our culture abhors rape, beatings and sexual assault, so why are so many people infatuated with a story that revolves around these themes?
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In Defense of Christians

  • Description: In Defense of Christians is an organization that works to promote awareness and advocacy of religious freedom and persecution around the world. IDC does not exclusively focus on Christians; it seeks to protect the human rights of people of all faiths, and even those who profess no faith at all. The rights are universal and applicable to all human persons. We speak with Joe Cella, a senior advisor for the IDC, about his organization.
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What Did The Saints Say About Islam?

  • Description: In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis said, “Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalizations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” The ongoing atrocities committed by ISIS, Boko Haram and other groups make this statement increasingly difficult to accept. What did the saints have to say about Islam and its teachings? Andrew Bieszad, an expert on Islamic relations, joins us with some examples.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon” – January 30, 2015 – Hour 2

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Saint Odd: The End is His Beginning

  • Description: In Dean Koontz’s latest novel, Odd Thomas is back where it all started . . . because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them—as he’s borne witness to the greatest good and darkest evil humanity is capable of. Again and again, he has gone where he must and done what he had to do—for better or worse—with his courage and devotion sorely tested, and his soul forever changed. Every triumph has been hard won. Each sacrifice has taken its toll. Dean joins us to discuss his new book.
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      Dean Koontz has books published in 38 languages and sold more than 450 million copies. Drean boasts 14 books on New York Times hardcover bestseller list, including “One Door away from Heaven” and “What the Night Knows.” He is hailed by Rolling Stone as “America’s most popular suspense novelist” .

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College Ratings Plans and Free Tuition: Will This Punish Religious Colleges?

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At My Funeral, Please Do Not Say...

  • Description: We’ve all thought about how we will be remembered after death. What will our tombstone say? What will people say in our eulogy? How will we be remembered in the years after our death? Fr. Pat Egan, chaplain of Ave Maria Radio, is here with a different question. What’s the one thing we don’t want said at our funeral? Fr. Pat’s answer may surprise you.
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      Fr. Pat Egan is the Chaplain of Ave Maria Radio and the Founder of Ann Arbor Catholic Men’s Movement. Fr. Pat is also the host of Fully Alive.

“Kresta in the Afternoon” – January 29, 2015 – Hour 1

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Catholic Schools Produce Better Citizens

  • Description: We celebrate Catholic Schools Week by talking to Nicole Garnett. Nicole is the author of “Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America.” She details how Catholic schools promote the development of social capital—the social networks and mutual trust that form the foundation of safe and cohesive communities. She also demonstrates how the loss of Catholic schools triggers disorder, crime, and an overall decline in community cohesiveness.
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      Nicole Garnett is the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame. She has written extensively on urban development and education policy. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Senior Policy Coordinator for the Alliance of Catholic Education at Notre Dame and is the author of “Lost Classrooms, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America” and “Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing and the Restoration of Urban America”

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Kresta Comments: Is Julianne Moore her Own Creation? & Do Catholics Value Life More than God?

  • Description: Acclaimed actress Julianne Moore recently said that she doesn’t believe in God and that structure is imposed. “We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it. Otherwise, there's nothing but chaos." She also attributed her success to her ability to “be at the center of your own narrative and create your own life.” Would Moore feel this way if she weren’t a glamorous and successful actress? Al has some thoughts. Al also discusses the US Bishops’ recent statements on the death penalty as well as the significance of the death penalty’s inclusion in Mosaic law.
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Thomas Merton should have been a Franciscan

  • Description: Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton, also known as Fr. Louis. Merton’s autobiography, “The Seven Storey Mountain,” sent scores of readers flocking to monasteries and was included on National Review’s list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the 20th century. Merton was a Trappist monk, but within his teachings there is a distinct Franciscan influence. We speak with Dan Horan about why Merton should have been a Franciscan.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon” – January 29, 2015 – Hour 2

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The Church Rests on Peter

  • Description: In the Book of Matthew, Jesus tells Peter, “You are rock, and on this rock I will build my Church.” Dr. Tim Gray is here to explain how St. Peter is the cornerstone of Catholicism.
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Kresta Comments: Is Julianne Moore her Own Creation? & Do Catholics Value Life More than God?

  • Description: Acclaimed actress Julianne Moore recently said that she doesn’t believe in God and that structure is imposed. “We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it. Otherwise, there's nothing but chaos." She also attributed her success to her ability to “be at the center of your own narrative and create your own life.” Would Moore feel this way if she weren’t a glamorous and successful actress? Al has some thoughts. Al also discusses the US Bishops’ recent statements on the death penalty as well as the significance of the death penalty’s inclusion in Mosaic law.
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Kevin Costner: “ ’Black or White' is a Film Made for Our Time”

  • Description: “Black or White” is the story of a grandfather who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother seeks custody, the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. Both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness and understanding. Star Kevin Costner joins us with his experiences from a story where nothing is as simple as black or white.
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“Kresta in the Afternoon” – January 28, 2015 – Hour 1

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Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming your Life, Preparing for your Baby and Moving Forward with Faith in an Unplanned Pregnancy

  • Description: When Chaunie Marie Brusie stared down at the pregnancy test her senior year of college and saw two tiny blue lines--a positive test--she knew the road forward would be filled with difficult decisions, but she rose to the challenge. Brusie graduated from college, got married, and became a labor and delivery nurse and vocal advocate for the millions of young women who experience unplanned pregnancies each year. In her debut book, Tiny Blue Lines, Brusie offers coaching to young women, reminding them that their plight is near to the heart of Mary and that there is healing to be found in such Catholic practices as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Brusie provides lists, resources, humor, anecdotes, and spiritual inspiration to help women gracefully navigate this challenging terrain. Chaunie joins us today.
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      Chaunie Marie Brusie is the author of Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming Your Life, Preparing for Your Baby, and Moving Forward with Faith in an Unplanned Pregnancy. She is a freelance writer specializing in health and parenting and covers weekly topics on pregnancy and babies with “Everyday Family” and “Disney Baby”. She is a national speaker on empowering young mothers. Follow her on twitter at @TinyBlueLines

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Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming your Life, Preparing for your Baby and Moving Forward with Faith in an Unplanned Pregnancy (con't)

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Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming your Life, Preparing for your Baby and Moving Forward with Faith in an Unplanned Pregnancy (con't)

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“Kresta in the Afternoon” – January 28, 2015 – Hour 2

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Zealous: Following Jesus with Guidance from St. Paul

  • Description: On Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. In honor of this feast we talk to Mark Hart, coauthor of Zealous: Following Jesus with Guidance from St. Paul. Mark gives us a contemporary look at the basics of spiritual life through the lens of St. Paul’s epistles. Mark takes us on a deeper dive into Scripture to find answers to our faith’s timeless questions and internalize what God’s truth means for us.
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Zealous: Following Jesus with Guidance from St. Paul (con't)

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My Personal Conversion Story

  • Description: Okan Kulan, a Turkish tour guide who works with Steve Ray, joins us in studio all the way from Istanbul. Okan has just entered full communion with the Catholic Church. He tells us his conversion story.
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      Okan Kulan is a tour guide from Istanbul who works with Steve ray. Okan is a recent convert to Catholicism.


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