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Kresta in the Afternoon

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 18, 2014 – Hour 1

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Kresta Comments

  • Description: Michael Eric Dyson and the Cosmos

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Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

  • Description: In Jesus the Bridegroom, Brant Pitre once again taps into the wells of Jewish Scripture and tradition, and unlocks the secrets of what is arguably the most well-known symbol of the Christian faith: the cross of Christ. In this thrilling exploration, Pitre shows how the suffering and death of Jesus was far more than a tragic Roman execution. Instead, the Passion of Christ was the fulfillment of ancient Jewish prophecies of a wedding, when the God of the universe would wed himself to humankind in an everlasting nuptial covenant. To be sure, most Christians are familiar with the apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the ‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a husband for his wife? If you would have been at the Crucifixion, with Jesus hanging there dying, is that how you would have described it? How could a first-century Jew like Paul, who knew how brutal Roman crucifixions were, have ever compared the execution of Jesus to a wedding? And why does he refer to this as the “great mystery” (Ephesians 5:32)? As Pitre shows, the key to unlocking this mystery can be found by going back to Jewish Scripture and tradition and seeing the entire history of salvation, from Mount Sinai to Mount Calvary, as a divine love story between Creator and creature, between God and Israel, between Christ and his bride—a story that comes to its climax on the wood of a Roman cross. In the pages of Jesus the Bridegroom, dozens of familiar passages in the Bible—the Exodus, the Song of Songs, the Wedding at Cana, the Woman at the Well, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and even the Second Coming at the End of Time—are suddenly transformed before our eyes. Indeed, when seen in the light of Jewish Scripture and tradition, the life of Christ is nothing less than the greatest love story ever told.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr Brant Pitre
      Professor of sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the author of the bestselling book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper (2011). Dr. Pitre is an extremely enthusiastic and highly sought-after speaker who lectures regularly across the United States. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on both CD and DVD, in which he explores the biblical roots of the Catholic faith. He has also appeared on a number of Catholic radio and television shows, such as Catholic Answers Live and EWTN. He currently lives in Louisiana with his wife, Elizabeth, and their five young children.
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Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 18, 2014 – Hour 2

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Kresta Comments

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s "Cosmos" – Filling in the Intellectual Gaps

  • Description: Several people have asked questions about the accuracy of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s portrayal of the Catholic Church in the recent series Cosmos (aired on FOX).There is an important adage at the foundation of logic – “there are far more errors of omission than commission.” Regrettably this portrayal of the Catholic Church (and religion) against science presents serious errors of omission – so much so as to be incredibly misleading. Fr. Robert Spitzer is here to fill in a few of the many intellectual gaps in this oversimplified account.
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    • Fr Robert Spitzer
      Fr. Robert Spitzer is a Catholic Priest in the Jesuit order, and is currently the President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith (www.magisreasonfaith.org) and the Spitzer Center for Catholic Organizations (www.spitzercenter.org). He is also the Chief Educational Officer for the Ethics and Performance Institute (www.learnepi.com). The Magis Center produces documentaries, books, high school curricula, college courses, adult-education curricula, and new media materials to show the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary astrophysics, philosophy, and historical study of the New Testament. The Spitzer Center produces facilitated curricula to strengthen culture, faith, and spirit in Catholic organizations for the new evangelization. EPI (Ethics and Performance Institute) produces web-based education to corporations on personal efficacy, organizational culture, leadership, and ethics.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s "Cosmos" – Filling in the Intellectual Gaps (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 17, 2014 – Hour 1

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A look at the 1st year of Pope Francis with guests Deal Hudson, Pia DiSoleni, and Sam Gregg.

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A look at the 1st year of Pope Francis with guests Deal Hudson, Pia DiSoleni, and Sam Gregg. (continued)

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A look at the 1st year of Pope Francis with guests Deal Hudson, Pia DiSoleni, and Sam Gregg. (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 17, 2014 – Hour 2

  • Description: A look at the biggest commercial aviation disaster at its time in America with author Valerie Van Hoost. At 22 minutes past the hour, Al discusses the St. Patrick's Day parade in NYC, the boycott from some of the world's beer companies that include Sam Adams and Guiness and some of your calls.

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 14, 2014 – Hour 1: GUEST HOST PETER HERBECK

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What Could Go Wrong? Millennials are underemployed, unhitched, and unchurched at record rates.

  • Description: The portrait painted of Millennial Americans by the Pew Research Center in its new report Millennials in Adulthood is not rosy. Sure, compared with earlier generations, Millennials (now aged 18 to 33) are exceptionally tolerant, optimistic about their economic future, and connected to friends, family, and colleagues on the “new platforms of the digital era” — from Facebook to Twitter. But this report makes clear that Millennial ties to the core human institutions that have sustained the American experiment — work, marriage, and civil society — are worryingly weak. We get into the numbers and the analysis with Brad Wilcox of Institute for Family Studies.
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What Could Go Wrong? Millennials are underemployed, unhitched, and unchurched at record rates. (continued)

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How Do We Reach Millennials?

  • Description: As we will hear from Brad Wilcox in the previous segment, the numbers for millennials in the Church are not good. The bright spot is that we have a great opportunity before us. We discuss how to reach millennials, what they want, and programs that they are gravitating to with Pete Burak of ID 9:16
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    • Peter Burak
      2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has a heart for preaching and reaching today's Catholic youth and young adults. His core message is: "Stand up and be a man or woman of God, in the heart of the Church!" He engages young people with stories from his youth, high school experiences, his two years on the University of Michigan basketball team, and his transfer to FUS. He motivates young people to stand up for Jesus and make a difference in their world.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 14, 2014 – Hour 2: GUEST HOST PETER HERBECK

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Pope Francis Celebrates Anniversary As Pope – What Has He Done for the New Evangelization?

  • Description: As the world analyses the first year of the Francis Papacy, one point that is not often mentioned is his contribution to the New Evangelization. St. John Paul the Great coined it – Pope Emeritus Benedict the XVI institutionalized it in the Vatican – and Pope Francis is showing us how to live it. We have a roundtable with multiple aspects of the discussion, Pete Burak of ID 9:16 and Ed Echeverria of Detroit Major Seminary.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr Eduardo Echeverria
      Professor of Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan. He has advanced degrees in philosophy and theology and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1981. He has published articles in professional journals such as the Thomist, Logos, Philosophia Reformata, the Journal of Markets and Morality, and Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia.
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Pope Francis Celebrates Anniversary As Pope – What Has He Done for the New Evangelization? (continued)

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Pope Francis Celebrates Anniversary As Pope – What Has He Done for the New Evangelization? (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 13, 2014 – Hour 1: GUEST HOST MARYBETH HICKS

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The New Evangelization and the Growth of Media Content for Catholics

  • Description: While many Catholics justifiably recoil at the thought of what the media is doing to our culture, our kids and our Church, the Church has said numerous times that we have a responsibility to use these media platforms to evangelize and catechize. That’s what Ave Maria Radio does, and that’s what FAITH Magazine does. We talk to Patrick O’Brien, CEO of Faith Catholic.
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The New Evangelization and the Growth of Media Content for Catholics (continued)

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Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

  • Description: Renowned in the blogosphere as The Anchoress and as Catholic Portal editor of the popular Patheos.com, Elizabeth Scalia offers a powerful critique of the "gods" we worship today, reminding us that life's deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ. She is here today to offer us a surprising look at the ways in which modern people still commit the sin of idolatry in their everyday lives. While literal golden calves no longer dot the landscape, Scalia describes how legitimate loves become obsessively twisted into idols. She identifies idolatry in a number of everyday experiences--friendships that become needy or possessive, commitments political and religious that grow so intense they lead to hatred of others, to name a few--and points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.
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    • Elizabeth Scalia
      Benedictine Oblate and managing editor of the Catholic Channel at Patheos.com, where she blogs as The Anchoress. She is also a columnist at First Things and for The Catholic Answer. Scalia was a featured speaker at the Vatican's much-noted 2011 meeting with bloggers from around the world and has a multi-media presence that includes contributions to NPR and CBS News Online, and a stint as a regular panelist on the Brooklyn-diocese-produced current events program, In the Arena, seen at NETNY.net. She is the author of Caring for the Dying with the Help of your Catholic Faith, was a contributor to Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind, and has been involved with the editing of both religious and secular books, most notably, Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 13, 2014 – Hour 2: GUEST HOST MARYBETH HICKS

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The Tale of Two Hockey Games

  • Description: This week the Ohio State High School Hockey finals went 7 OT’s and had still not produced a winner. The leadership of the state association and both schools unanimously decided to declare the two teams co-champions. The decision was booed by fans at the arena. A few hours to North, another hockey team in Grandville, Michigan was preparing to face Detroit Catholic Central in the State semi-finals. But upon starting the day, the team learned that their team captain, Ryan Fischer, had tragically died in his sleep from complications of an enlarged heart. Sure, a tie is unfulfilling, but what if in the next overtime the game was decided, but afterwards one of the players collapsed in the locker room and tragedy struck? Obviously no one would think deciding a single champion would be worth such a tragedy. Former High School Chaplain Fr. Geoff Rose is here to discuss these stories.
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    • Fr. Geoff Rose
      born and raised in Adrian, Michigan. He went off to college to become a teacher, and hoped to come back to Adrian in time to replace one of his favorite teacher/mentor, Mr. Esterline. But at college he discovered campaigns, elections and politics and spent several years in these fields. Elected Student Body Vice President, then President, then to the City Council of Ypsilanti, Michigan. The following year was elected Vice-Mayor, at the age of 22. How he left elected politics can be learned in Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, Volume 10.(No kidding!) From there he ran a Poltical Action Committee, a targeted State repreentative race, and finally settled into the district office of a U.S. Congresswoman serving as her Senior Field Representative. After three years of this work, and feeling that something was missing from his life, he decided to pursure a different kind of public service, religious life with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He was professed in 1998, ordained in 2002 and has been so blessed to be a part of so many people's lives as a result of his studies and ministries!, after 12 years at Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Michigan where he has served as a teacher and priest, named the Vice President of St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, Ohio beginning the 2013-2014 school year.
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NJ Teen sues parents for financial support

  • Description: The New Jersey teenager who left home and then sued her parents to force them to pay her private school tuition is back with her family, but her lawsuit is apparently still on. Rachel Canning, 18, has reunited with her parents and siblings a week after a tense courtroom confrontation in which an angry judge called her spoiled and refused to force her mother and father to pony up. we talk about this bizarre story and the basic idea of respect with Jill Rigby, author of Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World. Jill discusses age-appropriate ways to set boundaries with children without building walls of separation.
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    • Jill Rigby
      accomplished speaker, columnist, television personality, family advocate, and founder of Manners of the Heart Community Fund, a nonprofit organization bringing a return of civility and respect to our society. Whether equipping parents to raise responsible children, encouraging the education of the heart, or training executives in effective communication skills, Jill’s definition of manners remains the same—an attitude of the heart that is self-giving, not self-serving. She is the proud mother of twin sons who testify to her contagious passion.
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Kelleigh’s Cause: Life With a Incurable Diagnosis

  • Description: At the age of four, after many unanswered questions regarding the growing discoloration of the right side of her head, ear and neck, Kelleigh Marie was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable and life threatening birth defect known as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Her family was not prepared to hear the team of highly regarded specialists refer to Kelleigh's AVMs as extensive and affecting all of the major blood vessels of the entire right side of her head and neck, as well as her airway. They were told there is no cure. Throughout the years of chemo, surgeries, setbacks and advances, Kelleigh has demonstrated amazing Faith, Hope and Courage. Even in her darkest hours she has never given up. She is an honor student who dreams of becoming a doctor and varsity athlete who refuses to let her disease define her. We talk to her mom, Lori Gustafson, about Kelleigh and their organization “Kelleigh’s Cause”.
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    • Lori Gustafson
      Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Lori Gustafson of Manlius, New York has 28 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in both Michigan and New York, and has managed multiple medical practices including urgent care facilities, physician offices, and hospital units. Her medical and managerial experience brings strong leadership to Kelleigh’s Cause. Lori graduated with her RN from the Henry Ford School of Nursing in Detroit, Michigan.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 12, 2014 – Hour 1: GUEST HOSTS BRUCE AND KRIS MCGREGOR

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Pope Francis Shows The Importance of Spiritual Retreat

  • Description: Pope Francis is making the traditional Lenten retreat with the members of the Roman Curia this week. In a departure from the practice of his predecessors, the Holy Father has asked participants to gather at a retreat house run by the Pauline Fathers in the small town of Ariccia. St. Igantius advised people to go to a different setting for a retreat. The Holy Father has invited a parish priest of the Rome diocese and well-regarded spiritual director for clergy, Msgr. Angelo De Donatis, to preach and lead reflections on the purification of the heart. We talk to Deacon James Keating about the Pope’s example of spiritual retreat.
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Senators plan all-nighter to spotlight climate change – What Does Catholic Social Teaching Say?

  • Description: You could look at it as a filibuster without the bill. After the last round of votes concluded Monday night, 28 senators talked the night away in series of speeches delivered on the chamber floor, focused on climate change. Although some call it a political stunt, the senators insist the event -- organized by the Climate Action Task Force -- will raise public awareness about global warming and how to stem it. We talk about the environment, and what Catholic Social Teaching has to say about stewardship of the environment. We talk to Omar Gutierrez, Manager of the Office of Mission and Justice in the Archdiocese of Omaha.
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Senators plan all-nighter to spotlight climate change – What Does Catholic Social Teaching Say? (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 12, 2014 – Hour 2: GUEST HOSTS BRUCE AND KRIS MCGREGOR

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Everybody chill out about the Noah movie

  • Description: “So what’s the deal with the Noah movie? Does it replace the message of the Bible story with a message created by Hollywood? Is Russell Crowe’s Noah an environmentalist wacko? Is God a monster out to eradicate humanity entirely? Get a grip, people.” That’s what Catholic film critic Steven Greydanus says about the passion project of filmmaker Darren Aronofsky as chatter has been swirling since it was first announced years ago. Steven joins us to discuss the reaction from people who haven’t even seen the film.
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A Bishop’s View of Pope Francis’ First Year

  • Description: One year ago, the See of Peter was vacant – sede vacante - and our Church was without a pope. Then came Pope Francis. Pope Benedict and Pope Francis knew that the mission of the Church is to go into a world which is hurting, which is often empty and alone in the poverty of isolation from God. Pope Benedict called this poverty a desert; Pope Francis calls it the periphery. Often, we hear about the differences between each man who becomes the pope—in 2005, we heard that Pope Benedict was different from Blessed John Paul II; today we hear that Pope Francis is different from Pope Benedict. Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, NE wrote recently, “I am struck more deeply by the continuity in the papacy than by the differences. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And, in thought, and life, and mission, so is the Church.” He is with us to talk about Pope Francis’ first year.
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A Bishop’s View of Pope Francis’ First Year (continued)


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