Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 29, 2014
4:00 – #13. Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade (original air 1/22)
Based on 20 years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, Abuse of Discretion is a critical review of the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions and how the mistakes made by the Justices in 1971-1973 have led to the turmoil we see today in legislation, politics, and public health. Why do the abortion decisions remain so controversial after 40 years, despite more than 50,000,000 abortions, numerous presidential elections, and a complete turnover in the Justices? Why did such a sweeping decision—with such important consequences for public health, producing such prolonged political turmoil—come from the Supreme Court in 1973? Clarke Forsythe, author of the aforementioned book, joins us.
5:00 – 12. The Glory of the Crusades (original air 11/24)
How can the Crusades be called glorious? Our modern mindset says they were ugly wars of greed and religious intolerance. Historian Steve Weidenkopf challenges this received narrative with The Glory of the Crusades. Drawing on the latest and most authentic medieval scholarship, he presents a compelling case for understanding the Crusades as they were when they happened: armed pilgrimages driven by a holy zeal to recover conquered Christian lands. Without whitewashing their failures and even crimes, he debunks the numerous myths about the Crusades that our secular culture uses as clubs to attack the Church. In place of these myths he offers men and women of faith and valor who pledged their lives for the honor of Christ’s holy places. With a storyteller’s gift, he relates the Crusades’ many dramas: their heroes and villains, battles and sieges, intrigues and coincidences. Steve joins us with an engrossing account of events that, though centuries old, have profoundly affected the course of our world to the present day.
5:40 – #11: Kresta Comments: Reactions to the CIA Torture Report (original air 12/15 in 2nd Hour)