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Kresta in the Afternoon – 1/20/15

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 20, 2015

4:00 – Kresta Comments: State of the Union—What it is and Why it Matters

Al previews tonight’s State of the Union address and also looks at the address’ history. Years ago the address was shown on four networks and attracted 46 million viewers. Last year it was shown on 13 networks and only attracted 33 million viewers. Why the decrease? Al also discusses how YouTube star Glozell is using her platform to promote the speech.

4:20 – God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Protection Month. Major events like the Super Bowl and North American International Auto Show are tragically a hotbed for sex slavery, particularly involving young girls. We talk to Daniel Walker about his undercover investigations into sexual trafficking cases around the world.

5:10 – Does the Fourteenth Amendment Require a State to License a Marriage between Two People of the Same Sex?

The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments concerning the legal definition of marriage this year. A decision is expected this summer. We ask The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments concerning the legal definition of marriage this year. A decision is expected this summer. We ask Ryan Anderson if the 14th Amendment requires the State to recognize same-sex marriage and what he expects to hear from the Court.

5:20 – Then Comes Baby: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood

Dr. Greg Popcak, co-host of Ave Maria Radio’s More2Life, joins us to discuss his new book. Dr. Popcak has advice on how new parents can handle the early years of raising a child. We’ll also get his thoughts on Pope Francis’ comment that Catholics shouldn’t “breed like rabbits.”

Kresta in the Afternoon – 1/19/15

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 19, 2015

4:00 –Behold Your Mother: A Biblical Defense of the Marian Doctrine

From the cross Jesus gave us his mother to be our mother, too: a singularly holy model, consoler, and intercessor for our spiritual journey. Yet most Protestants and too many Catholics don t understand the role that God wants her to play in our lives. In Behold Your Mother, Tim Staples takes us through the Church’s teachings about the Blessed Virgin Mary, showing their firm Scriptural and historical roots and dismantling the objections of those who mistakenly believe that Mary competes for the attention due Christ alone. Combining the best recent scholarship with a convert s in-depth knowledge of the arguments, Staples has assembled the most thorough and useful Marian apologetic you’ll find anywhere. Tim joins us to show how all the Marian doctrines are relevant and even essential to faith in Jesus. From her divine maternity to her perpetual virginity, from her Immaculate Conception to her Assumption, the Church’s core teachings about Mary are intertwined with the mysteries of Christ. In a word, Mary matters.

5:00 – Kresta Comments: The Legacy of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
Al replays portions of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most famous speech and discusses the lasting impact the speech has had on America and the world.

5:20 – The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech that Inspired a Nation
Drew Hansen joins us with his analysis of Dr. King’s speech, including the many biblical and theological connections the speech contains.

5:40 – One Dream or Two? Justice in America and in the Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr
Nathan Schlueter is here with a critical historical, constitutional, and philosophical examination of Martin Luther King Jr’s understanding of justice—his “Dream”—from within the context of the American political tradition. He isolates elements of King’s larger vision for social justice—paying special attention to issues of racial discrimination, political economy, civil disobedience, and the relationship between politics and religion—situating those elements within historical, rhetorical, and political context.

Kresta in the Afternoon – 1/16/15

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 16, 2015

4:00 – TBA

4:20 – In Defense of Christians 

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.

4:40 – What did the Saints Say about Islam?

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 exterpt on Islamic relations, joins us with some examples.

5:00 – St. Odd: The End is His Beginning

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.

5:20 – College Ratings Plans and Free Tuition: Will This Punish Religious Colleges?

The Obama Administration has unveiled a ratings plan intended to punish colleges that raise tuition rates too quickly. This comes in conjunction with Obama’s plan to provide two free years of community college. Is this yet another example of government overreach? We ask Anne Hendershott about these plans and what they mean for religious colleges.

5:40 – TBA 

Kresta in the Afternoon – January 15th, 2015

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 15, 2015

4:00 – Meditations on Vatican Art Angels

Open your heart to the presence of angels, God’s holy messengers and protectors. In Meditations on Vatican Art Angels, you can reflect on stunning depictions from the Vatican Museums and contemplate angelic encounters in Scripture. Following his acclaimed first book, Fr. Mark Haydu, international coordinator of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, serves once again as your spiritual guide for a breathtaking journey through time, meditation, and the Vatican art collections. Meditations on Vatican Art Angels offers you a deeper understanding of your own spiritual journey as you follow Fr. Haydu’s explanation of the battle between the fallen angels and the faithful angels and God sending His angels to watch over you. The book’s splendid reproductions of major works represent ancient through contemporary periods in art. Fr. Haydu is with us today to help us open our hearts to angels’ existence and their desire to keep you from harm and guide you to God.

5:00 – The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot

Any fan of Middle Earth is aware of Tolkien’s hatred of tyranny. But not everyone understands that Tolkien was a zealous proponent of economic freedom and small government. At a time when the West is sliding into political, economic and moral bankruptcy, Jonathon Witt and Jay Richards show how Tolkien used his beloved novels to draw us a map to freedom. Jay joins us as we explore how Tolkien’s masterpiece was shaped by his passion for liberty and his vision of man and creation.

Kresta in the Afternoon – January 14th, 2015

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 14, 2015

4:00 – Life with Dignity

Euthanasia is becoming widely accepted and is often referred to under the more palatable pseudonym “Death with Dignity.” The idea is that it is somehow undignified or degrading to endure extended suffering from a fatal disease. Brittany Maynard’s death was hailed as a heroic example of “Death with Dignity.” Lizz Lovett, a mother of four living with incurable cancer, has a different view of things. In a short video called “Death with Dignity,” she proposes that suffering a disease is actually a heroic and noble act. Lizz joins us today to discuss how she is facing her disease head on.

4:40 – How to Shut Down an Abortion Clinic

As we approach the anniversary of Roe v Wade, thousands of pro-lifers are wondering what they can do to change the pro-abortion culture. Praying and picketing outside of abortion clinics are established, proven techniques. Lynn Mills joins us with a different strategy, one that is both effective and unique.

5:00 – What Ideology Unites ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and Hamas? 

The mainstream press continues to treat attacks by ISIS, Boko Haram and other terrorists as isolated events. In reality, they all rooted in the same radical interpretation of Islam. We ask Raymond Ibrahim about the ideology that unites these terrorist groups and if that ideology can spread to groups in the west.

5:20 – Kresta Comments: TBD

5:40 – A Critic’s View of Film in 2014

Steven Greydanus is back with his review of the best-and worst- of film in 2014.

Kresta in the Afternoon – January 9th, 2015

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 9th, 2015

4:00 – Another Victory against the HHS Mandate.

Autocam Medical, a Michigan-based manufacturer of medical products, has won its lawsuit against the HHS Mandate. The judge had previously ruled against the company, but reversed the decision upon appeal and cited last year’s Hobby Lobby case in his ruling. We speak with John Kennedy, CEO of Autocam, to discuss his company’s victory. Read an article about the victory here – http://bit.ly/1xYS2Lf

4:20—The Five Most Over-Covered Vatican Stories of 2014

Most year-end reviews cover the biggest stories of the past twelve months, or the small news stories that should have received more coverage. John Allen, a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and senior Vatican analyst for CNN, is here with a different list. John has the five Vatican stories that received too much attention from the mainstream media.

4:40 – Selma: One of the Best Films Ever?

Premiering this weekend nationwide, Selma stars David Oyewolo as Martin Luther King, Jr. and focuses on the events surrounding the voting rights marches of 1965. The film has already received praise from critics and has been nominated for four Golden Globes.
Steven Greydanus thinks the film may go down as one of the best ever. Is it really that outstanding? Steven is here with his thoughts.


5:00 – Bill May – Evangelization of Culture for Marriage and Family

EWTN, the Apostolate for Family Consecration, and Catholics for the Common Good Institute have partnered with a six part mini-series, “Evangelizing the Culture for Marriage and Family” that begins on Monday, January 12 and runs through the following Monday. It marks the commencement of a new “Marriage Reality Movement”.

The truth about marriage has become so hidden that confusion about it is causing fewer and fewer people to seek marriage as the foundation of their own families. The unfortunate result is also seen in court decisions and in our culture with the legal redefinition of marriage.

5:20 – Is Democracy Compatible With Islam?

The terror attacks in Paris have touched off a wave of support for free speech. Supporters of the attack, including British Imam Anjem Choudary, claim Islamic law does not allow for speech that is offensive to the prophet. How compatible is the concept of democracy with Islam? We ask
Robert Reilly of the American Foreign Policy Council for his insights.

5:40 – Belgian Court Reverses Euthanasia Decision

Belgian Frank van den Bleeken has been sentenced to life in prison on multiple rape charges. The country does not allow the death penalty. Van Den Bleeken claims that he cannot be rehabilitated and will never overcome his criminal tendencies and that a life behind bars will cause him extreme suffering. Because euthanasia is legal in Belgium, courts ruled last year that Van Den Bleeken could be “mercy killed” instead of serving his life sentence. That decision has been reversed; Van Den Bleeken will not be given his “right to die.” What should we make of all this? Is euthanizing a convicted criminal any different than giving them the death penalty? Is the trauma of life in prison equivalent to the kinds of suffering normally used to justify euthanasia? Wes Smith joins us with his comments on the latest developments in this unsettling story.

Kresta in the Afternoon – January 8th, 2015

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 8, 2015

4:00 – Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington

Sharyl Attkisson spent more than 20 years as a reporter for CBS and CNN before her resignation last March. She had finally had enough of being told not to investigate stories that might reflect poorly on Obama and his policies. Her book “Stonewalled” is the story for her fight against the establishment. Sharyl has now filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Justice, alleging that they hacked her computer while she was investigating these stories. Sharyl joins us today.

5:00 – The Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations & Music

John Paul II once said, “The Rosary is my favorite prayer, a marvelous prayer!” The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have recorded a CD to help you answer the pope’s call to recite the Rosary with your family. The CD includes all four mysteries, closing prayers, and other mediations and music. Sr. Joseph Andrew, O.P. joins us to talk about the importance of the Rosary in our everyday lives.

Kresta in the Afternoon – January 5th, 2015

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 5th, 2015

4:00 – Anti-Catholicism of Manifest Destiny

The term “Manifest Destiny” has traditionally been linked to U.S. westward expansion in the nineteenth century, the desire to spread republican government, and racialist theories like Anglo-Saxonism. Yet few people realize the degree to which Manifest Destiny and American republicanism relied on a deeply anti-Catholic civil-religious discourse. John Pinheiro is here to provide a critical new perspective on Manifest Destiny, American republicanism, anti-Catholicism, and Mexican-American relations in the nineteenth century.

5:00 – St. Peter’s Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found Again

In this fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world’s first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, Thomas Craughwell takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth century. In 1448 a team of architects and engineers brought Pope Nicholas V unhappy news: the 1,100-year-old Basilica of St. Peter suffered from so many structural defects that it was beyond repair. The only solution was to pull down the old church–one of the most venerable churches in all of Christiandom–and erect a new basilica on the site. Incredibly, one of the tombs the builders paved over was the resting place of St. Peter. Then in 1939, while reconstructing the grottoes below St. Peter’s Basilica, a workman’s shovel struck not dirt or rock but open air. After inspecting what could be seen through the hole they’d made in the mausoleum’s roof, Pope Pius XII secretly authorized a full-scale excavation. What lay beneath? The answer and the adventure await. We talk to Tom about this fascinating story.

Kresta in the Afternoon – January 2nd, 2015 – COUNTDOWN OF THE TOP 40 INTERVIEWS OF 2014

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 2nd, 2015

4:00 – #3. The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard (original air 10/10)

 What role did crystal meth and other previously under reported factors play in the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard? The Book of Matt is a page-turning cautionary tale that humanizes and de-mythologizes Matthew while following the evidence where it leads, without regard to the politics that have long attended this American tragedy. Late on the night of October 6, 1998, twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming with two alleged “strangers,” Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. Eighteen hours later, Matthew was found tied to a log fence on the outskirts of town, unconscious and barely alive. He had been pistol-whipped so severely that the mountain biker who discovered his battered frame mistook him for a Halloween scarecrow. Overnight, a politically expedient myth took the place of important facts. By the time Matthew died a few days later, his name was synonymous with anti-gay hate. Stephen Jimenez went to Laramie to research the story of Matthew Shepard’s murder in 2000, after the two men convicted of killing him had gone to prison, and after the national media had moved on. His aim was to write a screenplay on what he, and the rest of the nation, believed to be an open-and-shut case of bigoted violence. As a gay man, he felt an added moral imperative to tell Matthew’s story. But what Jimenez eventually found in Wyoming was a tangled web of secrets. His exhaustive investigation also plunged him deep into the deadly underworld of drug trafficking. Over the course of a thirteen-year investigation, Jimenez traveled to twenty states and Washington DC, and interviewed more than a hundred named sources. Stephen joins us.

5:00 – #2. Remembering Fr. Benedict Groeschel (original air 10/6)

Fr. Benedict Groeschel passed away Friday. He cofounded the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, hosted a weekly show on EWTN and was a professor at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York. Doug Keck joins us to remember the life and legacy of this remarkable priest. 

5:20 – #1. Hatred: Islam’s War on Christianity

Christians are the most persecuted identifiable group on earth. This is not the opinion of some but the informed view of most — including the United Nations. What is seldom admitted, however, is that the vast majority of the nations that carry out the oppression, intolerance, violence, rape, and murder are Islamic. While Christians suffer in North Korea and parts of India, it is in Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, and even Indonesia and Malaysia where the situation is dark and becoming worse. The statistics and stories are truly terrifying in proportion and degree and as Islam expands and becomes increasingly aggressive, fundamentalist, and confident, Christian minorities live in fear and face a bleak future. In “Hatred,”
Michael Coren outlines the history of the relationship between Islam and Christianity, explains what Islam actually teaches about the Christian faith, and gives numerous examples of the experience of Christians throughout the Islamic world. It explains not only what happens, but why it happens, and deliberately challenges the comforting but false idea that all of this is somehow an aberration and contrary to Islamic thought. Michael joins us.

Kresta in the Afternoon-December 31st, 2014 – COUNTDOWN OF THE TOP 40 INTERVIEWS OF 2014

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 31, 2014

4:00 – #8. Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything (original air 5/23)

Why are Americans being forced to consider homosexual acts as morally acceptable? Why has the US Supreme Court accepted the validity of same-sex “marriage”, which, until a decade ago, was unheard of in the history of Western or any other civilization? Where has the “gay rights” movement come from, and how has it so easily conquered America? The answers are in the dynamics of the rationalization of sexual misbehavior. The homosexual cause moved naturally from a plea for tolerance to cultural conquest because the security of its rationalization requires universal acceptance. In other words, we all must say that the bad is good. We talk to Robert Reilly, author of Making Gay Okay.

4:40 – #7. Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty (original air 12/15)

Judge, scholar, bestselling author, and Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst
Andrew P. Napolitano is back with a shocking chronicle of America’s descent from a free society to a frightening surveillance state. In Suicide Pact, Napolitano details a long, sordid history of governmental—and especially presidential—encroachments on liberty, enacted in the name of protecting America but which serve instead to undermine national security and erode the nation’s founding freedoms. Blending fascinating history with fresh reporting and analysis on contemporary issues such as drone warfare and executions, NSA surveillance, and secret federal courts, Suicide Pact casts a vision beyond hollow rhetoric to common-sense solutions for returning sanity to our shores. Judge Napolitano joins us.

5:00 – #6. Senator Rick Santorum Discusses Faith, Family, Politics and Culture (original air 2/11)

A native of Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 and became known as a voice for conservatives who didn’t feel their voice was being represented. His grassroots approach to campaigning – including visiting every one of Iowa’s 99 counties and his stunning victory in the Iowa caucuses – catapulted him to frontrunner status where he ultimately won 11 states and 3 million votes during the Republican primary process. Rick and his wife of 22 years, Karen, are the parents of seven wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick and Isabella. And during his run for president, Rick spoke passionately about his belief that strong families help produce a strong economy. He shared his views that we must expand opportunities for all Americans by encouraging incentives for marriage, children, and free enterprise.

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