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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 11, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 11, 2014 – Hour 1

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    The Matthew Sheperd Case - Not the Story You Think You Know

    • Description: What role did crystal meth and other previously underreported 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. The Book of Matt is sure to stir passions and inspire dialogue as it re-frames this misconstrued crime and its cast of characters, proving irrefutably that Matthew Shepard was not killed for being gay but for reasons far more complicated — and daunting.
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    Presidents’ Day Week: The Founders at Home: The Building of America

    • Description: Through the Founders’ own voices—and in the homes they designed and built to embody the ideal of domestic happiness they fought to achieve—we come to understand why the American Revolution, of all great revolutions, was the only enduring success. The Founders were vivid, energetic, and mostly Christian men, with sophisticated worldviews. We look at them, drawing liberally from their own eloquent writings on their actions and well-considered intentions. Myron Magnet knows these men’s lives intimately and joins us to discuss them.
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      • Myron Magnet
        Editor of City Journal from 1994 through 2006 and is now the magazine’s editor-at-large. , A former member of the board of editors of Fortune magazine, Magnet has written about a wide variety of topics, from American society and social policy, economics, and corporate management to intellectual history, literature, architecture, and the American Founding. Author of many books including The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties’ Legacy to the Underclass; Dickens and the Social Order; The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today’s; The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817
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    Presidents’ Day Week: The Founders at Home: The Building of America (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 11, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 11, 2014 – Hour 2

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    Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love

    • Description: Author, speaker, and retreat leader Elizabeth Ficocelli is here to introduces us to three remarkable women saints who became not only her role models, but also her life-changing friends. Therese, Faustina, and Bernadette taught Ficocelli about faith, hope, and love, and showed her what true Catholic womanhood looks like. Some of the best saint stories are not about wonder-workers, but rather the everyday saints--friends who understand the challenges of marriage and motherhood and the banalities of day-to-day life. Elizabeth discovered three such friends in Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of the Divine Mercy, and Bernadette of Lourdes. She joins us.
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      • Elizabeth Ficocelli
        Elizabeth Ficocelli is a bestselling, award-winning author of fifteen books for adults and young people and a contributor to national Catholic magazines. She is a frequent guest on EWTN television programs and Catholic radio, and a popular speaker at conferences, parishes, schools, and retreats. Ficocelli lives in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 10, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 10, 2014 – Hour 1

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    Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church

    • Description: In the wake of the clergy abuse scandal of the last decade, many media commentators predicted the “end” of the Catholic priesthood. Demands for an end to celibacy, coupled with calls for women’s ordination, dominated discussions on the effectiveness of the Catholic Church in America. Anne Hendershott argues that rather than a decline of the priesthood and a diminishing influence of the Catholic Church, we are living in a time of transformation and revitalization. The aging generation of progressives that continues to lobby Church leaders to change Catholic teachings on reproductive rights, same-sex marriage and women's ordination is being replaced by younger men and women who are attracted to the Church because of the very timelessness of its teachings. Anne joins us to make the case.
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      • Anne Hendershott
        Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville
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          • Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church
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    Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church (continued)

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    Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Is Revitalizing the Catholic Church (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 10, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 10, 2014 – Hour 2

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    Is There A “Catholic” Way to Overcome Depression?

    • Description: Countless Christians -- including scores of saints -- have suffered profound, pervasive sorrow that modern psychiatrists call "depression." Then, as now, great faith and even fervent spiritual practices have generally failed to ease this wearying desolation of soul. Catholic psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Kheriaty is here to review the effective ways that have recently been devised to deal with this grave and sometimes deadly affliction -- ways that are not only consistent with the teachings of the Church, but even rooted in many of those teachings. We’ll come to know how to identify the various types of depression and come to understand the interplay of their often manifold causes, biological, psychological, behavioral, cultural, and, yes, moral.
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      • Dr. Aaron Kheriaty
        Director of Residency Training and Medical Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. , He co-directs the Program in Medical Ethics in the School of Medicine, and serves as chairman of the clinical ethics committee at UCI Medical Center
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          • A Catholic Guide to Depression: How the saints, the sacraments, and psychiatry can help you break depression's grip and find happiness again
            Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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    Is There A “Catholic” Way to Overcome Depression? (continued)

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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 9, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 9, 2014 – Hour 1

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    The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning

    • Description: So, you've decided to use Natural Family Planning. Has it blessed your marriage? Deepened your respect for your body? Has it made your sex life fantastic? Do you and your spouse hold hands at sunset, and do pink flowers grow around your marital bed? If so, this book is not for you. But if you've tried Natural Family Planning and have discovered that your life is now awful-or if you feel judged or judgey, or if you trust NFP but your doctor doesn't, or if you're just trying to figure out how the heck to have a sex life that is holy but still human-you'll find comfort, encouragement, honesty, wit, and, most important, practical advice in The Sinner's Guide to NFP. Popular Catholic writer Simcha Fisher shows what it's really like to practice NFP, and how to achieve those fabled "marriage building" benefits. The Sinner's Guide to NFP helps you with: •NFP and Your Spiritual Life •NFP and the Rest of the World •NFP in the Trenches The next time you ask yourself, "If NFP is wonderful, why am I so miserable?" - don't panic. The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning is here to help.
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      • Simcha Fisher
        Catholic blogger, speaker, and freelance writer. She blogs for the National Catholic Register and Patheos at "I Have to Sit Down". She lives with her husband and children in Southern New Hampshire
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    The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning (continued)

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    The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 9, 2013 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 9, 2013 – Hour 2

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    Education in Virtue

    • Description: The Disciple of Christ- Education in Virtue is a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. This curriculum emphasizes Christian discipleship as indispensable toward human flourishing and the quest for joy. It has been developed in response to the call for a New Evangelization, firmly conveying the reality that happiness is found in a life of holiness. The genesis of the project, Sr. John Dominic of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, is here to discuss it
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      • Sr John Dominic
        Principal at Spiritus Sanctus Academy, Co-Founder of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 8, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 8, 2014 – Hour 1

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    Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade

    • Description: 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.
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      • Clarke Forsythe
        Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 8, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 8, 2014 – Hour 2

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    Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars

    • Description: Every day, thousands of children fragile, innocent, alone are abandoned. They are brutally snuffed from the world and literally left in the trash . . . and it's all legal. Monica Miller is here to tell her story of one woman's staunch and courageous defense of those children abandoned by abortion. She has pulled the bodies of thousands of unborn babies out of dumpsters and given them a proper burial. She has photographed their bodies as well. She will tell us many fascinating tales from the front-lines of the abortion battle.
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      • Dr Monica Miller , nationally known pro-life leader, a pioneer and veteran of pro-life activism dating back to 1976, and founder of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, associate professor of religious studies at Madonna University
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 7, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 7, 2014 – Hour 1

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    Kresta Comments - Article: "The Catholic Supreme's Court War on Women" - Utterly Ridiculous

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    The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson

    • Description: John Dickinson is a great—and greatly misunderstood—Founding Father. Bill Murchison is here to offer a sorely needed reassessment of a Dickinson. He brings to life one of the most influential figures of the entire Founding period, a principled man whose gifts as writer, speaker, and philosopher only Jefferson came near to matching. Today Dickinson is remembered mostly for his reluctance to sign the Declaration of Independence. But that reluctance, Murchison shows, had nothing to do with a lack of patriotism. In fact, Dickinson immediately took up arms to serve the colonial cause—something only one signer of the Declaration did. But he stood on principle to oppose the Declaration even when he knew it would deal the “finishing blow” to his once-great reputation. We explore John Dickinson’s life and motivations.
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      • Bill Murchison
        Syndicated columnist and a frequent contributor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. , A former editor of the Dallas Morning News
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    The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 7, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 7, 2014 – Hour 2

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    Kresta Comments - Article: "The Catholic Supreme's Court War on Women" - Utterly Ridiculous

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    Jahi McMath and the Larger Question of “Brain Death”

    • Description: Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who was declared legally dead by hospital staff and county officials after suffering complications from a routine tonsillectomy, has been released to her family to seek treatment elsewhere. The move comes after a settlement was reached Friday in Alameda County Superior Court between the girl’s family and Children’s Hospital. The family had been fighting to remove Jahi from the hospital since December 12, when hospital staff declared the girl “brain dead” after she went into cardiac arrest while recovering from surgery. We talk about this case, but also the larger question for Catholics about brain death. Dr. John Haas of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and Dr. Paul Bryne, Neonatologist and Pediatrician, have differing views on a Catholic understanding of brain death. They join us.
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