Kresta in the Afternoon – December 17, 2013 – Hour 1

+  Must Watch Christmas Films

  • Description: OFFBEAT/ADULT Love Actually 2003, 8 Women 2002, Joyeux Noel 2005, The Family Stone 2005, A Christmas Tale 2008, Four Christmases 2008, Rare Exports 2010, FUNNY Gremlins 1984, Scrooged 1988, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989, Home Alone 1990, Muppet Christmas Carol 1990, Jingle All the Way 1996, Elf 2003, DEAL'S PERSONAL FAVORITES Christmas Carol 1938, Meet Me in St. Louis 1944, It's a Wonderful Life 1946, Miracle on 34th Street 1947, Three Godfathers 1949, O'Henry's Full House 1952, A Christmas Story 1983, The Santa Clause 1994, The Nativity Story 2006 AND THE ONE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN: Holly and the Ivy 1952, HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS Babes in Toyland 1934, Bachelor Mother 1939, The Shop Around the Corner 1940, Holiday Inn 1942, Christmas in Connecticut 1945, Christmas Eve 1947, The Bishop's Wife 1947, Holiday Affair 1949, Scrooge 1951, White Christmas 1954, Were No Angels 1955 WORSE CHRISTMAS MOVIE How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2008
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    • Deal Hudson
      Executive Director of the Morley Institute

+  “Christian privilege” Out – “Christian Bigots” In

  • Description: It's settled, then: Christian conservatives use religion as a justification for their discriminatory behavior, and Americans will only enjoy true religious freedom when their so-called "religious liberty" claims are defeated. That was the consensus at a panel discussion recently sponsored by the Center for American Progress. We talk about how we got here and what can be done about it with Joel Gehrke of the Washington Examiner.
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+  What happened to Catholic & Protestant literature?

  • Description: With much of the world’s attention focused on Pope Francis, matters concerning the Catholic Church and its teachings are attracting increased interest. Overlooked, however, is the decline of Christian influence on American culture, especially its literature. This, says Dana Gioia, a celebrated poet and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, is not only a demographic paradox -- Catholics constitute the largest religious group in America -- but it also marks a major historical change. “Sixty years ago,” says Gioia, Catholics played a prominent, prestigious, and irreplaceable part in American literary culture. Today, however, the only ones with significant influence are lapsed Catholics or ex-Catholics hostile to their former Church. Dana is here to discuss it.
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