Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on February 12, 2019

4:00 – Is Radical Islam on the Rise in Indonesia?

 Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority country in the world. It has a population of about 260 million, with just under 10 percent identifying as Christian. And it’s unusual among Muslim-majority countries in the degree to which non-Muslims have played prominent roles in the country’s political and economic life. But are things changing for the worse? We talk with Dr Robert Hefner.

4:20 – Brexit through the eyes of Catholic Social Teaching

On June 23, 2016 voters in the UK voted to leave the European Union, a move popularly known as “Brexit.” Of course, such a massive move couldn’t happen overnight, and many in the US were more focused at the time on the presidential race. Over the last two and a half years the UK has been negotiating the details of leaving the EU. The time period for these negotiations is set to end on March 29 of this year. What’s been going on there? We talk with Kevin Turley.

 5:00 – What’s with the resurgence in support for Socialism?

Venezuela is still in chaos and last week President Maduro blockaded a bridge to Columbia so US-supplied food and medical equipment could not enter the country. Not everyone seems to be against Maduro, though – Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters railed Trump for trying to “destroy Venezuela’s Democracy.” He’s not the only one to extol the virtues of a socialist paradise, as we’ve seen from Bernie Sanders’ popularity and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical “Green New Deal.” What’s to account for this resurgence in support for socialism? How does the socialist movement view the ideas of family, marriage and society? We talk with Paul Kengor.