Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on July 12, 2018
4:00 – The Ignored Crisis in Nicaragua
You wouldn’t know it by watching the US news, but Nicaragua is in a crisis. Peaceful protests against Daniel Ortega’s government have been met with violent reprisal. The Church has tried to act as a mediator and has been attacked for its troubles. And on Sunday, Ortega is organizing a march against the Church. Cecilia Heffernan, who grew up in Nicaragua, joins us.
4:20 – Helping College Students make a Newman Connection
In just over a month, a new batch of freshman will begin college classes. Research has shown that, of the Catholic students, one in three will leave the faith entirely during their college career and even more will stop practicing it. Matt Zerrusen is helping these new students not only keep their faith, but strengthen it by establishing connections with local Newman centers. He joins us.
4:40 – Russia’s Struggle with Democracy
We’ve been hearing a lot about Russia ever since the election, and President Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin face-to-face next week in Finland. What has changed in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union? How does the country see itself on the world stage? We talk with Karrie Koesel.
5:00 – Is North Korea’s “Gangster” line a Cause for Concern?
Despite continued talks with the US, human rights atrocities continue in North Korea. Mike Pompeo’s recent meetings there prompted mockery from the national media, which accused him of “gangster” talk. We get an update on the situation from Suzanne Scholte.
5:20 – Our Cultural Addiction to Blame
Our culture has become addicted to blame. From trade to automation to immigration to education to right-size of government to the financial crisis, where does in blame-casting need to end, and responsibility begin? We talk with David Bahnsen.