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June 6, 2019

June 6, 2019

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on June 6, 2019

 4:00 – Tiananmen 30 Years Later

 This week marks 30 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre, which is probably best-remembered for the iconic “tank man” photo. Countries around the world held memorials to honor the victims of the killings, but within China the subject is taboo. We’ll talk about it with David Aikman.

 4:20 – A Catholic Introduction to Literature

Some today have questioned the worthiness of the humanities, asking whether we should focus on more “practical” fields. But the humanities teach us about humanity. We have good reason to know the great works of literature- they help us to know ourselves. Joe Pearce joins us.

 5:00 Kresta Comments: FDR’s D-Day Prayer

75 years ago today, thousands of allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. More than 4,000 did not survive the day. That evening, President Roosevelt addressed the American public and updated them on what had happened. And then he led the nation in his D-Day Prayer. We’ll listen to his prayer and Al has further thoughts.

5:20 – “In this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer.”

FDR’s most famous quote is probably his radio address after the Pearl Harbor attack, declaring it a “day which shall live in infamy.” But he has another address that is just as impactful – his address to the nation on the evening of June 6, 1944, following the landings at Normandy. Those of you who have seen Saving Private Ryan have some idea of just how brutal that battle was, but the nation at the time had no idea it had happened until Roosevelt’s announcement. We continue our look at the D-Day Prayer with historian Gary Scott Smith.