Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on March 28, 2018
4:00 – How are Things in Flint?
The new Netflix series Flint Town chronicles the water crisis in Flint, Michigan that captured national attention during the 2016 election but has largely fallen by the wayside since then. Despite the lack of attention, the crisis is ongoing and the US Supreme Court recently green-lighted two class action lawsuits against state and local officials. The local Catholic Churches have been very active in helping the community and are doing great work. Fr. James Mangan gives us a look at how it’s going.
4:20 – Why did Henry VIII Divorce Catherine?
On March 30, 1533 King Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, after 24 years of marriage. The fallout from the divorce and his split from Rome led to the formation of the Church of England, the death of Thomas More and other martyrs and sent shockwaves through history. Why did he do it? Was he motivated by lust, a thirst for a son, or something more? We’ll talk with Stephanie Mann.
5:00 – The Escalation of Pornography: A Ten-Year Update
Data has shown that since the mid-2000s, the rate of sexual intercourse amongst high schoolers was decreasing. At face value this seems like good news, but it may not be because abstinence ideas are winning. It may be due to the skyrocketing rates of pornography usage – and it’s no coincidence that these trends match up with the rise of smartphones. Here are the stats: 75% of all porn watching is done on smartphones. 25% of all internet searches are for pornography. And the average age of a boy’s first viewing of pornography is 10. Patrick Fagan joins us.
5:20 – America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East
On March 28, 1969 President Eisenhower died. He’s probably best remembered for the campaign slogan “I Like Ike” and his heroics in the Second World War. He’s also known for his handling of the 1956 Suez Crisis, which reconfigured power alignments in the Middle East. We’ll talk about Ike’s gamble with Michael Doran.