Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on May 15, 2020
4:00 – Seeking another Jonas Salk
Although cities are slowly beginning to reopen, we know we are a long way off from returning to normal. The NFL is experimenting with ways to use virtual fan noise to compensate for playing in empty stadiums, and there are debates over whether college football will be played at all. Most experts have said life will not fully go back to normal until there is a vaccine for COVID19. 65 years ago, doctors faced a similar challenge as they combated the Polio virus. We look back at that story with Paul Kengor.
4:20 – Making Hate Pay: Where the SPLC Went Wrong
When journalists, researchers, and government officials want the latest health information, they consult the CDC. When they want a look at the Stock Market, they consult the Dow and other markets. And when they want info about racism and other prejudice in America, they consult the Southern Poverty Law Center. Unfortunately, the SPLC has shifted from its original motives and now operates as a politically-driven group that frequently targets Christian groups on the grounds of being Islamaphobic, homophobic, etc. We look at where they went wrong with Tyler O’Neill.
5:00 – More Financial Woes for the Vatican?
Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, the new head of the Holy See’s financial office, said Wednesday the Vatican is not at risk of fiscal default, even while reports in the Italian media indicate dire deficit projections for the Holy See. Still, he acknowledges that tough times are ahead and expects a budget deficit of between $65 million and $100 million. Phil Lawler joins us.
5:20 – The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers
The 5th-Century bishop Palladius told the faithful to Seek for meetings with holy men and women, and centuries later his words still ring true. Palladius wrote these words following a decade of conversation with men and women who lived “alone with God alone” in caves and huts – the desert fathers and mothers. We look at their wisdom and teachings with Fr Philip Bochanski.