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Kresta in the Afternoon – April 27, 2022 – Hour 2

Should public school coaches pray with their teams? Can the student loan program be fixed? We dive into these questions with Andrea Picciotti-Bayer and Dr. Richard Vedder.


Can Public School Coaches pray with their Teams?

On Monday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Kennedy v Bremerton School District. The case involves Coach Joseph Kennedy, who spent years praying with members of his football team on the 50-yard-line after games until he was banned in 2015. Are Coach Kennedy’s prayers protected by Freedom of Religion, or do they violate the Establishment Clause? That’s what the Court is deciding, and Andrea Picciotti-Bayer lets us know how the debate is going.

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Punished for Private Prayer? Supreme Court Hears the Case of Coach Kennedy and Faith on the Field

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Andrea Picciotti-Bayer is the director of the Conscience Project and a legal analyst for EWTN News. Visit her at conscience-project.org and follow her on twitter @bayerpicciotti.

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Can the Federal Student Loan Program be Reformed?

Paying for college has become a major concern for parents and students, and Americans now owe about $1.7 trillion in Student Debt. Some Democrats have called for student debt to be forgiven, and President Biden has reportedly said he’s open to the idea. What can be done about the problem? Dr. Richard Vedder discusses the matter.

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Dr Richard Vedder is Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus at Ohio University and has been writing on issues of higher education for more than 60 years. He’s the author of Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America and his writings can be found at the Independent Institute.

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