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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—August 11, 2014

Talking about the “things that matter most” on August 11



4:00 – The growing threat of ISIS


The self-proclaimed Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS, continues to spread across Iraq. More reports are surfacing every day of the atrocities this terrorist group is committing against Christians, Yezidis and other minorities in the region. The group recently promised to “raise the flag of Allah over the White House.” The US has conducted limited air strikes against ISIS forces and has begun equipping Kurdish forces but has no intention of sending troops back to Iraq. Robert Spencer, creator of, is with us to talk about the latest developments in the Iraq crisis.



4:40 – Kresta Comments: Tony Stewart: When a person becomes a brand.


NASCAR star Tony Stewart is the center of controversy after a tragic crash this weekend in a short-track race. Stewart bumped 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr.’s car, causing Ward to spin out. Ward climbed out of the car and stood in the middle of the track, staring down Stewart as he came back around the circle. Stewart struck Ward with his car; by the time Ward arrived at the hospital, he was dead. At first glance it seems like this was nothing more than a tragic accident, and that Stewart had no time to avoid Ward. But some people are casting at least partial blame on Stewart, citing his hothead, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred personality that he exhibits both on and off the racetrack. Al discusses the incident and what happens when someone’s personality becomes a brand that is bigger than themselves.


5:00 – Crisis in Iraq: ISIS and the caliphate


ISIS continues to grow. It gains new followers every day, controls large areas of Iraq including a key dam and has access to massive amounts of funding and other resources. Daniel Kochis of the Heritage Institute is with us to discuss ongoing threat that ISIS poses to the world.


5:20 – Kresta Comments: The Problem of Image and Reality


Our culture creates a false reality with impossible and often contradictory standards. We want to enjoy success without putting forth any effort. We want to remain fit and healthy without exercising. Women want to look young and skinny, like the supermodels in magazines. Men are told that they deserve to get at least one women with supermodel looks. Al discusses how our society distorts the true realities of life as we prepare for this Thursday’s Image and Reality conference.


5:40 – Celebrating the feast of St. Clare of Assisi


Renowned actor Leonardo Defilippis, star of “Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz” and other live-action dramas, joins us on the feast of St. Clare of Assisi to discuss this remarkable saint. 

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