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Kresta in the Afternoon-December 30th, 2014 – COUNTDOWN OF THE TOP 40 INTERVIEWS OF 2014

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 30, 2014

4:00 – #10. From the Plantation to the Pulpit: A Former Sharecropper Reflects on the Ferguson Riots and the New York Chokehold Case (original air 12/4)

Deacon Larry Oney grew up the son of a sharecropper in Louisiana, where he experienced firsthand the horrors of racism in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. He recalls being afraid to travel through Mississippi because of the lynch mobs. He worked backbreaking hours in the fields to harvest cotton at a rate of two cents per pound-with crooked scales. Deacon Larry overcame these enormous challenges and is now a Catholic deacon, speaker, evangelist and the CEO of the HGI Global management firm. The state of race relations in the US is being debated more contentiously than ever after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the subsequent Grand Jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved. Deacon Larry joins us to give his view on these cases and the issue of race in America.

5:00 – #9. Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It (original air 5/14)

Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy. Why wouldn’t she be? She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start-up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty-first-floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin. Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Yet a creeping darkness followed her all of her life. Finally, one winter night, it drove her to the edge of her balcony, making her ask once and for all why anything mattered. At that moment everything she knew and believed was shattered. Jennifer joins us to talk to us about life and death, good and evil, atheism and Catholicism

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