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Kresta in the Afternoon – January 30, 2015

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 30, 2015 

4:00 – St. Odd: The End is His Beginning

In Dean Koontz’s latest novel, Odd Thomas is back where it all started . . . because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them—as he’s borne witness to the greatest good and darkest evil humanity is capable of. Again and again, he has gone where he must and done what he had to do—for better or worse—with his courage and devotion sorely tested, and his soul forever changed. Every triumph has been hard won. Each sacrifice has taken its toll. Dean joins us to discuss his new book.

4:20 – College Ratings Plans and Free Tuition: Will This Punish Religious Colleges?

The Obama Administration has unveiled a ratings plan intended to punish colleges that raise tuition rates too quickly. This comes in conjunction with Obama’s plan to provide two free years of community college. Is this yet another example of government overreach? We ask Anne Hendershott about these plans and what they mean for religious colleges. 

4:40 – At my Funeral, Please do Not Say…

We’ve all thought about how we will be remembered after death. What will our tombstone say? What will people say in our eulogy? How will we be remembered in the years after our death? Fr. Pat Egan, chaplain of Ave Maria Radio, is here with a different question. What’s the one thing we don’t want said at our funeral? Fr. Pat’s answer may surprise you.

5:00 – Kresta Comments: Fifty Shades of Grey is now the Fastest-Selling R-Rated Movie in Fandago History

“Fifty Shades” isn’t due out until Valentine’s Day, but it has already sold thousands of tickets online. Why is this story so popular? Our culture abhors rape, beatings and sexual assault, so why are so many people infatuated with a story that revolves around these themes?

5:20 – In Defense of Christians

In Defense of Christians is an organization that works to promote awareness and advocacy of religious freedom and persecution around the world. IDC does not exclusively focus on Christians; it seeks to protect the human rights of people of all faiths, and even those who profess no faith at all. The rights are universal and applicable to all human persons. We speak with Joe Cella, a senior advisor for the IDC, about his organization.

5:40 – What did the Saints Say about Islam?

In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis said, “Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalizations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” The ongoing atrocities committed by ISIS, Boko Haram and other groups make this statement increasingly difficult to accept. What did the saints have to say about Islam and its teachings? Andrew Bieszad, an expert on Islamic relations, joins us with some examples.

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