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Kresta in the Afternoon – July 27, 2022 – Hour 1

What is the function of the Supreme Court? John Czarnetzky joins us, and Wendy Whitman-Cobb explains the significance of Russia leaving the International Space Station.

Is the “Legitimacy” of the Court in Doubt?

Last week Justice Elena Kagan expressed concern over the future of the Court, saying that if “the court loses all connection with the public and public sentiment, that’s a dangerous thing for democracy.” What role is the Court supposed to play in our society, and should it ever consider public sentiment? John Czarnetzky joins us.  

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Justice Kagan gives pointed warning about the ‘legitimacy’ of the court, seemingly calling out justices with ‘political social preferences’

John Czarnetzky is Chief Executive Officer and Dean at the Ave Maria School of Law. He also serves as a legal adviser to the Holy See’s Mission to the United Nations, representing the Holy See in negotiations, including establishing the International Criminal Court and several international treaties, including one on the rights of persons with disabilities. Dean Czarnetzky is a lay member of the Dominican Order and a third-degree Knight of Columbus.

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Living “La Dolce Fede” in the footsteps of Sts. Francis and Peter

The midterms are still several months away, but we know they’re going to be another round of nasty political fighting. Want to know a great remedy? A pilgrimage. Teresa Tomeo joins us to invite you to join her and Fr. James Conlon this fall to follow the steps of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Peter.

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La Dolce Fede Pilgrimage

Teresa Tomeo is the author of many books and her newest is Listening for God: Discovering the Incredible Ways God Speaks to Us. She has more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper and spent 19 of those years working in front of a camera as a reporter/anchor in the Detroit market. In the year 2000, Teresa left the secular media to start her own speaking and communications company, Teresa Tomeo Communications, LLC. Her daily morning radio program, Catholic Connection, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Russia is leaving the International Space Station – What Does that Mean?

The 1975 Apollo-Soyuz space mission was an important step in Russia-US relations, as the two rivals were able to set aside political differences for the sake of science. And for more than 20 years, the countries have been able to work together on the International Space Station. But yesterday Russia announced it would leave the project when operation agreements end in 2024. We look at the possible impacts with Dr. Wendy Whitman-Cobb.

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Russia’s withdrawal from the International Space Station could mean the early demise of the orbital lab – and sever another Russian link with the West

Space Blocs: The future of international cooperation in space is splitting along lines of power on Earth

The International Space Station at 20 offers hope and a template for future cooperation

Russian invasion of Ukraine and resulting US sanctions threaten the future of the International Space Station

NASA’s head warned that China may try to claim the Moon – two space scholars explain why that’s unlikely to happen

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Wendy Whitman Cobb is a professor of Strategy and Security Studies at Air University. She’s the author of several books, most recently Privatizing Peace: How Commerce Can Reduce Conflict in Space. Find her articles at and follow her on Twitter @drwhitmancobb

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