Kresta in the Afternoon – December 21, 2017 – Hour 1

  • Description: 2017 Countdown Day 2 We’re counting down the best interviews of 2017. Did your favorite make the list? There’s only one way to find out!

+  #23: Lessons from Eisenhower’s Farewell

  • Description: President Eisenhower delivered his farewell address on January 17, 1961, three days before the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. His farewell was the closing act of one of modern America's great leaders, a man who offered a model of principled, effective and understated leadership. As the nation faces another transition of power, Bret Baier joins us to look at Eisenhower's final days, days that are full of parallels to and lessons for our own historical moment.
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    • Bret Baier
      Bret Baier is the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Channel and the Anchor and Executive Editor of Special Report with Bret Baier. He served as Chief White House Correspondent for FNC between 2006 and 2009 and has also served as National Security Correspondent, based at the Pentagon. He has traveled the world, reporting from seventy-four countries. He's also the author of Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love.
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    • Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission

      The blockbuster #1 national bestseller, now updated with a new preface and postcript: Bret Baier, the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Channel and the Anchor and Executive Editor of Special Report with Bret Baier, illuminates the extraordinary yet underappreciated presidency of Dwight Eisenhower by taking readers into Ike’s last days in power. In Three Days in January, Bret Baier masterfully casts the period between Eisenhower’s now-prophetic farewell address on the evening of January 17, 1961, and Kennedy’s inauguration on the afternoon of January 20 as the closing act of one of modern America’s greatest leaders—during which Eisenhower urgently sought to prepare both the country and the next president for the challenges ahead. Those three days in January 1961, Baier shows, were the culmination of a lifetime of service that took Ike from rural Kansas to West Point, to the battlefields of World War II, and finally to the Oval Office. When he left the White House, Dwight Eisenhower had done more than perhaps any other modern American to set the nation, in his words, “on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.” On January 17, Eisenhower spoke to the nation in one of the most remarkable farewell speeches in U.S. history. Ike looked to the future, warning Americans against the dangers of elevating partisanship above national interest, excessive government budgets (particularly deficit spending), the expansion of the military-industrial complex, and the creeping political power of special interests. Seeking to ready a new generation for power, Eisenhower intensely advised the forty-three-year-old Kennedy before the inauguration. Baier also reveals how Eisenhower’s two terms changed America forever for the better, and demonstrates how today Ike offers us the model of principled leadership that polls say is so missing in politics. Three Days in January forever makes clear that Eisenhower, an often forgotten giant of U.S. history, still offers vital lessons for our own time and stands as a lasting example of political leadership at its most effective and honorable. (learn more)

+  #22: Rearview Mirror: Star Wars turns 40 (2 segments)

  • Description: The first Star Wars film hit theaters on May 25, 1977, and immediately became a cultural phenomenon. Forty years later, it still matters. Even the most passionate fans have to admit the films are artistically flawed, but the franchise's impact on Hollywood and American pop culture has been incalculable. We'll talk with Steven Greydanus about this American mythology and why Star Wars still matters.
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    • Deacon Steven Greydanus
      Steven Greydanus is a Film critic for the National Catholic Register and writes regularly for Catholic Digest and Crux. He is the Co-host of Reel Faith for New Evangelization Television and a longtime member of the Online Film Critics Society. He's also a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Visit
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    • From Star Wars to Superman: Christ Figures in Science Fiction and Superhero Films

      When cultures such as ours toss Jesus out one door, He comes in albeit disguised through another. That's why author Jim Papandrea turned to Star Wars, Star Trek, The Matrix, Terminator, Spider-Man, Batman, Dr. Who, and half-a-dozen other modern shows, discovering in each one powerful images of Christ and salvation. Nor is that surprising. In stories of alternative universes, people always need rescuing; somebody needs to save the day; and sometimes the whole world cries out for a savior . . . which is just what a hero is. About the heroes of some of the most popular sci-fi stories of all time, author Papandrea here answers questions that concern Christians who are also Trekkies, Whovians, Matrix Dwellers, or aficionados of popular science fiction: What kind of "Christ-figure" is the hero of this story, and what does that say about the show s vision of Christ, humanity and salvation? In the interest of being scientific, Papandrea even gives each hero a Numerical Orthodoxy Score based on the description of Christ in the Nicene Creed, Christianity's common definition of orthodoxy. Included herein are astute Christian analyses of: Batman * Captain * America * Doctor Who * The Fifth Element * I, Robot * Iron Man * LOST * The Matrix * Planet of the Apes * Pleasantville * Spider-Man * Star Trek * Star Wars * Superman * The Terminator * The Time Machine * Tron * Wonder Woman Here you'll read about:

      • The pervasive Christian imagery in Doctor Who
      • Star Trek s predicted "death of God"
      • Free-will: the stumbling block in the first Matrix
      • The crucifixion of Spider-Man
      • Why Wonder Woman is an image of a gnostic savior
      • The meaning of salvation in Star Wars (It masquerades as Christian)
      • How Superman's life begins as a parallel of Moses.
      • I, Robot: the religious reason why the robot is called "Sonny"
      • Whether, in any Christian sense, Neo is The One?
      • Captain American and Iron-Man: one defends the innocent, the other brings justice to the guilty
      • The tomb scene in the Fifth Element: it s not the resurrection we need
      • Matter vs. Spirit in Tron: gnostic to the core
      • The anti-Christian bias of Planet of the Apes
      • Why the Force in Star Wars is no analogy to Grace or the Holy Spirit
      • The Star Wars Christ figure: Obi-Wan? Luke? Or even, ultimately, Darth Vader
      • What Heaven is understood to be in the LOST universe
      • Time travel as incarnation in The Terminator: a compelling analogy
      • Regeneration as resurrection in Doctor Who: Is it Christ-like?
      • How Pleasantville reverses the dynamism of the Fall
      • The baptismal significance of the plane crash in LOST
      • Pleasantville: a twisted version of Eden
      • The incarnation of the Christ-figure in Planet of the Apes
      • Tron's parallels between Christianity and the Roman Empire
      . . . and much more about other science fiction and superhero shows! Christians who enjoy popular culture will greet this fun book with interest and acclaim. (learn more)

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