Kresta in the Afternoon – December 26, 2016 – Hour 2

  • Description: It’s that time of year again...time for us to Count Down the best interviews of the last 12 months. Our list covers a wide range of topics from Testimony to the Year of Mercy to the year’s biggest news stories. Did your favorite interview make our list? There’s only one way to find out!

+  #17: Living as a Catholic in Outer Space

  • Description: What does a Catholic astronaut do when he goes into space? How can he receive the Eucharist when he’s orbiting 250 miles above the nearest church? Mike Hopkins spent 24 weeks aboard the International Space Station in 2013 and was allowed to take along a pyx with several Hosts broken into pieces. We’ll talk with Mike about how he lived his faith in outer space and what it’s like to receive Jesus while looking down on the earth.
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    • Mike Hopkins
      Mike Hopkins is a Colonel in the US Air Force & NASA astronaut. He was part of Expeditions 37 and 38 to the International Space Station in 2013, where he conducted a pair of spacewalks totaling almost 13 hours. He spent 166 days in space, completing 2656 orbits of the earth and traveling more than 70 million miles. Mike was team captain of the University of Illinois football team where he played defensive back.
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+  #16: Rearview Mirror: Why did Sirhan Sirhan Kill RFK? (2 segments)

  • Description: We’re taking a look in the “Rearview Mirror” of history at the assassination of JFK’s younger brother. Bobby Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, and died the following day. Mel Ayton joins us again to talk about Sirhan’s motivations and how a seemingly open-and-shut case blossomed into a massive conspiracy theory.
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    • Mel Ayton
      Mel Ayton is the author of numerous books and articles, including “The Forgotten Terrorist: Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F Kennedy.” He is a former Fullbright teacher in the US and now lives in England. He has also lived in Africa and Bermuda.
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    • The Forgotten Terrorist: Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

      Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1968 seemed like it should be an open-and-shut case. Many people crowded in the small room at Los Angeles’s famed Ambassador Hotel that fateful night and saw Sirhan Sirhan pull the trigger. Sirhan was also convicted of the crime and still languishes in jail with a life sentence. However, conspiracy theorists have jumped on inconsistencies in the eyewitness testimony and alleged anomalies in the forensic evidence to suggest that Sirhan was only one shooter in a larger conspiracy, a patsy for the real killers, or even a hypnotized assassin who did not know what he was doing (a popular plot in Cold War–era fiction, such as The Manchurian Candidate). Mel Ayton profiles Sirhan and presents a wealth of evidence about his fanatical Palestinian nationalism and his hatred for RFK that motivated the killing. Ayton unearths neglected eyewitness accounts and overlooked forensic evidence and examines Sirhan’s extensive personal notebooks. He revisits the trial proceedings and convincingly shows Sirhan was in fact the lone assassin whose politically motivated act was a forerunner of present-day terrorism. The Forgotten Terrorist is the definitive book on the assassination that rocked the nation during the turbulent summer of 1968. (learn more)

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