Kresta in the Afternoon – December 26, 2018 – Hour 2

  • Description: 2018 Countdown Day 7

+  2018 Countdown #14: Six Steps to Improving our Seminaries

  • Description: The McCarrick scandal has brought the sexual harassment and abuse of seminarians to the forefront. It leaves us wondering what steps can be taken to make sure our seminarians are safe and are being properly equipped for the unique calling of the priesthood. We talk with Fr Thomas Berg.
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    • Fr. Thomas Berg
      Fr Thomas Berg is a professor of moral theology and vice-rector at St Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York. He has been published in Crisis Magazine, First Things, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He is the author of Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics
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+  2018 Countdown #13: Playing Hurt: The Hidden Struggle Mental Illness (2 segments)

  • Description: John Saunders was one of the most beloved figures in sports journalism and one of ESPN's iconic faces and voices. But he had a secret struggle - a crippling depression that drove him to the brink of suicide. He has since passed on from natural causes, but he has shared his story with John U Bacon. May was mental health awareness month, and there has been a renewed focus on removing the stigma that prevents so many - especially men - from seeking help. John joins us.
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    • John U. Bacon
      John U Bacon is the author of many books, including Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope. He's also the author of The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy and Heroism, which was voted our #1 interview of 2017. He appears often on NPR and national TV. He teaches at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and at the University of Michigan.
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    • Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope

      For the first time ever, the popular late host of ESPN's The Sports Reporters and ABC's college football openly discusses a lifelong battle with depression. During his three decades on ESPN and ABC, John Saunders became one of the nation's most respected and beloved sportscasters. In this moving, jarring, and ultimately inspiring memoir, Saunders discusses his troubled childhood, the traumatic brain injury he suffered in 2011, and the severe depression that nearly cost him his life. As Saunders writes, Playing Hurt is not an autobiography of a sports celebrity but a memoir of a man facing his own mental illness, and emerging better off for the effort. I will take you into the heart of my struggle with depression, including insights into some of its causes, its consequences, and its treatments. I invite you behind the facade of my apparently "perfect" life as a sportscaster, with a wonderful wife and two healthy, happy adult daughters. I have a lot to be thankful for, and I am truly grateful. But none of these things can protect me or anyone else from the disease of depression and its potentially lethal effects. Mine is a rare story: that of a black man in the sports industry openly grappling with depression. I will share the good, the bad, and the ugly, including the lengths I've gone to to conceal my private life from the public. So why write a book? Because I want to end the pain and heartache that comes from leading a double life. I also want to reach out to the millions of people, especially men, who think they're alone and can't ask for help. John Saunders died suddenly on August 10, 2016, from an enlarged heart, diabetes, and other complications. This book is his ultimate act of generosity to help those who suffer from mental illness, and those who love them. (learn more)

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