Kresta in the Afternoon – December 28, 2017 – Hour 2

+  #10: Washington is Regulating American Indians to Death

  • Description: Most of today's public discourse regarding Native Americans concerns whether the Washington Redskins should change their name, or whether we should redesignate Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. Naomi Schaefer Riley has visited reservations across the country and has learned that such placating moves are not what Native Americans need most. They're desperate for real help and their lives are being destroyed by D.C. bureaucracy. Naomi joins us with more.
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    • Naomi Schaefer Riley
      Naomi Riley is the author of The New Trail of Tears: How Washington is Destroying American Indians. She's a weekly columnist for the New York Post and her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and many others. Visit
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    • The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians

      If you want to know why American Indians have the highest rates of poverty of any racial group, why suicide is the leading cause of death among Indian men, why native women are two and a half times more likely to be raped than the national average and why gang violence affects American Indian youth more than any other group, do not look to history. There is no doubt that white settlers devastated Indian communities in the 19th, and early 20th centuries. But it is our policies today—denying Indians ownership of their land, refusing them access to the free market and failing to provide the police and legal protections due to them as American citizens—that have turned reservations into small third-world countries in the middle of the richest and freest nation on earth. The tragedy of our Indian policies demands reexamination immediately—not only because they make the lives of millions of American citizens harder and more dangerous—but also because they represent a microcosm of everything that has gone wrong with modern liberalism. They are the result of decades of politicians and bureaucrats showering a victimized people with money and cultural sensitivity instead of what they truly need—the education, the legal protections and the autonomy to improve their own situation. If we are really ready to have a conversation about American Indians, it is time to stop bickering about the names of football teams and institute real reforms that will bring to an end this ongoing national shame. (learn more)

+  #9: The Catholic Doctor behind Football's Concussion Debate (2 segments)

  • Description: A recent study examined the brains of 202 deceased former football players, including 111 players from the NFL. 177 of the brains showed evidence of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE. It's the latest step in an ongoing debate over whether football is worth the risk, a discussion that has been spearheaded by Dr. Bennet Omalu, who first found CTE in former football players in 2005. Since then he has faced enormous obstacles but has been buoyed by his strong faith and desire for truth. He joins us.
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    • Dr. Bennet Omalu
      Dr. Bennet Omalu is the author of Truth Doesn't Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports. He's a Nigerian-American neuropathologist who discovered and named chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players, other athletes and military veterans. He is the chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, California, and a clinical professor at the University of California, Davis. His story is told in the major motion picture Concussion, starring Will Smith. Visit him at
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    • Truth Doesn’t Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports

      One day in 2002 the fifty-year old body of former Pittsburgh Steeler and hall of famer Mike Webster was laid on a cold table in front of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu. Webster’s body looked to Omalu like the body of a much older man, and the circumstances of his behavior prior to his death were clouded in mystery. But when Omalu cut into Webster’s brain, it appeared to be normal. Something didn’t add up. It was at this moment, Omalu studying slides of Webster’s brain tissue under a microscope, that the world of contact sports would never be the same: the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. CTE can result in an array of devastating consequences including deterioration in attention, memory loss, social instability, depression, and even suicide. And Omalu’s discovery of CTE in the brain of an American football player has become the catalyst of a blazing controversy across all contact sports. At the center of that controversy stands the unlikely Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born American citizen, a mild-mannered, gentle man of faith. It is fascinating that it would take someone on the outside of American culture to make this amazing discovery, and refuse to let it be kept hidden. Dr. Omalu began his life in strife, growing up in war-torn Nigeria. But his medical studies in forensic pathology proved to be a lifeline. It fed his natural curiosity and awakened within a deeper desire to always search for the truth. Who would have thought that such an unexpected character would play such a role in bringing to life this world-changing data? In Truth Doesn’t Have a Side, discover the truth about CTE: Its causes and symptoms, how we might keep our children safe and guide professional athletes when CTE sets in. The problem of CTE is coming to light with each new story about an athlete’s concussion problem, and we are likely facing dramatic changes to professional sports. You’ll be inspired by Dr. Bennet Omalu a man driven by his love and concern for the welfare of all people, and his professional vow to speak the truth. (learn more)

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