Kresta in the Afternoon – December 30, 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!

+  #4: The Duke Lacrosse Rape Case: How Corruption and Political Correctness Nearly Destroyed Three Lives (2 segments)

  • Description: A new ESPN 30-for-30 documentary highlights the ten-year anniversary of the rape case involving the Duke men’s lacrosse team. We’ll look at the arrest and humiliation of three innocent players who were victims of a bogus accusation, tried by a corrupt District Attorney and trashed by a lazy and politically correct news media and faculty. Our guest is Don Yaeger, author of It’s Not About The Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered
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    • Don Yaeger
      Don Yaeger is a sports journalist and the author of almost two dozen books, including the bestseller “It’s not about the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Scandal and the Lives it Shattered.” He is a longtime associate editor of Sports Illustrated and an award-winning keynote speaker who has appeared on Nightline, CNN, Good Morning America and many more.
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    • It’s Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered

      Mike Pressler walked into the bottomfloor meeting room of the Murray Building and, as he had done hundreds of times over a sixteen-year career at Duke University, prepared to address his men's lacrosse team. Forty-six players sat in theater-style chairs, all eyes riveted forward. It was 4:35 P.M. on Wednesday, April 5, 2006. The program's darkest hour had arrived in an unexpected and explosive announcement. Pressler, a three-time ACC Coach of the Year, informed his team that its season was canceled and he had "resigned," effective immediately. While his words reverberated off the walls, hysteria erupted. Players cried, confused over a course of events that had spun wildly out of control. What began as an off-campus team party with two hired strippers had accelerated into a rape investigation -- one that exposed prosecutorial misconduct, shoddy police work, an administration's rush to judgment, and the media's disregard for the facts -- dividing both a prestigious university and the city of Durham. Wiping away tears, Pressler demonstrated the steely resolve that helped him win more than two hundred games. For the next thirty minutes, Pressler put his personal situation aside and encouraged his players to stick together. He also made a bold promise: "One day, we will get a chance to tell the world the truth. One day." This is that day. Pressler, who has not done an interview since the saga began, has handed his private diary from those three weeks to New York Times bestselling author Don Yaeger, exposing vivid details, including the day Pressler was fired, when the coach asked Athletic Director Joe Alleva why the school "wasn't willing to wait for the truth" to come out. "It's not about the truth anymore," Alleva said to the coach in a signature moment that said it all. In addition to Pressler, Yaeger interviewed more than seventy-five key figures intimately involved in the case. The result is a tale that defies logic. "It is tough to be one of fifty people who believed a story when fifty million people believed something else," Pressler said. "This wasn't about the truth to many of the others involved. My story is all about the truth." (learn more)

+  #3: The Beauty of Fr. Paul Scalia’s Funeral Homily

  • Description: Justice Antonin Scalia was well-known for his devout Catholic faith. His son Fr. Paul Scalia beautifully described his dad’s faith in the homily at his funeral. Fr. Paul joins us.
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    • Fr. Paul Scalia
      Fr Paul Scalia is a son of the late Justice Antonin Scalia and delivered the homily at his father’s funeral Mass. He’s the founder, editor and publisher of “The Fenwick Review” at the College of the Holy Cross and writes for Adoremus Bulletin, First Things and other publications. Fr. Scalia is a frequent speaker for the Institute of Catholic Culture in Front Royal and is the Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Director of the Diaconate Formation Program for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia.
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