Kresta in the Afternoon – February 14, 2017 – Hour 2

+  Who was the Real St. Valentine?

  • Description: Leave it to the secular culture to turn the story of a martyred priest into an opportunity to sell candy, jewelry and flowers. According to legend, Valentine was martyred for performing the Rite of Christian Matrimony in secret. Did this really happen? What do we really know about Valentine’s life and death? We’ll take a look with Christopher Check.
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    • Christopher Check
      Christopher Check is the President of Catholic Answers and the former vice president of the Rockford Institute. He lectures on Catholic and Military History.
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+  Plotting to Kill the President (2 segments)

  • Description: Since the birth of our nation and the election of our first president, groups of organized plotters or individuals have been determined to assassinate the chief executive. Three presidents were assassinated between the birth of the nation and the Great Depression, and the total came to four with the death of President Kennedy. Unknown to the public, almost every president has been threatened or survived "near lethal approaches" during his term. Mel Ayton joins us with a look.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Mel Ayton
      Mel Ayton is the author of numerous books, including Hunting the President and The Forgotten Terrorist: Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert Kennedy. He is a former history consultant for the BBC, National Geographic channel and the Discovery Channel.
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    • Plotting to Kill the President: Assassination Attempts from Washington to Hoover

      Since the birth of our nation and the election of the first president, groups of organized plotters or individuals have been determined to assassinate the chief executive. From the Founding Fathers to the Great Depression, three presidents have been assassinated: Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, and William McKinley. However, unknown to the general public, almost all presidents have been threatened, put in danger, or survived “near lethal approaches” during their terms. Plotting to Kill the President reveals the numerous, previously untold incidents when assassins, plotters, and individuals have threatened the lives of American presidents, from George Washington to Herbert Hoover. Mel Ayton has uncovered these episodes, including an attempt to assassinate President Hayes during his inauguration ceremony, an attempt to shoot Benjamin Harrison on the streets of Washington, an assassination attempt on President Roosevelt at the White House, and many other incidents that have never been reported or have been covered up. Ayton also recounts the stories of Secret Service agents and bodyguards from each administration who put their lives in danger to protect the commander in chief. Plotting to Kill the President demonstrates the unsettling truth that even while the nation sleeps, those who would kill the president are often hard at work devising new schemes. (learn more)

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