Kresta in the Afternoon – July 2, 2019 – Hour 1

+  The Redemption of a Nazi Commandant

  • Description: We spoke recently with Stan Williams, who is developing a film about the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe and his spiritual battle with Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess. Hoess was born into a Catholic and, shortly before his execution, acknowledged the enormity of his crimes and begged forgiveness. Stan joins us to finish the story.
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    • Stan Williams
      Stan Williams is a Catholic filmmaker and author. Visit him at stanwilliams.com. He is the executive producer of a new film, still in progress, called When We Were Gods
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+  The Coddling of the American Mind (2 segments)

  • Description: Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Social gatherings are accused of promoting Cultural Appropriation. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. You may remember some schools offering coloring books to students after Trump's election. But despite all these efforts to make students feel "safer," rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising—on campus as well as nationally. How did this happen? We talk with Greg Lukianoff.
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    • Greg Lukianoff
      Greg Lukianoff is the president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He's the co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bade Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failture. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and specializes in free speech and First Amendment issues in higher education. His other books include Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech.
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    • The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

      A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in NonfictionNew York Times Notable Book Bloomberg Best Book of 2018 The New York Times bestseller! Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising—on campus as well as nationally. How did this happen? First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weakeralways trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures.  Embracing these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life. Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. They examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines. (learn more)

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