Kresta in the Afternoon – June 28, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Who will replace Kennedy?

  • Description: In the first two years of his term, President Trump is set to nominate as many Justices as Clinton, Bush and Obama did in their entire respective presidencies. The future of the Court was an issue that was a major influence on those who were not ardent supporters of Trump, but voted for him in the end. Ed Whelan joins us.
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    • Ed Whelan
      Edward Whelan is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He directs EPPC’s program on The Constitution, the Courts, and the Culture. His areas of expertise include constitutional law and the judicial confirmation process. He is co-editor of Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived. Visit
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+  Does the Free Economy Stifle a Culture of Beauty?

  • Description: What forms culture? Do capitalism, mass production and industrialization inevitably result in blandness and ugliness? David Clayton doesn't think so. He joins us with a look at how personal freedom and faith allow us to flourish in society and create a culture of beauty.
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    • David Clayton
      David Clayton is Provost at Pontifex University, an online Catholic education platform where he has designed a Masters in Sacred Arts program. He is also Visiting Fellow at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and the author of The Way of Beauty: Liturgy, Education and Inspiration for Family, School and College.
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    • The Way of Beauty: Liturgy, Education, and Inspiration for Family, School, and College

      In The Way of Beauty, David Clayton describes how a true Catholic education is both a program of liturgical catechesis and an inculturation that aims for the supernatural transformation of the person so that he can in turn transfigure the whole culture through the divine beauty of his daily action. There is no human activity, no matter how mundane, that cannot be enhanced by this formation in beauty. Such enhanced activity then resonates in harmony with the common good and, through its beauty, draws all people to the Church--and ultimately to the worship of God in the Sacred Liturgy.

      The Way of Beauty will be of profound interest not only to artists, architects, and composers, but also to educators, who can apply its principles in home and classroom for the formation and education of children and students of all ages and at all levels--family, homeschooling, high school, college, and university.
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+  Anthony Kennedy: Reagan’s Worst Mistake

  • Description: On November 11, 1987 President Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court, a move that was supposed to calm the waters generated by the disastrous nominations of Robert Bork and Douglas Ginsburg. Kennedy’s subsequent decades on the court saw the redefinition of things as basic as life and marriage. Paul Kengor discusses what he sees as Reagan’s greatest mistake.
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    • Paul Kengor
      Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College. He is author of over a dozen books, including his most recent, "A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century," and "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism."
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