Kresta in the Afternoon – March 28, 2018 – Hour 2

+  The Escalation of Pornography: A Ten-Year Update

  • Description: Data has shown that since the mid-2000s, the rate of sexual intercourse amongst high schoolers was decreasing. At face value this seems like good news, but it may not be because abstinence ideas are winning. It may be due to the skyrocketing rates of pornography usage - and it’s no coincidence that these trends match up with the rise of smartphones. Here are the stats: 75% of all porn watching is done on smartphones. 25% of all internet searches are for pornography. And the average age of a boy's first viewing of pornography is 10. Patrick Fagan joins us.
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    • Dr. Patrick Fagan
      Pat Fagan is the director of the Marriage and Religion Research Initiative at The Catholic University of America. He is publisher and editor of Marripedia.org.
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    • Delivered – True Stories of Men and Women Who Turned from Porn to Purity

      Deliverance from pornography is possible and these true stories prove it. The pious man whose fairytale marriage was almost destroyed by his fierce addiction... The young woman who escaped a broken and abusive childhood only to become ensnared in porn s seamy underworld... The couple who tried everything to beat the pain and shame of porn in their home... The female musician who thought porn was a guy thing until she got hooked herself... ...and five other inspiring tales of liberation from the ravages of pornography. Delivered is proof that no one is beyond the reach of God s healing grace. (learn more)

+  America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East (2 segments)

  • Description: On March 28, 1969 President Eisenhower died. He’s probably best remembered for the campaign slogan “I Like Ike” and his heroics in the Second World War. He’s also known for his handling of the 1956 Suez Crisis, which reconfigured power alignments in the Middle East. We’ll talk about Ike’s gamble with Michael Doran.
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    • Mike Doran
      Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, specializing in Middle East security issues. He served in the Bush administration as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate US strategies on a variety of middle east issues. He also served in the State Department and as a deputy assitant secretary of defense in the Pentagon.
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    • Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East

      This major retelling of the Suez Crisis of 1956—one of the most important events in the history of US policy in the Middle East—shows how President Eisenhower came to realize that Israel, not Egypt, is America’s strongest regional ally. In 1956 President Nasser of Egypt moved to take possession of the Suez Canal, thereby bringing the Middle East to the brink of war. The British and the French, who operated the canal, joined with Israel in a plan to retake it by force. Despite the special relationship between England and America, Dwight Eisenhower intervened to stop the invasion. In Ike’s Gamble, Michael Doran shows how Nasser played the US, invoking America’s opposition to European colonialism to drive a wedge between Eisenhower and two British Prime Ministers, Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden. Meanwhile, in his quest to make himself the strongman of the Arab world, Nasser was making weapons deals with the USSR and destabilizing other Arab countries that the US had been courting. The Suez Crisis was his crowning triumph. In time, Eisenhower would conclude that Nasser had duped him, that the Arab countries were too fractious to anchor America’s interests in the Middle East, and that the US should turn instead to Israel. Affording deep insight into Eisenhower and his foreign policy, this fascinating and provocative history provides a rich new understanding of how the US became the power broker in the Middle East. (learn more)

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