Kresta in the Afternoon – May 29, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Rivers are being Recognized as Legal “Persons”

  • Description: Two rivers - one in New Zealand and one in India - have recently been declared legal "persons," because local indigenous peoples consider them sacred. What does it mean for a river to have "rights?" What does this reveal about the ever-increasing blur between the meanings of persons and non-persons in nature? We’ll talk with Wes Smith.
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    • Wes Smith
      Wes Smith is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism and a consultant to the Patients Rights Council. He’s the author of 13 books, most recently “Culture of Death: The age of Do-Harm Medicine.” Find his Human Exceptionalism blog at National Review and further writings at First Things.
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+  Natural Law & The US Economy (2 segments)

  • Description: The failure of the American Health Care Act and ongoing debate over President Trump's proposed budget has once again brought to life the discussion over the role of the State in providing for its citizens. Those who favor less government intervention in caring for the poor, sick, elderly and disabled are frequently accused of having no regard for the less fortunate. Fr. Joseph Koterski, joins us with a vision for the economy that is based on Natural Law.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Fr. Joseph Koterski
      Fr Joseph Koterski is an associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, where he serves as Master of Queens Court Residential College for Freshmen. He specializes in the history of medieval philosophy and natural law ethics and is editor-in-chief of International Philosophy Quarterly. He's the author of many books including "Culture and Creed." Visit

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