Kresta in the Afternoon – October 4, 2018 – Hour 2

  • Description: Broadcasting from Washington, DC at the Dignity of Work Conference!

+  Authentic Catholic Work

  • Description: In the wildly popular film The Lego Movie, the “villain” is a greedy executive dubbed “Lord Business.” He portrays a vision of business and work that is popular in today’s culture, but at clear odds with Catholic teaching. Andreas Widmer takes a look.
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    • Andreas Widmer
      Andreas Widmer is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Catholic University of America and the President of the Carpenters Fund. He’s the author of The Pope and the CEO: Pope John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard.
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+  Women and Work

  • Description: Women, like men, have a professional calling to transform and improve the world around them. In his famous Letter to Women, St John Paul II encouraged all people to appreciate the genius of woman an enable it to be more fully expressed in life as a whole. We talk with Sharon Hefferan.
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    • Sharon Hefferan
      Sharon Hefferan is Executive Director of the Yuma Center in DC, an organization that works to help women find joy in their everyday profession. Visit
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+  Will Smart Machines Kill the American Dream?

  • Description: Since its inception, America has been governed by the belief that if you work hard and conduct yourself responsibly, you will be able to prosper. But the latest wave of technology has brought that idea into doubt. Increasingly sophisticated "smart" machines will replace millions of blue and white-collar jobs. Will this kill the American dream? We talk with Jay Richards.
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    • Jay Richards
      Jay Richards is the author of The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines. He is a professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, the executive editor of The Stream, and the host of EWTN's upcoming TV show A Force for Good.
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    • The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines

      Bestselling author and economist Jay W. Richards makes the definitive case for how the free market and individual responsibility can save the American Dream in an age of automation and mass disruption. For two and a half centuries, America has been held together by the belief that if you work hard and conduct yourself responsibly in this country, you will be able to prosper and leave a better life for your children. But over the past decade, that idea has come into crisis. A recession, the mass outsourcing of stable jobs, and a coming wave of automation that will replace millions of blue- and white-collar jobs alike have left many people worried that the game is rigged and that our best days are behind us. In this story-driven manifesto on the future of American work, Jay Richards argues that such thinking is counterproductive--making us more fragile, more dependent, and less equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing economy. If we're going to survive, we need a new model for how ordinary people can thrive in this age of mass disruption. Richards pulls back the curtain on what's really happening in our economy, dispatching myths about capitalism, greed, and upward mobility. And he tells the stories of how real individuals have begun to rebuild a culture of virtue, capitalizing on the skills that are most uniquely human: creativity, resilience, and empathy for the needs of others. Destined to take its place alongside classics like Economics in One LessonThe Human Advantage is the essential book for understanding the future of American work, and how each of us can make this era of staggering change work on our behalf. (learn more)

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