Kresta in the Afternoon – April 15, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – TBA

    Second Topic – Federal agency warns of “radicals” on right – Veterans, anti-immigration activists and pro-lifers included

    The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in "rightwing extremist activity," saying the economic recession, the election of America's first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias. It defines "rightwing extremism in the United States" as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority. "It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration," the warning says. We talk about this disturbing report with political scientist Paul Kengor.

    Third Topic – Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic: April 15, 1912

    The RMS Titanic was an Olympic-class passenger liner owned by the White Star Line and built in the UK. For her time, she was the largest steamship in the world. On the night of April 14, 1912, during her maiden voyage, Titanic hit an iceberg and sank two hours and forty minutes later. The sinking resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people, making it one of the most deadly peacetime maritime disasters in history. The high casualty rate was due in part to the fact that, although complying with the regulations of the time, the ship did not carry enough lifeboats for everyone aboard. We look at this disaster on the ship that “God himself could not sink” with Ed Kamuda, Founder and Director of the Titanic Historical Society.

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