Kresta in the Afternoon – April 23, 2014 – Hour 1

+  Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford’s Theatre

  • Description: Last week we remembered that anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln - April 14, 1865. A famous actor pulls a trigger in the presidential balcony, leaps to the stage and escapes, as the president lies fatally wounded. In the panic that follows, forty-six terrified people scatter in and around Ford’s Theater as soldiers take up stations by the doors and the audience surges into the streets chanting, “Burn the place down!” But there is an untold story - the forty-six stage hands, actors, and theater workers on hand for the bewildering events in the theater that night, and what each of them witnessed in the chaos-streaked hours before John Wilkes Booth was discovered to be the culprit. Thomas Bogar is here to tell that story.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Thomas Bogar
      Thomas A. Bogar has taught theatre for forty years, most recently at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. He is also the author of John E. Owens (2002), American Presidents Attend the Theatre (2006), and numerous journal articles. He has served as a judge for Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes Theatre Awards, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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      • Book(s):
        • Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford’s Theatre
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+  Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford’s Theatre (continue)

+  Pope John XXIII: Overlooked in This Week’s Canonizations?

  • Description: Published in the 50th anniversary year of the historic Vatican Council II, The Good Pope by Greg Tobin is the first major biography of Pope John XXIII, a universally beloved religious leader who ushered in an era of hope and openness in the Catholic Church—and whose reforms, had they been accepted, would have enabled the church to avoid many of the major crises it faces today. Tobin offers a timely and important investigation into the history of the Catholic Church, and a celebration of one of its true heroes.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Greg Tobin
      Greg Tobin is publishing director of A.A. World Services. He is the author of multiple titles including Saints and Sinners and Holy Father (a biography of Pope Benedict XVI) and was featured widely in national and international media. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife and sons.
    • Resources:
      • Book(s):
        • The Good Pope: The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church--The Story of John XXIII and Vatican II
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