Kresta in the Afternoon – April 30, 2009 – Hour 1

  • Description:

    First Topic – MI Congressman Thaddeus McCotter Condemns “Cruel, Forced Bankruptcy” of Chrysler

    Chrysler will file for bankruptcy after talks with a small group of creditors crumbled just a day before a government deadline for the automaker to come up with a restructuring plan, President Barack Obama said today. The Obama administration said it had hoped to stave off bankruptcy for the nation's third largest automaker, but it became clear that a holdout group wouldn't budge on proposals to reduce Chrysler's $6.9 billion in secured debt. Clearing those debts was a needed step for Chrysler to restructure. We talk to US Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of MI to look at what this means and what the future holds for Chrysler.

    Second Topic – Seeing Through Cynicism: A Reconsideration of the Power of Suspicion

    We live in a cynical age. Cynicism is in the air we breathe; it is a cultural norm; it is the default setting and lens through which many of us view the world. Why is cynicism so pervasive? What does it promise? How does it work? And what does it deliver? Dick Keyes probes the intellectual and cultural underpinnings of cynicism in its modern and postmodern manifestations. In analyzing our cynicism toward individuals, institutions and God, he gives cynicism the scrutiny it deserves, arguing for its merits as a tool for discernment while pointing out its limitations.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *