Kresta in the Afternoon – August 1, 2017 – Hour 1

+  The Good – and Bad – of the Trump Presidency (1.5 segments)

  • Segment Guests:
    • Rick Santorum
      Rick Santorum is a former senator from Pennsylvania and a Senior Political Commentator for CNN.

+  What Pope Francis Gets Right – and Wrong – about Economics (1.5 segments)

  • Description: Pope Francis has sparked international debates with his statements on economics and the proper care of the environment. What does he say about the proper care for the poor? What are his concerns about materialism? How has his background influenced his understanding of capitalism and socialism? We’ll discuss it with Robert Whaples.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Robert Whaples
      Dr Robert Whaples is Professor of Economics at Wake Forest University. His doctoral dissertation "The Shortening of the American Work Week: An Economic and Historical Analysis" won the Allen Nevins Prize from the Economic History Association. He has edited five books including "The Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History." His next book, Pope Francis and the Caring Society, is due out in September. He's also Managing Editor of The Independent Review.
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    • Pope Francis and the Caring Society

      Pope Francis and the Caring Society is a thoughtful exploration of the Pope’s earnest call for a dialogue on building a truly compassionate society. Francis’s fervent support for uplifting the poor and protecting the environment has inspired far-reaching discussions worldwide: Do capitalism and socialism have positive or negative social consequences? What is the most effective way to fight poverty? And what value does a religious perspective offer in addressing moral, political, and economic problems? Pope Francis and the Caring Society is an indispensable resource for consideration of these vital questions. Edited by Robert M. Whaples, with a foreword by Michael Novak, the book provides an integrated perspective on Francis and the issues he has raised, examining the intersection of religion, politics, and economics. Readers will discover important historical and cultural context for considering Francis’s views, along with alternative solutions for environmental preservation, a defense of Francis’s criticism of power and privilege, a case for market-based entrepreneurship and private charity as potent tools for fighting poverty, and an examination of Francis’s philosophy of the family. Pope Francis and the Caring Society is essential reading for anyone interested in creating a better, more caring, and prosperous world. (learn more)

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