Kresta in the Afternoon – August 6, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Mayor Pete Heads to Notre Dame

  • Description: Earlier this summer the University of Notre Dame announced that Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend and sometime 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, had been named a 2020-21 faculty fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Institute director Meghan Sullivan called Buttigieg the "perfect fit" for this year as they focus on the "nature of trust." Fr Bill Miscamble joins us.
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    • Fr. Bill Miscamble
      Fr Bill Miscamble is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and a professor in the history department at Notre Dame. He's the author most recently of American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame's Father Ted Hesburgh as well as The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs and the Defeat of Japan.
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    • American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh

      A provocative new biography probes deeply into the storied life of Father Ted Hesburgh, the well-loved but often controversial president of Notre Dame University.   Considered for many decades to be the most influential priest in America, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, played what many consider pivotal roles in higher education, the Catholic Church, and national and international affairs. American Priest examines his life and his many and varied engagements—from the university he led for thirty-five years to his associations with the Vatican and the White House—and evaluates the extent and importance of his legacy. Author and Notre Dame priest-professor Wilson D. Miscamble tracks how Hesburgh transformed Catholic higher education in the postwar era and explores how he became a much-celebrated voice in America at large. Yet, beyond the hagiography that often surrounds Hesburgh’s legacy lies another more complex and challenging story. What exactly were his contributions to higher learning; what was his involvement in the civil rights movement; and what was the nature of his role as advisor to popes and presidents? Understanding Hesburgh’s life and work illuminates the journey that the Catholic Church traversed over the second half of the twentieth century. Exploring and evaluating Hesburgh’s importance, then, contributes not only to the colorful history of Notre Dame but also to comprehending the American Catholic experience. (learn more)

+  The Significance of Jesus' Transfiguration (2 segments)

  • Description: It's the Feast of the Transfiguration. What do we know about this extraordinary event? What was the significance of Moses and Elijah's presence - and what's up with St. Peter's seemingly silly idea to build separate booths for them? Steve Ray joins us.
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    • Steve Ray
      Steve Ray leads pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Rome and other sites. He converted to Catholicism in 1994 and is the author of “Crossing the Tiber,” “Upon this Rock” and other books. He’s the host and producer of the Footprints of God DVD series and has been to the Holy Land more than 180 times. He also writes bible studies for Catholic Scripture Study International Visit and

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