Kresta in the Afternoon – December 10, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – First Issue of Playboy Published – Dec. 10, 1953

    It was on this day in 1953 that Hugh Heffner published the first issue of Playboy 55 years later, we look at the impact that pornography has had on our country, our marriages and our Church. Last year, Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn wrote a pastoral letter on the theme of pornography, calling it an epidemic attacking human dignity. both the effects of pornography and ways to combat it within the family. Catholic therapist Peter Kleponis recently completed a six-part DVD series based on the pastoral letter and outlining the dangers of pornography and pornography addiction entitled Blessed Are the Pure of Heart. He joins us to look at both the effects of pornography and ways to combat it within the family.

    Second Topic – Corruption Crime Spree in IL – Getting to Know Rod Blagojevich

    The predawn rousting of Gov. Rod Blagojevich from his Chicago home yesterday morning marked a stunning climax to a tale of alleged public corruption unmatched in Illinois' storied history of elected scoundrels and thrust the state into an unprecedented political crisis. Illinoisans awoke to news that their governor had been arrested, handcuffed and hauled before a federal magistrate on sweeping charges he conspired to sell his office many times over - including putting a price on the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald said the governor's actions forced his office to intervene. “Gov. Blagojevich has been arrested in the middle of what we can only describe as a political corruption crime spree,” he said. Fitzgerald said Blagojevich's “conduct would make Abraham Lincoln roll over in his grave.” Chicago Tribune reporter David Bernstein recently wrote and in-depth piece on the wildly unpopular Governor and joins us to get inside this truly amazing story.

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