Kresta in the Afternoon – December 30, 2019 – Hour 2

  • Description: We continue our countdown with Tim Carney and Richard Watts.

+  2019 Countdown #16: Can Life's Best Things be Bought?

  • Description: They say the best things in life can't be bought. Is this true? As an advisor to some of America's richest families, Richard Watts has seen the reality of being super rich and the unavoidable complications money brings. He joins us with "fables of fortune" to discuss how you may be far richer than you think.
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    • Richard Watts
      Richard Watts is the founder and President of Family Business Office. He's the author of Entitltemania and Fables of Fortune. He's a renowned speaker and contributor to national publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, NPR, Variety Magazine, Washington Times, and PBS. Visit and
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    • Entitlemania: How Not to Spoil Your Kids, and What to Do If You Have

      FOR EVERYTHING YOU GIVE YOUR CHILD, YOU TAKE SOMETHING AWAY. Entitlemania is an epidemic. Well-intentioned parents across the country are enabling a “me” generation of children who lack the wisdom and satisfaction of accomplishment that only struggle and adversity can bring. As a veteran advisor and legal counsel to America’s most successful families, Richard Watts has seen the extremes of entitlement up close and wants to help you avoid creating it in your own children. Entitlemania will teach you how to redirect kids and repair adults who believe the world owes them something. Your greatest challenge may be learning to control your own actions! Entitlemania will provide practical strategies like creating boundaries, walking your talk, and allowing children to fend for themselves. A groundbreaking book that sheds important light on an increasingly pervasive social trend affecting children at every age—and at every income bracket! The big takeaway for parents: You may have to let your children fail so they can learn how to succeed. (learn more)

    • Fables of Fortune: What Rich People Have That You Don’t Want

      AUTHOR RICHARD WATTS, advisor to the richest families in America, takes you into the world of the super wealthy, revealing the reality of being super rich and the unavoidable complications money brings. Pulling back the brocade curtain, Watts reveals the emotional grit behind the million-dollar glitz. After reading Fables of Fortune, you may discover you are actually richer in relationships, satisfaction, and fulfillment than those you may dream of being. (learn more)

+  2019 Countdown #15: Alienated America: Understanding the Americans Who Voted for Trump

  • Description: During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump proclaimed, “The American Dream is dead,” a message that resonated with disenfranchised voters across the country, especially in the Midwest. Tim Carney says that Trump is right, but the death of the American Dream is a social phenomenon, not an economic one. He joins us.  
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    • Tim Carney
      Tim Carney is the author of Alienated America, the Commentary editor of the Wasington Examiner and a visiting fellow at American Enterprise Institute. Follow him on Twitter @TPCarney
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    • Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse

      Respected conservative journalist and commentator Timothy P. Carney continues the conversation begun with Hillbilly Elegy and the classic Bowling Alone in this hard-hitting analysis that identifies the true factor behind the decline of the American dream: it is not purely the result of economics as the left claims, but the collapse of the institutions that made us successful, including marriage, church, and civic life. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump proclaimed, “the American dream is dead,” and this message resonated across the country. Why do so many people believe that the American dream is no longer within reach? Growing inequality, stubborn pockets of immobility, rising rates of deadly addiction, the increasing and troubling fact that where you start determines where you end up, heightening political strife—these are the disturbing realities threatening ordinary American lives today. The standard accounts pointed to economic problems among the working class, but the root was a cultural collapse: While the educated and wealthy elites still enjoy strong communities, most blue-collar Americans lack strong communities and institutions that bind them to their neighbors. And outside of the elites, the central American institution has been religion That is, it’s not the factory closings that have torn us apart; it’s the church closings. The dissolution of our most cherished institutions—nuclear families, places of worship, civic organizations—has not only divided us, but eroded our sense of worth, belief in opportunity, and connection to one another. In Abandoned America, Carney visits all corners of America, from the dim country bars of Southwestern Pennsylvania., to the bustling Mormon wards of Salt Lake City, and explains the most important data and research to demonstrate how the social connection is the great divide in America. He shows that Trump’s surprising victory was the most visible symptom of this deep-seated problem. In addition to his detailed exploration of how a range of societal changes have, in tandem, damaged us, Carney provides a framework that will lead us back out of a lonely, modern wilderness. (learn more)

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