Kresta in the Afternoon – December 4, 2007 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Church pivotal in Chavez Reform Defeat

    President Hugo Chavez suffered a stunning defeat Monday in a referendum that would have let him run for re-election indefinitely and impose a socialist system in this major U.S. oil supplier. Voters rejected the sweeping measures by a vote of 51% to 49%. Pivotal in the defeat was the steady voice of the Church in Venezuela. We look at the fallout from the elections, the future of democracy in the country and the role of the Church in this victory.

    Second Topic – For One More Day

    On Sunday evening ABC will premiere the film version of Mitch Albom's “For One More Day." In the film, Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Imperioli plays Chick Benetto, a broken-down former baseball player who has collapsed into alcoholism and despair. He returns one night to his small hometown with plans to take his life. At the final moment, he is magically granted one more day with his departed mother, Posey Benetto, played by Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn.

    Third Topic – Camelot and the Cultural Revolution

    It has been more than forty years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on the streets of Dallas. No event in the post-war era, with the possible exception of September 11, has cast such a long shadow over our national life. The murder of the handsome and vigorous president shocked the nation to its core, and shook the faith of many Americans in their institutions and way of life. And James Piereson argues that the repercussions from that event continue to be felt down to the present day. Looking back, it is now clear, he says, that Kennedy’s death marked a historical crossroads after which point events began to move in surprising and destructive directions. Piereson, author of Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism is here.

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