Kresta in the Afternoon – February 3, 2011 – Hour 2

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    First Topic – Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday – God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life

    Ronald Reagan is hailed today for a presidency that restored optimism to America, engendered years of economic prosperity, and helped bring about the fall of the Soviet Union. Yet until now little attention has been paid to the role Reagan's personal spirituality played in his political career, shaping his ideas, bolstering his resolve, and ultimately compelling him to confront the brutal -- and, not coincidentally, atheistic -- Soviet empire. This Sunday we commemorate Reagan’s 100th birthday and Paul Kengor, author of God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life is here.

    Second Topic – How the Uprising in Egypt Compares to / Contrasts From the 1979 Iranian Revolution

    The mounting popular demand that Egypt's all-powerful ruler step aside has suddenly forced the US to contemplate a Mideast without the guarantee of a bedrock Arab ally — and raised the specter of the anti-American revolution in Iran a generation ago. The spiraling turmoil in Egypt is confronting the Obama administration with its most acute foreign policy crisis to date, and officials are forced to toe a delicate line. We talk to Mark Bowden, author of Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam, about how the Egypt is like – and unlike – the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

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