Kresta in the Afternoon – March 19, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Social Science Apologetics: The Cognitive Differences Between Men and Women

  • Description: In 1998 CalTech neuroscientist Nirao Shah decided to study sex-based differences in human brains using the latest available technology. At the time, he was basically on his own. The neuroscience community had largely considered any observed sex-associated differences in cognition and behavior in humans to be due to the effects of cultural influences. But in the years since there has been a sea change as new technologies have generated a growing pile of evidence that there are inherent differences in how men's and women's brains are wired and how they work. Dr Greg Popcak joins us with more.
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    • Dr Greg Popcak
      Dr Greg Popcak is Chair of the Online Master of Pastoral Studies program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He's also Executive Director of Pastoral Solutions Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa co-host More2Life on Ave Maria Radio. Visit and find his Faith on the Couch blog at
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+  The History of St. Patrick (2 segments)

  • Description: St. Patrick is among the best-known saints and has one of the most iconic feast days. What do we know about his life, especially his early years? How did he come to be a missionary and why did he choose to go to Ireland? We'll look at his life with Philip Freeman.
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    • Dr. Philip Freeman
      Philip Freeman is the Chair of Western Culture in the Seaver College of Pepperdine University. He’s the author of many books including biographies of St Patrick, Julius Caesar and Sappho. Visit
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    • St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography

      Ireland's patron saint has long been shrouded in legend, but the true story of St. Patrick is far more inspiring than the myths. In St. Patrick of Ireland, Philip Freeman brings the historic Patrick and his world vividly to life. Patrick speaks in his own voice in two remarkable letters he wrote about himself and his beliefs, new translations of which are included here and which are still astonishing for their passion and eloquence. Born late in the fourth century to an aristocratic British family, Patrick's life was changed forever when he was abducted and taken to Ireland just before his sixteenth birthday. He spent six grueling years there as a slave, but the ordeal turned him from an atheist into a true believer. After a vision in which God told him he would go home, Patrick escaped captivity and, following a perilous journey, returned safely to Britain to the amazement of his family. But even more amazing to them was his announcement that he intended to go back to Ireland to spend the rest of his life ministering to the people who had once enslaved him. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the British Isles during the last years of the Roman Empire, St. Patrick of Ireland brilliantly brings to life the real Patrick, shorn of legend, a man whose deep spiritual conviction and devotion helped to transform a country. (learn more)

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