Kresta in the Afternoon – September 24, 2019 – Hour 2

  • Description: Our guest host today is Jerry Usher.

+  The Eucharist and the Story of Israel

  • Description: You probably remember the Pew Research survey that found a majority of Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence in the Eucharist. To fully understand the importance of the Eucharist, we must understand its role in the Jewish story. We talk with Christopher Plance.
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    • Christopher Plance
      Christopher Plance teaches theology and history at St. Monica Academy in Los Angeles. He attended graduate school at Franciscan University, where he received his MA in Theology. He currently lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and three children.
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+  How My Catholic Faith Helps Me to Survive Bipolar Disorder

  • Description: While millions of people live with some kind of mental illness, it’s still a subject we’re having trouble discussing. As Catholic Christians, what can we do to lessen the stigma and offer hope and healing to those suffering mental anguish? We talk with Susan Johnson about her experiences living as a catholic with bipolar disorder.
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    • Susan Johnson
      Susan Johnson graduated from Drake University with a B.A. in Sociology. Since her diagnoses of Bipolar 1 in 1995, Susie's true passion in life is to help break the stigma of living with a mental illness and bring hope to those living with one. She is an accomplished inspirational speaker and guest blogger for BP Hope Magazine. She received the award for Best Blogger in 2017 and appeared in the 2018 "This Is Me" article in BP Hope Magazine. Susan's writing also appears in The Catholic Exchange. Susan co-leads a mental health group at her church and currently works with special education students as an Instructional Assistant for a school district in Nevada. She enjoys hiking, baking, traveling, yoga, spending time with her goddaughter, and trips to Cancun. Susan is originally from Thousand Oaks, CA. She now makes her home in fabulous Las Vegas with her husband, Gary, and Siberian cat, Angel-Ann. Visit her at
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    • Some Dreams Are Worth Keeping: A Memoir of My Bipolar Journey

      Bipolar disorder is a condition which is affecting millions of Americans. Susan Johnson's book takes you inside the world of bipolar, letting you see what life is really like on the other side of the rainbow. Susan Johnson's memoir is a must read for anyone who wants to share the inside life of a person with bipolar disorder and her family. (learn more)

+  A Christian Response to DeepFakes

  • Description: Have you heard of Deepfakes? It’s an emerging technology that takes “fake news” to a new level. Created with the help of artificial intelligence, these videos portray individuals doing and saying things they never did – but they look completely real. How do they work and what is the Christian response? We talk with Jason Thacker.
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    • Jason Thacker
      Jason Thacker serves as the Creative Director and Associate Research Fellow at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He serves as a founding member of AI and Faith. He writes and speaks on various topics including human dignity, technology, and artificial intelligence. His writing has been featured at Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Baptist Press, Facts & Trends, and Light Magazine. He is also the author of a forthcoming book, The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity. Visit him at
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