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Ave Maria Radio’s flagship national production is Kresta in the Afternoon, hosted by journalist/author/evangelist Al Kresta.

Kresta in the Afternoon is what Catholic radio has been missing: a daily conversation ““ personal, authentic and human. It looks at all of life through the lens of Scripture and the teaching tradition of the Catholic Church. The scope isn’t limited to spiritual subjects ““ Al talks abortion, war, peace, dissent, old age, New Age, heavy metal, light eating, politics, church affairs, current events, family and marriage, movies and media, theology and apologetics, sports, crime and business. It’s talk radio where God matters.

Al Kresta is a broadcaster and journalist who draws upon his unique faith background to create what is perhaps the most fascinating ““ and most spiritually constructive ““ talk show on radio today. Over the years, Al has engaged in vigorous discussions or debates with guests as varied as Mother Angelica, Jesse Jackson, John McCain, Gloria Steinam, Cuba Gooding Jr., Scott Hahn, Rick Santorum, Judge Robert Bork, Jerry Falwell, Pat Buchanan, Mrs. Anwar Sadat, Martin Luther King III, Jack Kevorkian, John Cardinal O’Connor, Chuck Colson, Archbishop Charles Chaput, George McGovern, C. Everett Koop, Francis Cardinal George, Dennis Quaid, George Will, Tim Russert, Newt Gingerich, Mike Huckabee, Garrison Keillor, Dion DiMucci, Colin Raye and many more.

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Al Kresta's Latest Posts

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 28, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Kresta Comments: "I Have A Dream"

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    • Description: Today is the 52nd anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. We’ll listen to the speech and hear some commentary from Al.

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    The Speech that Inspired a Nation

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    • Description: Dr. King’s speech has received universal acclaim for its vision and bravery. But not everyone is aware of the many scriptural and theological references embedded in the speech. Drew Hansen joins us to explore the deeper meanings and history of the legendary address that remade the American imagination.
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      • Drew Hansen
        Drew Hansen is the author of “The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr and the Speech that Inspired a Nation” and a member of the Washington state House of Representatives.
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    One Dream or Two?

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    • Description: What did Martin Luther King mean when he said he had a dream? What was his understanding of justice? Nathan Schlueter is with us to look at Dr. King’s speech, with special emphasis on racial discrimination and civil disobedience.
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      • Nathan Schlueter
        Nathan Schlueter is an associate professor of philosophy at Hillsdale College and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He’s the author of two books: “One Dream or Two? Justice in America and in the Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr” and “The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry” and is currently working on two other books. His writings have appeared in First Things, Touchstone, Logos and Communio.
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          • One Dream or Two? Justice in America and in the Thought of Martin Luther King
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 28, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Delivered from Porn

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    • Description: Pornography addiction is rampant in our society, even among faithful Christians. But deliverance is possible, and there are thousands of stories that prove it. Nobody is beyond the reach of God’s healing grace. We’ll examine true stories of victory of porn with Matt Fradd.
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      • Matt Fradd
        Matt Fradd is the Executive Director of theporneffect.com and intergrityrestored.com. Every year he speaks to more than 100,000 teens and young adults about the Catholic Church. He’s the author of several books including “Restored: True Stories of Love and Trust after Porn” and “Bought with a Price: Every Man’s Duty to Protect Himself and His Family from a Pornographic Culture.”
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    Delivered from Porn (continued)

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    Delivered from Porn (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 27, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Ruby Ridge from the Inside: Devastation to Deliverance

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      • Sara Weaver
        Sarah Weaver is the eldest child of Randy Weaver. When she was 16 she saw her mother shot by an FBI sniper during the siege at Ruby Ridge. She spent years struggling with depression and PTSD but has now found spiritual freedom through Christ. She is the author of Ruby Ridge to Freedom: The Sara Weaver Story.
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    Ruby Ridge from the Inside: Devastation to Deliverance (continued)

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    Lessons from Jesus on Evangelism: The Case of Zacchaeus the Corrupt Tax Man

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    • Description: In part two of an ongoing series on lessons we can learn from Jesus on evangelism, Al looks at the story of Zacchaeus, a corrupt tax collector who stole from the public. Because he worked for the Roman Empire, Zacchaeus was considered a traitor and would have been among the most despised people in the community. Imagine the shock and scandal when Jesus visited Zacchaeus’s home. What lessons does Christ’s example leave us? Al takes a deeper look.
  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 27, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Virginia TV Shooting Hits Home for Detroit Reporter

    • Description: Teresa Tomeo spent two decades reporting live from the streets of Detroit and knew the job came with inherent risks. She knew reporters at the scene of a warehouse fire or police standoff faced dangers. But she never imagined a camera team conducting a feature interview on tourism could be brutally murdered on live television. We’ll hear Teresa’s impressions of the shooting as a former TV reporter.
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      • Teresa Tomeo
        Teresa Tomeo is the host of Catholic Connection on Ave Maria Radio and also spent 20 years as a reporter and anchor in Detroit news media. She is a columnist for Our Sunday Visitor and the author of several books, most recently Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag.
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    What Gun Laws Could Have Prevented Yesterday's Shooting?

    • Description: Sandy Hook. Aurora, Colorado. Charelston Church. And now, WDBJ. After all these shootings, and countless others, the gun control debate is reignited. Gun control advocates argue that stricter laws would prevent these senseless acts of violence. Gun rights advocates argue that gun laws actually lead to greater violence. What law, if any, would have prevented yesterday’s shooting?
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      • John Lott
        Sandy Hook. Aurora, Colorado. Charelston Church. And now, WDBJ. After all these shootings, and countless others, the gun control debate is reignited. Gun control advocates argue that stricter laws would prevent these senseless acts of violence. Gun rights advocates argue that gun laws actually lead to greater violence. What law, if any, would have prevented yesterday’s shooting?
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    A Psycho-History of a Killer

    • Description: Disturbing details have already emerged about Vester Flannigan, aka Bryce Williams, who ruthlessly shot three people yesterday. Several of his former employers and coworkers say he was very difficult to work with. Excerpts obtained from his manifesto indicate years of pain and isolation. What factors lead a person to commit murder? Dr. Ray Guarendi gives us his input.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 26, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Direct to My Desk

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    Direct to My Desk

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    Direct to My Desk

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 26, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Direct to My Desk

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 25, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Kresta Commentary: Have You Been Offended? Call 911!

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    • Description: Santa Clara University's website advised its students to call 911 if they felt they had been the victim of bias. The website has been changed to tell students to contact campus officials, but what kind of society are we creating where we report every insult to the authorities? Al has comments.
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    Near Death, Nearer to God

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    • Description: Joseph Pearce is a frequent guest on our show. That almost came to a permanent end a few days ago. Joseph was doing yard work when he mistakenly disturbed a wasp nest and was stung dozens of times. He went into anaphylactic shock and nearly died on the way to the hospital. Joseph joins us today with his story.
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    Near Death, Nearer to God (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 25, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Direct to My Desk: A Psychologist’s Perspective on Infidelity

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    Direct to My Desk: A Psychologist’s Perspective on Infidelity (continued)

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    Direct to My Desk: A Psychologist’s Perspective on Infidelity (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 24, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction

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    • Description: Dr. Janet Smith was one of many featured speakers at the recent Courage conference in Plymouth, Michigan. She joins us today as we continue to discuss one of the toughest challenges for contemporary Catholics: how can we lovingly minister to people with same-sex attraction while also remaining faithful to the Church’s teaching on the definition of marriage?
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      • Dr Janet Smith
        Dr Janet Smith holds the Fr Michael McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. She’s the author of Contraception: Why Not, Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and other books and is an international speaker on the Catholic teachings of sexuality and bioethics.
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    Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction (continued)

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    Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 24, 2015 – Hour 2

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    China and the Worldwide Market Plunge

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    • Description: The Dow Jones Industrial Average is making its way back after falling more than 1000 points at the opening bell this morning. Last week was the worst week for the Dow since 2011. Experts have cast the blame on China, which devalued its own currency two weeks ago. George Schwartz joins us to explain the stock market’s recent roller coaster ride.
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      • George Schwartz
        George Schwartz is the Chairman and CEO of Schwartz Investment Counsel and the Vice-President of Ave Maria Mutual Funds. He’s the author of two books on investing: “Shareholder Rebellion” and “Good Returns.”
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    China continued + America is Waking Up and Speaking Out

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    ISIS destroys more ancient sites