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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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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 7, 2015 – Hour 1

    • Description: 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 is not limited to spiritual subjects...our host Al Kresta 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.
  • Kresta in the Afternoon with special guest host Paul Kengor – July 7, 2015 – Hour 1

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    The Laws of Nature vs the Laws of Kennedy

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    The Joys and Challenges of Family Life

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    • Description: A lot of guys today just want to sit on the couch and watch an action movie or sip bourbon with their buddies. Brandon McGinley has one thing to say to them: “snap out of it!” Brandon joins us with stories and experiences that all husbands and fathers can relate to.
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      • Brandon McGinley
        Brandon McGinley writes about politics, faith, and culture from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared in print in National Review, Fare Forward, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and the Pittsburgh Catholic and online at First Things, Public Discourse, The Week, The Federalist, National Review Online, Acculturated, and The Imaginative Conservative. He has also contributed to and edited books for Our Sunday Visitor Catholic publishers. By day, Brandon works as Field Director for the Pennsylvania Family Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization in Harrisburg. By night, he writes, tries his hand at mixing cocktails, and writes some more.

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    The Joys and Challenges of Family Life (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon with special guest host Paul Kengor – July 7, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Pope Francis: Children have a Right to a Mother and Father

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    Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom

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      • Ryan Anderson
        Ryan Anderson is a William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Free Socciety at Heritage foundation. He is the Editor of "Public Discourse" and the Co-Author of “What is marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense”
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    Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon with special guest host Jerry Usher – July 6, 2015 – Hour 1

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    The Soon-To-Be Saint Junipero Serra: The Man Who Founded California

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    • Description: A Franciscan friar who founded many of California’s missions in the late 1700s will be canonized by Pope Francis Sept 27 at the National Basilica in Washington DC. The soon-to-be Saint Junipero Serra was a driving force in the Spanish conquest and colonization of what is now the state of California. Unlike many other American saints and beatifiedes, Blessed Junipero Serra has received an unprecedented amount of press since his beatification by Saint John Paul II in 1988. Honored as the man credited with founding the Franciscan Missions of California, his reputation and legacy have also been tainted by recent critics who claim that the missionaries—and Serra in particular—used violent tactics against the native population in efforts to force conversions to Christianity and suppress indigenous cultures. Matthew Bunson, editor of the Encyclopedia of the Saints, is here to discuss his life and legacy.
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    Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down School Voucher Program

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    • Description: The Colorado Supreme Court struck down a voucher program in the state’s third-largest school district Monday, finding the program unconstitutional because it channels public funds to religious schools. The divided ruling reversed a decision by a state appeals court and means that the Douglas County School District will not be able to administer its Choice Scholarship Pilot Program, which allowed families to use taxpayer dollars to pay for private school. The decision is a blow to school-choice advocates. But district officials said they believe the case raises questions about the constitutionality of dozens of states’ bans on government aid to religious schools — questions that are ripe for a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. We talk to attorney Michael Bindas who represented three Douglas County families defending the voucher program
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    Kresta Comments: Homosexuals Want to Have Their “Ideological Cake” and Make You Eat it Too

  • Kresta in the Afternoon with special guest host Jerry Usher – Hour 2

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    The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies

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    • Description: On Saturday, September 12, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League will co-sponsor the third annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, calling on pro-life Americans to honor the gravesites of our aborted brothers and sisters. Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at these gravesites, of which there are 47 across the United States, as well as at dozens of other sites dedicated in memory of aborted children. Tens of thousands of these children have been retrieved and buried at gravesites across our country. The stories of how they were killed, how they were found, and how they were buried, along with the pictures and videos that document those events, are powerful tools to awaken the consciences of our fellow citizens. But while a funeral and burial for an aborted baby may be a relatively rare event, the opportunity to visit the burial places and recall how those children got there does not have to be rare—in fact, it shouldn't be.Pro-lifers should be visiting these gravesites—and other memorial sites dedicated to aborted babies—as a regular part of their pro-life witness. That's what the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is all about. We talk to Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League.
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      • Dr Monica Miller
        Monica Miller is Director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society
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      • Eric Scheidler
        Eric Scheidler is - Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League

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    Examining the Legal Arguments for Same Sex Marriage

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      • Robert Kraynak
        Robert Kraynak is Professor of Political Science and director of the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He is the author of Christian Faith and Modern Democracy: God and Politics in the Fallen World and editor of In Defense of Human Dignity: Essays for Our Time
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    Kresta Comments: Homosexuals Want to Have Their “Ideological Cake” and Make You Eat it Too

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 3, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Demons, Deliverance, Discernment : Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World

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      • Fr Mike Driscoll
        Fr Mike Driscoll is a priest in the diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where he serves as chaplain of St Elizabeth’s Medical Center. He has a PhD in counselor education and supervision from Regent University. Fr. Mike is the author of “Demons, Deliverance and Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World” and “The Fr Capranica Mysteries.”
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    Direct to My Desk: Demons, Deliverance, Discernment

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    Direct to My Desk: Demons, Deliverance, Discernment (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 3, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Christian Persecution in the Middle east: A 21st Century Tragedy

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    Christian Persecution in the Middle east: A 21st Century Tragedy (continued)

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    Kresta Comments: Papal Grousing: Fruitful or Unfruitful?

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 2, 2015 – Hour 1

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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 2, 2015 – Hour 2

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