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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 – September 3, 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 – September 3, 2015 – Hour 2

    • 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 – September 2, 2015 – Hour 1

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    A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China

    • Description: What is the state of Christianity in China? Is it the fading results of failed missionary work? Is it an extreme minority that will soon be crushed by the atheistic culture and government? Or is it a growing and thriving underground movement. Rodney Stark has extensively researched Christianity’s rise in Chinese history with Chinese-born Xiuhua Wang. He has uncovered a prosperous group of believers that grows ever larger by the day. Rodney joins us today.
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      • Rodney Stark
        Rodney Stark is a Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University, where he is also the Co-Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion. He has published 38 books and more than 160 scholarly articles on subjects ranging from prejudice to suicide to city life in ancient Rome. His books include “A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China” and “America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists.” He’s the former president of Society for Scientific Study of Religion and has won a number of international awards for distinguished scholarship.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – September 2, 2015 – Hour 2

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    The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS

    • Description: ISIS rocketed onto the world stage seemingly out of nowhere, beheading American hostages, bulldozing international borders, routing the American-trained Iraqi Army, carving out a new state that rules eight million people and a territory larger than the United Kingdom. But who are they? Where did ISIS come from, and how did they rise to power in so little time? What is driving them—and how can they be stopped? Robert Spencer answers all these questions and many more.
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      • Robert Spencer
        Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch. He’s the author of 14 books including two New York Times bestsellers, and his newest book is the Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS. He’s the Vice President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and a wekly columnist for PJ Media and Frontpage Magazine.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – September 1, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Kresta News Roundup

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    Did Pope Francis just "Change the Rules?"

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    Francis continued + Planned Parenthood Update

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      • Dr Monica Miller
        Dr Monica Miller is the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and an Associate Professor of Sacred Theology at Madonna University. She’s the author of many books including “Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars” and “The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church.”
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – September 1, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Kresta News Roundup

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    Vester Flanagan: Psychology of a Killer

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    Vester Flanagan: Psychology of a Killer (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 31, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Direct to My Desk: Who's Got Your Vote?

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    Direct to My Desk: Who's Got Your Vote?

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 31, 2015 – Hour 2

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  • 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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