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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 – August 4, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Faith in Sports

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    • Description: Linda Del Rio is the wife of Jack Del Rio, the new head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. She’s also a devout Catholic who is deeply involved with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. She joins us to talk about promoting faith through sports.
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      • Linda Del Rio
        Linda Del Rio is President of ExVotos Communications, LLC, and an accredited photographer. She serves as Vice President of The Jack Del Rio Foundation. Linda also serves as FOCUS Varsity Catholic’s Executive Consultant for collegiate athletes and missionaries and serves on committees within the Vatican Council of Culture in the division of Sport and within the Council of Laity and Sport. She has also organized women’s organizations for professional sport teams for wives, girlfriends, and their families. Linda’s writings and her accomplished and accredited photographs have been published globally in several publications in many newspapers and magazines. She is a Dame of Malta, a Lady of the Holy Sepulcher and supports many charitable causes including Comunita Cenacolo, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Knights of Columbus, Children’s Hospitals, and Special Olympics. Linda has been married to Jack Del Rio, head coach for the Oakland Raiders, for 28 years and they have raised four children — Lauren, Hope, Aubrey, and Luke.
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    How to Win the Life Arguments

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    • Description: Proponents of abortion and euthanasia often use arguments rooted in a twisted view of mercy. They want to avoid the “unnecessary suffering” of a sick person, a mother or an unborn child. What are the best Pro-Life arguments against these claims? We talk about it with Carter Snead.
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      • Carter Snead
        Carter Snead is a Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where he directs the Center for Ethics and Culture. He is an internationally recognized expert in Public Bioethics – the governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. His research explores issues relating to neuroethics, enhancement, stem cell research, abortion, and end-of-life decisionmaking. He has authored over forty journal articles, book chapters, and essays. His scholarly works appear in such publications as the New York University Law Review, the Harvard Law Review Forum, the Vanderbilt Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Quaderni Costituzionali (Italy’s premier journal of constitutional law), the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, American Political Thought, and Political Science Quarterly. He is also the editor of two book series for the University of Notre Dame Press – Studies in Ethics and Culture and Studies in Medical Ethics. Professor Snead teaches Law & Bioethics, Health Law, Torts, and Constitutional Criminal Procedure.
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    How to Win the Life Arguments (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 4, 2015 – Hour 2

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    A Catholic Alternative to Health Care

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    • Description: CMF Curo allows Catholics to provide their families with health insurance without violating their consciences by paying for things that are against Church teaching. Louis Brown joins us to discuss it.
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    Meditations on Vatican Art

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    • Description: Fr. Mark Haydu has written two award-winning books about the beauty of the Vatican’s art collection. He takes us on a virtual tour of the Vatican’s art museums to explore the deep theological symbolism contained in the paintings.
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      • Fr Mark Haydu
        Fr Mark Haydu is International Director of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums. He is the author of two award-winning books on Vatican art.
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    The Underground Church in the Soviet Union

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    • Description: What was it like to be a Christian in the Soviet Union? Was it the romanticized experience some imagine it to be? We talk about Christian life under the shackles of Communism with Bishop Borys Gudziak.
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      • Bishop Borys Gudziak
  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 3, 2015 – Hour 1

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    The State of the Church in America

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    • Description: Mark Brumley entered the Catholic Church in the late 1980s, a few years before Al’s return. Mark and Al have both noticed significant changes in the Church since their conversions, especially when it comes to how the Church evangelizes. Mark gives us a rundown of the current state of the Catholic Church.
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      • Mark Brumley
        Mark Brumley is President of the Board of Directors of Guadalupe Associates and Chief Executive Officer for Ignatius Press. He also oversees the online magazines for Ignatius Press, is project coordinator for the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, and is editor of Ignatius Press's Modern Apologetics Library and A Study Guide for Joseph Ratzinger's Jesus of Nazareth, A Study Guide for Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, and YOUCAT Study Guide. He is associate publisher of IgnatiusInsight.com. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications. Mark lives in Napa, California with his wife and children.
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    The State of the Church in America (continued)

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    Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Planned Parenthood Videos

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    • Description: David Daleiden, the man behind the Planned Parenthood videos, is back to discuss the latest developments in his project.
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      • David Daleiden
        David Daleiden is a citizen journalist with nearly a decade of experience in conducting investigative research on the abortion industry. In 2013, David started The Center for Medical Progress as a vehicle through which to pursue sophisticated, in-­‐depth, and scintillating investigative journalism projects pertaining to contemporary bioethical issues. As Project Lead at CMP, David recently completed the organization’s first long-­‐term project, the 30-­‐month-­‐long “Human Capital” investigation documenting Planned Parenthood’s illegal sale of body parts from aborted fetuses. Prior to CMP, David worked as Director of Research for a national new media education and advocacy organization. David is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Government, and his writing has been published in The Weekly Standard and The Human Life Review.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – August 3, 2015 – Hour 2

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    The Science of Transgenderism

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    • Description: Is the concept of gender rooted in our biology, or is it an entirely social construct? What does science say about transgenderism? How should Catholics minister to transgendered people? We’ll talk about it with Aaron Kheriaty.
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      • Dr. Aaaron Kheriaty
        Aaron Kheriaty is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He serves as chairman of the clinical ethics committee at UCI Medical Center. Dr. Kheriaty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in philosophy and pre-medical sciences, and earned his MD degree from Georgetown University. He lives in San Juan Capistrano, California, with his wife and five sons. He is the author of The Catholic Guide to Depression and the editor of the classic True or False Possession: How to Distinguish the Demonic From the Demented by Jean Lhermitte.
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    The Science of Transgenderism (continued)

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    Catholic Psychology

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    • Description: What does a Catholic approach to psychology look like? We take a look with Dr. Paul Vitz.
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      • Dr Paul Vitz
        Dr. Vitz’s teaching and research is focused on the integration of Christian theology, especially Catholic anthropology, with psychology. This requires breaking from the modern secularism and post-modern relativism prevalent today. He is presently focused on the following special topics: The Psychology of Hatred and Forgiveness; The Psychology of the Virtues; The Psychological Importance of Fathers; and the Positive Relevance of Psychology for the Priesthood. Dr. Vitz’s books include: Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship; Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious; Modern Art and Modern Science: The Parallel Analysis of Vision; Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism; and The Self: Beyond the Post-modern Crisis. He was Professor of Psychology at New York University for many years prior to joining the faculty at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 31, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Making Sense of Male-Female Complementarity

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    • Description: Whatever happened to the notion that we were created Male and Female and intended to join with a member of the opposite sex? Why has the basic premise of male-female complementarity been cast aside? We discuss this with Fr. Charles Sikorski.
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      • Fr. Charles Sikorski
        Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., became the third President of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in 2007. He has extensive experience working in the administration of educational institutions, working for 11 years in both South America and Rome, Italy. Fr. Sikorsky obtained his licentiate in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where his thesis focused on various issues relating to the legal compatibility of the observance of Canon Law and John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae by Catholic Universities in the United States of America. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Fr. Sikorsky graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Law. He practiced law in the state of Maryland prior to his entry into the seminary. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2002.
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    Responsible Catholic Journalism: What God Requires of Us

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    • Description: We discuss Catholic journalism and the New Evangelization with Dan Burke.
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      • Dan Burke
        Dan Burke is an award-winning author, writer, and speaker on Catholic spirituality, sharing a contagious love for Jesus and His Church. Dan serves as the Executive Director and writer for EWTN'S National Catholic Register and is a regular co-host on Register Radio in addition to his appearances on many other EWTN television and radio programs. Dan is the founder and president of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and he is the creator of Divine Intimacy Radio and SpiritualDirection.com. Above all, Dan is a grateful husband and father of four and a student sitting at the feet of His Master.
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    Beloved: The Mystery and Meaning of Marriage

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    • Description: Who would have ever thought it would become a cultural norm for a woman to abort her child? Or for a man to declare that he is a woman? The world believes that accepting such actions will lead to greater happiness for all, but violating God’s natural plan never leads to happiness. We take a look at the issue with Dr. Tim Gray.
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      • Dr. Tim Gray
        Dr. Timothy Gray is a nationally renowned Bible scholar and Catholic speaker. As the President of the Augustine Institute, he has advanced the renewal of Catholic education through graduate studies in Scripture, Theology, and the New Evangelization. Under Dr. Gray’s guidance, the Augustine Institute has created Symbolon, a comprehensive program of faith formation for adults, YDisciple, to inform and inspire youth to deepen their relationship with Christ, Beloved, a twelve part series that explores the mystery and meaning of marriage for marriage enrichment and marriage prep programs, and Lectio an innovative series of Bible studies exploring topics through the lens of Scripture, Tradition and Art. Dr. Gray is also the author of “Praying Scripture for a Change: an Introduction to Lectio Divina”, “Mission of the Messiah”, “The Temple in the Gospel of Mark”, and other books. Dr. Gray has his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Catholic University of America and his Th.M. from Duke University. Tim and his wife Kris, and son Joseph, live in Littleton, Colorado.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 31, 2015 – Hour 2

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    The Life and conversion of CS Lewis

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    • Description: David Theroux gives us an in-depth look at the life and philsophy of CS Lewis, one of contemporary Christianity’s most beloved authors.
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      • David Theroux
        David J. Theroux is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Independent Institute and Publisher of The Independent Review. He received his B.S., A.B., and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Books produced by Mr. Theroux have been the recipients of the Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize, Templeton Freedom Award, two Mencken Awards for Best Book, seven Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Awards for Best Book, two Benjamin Franklin Awards, four Independent Publisher Book Awards, Peter Shaw Memorial Award, and three Choice Magazine Awards for Outstanding Book. He is Founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California, and he was founding Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for the Cato Institute and founding President of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy.
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    The Life and conversion of CS Lewis (continued)

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    Abolishing Abortion

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      • Fr. Frank Pavone
        FR. FRANK PAVONE is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor, and since 1993 has served full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. He is the National Director of Priests for Life, the largest pro-life ministry in the Catholic Church. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion. He travels throughout the country, to an average of four states every week, preaching and teaching against abortion. He produces programs regularly for religious and secular radio and television networks. He was asked by Mother Teresa to speak in India on the life issues, and has addressed the pro-life caucus of the United States House of Representatives. The Vatican appointed him to the Pontifical Academy for Life and to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which coordinates the pro-life activities of the Catholic Church. He was present at the bedside of Terri Schiavo as she was dying and was an outspoken advocate for her life. He was invited by members of the Class of 2009 at Notre Dame to lead an alternate commencement ceremony for those students who refused to attend the ceremony in which President Obama was honored. Fr. Frank was invited by members of Congress to preach at the prayer service they had in the Capitol just prior to the vote on health care reform. He received the “Proudly Pro-life Award” by the National Right to Life Committee, and numerous other pro-life awards and honorary doctorates. He is the author of four books, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It; Pro-life Reflections for Every Day; Abolishing Abortion, and Preaching on Abortion. Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade abortion decision, called Fr. Frank “the catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church.”

        We discuss the undercover Planned Parenthood videos and the state of the Pro-Life movement in America with Fr. Frank Pavone.

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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 30, 2015 – Hour 1

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    From International Model to Joyful Catholic

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    From International Model to Joyful Catholic (con't)

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      • Paul Darrow

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    From International Model to Joyful Catholic (con't)

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      • Paul Darrow