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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 – May 24, 2016 – Hour 1

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    A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China (full hour)

    • 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 – May 24, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Kresta Comments: Did Pope Francis Really Compare the Great Commission to Islamic Conquest?

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    • Description: We’ll continue our look at Pope Francis’ interview with the French magazine La Croix. Has he declared a “jihad” on Christianity? Is he embarrassed by the idea of the Christian Roots of Europe? Al looks at the misunderstandings underlying the pope’s comments.

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    Four Reasons why the New Evangelization might Fail (2 segments)

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    • Description: The New Evangelization is essential to the future of the Church and the world. We’ve discussed the importance of and strategies for the New Evangelization at length. But what if it fails? Can it fail? Fr. Patrick Collins is here from Ireland with four obstacles that must be overcome in order for the New Evangelization to succeed.
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      • Fr. Patrick Collins
        Fr. Pat Collins is the Co-Founder of the New Springtime Community in Dublin. He has spoken in 26 countries on 4 continents Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Irish branch of Aid to the Church in Need. Fr. Pat has helped introduce Alpha program to Ireland and is the author of more than 20 books, including “Basic Evangelization: Guidelines for Catholics” and “Word and Spirit: Imitations of a New Springtime”
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – May 23, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Kresta Comments: The Danger of Misquoting the Pope

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    Who Designed the Designer? (2 segments)

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    • Description: The “New Atheists” are pulling no punches. If the world of nature needs a designer, they ask, then why wouldn’t the designer itself need a designer, too? Or if it can exist without any designer behind it, then why can’t we just say the same for the universe and wash our hands of a designer altogether? Michael Augros discusses the answers to these questions.
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      • Michael Augros
        Michael Augros holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College, and teaches at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles in such journals as The Thomist, Angelicum, and National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – May 23, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Where do I Start with...The Book of Ephesians? (full hour)

    • Description: We continue our “Where do I Start” series with Peter Williamson, with a focus on the Book of Ephesians.
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      • Dr. Peter Williamson
        Dr Peter Williamson holds the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and has spent more than 35 years in evangelization and pastoral ministry. He’s the author of the Ephesians volume of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and General Editor of the series with Dr Mary Healy and the co-editor with Ralph Martin of John Paul II and the New Evangelization.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – May 20, 2016 – Hour 1

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    The Kiss of Jesus: How Mother Teresa and the Saints Helped Me to Discover the Beauty of the Cross (full hour)

    • Description: Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is widely known as a Catholic author, EWTN host and inspirational speaker. She was a close friend of Mother Teresa and has written other books about Mother’s influence on her life. But until now, Donna-Marie has not written much about her own background. She grew up in a large Catholic family, where she learned to seek God for help and strength. As an adult, she suffered many harrowing setbacks including pregnancy loss, serious illness, divorce and single motherhood. She fought through a custody battle in which she needed to defend her own reputation and the safety of her five children. Through these trials, Donna-Marie kept the fire of her faith burning. She joins us today to share her story.
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      • Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle
        Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is the author of many books, including “Bringing Lent Home with St Therese of Lisieux” and “Angels for Kids.” Her newest book is “The Kiss of Jesus: How Mother Teresa and the Saints Helped Me to Discover the Beauty of the Cross.” She was friends with Mother Teresa, who wrote the forward to one of her books and encouraged her to keep writing for mothers and families. Donna-Marie is the host of Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms on EWTN TV and is a regular guest on the “Mom’s Corner” segment of Teresa Tomeo’s Catholic Connection. She also has a segment on Domestic church Media called “A Cup of Tea with Donna-Marie,” which can be heard the first Friday of every month.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – May 20, 2016 – Hour 2

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    The Civil War as a Moral Issue (full hour)

    • Description: Mark Noll sees the Civil War as a major turning point in American religious thought. Christians on both sides of the conflict claimed the Bible supported their policies and their interpretations of Scripture led to a full-blown theological crisis. Mark has examined writings about race and slavery from Americans both white and black, Catholic and Protestant, northern and southern. He joins us to discuss his conclusions.
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      • Mark Noll
        Mark Noll is a Professor of History at Notre Dame. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 2006 recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He’s the author of many books including “Protestantism – A Very Short Introduction” and “The Civil War as a Theological Crisis.”
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – May 19, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Kresta News Roundup

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    America's War for the Greater Middle East (2 segments)

    • Description: From the end of World War II until the start of the 1980s, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990 virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Why does the US have almost nothing to show for the three decades it has spent fighting for the Middle East? We’ll talk about it with Andrew Bacevich.
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      • Andrew Bacevich
        Andrew J. Bacevich is a retired professor of history and international relations at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he served for twenty-three years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He received his PhD in American diplomatic history from Princeton. Before joining the faculty of Boston University in 1998, he taught at West Point and at Johns Hopkins University. His three most recent books—Breach of Trust, Washington Rules, and The Limits of Power—all hit the New York Times bestseller list. A winner of the Lannan Notable Book Award, he lectures frequently at universities around the country. He lives with his wife, Nancy, in Walpole, Massachusetts.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – May 19, 2016 – Hour 2

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    America's War for the Greater Middle East (2 segments, continued from last hour)

    • Description: From the end of World War II until the start of the 1980s, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990 virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Why does the US have almost nothing to show for the three decades it has spent fighting for the Middle East? We’ll talk about it with Andrew Bacevich.
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      • Andrew Bacevich
        Andrew J. Bacevich is a retired professor of history and international relations at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he served for twenty-three years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He received his PhD in American diplomatic history from Princeton. Before joining the faculty of Boston University in 1998, he taught at West Point and at Johns Hopkins University. His three most recent books—Breach of Trust, Washington Rules, and The Limits of Power—all hit the New York Times bestseller list. A winner of the Lannan Notable Book Award, he lectures frequently at universities around the country. He lives with his wife, Nancy, in Walpole, Massachusetts.
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    Kresta Comments: Oil, Democracy and Middle East Failure

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – May 18, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Kresta News Roundup

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    The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger’s Diabolical Plan for Black America

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    • Description: Abortion advocates hail Margaret Sanger as a champion of women’s rights and seem to skate over her support of eugenics. Sanger frequently commented on the need to rid the world of “undesirable” people. We’ll talk with Bruce Fleury, author of “The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger’s Diabolical and Deadly Plan for Black America.”
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      • Bruce Fleury
        Bruce Fleury is the author of The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger’s Diabolical, Duplicitous, Dangerous, Disastrous and Deadly Plan for Black Americans.
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          • The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger's Diabolical, Duplicitous, Dangerous, Disastrous and Deadly Plan for Black America
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    The Jihad on Christian Church Tents

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    • Description: A Christian “church tent” was recently torched to the ground in Egypt. The parishioners had been meeting in a tent because the church they had built in 2009 was sealed off by authorities after local Muslims protested. This is just one of several churches that have been destroyed in various countries in the last few years. We’ll talk about it with Raymond Ibrahim.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – May 18, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Kresta Comments: A New-Age Priest (full hour)

    • Description: Fr. Jay Samonie was priest who believed, among other things, that he had lived past lives and that there was no devil. Al contrasts Fr. Samonie’s teachings with those of the Church.