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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 – April 28, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Kresta News Roundup: Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Speech

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    Thinking Clearly about Islam (2 segments)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 28, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Social Science Apologetics: The Health Benefits of Forgiveness

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    • Description: Dr. Greg Popcak is back to continue our series on social science apologetics, focusing on the evidence that living by Church teaching leads to health and happiness. This week, we look at the health benefits of forgiveness.
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      • Dr. Greg Popcak
        Dr Greg Popcak is the Executive Director of Pastoral Solutions Institute. He’s the author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa co-host More2Life on Ave Maria Radio. Greg holds an adjunct faculty position in the sociology and graduate theology programs at Franciscan University.
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    The Catholicity of William Shakespeare (2 segments)

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    • Description: This week is the anniversary of the birth and baptism of William Shakespeare, the English language’s greatest writer. Only the Bible has been cited more frequently than his works. Catholic imagery can be found throughout his works...was he secretly a Catholic? We’ll talk about it with Henry Russell.
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      • Dr. Henry Russell
        Henry Russell is the Headmaster of the St Augustine’s Homeschool Enrichment Program and the President of the Sts Peter and Paul Educational Foundation. He is also a founding faculty member of the St Robert Southwell Creative Writing Workshop and produced the Catholic Shakespeare Audio Series.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 27, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Black Prolife Group Protests NAACP Event

    • Description: The National Black Pro-Life Congress will once again hold a protest at the annual NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Detroit, where Hillary Clinton is speaking this year. We’ll talk about it with NBPLC Director Dr. Levon Yuille.
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    Kresta News Roundup

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    Pilgrimage Preview: Philippi

    • Description: This fall is your opportunity to travel in the footsteps of St. Paul with Al and Steve Ray. You’ll visit Athens, Corinth, Thessaloniki and many other sites. You’ll also tour Philippi, one of Steve’s favorite places on the trip. We’ll talk about it with Steve today.
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      • Steve Ray
        Steve Ray leads pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Rome and other sites. He converted to Catholicism in 1994 and is the author of “Crossing the Tiber,” “Upon this Rock” and other books. He’s the host and producer of the Footprints of God DVD series and has been to the Holy Land more than 130 times. Steve writes bible studies for Catholic Scripture Study International.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 27, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Where do I start with...Catholicism and Evolution? (full hour)

    • Description: We continue our “Where Do I Start” series, this time focusing on evolution. The Church has been branded as a bastion of anti-scientific thought, which is ridiculous because the Church was responsible for the scientific enterprise arising in the Western world. We’ll talk about evolution with Fr. Michael Chaberek.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 26, 2016 – Hour 1

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    As the Family Goes, So Goes Civilization

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    • Description: Families have a critical role to play in healing the world - The glory of men and women is their capacity to love as God loves, and no better means exists to teach the meaning of love than the family. Greg Popcak joins us.
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      • Dr. Greg Popcak
        Dr Greg Popcak is the Executive Director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa co-host More2Life on Ave Maria Radio. Greg holds an adjunct faculty position in the sociology and graduate theology programs at Franciscan University.
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    The Dumbing-Down of American Politics (2 segments)

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    • Description: The next few months could very well determine the future of the conservative movement in America. The Republican Party has sacrificed its values in order to achieve short-term political gains, leading to the rise of candidates with a “no experience required” mentality. Conservatives must embrace humility, qualifications and inclusion – or face the consequences. Matt Lewis joins us with a look at the conservative movement’s roots and the visionary thinkers whose understanding of nuance and ideology changed the course of the nation.
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      • Matt Lewis
        Matt Lewis is a senior contributor for The Daily Caller and writes regular columns for TheWeek.com, The Daily Beast, and The Telegraph. He records a weekly podcast, "Matt Lewis and the News." In 2011, Business Insider listed him as one of the 50 "Pundits You Need To Pay Attention To," and in 2012 the American Conservative Union honored Matt as their CPAC "Blogger of the Year." He’s the author of Too Dumb to Fail: How The GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How it Can Reclaim its Conservative Roots).
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 26, 2016 – Hour 2

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    4 Big Mistakes we Make with Catechesis

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    • Description: One of the great struggles in the Church today is effectively catechizing God’s people. In a world so full of error, distortion, and half-truths, this has never been more necessary. Over the last several decades there have been many well-intentioned approaches to catechesis that have ultimately failed. Although we need to try something new, that something new is really something old. We’ll talk about it with Msgr. Charles Pope.
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    Growing Human Organs in Animals: If it’s Possible, is it Moral?

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    The Church Militant or the Church Belligerent?

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    • Description: As Catholics we must defend ourselves and our faith and fight for the salvation of souls. This demands doing battle, which is why we call ourselves the Church Militant. However, we must not let our fighting spirit turn against us. The Church is supposed to be the New Jerusalem, not the New Sparta. How can we fight for our faith without destroying the Charity that is essential to the heart of our message? We’ll talk about it with Fr. Paul Scalia.
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      • Fr. Paul Scalia
        Fr. Paul Scalia is the son of the late Justice Antonin Scalia and delivered the homily at his father’s funeral Mass. He’s the founder, editor and publisher of “The Fenwick Review” at the College of the Holy Cross and also writes for Adoremus Bulletin, First Things and other publications. Fr. Scalia is a frequent speaker for the Institute of Catholic Culture in Front Royal and is the Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Director of the Diaconate Formation Program for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 25, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Seven Women and the Secret of their Greatness (full hour)

    • Description: Some of history’s most influential women share a common trend: they lived their lives according to God’s plan and by doing so changed the course of history. Eric Metaxas has written about seven of them, including Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa and Rosa Parks, all exemplary models of true womanhood. Eric joins us today to talk about how these seven women achieved their greatness and inspired others to live lives shaped by the truth of the Gospel.
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      • Eric Metaxas
        Eric Metaxas is the author of several books including “Seven Women and the Secret of their Greatness” and “Seven Men and the Secret of their Greatness.” He is the host of the nationally-syndicated Eric Metaxas show and of Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life. Eric was a keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast and is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Large for the King’s College in New York City.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 25, 2016 – Hour 2

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    My Story as a Victim of a Botched Abortion (full hour)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 22, 2016 – Hour 1

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    The Story of Divine Mercy from Genesis to Today (full hour)

    • Description: We continue our study of the Jubilee Year of Mercy with Dr. Robert Stackpole, who takes us on a tour of Divine Mercy throughout salvation history, highlighted by stories from Scripture and the saints as well as the writings of the Church’s great theologians.
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      • Dr. Robert Stackpole
        Dr Robert Stackpole is a Senior Fellow at St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and the Director of the JPII Institute of Divine Mercy in Massachusetts. He was an ordained Anglican pastor before his conversion to Catholicism and earned a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas. He’s the author of several books on divine mercy, including Divine Mercy: A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI and a regular contributor to the official Divine Mercy website.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 22, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Where do I Start With...Second Thessalonians? (full hour)

    • Description: We continue with our weekly feature “Where Do I Start With…” We examine the essentials when talking about areas like Bioethics, Religious Liberty, books of the Bible and much more. Today, “Where Do I Start With…Second Thessalonians?” We’ll talk with Peter Williamson of Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
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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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