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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 28, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Report from Louisiana Theater Shooting

    • Description: Fr. Chester Arceneaux is the pastor of St. John’s Cathedral in Lafayette, Louisiana. He went to the Grand 16 theater on Thursday night after a gunman killed two people and injured nine more during a showing of “Trainwreck.” He also visited families in the hospital and held a prayer service on Sunday night. We’ll talk to him about it today.
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      • Fr. Chester Arceneaux
        Fr. Chester Arceneaux is the pastor of Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Lafayette, Louisiana. He previously served as the Vicar for Black Catholic Ministries and as Chairman of the Clergy Personnel Board.
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    A Military History of the US in World War 1

    • Description: On July 28, 1914, exactly one month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Austria-Hungary declared war and invaded Serbia. Thus began one of the bloodiest wars in the history of civilization. The First World War is often acknowledged as the event that transitioned America from a frontier power to a global superpower. We take a look at the US’s role in the war and the war’s lasting effects on the world with Harry Crocker.
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      • Harry Crocker
        Harry Crocker is the bestselling author of many books on military history, including “Don’t Tread on Me” and “The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War.”His writings have appeared in National Review, the American Spectator, the Washington Times and many other outlets.

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    A Military History of the US in World War 1 (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 28, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Direct to My Desk: Reflections on the Anniversary of Humane Vitae

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    Direct to My Desk: Reflections on the Anniversary of Humane Vitae (continued)

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    Direct to My Desk: Reflections on the Anniversary of Humane Vitae (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 27, 2015 – Hour 1

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    When Faith Causes Family Friction

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      • Dr. Ray Guarendi
        Dr Ray Guarendi is the host of The Doctor is In on Ave Maria Radio and of Living Right with Dr Ray on EWTN Television. He’s the author of several books including “You’re a Better Parent than you Think,” “Fighting Mad,” and “Winning the Discipline Debates” and his newest book is “When Faith Causes Family Friction” Dr. Ray is a Clinical Psychologist and the father of 10 children.
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    When Faith Causes Family Friction (continued)

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    When Faith Causes Family Friction (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 27, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Kresta Comments: The Decline of Race Relations in America

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    • Description: A recent New York Times poll shows that the percentage of Americans who feel race relations are good has sharply declined since 2008. Al has comments.
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    Direct to My Desk: How do I Keep my Kids in the Faith?

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    Direct to My Desk

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 24, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Kresta Comments: "Death with Dignity"

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    Back to Basics: Forming Intentional Disciples

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    • Description: Consider the following statistics: Only 30 percent of Americans who were raised Catholic are still practicing. 10 percent of all American adults are ex-Catholics. Only 60 percent of Catholics believe in a personal God. As we’ve said before, we’re surrounded by Catholics who have been Sacramentalized but not Evangelized. A lot of people see this as a sign of the end, that the Church in the US is on the way out. Sherry Weddell sees it as an opportunity to regrow the Church on a solid foundation of committed, intentional Disciples of Christ. She joins us today.
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      • Sherry Weddell

        Sherry Weddell is the International Co-Director and co-founder of Catherine of Siena Institute. She created the first charism discernment process specifically designed for Catholics. Sherry is the author of several books including “Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus” and “Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples" and is an international speaker on discipleship and evangelization.

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    Back to Basics: Forming Intentional Disciples (con't)

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      • Sherry Weddell
  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 24, 2015 – Hour 2

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    “For All Find what they Truly Seek”

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    • Description: Nabeel Qureshi was raised in a devout and loving Muslim home and was passionate about his faith. He eventually discovered evidence of Jesus’s resurrection and divinity and was in a difficult position: he couldn’t deny the evidence, but he didn’t want to deny his family. Nabeel joins us today with the story of his dramatic and challenging journey.
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      • Dr. Nabeel Qureshi

        Dr. Nabeel Qureshi is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the Gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God. He has lectured at universities throughout North America and has participated in 17 moderated debates across the world. Nabeel is a member of the speaking team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministires and is the author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. Check out his Facebook page, Nabeel Qureshi, and follow him on Twitter at @NAQureshi (note spelling). You can also find his work at rzim.org and be sure to read his testimony, Crossing Over, at answeringislam.org.

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    “For All Find what they Truly Seek” (con't)

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      • Dr. Nabeel Qureshi

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    “For All Find what they Truly Seek” (con't)

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      • Dr. Nabeel Qureshi
  • Kresta in the Afternoon with special guest host Jerry Usher- July 23, 2015

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    Is Planned Parenthood on the Ropes?

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    • Description: Two undercover videos about Planned Parenthood have been released and there are more to come. Republican hopeful Rand Paul has already called for the end of federal funds for the organization. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced that the Department of Justice will review the videos. Planned Parenthood has issued statements preparing for future videos. Is the nation’s largest abortion provider on the ropes? David Daleiden, the leader of the video project, is back to talk about it.
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      • Dr Monica Miller
        Dr. Monica Miller is the Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society — an activist pro-life group that she founded in 1986. She is also an Associate Professor of Sacred Theology at Madonna University. Dr. Miller became active in pro-life work in 1976 while a student of Theatre Arts at Southern Illinois University. In 1978, she began her theological studies at Loyola University of Chicago, earning a Master’s Degree; and later received a Ph.D. from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Dr. Miller is a nationally known pro-life leader and a pioneer of the pro-life rescue movement. She is a veteran sidewalk counselor and has organized hundreds of pro-life pickets, rallies, demonstrations and conferences. Monica Miller is the author of several books and articles including Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church, and “The Theology of the Passion of the Christ”— a commentary on Mel Gibson’s film, "The Passion of the Christ."
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    Was the Chattanooga Shooter Radicalized?

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    • Description: Reports say that Mohamad Abdulazeez, who killed five US marines in Chattanooga last week, viewed Jihadist materials online and spoke of Islamic martyrdom as far back as 2013. We’ll discuss it with Robert Spencer.
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    A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry

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    • Description: People young and old struggle to identify God’s plan for their lives. What can parishes do to help Catholics understand their vocation? Rhonda Gruenewald has answers that go deeper than simple vocation activities. She offers deep wisdom about starting and maintaining a healthy vocation ministry. She joins us today.
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      • Rhonda Gruenewald
        Rhonda Gruenewald is the author of Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry and the Vocations Ministry Director for St Cecilia Catholic Church in Houston. She’s a Convert to Catholicism and a full-time wife and mother of two teenagers.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon with special Jerry Usher- July 23, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible

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    • Description: Jeff Cavins is one of the nation’s leading speakers on Scripture and has helped thousands of Catholics understand the Biblical roots of their faith. He joins us.
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      • Jeff Cavins
        Jeff Cavins is the creator and President of The Great Adventure Bible Series and the director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. He’s the author of several books including “Amazing Grace for those who Suffer” and “My Life on the Rock”
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    NFP Awareness Week

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    • Description: Contraception has become a “normal” part of sexual relations and is widely used even amongst Catholics. The government believes that insurances companies should be forced to provide free contraceptive services to all women. The concept of Natural Family Planning is often disregarded and many think it is nothing but “Catholic Contraception.” NFP Awareness Week was started to change that. We talk to Damon Owens from the Theology of the Body Institute.
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      • Damon Owens
        Damon Owens is the Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute. He founded Joy-filled Marriage New Jersey and co-founded New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association with his wife Melanie. Damon previously served as NFP Program Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Newark. He is a recurring guest on EWTN radio and is also an accomplished gospel singer and performed a solo during the 1995 New Jersey Papal Mass at Giants Stadium.
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    NFP Awareness Week (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 22, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Kresta Comments: The Future of Religious Freedom

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    The Heart of the Deaconate

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    • Description: Deacon James Keating joins us in a discussion about answering the call to the diaconate. He explores the areas of Calling, Formation & Ordination and Ministry and looks at what the future of the diaconate holds.
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      • Deacon James Keating
        Deacon James Keating is the Director of Theological Formation for the Institute for Priestly Formation. He’s the author of many books including “The Way of Mystery: The Eucharist and Moral Living” and “The Heart of the Diaconate: Communion with the Servant Mysteries of Christ” His writings have been published in a variety of publications. You can find them on his page at priestlyformation.org
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    Medjugorje and the Authentic Work of God

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    • Description: The Vatican will soon make an announcement regarding the authenticity of the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje. Dan Burke takes a look at the good and the bad that has come out of the phenomenon and how we should react to the ruling.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 22, 2015 – Hour 2

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    1965: The Dawn of the Current Age

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    • Description: 1965 was one of the most important and tumultuous years of the century and it is often regarded as a watershed time of cultural shift. Policies started by President Johnson’s Great Society were in full effect, legal prohibition of contraception was declared unconstitutional, race riots flared up in multiple cities, Vatican II ended…and that’s only a few of the most significant events. Stephen Krason joins us to talk about the impact 1965 continues to have on the country
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      • Dr. Stephen Krason
        Dr. Stephen M. Krason,Professor and Director of the Political Science Program, earned his J.D. and political science M.A. and Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also holds an M.A. in theology-religious education from Gannon University. He teaches in both the University’s Political Science and Legal Studies Programs. In 1997, he was the recipient of the University’s “Campus Leadership and Teaching Award.” He joined the Franciscan University faculty in 1986, after serving for three years as Eastern Director of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts, Nebraska, the District of Columbia, and certain federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. He was co-founder (in 1992) of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and since that time has served as its President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. As President, he also serves as Publisher of its scholarly journal The Catholic Social Science Review. He also serves as Director of the Society’s online/tutorial M.Th. program in Catholic Social Thought.
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    1965: The Dawn of Our Current Age (continued)

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    How this Age Undermines Women’s Love of God

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    • Description: Teresa Tomeo is here with insights on how to find God in the details of a busy, complicated life.
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      • Teresa Tomeo
        Teresa Tomeo is the host of Catholic Connection on Ave Maria Radio as well as a columnist for Our Sunday Visitor. She is the author of several books, her newest book is Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag: On-the-Go Devotions. Find her show and listen to her previous shows at avemariaradio.net. You can also look up teresatomeo.com. Like her on facebook and follow her on twitter at @teresatomeo.
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