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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 – February 5, 2016 – Hour 1

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    The Apostasy That Wasn't: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church (full hour)

    • Description: The narrative of the so-called “Great Apostasy” goes like this: just a few centuries after Christ’s death, around the time the Roman Empire converted to Christianity, the true Faith suffered a catastrophic falling-away. The simple truths of the gospel became so obscured by worldliness and pagan idolatry that Christianity required a complete reboot. This idea of a Great Apostasy is one of the cornerstones of American Protestantism, along with Mormonism, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and even Islam. Countless millions today profess a faith built on the assumption that the early Church quickly became broken beyond repair, requiring some new prophet or reformer to restore the pure teaching of Jesus and the apostles. This theory is popular... but its also fiction. Rod Bennett is here with the truth.
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      • Rod Bennett
        Rod Bennett is the former editor of Wonder Magazine, a popular Christian media journal. His writings have appeared in other national publications as well, ranging from Rutherford and Gadfly to Catholic Exchange and Our Sunday Visitor. Rod has appeared on many well-known radio and television programs such as The Journey Home and Bookmark. His first book, Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words, is a best seller from Ignatius Press. He also edited Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger with apologist Gary Michuta and compiled Chesterton s America. A convert from the Southern Baptist faith, Rod joined the Catholic Church in 1996. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Dorothy and their two children.
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          • The Apostasy That Wasn't: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – February 5, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Life from Our Land: The Search for a Simpler Life in a Complex World (full hour)

    • Description: A UK dictionary has declared “binge-watching,” or watching multiple episodes of a TV show in a short period of time, to be the ‘Word of the Year’ for 2015. This is just the latest example of how our lives revolve around technology. We pursue technology because we think it will make us happy, but has this pursuit hampered our ability to discern what true happiness is? Marcus Grodi moved his family from the city to an Ohio farmland to answer this question. He joins us today to tell us what he discovered.
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      • Marcus Grodi
        Marcus Grodi is the President and Founder of Coming Home Network International. He’s the host of the Journey Home and Deep in Scripture on EWTN and the author of many books including “Thoughts for the Journey Home” and “Life from Our Land: The Search for a Simpler Life in a Complex World.” He has taught courses in catechetics and theology at Franciscan University and is a regular contributor to Catholic Answers Magazine.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – February 4, 2016 – Hour 1

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    My Life as a Disney Animator

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    • Description: Mark Henn is a Disney animator who has worked on such classic films as Aladdin, the Lion King and Enchanted. His work has largely focused on heroines and he has supervised the animation of Princess Jasmine, Mulan and other lead characters. He joins us to discuss his faith and his work at Disney.
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      • Mark Henn
        Mark Henn is a Disney animator whose contributions to animation have included several Disney leading characters, including Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Young Simba in The Lion King. He focuses on animation of heroines, including Mulan and Princess Tiana in the Princess and the Frog. Mark has been nominated for an Annie Award four times for his accomplishments in animation.

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    Answering the Call to Evangelize

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    • Description: The Fellowship of Catholic University Students is leading the way in the New Evangelization on campus. Thousands of college students have been reached for Christ, with more new lives impacted every day. We’ll hear more about the ministry from Curtis Martin.
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      • Curtis Martin
        Curtis Martin is the Founder and CEO of Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS. HE was appointed as a Consulter to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization by Pope Benedict XVI and is the author of the bestselling book Made for More. Curtis also co-hosts Crossing the Goal on EWTN.
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    Divine Mercy and Catholic Psychology

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    • Description: The Institute for the Psychological Services is launching a new School of Counseling and is changing its official name to Divine Mercy University. The school will prepare students to go out into the world and bring hope and healing through knowledge of psychology, counseling and an authentic vision of the human person. Fr. Charles Sikorsky will tell us about it.
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      • Fr. Charles Sikorsky
        Fr Charles Sikorsky is the President of the Institute for Psychological Services, which is now called Divine Mercy University. He obtained his licentiate in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – February 4, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Stem Cell Therapy: The Catholic Impact

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    • Description: Stem Cell Therapy is one of the most controversial and misunderstood issues in modern bioethics. Dr. Theresa Deisher is a leading researcher in adult stem cell therapy and was the first person to discover adult cardiac derived stem cells. She joins us today with an in-depth Catholic look at stem cell therapy.
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      • Dr. Theresa Deisher
        Dr. Theresa Deisher is the President of Sound Choice. Her career has focused on discovering new therapies for grievous human illnesses. She has spent more than 19 years in commercial biotechnology, is an inventor on 23 issued US patents, discovered adult cardiac derived stem cells and is a champion of adult stem cell research.
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    From Success to Significance: Making the Most of your Second Half

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    • Description: The life expectancy of previous generations was only about 50 years. Modern medicine has dramatically changed life expectancies, and we now have “Two Lifetimes.” Life I occurs before halftime, and Life II occurs after. How can you make the most of your “Second Half,” which was unavailable to our predecessors? We’ll sit down with Lloyd Reeb to discuss how we can do the “good works God prepared in advance for us to do.”
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      • Lloyd Reeb
        Lloyd Reeb is the primary spokesperson for the Halftime Institute and the author of From Success to Significance: When the Pursuit of Success Isn’t Enough.
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    A Look at the State of the Church

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    • Description: Anne Hendershott is with us to take a look at current triumphs and challenges facing the Church.
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      • Anne Hendershott
        Anne Hendershott is a Professor of Sociology at Franciscan University, where she directs the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life. She’s the author of several books, including “Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education.”
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – February 3, 2016 – Hour 1

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    The New Evangelization in the Year of Mercy (2 segments)

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    • Description: Ralph Martin sits down with us for a wide-ranging discussion on the importance of the New Evangelization.
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      • Ralph Martin Ralph Martin is the President of Renewal Ministries and the host of the Choices We Face, a weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world. He’s the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and was named by Pope Benedict XVI as a consulter to Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. He’s the author of many books including “The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call” and “The Fulfillment of All Desire.”
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    Obria Crisis Pregnancy Center: A Savvy Pro-Life Model

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    • Description: Kathleen Eaton Bravo is developing a revolution in the pro-life medical movement. She’s the founder of Obria Medical Clinics and has a plan to transform pregnancy-resource centers nationwide into life-affirming medical clinics with a brand women will trust. She tells us about it today. Obria Crisis Pregnancy Center: A Savvy Pro-Life Model
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      • Kathleen Eaton Bravo
        Kathleen Eaton Bravo is the Founder and CEO of Obria Medical Clinics. After her abortion, she wanted to make sure that any woman facing a crisis pregnancy would understand all her options. Her mission is to provide love and support to empower women to choose life for their unborn babies.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – February 3, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Integrity Restored: Healing and Recovery from Porn (2 segments)

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    • Description: The Catholic Church has always taught against pornography, and neuroscience now supports that teaching. Studies have shown that pornography can be just as addictive as alcohol or narcotics. Jim O’Day joins us to talk about the work he does to restore the integrity of individuals and families affected by pornography.
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    Abolishing Abortion in our Lifetime

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    • Description: Students for Life of America is one of the nation’s most active pro-life organizations and the largest youth pro-life organization. It uses uniquely effective methods to train and equip the next generation of pro-lifers. Kristan Hawkins is here to talk about her plan to abolish abortion in our lifetime.
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      • Kristan Hawkins
        Kristan Hawkins is the President of Students for Life of America. Her work has helped to triple the number of campus pro-life groups in the US. She’s the author of Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime and a frequent blogger for lifenews.com and townhall.com.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – February 2, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Direct to My Desk: Making Sense of Political Nonsense (full hour)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – February 2, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Direct to My Desk: Making Sense of Political Nonsense (full hour)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – February 1, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Attorney for David Daleiden Speaks About His Civil Cases

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    • Description: After exposing Planned Parenthood for selling aborted baby body parts, pro-choice advocates have come after David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress with a vengeance. He is facing three civil suits and a criminal charge. We talk to one of his lawyers, Catherine Short
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      • Catherine Short
        Catherine Short is the Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Life Legal Defense Foundation. She is representing David Daleiden in his three civil lawsuits.
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    Catholic Street Evangelization: Stories of Conversion and Witness

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    • Description: Today we explore the inspiring story of Steve Dawson—his dramatic conversion to Catholicism as a young man and his founding of St. Paul Street Evangelization, an international apostolate that has grown to hundreds of teams in seven countries in just a few years. Also some of the fruits of his labor. Ordinary Catholics who have come to love Christ so much that they now talk about Him with total strangers in public places—street corners, parks, and shopping areas. Steve joins us to tell his story.
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    Thomas Monaghan: An Upcoming Biography

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    • Description: Thomas Monaghan is an Orphan, Marine, Founder of Domino’s Pizza, Owner of the Detroit Tigers, Philanthropist, Founder of Legatus, Pro-Life Leader, Founder of Ave Maria Law School, Ave Maria University and many many other things. And his life is chronicled in an upcoming biography by Joseph Pearce. We get the sneak peek.
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      • Joseph Pearce
        Joseph Pearce is the Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. He was formerly aligned with the National Front, a white nationalist political party, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1989, repudiated his earlier views, and now writes from a Catholic perspective. He is a co-editor of the St. Austin Review and editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press and is best known for a number of literary biographies. His most recent biography is on the life of Thomas Monaghan which is yet to be released.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – February 1, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Fighting Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation and now Harris County Texas

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    • Description: An aggressive legal strategy pursued by Planned Parenthood is bearing fruit in TX. In a surprise move last week, a grand jury in Harris County not only cleared Planned Parenthood's Gulf Coast affiliate but also indicted the two pro-life activists, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who had prompted the probe in the first place. They have both been charged with using fake driver's licenses and Daleiden for violating Texas' prohibition on the purchase and sale of human organs - the same law he accused Planned Parenthood of breaking - when he sent an email to Planned Parenthood seeking to buy fetal tissue. David joins us.
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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.
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    Helping Catholic Leaders Build Amazing Parishes (2 segments)

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    • Description: A new movement seeking to unite the faithful and their pastors in the formation of thriving parishes has seen a wide scope of interest throughout the U.S. in the time since it was started a little more than a year ago. The Amazing Parish movement seeks to give Catholic leaders, both clergy and lay, the resources and support they need to create strong, fruitful parishes. We talk with co-founder Pat Lencioni who says “For most Catholics, the parish is where they come to know Christ and the Church. If parishes aren’t vibrant and strong, it’s really tough for most Catholics to connect with their faith.
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      • Pat Lencioni
        Patrick Lencioni is the founder of The Table Group and the author of 10 books which have sold nearly 5 million copies and been translated into more than 25 languages. The Wall Street Journal called him one of the most sought after business speakers in America. As CEO, Pat spends his time writing books and articles related to leadership and organizational health, speaking to audiences interested in those topics and consulting to CEOs and their teams.
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