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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 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
  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 30, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Catholicism’s Challenges in America

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    Catholicism’s Challenges in America (con't)

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    Catholicism’s Challenges in America (con't)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 29, 2015 – Hour 1

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    A Catholic Guide to Revelation

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    • Description: Is the Book of Revelation meant to be taken literally? What does the Catholic Church teach about the “end times?” With all the evil in the world, is there reason to believe the end times will be here soon? We take a deeper look at Revelation with Peter Williamson.
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      • Peter Williamson
        Peter Williamson is the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair in Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, where he also coordinates the Spirit of St Paul Bible Study. He is the General Editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series and has written the volumes on Revelation and Ephesians. He’s also the author of Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture and co-editor with Ralph Martin of John Paul II and the New Evangelization.
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    A Catholic Guide to Revelation (continued)

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    A Catholic Guide to Revelation (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 29, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Ministering to those with Same-Sex Attraction

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    Ministering to those with Same-Sex Attraction (continued)

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    Ministering to those with Same-Sex Attraction (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 28, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Report from Louisiana Theater Shooting

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    • 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

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    • 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)