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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 23, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Turkey wants to keep American Pastor behind bars for life

  • Description: Turkish prosecutors have demanded life imprisonment for jailed US pastor Andrew Burnson, who was arrested in October 2016 and accused of being a part of the Islamic movement led by Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of orchestrating the failed July 2016 coup attempt. Neither pastor Brunson nor his lawyer have been allowed any access to the documents being used against him. We'll here the details from Derya Little.
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    • Derya Little
      Derya Little has a PhD in politics from Durham University in England. She's the author of From Islam to Christ: One Woman's Path through the Riddles of God. Her articles on foreign affairs have appeared in academic journals and on Catholic World Report.
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    • From Islam to Christ: One Woman's Path through the Riddles of God

      Born and raised in Muslim Turkey, Derya Little wandered far and wide in search of her true home. After her parents' divorce, she rejected her family's Islamic faith and became an atheist. During her stormy adolescence, she tried to convince a Christian missionary that there is no God but was converted to Christ instead. Her winding path through the riddles of God was not over, however. While attending a Turkish university and serving as a Christian youth minister, Derya began to compare the teachings of Protestantism and Catholicism, and during her doctoral studies in England, she entered the Catholic Church. Ultimately, she ended up in the United States, where she has become a citizen and has settled down to raise a family. Derya's story provides a window into both Islam and modernity. It shows that the grace and the mercy of God know no bounds.  Rather, the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ reaches souls in the most unlikely places. (learn more)

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+  The Theological Roots of Foreign Policy (2 segments)

  • Description: Before the election of President John F. Kennedy, the American elite—political, economic, and cultural—was overwhelmingly Protestant. Since 1960, however, American society has become ever more multi-ethnic and multi-religious, while the general culture has become thoroughly non-religious. How has this affected our approach to Foreign Policy? We'll talk with Michael Doran.
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    • Michael Doran
      Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, specializing in Middle East security issues. He served in the Bush administration as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate US strategies on a variety of middle east issues. He also served in the State Department and as a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 23, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Why I Became Catholic

  • Description: Lizzie Reezay is a well-known Youtuber who makes videos about theology, bipolar disorder and other topics. And now she's entering the Catholic Church. She joins us with a look at her faith journey.
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    • Lizzie Reezay
      Lizzie Reezay is a recent graduate of Pepperdine University. She makes YouTube videos about theology and dealing with bipolar disorder and is a new convert to the Catholic Church. Follow her on Twitter @LizzieReezay and check out her Lizzies Answers YouTube channel, and find more at lizziesanswers.com
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+  Empowering our Kids for the Decisions that Matter Most

  • Description: Spring is almost here and students around the country are finalizing their college and career plans. What if we taught them to measure success not by the school they attend or the size of their bank account, but by how they follow Christ? On the upcoming Feast of the Annunciation, we'll remember Mary's decision to offer a complete yes to God...what if we taught our kids to do the same? We'll talk with Leonard Delorezno.
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    • Dr. Leonard Delorenzo
      Leonard J. DeLorenzo is the author of What Matters Most: Empowering Young Catholics for Life’s Big Decisions. He teaches theology at the University of Notre Dame, where he also directs Notre Dame Vision, the Notre Dame Catechist Academy, and the Notre Dame Character Project within the Institute for Church Life. He and his wife, Lisa, live in South Bend, Indiana, with their five children.
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    • What Matters Most: Empowering Young Catholics for Life's Big Decisions

      What if we taught young people that they can measure success by how they follow Christ rather than by how much money they make or where they go to college? In What Matters Most, University of Notre Dame theology professor Leonard J. DeLorenzo urges youth ministers, teachers, and parents to help young people redefine success in light of their call to discipleship—completely saying yes to God. In Luke's account of the Annunciation, Mary offers a true model of discipleship for young people to follow. Her example will empower them to make choices about how to live their lives as a courageous yes to God in everything they choose—just as she did. DeLorenzo, who served as the long-time director of Notre Dame Vision—a program designed to help young Catholics find their true calling as disciples of Jesus—shows how Mary exhibited four habits that will guide young people to make important life decisions:

      • Listen carefully and practice patience.
      • Remember who we are and what we value most.
      • Respond with compassion to choices we face.
      • Embrace sacrifice for the sake of love.
      DeLorenzo includes personal stories from his experience as a father and working with youth and young adults with spiritual wisdom to equip teachers, mentors, pastoral ministers, and parents to reexamine the way they encourage and help form young Catholics approaching significant life choices such as college and jobs. He presents ways to remedy spiritual deficits in these young people created by cultural realities such as the fast pace of tech-driven lives and the looming pressure to succeed with worldly accomplishments. (learn more)

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    • Witness: Learning to Tell the Stories of Grace That Illumine Our Lives

      Beginning with the apostles themselves, Christians have practiced the art of telling their stories to bring others to faith. Leonard J. DeLorenzo, theology professor and director of Notre Dame Vision--a program designed to help youth and young adults find their true vocation--presents seven guiding principles to help you share your faith in a genuine way and teach others to do so as well. Unlike many evangelical Christians, Catholics often find it difficult to tell their faith stories. Leonard DeLorenzo has taught thousands of teens and young adults to relate their moments of grace in a way that is compelling, convincing, and free of clichés and vague generalizations. His seven guiding principles are:

      • Tell it as a story
      • Begin with what happened
      • Express it in style
      • Modify it for your audience
      • Ensure there is sufficient closure
      • Embrace natural emotions and
      • Pray and practice
      DeLorenzo includes literary examples of writers such as C. S. Lewis and Flannery O'Connor, the conversion stories of St. Paul and St. Augustine, and real-life accounts of grace told by young adults he's worked with. Their stories are born out of battling an anxiety disorder, struggling with a loved one's Alzheimer's disease, dealing with the effects of alcoholism, learning from people with mental disabilities, and overcoming an eating disorder. DeLorenzo teaches us that by paying close attention to particular aspects of these stories, we can attune ourselves to the surprising and specific ways that grace moved through their experiences--as it does in our own. DeLorenzo provides a model for the kind of attentiveness we should foster when crafting our own stories of grace, and lead others to do so by providing an example of God's presence in our everyday life. Witness is a unique resource for faith-formation ministers and adults of all ages to appreciate the ways that grace is at work in your life, to inspire hope, and to build community by telling your own faith story. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 22, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Pennsylvania Election: Saccone Concedes to Lamb after 8 Day Wait

  • Description: We talked last week with Paul Kengor about the special election in Pennsylvania between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone, who were vying to replace disgraced representative Tim Murphy, who resigned late last year after he was caught encouraging an aide with whom he had an affair to have an abortion. It's a district that Murphy has won easily for years and which Trump won by 20 points, but when we spoke the morning after the election Lamb led by .2% in a race that was still too close to call. Saccone conceded last night. What, if anything, does this mean for President Trump and his opponents? We'll talk with Paul again.
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    • Dr. Paul Kengor
      Paul Kengor, PhD, is the bestselling authorof many books, most recently The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism. His articles regularly appear in USA Today, the New York Times, and numerous academic journals. He is a professor at Grove City College and a frequent commentator on television and radio. This Pennsylvania election is taking place in the district adjoining his own. He met Rick Saccone years ago and baptized in the same diocese as Conor Lamb.
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+  How Christian Faith Led a Single Woman to Defy Chairman Mao (2 segments)

  • Description: When we think of 20th-century political dissidents who were people of faith, we tend to think of Mandela, Bonfoeffer and King. And for good reason: These men left an indelible mark on humanity with their resolve and fortitude, their eloquent words, and their profound wrestling with what it meant to oppose injustice. Now, thanks to the research of historian Dr. Lian Xi, we have a new name to add to the list: Lin Zhao, the only Chinese citizen known to have openly and steadfastly opposed communism under Mao Zedong.
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    • Dr. Lian Xi
      Dr. Lian Xi is a Professor of World Christianity at Duke Divinity School. He's the author of several books including Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China and, most recently, Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao's China.
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    • Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao's China

      The staggering story of the most important Chinese political dissident of the Mao era, a devout Christian who was imprisoned, tortured, and executed by the regime
      Blood Letters tells the astonishing tale of Lin Zhao, a poet and journalist arrested by the authorities in 1960 and executed eight years later, at the height of the Cultural Revolution. The only Chinese citizen known to have openly and steadfastly opposed communism under Mao, she rooted her dissent in her Christian faith--and expressed it in long, prophetic writings done in her own blood, and at times on her clothes and on cloth torn from her bedsheets. Miraculously, Lin Zhao's prison writings survived, though they have only recently come to light. Drawing on these works and others from the years before her arrest, as well as interviews with her friends, her classmates, and other former political prisoners, Lian Xi paints an indelible portrait of courage and faith in the face of unrelenting evil.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 22, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Register Recap: A Communication Breakdown at the Vatican

  • Description: This morning Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò as prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, in the wake of what has been dubbed by many as the “Lettergate” scandal. The trouble began after the March 12 launch of the 11-book series The Theology of Pope Francis. A photo of a letter from Benedict XVI praising Francis’ theological and philosophical formation was released, however the secretariat later admitted to tampering with the image. It was later revealed that further paragraphs had been left out in which Benedict questioned the inclusion in the series of a theologian known for his “anti-papal initiatives.” Matthew Bunson joins us to straighten out the mess.
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    • Dr. Matthew Bunson
      Matthew Bunson is a Senior Contributor to EWTN News and the National Catholic Register and a Senior Fellow at St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 books including the first English-language biography of Pope Francis and The Encyclopedia of Catholic History. Follow him on twitter at MattBunson. Register Radio airs Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 11 am.
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+  Keeping the Flame of Faith Alive (2 segments)

  • Description: How do we keep our flame of faith alive? How can we share with others something that we don't know and love ourselves? John Wood joins us with some suggestions.
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    • John Wood
      John Wood is the author of "The Light Entrusted to You: Keeping the Flame of Faith Alive." He is a mobile eye doctor from Ohio. He and his wife, Kristin, have four children. They have dedicated their lives to sharing their faith with others in practical and engaging ways through their ministry Extraordinary Mission. Wood is also author of the best-selling Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission: 5 Steps to Winning the War Within.
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    • The Light Entrusted to You: Keeping the Flame of Faith Alive

      We keep the flame of our faith alive by sharing it with others. But we cannot share what we do not know and love ourselves. That's why author John Wood wrote this practical, inspiring primer, which explains the Catholic faith in six simple and engaging lessons that can be applied to everyday life. The first letters of the six lessons spell the acronym SAINTS, illustrating that the Catholic faith has the power to form ordinary men and women into extraordinary Christians, in other words, saints. Using popular movies, songs, stories, sports, and life experiences, author John Wood illuminates the wisdom of Catholicism and equips us to share it with others, especially our own children. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 21, 2018 – Hour 1

+  The Catholic Art of Devotion

  • Description: By praying and taking our attention off our own problems for just a few minutes a day, we can take the first steps toward abandoning fear and living a life of forgiveness, abundance, and perpetual gratitude. In other words, we can experience a little heaven on earth, a little "life everlasting." Gary Jansen joins us again with more.
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    • Gary Jansen
      Gary Jansen is the director of Image Books and a senior editor at Penguin Random House where he has edited and published books by New York Times bestselling authors Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Bishop Barron and Scott Hahn. He is the author of the bestselling memoir Holy Ghosts: Or, How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night; The 15-Minute Prayer Solution; Station to Station; and the forthcoming book Life Everlasting. Visit garyjansen.com.
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    • Life Everlasting: Catholic Devotions and Mysteries for the Everyday Seeker

      The time-honored practices in this inspiring book will guide you in unlocking the power of Catholic devotions— prayers, meditations, and even very simple, small actions you can take right now that will bring you closer to God and also offer reassurance that we are never, ever alone.  The mystical practices of mindfulness and heartfulness presented can help anyone find so­lace, healing, and direction during difficult times. In Life Everlasting readers will discover that lost causes can be won by meditating with St. Jude; healings can occur by praying with the Virgin Mary; and the Holy Spirit can assist us in making important decisions. The Catholic art of devotion can help us experience miracles in all aspects of our daily lives including our health, finances, and relationships. By praying and taking our attention off our own problems for just a few minutes a day, we can take the first steps toward abandoning fear and living a life of forgiveness, abundance, and perpetual gratitude. In other words, we can experience a little heaven on earth, a little life everlasting. (learn more)

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+  Indulgences and the Church's Covenant with Christ (2 segments)

  • Description: Just over 500 years ago, Luther presented his 95 Theses and attacked the Church's practice of indulgences. Now, Mary Moorman argues that the theology Luther practiced actually validated the logic of indulgences and that, taken in proper context, indulgences are an incredible witness to the Church's covenant with Christ. She joins us with more and also shares the story of her own personal conversion.
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    • Indulgences: Luther, Catholicism, and the Imputation of Merit

      At the five-hundreth anniversary of Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses and the dawn of the Protestant movement, Indulgences: Luther, Catholicism, and the Imputation of Merit sets forth a revised theological interpretation of the Church's practice of indulgences. Author Mary C. Moorman argues that Luther's sola fide theology merely absolutized the very logic of indulgences which he sought to overthrow, while indulgences in their proper context remain an irreducible witness to the Church's corporate nuptial covenant with Christ, by which penitents are drawn into deeper fellowship with the Church and the Church's Lord. As Robert W. Shaffern, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Scranton, writes in his foreword to Indulgences, "Mary Moorman's book joins a number of recent scholarly studies that revise substantially the old convictions about indulgences. She is mostly interested in how theological thinking about indulgences should be done today, with of course the help that patristic, medieval, and early modern authorities might lend. She brings to bear a broad range of primary and secondary sources on the issue of indulgences and constructs an impressive series of covalent images with which to understand the role of indulgences in today's Christian Church." (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 21, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Harry Becoming Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement (full hour)

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    • Ryan Anderson
      Ryan T. Anderson is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He is the author of many books, most recently When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement. Visit heritage.org and follow him on twitter at RyanTAnd.
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    • When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment

      The transgender movement has hit breakneck speed. In the space of a year, it’s gone from something that most Americans had never heard of to a cause claiming the mantle of civil rights. But can a boy truly be “trapped” in a girl’s body? Can modern medicine really “reassign” sex? Is sex something “assigned” in the first place? What’s the loving response to a friend or child experiencing a gender-identity conflict? What should our law say on these issues? When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment provides thoughtful answers to all of these questions. Drawing on the best insights from biology, psychology, and philosophy, Ryan T. Anderson offers a balanced approach to the policy issues, a nuanced vision of human embodiment, and a sober and honest survey of the human costs of getting human nature wrong. He reveals a grim contrast between the media’s sunny depiction and the often sad realities of gender-identity struggles. He introduces readers to people who tried to “transition” but found themselves no better off. Especially troubling is the suffering felt by adults who were encouraged to transition as children but later came to regret it. And there is a reason that many do regret it. As Anderson shows, the most helpful therapies focus not on achieving the impossible—changing bodies to conform to thoughts and feelings—but on helping people accept and even embrace the truth about their bodies and reality. This discussion will be of particular interest to parents who fear how an ideological school counselor might try to steer their child. The best evidence shows that the vast majority of children naturally grow out of any gender-conflicted phase. But no one knows how new school policies might affect children indoctrinated to believe that they really are trapped in the “wrong” body. Throughout the book, Anderson highlights the various contradictions at the heart of this moment: How it embraces the gnostic idea that the real self is something other than the body, while also embracing the idea that nothing but the physical exists. How it relies on rigid sex stereotypes—in which dolls are for girls and trucks are for boys—while also insisting that gender is purely a social construct, and that there are no meaningful differences between women and men. How it assumes that feelings of identity deserve absolute respect, while the facts of our embodiment do not. How it preaches that people should be free to do as they please and define their own truth—while enforcing a ruthless campaign to coerce anyone who dares to dissent. Everyone has something at stake in today’s debates about gender identity. Analyzing education and employment policies, Obama-era bathroom and locker-room mandates, politically correct speech codes and religious-freedom violations, Anderson shows how the law is being used to coerce and penalize those who believe the truth about human nature. And he shows how Americans can begin to push back with principle and prudence, compassion and grace. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 20, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Europe's Slow Death by Denial

  • Description: Early this month German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted the existence of so-called "No Go Zones" in the country. This is a landmark change from the traditional "apologetics" most Western European politicians have done for Islam - an attitude of denial that has slowly been squeezing the continent. What does the future hold? We'll talk with Sam Gregg.
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    • Dr. Sam Gregg
      Sam Gregg is Director of research at the Acton Institute and the author of several books including “The Commercial Society” and “The Modern Papacy.” His newest book, For God and Profit: How Banking and Finance Can Serve the Common Good.” is due out this spring. He’s the General Editor of Lexington Books’ Studies in Ethics and Economics series.
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+  What’s Next for the Red Rose Rescuers?

  • Description: We talked yesterday with Rob Muise about the sentencing for the Red Rose Rescue pro-lifers, who have been forbidden to associate with each other and barred from going near an abortion clinic. Monica Miller joins us with her thoughts on the trial and what they plan to do next.
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    • Dr. Monica Miller
      Dr Monica Miller is the Director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and the author of many books including “Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars” and “Theology of the Passion of the Christ" Check out prolifesociety.com.
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    • Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars

      In the Trenches of the Abortion Battle Every day, thousands of children—fragile, innocent, alone—are abandoned. They are brutally snuffed from the world and literally left in the trash . . . and it's all legal. Abandoned: The Untold Stories of the Abortion Wars is the story of those children abandoned by abortion, and it is the story of their courageous defenders. Since 1976, Monica Miller has made it her life's work to defend the unborn: she has counseled pregnant women outside abortion clinics and organized pro-life groups and sit-ins at many of those same clinics. She has blocked abortionists cars, been arrested, and gone to jail. And she has pulled the bodies of thousands of unborn babies out of dumpsters and given them a proper burial. Abandoned: The Untold Stories of the Abortion Wars is the profound, breathtaking, and often daring journey of one woman, but it is much more than that. It is a history of the Pro-Life movement since Roe vs. Wade, a suspenseful, true-life tale of life and death, an insightful look into the unique and terrible horror of abortion, and a plea for the protection of the most helpless and innocent members of the human family. (learn more)

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+  Uncle Tom the Christ Figure

  • Description: On this day in 1852, the serialized story Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in book form. The character Uncle Tom is a very rare example of a black Christ figure - a role typically reserved for characters such as Steinbeck's Jim Casy, O'Connors Hazel Motes and of course Aslan the lion. We'll discuss the role of Christ figures in literature and in the novel with John Han.
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    • Dr. John Han
      Dr. John Han is Chair of the Humanities Division at Missouri Baptist University, where he is also a Professor of English and Creative Writing and the Editor of Cantos. He specializes in 20th-Century American literature and world literature. He is the author of the essay "Uncle Tom as a Christ Figure," which appeared in the Ignatius Press edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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    • Uncle Tom's Cabin: Ignatius Critical Editions

      Harriet Beecher Stowe was appalled by slavery, and she took one of the few options open to nineteenth century women who wanted to affect public opinion: she wrote a novel, a huge, enthralling narrative that claimed the heart, soul, and politics of millions of her contemporaries. Uncle Tom's Cabin paints pictures of three plantations, each worse than the other, where even the best plantation leaves a slave at the mercy of fate or debt. Her questions remain penetrating even today: "Can man ever be trusted with wholly irresponsible power?" First published more than 150 years ago, this monumental work is today being reexamined by critics, scholars, and students. Though "Uncle Tom" has become a synonym for a fawning black yes-man, Stowe's Tom is actually American literature's first black hero, a man who suffers for refusing to obey his oppressors. Uncle Tom's Cabin is a living, relevant story, passionate in its vivid depiction of the cruelest forms of injustice and inhumanity-and the courage it takes to fight against them. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 20, 2018 – Hour 2

+  The Real Story of the Crusades (2 segments)

  • Description: What is the relationship between the medieval crusades and the problems of the modern Middle East? Were the crusades just the Christian equivalent of Muslim Jihad? We’ll talk with Dr. Thomas Madden, who also looks at the portrayal of the Church in the new CNN series Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History.
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    • Dr. Thomas Madden
      Dr Thomas Madden is professor of history at St Louis University. He’s the author of many books including Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World and The Concise History of the Crusades.
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    • The Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in World and International History)

      What is the relationship between the medieval crusades and the problems of the modern Middle East? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of Muslim jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance. Placing all of the major crusades within their medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments, Madden explores the uniquely medieval world that led untold thousands to leave their homes, families, and friends to march in Christ’s name to distant lands. From Palestine and Europe's farthest reaches, each crusade is recounted in a clear, concise narrative. The author gives special attention as well to the crusades’ effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East. (learn more)

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    • Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World

      One of Time’s 12 Books for the History Buffs on Your Holiday Gift List The first single-volume history of Istanbul in decades: a biography of the city at the center of civilizations past and present. For more than two millennia Istanbul has stood at the crossroads of the world, perched at the very tip of Europe, gazing across the shores of Asia. The history of this city--known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, now Istanbul--is at once glorious, outsized, and astounding. Founded by the Greeks, its location blessed it as a center for trade but also made it a target of every empire in history, from Alexander the Great and his Macedonian Empire to the Romans and later the Ottomans. At its most spectacular Emperor Constantine I re-founded the city as New Rome, the capital of the eastern Roman empire, and dramatically expanded the city, filling it with artistic treasures, and adorning the streets with opulent palaces. Around it all Constantine built new walls, truly impregnable, that preserved power, wealth, and withstood any aggressor--walls that still stand for tourists to visit. From its ancient past to the present, we meet the city through its ordinary citizens--the Jews, Muslims, Italians, Greeks, and Russians who used the famous baths and walked the bazaars--and the rulers who built it up and then destroyed it, including Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the man who christened the city "Istanbul" in 1930. Thomas F. Madden's entertaining narrative brings to life the city we see today, including the rich splendor of the churches and monasteries that spread throughout the city.      Istanbul draws on a lifetime of study and the latest scholarship, transporting readers to a city of unparalleled importance and majesty that holds the key to understanding modern civilization. In the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, "If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital." (learn more)

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+  Trump proposes death penalty for drug dealers

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 19, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Red Rose Rescue Protestors Sentenced

  • Description: Monica Miller and her fellow Red Rose Rescuers have received their sentence. In addition to paying fines, they must pay restitution to the abortion clinic. They may not have contact with each other or go within 500 feet of an abortion clinic for the next year. Their attorney, Rob Muise, joins us to discuss their plans.
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    • Rob Muise
      Rob Muise is a co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center and the co-Author of Offensive and Defensive Lawfare: Fighting Civilizational Jihad in America's Courts. He previously served 13 years in the US Marine Corps. Visit americanfreedomlawcenter.org.
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+  Feast of ST Joseph - Who Was He? (2 segments)

  • Description: Today is the Solemnity of St Joseph, the Husband of Mary. He's one of our most popular saints and one of the most important people in the New Testament, and yet the Scriptures mention very little about him. The gospels mention him by name only 15 times and he is never directly quoted. Who was he, and how did he become so popular? We'll talk with Sandra Miesel.
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    • Sandra Miesel
      Sandra Miesel is an American medievalist and writer. She is the author of hundreds of articles on history and art, among other subjects, and has written several books, including The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code, which she co-authored with Carl E. Olson.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 19, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Social Science Apologetics: The Cognitive Differences Between Men and Women

  • Description: In 1998 CalTech neuroscientist Nirao Shah decided to study sex-based differences in human brains using the latest available technology. At the time, he was basically on his own. The neuroscience community had largely considered any observed sex-associated differences in cognition and behavior in humans to be due to the effects of cultural influences. But in the years since there has been a sea change as new technologies have generated a growing pile of evidence that there are inherent differences in how men's and women's brains are wired and how they work. Dr Greg Popcak joins us with more.
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    • Dr Greg Popcak
      Dr Greg Popcak is Chair of the Online Master of Pastoral Studies program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He's also Executive Director of Pastoral Solutions Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa co-host More2Life on Ave Maria Radio. Visit CatholicCounselors.com and find his Faith on the Couch blog at Patheos.com.
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+  The History of St. Patrick (2 segments)

  • Description: St. Patrick is among the best-known saints and has one of the most iconic feast days. What do we know about his life, especially his early years? How did he come to be a missionary and why did he choose to go to Ireland? We'll look at his life with Philip Freeman.
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    • Dr. Philip Freeman
      Philip Freeman is the Chair of Western Culture in the Seaver College of Pepperdine University. He’s the author of many books including biographies of St Patrick, Julius Caesar and Sappho. Visit philipfreemanbooks.com
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    • St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography

      Ireland's patron saint has long been shrouded in legend, but the true story of St. Patrick is far more inspiring than the myths. In St. Patrick of Ireland, Philip Freeman brings the historic Patrick and his world vividly to life. Patrick speaks in his own voice in two remarkable letters he wrote about himself and his beliefs, new translations of which are included here and which are still astonishing for their passion and eloquence. Born late in the fourth century to an aristocratic British family, Patrick's life was changed forever when he was abducted and taken to Ireland just before his sixteenth birthday. He spent six grueling years there as a slave, but the ordeal turned him from an atheist into a true believer. After a vision in which God told him he would go home, Patrick escaped captivity and, following a perilous journey, returned safely to Britain to the amazement of his family. But even more amazing to them was his announcement that he intended to go back to Ireland to spend the rest of his life ministering to the people who had once enslaved him. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the British Isles during the last years of the Roman Empire, St. Patrick of Ireland brilliantly brings to life the real Patrick, shorn of legend, a man whose deep spiritual conviction and devotion helped to transform a country. (learn more)

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