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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Feb. 27

Talking about the “things that matter most” on Feb. 27

4:00 – New Ukraine Government warns Russia after gunmen seize Crimea parliament
Armed men seized the parliament in Ukraine’s Crimea region today and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev’s new rulers, who said if Moscow moves troops out of its navy base on the peninsula it would be considered an act of aggression. Crimea, the only Ukrainian region with an ethnic Russian majority, is the last big bastion of opposition to the new leadership in Kiev since President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted over the weekend and provides a base for Russia’s Black Sea fleet. Meanwhile, Russian news agencies say Ukraine’s fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovych, will soon hold a news conference in southern Russia. Yanukovich believes he is still the legitimate President of Ukraine. We again talk to Tetiana Stawynchy who has spent many days with the protesters in Kiev.

4:20 – Prodigal Press: Confronting the Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media
In the nineteenth century, leading newspapers reported from a Christian perspective. Today, however, print and TV journalists increasingly take an anti-Christian stance while claiming to be neutral. Prodigal Press uncovers the shift to secular humanism that has radically altered what the media cover and how they report it. Issuing a clarion call for Christians to reclaim American journalism, Warren Smith is here to examine the influence of worldviews on reporting, objectivity, sensationalism, and crusading; the impact of legal, ethical, and technological changes; and the changes brought about by the 24/7 news cycle, the Internet, and social media.

5:00 –“Secrets of the Vatican” – Part II
Tuesday night PBS’ award winning news and documentary program, “Frontline,” aired “Secrets of the Vatican.” From PBS’ publicity: “Secrets of the Vatican” illuminates the challenges facing Pope Francis as he tries to reform the Vatican bureaucracy, root out corruption, and chart a new course for the Church. The documentary tells the epic, inside story of the collapse of the Benedict papacy, from a far-reaching clergy sex abuse scandal, to money laundering and corruption at the Vatican Bank, to power struggles and cronyism within the Holy See, to hypocrisy within the Vatican when it comes to homosexuality.” We talk to the man who literally wrote the book on Pope Benedict XVI’s handling of the sex abuse scandal. Matthew Bunson is here.

5:20 – Daughters in Danger: Helping Our Girls Thrive in Today’s Culture
Respected family advocate Elayne Bennett is here to bring hope and encouragement to families and shows the way to save our daughters from the many threats they face. Many girls today are caught up in a world that devalues them and prioritizes perceived needs and desires, in ways that will break their very hearts. Much of our culture undermines girls and damages their souls. We look at how American families can rescue daughters from the negative and destructive patterns of our culture. We explore why progressive feminism is the wrong answer and an inadequate solution. We learn how mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends, schools, colleges and universities can be involved in saving our daughters. And we look at why—especially families—bear the responsibility for encouraging and supporting, training and directing, loving and cherishing daughters everywhere.

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