Monday, April 27, 2009

Today on Kresta - April 27, 2009

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Apr. 27

3:00 – Columbine: 10 Years Later
Last week we commemorated 10 years since the Columbine massacre. In a new remarkable account of the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School shooting, journalist Dave Cullen not only dispels several of the prevailing myths about the event but tackles the hardest question of all: why did it happen? Drawing on extensive interviews, police reports and his own reporting, Cullen meticulously pieces together what happened when 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold killed 13 people before turning their guns on themselves. The media spin was that specific students, namely jocks, were targeted and that Dylan and Eric were members of the Trench Coat Mafia. According to Cullen, they lived apparently normal lives, but under the surface lay an angry, erratic depressive (Klebold) and a sadistic psychopath (Harris), together forming a combustible pair. They planned the massacre for a year, outlining their intentions for massive carnage in extensive journals and video diaries. We take an in-depth look.

4:00 – The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal
In this timely new Politically Incorrect Guide, Robert Murphy argues that free market failure didn't cause the Great Depression and the New Deal didn't cure it. He says World War II didn’t help the economy or get us out of the Great Depression; it took FDR to make the Depression Great; and Herbert Hoover was more like Obama and less like Bush than the liberal media would have you believe. He is here to make his case.

4:40 – Win the World Without Losing Your Soul
Challenging the idea that morality is checked by the door at the workplace, Dave Durand uses 12 accessible lessons to help embrace both success and integrity in professional and personal life. Through practical philosophy and inspirational stories, he will show that individual growth gained the right way is no longer an out of reach ideal. By focusing on “success” as a concept free of guilt and not measured with dollar signs, the workplace is revealed in a fresh, energetic light that is vastly different from what has come to dominate common thinking on this everyday subject.

5:00 – GM Announces More Cuts and The End of Pontiac
General Motors Corp. could be majority owned by the federal government and the United Auto Workers under a massive restructuring plan laid out today that will cut 21,000 U.S. factory jobs by next year and eliminate the storied Pontiac brand. The plan, which includes an offer to swap roughly $27 billion in bond debt for GM stock, would leave current shareholders holding just 1 percent of the century-old company, which is fighting for its life in the worst auto sales climate in 27 years. What will the impact of this announcement be? We look at it with George Schwartz of the Ave Maria Catholic Values Funds.

5:20 – Kresta Comments on the need for Catholic Radio

5:40 – Disney Earth
A 20-foot great white shark hangs in the air, its entire bulk suspended a meter or more above the surface, its jaws closing on a fur seal gulped from the surf in a mighty leap. Time-lapse photography reveals exotic fungi extruding netlike, lacy veils, bright orange slime molds throbbing and quivering as they spread across the rain forest floor. A menagerie of African animals, struggling through desert to the river for the seasonal floods. Welcome to Disney’s Earth. Adapted from the groundbreaking 9-hour BBC miniseries “Planet Earth,” Earth offers an impressive selection of some of the most astounding images ever captured of the natural world. It was released this weekend and Steven Greydanus has the review.

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