Talking about the "things that matter most" on Dec. 6
4:00 – Wikileaks: Terrorist or Champion of Free Press?
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in the face of increasingly heated criticism and calls for his prosecution, has made it known that he's prepared to unleash a vast reserve of government documents if he's detained on any charges, if the WikiLeaks Web site is shut down, or in the event that he himself is killed. In July, Assange began distributing an encrypted 1.3-gigabyte file over the Internet, which tens of thousands of people have since downloaded. Assange calls this file his "insurance policy," and his lawyer, Mark Stephens, told reporters that Assange will release the encryption key if he's brought to trial for his involvement with WikiLeaks, or for the sex crimes charges ssued by Interpol. Meanwhile PFC Bradley Manning, who allegedly stole a quarter of a million cables over time, passing them to Assange in the name of transparency, sits in custody and is hardly an afterthought. We talk about it with Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute.
4:20 – Benedict XVI: Christian Radical
As the condom-wars ignited by Benedict XVI’s Light of the World abate, some attention might finally be paid to the book’s broader themes and what they indicate about Benedict’s pontificate. In this regard, perhaps the interview’s most revealing aspect is the picture that emerges of Pope Benedict as nothing more and nothing less than a Christian radical.T hose accustomed to cartoon-like depictions of Joseph Ratzinger as a “reactionary” might be surprised by this description. But by “radical,” our next guest doesn’t mean the type of priest or minister who only wears clerical garb when attending left-wing rallies or publically disputing particular church doctrines. Sam Gregg joins us.
4:40 – Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, are swallowed into a painting and transported back to Narnia and the magnificent ship The Dawn Treader. They join King Caspian and a warrior mouse, Reepicheep, for a mission which holds the fate of Narnia itself. They overcome their own greatest temptations, as they travel to mysterious islands, have fateful confrontations with magical creatures and sinister enemies and reunite with their friend and protector, the "Great Lion" Aslan. Nick Thomm has returned from London where he attended the world premiere and press junket for the film and today we play his interview with Will Poulter who played Eustace Scrubb.
5:00 – The Magdala Project: Archaeology and the Historical Jesus
Modern droughts have revealed harbors from Jesus’ time. Early 19th-century explorers, searching for places where Jesus had walked, attempted to locate the ancient harbors of the Sea of Galilee but failed. Now, after 25 years of searching and researching, they have been found. We talk to Fr. Eamon Kelly about the Magdala Project, an effort to promote this type of archaeology in the Middle East to uncover the Historical Jesus!
5:40 – Apologetics in the 21st Century