Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - August 7, 2012

Talking about the "things that matter most" on August 7

4:00 – Direct to My Desk

4:20 – Scythian: It’s Not Too Late
Rousing and raucous, Scythian plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Take a pair of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget. Their high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music has one goal in mind: to get people on their feet and dancing. Their repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and dramatic strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes, and then crosses back over the border to pick up some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks. Their latest release is It’s Not Too Late. We talk to band members Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka who are coming this month to Ann Arbor for a concert.

5:00 – Direct to My Desk

5:20 – Report Reveals Embryonic Stem Cells Have Stalled Out
A new report released this month by the Charlotte Lozier Institute analyzes the history and trajectory of funding for stem cell research by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), revealing that the scientific community now views morally unproblematic alternatives to embryonic stem cells as the best hope for progress toward effective treatments and therapies.“A decade ago researchers, media, and Hollywood alike dismissed moral and ethical concerns to hail stem cell research using, and destroying, human embryos, as the ‘only hope’ for developing efficacious therapies,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute. “But despite the millions of dollars spent on this research, cures brought about by embryonic stem cells have continued to prove elusive, while adult stem cell research applications have exploded.” Chuck joins us.

5:40 – Espwa (Hope) Village: A Catholic Home in Haiti
Espwa (Hope) Village is a Catholic home for more than 600 orphaned and destitute boys (and a few girls). It is located in Les Cayes, on Haiti’s southern coast. Ave Maria Radio listeners have partnered with Cross Catholic International Outreach to provide funding for this village which offers refuge and hope to abandoned and homeless children with no other option for care, those who had been trapped in abusive domestic servitude, and destitute children suffering malnutrition and severe neglect due to extreme poverty. Jim Cavnar of Cross International Catholic Outreach is here to discuss the Village and its progress.

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