4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – Calvin Coolidge: A Spending-Cutting President
He was a president of extreme silence, but extreme success. Calvin Coolidge, our 13th President, began a decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership. After a divisive period of government excess and corruption, Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and achieved what few other peacetime presidents have: He left office with a federal budget smaller than the one he inherited. We talk about this President with two recent biographers of Coolidge – Charles Johnson and then Amity Schlaes.
5:00 –Pope Francis: A Biography
When the curtains were drawn and our new Holy Father stepped out into view of the 150,000 people waiting in St. Peter's Square, it was a humble and gentle man from Argentina who greeted them, not in triumph, but with a gentle wave. He's a pope of "firsts" - the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, and the first to choose the name of Italy's most famous saint. Pope Francis is still new to us, but in the first English-language biography by Matthew Bunson, you will get to know the man who became pope: A street priest at heart with a deep love for people and a pastor's touch. He teaches in word and deed the truths of the Church and God's merciful love. Matthew joins us.