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Communications is a moral act. The mass media have the power to form opinions and consciences, but they have become a global, immediate and crowded arena with competing voices and ideologies. What is the common good? Where’s the moral dimension of the news? What’s the story behind the story? How do we get people’s attention to listen to the most important message in life – who we are and where we are headed? We clear a path through the clutter of words by reclaiming the purity of language, and engage it with the clarity of truth. Because that’s the heart of all that matters.


Welcome to The Heart Of The Matter!

We are pleased to bring you the new and expanded Heart of the Matter!  Here you will hear engaging stories and interviews with the news makers of our day - all brought to you with an unflinching Catholic perspective on our world. Tune in every week for this engaging and informative news magazine show - and tell a friend - The Heart of the Matter is heard right here on Catholic Radio International.

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The Heart Of The Matter

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Top Story: What makes the West West?

With conflicts at home and abroad, one might be wondering what are we fighting for?  To answer this question we sit down with David Brog, executive director of Christians United for the Faith and author of In Defense of Faith.

Then, we talk with Tom Szyszkiewicz, co-founder of CRI about the investigation of Father Corapi.  Is this a case of the system working or of a man being worked-over by the system?

 
Get The Books:
In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity

Show Links: 

Christians United for Israel
Jeff Gardner's review of In Defense of Faith

Tom Szyszkiewicz

Father Corapi and Santa Cruz Media


    
 
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The Heart Of The Matter

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Top Story: What to do about Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Where are we going in Central Asia and what lies in wait for us if we get there?

This week, we look at the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Our policies, their impact and what must be done to finish the job in the most dangerous region on earth.

First, we sit down with Salahuddin Khan's, author of Sikander, a novel and window into the street of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Then, we talk with ex-rebel, world authority  and best selling Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid about what the US must do to finish the job in Afghanistan.

 
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Sikander


Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition

Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

Show Links: 

Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Pakistan and Afghanistan
General Petraeous before House Armed Services Committee

M. Salahuddin Khan

Ahmed Rashid


    
 
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The Heart Of The Matter

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Top Story: It's The Economy... Still!

It's budget time again, and things are not well in our nation's capital.  There is a major spending impasse and rumors of a government shutdown.

This week, we sit down with Brian Riedl, lead budget analyst at the Heritage Foundation to get the numbers behind the hype.


And Also... CPAW

With all of the discussion about immigration and Immigrants, we may not notice that some of the people who have come to the United States wish they had not.  

This week we sit down with Neil Berro, spokesperson for The Coalition to Protect American Workers (CPAW), and talk about an initiative that some may see as obvious, but others may find unsettling.

 

Show Links: 

Brian Riedl at Heritage

The Heritage Foundation

Cutting Federal Spending - The Four Myths

CPAW


    
 
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The Heart Of The Matter

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Top Story: Smeared

Lila Rose and Live Action are hard at it again. Sending two actors into a Planned Parenthood clinic, Live Action has exposed a cover-up of sex trafficking and a failure to report suspected statutory rape.  If this does not surprise you then the reaction to Live Action's latest work might.

On the left, bloggers have launcher a vicious smear campaign against Lila Rose - complete with doctored photos.

On the right, some Catholics are complaining that while Live Action's goals are laudable their tactics are not.

To confront the smear we sit down with Stephen Moore of Veracity Stew, and to tackle the morality of it all, we talk with Brian Gibson, Executive Director of Pro-Life Action Ministries.


  
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Show Links: 

Live Action

Smeared - The blog that started it all. WARNING Graphic Content

Smeared - The Midnight Review

Veracity Stew's Lila Rose Post

CNA Article about Lila Rose

Lila Rose Is Up To Something - ALL

 
Pro-Life Action Ministries
    
 
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The Heart Of The Matter

 This week:
Top Story: Going green..?

We are back!  After a long summer break and the build-out of a new studio, we are ready for a new season!

This week, we take a behind the scenes look at environmentalism.  Ubiquitously, the call is for us to "go green." But where, we should ask, are we going?

A sit down with Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace will give us some answers.


Show Links: 

Dr. Patrick Moore's Greenspirit

News Links: 

The Temple of Understanding

About Van Jones

Father Paul Mayer

 
Catholic Climate Covenant

   
 
 
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The Heart Of The Matter

 Last week:
Top Story: A Heart Like His

We are back!  June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and this week we sit down with Father Thomas Williams to talk about his new book, A Heart Like His - Meditations on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Father Thomas has for us a bold proposition: you can really get to know Jesus, and you can let Him change your heart into a heart like His.


News Links:

White House turns up heat on BP

Saudi Arabia clears skies for Israel

Two Weddings, a Divorce and 'Glee'

Get The Book: A Heart Like His: Meditations on the Sacred Heart of Jesus  
 
 
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The Heart Of The Matter

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Top Story: It's The Law

What once was a contentious piece of health care legislation is now the law.  What part did "pro-life" Democrats play in passing this bill?  To find out, we sit down with Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life of America.





And Also... Israel

Has Israel spoiled the prospects for peace by building homes in the Holy Land?  To get the facts, and the whole story, we sit down with David Brog, Executive Director of Christians United For Israel.  As is often the case, things are not as they seem.



News Links:

Social Security is going broke

Show Links:

Democrats for Life of America

Christians United For Israel

David Brog's Blog

   

Additional Show Links:

Pres. Obama's Executive Order

Planned Parenthood on Obama's Executive Order

Hyde Amendment

 Illinois Catholic Prayer Breakfast and Rep.  Stupak
 
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The Heart Of The Matter

Did you miss..?
March 20, 2010
Top Story: An Uncertain Future: Iraq At A Turning Point

Thousands of Iraqi Christians now live in the United States.  As Iraq undergoes a critical test of its struggling Democracy, can they ever hope to return home?

This week on the Heart of the Matter, in two great conversations, we focus on Iraq and the Iraqi people.  First, we sit down with Joseph Kassab, executive director of the Chaldean Federation of America to talk about Iraqi Christians living in the U.S. - who are they and how can we help our brothers and sisters in Christ?


And Also... The Elections In Iraq

We speak with Mr. Yonadam Kanna, Iraqi Christian and candidate for Iraq's new parliament.  Can the elections in Iraq do away with the sectarian violence and chaos that has so afflicted Iraqis of all faiths?



News Links:

The Health Care Summit in Two Minutes

Paul Krugman on Helath Care Summit

Pictures of Earthquake Damage in Chile

A Tale of Two Quakes - John Stossel

Show Links:

The Chaldean Federation of America

Adopt A Refugee Family Program

Wiki Bio for Yonadam Kanna


 
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The Heart Of The Matter

 March 3, 2010
Top Story: A New Conservatism?

There is something in the air and change is afoot.  Due to a number of factors, conservatism is reemerging as a political force BUT, what will, or should, it look like? This week on the Heart of the Matter, we sit down with Dr. Antony Esolen to hear why, in his opinion, the new conservatism must be Christian or not at all.




And Also... The Mount Vernon Statement

Finally, we discuss the Mount Vernon Statement; what it is and why Catholics must care


News Links:

The Health Care Summit in Two Minutes

Paul Krugman on Helath Care Summit

Pictures of Earthquake Damage in Chile

A Tale of Two Quakes - John Stossel

Show Links:

A New Conservatism? - Dr. Esolen

The Mount Vernon Statement

Life - The Didache

Liberty - CCC

Pursuit of Happiness - Property - Aquinas


 
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The Heart Of The Matter

 February 21, 2010
Top Story: Encore - Thrift, The Forgotten Virtue

We are out of the studio this week BUT we still have a great show.  First, we revisit an interview we had with Theodore R. Mallock, author of Thrift: Rebirth Of A Forgotten Virtue to talk about the ethos of spending what we do not have.

Get The Book:

Thrift: Rebirth of a Forgotten Virtue



And Also... Encore...

We revisit a sit down with Dr. Herbert London of the Hudson Institute to see if we are up to the challenge of the new secularism, a battle fight that Dr. London maps out in his book America's Secular Challenge.


Get The BooK:

America's Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion (Brief Encounters)

News Links:

The Mount Vernon Statement




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The Heart Of The Matter

 February 12, 2010
Top Story: It's The Economy, Stupid!

It is budget time again, and this year's it a whopper.  To help us make sense out of the trillions to be spent we sit down with Brian Riedl, economist at the Heritage Foundation.










And Also...

How do you get your mind around the numbers involved in the federal budget? Matthias Shapiro has a suggestion - make a video.

 

News Links:

Making sense out of the budget - The American

The Obama Budget - The Heritage Foundation

Obama's Budget - WebMemo - The Heritage Foundation

Show Links:

The Heritage Foundation

Political Math Blog

This week's video - Understanding Numbers with Political Math

  
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The Heart Of The Matter

 January 29, 2010
Top Story: Eco-Imperialism.  How So-Called Green Power Leads To Black Death

This week we sit down with Paul Driessen, author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power Black Death to talk about how misguided environmentalism can and does kill.

Get The Book: Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death



And Also...

Catholic Charities are back in the news. Again we ask the question, is it charity or good intentions gone bad?

 

News Links:

President Obama's State of the Union remarks concerning the Supreme Court

Candidate Obama makes promises he can not keep

Obama's Credibility Gap

PR - Taliban Style

Show Links:

Catholic Charities to give away syringes

Paul Driessen


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The Heart Of The Matter

 January 23, 2010
Top Story: Stephen Meyer's Signature Work - Signature In The Cell.

We are back!  This week as we begin a new year, we sit down with Dr. Stephen Meyer of The Discovery Institute to discuss his new book Signature In The Cell.  Darwinists beware.







And Also...

It's a new year.. in the news.  We take a look at two of the top stories that you need to understand.

 

News Links:

Catholics United on Health Care

Obama Wants To Tax The Banks - Huffington Post

Bank Tax Is Unconstitutional

 

Show Links:

The Discovery Institute

Signature In The Cell

Help Haiti - Catholic Relief Services


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Iraq in My Eye: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL  


The Heart Of The Matter

 December 13, 2009
Top Story: Climategate

This week we again sit down with renowned journalist and climatologist Lawrence Solomon, author of the book The Deniers, and get to the bottom of Climategate and the Climate Summit in Copenhagen.




And Also...

Why are three Navy SEALs on trial?  We sit down with former Navy SEAL Chuck Bravedy, author of the book Iraq In My Eye: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL, to get some answers

  

Get The Book:

The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud

A Poem By Al Gore

One thin September soon

A floating continent disappears
In midnight sun

Vapors rise as
Fever settles on an acid sea
Neptune’s bones dissolve

Snow glides from the mountain
Ice fathers floods for a season
A hard rain comes quickly

Then dirt is parched
Kindling is placed in the forest
For the lightning’s celebration

Unknown creatures
Take their leave, unmourned
Horsemen ready their stirrups

Passion seeks heroes and friends
The bell of the city
On the hill is rung

The shepherd cries
The hour of choosing has arrived
Here are your tools

Show Links:

Climategate Emails - Wiki

Climate Summit 2009 In Crisis

Navy SEALs Prosecuted


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The Heart Of The Matter

 December 07, 2009
Top Story: Sarah Palin has Gone Rogue - Two Reviews of Her New Book

This week we sit down with Canadian thinker Brigitte Pellerin about our (mine and hers) reviews of Sarah Palin's Going Rogue.  Can this book get the job done for the former governor, or will it be just a happy bus ride to nowhere?


And Also...

President Obama has announced that he will send some 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan in hopes of winning the war.  Well and good.  What if the problem with the war is not just the number of boots on the ground?

 

Get The Book:Going Rogue: An American Life


News Links:

Adult Babies?

The Catholic Church on Homosexuality

Charities Costings U.S. Billions


Show Links:

Brigitte Pellerin

MercatorNet

Jeff Gardner's review of Going Rogue

Brigitte Pellerin's review of Going Rogue

Hillsdale College's Imprimis


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The Heart Of The Matter

 November 27, 2009
Top Story: Thrift: Can This Virtue Save Us All?

Welcome back!  This week we sit down with Yale's Theodore Malloch to discuss his new book Thrift: Rebirth Of A Forgotten Virtue, concerning which Steve Forbes wrote: "This book could help all of us put our personal and public lives back in order." Can it be that less is really more?

And Also...

The Manhattan Project changed the balance of power in the world.  Can the Manhattan Declaration do the same?  Let us hope and pray so.

 

Get The Book:

Thrift: Rebirth of a Forgotten Virtue:


News Links:

U.S. Will Shame Banks

The Climate Consensus

Right-Wing Bishops

A Tale Of Two Turkeys

Heritage Foundation Report On Spending

Show Links:

Manhattan Declaration


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The Heart Of The Matter

 November 20, 2009
Top Story: Global Warming

We are out of the studio this week but the show goes on.  To begin, we revisit an interview with world renowned climatologist Lawrence Solomon, author of the book The Deniers, as he (again) makes the case that where global warming is concerned, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.

And Also...

Is there a world population problem? According to Steve Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, yes there is: we are dangerously underpopulated. As this encore episode of The Heart of the Matter continues we revisit Mr. Mosher's compelling arguments about the real danger of world population.


 

Get The Book:

The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud  

Show Links:

The Population Research Institute

Energy Probe Research Foundation


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The Heart Of The Matter

 November 14, 2009
Top Story: Jihad Watch

When you are right, you are right - unfortunately. Last week we called the Fort Hood shooting exactly as we saw it - terrorism.  This week we sit down with Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, to connect the dots and complete the picture of Major Hasan, an American terrorist.

And Also...

This November 22 many Catholics will be asked to support the Catholic Campaign For Human Development.  Should you be concerned about where your money might end up?  According to Rob Gasper of  Bellarmine Veritas Ministry, yes you should be concerned - at least for now.





News Links:

The Weekly Standard - Connecting The Dots

Jeff Gardner's article on the CCHD and ACORN


Show Links:

Jihad Watch

Bellarmine Veritas Ministry


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The Heart Of The Matter

 November 7, 2009
Top Story: The Israel Test.

What does our foreign policy towards Israel say about our attitude concerning terror and terrorism?  This week week on the Heart of the Matter,  we talk with George Gilder of The Discovery Institute about his new book The Israel Test to see if America will make the grade.

And Also...

Did you know that November 9, 2009, marks the 20 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall?  Jason Mattera, Spokesmen for the Young America's Foundation does and he's got big plans for the week.

News Links:

Shooting at Fort Hood, TX

This Week's Water Boys: Catholics For Obama

Get well or go to jail - HR 3962

USCCB - Faithful Citizenship

Show Links:

Get the book: The Israel Test  

The Discovery Institute

Young America's Foundation


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The Heart Of The Matter

 October 31, 2009
Top Story: Knowing God's Will.

Can we know God's will for our lives?  If we listen, yes we can.  This week on the Heart of the Matter we sit down Father Timothy Gallagher to discuss his new book Discerning The Will Of God and how we can learn to listen.

And Also...

Would we let a factory pollute our children with its waste?  No?  Then why would we let a film maker do the same?  We talk with Dr. Ted Baehr of The Movie Guide to find out about a new film that should not be coming to a theater near you.

News Links:

Summation of HR 3962 - Health Care Bill

The Lewin Group's Analysis of Health Care "Reform"

Catholics United - Carrying the water for the Democrats

USCCB Bulletin Insert

Show Links:

Get the book:Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making

Father Timothy Gallagher's Site

The Movie Guide

The Online Petition against the film Anti-Christ


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The Heart Of The Matter

 October 27, 2009
Top Story: Encore!      

We are out of the studio this week but we are pleased to bring you two great interviews from our archives.  First, we sit down with Mark Williams; veteran journalist, talk radio host and spokesperson for Our Country Deserves Better.  Topics covered include a call for Rahm Emmanuel to resign and an explanation of why we should watch President Obama very, very closely.

Also, we will retake a gut check with an interview with Tarek Saab, author of of Gut Check: Confronting Love, Work and Manhood In Yours Twenties  

Enjoy the show!

Show Links:

 Our Country Deserves Better

  Tarek Saab's Home Page 

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The Heart Of The Matter

 October 15, 2009
Top Story: Don't Look Now.., But There Is Still Beauty In The World

How often do we get lost in worrying about everything that's wrong?  Let us remember that God created the World, and it is good.  This week on the Heart Of The Matter we sit down with Chicago Artist Haley Nagy to talk about art, beauty and faith.

 And Also...

Back again, our News Maker segment looks at Honduras's constitutional crisis.          

Enjoy the show.


Links: Haley Nagy

         What Drives The Cost of Health Care

         Crisis in Honduras



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The Heart Of The Matter

 October 09, 2009
Top Story: Don't Go Soft.      

We like to say that ours is a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Question: how would we know if that promise is slipping away?  This week on the Heart of the Matter we sit down with Professor Paul Rahe of Hillsdale College to discuss his new book Montesquieu and the Logic Of Liberty in which he argues that the loss of our liberty is closer than you might think.  

And Also...

Dateline Chicago:  What is a Bubble Zone Law and why should you care?  We catch up with Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League to get the story about a blatant attack on life and our first amendment rights in Chicago. 

News Links:

The Peace (Keepers) Prize - Thomas Friedman - NY Time

Show Links:

Get the book:Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty

Contact Chicago's Mayor - Pro-Life Action League

 
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The Heart Of The Matter

 October 2, 2009
Top Story: The White House and the NEA - Why So Artistic?

Art is often political, but should it be politicized?  This week on the Heart of the Matter, we'll listen in on a conversation between the White House, the National Endowment for the Arts and the arts communities in which plans are laid to spend our tax dollars to produce pro-Obama art.  For a wider perspective on art and politics we will also sit down with Lady Clare Asquith, author of Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare, to discuss the relationship between art, politics and the state. 


Get The Book: Shadowplay, the Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare

 News Links:

Alaska Can Meet U.S. Energy Needs

The New Sputnik - A Green China

Carl A. Anderson named to Vatican Council

White House and NEA Phone Conversation

Buffy Wicks - Canada Free Press

 

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The Heart Of The Matter

 September 18 2009
Top Story: Roll Up Your Sleeve Or... Get Out!                

Question (again) - do parents have a right to determine what drugs are pumped in to their children?  The answer: not if it's Gardasil (the HPV vaccine) and not if you want to stay in the country.  This week on the Heart of the Matter, we sit down with Jean Davis, a Port St. Joe, Fla., mother whose daughter is facing deportation for refusing an unnecessary vaccination.

And Also...

We love hearing from you even when we do not agree with you.  This week we pass the microphone to Father J. (not his real name) and let him have his say.

News Links:

Gardasil Mandate

De-funding ACORN (Amen!)

President Carter's Race Colored Vision

ACORN Busted

Jeff Gardner's ACORN Story - NCR

Show Links:

American Life League

The Health Science Institute

Contact Jean Davis

 

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The Heart Of The Matter

 September 11 2009
Top Story: Amanda Kurowski And Her "Vigorous Defense." 

Question - do parents have a right to determine their children's education? According to a New Hampshire court the answer is "yes" only IF the education does not result in a "vigorous defense" of their religious beliefs.  This week on the Heart of the Matter, we sit down with Michael Donnelly, Esq., staff attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association, to discuss how it is that courts are crushing the rights of Christian parents to home school their children.

And Also...

What does it feel like when a child is taken from his mother, his home, and his home school?  To put a face on the damage done, we sit down with Bai Macfarlane, founder of Mary's Advocates, to hear her story of how her husband, Bud Macfarlane, once celebrated author and Catholic crusader, walked out on her and then, using the courts, removed the children from their home school.

News Links:

Homeschooler Forced To Go Public

Catholics Against Obama Care Event

Pro-Lifer James Poullion Gunned Down

ACORN Busted (Again)!

Show Links:

Home School Legal Defense Association

Mary's Advocates

 

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The Heart Of The Matter

 September 4, 2009
Top Story: Catholics Against
                 Obamacare

This week on the Heart of the Matter: We sit down with Leticia Velasquez, freelance writer and blogger, to discuss a new online initiative organizing Catholics in opposition to Obamacare.  Power to the people!

And Also...

We have said it before... hormonal birth control can kill. This week, we talk with Marie Hahnenberg, project director of the American Life League's The Pill Kills Project, to hear the story of Patti Kelly, a Texas women who nearly lost her life because of hormonal birth control.

News Links:

Homeschooler forced to go public

Dinner with Gov. Sarah Palin

Wolves receive death sentence

Show Links:

Causa Nostrae Laetitiae

The Health Care Bill Explained

USCCB Health Care Stats

Catholic Health Association Stats

The Pill Kills

 

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The Heart Of The Matter

 August 28, 2009
Top Story: Judie Brown and Sen.  Edward Kennedy

This week on the Heart of the Matter: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has died.  This week we sit down with Judie Brown, co-founder and president of the American Life League to discuss the life and death of this very problematic American Catholic.

And Also...

In trying to move his health care agenda forward, President Obama plays the faith card - and we call his bluff.

Links:

American Life League

Death Of Sen. Kennedy

Lockerbie Bomber Release

President Obama Plays the Faith Card

 
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The Heart Of The Matter

 August 17, 2009
Top Story: The Best of the Heart of the Matter

This week on the Heart of the Matter: We are out of the studios but the show goes on.  Question: what's behind the anger at the health care town hall meetings?  Answer - fear, fear and fear.  Should we be concerned about a government run health care system?  Yes, very much so.  Why?  As the saying goes - just because you are paranoid does not mean that they are not out to get you.

And Also...

Under a government run health care system, is it possible that non elected officials could decide who lives or dies?  Does the name Terri Schindler Schiavo ring a bell?

              
   

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The Heart Of The Matter

 August 10, 2009
Top Story: The Constitution - Who is to say?

This week on the Heart of the Matter: We have a new Supreme Court Justice. While questions of abortion and so-called gay marriage are important, they are not, according to Dr. Bradley Watson, the heart of the matter.

And Also...

Back by popular demand - our News Makers segment.





News Links
: Sotomayor Confirmed
                  AARP Meeting Gone Bad
                  The Health Care Bill Explained                
   

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The Heart Of The Matter

 August 3, 2009
Top Story: Every Darwinist Must Have His Day 

This week on the Heart of the Matter; It is The Year of Darwin.  But if Dr. John West of the Discovery Institute has anything to say about it, this year will be Darwin's last hurrah.

And Also...

Catholic Charities USA and health care reform: "Methinks the lady doth protest too much!"



News Links
:Beer Summit
                 Cash for Clunkers
                 Ohio Jobs
                 Tamiflu Problems
                 
   

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The Heart Of The Matter

 July 28, 2009
 Top Story: Our Brother's Keeper - Christians in Iraq 

We are back!  This week on the Heart of the Matter we sit down with Michael Youash of the Iraq Sustainable Democracy Project to hear about the situation in Iraq and what we can do about it.

And Also...

An extended interview with Michael Youash.


News Links
:Abortion Wars - NYTimes
                 Father Vlasic
                 Prof. Gates Arrest - Police Report
                 
   

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The Heart Of The Matter

 May 11, 2009
 Top Story: A Sit Down With William  Murchison 

This week on the Heart of the Matter: Where are all the Christians going?  We sit down with journalist William Murchison to discuss why mainline churches are losing members - lots of members.

And Also...

Meet the new pagans - NOT the same as the old pagans!


Get the Book:Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline Christianity 


News Links
:Help Wanted
                 Notre Dame (again!)
                 Obama and The High Court
                 
   

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The Heart Of The Matter

 April 26, 2009
 Top Story: A Sit Down With Andrew Mcnabb  

This week on the Heart of the Matter we sit down with Andrew McNabb to discuss his new book The Body Of This.  You can hear select stories from the book only on Catholic Radio International's Cover To Cover.

And Also...

Can Catholic Theology save the US economy?  It can, but only if we stop listening to the voices in the morning.


Get the Book:The Body of This: Stories


News Links
:Discouraged Priests
                 Saving America's Future
                 Catholics Go Green
                 
         
      

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The Heart Of The Matter

 April 19, 2009
 Top Story: The Women Of Opus Dei - In  Their Own Words  

This week on the Heart of the Matter we discuss the lay Catholic organization, Opus Dei.  Some say that it is anti-women, but "some" likely have not read Marie Oates' book Women of Opus Dei - In Their Own Words.

And Also...

The Department of Homeland Security Rightwing Extremism Assessment.  If you are a pro-life worker, guess what?  You are a suspect.


Get the Book:Women of Opus Dei: In Their Own Words


News Links
:Preisdent of Thomas Aquinas
                 College Dies
                 Canadian Abuse
                 Third World Soot
                 Tax Day Tea Parties
         
      

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The Heart Of The Matter

 April 12, 2009
 Top Story: Darwinism? - Impossible! 

How often have we heard that Creationism is not "scientific," but merely a matter of Faith? This week on the Heart Of The Matter we demolish this notion as we sit down with Dr. Oktar Babuna, MD., and examine how even the tiniest strands of matter expose Darwinism as false.

And Also...

Condoms and Africa - A Redux

         

Enjoy the show.


Links: Article- Bleak Stories Behind Failed

Condom Campaigns - Mercatornet



This Week's Video - Dr. Babuna explains how ONE strand of protein pulls the rug out from under Charles Darwin. Click "Play"
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The Heart Of The Matter

 April 5, 2009
 Top Story: Defending Liberty  

This week on the Heart of the Matter we sit down with Rabbi David Novak and ask: what system of law best defends liberty?  The answer begins with a "G" and sounds like "God's Law."



And Also...

The Holy Father, Africa and condoms... and the atheists are going crazy (and that's a good thing!).




Links
:In Defense of Religious Liberty
        (American Ideals & Institutions)
      

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The Heart Of The Matter

 March 21, 2009
 Top Story: Democrats For Life  

This week on the Heart of the Matter we take the gloves off.  We dive in, head first, to the question of can you be a Democrat and still stand for life?

And Also...

What is Canon 915 and why you should care - alot.


Links
:
Rep. Barney Frank questions Ed Liddy of AIG    Democrats For Life Of America
Canon 915 Project       

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The Heart Of The Matter

 March 16, 2009
 Top Story: Encore, Heather!  

Lent is here and we are hard at work on a story. Until we run next week, enjoy this encore edition of The Heart of the Matter.  From November, 2008, we sit down with Heather King to talk about her book Redeemed - conversion, reversion and a deepening comfort that there is hope for all of us.

And Also...

We continue our discussion with author Heather King.


Links
:
Heather King's Website           

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The Heart Of The Matter

 March 7, 2009
 Top Story: Intelligently Designed 

This week we continue our discussion of who we are and where we've come from - intelligently designed. 


And Also...

Why Christians ought to be the happiest people on the planet.

         

Enjoy the show.


Links

Stories: The Discovery Institute

             Dr. Naugle's Book  

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The Heart Of The Matter

 February 28, 2009
 Top Story: Adnan Oktar 

What do the names Adnan Oktar and Harun Yahya mean to you? If you lived in the Middle East you would 1) recognizes these as household names and 2) recognize them as belonging to the same person – Adnan Oktar, pen name Harun Yahya. Mr. Oktar is perhaps the most influential Creationist on the planet and this week you can hear him right here on the Heart of the Matter. 

And Also...

The good news and bad news on the pro-life front.  A conversation with Troy Newman of Operation Rescue

       

Enjoy the show.

Links

Stories: Harun Yahya

             Operation Rescue  

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The Heart Of The Matter

 February 20, 2009
 Top Story: The Signs 

Do you find it unbelievable that in the United States, in 2009, you could have your house searched simply for a sign in your car?  You had better believe that it can - and is - happening. This week on the Heart Of The Matter we sit down with Chip Harrison to hear how his pro-life sign made him the center of a Secret Service field report.

And Also...

Working for life and doing the time.

         

Enjoy the show.


Links

Stories: NewsOK Story on Chip Harrison

             Pro-Life Action Ministries

  News:   Obama's Speech and Unusual
              Applause

              Pope Meets with Pelosi
              Islamic TV Station Murders
              Geo-engineering

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The Heart Of The Matter

 February 13, 2009
 Top Story: Prepare To Be  Stimulated 

It's a done deal.  The House and Senate have passed Obama's massive spending bill - to the tune of 3 trillion plus dollars.  Question - What does it mean and how much will it ultimately cost us all?  This week on the Heart Of The Matter we sit down with the Brian Riedl of the Heritage Foundation to get the answers.

And Also...

Our rapidly evolving Game Show Nation

         

Enjoy the show.


Links: Heritage Foundation



This week - two videos:  1) Get all you want from the President IF the price is right!  2) Living Colour - Cult of Personality
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The Heart Of The Matter

 February 6, 2009
Top Story: Abortion; How Did We Get Here? - A Conversation with Dennis Di Mauro 

Prior to the 1930's no Christian church supported abortion or contraception.  Seventy years later and how things have changed! This week we sit down with Dennis Di Mauro, Secretary of the National Pro-Life Religious Council and author of A Love For Life to get some answers.

Get The Book: A Love for Life: Christianity's Consistent Protection of the Unborn


And Also...

What can losing at basketball teach us about standing up to the world?

         

Enjoy the show.


Links: National Pro-Life Religious Council

          Stimulus Article - Cato Institute

          The Housing Bubble Burst On A

          Speculator (humor)


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The Heart Of The Matter

 January 29, 2009
 Top Story: Lights, Camera, Live  Action! 

Think that one person can not make a difference in fighting the abortion industry? Meet Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action, a youth run, new media driven pro-life organization that has Planned Parenthood very concerned.

And Also...

What would say if our government organized a petition drive to silence a private citizen? You should say "now hold on just a dig dang second!!!"

Join the Rush To Be Heard In Washington campaign.

         

Enjoy the show.


Links: Live Action Films

         Rush To Be Heard In Washington


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The Heart Of The Matter

 January 23, 2009
 Top Story: Dr. Manning 

We now have a 44th President of the United States - BUT - who is President Barack Hussein Obama? This week on the Heart Of The Matter we sit down with the controversial Dr. Manning, Pastor of ATLAH World Ministries Church to get his perspective.

And Also...

Some thoughts on our new President

         

Enjoy the show.


Links: ATLAH World Ministries Church


A collection of five video: Dr. Manning preaching about Barack Obama and explaining controversial terms like "Mack Daddy;" Dr. Manning on Fox's Hannity and Colmes, March 2008.
CautionVideos Contain Some Strong Language and Controversial
             Statements
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The Heart Of The Matter

 January 16, 2009
 Top Story: Power To The People! 

What do you do when government has gone wild?  Can you push back against the "we know what's best for you" crowd? Yes you can. This week on the Heart Of The Matter we sit down with Mark Minck, Chairman of Citizens For Good Public Policy, to talk about how he and others are saying "stop right there!" to an unresponsive, special interest focused city council.

And Also...

The 2008 election - what did we do wrong?

         

Enjoy the show.


Links: Citizens For Good Public Policy




Click the play button to see the Citizens For Good Public Policy's TV
Commercial and a clip from J. Ziegler's interview with Gov. Sarah Palin.
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The Heart Of The Matter

 January 2, 2009
 Top Story: Does Our Country  Deserve Better? 

This week on the Heart Of The Matter we sit down with Mark Williams; veteran journalist, talk radio host and spokesperson for Our Country Deserves Better.  Topics covered include a call for Rahm Emmanuel to resign and an explanation of why we should watch soon-to-be President Obama very, very closely.

And Also...

We continue our discussion with Mark Williams.

         

Enjoy the show.


Links: Our Country Deserves Better


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The Heart Of The Matter

 December 20, 2008
 Top Story: Christians in Iraq 

This week on the Heart Of The Matter an interview with Younadam Kanna, the only Christian elected to the Iraq National Assembly in 2005.  Yonadam Kanna is head of the Assyrian Democratic Movement and witness to the plight of our Christian Brothers and Sisters in Iraq.

And Also...

An Iraqi Christian refugee in the United States - what's behind her and what's ahead.

         

Enjoy the show.


Links: Iraqi Christian Relief Council


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The Heart Of The Matter

 December 12, 2008
 Top Story: The Tyranny of  Liberalism  

Is it just me or does it seem like the PC State is growing larger?  No, it is not just me (or you, for that matter) says James Kalb author of The Tyranny of Liberalism.  The problem is here, is real, but is not without solutions.

And Also...

A story that I am working about a lawyer who wants to depose the Pope.



         

Enjoy the show.


Links: James Kalb's Blog Turnabout


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The Heart Of The Matter

 December 05, 2008
 Top Story: Conservative  

Looking at the results of the 2004 elections one might think that conservatism is a thing of the past - but not so fast.  Nicole Hoplin, of Young America's Foundation, is here to tell us why conservatism still matters.

And Also...

A discussion with Katy Carl, Editor-in-Chief of Dappled Things, a very cool magazine leading the way in the growth of Catholic literature and Art.


         

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The Heart Of The Matter

 November 28, 2008
 Top Story: Redeemed!  

Advent is almost here and it is time to prepare the way for our Lord.  To do this there is no better place to start than with ourselves.  This week we sit down with Heather King to talk about her new book Redeemed - conversion, reversion and a deepening comfort that there is hope for all of us.

And Also...

We continue our discussion with author Heather King.


Links
:
Heather King's Website           

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The Heart Of The Matter

 November 20, 2008
 Top Story: Boycott!  

Now that we know how much money the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has given to groups like ACORN, a number of leaders are calling for a boycott of the organization.  This week you'll meet one of them, Mary Anne Hackett, President of Catholic Citizens of Illinois.

And Also...

Located only yards from the birth place of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Holy Family Hospital, in Bethlehem, brings the light of Christ to all in need.


Links
:
Catholic Citizens of Illinois
Holy Family Hospital, Bethlehem           

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Excuse Me, Professor Kmiec...

October 23, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week on the Heart of the Matter I have one whopper of a cold BUT we have a previously (previous to my cold) recorded interview with Professor Kmiec and his support for Sen. Obama.  Can you be a pro-life Catholic and vote for Obama?  The Professor thinks so, now it is your turn to decide.

 Program Note:  This show was prerecorded.


Links
:
Pro-Life Pro-Obama
          

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Culture War

September 4, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week on the Heart of the Matter - Is America ready for the challenge of Secularism, the new national religion?  This week we sit down with Dr. Herbert London of the Hudson Institute to discuss this question in the context of his new book America's Secular Challenge.

 Program Note:  This show was prerecorded.


Get the BooK:

America's Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion (Brief Encounters)

          

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An Election Special

August 28, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week on the Heart of the Matter we sit down with two individuals who each are calling on Catholics to get involved in the political process - but in two VERY different ways.  For the first half of the show will talk with Stephen Dillard co-director of Catholics Against Joe Biden.  For the second half of the show we'll talk with Chris Korzen, head of Catholics United.  If you are wondering how your faith should drive your political actions this show is the place to start.  Program Note:  Both interviews were prerecorded.


Links:

Catholics Against Joe Biden

Catholic United

          

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Damage Done: Reacting To Global Warming

August 21, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week on the Heart of the Matter we sit down with environmentalist Lawrence Solomon who argues in his new book The Deniers that the real damage from Global Warming comes not from a rise in temperatures but a rise in hysteria.

Get The BooK:

The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud**And those who are too fearful to do so          

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn

August 7, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week on the Heart of the Matter we sit down with Professor Alex Klimoff to discuss the life, work and impact of Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Thanks and keep them coming! 

          

Enjoy the show.


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We Get Mail - And Respond!

July 31, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week on the Heart of the Matter, as promised, we read and discuss your comments concerning our conversation with professor PZ Myers.

Thanks and keep them coming! 

          

Enjoy the show.


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Honor Killing - The Shame Of It All

July 24, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week we sit down with Dianna Nammi, found and head of the International Campaign Against Honour Killings to find out how shockingly widespread the crime is and what we can do about it.

The International Campaign Against Honour Killings Website

The Murder of Du'a Khalil Aswad - CNN Video WARNING - Graphic Content

 Wiki article on Sharia Law 
           

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We Need To Talk

July 10, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week Father Loya sits down with PZ Myers, biology professor and notorious atheist, to talk about God, the Catholic Faith and the Blessed Sacrament.

PZ Myers' Blog: Pharyngula

 
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Encore!

July 10, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

We are out of the studio this week working on a story for next week.  Until we return enjoy this encore presentation of the HOM!

From Last Week: Get Steve Mosher's Book: Population Control: Real Costs, Illusionary Benefits

 
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Is There Room at the Inn?

July 03, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

From all quarters we now hear the cry that our poor planet is out of room, out of resources and nearly out of time.  But is that so?  This week on The Heart of the Matter we sit down with population expert Steve Mosher to talk about his new book Population Control: Real Costs, Illusionary Benefits and get the straight story on why the world is not only not overpopulated but dangerously underpopulated.

Population Research Institute

Get Steve Mosher's Book: Population Control: Real Costs, Illusionary Benefits

 
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Know Your Rights

June 26, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

The US Supreme Court ruled this week (D.C v. Heller) that a DC law banning handguns is unconstitutional.  Now what?  This week we sit down with Dr. Stephen Halbrook, scholar and legal writer to discuss his new book The Founders' Second Amendment and ask what does this ruling by the high court mean for the rest of the nation.

Get Stephen Halbrook's Book: The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms

 
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Catholic Charities and... Abortion?

June 20, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

Say it ain't so.., but it is.  On January 18, 2008, Catholic Charities of Richmond, Virgina took a 16 year old girl to have an abortion.  This week we sit down with Julia Duin, religion writer for the Washington Times to get the full story.  Also Judi Brown of the American Life League will join us to help answer the question of "is there any Catholic left in the Richmond Catholic Charities?"

 
Enjoy the show.


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The List - An Interview with Robert Whitlow

June 10, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week we sit down with Robert Whitlow aurthor of the legal triller The List.

 
Enjoy the show.

Sheila Liaugminas's Blog - In Forum
Mercatornet
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Abortion Changes You.

June 2, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week we sit down with Michaelene Fredenberg, creator of the site Abortion Changes You.com and author of the book Changed: Making Sense Of Your Own Or A Loved One's Abortion Experience.  You MUST hear this discussion.

 
Enjoy the show.

Michaelene Fredenberg's Homepage

Sheila Liaugminas's Blog - In Forum
Mercatornet
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Party Of Defeat?.

May 27, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week we sit down with David Horowitz, noted conservative writer and thinker and ask why he believes that the Democrats are not only undercutting the war in Iraq but the very security of our country.

 

Enjoy the show!

David Horowitz's Homepage

Front Page Magazine

Party of Defeat - The Book

Sheila Liaugminas's Blog - In Forum
Mercatornet
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Why Israel Matters.

May 20, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week we sit down with David Brog, Executive Director of Christians United for Israel, to find out what Israel is fighting for and why we should care - a lot.

 

Enjoy the show!

David Brog's Homepage

Christians United For Israel

Sheila Liaugminas's Blog - In Forum
Mercatornet
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When I Grow Up To Be A Man: An Interview With Tarek Saab.

May 13, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week we take a gut check on The Heart Of The Matter with an interview with Tarek Saab, author of of Gut Check: Confronting Love, Work and Manhood In Yours Twenties  

Enjoy the show!

Tarek Saab's Home Page

Sheila Liaugminas's Blog - In Forum
Mercatornet
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Church And State - Are They Separate?

May 6, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week we tackle the question of the separation of Church and State in an interview with Tara Ross, co-author of Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State.  

Enjoy the show!

Tara Ross' Home Page

Sheila Liaugminas's Blog - In Forum
Mercatornet
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We Ask Judie Brown of the American Life League: What's Bothering Bill Maher?

April 29, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

Bill Maher - The "politically correct" commentator is at it again, and this time he may have (we can only hope) gone too far.  We sit down with Judie Brown of the American Life League to talk about her new initiative Fire Bill Maher and get to the Heart of the Matter concerning perhaps the most hate filled anti-Catholic you are ever likely to hear.

American Life League
Fire Bill Maher
Bill Maher's "Apology"

Sheila Liaugminas's Blog - In Forum
Mercatornet
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Expelled

April 22, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

Expelled - No Intelligence Allowed.  On this week's Heart of the Matter we talk with Mark Mathis associate producer of the film Expelled, starring Ben Stein, about why this film was made and why it is stirring up so much controversy.  Also we will speak with Sheila Liaugminas about what she saw during the Holy Father's visit to the United States.


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He is coming.

April 15, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

The pope is coming to America - what can we learn from the visit?


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Seeing The World Through Raced Colored Glasses.

April 15, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This we ask can you be President of the United States if you see things in black and white?

Link to Dr. Wright's Trinity United Church


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Will The Real Spitzer Please Stand Down.

March 14, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

This week Sheila and Jeff look the importance of being the same person in private as in public - all of the time.

Link to Ashley Alexandra Dupre's MySpace Page

Link to LifeNews.com


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The Politics of Politics

March 7, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

Sheila is out (but not gone) and Jeff Gardner is in and this week we look at politics both religious and secular - it's a strange world out there and we'll get to the bottom of it!

Read more about the situation in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, MO



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The Heart Of A Vocation

February 29, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

What's at the heart of a vocation to the priesthood?  We so often hear that there is a "vocational crisis," but the shortfall may not be found in the numbers.



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Let Your Conscience Be You Guide

February 22, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

What does it mean to "let your conscience be your guide?"  For that matter, what does it mean to have a conscience?



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It's the Constitution -  And Oh Yeah, The Truth

February 15, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

Where might the presidential candidates take us for the next four, or rather, forty years?  It's about the Constitution and the Truth.



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After Super Tuesday

February 8, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

Now that we are past Super Tuesday... well, now what?

Enjoy the show and God bless you!

Sheila Liaugminas

 
  Link to Catholic Charities and relief for storm victims


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The Elections - What's at stake?

February 1, 2008

Now playing on The Heart Of The Matter:

Welcome to the new Heart of the Matter!  For our first show we'll ask what's really going on during this election year and what's at stake.

God bless and enjoy the show,

Sheila Liaugminas



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