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Life on Planet Earth with John Aidan Byrne in search of the truth. Join his voyage of discovery in an uncommon age of unparalleled scientific, economic, political and social upheaval. An award-winning Irish journalist in his beloved America, Byrne seeks answers, solutions, and above all hope, for our existential crisis. Byrne is a writer, reporter, editor, and Broadway alumnus. His work is published in the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, Institutional Investor and other outlets. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-aidan-byrne0/support

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Life on Planet Earth with John Aidan Byrne in search of the truth. Join his voyage of discovery in an uncommon age of unparalleled scientific, economic, political and social upheaval. An award-winning Irish journalist in his beloved America, Byrne seeks answers, solutions, and above all hope, for our existential crisis. Byrne is a writer, reporter, editor, and Broadway alumnus. His work is published in the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, Institutional Investor and other outlets. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-aidan-byrne0/support

    SCIENTIST PROVES GOD EXISTS: Dr. Gerard Verschuuren, a human geneticist, prolific author, lays out his case for God's existence as we take a detour into the dark personal beliefs of Adolf Hitler

    SCIENTIST PROVES GOD EXISTS: Dr. Gerard Verschuuren, a human geneticist, prolific author, lays out his case for God's existence as we take a detour into the dark personal beliefs of Adolf Hitler

    Challenging today’s accepted “wisdom,” Catholic scientist Gerard Verschuuren, Ph.D., in his book, A Catholic Scientist Proves God Exists (Sophia Institute Press), sets out to demonstrates that the question of whether God exists is not one science can answer. Indeed, that would be like expecting a microscope to reveal the square root of sixteen!

    Verschuuren begins by explaining the five famous medieval proofs for the existence of God — based on reason alone — that have survived despite nearly a thousand years of efforts to refute them. With his wise help, you’ll come to see that just as reason gives us access to the existence of numbers, so it is reason that gives us access to the existence of God. In fact, when we use our reason to investigate the existence of God, we encounter proofs that are more powerful, by far, than any that science could ever provide.

    Yes, Verschuuren is a Catholic; but he’s also a long-standing scientist, schooled in using reason alone to draw forth from evidence the proofs to which it necessarily leads. Among the many truths that Verschuuren evinces here by reason alone are the following:


    Why science is not qualified to speak about the existence — or nonexistence — of God
    The many ways we can know for certain that God exists
    How we know that God is all-perfect
    How God can be all-knowing
    How we know He is all-powerful
    What it means to say that He is “all-present”
    Why the same God cannot be the God of all religions
    And much more that reveals the enormous power of reason — and the even greater power of God!

    Source: Sophia Institute Press

    Link to purchase: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/catholic-scientist-proves-god-exists

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SophiaInstitutePress/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SophiaPress


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    • 48 min
    'We Interrupt This Broadcast.' Veteran radio industry exec Joe Garner discusses creation of new podcast with broadcaster Bill Kurtis & NBC's Brian Williams on historic events in broadcast journalism

    'We Interrupt This Broadcast.' Veteran radio industry exec Joe Garner discusses creation of new podcast with broadcaster Bill Kurtis & NBC's Brian Williams on historic events in broadcast journalism

    It is said that “breaking news” is the first draft of history. “We Interrupt This Broadcast: Before it was history, it was news” marks the first time the stories of these historical events are told exclusively by the broadcasters and TV journalists whose work created those drafts in real-time.

    Created by Joe Garner, author of the eponymous New York Times Best-Selling Book, this 12-episode audio docuseries launching July 20, 2021, celebrates the crucial role broadcast journalism has played throughout our nation’s history.

    Hosted by legendary broadcaster Bill Kurtis and narrated by NBC’s Brian Williams, each episode unfolds with the brisk pace and tone of a thriller while presenting an in-depth look into the reporting of, and reaction to, events that have since become benchmarks in history. The contributors are a “Who’s who” in broadcast journalism. Along with the thrilling broadcast news audio, exclusive, rare, and never-before-heard recordings are woven throughout each episode.

    Speaking of the new podcast, Williams told our own host: "This is nothing short of American history in audio form."

    The docuseries, produced by i4 Media Ventures, LLC, will be presented over six seasons. Each season is comprised of 12 episodes, all published simultaneously: 10 episodes in each season are based on events that occurred in the broadcast era and two are based on seminal moments that occurred in early American history (such as the passing of the 19thAmendment) and dramatized as if reported by broadcast journalists. Each episode concludes with the journalists offering candid and critical analysis on how they and their fellow reporters covered the event.

    “None of us lucky enough to have these anchor jobs got into the business for the perfectly average Tuesday in August,” notes Williams, who is an executive producer as well as narrator of the podcast. “While I have nothing against Tuesdays in August, we measure ourselves, our talent and ability, by how we work without a net. The rush to the studio and the need to describe and explain breaking news in real time.  Calm becomes a critical commodity -- awareness of how the world works helps, and that includes a working knowledge of politics, history, aircraft, weapons, geography and about a dozen other subjects.”

    “Not only do people remember where they were when a momentous story broke,” Williams added, “They remember who reported it to them, and who talked them through it.”

    Kurtis, an acclaimed documentarian, 30-year veteran of CBS News, and host of the podcast, said, “I have spent a good deal of career reporting and analyzing these world-changing events and I am pleased to participate in this project, which amplifies and hones in on the very important work that broadcast journalists do to ensure the news is reported quickly, accurately, and fairly.”

    Season One features the following landmark moments in American and world history from the Hindenburg disaster and D-Day Invasion to the assassination of John F Kennedy and the tragedy of Columbine and 9/11. 






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    • 45 min
    INSIDE DRUG CARTELS: With America gripped by a soaring drug epidemic, Corey Cepeda looks at the sordid world of cartels flooding markets with narcotics & contraband. A cartel rules in his new novel.

    INSIDE DRUG CARTELS: With America gripped by a soaring drug epidemic, Corey Cepeda looks at the sordid world of cartels flooding markets with narcotics & contraband. A cartel rules in his new novel.

    Americans have always had a fascination with crime.  Movies and books about gangsters and the mafia have made millions.  Today, Americans are fascinated by a new sort of criminal - drug cartels.  Books and movies about drug cartels dominate the book shelves and airwaves.  Americans are drawn to this underworld that has replaced the mafia as America’s crime fascination.  What is so intriguing about drug cartels? At a time when drug overdose deaths, fueled by the sale of illegal substances, have soared in America, the question is: How have cartels replaced other criminal organizations?

    Corey Cepeda, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed book, La Familia: Loose Ends, says what fascinates so many people about drug cartels is how ordinary people, next-door  neighbors can be active members of it without anyone knowing it.  He says the whole culture of the cartels operating in the open is intriguing to Americans unlike the flashy mafia and gangsters of the past.  And in this episode he offers listeners an inside look of how they operate, not just in the distribution of drugs across national borders, but in the oil and hospitality sectors too. It is a massive, multi-billion criminal enterprise. 

    In his first book of a new five-part series, "La Familia: Loose Ends" introduces readers to a ruling family reigning terror over Mexico - the De Los Santos cartel dynasty. "Filled with political intrigue, murder and family drama, the twists and turns take readers on a page-turning ride they're not soon to forget," writes Chloe Rabinowitz.

    "La Familia: Loose Ends" starts with the attempted murder of the country's most powerful drug lord, Vicente De Los Santos, who also happens to be the nation's ruler. It all happens at his 10-year old daughter's birthday party and in the wake, innocent children and women are killed, quickly leading to a national Armageddon. Severely injured, Vicente, "The Boss of Bosses," is out for blood. His eldest son, Ignacio, joins his avenging father while he carries secrets of his own and Ignacio's brother, Santino, returns home to help his family, but becomes suspect that something deeply sinister is afoot.

    For more information: http://www.thedelossantosfamily.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaFamiliaDeLosSantos




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    • 50 min
    NEW YORK CITY'S DECLINE: Filmmaker Matthew Taylor discusses his documentary, taking cameras into crime-ridden NYC's 5 boroughs to interviews locals of a city on precipice of collapse

    NEW YORK CITY'S DECLINE: Filmmaker Matthew Taylor discusses his documentary, taking cameras into crime-ridden NYC's 5 boroughs to interviews locals of a city on precipice of collapse

    As New York City residents seek to avert their City’s decline and prepare for a mayoral election, Matthew Taylor’s timely new documentary series This Is New York has now been featured in several prominent news stories, including RealClearPolitics, Sinclair Broadcasting, and the New York Post. This is New York portrays the everyday struggles of New York City residents and can be streamed for free on YouTube. The series has candid interviews with residents about the city’s worsening problems from soaring crime and random assaults to stabbings and shocking shootings that have caused great human destruction, and badly damaged the struggling restaurant and tourism industries. 

    The series features stories from all five of the City’s boroughs and interviews with residents on life inside a metropolis beset with problems while recovering from COVID-19. Rampant crime has gripped the already struggling city and its overworked police force. Residents are afraid to go out for dinner, parents are terrified to send their children into the City alone to attend failing public schools, and many affluent New Yorkers have fled altogether to take their business to safer locales. The decline in quality of life is told directly by those who experience it daily, along with officials like former Chancellor of Schools Joel Klein and former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

    “The people who speak the best are the citizens themselves,” Taylor told New York Post. Taylor, who has lived in New York for many years, wants to use his skills as a filmmaker to capture the voices of “forgotten New Yorkers” to help stop the City’s decline. “These are strictly documentaries about the state of the city after the pandemic and about the universal topics that matter to everybody. Nobody wants to get pushed in front of the subway or mugged.”

    This is New York YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6v-nncNEIVozUKDbDVpxXQ

    Matthew Taylor website: https://matthewtaylorcreative.com/


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    • 51 min
    DIARY OF AN AMERICAN EXORCIST: Msgr. STEPHEN J ROSSETTI discusses his intense experiences liberating people of demonic evil & violent diabolical possession. He also talks about his published diaries

    DIARY OF AN AMERICAN EXORCIST: Msgr. STEPHEN J ROSSETTI discusses his intense experiences liberating people of demonic evil & violent diabolical possession. He also talks about his published diaries

    Exorcist Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti has a very active caseload of demonic possessions, and in each case two vivid lessons consistently emerge: demons possess or harass people in a myriad of ways (even when they do not enter a body), and they are defeated decisively by the power of Christ and His Church―and especially by invocations to the Blessed Mother, according to the synopsis of his new book, Diary of an American Exorcist. Demons, Possession, and the Modern-Day Battle against American Evil." (Sophia Institute Press)

    Msgr.  Rossetti, born and raised in upstate New York, is an American Catholic priest, author, educator, licensed psychologist and expert on psychological and spiritual wellness.  He is on the faculty of The Catholic University of America and president and founder of the St. Michael Center For Spiritual Renewal, a non-profit Catholic organization which oversees the exorcism sessions around the DC area. 

    In his published diaries, Msgr. Rossetti gives us an inside look at the extraordinary experiences of an modern day exorcist. "He shares, without hype or varnish, what it is like, on a daily basis, to face demons who revile, threaten, and sometimes spiritually “wound” him," according to Sophia Institute Press. "He describes the healing power of Christ for the possessed and for the exorcist, and reveals amazing moments when Christ and His Church visibly triumph over Satan. The reader is afforded a unique glimpse into the world of angels and demons, and the struggles of the possessed and those who minister to them.

    In the words of the publisher, the readers of Msgr. Rossetti's diary can expect to learn:


    What demonic possession is, and is not
    The factors and preconditions of possession
    Common tactics of Satan and his typical lies
    How God protects exorcists
    The difference between strong and weak possessions
    The hierarchy of demons (not all are equal)
    What it’s like for an exorcist to face Lucifer himself
    Why demons choke people or at times focus on parts of the body
    Why God does indeed "put Satan on a short leash"
    Why humans can be attacked by demons, rare though it is
    How demons fear and hate one another too
    Why many devils can possess or infest one person
    How anger “feeds” demons
    How to cast out demons of fear

    St. Michael Centers for Spiritual Renewal: https://www.catholicexorcism.org/about

    To order Diary of an American Exorcist: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/diary-of-an-american-exorcist




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    • 48 min
    HOLLYWOOD'S DIMITRI LOGOTHETIS on global success of his JIU JITSU movie starring Nicolas Case & KICKBOXER: RETALIATION with Jean-Claude Van Dame, Mike Tyson. Why he'd hire Conor McGregor for a movie

    HOLLYWOOD'S DIMITRI LOGOTHETIS on global success of his JIU JITSU movie starring Nicolas Case & KICKBOXER: RETALIATION with Jean-Claude Van Dame, Mike Tyson. Why he'd hire Conor McGregor for a movie

    Writer and Director, Dimitri Logothetis, is scoring smash box-office hits with his Jiu Jitsu movie, starring Nicolas Cage, reaching #4 on Netflix. Logothetis is credited for reinvigorating the famed KICKBOXER franchise with a trilogy of films showcasing world-class martial artists. His upcoming KICKBOXER: Armageddon is described as the most ambitious film in the franchise. JIU JITSU earned media coverage unheard of for an independent feature and was seen by millions, by bringing together Cage, an outlandish premise, world-class martial artists, and Logothetis’ credibility fans around the world. The movie delivered on fans’ expectations, and the next film is even crazier, say movie insiders

    Logothetis has written and directed various genres, from action, thriller, sci-fi, and horror. Last year he helmed the box office hit action film KICKBOXER: RETALIATION starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Mike Tyson, which holds an impressive 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Hollywood Reporter raved about the film calling it "A stylish and enjoyable fight flick with just enough tongue-in-cheek content to keep us smiling."

    KICKBOXER: Vengeance reintroduced the classic story to audiences worldwide, and KICKBOXER: Retaliation broke through, earning near-universal praise from audiences and critics alike. Lauded by fans and critics alike, Vengeance and Retaliation have proven to have longevity, ranking in the top action films on Netflix year after year.  In this episode, Logothetis explains the success with audiences behind his movies and takes us through his career, working with legends and celebrities from Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro to sports icons Mohammed Ali and Mike Tyson. Logothetis, a Greek American, describes himself as an immigrant who is proud of the successful life and career he has achieved in America. 






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    • 44 min

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