Christopher Closeup Podcasts
Christopher Closeup encourages people of all ages and from all walks of life to use their God-given talents to make a positive difference in the world. The weekly half-hour series regularly introduces listeners to individuals - some famous, some not so famous - who are using their gifts, talents, and abilities to create a better world.
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Nicole Lataif – the Christopher Award-winning author discusses her latest children’s book “I Forgive You: Love We Can Hear, Ask For, and Give,” why forgiveness is grounded in God’s love, the truth that forgiveness doesn’t mean accepting abusive or unhealthy relationships, and the power of teaching kids about the connection between their bodies and souls.
Tim Townsend – the author of the book "Mission at Nuremberg" discusses the little-known story of the Lutheran chaplain and Catholic chaplain who worked to save the souls of Nazi war criminals before they were executed at Nuremberg.
Jonathan Jackson, Richard Lee and Daniel Sweatt
Jonathan Jackson, Richard Lee Jackson, and Daniel Sweatt – singer, actor and five-time Emmy Award-winner Jonathan Jackson and the members of his rock band Enation share music from their album "Radio Cinematic," and reveal how G.K. Chesterton inspired their latest work, why they infuse all their music with elements of God and faith, and how they're bringing help and attention to victims of the war in Syria and human trafficking victims.
Martha Williamson – the writer and executive producer of “Touched By an Angel” discusses her new Hallmark Channel series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” why the main character is partially based on her father, and why it’s important that television feature stories grounded in faith, hope and love.
Dr Kevin Hunt and Nicole Schreiner
Dr. Kevin Hunt and Nicole Schreiner – this week’s show highlights the lifesaving work of actress Bonnie Hunt’s brother and the medical mission outreach in Africa that he helped found at the request of a Catholic priest. For the interview, Dr. Hunt is joined by his colleague Nicole Schreiner as they discuss their latest visit to Uganda and the healing they’re bringing to people there.
Edward Sri – the author and theologian discusses his book “The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas,” which offers deeper understandings of familiar Bible stories to prepare people’s minds, hearts and souls for the coming of the Christ child.
Tim Conway – the TV comedy legend discusses his memoir “What’s So Funny? My Hilarious Life,” which features stories about how he developed his sense of humor at an early age, his years on “The Carol Burnett Show,” and what role God and faith have played in his life.
Dan LaHood – the co-founder of St. Joseph’s House in Silver Spring, Maryland, discusses the ministry which has offered children and teens with severe disabilities home-based daycare for the last 25 years.
Ben Walther – the singer-songwriter and worship leader reveals how a battle with depression led him to a stronger relationship with Jesus, why he believes teenagers are searching for substance in their faith lives, and the spiritual insights that inspired his album “Make Your Home in Me.”
Julie and Rusty Bulloch
Julie and Rusty Bulloch – the husband and wife - who have welcomed more than 20 troubled teens into their home over the last two decades in order to instill them with a stable life, a good work ethic and an experience of God’s love – discuss the roots of their mission and the new reality TV show about them called “Bulloch
Sarah Hart – the Grammy-nominee, whose personal losses inspired her new album “Above Earth’s Lamentation,” shares her story of moving through grief and anger to find hope, joy and healing with the help of music and God’s grace.
Audrey Assad – the acclaimed singer-songwriter shares music from her album “Fortunate Fall,” which includes sacred music inspired by her love of the Church. Audrey also engages in a wide-ranging discussion about faith, doubt, mystery, and trusting in God.
Matthew Barnett – the pastor and author of “God’s Dream for You: Finding Lasting Change in Jesus” discusses his work giving material and spiritual support to the homeless, to inner city teens and to women who are trapped in prostitution.
Danny Gokey – the former “American Idol” finalist and country singer discusses his book “Hope in Front of Me: Find Purpose in Your Darkest Moments,” in which he reveals how he regained his sense of hope and faith after his wife’s death at a young age, and how he is keeping her legacy alive through a foundation that is helping children and families recover from hard economic times.
Scott McCreery & Brooke White
1) Scott McCreery – the “American Idol” winner discusses the inspiration behind his Christmas album, the way he stayed grounded in his Christian faith during his time on the popular TV show, and why he chose to return to school instead of pursuing his music career full time.
2) Brooke White – Part 1 – the season seven “American Idol” finalist reveals why she wrote a song about reconciliation for her Christmas album, and how becoming a new mother makes this a special Christmas because she can see the love of God in her daughter’s eyes.
Kaitlin Roig, Gabrielle Douglas & Natalie Hawkins
1) Kaitlin Roig – the heroic teacher whose quick thinking saved her students’ lives during the Sandy Hook school shootings discusses her new initiative to teach kids about generosity and compassion.
2) Gabrielle Douglas and Natalie Hawkins – the Olympic gold medalist and her mother discuss the faith and determination that led them to the 2012 London Olympics.
Andres McConnon – the co-author of the Christopher Award-winning book “Road to Valor: A True Story of World War Two Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation” discusses the heroic actions taken by Italian cycling champion Gino Bartali and his friend, Cardinal Elia Della Costa, when Mussolini and Hitler’s anti-Semitic laws were enacted in Italy.
Matt Weber – the twenty-something author and broadcaster, known as the Andy Rooney of Catholic TV, discusses his book “Fearing the Stigmata: Humorously Holy Stories of a Young Catholic’s Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith.”
Jake Tapper – the CNN anchor and Washington correspondent discusses his book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” which shares the story of the U.S. troops who fought and, in some cases, died in a remote location of Afghanistan while trying to befriend the locals and stop terrorists.
Mary DeTurris Poust
Mary DeTurris Poust – the author of “Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image and God” reflects on her anxiety about her looks when she was a teenager, her mindless snacking as an adult, and the ways in which her spirituality transformed the way she feels about herself and the way she eats.
Stephen Martin– the author of “The Messy Quest for Meaning: Five Catholic Practices for Finding Your Vocation” discusses the loss of his faith during his teenage years, how that led to severe anxiety disorder, and how he eventually found purpose and peace after reconnecting with the Catholic Church.
Colton Dixon– the singer/songwriter from “American Idol” discusses his new career in the Christian music industry, the difference that Christ has made in his life, and how he dealt with the situation of being told he was too overt about his religious beliefs during his time on TV.
Colleen Carroll Campbell, Pt. 1 – the author of "My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir" discusses how our culture's attitude toward sex and feminism shaped her early life, and how she dealt with the challenge of her father's Alzheimer's with the help of the saints
Colleen Carroll Campbell, Pt. 2 – the author and EWTN host further discusses her memoir "My Sisters the Saints," how she dealt with being torn between professional fulfillment and personal success, and how she dealt with the possibility of infertility.
Jonathan Jackson– one of the stars of the ABC series “Nashville” discusses his work on the show, his spiritual journey from being a non-denominational Christian to joining the Eastern Orthodox church, and why he thanked the monks on Mount Athos when he won his recent Daytime Emmy Award for his work on “General Hospital.”
Shawn Johnson and Scott Wiley
1) Shawn Johnson – the young gymnast who won four medals – three silver and one gold – in the 2008 Olympics discusses the adversity she’s faced in her young life along with how faith and prayer got her through.
2) Scott Wiley – the founding member of the gospel group “The Lower Lights” shares music from their popular series of albums which are giving new life to classic hymns.