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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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Barbara Hall – The former executive producer of the television series Judging Amy and Joan of Arcadia discusses her new young adult novel and how her conversion to Catholicism has influenced her life.
Maria Macina (Part 2) – The Guiding Light producer further discusses her volunteer work through the show's "Find Your Light" service project.
The Hollywood star who gave up her acting career to become a cloistered Benedictine nun reflects on her vocation and reminisces about working with Elvis Presley.
(Part 1) - The award-winning singer/songwriter discusses why she integrates the sacred with the secular in her work, and reveals how marriage and motherhood affect her faith and music career.
Laura Barker - The recent Fordham University grad shares her mission to help underprivileged girls in the South Bronx.Sarah Hart (Part 2) - The singer/songwriter discusses her dedication to improving interfaith dialouge.
Claire Lorentzen (Part 2) – The young photographer further discusses her trip to Africa to photograph the mission work of the Religious of the Sacred Heart.Lisa Hendey– The founder and editor of the popular web site CatholicMom.com discusses why the Internet can be a powerful tool for nurturing the faith lives of children, teens and adults.
The 18-year-old talks about her work to help the poor and homeless through the charity she founded in honor of her family friend Fr. Mychal Judge, the New York Fire Department chaplain who died while helping others at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Sarah Rodriguez (Part 2) - The Childhelp Vice President discusses child abuse prevention programs and shares insights on getting abuse victims to move past the anger at what was done to them. Mark Hood - A survivor of the famous “Miracle on the Hudson” flight shares his memories of that fateful day and how his faith in God helped him through the experience.
The singers discuss their latest Christmas albums, what the holidays mean to them and their families, and how their faith has helped them through life’s challenging times.
The author of Led By Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide explains how her Christian faith helped her forgive the man who murdered her mother and brother.
The best-selling author discusses growing up in an environment of poverty and violence, and explains why he weaves spiritual elements and contemporary issues into his popular novels.
The author of I Choose To Be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy talks about learning to live with being paralyzed from the chest down, and forgiving the fellow student who shot her.
Kate Sweeney - The co-chair of the Catholic Charities Junior Board in New York City discusses efforts to get young adults involved in volunteering. Claire Lorentzen (Part 1) – The Stanford college student discusses her trip to Africa to photograph the mission work of the Religious of the Sacred Heart.
Daryn Kagan - The former CNN anchor reveals the motivation behind her new web site filled with uplifting and inspirational stories.
Maria Macina (Part 1) – “The Christophers Among Us” segment highlights "Guiding Light” producer Maria Macina who has traveled around the country helping the less fortunate as part of “Guiding Light’s” 70th anniversary celebration.
The author of More Than a Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World shares the story of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, which was created to serve the children of Chicago's Hispanic working poor.
The host from the Great American Country network discusses her recent battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma, her husband’s subsequent battle with colon cancer, and how their faith helped them through the experience.
The filmmakers discuss their documentary The Human Experience which took them from the streets of New York to a leper colony in Africa to explore questions about the purpose of life and the inherent dignity of every human person.
Graduates of the Christopher Leadership Course discuss improving your communication skills, building healthy self-confidence, maintaining a positive attitude, and fostering a sense of service.
Christopher Leadership (Part 2) – The conclusion of our roundtable discussion about developing effective leadership skills. Wayne Elsey – The founder of Soles4Souls discusses his nonprofit, which collects and distributes free shoes to needy people around the world.
The award winning Christian rapper shares thoughts on his music and on the ministry he founded which reaches out to inner-city youth in need of guidance and role models.
The editor of National Review Online discusses constructive ways to help the pro-life movement and reveals how she stays spiritually grounded while covering the world of politics.
The author of the chlidren's book He Said Yes: The Story of Fr. Mychal Judge discusses the legacy of the priest who was killed on 9/11 and how his generous spirit lives on today.
The founder of Project Cuddle shares her mission to save babies from being abandoned by troubled mothers, and reveals why she and her husband opened their home to over thirty foster children through the years.
The singer/songwriter talks about his new album “Empty and Beautiful,” the importance of community in building a strong faith life, and his musical efforts to build bridges between Catholics and other Christian denominations.
The former American Idol finalist discusses her new Christmas album, how she keeps her focus on Christ during the holiday season, and how her Christian faith helped her forgive the man who raped her.
The former defensive end for the New York Giants calls in from his walk across the United States, which is raising money for the medical costs of 9/11 responders.
The former prostitute and madam reveals how she escaped that destructive lifestyle and went on to found the Catholic Charities DIGNITY programs which offer help and hope to prostitutes looking to turn their lives around.
E. Benjamin Skinner (Part 2) - The author and activist discusses ways to combat modern-day slavery and shares a story about a former slave whose religious faith helped him through the experience. Jennifer Nelson – The educator discusses her work with the Mississippi Teacher Corps, which serves students in one of the poorest parts of the country.
The screenwriter and teacher explores how Christians can change Hollywood from the inside, and prompts artists who are people of faith to reach for higher standards in their work.