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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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.
Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm
Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm, Part 1 – the co-founders of the new women’s magazine, “Verily,” discuss the study that revealed most girls feel worse about themselves after reading the average women’s magazine — and how they are offering an alternative with “Verily” which is fun and stylish while also promoting authentic beauty and femininity.
Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm, Part 2 – the co-founders of “Verily” magazine discuss why the publication is considered part of a “meaningful media movement.”
Amy Julia Becker
Amy Julia Becker – the author of the Christopher Award-winning book “A Good and Perfect Gift” discusses the experience of having a daughter with Down syndrome, and what it’s taught her about parental love, God’s grace, and finding strength in weakness.
Hallie Lord Part 2
Hallie Lord, Part 2 – the editor of the book “Style, Sex and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things That Really Matter” further discusses the blessings and challenges of living your faith as a wife and mother in the 21st century.
Maura Byrne & Hallie Lord
Hallie Lord, Part 1 – the popular blogger discusses her book “Style, Sex and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things That Really Matter.”
Maura Byrne, Part 2 – the “Made In His Image” founder further discusses her future plans for this ministry which helps victims of abuse and eating disorders find healing.
Joe Ehrmann – the former NFL defensive lineman shares insights on coaches integrating gospel values into sports, and reveals why he believes the greatest crisis in America today is a crisis of masculinity.
Daniel Murphy – the New York Met discusses his Major League Baseball career, his struggles with season-ending knee injuries, and how those injuries led him to a deeper commitment to his Christian faith.
Maura Byrne & Emilio Estevez
Maura Byrne, Part 1 – the founder of “Made In His Image” reveals the personal experiences that led her to create a ministry for teens and young women who are victims of abuse and eating disorders.
Emilio Estevez – the writer, director and producer of the Christopher Award-winning movie “The Way” discusses the film’s themes of God, faith and community.
Rita Cosby – the Emmy Award-winning journalist known for her work on NBC, Fox News and “Inside Edition” shares the story of how she came to see her father, who abandoned her mother when Rita was a teenager, as a World War Two hero worthy of respect and admiration.
Kathy DiFiore – the founder of Several Sources Shelters shares her thirty-year mission helping young women in crisis pregnancies by offering them a home, life skills, a foundation of values, and the support they need to build successful lives for themselves and their babies.
Sarah Hart – Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sarah Hart shares the music and inspiration behind her meditative and deeply spiritual Christmas album, “This Winter’s Eve,” and explains how her love for God affects the way she approaches marriage and motherhood.