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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The CNN Vatican analyst talks about how the Catholic faith with which she was raised led her to a career in religious journalism, and how the perception of Pope Benedict has changed in the United States since his recent trip here.
Tisha Young & Tami Gappa
This program features Tisha Young, a woman who donated her kidney to a 4-year-old boy she didn’t even know, thereby saving his life – and Tami Gappa, the mother of the 4-year-old, talking about what that choice has meant to her family.
Jennifer Trubenbach & Kayla Gennrich
Jennifer Trubenbach – The Executive Director of “Operation of Hope” shares the story of her organization’s efforts to provide reconstructive facial surgery for a boy from Zimbabwe injured by a landmine.
Kayla Gennrich – The college student and winner of The Christophers’ Annual Video Contest for College Students reveals how a personal tragedy led her to raise awareness about organ donation.
The 22-year-old college student discusses his commitment to his Catholic faith and social justice causes that help society's poor and marginalized.
The ESPN college football analyst shares the personal tragedy that led him to create a ministry called Team Focus which provides mentoring to fatherless boys and teaches them to be leaders.
The co-author of “Walking with God: A Journey Through the Bible” discusses the relevance of Scripture in the modern world.
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.
Michael Hingson – the author of “Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero” shares his story of surviving the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Amy Grant & Julianne Hough
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.
Maria Conroy, Stephanie Gullotti & Chris Schilmoeller
(Part 1) - A panel discussion about volunteering and missionary work featuring members of the Mercy Volunteer Corps and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.
(Part 2) - The conclusion of our look at the need for volunteers and missionaries within the United States, and how their efforts can change lives.
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Barbara Hall & Maria Macina
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.
Mother Dolores Hart
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 & Sarah Hart
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 & Lisa Hendey
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.
Patricia Heaton & Natalie MacMaster
Patricia Heaton (Part 1) – The Emmy Award-winning actress discusses her ABC sitcom The Middle and the Christopher Award-winning film (Amazing Grace) she co-produced about the man who ended the slave trade in the British empire.
Natalie MacMaster (Part 2) – The award-winning fiddler reveals how a shared commitment to faith strengthens her marriage.
Patricia Heaton & Tom O'Rourke
Patricia Heaton (Part 2) – The actress discusses her mission trip to Sierra Leone and her efforts to support women in crisis pregnancies through the non-profit Feminists for Life.
Tom O'Rourke – The Christopher Leadership Course instructor shares tips on how to make a good impression on a prospective employer or a current one.
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.
(Part 1) - The author and speaker discusses his new book, The "R" Father: 14 Ways to Respond to the Lord's Prayer.
Mark Hart & Danielle Bean
Mark Hart (Part 2) - The author and speaker discusses his work with Life Teen International and reveals proven ways to get young people engaged with their faith.
Danielle Bean (Part 1) - The co-author of Small Steps for Catholic Moms explores ways to achieve balance between accomplishing daily duties and maintaining an active spiritual life.
Sarah Rodriguez & Mark Hood
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.