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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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David Archuleta – The American Idol runner-up and award-winning recording artist discusses the inspiration behind his Christmas album, his efforts to help the less fortunate and why he thinks the challenges he’s faced have made him a better person.Tom O'Rourke – The lead instructor of the Christopher Leadership Course shares an original Christmas story he wrote that looks at the Nativity from Joseph’s point-of-view.
(Part 1) – The singer/songwriter recalls being afflicted with bone cancer at age eleven, how her faith helped sustain her during difficult times, and why she now uses music to encourage kids and teens to find their God-given purpose in life.
Jerry Brewer (Part 1) – The Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist discusses his book Gloria’s Miracle: A Young Girl, a Deadly Disease and an Enduring Lesson about the Power of Faith. Paige Armstrong (Part 2) – The singer/songwriter discusses the awkwardness she felt because of the scar on her leg left by cancer surgery, and how it taught her about the shallowness of the quest for physical perfection.
The founder of Kate's Club reveals how the death of her mother led her to create an organization that helps kids deal with the loss of a loved one on spiritual and amotional levels.
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.
The contemporary Christian singer discusses how a bout with severe panic attacks led her to a stronger embrace of her Christian faith, and how her time on American Idol shaped her music career.
Debra Byrd (Part 2) – The vocal coach and arranger for American Idol reveals how her spirituality helps her deal with difficult people.Christine Bentz (Part 1) – The St. John’s University graduate describes her experience as part of the Vincentian Lay Missionaries Program in Ethiopia.
Christine Bentz (Part 2) – The educator explains why she continues to make volunteering a part of her life.Lacy Dodd – The Notre Dame alumna reveals the blessings and challenges she faced as a college student experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, and shares her current efforts to help college students in similar situations.
Jerry Brewer (Part 2) – The author of Gloria’s Miracle further discusses how covering the struggle of a young girl with cancer led to his own spiritual awakening. Mark Shea (Part 1) – The New York Times best-selling author discusses his new book series about Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
(Part 1) – American Idol’s vocal coach reveals why she sees her job as a ministry and how she tries to be a channel of God’s grace to all the contestants.
The author of The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy reveals how her father approached life with authentic Christian hope despite battling Alzheimer’s Disease.
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.
Abbey Curran - The first woman with a physical disability to compete in the Miss USA pageant discusses her efforts to help young women with physical challenges.
Abby Caperton (Part 1) - The 23-year-old Texan shares details about her mission trip to Africa, including the generosity she experienced and the impact she saw abstinence education having on teens.
Abby Caperton (Part 2) – The Texas native talks further about her mission trip to Malawi and Mozambique along with the reasons she developed a deep devotion to her Catholic faith and serving others.
Dr. Derry Connolly – The president and co-founder of John Paul the Great Catholic University discusses his school’s media-centered mission.
The co-host of the program “What Would Jesus Podcast” discusses her work as a youth minister and how she believes the Church can get young people more interested in their faith.
The author and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist discusses the spiritual impact of discovering that a cousin he never knew he had was being canonized a saint.
The actor known for playing Jesus in The Passion of the Christ discusses his latest project, a New Testament Audio Bible, along with the reasons that he and his wife adopted two critically ill children.
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.
The former American Idol finalist discusses her new album, the Christian faith that’s been her rock during difficult times, and the foundation she created to rescue abused and neglected horses.
The best-selling author and leadership expert shares insights on creating meaningful job and career opportunities during this period of economic uncertainty and high unemployment.
The former America’s Next Top Model contestant reveals why she felt the modeling industry was forcing her to compromise her principles and how a stronger embrace of her Catholic faith helped point her in a new direction.
The author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism talks about transforming the Church’s teachings into simple, accessible language that any layman can understand.
The Superior General of the Sisters of Life discusses her religious order’s mission to provide practical assistance, and spiritual and emotional support to pregnant women in crisis.
The CBS News correspondent who was critically injured in a car bomb attack in Iraq discusses the heroic efforts of the military men and women who saved her, and how the experience affected her spiritually.
The author of the book The Thrill of the Chaste discusses the chastity movement and reveals how her faith helped her deal with a recent cancer scare.
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 president of Feminists for Life discusses the pro-life groups' college outreach program and the fact that the original feminists were outspokenly opposed to abortion.
The actress best-known for playing General Hospital’s Laura Spencer discusses her new Hallmark Channel movie The Note, how the experience of fame during her teen years led her to a drug addiction, and why her faith remains an important part of her life.
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.
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 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.