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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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Daryn Kagan & Maria Macina

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. 







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.

Debbe Magnusen

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.



Matt Maher 

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.  




Mandisa the Grammy-nominated pop and gospel singer discusses her new album “What if We Were Real,” the challenge of trusting God in difficult times, and the achievement of losing 100 pounds after a long-running battle with being overweight."




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.

Stephen Martin

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.

George Martin

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.



John Martoccia

1) John Martocciathe Filmaker reveals why the focus of his life changed from achieving wordly success to becoming a Christ-centered person and how that spiritual journey inspired him to make the movie "Vito Bonafacci."

2) Pat Williams Part 2 the author furthur discusses his book, "Coach Wooden: The Seven Principles that Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours."



Andres McConnon

Andres McConnonthe 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.

Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas the New York Times best-selling author discusses his Christopher Award-winning book “Bonhoeffer” about the Lutheran pastor in Germany who vocally opposed Hitler and the Nazis, and said that Christians had an obligation to stand up for the Jewish people.








Dr. Anne Mielnik

The Director and co-founder of the Gianna Catholic Healthcare Center for Women discusses a natural, effective and pro-life treatment for infertility and dispels old myths about natural family planning.



Kathleen Mitchell

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.



Lisa Mladinich

Lisa Mladinich the author of “Be An Amazing Catechist” discusses the essentials of being an effective religious educator who can give kids a solid foundation in their faith. 






Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphythe 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. 






E. Benjamin Skinner & Jennifer Nelson 

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. 


Barbara Nicolosi 

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.