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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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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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Brother Joseph Schmidt

The author of Everything is Grace: The Life and Way of Therese of Lisieux discusses why St. Therese is relevant to the modern world.




Sister Mary Scullion 

The nun who was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people for 2009 discusses her successful efforts to find housing and employment for homeless people in Philadelphia.


Jerry Brewer & Mark Shea

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.   


Mark Shea

(Part 2) – The author discusses his efforts to help Catholics and Evangelicals better understand the actual beliefs and common myths surrounding Mary, the mother of Jesus.


Edward Sri


Edward Sri – the author and theologian discusses his book “The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas,” which offers deeper understandings of familiar Bible stories to prepare people’s minds, hearts and souls for the coming of the Christ child. 





Tim Shriver  

Tim Shriver discusses his family, his work with the Special Olympics, and his mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver's inspiration in starting the international organization.


E. Benjamin Skinner

(Part 1) - The author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-To-Face with Modern-Day Slavery shares stories about his undercover investigation into the physical and sexual abuse suffered by some of the 27 million slaves in the world today. 



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. 


Nicholas Sparks 

The bestselling author (The Notebook) discusses his new novel Safe Haven, how he lives out his faith by giving back to the community, and lessons he’s learned about healing from various losses in his life.




Captain Scott Smiley

The Army officer discusses the car bomb explosion in Iraq that permanently blinded him, along with the faith, perseverance and determination that helped him adjust to his new way of life. 



Michael W. Smith

The Grammy and Dove award-winning singer/composer shares music from his latest CD “It’s A Wonderful Christmas” and discusses the importance of sharing the Christian message in popular culture.



Phil Stacey 

The former American Idol finalist shares some of his behind-the-scenes experiences with the show, and discusses how his family, faith and Naval career have shaped him as a person.



Kristine Steakley

The author recalls the emotional and spiritual challenges of growing up with divorced parents, and discusses her new book, Child of Divorce, Child of God: A Journey of Hope and Healing



Kate Sweeney & Claire Lorentzen

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.






Krista Tippett

The host of the National Public Radio program "Speaking of Faith" addresses why she came back to her Christian faith after straying for a number of years and why she sees a need for thoughtful conversation about faith in public life.



Tim Townsend


Tim Townsend – the author of the book "Mission at Nuremberg" discusses the little-known story of the Lutheran chaplain and Catholic chaplain who worked to save the souls of Nazi war criminals before they were executed at Nuremberg.







Joey Travolta

Joey Travolta – the actor, producer and director discusses Inclusion Films, the company he runs that teaches filmmaking skills to teens and adults with developmental challenges like autism and Down Syndrome.






Leigh Anne & Sean Tuohy 

The couple portrayed by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw in the film The Blind Side share insights about their new book In a Heartbeat, which highlights the power of cheerful giving.     



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.