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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.
Gary Sinise – The actor discusses his charitable efforts on behalf of the organization Operation Iraqi Children and reveals why he spends time visiting soldiers in U.S. military hospitals. Dr. Owen Phelps (Part 1) – The author discusses his new book “The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus.”
(Part 2) – The author shares proven faith-based leadership principles for the home and workplace.
(Part 1) - The director of Family Theater Productions discusses the group’s outreach to Catholics in Hollywood and the legacy of the organization’s founder, Fr. Patrick Peyton, who popularized the saying, “The family that prays together stays together.”
(Part 2) - Fr. Raymond discusses the Angelus Awards, which honor college students who create films that respect the dignity of the human person.
The member of the Louisiana-roots band L’Angelus discusses how her family’s Cajun ancestry and Catholic faith work their way into the band’s zydeco, pop and inspirational songs.
The actress known for her work on the TV show Disney’s Power Rangers discusses why she now travels the country talking to young people about chastity and modesty.
The father of 16-year-old Cady Ann Reynolds, who was killed by a distracted teenage driver, shares his mission to educate teens and parents about being more responsible behind the wheel.
Brooke White (Part 2) - The singer/songwriter reveals the personality differences between her and her husband that strengthen their marriage, why she doesn’t Google herself, and how she overcomes times of darkness in her life. Sarah Rodriguez (Part 1) - The Childhelp Vice President discusses the organization's mission to provide physical, emotional and spiritual healing to victims of child abuse and neglect.
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.
The author of Everything is Grace: The Life and Way of Therese of Lisieux discusses why St. Therese is relevant to the modern world.
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 (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 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.
Tim Shriver discusses his family, his work with the Special Olympics, and his mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver's inspiration in starting the international organization.
(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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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 popular blogger and author of Mary and the Christian Life: Scriptural Reflections on the First Disciple explores the idea of the mother of Jesus as a role model in the modern world.
(Part 1) - The singer/songwriter discusses her album High Hopes and Heartbreak, her struggle with self-confidence issues, how prayer is her anchor during times of stress, and why she’s come to see the challenges in her life as blessings.
The Olympic gold medalist reveals how her faith helped guide her through the victories and disappointments of her platform diving career, and discusses her efforts to help young athletes achieve their dreams.