The Long Story Short video format strives to break down complex, interesting stories from our radio interviews. If you find yourself interested in learning more you can click the link at the end of the video to head to the original interview.

  • What does a Director of the Patron of the Arts in the Vatican Museum Do? – An interview with Fr. Mark Haydu

    In this episode of Long Story Short, we speak with Fr. Mark Haydu, who will help us answer the question “what does a director of the patron of the arts in the Vatican museum do?’

  • Can Business and Religion Get Along? – An interview with Dr. Kevin Schmiesing

    Trade and religion are both nearly universal features of human experience. What is the historical relationship between business leaders and clergy, between commerce and Christianity? Dr. Kevin Schmiesing summarizes the history of this interaction, offers illustrative anecdotes from the past, and reflects on the significance of these historical experiences for contemporary concerns about the integration of faith and economic life.

    Research fellow at the Acton Institute. He has written or edited three books on American Catholic history, and has published dozens of reviews, articles, and popular pieces in the fields of Catholic social teaching, Church history, and the history of religion and economics. He also serves as book review editor for the Journal of Markets & Morality

  • Fr. Stanley Rother: Cause for Sainthood – An interview with Fr. Price Oswalt

    The Servant of God Fr Stanley Rother was a Catholic priest and missionary to Guatemala. He was murdered by a death squad, believed to be made up of right-wing extremists and elements of the Guatemalan Army, on July 28, 1981. In June the Congregation of the Causes of Saints officially recognized Rother as a martyr, a critical stage before beatification and canonization. We talk to Fr Price Oswalt, Director of the Fr. Stanley Rother Guild.

    Rev. Price Oswalt is a native Oklahoman, born into an anti-Catholic non-practicing hodgepodge of Protestantism. He has been a priest in the Archdiocese of OKC for 19 years and is currently pastor of St Joseph Old Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City as well as the chaplain to Okla Catholic Broadcasting Network. He’s also the director of The Servant of God, Fr. Stanley F. Rother Guild.

  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – An interview with Dr. Nabeel Quereshi

    Nabeel Qureshi was raised in a devout and loving Muslim home and was passionate about his faith. He eventually discovered evidence of Jesus’s resurrection and divinity and was in a difficult position: he couldn’t deny the evidence, but he didn’t want to deny his family.

    Dr. Nabeel Qureshi is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the Gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God. He has lectured at universities throughout North America and has participated in 17 moderated debates across the world. Nabeel is a member of the speaking team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministires and is the author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. Check out his Facebook page, Nabeel Qureshi, and follow him on Twitter at @NAQureshi (note spelling). You can also find his work at rzim.org and be sure to read his testimony, Crossing Over, at answeringislam.org.

  • Why the New Evangelization Needs a Focus on Fathers – An interview with Steve Wood

    Steve Wood is the founder of St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers, a men’s movement that seeks to transform society through the transformation of fathers and families. He has led youth, campus, and pro-life ministries. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he served as an Evangelical pastor for a decade before his entire family converted to Catholicism in 1990. Responding to a challenge from Pope John Paul II to strengthen families, he founded the Family Life Center International in 1992. Steve’s website, www.dads.org is dedicated to defending the faith, family life, and fatherhood throughout the world. He is the host of Faith and Family Radio and is the author of Christian Fatherhood, and Legacy: A Father’s Handbook for Raising Godly Children.

  • The Pope’s Maestro – An interview with Sir Gilbert Levine

    Sir Gilbert Levine was close friends with John Paul II for 17 years and is known as the Pope’s Maestro. He has conducted orchestra’s in some of the world’s greatest concert halls. He is Knight-Commander of the Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great, the highest pontifical honor given to a non-ecclesiastical musician since Mozart. He has received Krakow’s Millennium Gold Medallion in 2000 and was bestowed Silver Star of St Gregory by Benedict XVI. Sir Gilbert Levine created Music for the Spirit series with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has led the PBS concert debuts of several orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the WDR Symphony Orchestra.

  • Should a Chaste Catholic with Same Sex Attraction “Celebrate” their Gayness? – An interview with Fr. Paul Check

    Is it appropriate for two people who are same-sex attracted to live together chastely and offer each other support? Should a Catholic who is same-sex attracted view their orientation as a gift from God or a cross to bear? We discuss the issues with Fr. Paul Check, founder of Courage.

    Fr. Paul has been the Executive Director of Courage International since 2008. He established a Courage chapter in the Diocese of Bridgeport in 2002. He holds an STL from the University of the Holy Cross and an STB from the Gregorian University.

  • Alcoholism and the Holidays – Al Kresta interviews Mike Vasquez

    So many of us have a close friend or family member with a drinking problem. This can be especially difficult during the holiday season, when festive gatherings with a variety of available drinks can lead to difficult situations. Michael Vasquez, founder of the St. Gregory Retreat Center, joins us with advice on how and when to confront a loved one who struggles with this problem.

  • Ferguson and the Catholic Church – Interview with Fr. Robert Rosebrough

    The rioting has slowed down, but tensions are still extremely high in Ferguson after a grand jury announced that officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. There has been intense debate nationwide about the shooting, race relations and the duties and limits of police. We get a firsthand look at the very latest from the epicenter of this debate when we speak with Fr. Robert Rosenbrough of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parish in Ferguson.

    Fr. Robert “Rosy” Rosebrough is the Pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parish in Ferguson, MO. Fr. Rosebrough led a peaceful “Lean-in Prayer Procession” from his parish to City Hall on Nov 2 and has led multiple prayer services for peace since shooting.

  • Cosby – An Al Kresta Interview with Mark Whitaker

    Thirty years ago this fall, a new sitcom called The Cosby Show premiered. The show starred the legendary stand-up comedian and dominated TV ratings for most of its run. We are joined by Mark Whitaker, who extensively interviewed Bill Cosby and more than 60 of his closes friends and family for his book “Cosby: His Life and Times.” Whitaker gives us an in-depth look at the remarkable past behind this beloved comedian.