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.

  • The Glory of the Crusades – Al Kresta interviews Steve Weidenkopf

    Everybody thinks they know what they mean when they say “the Crusades.” Where do we get the idea of “Crusades”? Are these a series of discreet actions taken by western Christians? Are the Crusades some sort of massive blueprint put in place by the Pope? When did we start talking about THE Crusades?

  • Who Was Abraham? – Al Kresta interviews Steve Ray

    Steve Ray is here to take us on a journey through the footprints of Abraham as we examine the life of one of the earliest fathers of our faith. This previews Steve’s new video on Abraham from his “Footprints of God” series.

    Along with his wife Janet, Steve is the writer, producer and host of the Footprints of God video series. Steve is the author of five books, of which three are best selling books with Ignatius Press. Steve also speaks around the world and is a guest on many radio and television programs. You can find him his work at catholicconvert.com. You can also look up the Steve Ray facebbook page and follow him on Twitter @jersualemjones

  • 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.

  • Why Ukraine Matters – Al Kresta interviews George Weigel

    Outspoken Vladimir Putin critic Boris Nemstov was murdered this weekend in Moscow near Red Square. George Weigel joins us to discuss the assassination, as well as the ongoing struggles in Ukraine.

    George Weigel is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of Ethics and Public Policy Center as well as the author or editor of more than twenty books, including “Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century Church”. Find his writings at First Things.

  • Brittany Maynard: Death with Dignity’s New Face – Al Kresta interviews Wesley Smith

    Advocates of euthanasia, or “Death with Dignity,” say their cause is all about reducing the suffering of a sick person and their family. They argue that by allowing patients to die “on their own terms,” euthanasia eliminates the suffering of all involved. Wesley Smith disagrees. A true dignified death can be realized by eliminating the suffering, not the sufferer.

  • 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.

  • 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.