Broadcast Times

  • Sunday @ 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Monday @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Saturday @ 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Award-winning novelist Bill Kassel interviews authors, reviewers, publishers, marketers, and other key figures in the world of Catholic communications. This engaging series is for readers, writers, and everyone who loves books and cherishes our freedom to proclaim the Christian message.

To find out more about Bill Kassel and his novel about the family of Jesus, “My Brother’s Keeper” — winner of the Catholic Arts and Letters Award for best adult fiction

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Audio Archive

Episode 67 (Acevedo, Gundlach) Episode 66 (Jones, Plisky, Kassel) Free Expression Episode 65 (Rigi, Gilmore) Free Expression Episode Episode 64 (Chalk, Davignon, Jordan) Free Expression Episode 63 (Miller, Ingraffia, Kassel) Free Expression Episode 61 (London, Pinto) Free Expression Episode 60 (Stories Teach Values) Free Expression Episode 59 (Faith & Science, Poetry) Free Expression Episode 58 (Hillbilly Thomists, Missions) Free Expression Episode 57 (Brave Books, Bible Imagery) Free Expression Episode 56 (2nd Vote, Disney Values) Free Expression Episode 55 (Cantu, Schmeising, Ray) Free Expression Episode 54 (Greenberg, Shepherd, Foubert) Free Expression Episode 52 (Kirby, Gilmore) Free Expression Episode 51 (Orsi, Weidenkopf) Free Expression, Episode 50 (1) Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, discusses her new book, “Everything You Need to Know About Abortion — For Teens”: John Zmirak, Senior Editor for the ecumenical online journal, The Stream, reflects on the 50th anniversary of a moral classic of modern cinema: “The Godfather.” Free Expression Episode 41 (Vermeulen, Rigi, Constabile), Monday Encores, April 25th 2022 (1) Colleen Vermeulen, from the Catholic Bible School of Michigan, describes CBSM’s adult Scripture literacy program; (2) evangelist Joe Rigi talks about Our Warpath, an intense movement of spiritual commitment among young adult Catholics; (3) TV producer Mario Canstabile discusses uplifting entertainment options available through his media apostolate, Array of Hope. Free Expression Episode 49 (Smith, White), April 23rd, April 24th 2022 (1) Theologian and philosopher Janet Smith examines the common resistance to preaching about difficult moral issues; (2) Rich White of the advisory website, “Writer Beware,” on how to identify writing contests that are worthwhile, and avoid those that are just author scams. Free Expression Episode 48 (Katz, Vilbig), April 9th, April 10th 2022 (1) Princeton University Professor Joshua Katz explores his proposal for a special program to sharpen students’ command of the English language; (2) attorney Fred Vilbig discusses his book on Catholic instruction, “Leave No Soul Behind.” Free Expression, Episode 36, Monday Encores, April 4th 2022 (1) Deacon Tom Loewe co-host of the Ave Maria Radio show, “Notes From Above,” which explores the intersection between faith and music; (2) Catholic singer/songwriter Burke Ingraffia with an update on the new Catholic Song Contest; (3) retired physician Bud Vear on writing your life reflections for the benefit of the young. Free Expression, Episode 47 (Dacus, Hecke), April 2nd, April 3rd 2022 (1) Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Legal Institute, talks about litigation by his group in defense of First Amendment rights; (2) Catholic textbook publisher Michael Van Hecke discusses curriculum materials written from a distinctly Catholic perspective. Free Expression Episode 41 (Vermeulen, Rigi, Constabile), Monday Encores, March 28th 2022 (1) Colleen Vermeulen, from the Catholic Bible School of Michigan, describes CBSM’s adult Scripture literacy program; (2) evangelist Joe Rigi talks about Our Warpath, an intense movement of spiritual commitment among young adult Catholics; (3) TV producer Mario Canstabile discusses uplifting entertainment options available through his media apostolate, Array of Hope. Free Expression, Episode 46 (McCusker, Martin), March 26th, March 27th 2022 (1) Author/producer Paul McCusker of the Augustine Institute discusses his “Adventures of Nick and Sam” Catholic children’s book series; (2) Christian writer and marketing specialist Chris Martin offers advice on how to avoid manipulation by social networks. Free Expression, Episode 40 (Schadt, Larkin), Monday Encores, March 21st 2022 (1) Author Devin Schadt discusses his book on the calling of Christian men, “The Meaning and Mystery of Man”; (2) Stephanie Larkin of Red Penguin Books talks about publishing books to benefit charitable organizations or projects. Free Expression, Episode 45 (Grabowski, Ackoury), March 19th, March 20th 2022 (1) John Grabowski, Professor of Theology and Ethics at Catholic University of America, discusses his new book, “Unraveling Gender”; (2) Catholic singer-songwriter Nicole Ackoury offers her song, “Moved”; (3) media analyst Julie Mastrine explains how her organization, AllSides Media, categorizes news outlets according to ideological bias. Free Expression, Episode 31 (Michuta, Bartlett, Nuzzo), Monday Encore, March 14th 2022 (1) Catholic apologist Gary Michuta discusses his new book exploring our current moral confusion, “Revolt Against Reality”; (2) Julieanne Bartlett, founder of the marriage-promotion ministry, Passion of Hope, examines “prolonged singleness”; (3) an original musical casting of The Lord’s Prayer by singer-songwriter Anna Nuzzo. Free Expression, Episode 44 (Miller, Bergsma), March 12th, March 13th 2022 (1) Technology specialist Darnell Miller describes an innovative program based at the University of St. Thomas in Texas to help people use new media effectively in evangelization; (2) Professor John Bergsma of Franciscan University of Steubenville explores the links between early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Free Expression, Episode 43 (Merlino, Bajek), March 5th, March 6th 2022 (1) Fr. Darren Merlino of Catholic Media Missionaries and host of “The Hound of Heaven” online video series, talks about devout Catholics in the entertainment industry; (2) Ed Bajek of Bajek Publisher Services discusses the challenges of marketing independently published books. Free Expression, Episode 38 (Pauley, Lauer),  Monday Encore,  February 28th 2022 (1) Camille Pauley of South Dakota-based Healing the Culture talks about communicating a strong, supportive message about the Pro-Life cause; (2) author Amanda Lauer explores writing novels that are provocative yet consistent with moral values. Free Expression, Episode 42 (Philbin, Mahoney), February 26th, February 27th 2022 (1) Matt Philbin of the Media Research Center discusses hostility to traditional religion among people in the major media; (2) “Isn’t It a Miracle,” a selection from Bill Kassel’s 2006 album, “On This Mountain”; (3) Stephanie Mahoney of Our Sunday Visitor describes the OSV Challenge and its promotion of innovative ideas for faith communication and Catholic entrepreneurship. Free Expression Episode 30, Monday Encore, February 21st, 2022 (1) Scholar James Patrick on his multi-part work, “The Making of the Christian Mind”; (2) Catholic songwriter Nicole Ackoury sings her song, “Real Presence”; (3) entrepreneur Calvin Lowry explains how his cross-shaped Passion Pen supports a charitable effort. Free Expression Episode 41 (Vermeulen, Rigi, Constabile), February 19th, February 20th 2022 (1) Colleen Vermeulen, from the Catholic Bible School of Michigan, describes CBSM’s adult Scripture literacy program; (2) evangelist Joe Rigi talks about Our Warpath, an intense movement of spiritual commitment among young adult Catholics; (3) TV producer Mario Canstabile discusses uplifting entertainment options available through his media apostolate, Array of Hope. Free Expression, Episode 40 (Schadt, Larkin) (1) Author Devin Schadt discusses his book on the calling of Christian men, “The Meaning and Mystery of Man”; (2) Stephanie Larkin of Red Penguin Books talks about publishing books to benefit charitable organizations or projects. Free Expression, Episode 39, February 5th, February 6th 2022 (1) Noelle Mering of the Ethics and Public Policy Center discusses her book on anti-religious culture, “Awake, Not Woke”; (2) communications specialist Emma Ayers explores the challenges faced by alternative networks trying to gain a foothold on the social media scene. Free Expression, Episode 38 (Pauley, Lauer), January 29th, January 30th 2022 (1) Camille Pauley of South Dakota-based Healing the Culture talks about communicating a strong, supportive message about the Pro-Life cause; (2) author Amanda Lauer explores writing novels that are provocative yet consistent with moral values. Free Expression Episode 17 (Bursch, Thietten, Lebish), Monday Encores, January 24th 2022 (1) John Bursch of Alliance Defending Freedom on important Supreme Court wins for campus evangelization; (2) Catholic vocalist Jaime Thietten sings “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”; (3) Daniel Lebish of the Bookboro author-support website. Free Expression Episode 37 (Pack, Ingold), January 22nd, January 23rd 2022 (1) Independent filmmaker Michael Pack on how his documentary about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has faced “Cancel Culture”; counselors Matt and Erin Ingold discuss Catholic Life Coaching. Free Expression Episode 16, Monday Encore, January 17th (1) Writer/consultant Aaron Renn on the need to build alternative online networks and platforms to circumvent “Big-Tech” censorship; (2) Cathy Gilmore of the Catholic Marketing Network discusses this summer’s “Momentum” industry event for Catholic apostolates, bookstore operators, and producers of religious items. Episode 5, Encore, January 15th, January 16th 2022 (1) Cultural activist Mark Evans discusses the importance of preserving our literary and musical heritage; (2) Doug Shumard, founder of Good Shepherd Catholic Radio, reflects on bringing Catholic radio to south-central Michigan, and discusses his book, “Forever Thirteen,” about how faith was tested by a family tragedy. Free Expression Episode 30, Monday Encore, January 10th 2022 (1) Scholar James Patrick on his multi-part work, “The Making of the Christian Mind”; (2) Catholic songwriter Nicole Ackoury sings her song, “Real Presence”; (3) entrepreneur Calvin Lowry explains how his cross-shaped Passion Pen supports a charitable effort. Free Expression Episode 4, Encore, January 8th, January 9th 2022 (1) Joseph Pearce, editor of St, Austin Review, explores prospects for a Catholic literary revival; (2) Author and publisher Ellen Gable discusses “The Lion’s Heart,” a novel examining the human side of sexuality conflict, by Georgia-based Catholic author Dena Hunt; (3) Greg McLogan, son of the late independent Catholic writer Russell McLogan, discusses “Boy Solder,” his father’s book on experiencing World War II as a young man. Free Expression Episode 16, Monday Encore, January 3rd 2022 (1) Writer/consultant Aaron Renn on the need to build alternative online networks and platforms to circumvent “Big-Tech” censorship; (2) Cathy Gilmore of the Catholic Marketing Network discusses this summer’s “Momentum” industry event for Catholic apostolates, bookstore operators, and producers of religious items. Free Expression, Episode 36, January 1st, January 2nd 2022 (1) Deacon Tom Loewe co-host of the Ave Maria Radio show, “Notes From Above,” which explores the intersection between faith and music; (2) Catholic singer/songwriter Burke Ingraffia with an update on the new Catholic Song Contest; (3) retired physician Bud Vear on writing your life reflections for the benefit of the young.