NCR In Conversation

In Conversation is an in-depth look at the week's Catholic news as seen by the staff at National Catholic Reporter. Hosted by NCR engagement editor Brittany Wilmes, In Conversation features the top thinkers and journalists who report on the life of the Catholic church in the world. National Catholic Reporter is an independent newspaper based in Kansas City, Missouri. Read more at
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May 19, 2017

In this episode, Brittany talks to Sr. Rose Pacatte about the new Netflix documentary series "The Keepers," which focuses on the unsolved murder of a Catholic sister in Baltimore in 1969. Later, NCR contributor Nicole Sotelo and editor-at-large Tom Roberts talk about the Knights of Columbus and their immense financial influence in the Catholic sphere.

May 12, 2017

In this episode, Sr. Rose Pacatte comes on the show to talk about The Handmaid's Tale, media literacy, and sisterhood. Later, Brittany talks to NCR's Caitlin Hendel, Stephanie Yeagle, and Amy Morris-Young about motherhood and faith.

May 6, 2017

In this episode, host Brittany Wilmes talks to NCR Vatican correspondent Josh McElwee about Pope Francis' recent trip to Egypt. Later, Brittany is joined by GSR editor Gail DeGeorge and Sr. Michele Morek to discuss Global Sisters Report's upcoming feature "The Life."

Apr 28, 2017

Brittany Wilmes discusses the Arkansas executions with NCR Bertelsen intern Kristen Daniels. Catholic Mobilizing Network Executive Director Karen Clifton explains why her organization advocates for an end to the death penalty. Later, Brittany talks to NCR's Michael Sean Winters and Tracy Abeln about Trump's first 100 days in office.

Apr 21, 2017

NCR Senior Analyst Tom Reese talks about how Laudato Si' inspired him to take on some home improvement of his own, then Brittany Wilmes interviews Tomás Insua of the Global Catholic Climate Movement about this weekend's Mercy2Earth initiative. Later, students and faculty from Cheverus High School explain how the Ignatian Carbon Challenge is changing their campus culture.

Apr 13, 2017

In this episode, editors Gail DeGeorge and Dennis Coday join Brittany Wilmes in studio to talk about the anniversary of the Rwanda genocide and Pope Francis' recent apology on behalf of the Catholic Church. Later, Brittany talks to GSR Africa correspondent Melanie Lidman about her visit to Rwanda and how the country is healing. Celebration editor Denise Simeone stops in for a quick chat about Holy Week.

Apr 7, 2017

In this episode, host Brittany Wilmes chats in studio with Sr. Michele Morek about symbols of peace in Kansas City and at the United Nations in New York. Later in the episode, Brittany interviews peace activist Jack Gilroy and conscientious objector Logan Isaac.

Mar 31, 2017

This week, Brittany Wilmes talks environmental issues with NCR's Brian Roewe and Michele Morek, OSU, North American liaison for Global Sisters Report. Then, an interview with freelance writer Tracy L. Barnett about an indigenous tribe's fight to save their sacred lands from hydroelectric development in Panama.

Mar 24, 2017

This week, Brittany Wilmes talks to parade viewers at one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country and catches up with Irish journalist Sarah Mac Donald about the holiday's meaning in Ireland and its particular emphasis on support for immigrants. 

Mar 17, 2017

In this episode, host Brittany Wilmes speaks with Catholic author and journalist Austen Ivereigh, based in London. Austen and Brittany talk about Francis' papacy, the reform he is bringing to the Catholic Church, and his emphasis on mercy and discernment.

Mar 10, 2017

In this first episode of NCR In Conversation, host Brittany Wilmes speaks to NCR staff writers Brian Roewe and Soli Salgado and Vatican correspondent Joshua McElwee about Pope Francis and the changes he has brought to the Catholic Church.

Mar 8, 2017

In this brand-new podcast, we'll be taking an in-depth look at the week's Catholic news. Listen to this quick intro episode to hear what it's all about. NCR In Conversation is brought to you by National Catholic Reporter, an independent Catholic newspaper based in Kansas City, Missouri.