Back when I spent more time watching and listening to EWTN, my favorite contributor was Church historian Fr. Charles Connor. He was orthodox, lively, brilliant, and honest, and never thought “Catholic media” should be synonymous with “looks like it was filmed on a cam-corder and edited on a Commodore 64.” While I wasn’t paying attention, he produced a comprehensive video-history of the universal Church: The Catholic Church Through the Ages. Seasons I and II, from 2012 and 2013, are available for purchase from the EWTN online store, but they also let you listen for free on their content-rich audio-library. If you, like me, have more free time than usual for the next week or two before 2014 ramps-up, give Fr. Connor a listen.