When I was researching my biography on Stephen Colbert - And Nothing But The Truthiness - I was continually struck by the close relationship he shared with his parents and indeed, with all of his siblings.
Pope Francis reiterates ordinary Catholic thought in a way people can understand. This may be the new playbook on how Catholics can spread the Gospel in today's culture.
The "war on terror" was built on two tiers of grief. Momentous and meaningless. Ours and theirs. The domestic politics of grief settled in for a very long haul, while perpetual war required the leaders of both major parties to keep affirming and reinforcing the two tiers of grief.
Are the Clintons simply too powerful for Colbert to "speak truth to power"? Because if prominent satirists are now afraid to make fun of powerful politicians, our American Republic is in trouble, and it's no laughing matter.
I went to NYC a few months back for a Vanity Fair photo shoot with DonorsChoose.org staff, board members, and advisers.
Okay, teachers in a lot of schools never get a break, and that's often true in schools that serve military families. Remember that the families of ac...
I may be insecure about my aging brain, but I will be damned if I am going to let a phone tell me it knows better. Maybe it should just go back to ringing.
On modern TV shows, the expert guests can rarely get three sentences into a statement without the host derailing the conversation.
Comics love irony. So you might think that there would be truckloads of good jokes floating around about our environment. After all, you've got global warming, melting polar ice caps and millions of cows whose flatulence create less than desirable methane levels.
No, in moments like these, all our differences -- age, background, nationality, ethnicity, gender, and yes, religion and beliefs -- are secondary. First and foremost we are human beings. And we want to help.
While President Obama and the Democratic establishment have all come out in support of marriage equality over the past few years, most mainstream politicians are still behind the curve on drug policy reform.
As my brain gets bombarded each day while I work on my computer, I have decided to weed through the chaff and separate what I need to worry about from what I can forget about. Here's a list.
There are many issues facing us globally, nationally, for which there is no wrong or right answer. Instead screaming immoral and slinging insults at those who have a different opinion, why is it not possible to muster even a little cultural respect for those who believe differently then us?
NBC speeds up late-night transition: Jimmy Fallon immediately replaces Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show; Seth Meyers replaces Fallon; Leno replaces Barbara Walters on The View; Walters joins the cast of Duck Dynasty.
It never happened, and last month I was told that the show now had second thoughts and was not ready to commit. I thus became a victim of a different Colbert bump.
Not just satire but comedy itself begins with mocking. Plato and Aristotle said all laughter was wrong because comedy is inherently cruel (something many people still believe, especially me when I think about Ken Magnuson in 8th grade gym class).