Bill Murray, David Letterman, and the Irish Christening Gown

Bill Murray was in the news last week because his beloved Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series after 108 years. But he also earned some other recognition recently when he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, in a ceremony that aired on PBS. While there were plenty of funny stories told [Read More…]

Educational TV, Beer Commercials, and ‘The Gospel According to Sesame Street’

Everybody’s heard of the TV series “Sesame Street,” but what you may not know is that Father James Keller, the founder of The Christophers, was an inspiration to Joan Ganz Cooney, who created the show. During her college years, she heard him give a talk about the need for people to get into the media, [Read More…]

Politics, Punditry, and Personal Faith: An Interview with “Face the Nation’s” John Dickerson

Hitler analogies and political circuses may seem like a modern aspect of electioneering, but history tells a different story, as evidenced in John Dickerson’s new book “Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History,” which manages to be an educational, entertaining, and often surprising exploration of the good, bad and ugly of running for the [Read More…]

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You” Explores Life, Death & the Divine Delivery Theory

(Moderate spoilers ahead) Do you believe in the Divine Delivery Theory? That’s what postal detective Shane McInerney calls her boss (and potential suitor) Oliver O’Toole’s approach to the mail they receive in Colorado’s Dead Letter Office. “We don’t find the dead letters,” she explains to Oliver’s father Joe. “They find us. Just in time to [Read More…]