What “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope Could Learn from Joan of Arcadia

Despite its popularity, I’ve never been tempted to watch an episode of “Scandal” because the show sounds too dark and cynical for my tastes. But I do read about the show. It’s hard not to because it garners so much press coverage and adulation. That’s been especially true recently because last week’s episode ended with [Read More…]

Peggy Noonan on Pop Culture, Polarization, & Why Young Journalists Should Emulate Tim Russert

This is part 2 of my interview with Peggy Noonan. To read part 1, click here. One of the recurring themes in Peggy Noonan’s book “The Time of Our Lives” is what she calls “old America,” the America in which she was raised with a sense of safety and hope for the future. During our [Read More…]

Phil Rosenthal’s PBS Food Show to Feature Ministry Started by Priest to Help At-Risk Youth

While checking my Twitter feed this morning, I saw that “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal mentioned that Jesuit priest Father Greg Boyle would be appearing on his PBS food show “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” this coming Monday, November 2nd. In case Father Boyle’s name doesn’t ring a bell, he created the Los Angeles-based [Read More…]

Why Patricia Heaton Traveled to Africa to Make Soy Milk and Build Bicycles

When Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton got time off from filming her hit sitcom “The Middle” last month, she traveled to Africa, built bicycles, and made soy milk. In fact, this is a picture of her grinding soybeans on a contraption that looks like an exercise bike. Granted, that’s not all she did there, but [Read More…]