Former TV talk show host Dick Cavett was born and raised in Nebraska, where he was encouraged to pursue the trade that had brought his family to the prairie years before: interviewing celebrities. The Emmy-winning television personality hosted a plethora of big names over the years, including Gore Vidal, Groucho Marx, Muhammid Ali and John Lennon.
We ask this legitimate name-dropper about three real people whose names are remarkably descriptive of who they are.
When Eileen Cleary (Kathleen Turner) is nominated for Catholic Woman of the Year — an honor that comes with a personal prayer of absolution from an archbishop — she feels she has to hide what she sees as flaws in her daughter (Emily Deschanel), son (Jason Ritter) and husband (Michael McGrady).
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Eileen, otherwise a kind and devout Catholic, wades into morally questionable territory when she tries to present an untroubled family life for the benefit of her priest (Richard Chamberlain).
Guilt can be a powerful force. In The Perfect Family, it's also a self-perpetuating one. Director Anne Renton's film puts on display a woman so obsessed with her place in the afterlife that for a guarantee of absolution, she's willing to engage in morally questionable activities that are bound to cause her even greater guilt.
If that sounds like a cutting critique of organized religion and situational morality, not quite: Renton's approach is, to its benefit, fair and never strident. But it's also gentle and cautious, often to a fault.
The infield at Churchill Downs can get pretty beer-soaked, as this scene from the 2011 Kentucky Derby proves. But this year, things could get even more crazy: The Derby falls on another of America's favorite "alcoholidays," Cinco de Mayo.
America is not a two-party country — it's a multiparty extravaganza.
We turn every possible pause from work into a party: New Year's Day, the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve.
And on Saturday, many Americans will play overtime by reveling in a pair of nationwide celebrations — Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. Establishments everywhere will be mashing up Mexico and the Bluegrass State.
In one section of JacobTV's The News, a 2008 Obama campaign speech becomes a hip-hop-inflected aria.
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Supersaturated colors and superimposed captions provide counterpoint to the words being spoken by JacobTV's subjects. A section titled "Trust" explodes a chat between talk show host Glenn Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
It was the autumn of 2011, and the Dutch avant-pop composer — real name Jacob ter Veldhuis — had arrived in Rome to discover that the gallery Maxxi Museo had yanked from its exhibition space a "video concerto" he'd created.
The cause? It featured former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi denying charges of corruption, and the museum's curators were worried that was too provocative. They feared political repercussions.
Tell Me More has reached out to people of faith, nearly every Friday, to hear how religion and spirituality affects our everyday lives. These guests have come from all different traditions, backgrounds, and generations, including those who reject organized religion.
For a special fifth anniversary installment of "Faith Matters," host Michel Martin invites faith leaders to reflect on the past five years, and offer their blessings for the next five years.
The archbishop of Philadelphia announced that five priests were "not suitable for ministry." It was the Catholic Church's first action since it suspended 27 priests last year when a grand jury report accused church officials of ignoring allegations of sex abuse.
The AP reports that Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said three other priests would return to the ministry and that one priest died in the process of the investigation. Chaput did not immediately announce the fate of the 17 others investigated.
I can't remember exactly when I received the first flower email, but I do remember it was sometime in 2005.
At the time, I had no idea why my old friend Darryl Pitt had sent it, but I didn't think too much about it. A flower. OK. That's nice. But then the flowers continued to arrive day after day after day — and soon a modest digital bouquet turned into a meadow, and that meadow into a hillside of, as always, flowers.