FROM Anthea Butler
Ahead of the VP debate, where do ‘values voters’ stand? Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, the two vice presidential candidates debate Tuesday night. Both are devout Christians, and issues like abortion and gay rights have been an important rallying cry for Christian conservatives in past elections. So far, though, this presidential contest has been noteworthy for its lack of focus on social issues. So where are the so-called “values voters” this time around?
The State of Televangelism Televangelist Jan Crouch died yesterday at the age of 78. Even if you’ve never heard her sermons, you’d probably recognize her image. She was known for enormous bouffant wigs – sometimes blonde, sometimes pink or purple – fake eyelashes and layers of makeup. Then there were her outfits: gaudy, often shiny, furry or sequined. Jan and her late husband Paul Crouch founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network in Orange County in 1973. Nearly 40 years later, TBN beams Christian programming to more than 5,000 TV stations around the world. It’s the world’s biggest Christian TV network, but it’s not the only one. What is the state of televangelism today?
The Evangelical Vote Moving now to another bloc of voters the candidates are vying for: evangelicals. Much to the dismay of some Conservative Christians, exit polls following Super Tuesday showed that Donald Trump won the born-again vote in several states. But what exactly is the born-again vote? Do born-again Christians, or evangelicals, constitute an actual voting bloc? And if so, how powerful are they this election year?
Ben Carson and the Evangelicals The GOP race has a new front runner. Brain surgeon Ben Carson now leads Donald Trump, according to a new national poll out today. Among his supporters is a resurgent voting bloc: Evangelicals. What power does this voting bloc still have?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.