Special Guests

  • Tom Shadyac — Director of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams and Recent Minimalist?
    A onetime actor/comedian and the youngest writer to work for comedy legend Bob Hope, Tom Shadyac's writing/directing career was launched in 1994 with the Jim Carrey smash hit Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. In the years that followed, Tom would establish himself as one of the most prolific comedy directors in Hollywood while working with some of the biggest names in the business. Huge hits such as Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams, Accepted, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, have helped establish him as one of Hollywood's most successful writer/director/producers. A Virginia native, Tom has received four people's choice awards, including three for best comedy (Liar, Liar, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty) and one for best new Television Comedy, with 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. With Patch Adams, he earned his first Golden Globe nomination, also for best comedy. In his latest project, a documentary entitled I AM, Tom asks some of today's most profound thinkers, two questions - What's wrong with our world, and what can we do about it? This moving, inspiring film won the Audience Choice Award and the Student Choice Award at the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride Colorado, where it premiered in May.

  • Jean Vanier — Philosopher, Writer, Founder of L'Arche
    The 135 L'Arche communities in 33 countries and 1,600 Faith & Light communities in 80 countries are living laboratories of human transformation. In and outside of these organizations, Jean Vanier has spent more than four decades as a deeply radical advocate for the poor and the weak in our society. While the progressive disability movement speaks mainly about tolerance, rights and normalization, Jean Vanier has shaped a distinct way of thinking that builds on those minimum standards of a civil society while inspiring us to transcend them. He invites us to recognize the profound gifts and lessons that people who have been rejected by society can offer when they are properly supported and included. Jean Vanier's leadership, writing and practical works cross religious and cultural boundaries. He is a theologian and philosopher who is fully engaged with the ordinariness of everyday life and from whom people from all cultures sense a deep and honest empathy for how hard it is to be, and to do, good in a complicated world. As a practitioner he is a witness to the transforming qualities of love, vulnerability, forgiveness and simplicity: spiritual qualities that are seldom heralded today. Where modernity calls us to privileged personal mastery, progress and doing big things, Vanier's experience of living with people with profound impairment and his spiritual reflection on this experience, lead him to focus on being with and for others, especially disadvantaged others: to cultivating sincere presence to others' desires, being attentive to the beauty in all of our ordinariness, and being of meaningful service to others. This is Jean Vanier...

  • Paul Henderson — Canadian Icon, Co-Author of How Hockey Explains Canada: The sport that defines a country
    The role of hockey in Canadian culture is closer to a religion than simply a sporting pastime. It's a national identity, a unifying force in a country of 33 million people. So crazed are Canadians for their national sport that they ranked outrageous hockey commentator and high school drop-out Don Cherry ahead of Sir John A. Macdonald and Alexander Graham Bell on a list of the greatest Canadians in history. Penned by hockey star Paul Henderson - famed scorer of Canada's "Greatest Goal" in the 1972 Summit Series - and featuring a foreword by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, How Hockey Explains Canada explores just how deeply engrained this national pastime is in the Canadian psyche. Featuring interviews with more than 35 current and former NHL players, coaches, executives and commentators, this expansive biography of the sport explores hockey's inextricable connection to everything from Confederation, Femininism, Canadian culture, and the Cold War, to international perception of Canada and the country's own cultural divide. Which city in Canada is the birthplace of hockey, despite claims from several cities around the country that claim the honour? What are the many sides of Canada's favorite outlandish, straight-talking, politically incorrect sports broadcaster Don Cherry? What was Rocket Richard's key role in kick-starting Quebec's Quiet Revolution? How did the Toronto Maple Leafs actually save their rivals, the Montreal Canadiens', franchise from bankruptcy during the Great Depression? How Hockey Explains Canada explains it all!

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  • God & Stuff
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my! (Feel free to call in and join the discussion.)
    Today's God & Stuff guest: Paul Brandeis Raushenbush - Senior Religion Editor of The Huffington Post.