The Nose Replaces Colbert, Marries Jesus, and Has No Love For the Gov

Apr 11, 2014

John Rowland’s 1990 congressional photo.
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Scientists say the papyrus that mentions a wife of Jesus is not a forgery. Stephen Colbert will take over when Letterman leaves. I'm not saying the two things are connected, but maybe our weekly culture roundtable The Nose will find a common thread.

It might seem like a small thing - the departure of Stephen Colbert from his late night role in which he depicts a strutting, preening, right-wing media star. In the last analysis, who cares who takes over the Letterman show?

But it's bigger than that. Partly because we're losing one of the two double-barrels that do more to hold the political and media establishments accountable than anybody else in America right now. There's a good chance the 11:30 show on CBS will be more sharply political than it ever has been. But the realities of that job suggest the Colbert will have to stop doing what he and John Stewart do so incredibly well, and it's not a small thing in the life of this nation.

While we're at it, we also talk about John Rowland's indictment yesterday. Is it time to feel a little bit sorry for him? A theological perspective on that and more, on today's show.

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  • Susan Campbell is the communications and development director for Partnership for Strong Communities, and author of  Tempest Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker
  • Luis Figueroa is an associate professor of history at Trinity College
  • James Hanley is the co-founder of Cinestudio at Trinity College