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Sesame Street puppeteer dies

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/09/19, 12:08 pm

Caroll Spinney, who voiced and operated the Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for nearly 50 years, died Sunday at his home in Connecticut. He was 85. Spinney had suffered from dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions, for years, according to a statement released by Sesame Workshop.

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An evening with Gary Gulman

Television | A taping with a stand-up comedian becomes a celebration of surviving despair
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/24/19, 01:47 pm

A New York moment: 

In June I went to a comedy special taping in Brooklyn of one of my favorite stand-up comedians, Gary Gulman. As an aside, comedy and late night show tapings are some of the great free activities New York has to offer. 

That HBO special, The Great Depresh, just went live on the cable platform. It mixes his stand-up with a chronicle of his debilitating struggle with anxiety and depression—illnesses that have interrupted his career and probably explain why many Americans don’t know who he is. 

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A good cop’s calling

Television | Christians may want to avoid Unbelievable but applaud its depiction of our faith
by Megan Basham
Posted 10/24/19, 01:08 pm

When Detective Stacy Galbraith became the focus of a best-selling true crime book some years ago, she told the authors how vital her Christian faith is to her work. Defining herself as born again, she described the large, nondenominational church she and her husband attend in Golden, Colo. And she shared it’s because of her relationship with God, not in spite of it, that she does a job many consider unusual for a petite young woman. “I know He gave me certain strengths,” she said, “so I just have to use them. Even when it’s painful.”

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