The Common Good

My Interview with Jon Stewart

"A joyful heart is good medicine," the scriptures say in Proverbs 17:22. Laughter truly is good for the soul, and quite possibly a democracy. I have often said that the Hebrew prophets used humor and satire as they spoke truth to power. In this month's redesigned Sojourners magazine, I interviewed Jon Stewart, who has done the same thing with Comedy Central's The Daily Show. As Brian McLaren pointed out last week, Stewart reminds us that the media have an important role, even when they make us groan and laugh. Jon has long been one of my television favorites, and appearing on The Daily Show twice so far has been a lot of fun.

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I invite you to check out the new look of the magazine and read the extended interview. Judge for yourself whether Jon Stewart might just be a modern day prophet (He says he's just a comic, but don't believe him!), or at least have some lessons for us all on how to be one.

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