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DNC Update, Mega Churches, And Comedian Pat Cashman

Marcie Sillman
09/05/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Day Two Of The Democratic Convention: Jill Jackson of CBS News joins us from Charlotte, NC with the latest from the Democratic National Convention.

Mega Churches On The Rise: Nondenominational mega churches are on the rise in the Pacific Northwest and around the country. Thousands of churchgoers are drawn to humorous pastors, hip stagecraft and "come–as–you–are" attitude that is replacing a more staid, traditional worship service. Researchers at the University of Washington have found that these churches act like "a good drug." We take a look at what that means.

The Very Funny Pat Cashman: Comedy writer and performer Pat Cashman is best known for his work on 15 seasons of the sketch–comedy show "Almost Live!" He has a new project with "Almost Live!" alum John Keister. We'll talk to him about "The 206" and an upcoming public memorial for J.P. Patches.

RadioActive Features – Orangutan Man: Caitlin Gaylord tells the story of Paul Brown who runs the Wally Pets store in Wallingford. He spends at least a month every year traveling to see endangered animals. In Borneo, Southeast Asia, he met an orangutan who he'll never forget.

Related Event

Pat Cashman hosts "A Celebration of J.P. Patches" at McCaw Hall on Saturday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m.


Jill Jackson is a Capitol Hill producer for CBS News.

James Wellman is associate professor of American religion at the University of Washington. He recently lead a study looking at the popularity of the mega church.

Kevin Stamper is worship pastor at Cornwall Church in Bellingham. He oversees the church's Creative Arts ministry which includes worship, technology, video and graphics.

Dr. Harriett Baber is a professor in the department of philosophy at the University of San Diego.

Pat Cashman is a Seattle–based Emmy Award–winning writer, actor and public speaker. He appeared on "Almost Live!" which ran for 15 seasons on KING–TV.

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