WHAT IS NORMAL?
IOk, you choose: endure traditional strict religious
strictures and a life of hard labor or, fully indulge in the pleasures
of today? Amish youth are given that choice. When they turn 16 they're
let loose to experience all the temptations the world. Then, they have
to decide between the world and the community. In this hour of To The
Best Of Our Knowledge the Amish ritual of Rumspringa.
Kuusisto is blind. His latest memoir is called "Eavesdropping."
He tells Anne Strainchamps what he remembers about visiting the seashore
and a stable in Finland as a child. He also reads his poem "Elegy
for Ray Charles and His Mother."
had her foot amputated when she was 4. By the time she was 8, the rest
of her leg was gone and she'd become a poster child for the March of
Dimes. She chronicles her days as a self-described "supergimp"
in her book "Poster Child" and in this conversation with Anne
Strainchamps. Also, Harriet Brown is a writer in Madison, Wisconsin.
She reads an essay describing her experience discovering her daughter
the author of "Rumspringa: To Be or Not To Be Amish." He tells
Jim Fleming about this Amish custom of allowing sixteen year olds a
period of total freedom to experience the temptations of the world before
they choose the strictures of a traditional Amish life. Our production
excerpts come from the documentary "The Devil's Playground."
Also, Alan Berliner directed a documentary for HBO called "Wide
Awake." Berliner is a chronic insomniac who goes for days without
sleeping. He tells Steve Paulson it seems to be part of his creative
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- Wide Awake (2007).
Directed by Alan Berliner. HBO.
- Devils Playground (2002).
Directed by Lucy Walker.Wellspring.
- Come, Thou Holy Spirit, Come. Eastern
Mennonite Chamber Singers. Voices of Anabaptist Martyrs: Singing at
the Fire. Faith and Life Press.
- Au Privave. Charlie Parker. Birds
Best Bop. Verve Records.
- Porcelain and Down Slow. Moby.
Play. V2 Records.
- People. El Perro Del Mar. El Perro Del
Mar. The Control Group Records.
- "Sepan Poika. Varttina. Iki. Northside
- "Vesti la giubba" (Ruggiero Leoncavallo)
sung by Enrico Caruso. 21 Favorite Arias. RCA Records.
- Dont Put All Your Dreams in One
Basket. Ray Charles. Essential Ray Charles: The Very Best Of The
Early Years. Atlantic Records.
week of 06/22/2008 - hour 2
week of 06/17/2007 - hour 1
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