Sometimes, a single word speaks volumes about its era.
Sputnik" conjures up both the heady excitement of the early Space
Race and the whole scary history of the Cold War. In this hour To the
Best of Our Knowledge touches on a few of these cultural touchstones....from
Sputnik to Snoopy. We'll talk with the biographer of Peanuts creator Charles
Schulz and find out how much of himself the cartoonist revealed in good
old Charlie Brown. And we'll hear why Miles Davis' landmark recording
"Kind of Blue" remains one of the best-selling albums ever made,
almost fifty years after its release.
is the author of "Schultz and Peanuts." He tells Steve Paulson
that Charles Schultz put a lot of himself into the Charlie Brown character,
was greatly influenced by his mid-Western upbringing. He was a man of
many contradictions and great ambiguity. We hear Schultz in his TV appearance
with Al Roker, as well as excerpts from some of the Charlie Brown TV
specials. Also, Doug Gordon assembles some of the great movie
musical touchstones of the 20th century.
is the author of a graphic novel called Laika.She was the little
dog the Russians sent up into space aboard Sputnik II. Abadzais tells
Anne Strainchamps about "Laika," the dog and his book. Also,
Ashley Kahn takes Steve Paulson through the creation of Miles
Davis' landmark recording "Kind of Blue." The piece is lavishly
illustrated with music from the album.
Wright is a titan of American architecture, but he was grievously wounded,
at least, psychologically, by a tragedy that occurred when he was in
his forties. We hear the story of the murder of Wright's mistress, and
the fire at the original Taliesin. Jim Fleming provides the narration.
Other participants include Nancy Horan, author of the novel Loving
Frank, and William Drennan, author of Death in a Prairie
House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 07-12-09-B.
|David Michaelis, Schulz and
|William R. Drennan, Death
in a Prairie House (Wisconsin)
|Nancy Horan, Loving Frank
Laika (First Second)
Linus and Lucy and Rain, Rain, Go Away from
Vince Guaraldi: Oh, Good Grief! Warner Brothers, 1747-2
Music used in "Movie Music Montage":
-- "Star Wars Main Title"
-- "The Wizard of Oz: Fantasy for Orchestra"
-- "Flying Theme" from "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"
-- "Jaws Theme"
All these selections come from the CD, "The
Hollywood Sound: John Williams Conducts the Academy Awards' Best Scores"/London
Symphony Orchestra with Grover Washington, Jr. (Sony Classical)
-- "Shower Scene" from "Psycho"
from the DVD, "Psycho (Collector's Edition)" (Universal
Telstar by the Tornados from Joe Meek: Portrait of
a Genius, The R.G. M. LegacyDisc 3 Telstar and Beyond, 1962,-63, Castle,
Sanctuary Records Group, CMXBX783/3 Also clip from 1st stage demo,
Various selections from Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
Music used in Frank Lloyd Wright piece:
excerpt from Three Little Oddities
and two excerpts from Moods of a New Yorker Zez Confrey
(1895 - 1971) Eteri Andjaparidze, piano Naxos 8.559016
excerpt from Graceful Ghost
by William Bolcom Gil Shaham, violin; Jonathan Feldman, piano Devils
Dance Deutsche Grammophon 289 463 483-2
excerpt from Variations, Op. 24"
by Oliver Knussen, Peter Serkin, piano; RCA 09026-68189-2
week of 11/30/2008 - hour
week of 12/09/2007 - hour 2
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