Architect Irving Morrow chose orange for the color of
the Golden Gate Bridge so it would stand out in the ever-present fog.
Spanning high above the mouth of the San Francisco Bay, it's undeniably
beautiful. But take a closer look and you might see something else - someone
about to jump. In this hour of To The Best Of Our Knowledge, a
year at the "suicide bridge."
Wakefield is co-author of "The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry
Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder." Wakefield
tells Steve Paulson how the medical profession's attempts to make precise
diagnoses have led them to define emotional states as medical conditions.
Shenk is the author of "Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression
Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness." Shenk tells Jim
Fleming that Abraham Lincoln never attempted suicide, that we know of,
but he refers to it in a poem he wrote, and Shenk recites the poem.
Also, Eric Steel is the director of a controversial documentary
film called "The Bridge." Steel tells Steve Paulson that his
crew filmed The Golden Gate Bridge every daylight minute for one year,
and thus witnessed many suicides and even more attempts. Steel tells
Steve who comes to the Bridge, why it's such a magnet for suicides,
and how his crew tried to intervene.
Michael Nye made portraits of mentally ill and homeless people in
San Antonio, where he lives, and also recorded their stories. He's put
the results together in a powerful mix of words and images. Nye talks
with Anne Strainchamps about the experience of working with these people.
The photos can be seen at http://www.michaelnye.org/fineline/photoaudio.html.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 07-12-16-A.
|Joshua Wolf Shenk, Lincoln's
Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
|Allan Horwitz and Jerome Wakefield,
The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into
Depressive Disorder (Oxford)
- The Bridge A Film By Eric Steel. Distributed
by Koch Lorber. (2007)
- Kristin Asbjornsen. On
the Bus and Reunion and Ice Plant Overture
and Farewell 1. Music From the Motion Picture Factotum.
- El Perro Del Mar. This Loneliness El Perro
Del Mar. TCG Media.
- Sparklehorse. See the Light and Morning
Hollow. Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain. Capital
- in the Michael Nye piece: Ennio Morricone. On
Earth as it is in Heaven. The Mission: Original Soundtrack from
the Motion Picture. London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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