Every day we're bombarded by pictures of Hollywood celebrities and the latest fashion trends, but you don't have to buy into mainstream culture. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, people who live outside the mainstream – including one man who still drives a horse and buggy. Also, the new Bohemians.
Scott Savage tells Steve Paulson why he's chosen to live outside the mainstream. A radical Christian Quaker, he's given up radio and TV, and traded in his car for a horse and buggy. Savage edits "Plain" Magazine while his wife home-schools their five children. His book is "A Plain Life: Walking My Belief."SEGMENT 2:
Jon Katz is the author of "Geeks." He tells Jim Fleming how the Internet has provided opportunities, employment and a sense of community to young people who were often despised by their classmates. Also, Ann Powers, music critic for the New York Times tells Judith Strasser that Bohemia never goes away, it just transforms itself. She provides several examples of the new Bohemians and talks about sex, drugs, and being successful without selling out. Her book is "Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America."SEGMENT 3:
Ian Frazier, author of "Great Plains" and "On the Rez," tells Steve Paulson about his visits to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He admires the Oglala Sioux culture and accepts the sad realities of high rates of alcoholism and traffic fatalities. Also, Casey Brown, a member of the Ho Chunk nation, talks to Jim Fleming about the pain of being called an "Apple" - red on the outside, white on the inside - because he has white friends and does well in school.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 00-04-09-B.
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