We've got a million expressions for death: kicking the bucket, checking out, buying the farm - but what do we do when words aren't enough? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, artisans are finding new passages through grief, from graffiti memorials to handcrafted coffins. Also, the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. And, the real life adventures of a ghost tracker.
Ilana Harlow talks with Anne Strainchamps about the remarkable creativity people show when it comes to memorializing their dead. Harlow is the co-author (with Steve Zeitlin) of "Giving A Voice to Sorrow." Also, Peter Stark, author of "Last Breath," tells Steve Paulson about various narrow escapes adventurers have had from avalanches and bitter cold. He says these experiences enrich the rest of life.SEGMENT 2:
Norman George wrote and stars in "Poe Alone" - a play set during the writer's last public lecture. George tells Steve Paulson that Poe suffered much death and tragedy in his life and endured bouts of alcoholism and insanity. And we hear an excerpt from the play.SEGMENT 3:
Katherine Ramsland set out to track down a ghost and chronicles her adventures in search of the paranormal in her book "Ghost: Investigating the Other Side." Ramsland tells Jim Fleming how she got started, where she went, and whether she believes in ghosts now. Also, storyteller Hugh Lupton tells Jim about the ancient Celtic tradition related to our Halloween rituals, and tells him a story. Lupton is the author of "Freaky Tales from Here and There."Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 01-10-28-A.
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