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You might think that anxiety over baldness is a relatively recent development in the history of civilization. But it's not. The ancient Romans invented the comb-over and paint-on hair, which has since become spray-on hair. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll uncover mankind's historic quest to end baldness. Also, we'll visit one of the few places where men can get together to talk and hang out the barber shop.
Vince Staten is the author of "Do Bald Men Get Half-Price Haircuts?: In Search of America's Great Barbershops." He tells Anne Strainchamps that barbershops give men a sense of community as well as haircuts and that nothing beats a barbershop shave. Also, Joel and Ethan Coen discuss their film "The Man Who Wasn't There." Billy Bob Thornton plays a spooky barber in the movie, from which we hear clips. "The Man Who Wasn't There" audio clips from "The Man Who Wasn't There" DVD (USA Home Entertainment)
A'Lelia Bundles is the author of "On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madame C.J. Walker." Bundles tells Steve Paulson about her great-great-grandmother's life and how she was able to build an economic empire out of hair care products for Black women. Also, psychiatrist Allen Peterkin is the author of "One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair." He tells Steve Paulson that beards make people think of either Santa Claus or Satan, and that facial hair is making a comeback
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Gersh Kuntzman is the author of "Hair!: Mankind's Historic Quest to End Baldness." He tells Jim Fleming the Romans invented both the comb-over and painted-on hair; that one brand of spray-on hair (made from shredded sheep hair) actually works; and that toupees are much better than they used to be. And he describes just how gruesome hair transplants are!
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