HAIR TODAY GONE TOMORROW
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
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.
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)
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
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
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-04-28-B.
- "Hair"/The Cowsills from the CD, "20th Century
Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Cowsills
- "Hairstyles and Attitudes"/Timbuk 3 from the CD,
"Back To Back Hits: Stan Ridgway, Timbuk 3" (EMI/Capitol)
- "I Think I'll Get My Hair Cut"/Jona Lewie from
the CD, "The Best of Jona Lewie" (Metro Music)
- "Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 In C Minor Op.
13 Excerpt (Birdy's "Pathetique") conducted by Carter Burwell
from the CD, "The Man Who Wasn't There: Original Motion Picture
- "Tired Of Your Permanent"/NRBQ from the CD, "NRBQ"
- "Growin' A Beard"/The Morells from the CD, "Shake
And Push" (East Side Digital)
- "Moustache"/Sparks from the CD, "Angst In My Pants"
(Oglio Records) http://www.oglio.com/contents/track_list.asp?ProductCode=30
- "Comb Your Hair And Curl It"/The Chieftains from
the CD box set, "From the beginning The Chieftains 1 to 4" (Claddagh
- "Bald Headed Men"/Four Bitchin' Babes (Christine
Lavin, Sally Fingerett, Julie Gold, Megon McDonough) from the
CD, "Philo So Far: The 20th Anniversary Folk Sampler" (Philo/Rounder)
- "Why Wait"/Perez Prado from the CD, "Space Age
Pop Volume 1: Melodies and Mischief" (RCA/BMG)
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