RETURN TO PLEASURE
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
On a scale of one to ten, how happy would you say
you are right now? If someone could teach you how to be even happier,
would you be interested? Next time on To the Best of Our Knowledge,
how to boost your happiness IQ. Also, eating for pleasure, with
chef and food writer Deborah Madison. And, a new translation of
the ancient Hindu Kama Sutra tells how to make life itself sexy.
Psychologist Martin Seligman is
the former president of the American Psychological Association
and the author of several books, most recently "Authentic
Happiness." He tells Jim Fleming about his philosophy of
"Positive Psychology." People can learn more at his
Also, Andrew Boyd is an activist and performance
artist who calls himself "Brother Void." He tells Steve
Paulson about his latest project: a book called "Daily Afflictions:
The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the World."
It's a parody of New Age self_help guides.
Psychologist Carol Gilligan tells
Steve Paulson that her work with teenage girls has shown her that
Americans cling to "tragic histories" and have forgotten
how to experience joy. Her latest book is "The Birth of Pleasure."
Also, Sanskrit scholar Wendy Doniger tells Anne
Strainchamps about her new translation of the Kamasutra. She says
sexual positions are just a small part of the book, and that the
British taught the Indians to be ashamed of this book, and their
Chef and food writer Deborah Madison
talks with Anne Strainchamps about shopping at farmer's markets.
She says slowing down for food is one of the best ways to bring
pleasure back into your life. Her latest book is "Local Flavors."
It describes a year of cooking and eating from American farmer's
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-09-15-B.
- Wendy Doniger & Sudhir Kakar, translators,
Kamasutra (with colour illustrations) (Oxford)
- Carol Gilligan, The Birth of Pleasure
- Deborah Madison, Local Flavors: Cooking
and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets (Broadway Books)
- Martin E.P. Seligman, Authentic Happiness:
Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for
Lasting Fulfillment (Free Press)
- 1. "Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy," by Ren and
Stimpy. On "The Best of Nicktoons" CD. (Kid Rhino)
- 2. "Soul of Constant Sorrow," by Patty
Loveless. On her CD "Mountain Soul." (Sony Music)
- 2."Consequence Free," by Great Big Sea.
On their CD "Turn." (Sire Records)
- 3. "A Hundred Lovers," by Timbuk3. On
their CD "A Hundred Lovers." (Windham Hill Records)
- 4. "Turn," by Great Big Sea. On their
CD "Turn." (Sire Records)
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