To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
In this hour of To The Best of Our Knowledge,
Susan Sontag reflects on how photographs help us experience other
people's pain. And, as the country faces war, we'll hear stories
about our great patriotic songs, and find some comfort in the ancient
Sufi poet, Rumi.
Susan Sontag's new book about the imagery
of war is "Regarding the Pain of Others." She tells
Steve Paulson that graphic war photos can be very powerful, but
they often elicit complicated reactions among viewers. Also, actor
Tracy Arnold reads excerpts from the email of Rachel
Corrie, the young American peace activist who was recently
killed by an Israeli Army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip.
Should the Star Spangled Banner really be our national
anthem? John Hasse, curator of music at the Smithsonian's
National Museum of American History, gives Jim Fleming a short
history of patriotic songs, and suggests alternatives for the
national anthem. Also, Jim talks with Joseph Persico about
his book "Roosevelt's Secret War." Persico explains
how the attack on Pearl Harbor prodded FDR to launch America's
first real intelligence network.
The 13th century Sufi mystic is one of America's
bestselling poets, thanks largely to the translations of Coleman
Barks. Rumi's story is especially pertinent now. A Muslim
born in Afghanistan, he celebrated the underlying unity of all
religions. Barks tells Anne Strainchamps why Rumi matters now
more than ever.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-03-23-B.
- Coleman Barks, translator, The Soul of Rumi:
a new collection of ecstatic poems (Harper San Francisco)
- Joseph E. Persico, Roosevelt's Secret War:
FDR and World War II Espionage (Random House)
- Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
- After Susan Sontag: Lena Willemark w/ "Havet
Stomar" on "Songs from the Cold Seas" Columbia
- After Rachel Corrie's letters: Blue States w/ "Spit
and Soar" on "Nothing Changes Under the Sun" ESL
- In and after John Hasse interview: "The Star
Spangled Banner" Leontyne Price on "God Bless America"
- "America" performed by the Robert Shaw
- "America the Beautiful" performed by
- "God Bless America" performed by Kate
- "This Land is Your Land" performed by
Woody Guthrie on "American Roots Music" Palm
- "Draft Dodger Rag" performed by Phil
- "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" performed
by the Robert Shaw Chorale on "Battle Cry of Freedom"
- After Joseph Persico: Dastan Ensemble w/ "Spiral
of Abandon" on "Through Eternity" Sounds True
- After Coleman Barks: Dastan Ensemble w/
on "Through Eternity"
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