To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Think you know about kung fu movies? Those campy,
badly dubbed flicks from the 70s? Sometimes. But they're also graceful,
noble, heroic feats of movie making. In this hour of To the Best
of Our Knowledge the tiger, the crane, legends of the Shaolin
Temple, and the subversive history of the Chinese martial arts movie.
We'll find out if Ang Lee got it right in "Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon," and give you a list of must see martial arts
Paul Berman has written for The New Republic
and the New York Times Magazine. His new book is "Terror
and Liberalism." He tells Steve Paulson that Saddam Hussein's
Iraq is the intellectual heir of traditional fascist movements.
As a man of the Left, Berman is no fan of George Bush but supports
the war in Iraq. He says opposing totalitarian regimes is what
being on the Left is all about. Also, Tom Paine is the
author of a novel called "The Pearl of Kuwait." It follows
the experiences of a Vietnamese-American Marine during the first
Gulf War. Paine reads from the book and talks with Jim Fleming.
Pamela Logan has been studying and practicing
martial arts for twenty five years. She's a fourth degree black
belt in karate. And she's the author of "Among Warriors."
The book chronicles her search for the Khampas - a mysterious
warrior tribe from Tibet. Logan tells Anne Strainchamps about
the Khampas and the benefits of the Tibetan style of prayer by
prostration. Also, Richard Cohen fell in love with swordplay
while at boarding school. He's a sabre champion and the author
of "By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai,
Swashbucklers and Olympic Champions." He talks with Jim Fleming.
Cheng-Sim Lim knows her kungfu movies.
She's the curator of "Heroic Grace: The Chinese Martial Arts
Film" at UCLA'S Film and Television archive. She tells Steve
Paulson that kung-fu movies go back to the 1920s in China, and
have often featured women warriors. And she gives us a list of
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- Paul Berman, Terror and Liberalism (Norton)
- Richard Cohen, By the Sword (Random
- Pamela Logan, Among Warriors (Overlook
- Tom Paine, The Pearl of Kuwait (Harcourt)
5 Must-see Martial Arts
- A Touch of Zen
- Come Drink with Me
- One-Armed Swordsman or Vengeance
- My Young Auntie
- Thirty-Six Chambers of Shaolin
- -Star Spangled Banner/ Jimi Hendrix
- -Soldier's Joy/Mark O'Connor/ Liberty: The American
- -Original Theme from James Bond
- -The Eternal Vow/ Soundtrack: Crouching Tiger,
- -Kung Fu Fighting/ Carl Douglas
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