To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
Simon Winchester tells the remarkable story of Krakatoa. The volcanic
eruption spewed chunks of land 25 miles into the air. The blast
was heard 3-thousand miles away. And it kicked up monstrous tidal
waves that killed nearly 40thousand people. We'll also talk
with the sons of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the men who
first climbed Mount Everest.
Peter Hillary and Jamling Norgay are
the sons of the first men to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
Both men are climbers and have made a documentary film called
"Surviving Everest" for National Geographic which details
their own expedition up the mountain. Hillary and Nording talk
with Steve Paulson about the mountain. And we hear clips from
Simon Winchester tells Jim Fleming about
the enormous volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in Indonesia in 1883.
The tidal waves killed almost forty thousand people, and the resulting
social chaos gave rise to the first incidents of Muslim clerics
fomenting violent uprisings against Westerners. Winchester's book
is "Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883.
And Tom Hunter sings "Harry Truman of Mount St. Helens."
John Taliaferro (pronounced Tolliver) is
the author of "Great White Fathers: The Story of the Obsessive
Quest to Create Mt. Rushmore." Taliaferro tells Anne Strainchamps
about Gutzon Borglum, the artist who designed the statues, and
describes the impact of seeing this monument to democracy. Also,
Mark Spragg grew up at Holm Lodge, the oldest dude ranch
in Wyoming. He tells Steve Paulson about growing up on horseback
in the American mountain West. Spragg is the author of a memoir,
"Where Rivers Change Direction," and a novel, "The
Fruit of Stone."
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-05-11-A.
- Mark Spragg, Where Rivers Change Direction
- John Taliaferro, Great White Fathers:
The Story of the Obsessive Quest to Create Mt. Rushmore (Public
- Simon Winchester, Krakatoa: The Day the
World Exploded: August 27, 1883 (Harper Collins)
- After Return:
The Billys w/ "Old St. Helen"
on "The Time Has Come"
After Hillary & Norgay:
Kraton Yogyakarta w/ "Gendhing Lung Gadhung"
on "Dances of the World"
Tom Hunter w/ "Harry Truman (of Mt. St. Helens)"
on "You Gave Me This Song"
Long Sleeve Records
Paul Winter w/ "Air for Keetu"
on "Canyon Lullaby"
Earth Music Productions
Tim O'Brien w/ "A Mountaineer is Always Free"
on "The Crossing"
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