To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Think you know your history? Then, of course, you
remember Martin Luther King's famous "If I Had A Hammer"
speech. And you know that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife...and she
was at rest on Mount Arafat. And you don't need me to remind you
that Marie Curie won the Noel Prize for inventing the radiator.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the history
of the world like you've never heard it before. According to college
students. And we'll meet a man who thinks that nobody is intelligent
enough to understand his or her own stupidity. Understand?
Albert Nerenberg is a film maker in Toronto.
He tells Steve Paulson he was watching a documentary about intelligence
when it occurred to him that stupidity would make a much more
interesting film. Avital Ronell, a professor of German
and comparative literature at NYU, has been called "the foremost
thinker of the repressed conditions of knowledge." She gives
Jim Fleming an inspired take on stupidity.
As a history professor at Shepherd College in West
Virginia, Anders Henriksson has had plenty of opportunity
to collect mistakes and bloopers from term papers and college
exams. He shares some of the best with Jim Fleming. His book is
"Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students."
Matthijs van Boxsel is the author of "The
Encyclopedia of Stupidity." He tells Steve Paulson it started
with shame at his own stupidity, but he's come finally to praise
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-05-25-B.
- Matthijs van Boxsel, The Encyclopaedia of
Stupidity (Reaktion Books)
- Anders Henriksson (compiler), Non Campus
Mentis: World History According to College Students (Workman
- Avital Ronell, Stupidity ( Illinois)
- -- "History Is Made By Stupid People"/The
from the CD, "C'est Cheese" (Festival Distribution,
-- "Stupefaction"/Graham Parker
from the CD, "The Stiff Records Box Set - Disc Three"
-- "Brain Liaters"/Drums & Tuba
from the CD, "Mostly Ape" ((Righteous Babe Records)
-- "(What A) Wonderful World"/Sam Cooke
from the CD, "National Lampoon's Animal House - Original
Motion Picture Soundtrack" (MCA Records)
-- "Mr. Ghost Goes To Town"/The John Buzon Trio
from the CD, "Ultra-Lounge Volume Eleven: Organs in Orbit"
-- "Feelin' Stupid"/Jona Lewie
from the LP, "On the Other Hand There's A Fist" (Stiff
You can watch the trailer for "Stupidity" at Albert
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