To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Lilydale, New York isn't your average small town.
In Lilydale, people say ghosts walk the streets and the neighbors
can talk to the dead. No, this is not fiction. 20-thousand visitors
a year travel to Lilydale to consult the largest community of mediums
in the world. Is it all a gigantic hoax, or can the dead really
communicate with the living. Decide for yourself in this hour of
To the Best of Our Knowledge.
Christine Wicker is a former religion reporter
for the Dallas Morning News, and the author of "Lily Dale:
The True Story of the Town that Talks to the Dead." She tells
Anne Strainchamps about the small town in upstate New York that
is home to the largest community of Spiritualists in the world.
Also, Justine Picardie is a writer for British Vogue and
a former editor at London's Observer. Her book, "If the Spirit
Moves You: Life and Love after Death," chronicles her efforts
to contact her sister Ruth's spirit in the year after Ruth's death
from breast cancer. And we hear a song from another family member,
Kirsty MacColl who died the same year in a boating accident.
Elaine Pagels won the National Book Award
for her book on the Gnostic Gospels. Now she's back with "Beyond
Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas." Pagels tells Steve
Paulson what makes this gospel different from the others in the
New Testament, and why the Church Fathers were so eager to suppress
Alistair McGrath teaches Historical Theology
at Oxford University and he's the author of "In the Beginning:
The Story of the King James Bible, and How It Changed a Nation,
a Language and a Culture." McGrath talks with Jim Fleming
about the King James Bible and where it came from.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-09-14-A.
- Alister McGrath, In the Beginning: the
story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language,
and a Culture (Anchor Books)
- Justine Picardie, If the Spirit
Moves You: Life and Love after Death (Riverhead)
- Christine Wicker, Lily Dale: the true
story of the town that talks to the dead (Harper San Francisco)
- 1. "Acoustic Garden"
(instr.), Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel. (Narada)
- 2. "Days", Kirsty MacColl, on the CD
"Kite." (Virgin Records)
- 3. "I'll Follow the Sun" (instr.), Neil
Hogan, on the CD "A Beatles
Collection". (Joplin and Sweeney)
- 4. The Tallis Scholars CD, "William Byrd:
The Great Service." (Gimell) Several tracks used, including
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