To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Ira Glass has helped reinvent storytelling on the
radio. But he says it took him years to learn how to tell a good
radio tale. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
Ira Glass ont he art of telling stories. We'll also visit The Moth
the mecca of storytelling in New York City. And why lots
of people no longer read adult novels. They say kids' books have
Amanda Craig is a British children's novelist.
Her books include "In a Dark Wood" and "Love in
Idleness." She tells Anne Strainchamps that children's literature
has a strong sense of story and that's why it appeals to adults.
We also hear Phillip Pullman reading an excerpt from "The
Golden Compass," the opening volume of the "His Dark
Materials" trilogy. Also, independent producer Matt Lieber
takes us to visit The Moth, a collective in New York City
that explores storytelling as an urban art form.
Ira Glass is the host of the public radio
program "This American Life." He tells Steve Paulson
what makes a story work on the radio and plays several examples.
Also, we hear a diary entry by David Sedaris, originally
produced by Ira for NPR's Morning Edition.
Saira Shah's father is Afghan, but she grew
up in England. She became a journalist and went to Afghanistan
to cover the mujahadin's war against the Soviets. She later made
an acclaimed documentary about the Taliban called "Under
the Veil." Now she's written a memoir called "The Storyteller's
Daughter." Shah tells Jim Fleming how her father used stories
to give her a sense of her ethnic cultural birthright and how
those stories helped her when she worked in Afghanistan.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-09-28-B.
- Amanda Craig, Love in Idleness: A Novel
- Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass (His
Dark Materials, No 1) (Knopf)
- Saira Shah, The Storyteller's Daughter
- After Amanda Craig:
Mitsuko Uchida w/ "Piano Sonata in A minor, K. 310"
on "Introducing the Complete Mozart Edition" CD Philips
- After Matt Lieber:
Joey DeFrancesco's Goodfellas w/ "Witchcraft" on "Jazz
Moods: Cocktail Party" CD Concord Records
- After Saira Shah:
A. Hamidov & S. Razzaqov w/ "Meskin II' on "The
Silk Road" Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
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