To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
What would you die for? And, what are you willing
to kill for? Democracy? In this hour of To The Best Of Our Knowledge
the meaning of democracy. Well hear from writers Alice Walker,
Sherman Alexie, Isabel Allende, and Margaret Atwood chime in. Also,
tomorrows citizens. Are schools giving children lessons in
apathy or an apprenticeship in freedom? And, Fareed Zakaria, editor
of Newsweek International, on why democracy may be the wrong idea
for a developing country.
Fareed Zakaria is the editor of Newsweek
International magazine and the author of "The Future of Freedom:
Liberal Democracy at Home and Abroad." He talks with Steve
Paulson about how free elections are not the answer for the third
world. To become successful democracies, they must first establish
the rule of law and a functioning constitutional process. Only
then can democracy flourish. Also, Sherman Alexie, whose
latest book of short stories is called "Ten Little Indians,"
says a president you can't stand is proof that the system works
because you can vote him out in four years. Constant change is
what democracy is all about.
About a year ago, independent producer Karen
Michel moved from Brooklyn to Pleasant Valley, New York, near
the Hudson River. She prepared this piece as a way of getting
to know her new neighbors. She visits a variety of locations in
her community and asks people what they live for, what they would
die for, and what they are willing to kill for. (click
here to take the survey yourself) Also, Alice Walker
recites her poem "Patriot." Her latest book is "Absolute
Truth in the Goodness of the Earth."
Rob Richie is executive director of the Center
for Voting and Democracy. He tells Jim Fleming how the system
of instant run off voting works and why a lot of people, including
John McCain and Howard Dean, think it's a good idea. Want some
help figuring out how it works? Try this link: The
Muppets Vote! Also, Isabel Allende, whose new book
is "My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey," explains
why events in the United States since September 11, 2001 remind
her of what happened in her native Chile when her uncle, the President
of Chile, was assassinated. Also, Dennis Donovan is the
national organizer for the Center for Democracy and Citizenship.
He tells Anne Strainchamps about his work with school children,
teaching them how to get involved in the democratic process. And,
Margaret Atwood offers her take on the future of democracy.
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|Three Questions about
What do you live for?
What would you die for?
What are you willing to kill for?
- Fareed Zakaria, The Future
of Freedom: Liberal Democracy at Home and Abroad
- Alice Walker, Absolute Trust in the Goodness
of the Earth (Random House)
- Isabel Allende, My Invented Country: A Nostalgic
Journey Through Chile (Harper Collins)
- Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians (Grove
- Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (Doubleday)
- John Lennon "Power to the People"
- All music beds come from the following Radiohead
- "Hail to the Thief"
- "Kid A"
- "Ok Computer"
- "The Bends"
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