THE WEST & THE REST
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Grim news from Africa is easy to find, but there are
good things happening there too. The creator of the Number 1 Ladies'
Detective Agency wants you to know all about them. In this hour
of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll visit the real Botswana
with novelist Alexander McCall Smith .
Media critic Susan Douglas tells Steve Paulson
that the American new media is doing less foreign news since 9/11,
concentrating on health issues and "news you can use."
She says Americans urgently need to understand the world and the
media is letting us down. Also, American writer Amanda Henry
is married to a Frenchman. She provides a commentary on how differently
they perceive things due to their national origins.
Novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux tells
Steve Paulson about the time he was held captive in Africa. What
began as drinks in a local bar became several days of sexual slavery
and continual drinking with Theroux paying the bar bill. Theroux
says it taught him what it means to be an American abroad. Also,
Alexander McCall Smith, was born in Africa and has written
the immensely popular "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency"
series of novels. He tells Jim Fleming how much he admires Botswana
and why he enjoyed living and working there.
Marcella Hazan is a chef and teacher of cooking.
She thinks Americans totally misunderstand Italian food. Anne
Strainchamps talks with Marcella Hazan about authentic Italian
food. And we hear music and narration to enhance Hazan's comments.
Marcella Hazan's latest book is "Marcella Says...".
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-10-17-B.
- Marcella Hazan, Marcella
says: Italian Cooking Wisdom from the Legendary Teacher's Master
Classes, with 120 of Her Irresistible New Recipes (HarperCollins)
- Alexander McCall Smith, A Full Cupboard
of Life (Pantheon)
- button after Douglas:
Accokeek Shore" from Acoustic Journey by Al Petteway &
Amy White; Maggie's Music, PO Box 490 Shady Side MD 20764
- button after Henry:
"C'est Magnifique" by Maurice Chevalier from Maurice
Chevalier Sings Broadcast (MGM LP - E 3738)
- option after Henry:
"C'est Magniquique" from Opening Night: Music of Porter,
Gershwin, Ellington by the Chestnut Brass Company (Newport Classic
- button after Theroux:
"Aconcon" from Shapeshifters by Ubaka Hill Ladyslipper,
PO Box 3124 Curham, NC 27715
- button/option after Smith:
"Oya's Song" from Shapeshifters
- Music in & around Hazan: selections from Paganini
Recital by Stefan Milenkovich (violin) Dynamic CDS 165; also,
selections from Stass!!! by Stanislav Venglevski (bayan) (accordian)
Sunlight SU 5002
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