To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
"Every time a bell rings, an Angel gets its wings."
At this time of year you're likely to hear that line over and over
again, and Jimmy Stewart plows through "It's a Wonderful Life."
But he's not the only one who's seen an angel - in or out of the
movies. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, angel
stories of all kinds - from the Catholic church to Jewish legend
Sophy Burnham tells one of the stories from
her "Book of Angels." This one's about two "businessmen"
who appear just in time to stop a runaway wheelchair. And, film
critic David Edelstein talks with Jim Fleming about angels
in the movies, and we hear lots of examples. And Sophy Burnham
tells a story about a man who walks around the corner and whose
footprints in the snow simply stop.
Dean Hamer is a researcher at the National
Cancer Institute and one of the nation's leading geneticists.
He tells Steve Paulson about the gene that regulates brain activity
that we perceive as an affinity for spiritual matters. Also, Shelley
Mitchell has created a one-woman play called "Talking
with Angels." She talks with Anne Strainchamps about the
play and the historical incident and book on which it's based.
Four young women claimed to take dictation from angels just before
the Holocaust. Only one survived the War. More at
Howard Schwartz is the author of "The
Tree of Souls." He talks with Anne Strainchamps about the
angel traditions in Judaism, and the many angelic appearances
in Hebrew literature. Also, Sophy Burnham offers a final
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-12-26-B.
- Howard Schwartz, Tree
of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism (Oxford)
- Sophy Burnham, A Book of Angels (Ballantine)
- - ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH,
sung by the Cambridge
Singers and Orchestra, off of their CD Christmas Star. (Collegium
- -CHANCE ENCOUNTERS IN THE GARDEN
OF LIGHT, by Bill
- -ANGELI: MUSIC OF ANGELS, recorded by Ensemble
P.A.N. (Telarc CD)
- -WE ARE EACH OTHER'S ANGELS, by Chuck Brodsky,
off of his CD, A Fingerpainter's Murals. (Waterbug Records)
- -SPIRIT OF TREES and THE GARDEN OF ADONIS, by Alan
Hovahness, off of a CD titled Hovahness. Yolanda Kondonassis,
- -JANUARY LULLABY, sung by Coope Boyes & Simpson,
off of their CD, Twenty-four seven. (No Masters Co-op)
- -TIKHO NAD RICHKOYU, sung by the women's vocal
group Kitka, off of their CD, Voices on the Eastern Wind. (Diaphonica)
- -BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH; Music of the Jewish
the Andy Statman Quartet. (Shanachie Records)
- -CALLING ALL ANGELS, by Jane Siberry with
k.d. lang, off of Jane's
CD, When I Was a Boy. (Sheeba Records)
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