Why do bad things happen to good
people? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll explore
the question: a random act of chance? God's will? Or, as Bob Dylan put
it, "a simple twist of fate"?
Kemp Powers is the author
of a powerful memoir called "The Shooting." When Powers was
a boy, he and his best friend were playing with a gun. There was an
accident and Powers fatally shot his friend in the face. Powers talks
with Anne Strainchamps about the shooting and its effect on his life.
Was it fate? Or just an accident that never should have happened?
Amir Aczel is the author
of "Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market and Just
about Everything Else." He tells Jim Fleming that your odds on
a coin toss are always 50/50, no matter how many times you do it, despite
what happens in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." Also,
Roy Kaplan tells Steve Paulson what really happens to those people
who hit the lottery. His book is "Lottery Winners: How They Won
and How Winning Changed Their Lives."And Brian Turtle tells
Steve Paulson how he came up with the game "Six Degrees of Kevin
Bacon" and plays a few rounds with Steve. There's now a board game
and a book with the same title. And we hear from the man himself:
Kevin Bacon comments on what it's like to be a parlor game.
Amy Tan's memoir is called
"The Opposite of Fate." She tells Anne Strainchamps about
her family history and her mother's belief in fate and the power of
their Chinese ancestors.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 05-01-02-A.
- Amir Aczel, Chance: A
Guide to Gambling, Love, The Stock Market, and Just About Everything
- Craig Fass, Brain Turtle and
Mike Ginelli, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon (Plume/Penguin)
- H. Roy Kaplan, Lottery
Winners (Harper and Row)
- Kemp Powers, The Shooting:
A Memoir (Thunder's Mouth Press)
- Amy Tan, The Opposite
of Fate: A Book of Musings (Putnam)
- Radiohead. SAIL TO THE MOON off
of the Hail to the Thief CD on Capital Records.
- The Lonesome Organist. WALKING
TO WESTON'S and THE COLD HOUSE IS A
HARSH MISTRESS off of the Forms and Follies CD on Thrill Jockey Records.
- Tony Bennett. TAKING A CHANCE ON
LOVE off of the The Good Life CD on CBS
- Tom Waits. MISERY IS THE RIVER
OF THE WORLD off of the Blood Money CD on
- IT'S A SMALL WORLD off of the Disney
Presents Children's Favorite Songs C on Walt
- Bob Dylan. SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE
off of the Blood on the Tracks CD on Sony
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