There's something about the desert.
Its uncompromising climate makes it a place of thirst and death. But it's
also site of myths and vision quests. In this hour of To The Best Of
Our Knowledge we'll explore the passion and power of the desert. We'll
celebrate the desert's poets. And commemorate some of it's victims. Also,
why do 40,000 people gather every in the desert to burn a forty foot wooden
man? It's Burning Man Festival.
Steve Paulson presents a profile
of Edward Abbey, whose book "Desert Solitaire" changed
the way people thought about the desert. Abbey inspired many of today's
environmental activists. We hear excerpts from Abbey's work and his
admirers. Also, Brian Doherty is the author of "This Is
Burning Man." He tells Anne Strainchamps about this annual free-form
arts festival in the Nevada desert.
Luis Albert Urrea is the
author of "The Devil's Highway." He tells Jim Fleming about
the business of smuggling illegal aliens across the Arizona desert and
the tremendous mortality rate of this dangerous passage. Urrea gives
some graphic details of the horrors border agents have found. The content
is powerful and disturbing.
Gram Rabbit is a rock band
whose members live in the Joshua Tree Desert. Their CD is called "Music
to Start a Cult to." Band members Jesika von Rabbit and
Todd Rutherford talk with Anne Strainchamps about the desert and
their music, and we hear several examples. Also, Terry Tempest Williams
reads from her book, "Red," and talks about the desert
with Steve Paulson.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 05-010-23-A.
- Edward Abbey, Desert
Solitaire (Ballantine Books)
- Brian Doherty, This is
Burning Man (Little Brown)
- Jack Loeffler, Adventures
with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey (University of New Mexico Press)
- Luis Alberto Urrea, The
Devil's Highway: A True Story (Little Brown)
- Terry Tempest Williams,
Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert (Vintage)
- In the Edward Abbey piece: Beethoven's
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Opus 68 "Pastorale"
w/ The Cleveland Orchestra- Christoph von Dohnanyi, condcutor (Telarc
- Our interview with Gram Rabbit contains various cuts
from their CD "Music to Start a Cult To."
- Dead Can Dance's "Dedicace
Outo," "Song of the Stars," and "Niehika" off
of their Spiritchaser CD on 4AD Records.
- King Crimson's "The Sheltering
Sky"off of their Discipline CD on Warner Brother Records.
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