SEARCHING FOR SHANGRI-LA
Back in 1933 novelist James Hilton
wrote of an earthly paradise hidden in the Himalayas. He called it Shangri-La.
But Hilton didn't invent the idea. Myths about Shangri-La go back centuries,
and they pop up in a variety of places from Tibet to Kashmir. In this
hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll go in search of this
earthly paradise. And we'll talk with a documentary film maker who went
trekking through the mountains of Tibet in search of the real Shangri-La.
Michael Wood's latest documentary
film for PBS is called "Shangri-La." The companion book is
"In Search of Myths and Heroes." Wood tells Jim Fleming about
his journey through the Himalayas, and we hear clips from the Hilton
novel as realized by Hollywood. Also, Ian Baker is a world-class
climber and explorer. He's also a Buddhist scholar. In his book, "The
Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place" he describes
his 8 separate trips to find the hidden waterfall at the end of the
Tsangpo Gorge. It's the legendary gateway to Shangri-La. Steve Paulson
produced this sound portrait of the journey.
Novelist Amy Tan takes on
the comic misunderstandings that arise when Americans seek enlightenment
in China in her new novel. It's called "Saving Fish from Drowning."
She tells Steve Paulson the book also touches on serious issues like
political repression in Burma. Also, Caitlin Matthews is a Celtic
scholar and storyteller. She talks with Anne Strainchamps about the
various myths of a lost paradise and how we can find it within ourselves.
Matthews' books include "Singing the Soul Back Home," "Celtic
Book of the Dead," and "Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom."
Salman Rushdie has a new
novel called "Shalimar the Clown." It's about Kashmir. Rushdie
is from there and tells Steve Paulson that until recently, the area
was an earthly paradise, combining great physical beauty with a tolerant
lifestyle. He says the Islam of his grandfather was nothing like that
practiced by today's extremists.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 05-11-06-B.
- Ian Baker, The Heart
of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place (Penguin)
- Caitlin Matthews, Singing
the Soul Back Home (Connections)
- Salman Rushdie, Shalimar
the Clown: a novel (Random House)
- Amy Tan, Saving Fish
from Drowning: a novel (Putnam)
- Michael Wood, In Search
of Myths and Heroes: Exploring Four Epic Legends (California)
- In Return:
on "Beyond Rangoon" soundtrack
Castle Rock Entertainment
- In Ian Baker:
--Buddhist Nuns at Chuchikjall Tibetan Pujas
--Acama: Tibetan Temple Bells
--Tibetan and Bhutanese Instrumental and Folk Music
--Tibetan Folk and Minstrel Music
- After Amy Tan:
Michio Mamiya w/ Finnish folksong
on Silk Road Journeys
- After Caitlin Matthews:
Alan Stivell w/ "E Kreiz Hag Endro"
on Putumayo Presents Celtic Crossroads
- After Salman Rushdie:
Nataraj XT w/ "Space In...."
on Putumayo Presents Asian Lounge
|week of 10/11/2009
- hour 2
week of 01/28/2007 - hour 1
week of 11/06/2005 - hour 2
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