Karen Armstrong was a Catholic nun who stopped believing.
In this hour of the Peabody Award-winning programTo the Best of Our
Knowledge, Armstrong shares her story of how she found her way back
to God. Also, Parker Palmer on how to keep going when life stops making
sense. And that good old existentialist, Charlie Brown.
explored the connection between Charlie Brown and existentialism in
an essay called "Sartre and Peanuts" for "Philosophy
Now" magazine. Radke tells Anne Strainchamps how he first noticed
the two were connected and draws several parallels. Also, Karen Michel
is an independent radio producer who moved from Brooklyn to Pleasant
Valley, New York a few years ago. She got to know her neighbors by asking
them three questions and prepared this piece to help us understand the
meaning of life.
prepared this vox pop of people's responses to the question, "What
makes life worth living?" Also, Parker Palmer is a writer
and educator who's spent a lot of time thinking about that question.
He shares his thoughts with Jim Fleming. And, Karen Armstrong talks
with Anne Strainchamps about her tangled path back to God after leaving
the convent. Among Armstrong's books is "The Spiral Staircase:
My Climb Out of Darkness."
is a film critic and meditation teacher who combined his interests to
write "Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies."
Sluyter gives Steve Paulson some examples of "Cinema Nirvana"
and we hear film clips and movie sound tracks.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 05-11-27-A.
- Parker J. Palmer, The
Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity and Caring (Jossey-Bass)
- Karen Armstrong, The
Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness (Anchor)
- Dean Sluyter, Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment
Lessons from the
Movies (Three Rivers Press)
- -- from "Jaws (Widescreen
30th Anniversary Edition)"
(Universal Studios Home Video)
- -- from "The Graduate"
- -- from "The Godfather"
(Paramount Home Video)
- -- "The Doctor Is In"/Broadway
from "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Broadway
Musical" (RCA Victor)
- -- "Linus And Lucy"/Vince
from the CD, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (Starbucks/Fantasy)
- -- "Scenes From..."/Money
from the CD, "Mark's Keyboard Repair" (Mowax/A&M Records)
- -- "Rahway Wasdi Jhok Faridan
Di"/Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
from the CD, "The Rough Guide to Sufi Music (World Music Network)
- -- "Silence"/Delirium
from the CD, "Karma" (Nettwerk)
- -- "The Godfather Finale"/Nino Rota
from the CD, "The Godfather Soundtrack" (MCA)
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