FACT OR FICTION
Did you know that Teddy Roosevelt
was one of nine U.S. presidents who had hooks for hands? Well, that's
just one of countless facts included in John Hodgman's new almanac. But,
as it turns out, all of these facts are fake. In this hour of the Peabody
Award-winning To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll look at the murky
area that lies between fact and fiction.
is the author of "Not in Kansas
Anymore: A Curious Tale of How Magic Is Transforming America."
She tells Anne Strainchamps about the time she spent with people who
practice Hoodoo and other forms of magic and/or believe they're vampires,
elves and werewolves. Also, Michael Shermer is the publisher
of "Skeptic" magazine, and the author of many books including
"The Science of Good and Evil" and "Science Friction:
When the Known Meets the Unknown." He tells Jim Fleming that skepticism
means being open to new ideas but not assuming anything is true.
Jan Harold Brunvand is the
dean of urban legend studies and the author of the "Encyclopedia
of Urban Legends." He reviews some of his favorites for Steve Paulson
and explains that they always happened to a friend of a friend. He says
they're basically true stories that are too good to be true. Also, John
Hodgeman has written an almanac called "The Areas of My Expertise."
It's comprised entirely of fake facts. Hodgeman tells Steve Paulson
what goes into a good fake fact.
Kelly Link is the author
of the short story collections "Magic for Beginners" and "Stranger
Things Happen." Link tells Anne Strainchamps where some of her
stories came from and about answering customers' questions in a Boston
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- John Hodgman , The Areas
of My Expertise (Dutton)
- Jan Harold Brunvand,
Encyclopedia of Urban Legends (W.W. Norton)
- Kelly Link, Magic for
Beginners (Small Beer Press)
- Michael Shermer, Science
Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown (Owl Books/Henry
Holt and Company)
- Christine Wicker, Not
In Kansas Anymore: A Curious Tale of How Magic Is Transforming America
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with the City of Prague Philharmonic
from the CD, "David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (Soundtrack)"
- -- "Metal On Metal"/Kraftwerk
from the CD, "The Mix" (Elektra)
- -- "The Sinister Urge"/Ray
Condo & His Hardrock Goners
from the CD, "Condo Country" (Crazy)
- -- "Mr. Ghost Goes To Town"/The
John Buzon Trio
from the CD, "Ultra-Lounge Volume Eleven: Organs In Orbit"
- -- "Carlotta's Portrait"/Music
Composed by Bernard Herrmann
Conducted by Muir Mathieson
from the CD, "Vertigo -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"
(Varese Sarabande Records)
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