On February 13th, 1945 Kurt Vonnegut and other American
POWs were hiding in a cellar during the firebombing of Dresden. They were
remarkably lucky, as 135,000 people died that night. During the bombing
one soldier said, "I wonder what the poor people are doing tonight?"
Nobody laughed but, as Vonnegut tells the story, everyone was grateful
he said it. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll
talk with Kurt Vonnegut about humor for desperate times.
James Yee is a West Point
Graduate and a Muslim. He was the Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay
prison until he was falsely accused of treason and imprisoned without
trial. He tells his story to Anne Strainchamps and in a book called
"For God and Country." Also, Scott Turow has made a
career writing hugely successful legal thrillers. He tels Jim Fleming
about his book "Ordinary Heroes," which tells the story of
a WWII veteran much like Turow's father.
Marc Rothemund directed a
documentary nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language
Film. It's about Sophie Scholl, who was arrested with her brother for
distributing anti-war pamphlets in Germany after the defeat at Stalingrad
during WWII. They were both executed and are now folk heroes among German
young people. Rothemund tells Steve Paulson about his research for the
film and says the generation that took part in the events of the War
still won't talk about those years, but their grandchildren want to
know what happened.
British philosopher A.C. Grayling
is the author of "Among Dead Cities." He talks with Jim Fleming
about the western Allies' use of carpet bombing against civilian populations
in both the European and Pacific theaters during WWII. Also, Kurt
Vonnegut calls his most recent book, "A Man Without A Country."
Steve Paulson spoke with him just after his 83rd birthday, and Vonnegut
recalled his experiences during the fire-bombing of Dresden and explains
why it took so many years for those experiences to become the novel
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-10-22-A.
|A.C. Grayling, Among the Dead
Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians
in Germany & Japan (Walker)
|Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without
a Country (Seven Stories)
Ordinary Heroes (FSG)
For God and Country (Public Affairs)
- After Yee:
Anouar Brahem w/ De tout ton coeur
On Le pas de chat noir
- After Turow:
Miles Davis w/ LAssassinat de Carala
On Ascenseur pour lechafaud
- After Grayling:
Janos Starker w/ Bachs Suite No. 5 in C Minor
On Bach, Suites for Solo Cello
- After Vonnegut:
Anour Brahem w/ Toi qui sait
On Le pas de chat noir
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