Once upon a time people believed the world was populated
with terrible monsters and fabulous mythical beasts. They thought if they
just searched long enough and hard enough, they'd find them. In this hour
of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the mythical beasts of folktale
and legend, and the modern researchers who are still hunting for them.
Tales of sea serpents, lake monsters, and abominable snowmen.
Kendall is one of the curators of "Mythic Creatures,"
a blockbuster exhibition at the American Natural History Museum. She
walks through the exhibition with Anne Strainchamps and we hear visitor
reaction to the dragons and their ilk. Also, Loren Coleman considers
himself a conservative crypto-zoologist. He tells Jim Fleming what that
means, and why he's still looking for the next Lake Monster or Bigfoot
Jonathan Baillie is the lead scientist at the
Zoological Society of London and directs its new EDGE of Existence Program.
He tells Steve Paulson about his conservation campaign to save Evolutionarily
Distinct and Globally Endangered animals like a species of echidna from
Papua in the South Pacific. Also, Tim Friend is the author of
"The Third Domain." It's a book about Archaea - a kind of
microbe that doesn't fit into any of the traditional categories of life
and only exists in wildly inhospitable environments.
Nicholas Christopher collected myths and legends
for years to write his novel, "The Bestiary." He talks with
Anne Strainchamps about his book and reads excerpts from it. It's a
bestiary of magical beats. And, we hear a produced reading of Mario
Milosevic's poem "When I Was" from his collection "Animal
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Loren Coleman, Jerome Clark, Cryptozoology from A-Z
(Simon & Schuster)
|Nicholas Christopher, The
Bestiary: a novel (Dial Press)
- Abominable Snowman in
the Market, by Jonathan Richman. On 23 Great Recordings
by Jonathan Richman. (Castle Communications)
- The Unicorn, by the Irish Rovers,
on A Childs Celebration of the World. (Music for Little
- The Veldt by Combustible Edison,
on I, Swinger. (SubPop)
- The Whale (Mopy Dick), by Flanders
and Swann, on The Bestiary of Flanders and Swan. (EMI)
- Breakfast at Dennys by Combustible
Edison, on I, Swinger.
- Several tracks from Robert Richs CD, Bestiary.
- Beezus, Beeten, Breep, by David
Rothenberg on Why Birds Sing. (Terra Nova)
week of 09/14/2008 - hour
week of 09/02/2007 - hour 1
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