IN LIVING COLOR
Imagine the world as we know it, only without us. In
this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, a writer imagines a
world reinventing itself without human beings. He sees the New York subway
system returning to its watery origins. The re-absorption of carbon into
the earth, and endangered wildlife coming back from the brink. Also, one
man finds the extraordinary in encounters with birds. And, garbage island
- the bobbing plastic wasteland that's plaguing the Pacific.
opens the hour by reading a poem by Richard Shelton called "Desert
Water," from his book of the same name. Alan Weisman is
a journalist and the author of "The World Without Us." He
tells Steve Paulson what would happen to our planet if all the human
beings simply disappeared with all our junk. Basically, nature would
waste no time taking over. Also, Anne Strainchamps goes looking
for hope about the world's environmental problems among the children
of Randall Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin.
is the author of "Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary
Birds." He reads several passages from his book, and talks with
Steve Paulson. Also, The Pacific Gyre is a region in the middle of the
Pacific Ocean around which all the major currents swirl. As a result,
debris that floats into the gyre gets stuck there. Thomas Morton
wrote in a story for "Vice" Magazine that the gyre has become
the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and contains a huge amount of plastic
bags and bottles.
was walking home from a swimming pool when he was bitten on the foot
by a rattlesnake. It nearly killed him, but he had a spiritual awakening
and found a new appreciation for living in the moment and respecting
the Wild. He tells Anne Strainchamps how he came to view the snakes
as his brothers, and what he says when he talks to them. Also, Jim Fleming
reads a poem by James Wright "I Try to Waken and Greet
the World Once Again" from his collection "The
Branch Will Not Break".
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Ask for program number 08-04-13-A.
- --No Life/ Home to Oblivious an Elliott Smith Tribute
by Chritopher O'Riley/ World Village
--Spooky/Money Mark/ Mark's Keyboard Repair/ Pinto
--Kobo/ Baka Beyond/ Rhythm Tree/March Hare Music
--Kaleidoscope/ California Guitar Trio/ Pathways/ DGM
--River Journey/ Brainscapes/ CyberOctave
--Corrobboree/ Brainscapes/ CyberOctave
--Suite I in G Major, BWV 1007/ J.S. Bach/ Matt Haimovitz: 6 Suites
for Cello Solo
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