America's gone craft crazy. Everyone's knitting, or keeping
scrapbooks; throwing pots or wood-working. And naturally, there are new
chains of stores that carry all the supplies these crafters need, or think
they do. In this hour, To the Best of Our Knowledge considers what
we mean by the word craft." Does it mean a hand-made object that's
almost art? Or could it be anything that's thoughtfully done to the very
best of the doer's ability? Reconsidering crafts, next time, on To the
Best of Our Knowledge.
Sociologist Richard Sennett's latest book is
"the Craftsman" in which he makes the case that our definition
of craft should be expanded to include any job a person commits to executing
to the best of their abilities. He tells Steve Paulson that lots of
working-class people care about what they do, with no expectation of
material reward. Also, Anne Strainchamps reports on the new vogue
for hand-made goods in America. She visits a major crafts show and speaks
with vendors and shoppers, including the authors of "Handmade Nation"
who also made a documentary film with the same title. Anne also speaks
with Betsy Greer, author of "Knitting for Good!"
Jessica Helfand is the author of "Scrapbooks:
An American History." She tells Jim Fleming that people constructed
unique personal narratives out of whatever materials were at hand, long
before there was a scrapbooking business to help them. These old scrapbooks
are both precious and beautiful.
Kelly Lambert, author of "Lifting Depression:
A Neuro-scientist's Approach to Activating Your Brain's Healing Power,"
tells Anne Strainchamps about her brain research into how using both
hands on crafts projects can be as beneficial to the body as taking
psychoactive medication. Also, Leonard Todd wrote "Carolina
Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave" to explore
the history of two families - Potter Dave's and his own. Todd's ancestors
owned Potter Dave during America's slavery days. Todd tells Steve Paulson
some of the story and something about Dave's pots and his poetry.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 08-12-14-A.
Books & CDs:
- after Sennett: Dominic Gaudious
THE CLEARING Acoustic World Records 16232 5 Far East Fusion
AND after HandMade Nation piece: same album, Slap Me www.dominicgaudious.com;
after Helfand: Matt Auten NEW
FOUND LAND Silent Planet Records SPRO 7012 www.silentplanetrecords.com
Leaf and Branch
after Lambert: Tin Hat Trio
HELIUM Angel 7243 5 56935 2 5V Old Grey Mare
After Todd: Come to the Mountain: Old Time Music
for Modern Times Rounder 11661 0547-2 Banes Grave
Tony Furtado and Dirk Powell
week of 10/04/2009 - hour 2
week of 12/14/2008 - hour 1
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