Once upon a time when you got to the end of the story, you knew you had learned something. Now no one is sure what the old stories mean. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the ambiguous morals of Genesis. Also, the woman who runs with the Wolves remembers how fairy tales changed her life.
Rabbi Burton Visotzky tells Judith Strasser why the Book of Genesis is like a soap opera and how it can prompt moral development in today's readers, even if they're not churchgoers. Visotzky teaches at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and is the author of "The Genesis of Ethics." Also, Stephen Mitchell tells Judith about the multiple authors of Genesis. Mitchell has translated many sacred texts and poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. His latest book is "Genesis."SEGMENT 2:
Clarissa Pinkola Estes - poet, psychoanalyst and author of the best-selling "Women Who Run with the Wolves" -- tells Steve Paulson some of the stories of survival and regeneration that she learned from her refugee Hungarian relatives. Estes' new book of these stories is "The Faithful Gardener."SEGMENT 3:
PC story-meister James Finn Garner tells Jim Fleming his enlightened version of Hansel and Gretel; talks about the nature of satire; and recites part of his updated alphabet. Garner is responsible for "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories," "Once upon a More Enlightened Time: More Politically Correct Bedtime Stories," and "Politically Correct Holiday Stories."
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