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Program Archive
March 2002


Give Me Shelter, From Building Your Own House To Cruising An "Airstream", The Other Shingles, Music And Mortgages
Host Marty Goldensohn explores sensible approaches to building your dream house, also to refinance or not, with finance wizard Vic Levinson; rediscovering (Everybody is Talking About It) Nilssen and finding new voices with music critic Tom Moon; rereading Portnoy, still complaining after all these years; the Zen of building a house with your dad, and much more.

Tom Moon's Music Picks

  • Rufus Wainwright "Poses"
  • Harry Nilsson "Personal Best"
  • Norah Jones "Come Away With Me"


Personal Identity Kits, Identity Theft, The Self In Movies and Corporate Sponsored Lives
Host Marty Goldensohn explores the nine to five work identity, the advantages and pitfalls of a secret identity (Tony Soprano and Superman), Owen Gliberman on films and the self, Are you what you buy?, Dorothy Cantor asks "what do you want be when you grow up", food, music and much more.

Resources for this week:
Linda Foley is not only the founder and director of the identity theft resource center, but a victim of identity theft herself. Her non-profit victim advocacy and consumer education program was established in 1999 in San Diego, CA for more information on identity theft please visit www.idtheftcenter.org

Books of the Week:

  • Steve Zeitlin & Ilana Beth Harlow authors of "Giving a Voice to Sorrow: Personal Responses to Death."
  • Could brand names be prioritizing your life? James B Twitchel writes about luxury brand names defining our lives in "Living It Up."
  • Dorothy Cantor author of "What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up: Starting the Next Chapter of Your Life"


The Body, Head To Toe: Brains, Tatoos And Parts We Don't Really Need
Host Marty Goldensohn explores the body starting with the brain (how to keep it occupied and healthy); the lips and the art of kissing ( surprise: no kissing signals problems in a couple), the skin and tattoos (body art and how to live with it) ; also , do we really need the coxis, the tonsils ,the spleen and other body parts? yes and no; poet John Timpaine on a strange body in literature, and in the legs department , Marty learns how to jog (pant, pant) , plus more.

Books and Authors of the Week

  • Tattoos transcend time, culture and generation lines in "Written on the Body, The Tattoo in European and American History" by Jane Caplan.
  • Learn how the greatest muscle in the human body is exercised. Neuropsychiatrist Richard Restak shows us how in his book "Mozarts Brain and the Fighter Pilot."
  • Curious about the origins of the ever popular corset? "The Corset, a Cultural History" by Valerie Steele, the chief curator and acting director at the museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NY, sheds some light on the subject.

Reinventing Yourself, New Heart , Divorce Ceremony, Second Chance
Host Marty Goldensohn explores the life of a man who feels a special connection to his donor's heart and personality; folk rocker David Bromberg new life as a vendor of exquisite violins; success and failure as a door to new things; creating a new ritual: the divorce ceremony ; all this plus music, Ogden Nash's poem about marriage and much more in this second chances edition of BTDT.

Links of the Week
Second chances and matters of the heart go hand in hand when it comes to heart transplants, no one knows this better than Jim Gleason author of A Gift From the Heart. For more information on heart transplants and donors visit any of the following links:

More on Jim Gleason's story

Heart transplant qualifications and definitions

Heart Donor qualifications

Success stories

Books and Authors of the Week

  • Phil Penningroth and his former wife Barbara authored Healing Divorce: Transforming the End of Your Relationship with Ritual and Ceremony, based on their true life experiences.
  • Jim Bouton is no stranger to second chances, this former NY Yankee's pitcher wrote Ball Four, his personal account of recovery after injury.

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