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Program Archive
April 2003

Encore Presentation: 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.

Links 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


Life Goes On -- a South African story of forgiveness, survival training from a tracker, coping with pet loss, and tips from a celebrity party planner
Host Marty Goldensohn gets some lessons on survival. First, a walk in the woods with the real-life tracker portrayed in the movie "The Hunted". Also, a South African psychologist talks about forgiving torture and murder; how to move on after terminal embarrassment; and why college graduates fear leaving the Ivory Tower. Plus, Bob Dylan's songs of lost love; how to plan a theme party for Sir Elton John; and pet bereavement -- saying goodbye to Sparky. All that and more in this edition of BEEN THERE, DONE THAT.

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Comic Relief -- the roots of African-American humor; Calvin Trillin, Deadline Poet; a defense of nonsense; and the man behind one of baseball's favorites mascots -- the Philly Phantic.
Marty Goldensohn gets some much-needed comic relief from Moms Mabely, Redd Foxx, and Dick Gregory -- a history of African-American humor. Also, political humor on TV -- why more and more Americans get their news from late night talk shows; a folklorist on the importance of nonsense; and Calvin Trillin on when to tell politically incorrect jokes. Also, that lovable fuzzy green mascot, the Philly Phanatic, music from the African Griot tradition; and the man who missed out on the fun of rock 'n roll. All that and more in this edition of BEEN THERE, DONE THAT.

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John Diliberto's Music Picks:

  • SINIKAN by Sekouba Bambino Kouyate
    track 1: Sinikan
    track 3: It's a Man's Man's Man's World
  • SEED by Afro Celts
    track 2: Seed
    track 5: Ayub's Song/As You Were
    track 4: The Otherside


Encore Presentation -- Creativity (Everybody Wants It), Lunatics, Inventors And Lefties
Marty Goldensohn is in search of that illusive definition of creativity, classical composer and musicians as lunatics (courtesy of Hollywood), a conversation with best seller mystery writer Harlen Coben about the underbelly of suburbia as inspiration, absurd inventions plus Bill Cosby on the invention of basketball, the latest on multiple intelligence, are lefties smarter? and much more in this edition of BTDT.

Links of the Week:

  • ApproTEC is a non-profit organization that stimulates economic growth by establishing technology driven businesses in poverty stricken African communities. Martin Fisher and Nick Moon founded this organization in July 1981, for more information check out http://www.approtec.org Lisa Margonelli wrote a story about ApproTEC & their Money-Make Plus in Wired magazine, to read this article go to http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/10.04/approtec.html
  • Reggio Emilia is a different approach to teaching pre-school age children. It is based on the following principles, emergent curriculum, project work, representational development, collaboration, teachers as researchers, documentation and environment. More information is available at http://www.cmu.edu/cyert-center/reggio.htm#ReggioEmilia

Books of the Week

  • "Right Hand, Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms, and Cultures" by I. C. McManus writes about the myths of creativity related to whether your left or right handed and much more. (Book not yet published)
  • Ted Vancleave compiled some of the most, um, interesting inventions out there in his book "Totally Absurd Inventions"
  • Howard Gardener's theory of Multiple Intelligences proves street smarts are just as valid as book smarts in his book "Frames of Mind."




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