Major funding for Been There/Done That is provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies with additional funding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Program Archive
May 2003

Family, The Inside Story -- Family Conversations Decoded; The Family Business Finally Goes to The Kids; and The Son of The Great Architect, Louis Kahn, Deconstructs His Dad.
Marty Goldensohn explores what constitutes the family these days -- and how the nuclear family isn't THAT traditional after all. Deborah Tannen helps translate messages and meta-messages between the generations, and the son of architect Louis Kahn searches for his father through his buildings. We also hear how the Peter Pan generation is raising its kids; children's music a parent can listen to; where the family doctor has gone; and psychotherapy for the family business. All that and more in this edition of BEEN THERE/DONE THAT.

Links of the Week:

Kids Corner, hosted by Kathy O'Connell. Her BTDT music picks:

  • Country Goes Raffi - Raffi Favorites Sung by Country Greats (Rounder 2001)
  • Daddy-O-Daddy - Rare Family Songs of Woody Gutherie (Rounder 2001)
  • inFINity - Trout Fishing in America (Trout Records 2001)
  • No! - They Might Be Giants (Idlewild Recordings 2002)
  • "Hobo's Lullaby" - Woody Guthrie


"You're Toast"---Burn-Out On The Job, Toasting On The Beach, And The Mother Of All Volcanos, Krakatoa.
This week, we free associate around the expression, "You're toast," a handy phrase to get at burn-out and volcanos. Simon Winchester talks about his new book, "Krakatoa, the Day the World Exploded"--- and we learn about a new program that has 80% of a Philadelphia hospital staff meditating to fight burn-out and "compassion fatigue." Also, we learn how much sun exposure we really need; how to give a good toast; and the story of "the flying toasters"---the first popular computer screensaver. We hear hot jazz licks; peruse antique toasters; and sample haute cuisine cooked in toaster ovens at the Greenwich Village restaurant, 'ino. All that and more in this edition of BEEN THERE/DONE THAT.

Links of the Week:

  • Michael Baime, M.D.; The Penn Program for Stress Management
  • Simon Winchester, author of "Krakatoa, The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883."
  • Scenes from the movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral" were used as part of John Timpaine's commentary on toasts.
  • Michael Sheafe's antique toaster business is Toaster Central. He sells refurbished vintage toasters and other small kitchen appliances at local markets in New York City including GreenFlea at 77th & Columbus on Sundays.
  • Ed Levine and Marty ate at the restaurant 'ino, located between 6th Ave and Downing Street, in the West Village of New York City:


Encore Presentation: The Call of the Wild: From Stories of Feral Children Raised by Wolves, To An Insiders Tour of the Indie Rock Scene. Also, Visionary Artists, Baseball's Wild Pitches, and Tasty Buffalo.
Host Marty Goldensohn journeys into the wild to discover the health benefits of nature, like why looking at trees makes us happy people. Also, real life Tarzans -- a history of feral kids raised by animals in the wild; the body clock -- how humans and bees keep time; and outsider art -- a tour through the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Plus, sampling some wild rock music, munching on buffalo meat, and rereading the savage romance, Wuthering Heights.

Links of the Week:


Loyalty - A Teacher Stays True To His School And His Community, The Value Of Pre-Nups, Bonnie Raitt: Bound To The Blues, And Whistleblowers - Heroes Or Traitors?
Ever thought twice about following the boss's orders? Or worried that your spouse wasn't in it for love alone? Loyalty: it tugs at us no matter where we are in life. This week on BEEN THERE/DONE THAT, Marty Goldensohn looks at loyalty -- in marriage, work, politics, and in the dog house. We explore the ugly side of pre-nups; the difficult life of whistleblowers; and the allegiance of our dogs and cats. We also tour an inner-city school where Principal Salome Thomas-El is dedicated to transforming students into readers, writers and chess champions. Music critic Tom Moon surveys Bonnie Raitt's long loyalty to the blues; and we hear from fans of "The Sound of Music" sing-a-longs -- in lederhosen and all! All this and more on this edition of BEEN THERE/DONE THAT.

Links of the Week:

  • Read more about Salome Thomas-El, Principal of John F. Reynolds Elementary School
  • C. Fred Alford is author of "Whistleblowers: Broken Lives and Organizational Power."
  • The full story of "The Life and Times of Frank Hague," narrated by Malachy McCourt, is available by contacting David S. Cohen, Senior Research Associate at the New Jersey Historical Commission. Phone: (609) 984-3461 or email david.cohen@sos.state.nj.us.
  • Read more about commentator Fabienne Marsh
  • "The Sound of Music" sing-a-long may soon be in your area. To check our the schedule, visit Sing-a-long-a

Tom Moon's picks from Bonnie Raitt's career:

  • "Give It Up or Let It Go" - 1972
  • "Women be Wise" (with Sippie Wallace) - 2001 (Original Recording Remastered)
  • "Nick of Time" - 1989
  • "Angel from Montgomery" (with Jackson Browne and Bruce Hornsby) - 1995
  • "Fundamental Things" - 1998

Encore Presentation: On The Road Again And Forever, Roadside Attractions And... "Westering"
This week on BTDT, host MARTY GOLDENSOHN takes us on the road and visits the world's largest model train museum, and other roadside attractions. He talks with John Mac Faragher about the American ongoing impulse to "go west", John Timpane on Odysseus as a metaphor for "gotta go", Gwenda Blair rereads Kerouac , and life during the reign of the one million watt station on the Mexican border (where Wolfman Jack and many other got their fame). Also the unwelcome Hepatitis C epidemic. Music, humor and more on this week's BTDT.



©2002 WHYY