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Program Archive
June 2003

Passages - Creating The Rites Of Family Life; Re-Writing The Bible; Tunnelling Through Your Summer Vacation; And Keeping Clear The Pathways To The Heart
How do we get through life's journeys without a map? We use rituals to help mark time -- from saying grace, to giving last rites. This week on BEEN THERE/DONE THAT, Marty Goldensohn explores passages and how we travel them. Adam Nicholson talks about how 50 men wrote the passages of the King James Bible -- it's the Manhattan Project of Jacobean times. Dr. Daniel Rader reveals new tests to measure heart health. Plus, helping parents through their final days; journeying to a foreign country to discover home; and vacationing at the other end of a tunnel. Also, John Diliberto introduces us to Sami singer, Mari Boine. She travels far to return to traditional music. All that and more in this week's edition of BEEN THERE/DONE THAT.

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Encore Presentation: Too Much Stuff; The Pursuit Of Buying More And More, QVC And Garage Sales
Host Marty Goldensohn goes to QVC, the pentagon of stuff; he talks to Gray Cross author of "All Consuming Century" on how growing up with too many toys makes us into adults who don't stop buying; old and young doctors' approaches to new medicines; the latest in World Fusion music with John Diliberto, host of Echoes; TV ads as entertainment then and now ("I want my Maypo!"); and Dr. Who. All that and more in this week's archive edition of BEEN THERE/DONE THAT.


The Elements; A Leading Astrophysicist Gives James Cameron A Hard Time For The Night Sky Above Titanic. An Author Reveals The Racy Truth About The Wright Brothers, A Heavy Metal Enthusiast Nearly Deafens Us. Plus An Alternative To Rubbing Two Sticks Together: The Brillo Pad.
Did you know that the Wright Brothers beat out scientists from the Smithsonian and Alexander Graham Bell to develop the first airplane? Or that air conditioning was first used in a Brooklyn printing plant in 1902? Host Marty Goldensohn looks at the elements and how we harness them. It's wind, fire----and Heavy Metal music. James Tobin talks about his new book on how the Wright Brothers won the great race in flight. We learn the frigid history of air conditioning, find out how to build a fire from an actual boy scout, and watch movies with astrophysicist Neil Tyson to see if Hollywood gets its stars right. Also, the latest in hi-tech meteorological voodoo and a loud primer on Heavy Metal. All this and more in this edition of BEEN THERE/DONE THAT.

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  • James Tobin's book is "To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight" (Free Press, 2003).
  • Neil de Grasse Tyson is Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History
  • Marsha Ackerman wrote "Cool Comfort: America's Romance with Air Conditioning" (Smithsonian, 2002).
  • Ann Powers is Senior Curator at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Her heavy metal picks include:
    - "Heartbreaker" from Led Zeppelin's new live CD set, "How the West Was Won"
    - Title track from Black Sabbath's "Paranoid"
    - "Eruption" from Van Halen's first ever album
    - "Girls, Girls, Girls" from Motley Crue
    - Title track from Metallica's "Master of Puppets"
    - "Somewhere I Belong" from Linkin Park's "Meteora" album
  • Dr. Jon Nese is a storm analyst with The Weather Channel.


Left vs. Right - Does The Radical Right Run Washington? Or Do The Liberals Rule The Media? We Know Who Oversees Your Daily Commute - Shadow Traffic Does; Plus 88 Keys With One Hand.
This week, we lean left and then right as host Marty Goldensohn explores the political spectrum, the left and right lobes of the brain and the daily flows and jams of traffic. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman theorizes on how the radical right is running the country and ruining the economy. Novelist Isabel Allende talks about her new book, "My Invented Country," her memories of Chile and how the right ousted the left. We take a "behind the scenes" tour of Shadow Traffic, the NASA of traffic forecasting; hear about how lefties and righties coexist and how asymmetry rules; and learn how a world-class pianist sounds with "one hand tied behind his back." All this and more in this edition of BEEN THERE/DONE THAT.

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