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Program Archive
November 2003

Rewriting The Book of Love - The Art of Kissing, Romance Novels, Candyland and Girl Groups
Host Marty Goldensohn explores love from the art of kissing to why so many 30-something women think there's no one worth kissing. Barbara Defoe Whitehead explains why there are no good men left, a conversation with African-American romance novelist Leslie Esdaile, and the celebration of sweets --chocolate, Turkish Delight, and jaw breakers. Also, John Timpaine swoons over great love letters; songs from the best girl groups of all time; and why you really should be nice to your waitress. All that and more in this edition of Been There / Done That.

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Good Vibrations: Eavesdropping on Insects, An Acoustical Engineer Tunes a Concert Hall, The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer, and Why We Gossip
This week, take an acoustical tour of the world with host Marty Goldensohn. First, discover how broccoli can save your hearing. Then, fine tuning a state-of-the-art concert hall, Rachel Carson's sounds of the sea, how insects use plants to stay in touch, and the evolution of human chatter. Plus, a lesson in listening from two U.N. interpreters, a defense of silent movies, and the invention of the Moog synthesizer. All that and more in this archive edition of Been There / Done That.

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Fashion - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Is fashion frivolous or fundamental? Host Marty Goldensohn looks at what we wear and what it says about us. We learn about fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and her "hard chic" for the "new woman" of the 1930s; while Eileen Fisher explains how to roll with the curves of today's woman. Also, Hollywood's latest bustiers, Matrix coats, and Manolo Blahniks; a primer on fashion magazines and an honest consult on our closet. Marty gets velcroed into the Osteo-suit; we hear about the industrial designer who coined the term of "planned obsolescence"; and find that we can accessorize our homes with designer toilet brushes. All this and more on this edition of Been There / Done That.

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Family, The Inside Story
Host Marty Goldensohn explores what constitutes the family these days -- and how the nuclear family isn't 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 their 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 archive edition of Been There / Done That.

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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


Our convictions, ourselves -- how convictions change who we are. Host Marty Goldensohn talks with a college activist about sticking to her political beliefs and a food bank director who wants to feed the hungry. Author Mark Salzman talks about teaching creative writing to young prisoners. Also, we get a glimpse inside the head of a first-time marathon runner, look at the reality of courtroom dramas in the movies, and ponder the legacy of the 60's. All that and more on this edition of Been There / Done That.

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  • For more information about Philabundance, visit their website.
  • Paul Gorman is the Director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment
  • Mark Salzman is the author of "True Notebooks" (Sept 2003) and a number of other acclaimed books, including "Iron and Silk" and "Lost in Place." Visit the Random House website for more information.
  • Paul Bergman is a law professor at UCLA's School of Law and co-author of "Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies." For the latest on lawyers in the movies, check out Picturing Justice, the online journal of law and popular culture.
  • Art Caplan directs the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Paul Lyons teaches Social Work at Stockton College and is author of "The People of This Generation: The Rise and Fall of the New Left in Philadelphia."




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