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Program Archive
February 2004

02/07/04
The Odds
This week, host Marty Goldensohn asks, "What are the chances?" We hear from a reporter who survived a shot in the head, then get a mathematical explanation of luck. Plus, a card shark explains how to make a career in poker and a collection of rejection letters gets the last word on the odds. All that and more in this edition of Been There / Done That.

 

02/14/04
Trivial Pursuits
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Host Marty Goldensohn examines our trivial pursuits to show just how important they can be. We find out why even adults need to play; how comics can be a passion and important artform; and how three obsessed birders can scour North America for a year competing to identify the ordinary and the rare. We also chase cars throughout film history; visit a neighborhood hobby shop; and stalk the perfect burger. These trivial matters and more in this edition of Been There / Done That.

Links of the Week:

  • Arlen Schumer wrote "The Silver Age of Comic Book Art"
  • "The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession" is Mark Obmascik's story of a non-stop birdwatching marathon.
  • Carrie Rickey reviews movies for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Ed Levine's best burger picks:
    - Prime Burger (Manhattan, NYC)
    - Peter Luger's Steakhouse (Brooklyn, NYC)
    - Campanile (Los Angeles)
    - Red Mill (Seattle)
    - Winstead's (Kansas City)

 

02/21/04
Lies, Tall Stories and Failing Lying Detector's Tests
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Host Marty Goldensohn examines our trivial pursuits to show just how important they can be. We find out why even adults need to play; how comics can be a passion and important artform; and how three obsessed birders can scour North America for a year competing to identify the ordinary and the rare. We also chase cars throughout film history; visit a neighborhood hobby shop; and stalk the perfect burger. These trivial matters and more in this edition of Been There / Done That.

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02/28/04
Beat the Clock
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Whether you're racing to catch the train, searching for a moment to relax, or planning to extend your life for years beyond, we all want more time. This week, host Marty Goldensohn learns about a new drug that will keep us awake for over a week; a modern day Noah's Ark that will freeze thousands of lucky, rich souls; and how cattle shaped the Western calendar. We'll also talk to a scientist about whether Hollywood gets time travel right; and to a chef about how to get our steak and potatoes on the table at the same time. Plus, Morton Feldman's six-hour string quartet composition....abbreviated. All that and more in this edition of Been There / Done That.

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