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Program Archive
March 2004

The Body
Host Marty Goldensohn explores the body starting with the brain (how to keep it occupied and healthy); the lips and the art of kissing ( surprise: no kissing signals problems in a couple), the skin and tattoos (body art and how to live with it) ; also , do we really need the coxis, the tonsils,the spleen and other body parts? yes and no; poet John Timpaine on a strange body in literature, and in the legs department , Marty learns how to jog (pant, pant) , plus more. All that and more in this archive edition of Been There / Done That.

Books and Authors of the Week

  • Tattoos transcend time, culture and generation lines in "Written on the Body, The Tattoo in European and American History" by Jane Caplan.
  • Learn how the greatest muscle in the human body is exercised. Neuropsychiatrist Richard Restak shows us how in his book "Mozarts Brain and the Fighter Pilot."
  • Curious about the origins of the ever popular corset? "The Corset, a Cultural History" by Valerie Steele, the chief curator and acting director at the museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NY, sheds some light on the subject.


Dream On
Host Marty Goldensohn, explores our dreams -- our desires, our nighttime visions and that urge to build our castles in the sky right here on earth. Gwenda Blair deconstructs Donald Trump's TV version of the American Dream. Walter Isaacson explains Ben Franklin's democratic dream for America and for the future of science. Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter David Shipler tells us why the working poor miss out on the American dream even though they play by the rules. Plus, we hit the yellow brick road of Oz; get a tutorial on E-bay and learn that counting sheep is more than a metaphor. Baaaaah. All that and more in this edition of Been There / Done That.

Links of the Week:

  • Walter Isaacson wrote Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. Visit the Simon & Schuster website for more information. He is also the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute.
  • David Shipler is author of The Working Poor: Invisible in America. Visit the Random House website for reviews and more information.
  • John Fricke is the author of 100 Years of Oz and The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History. More recently, he wrote, Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art and Anecdote, published by Bulfinch Press.
  • Al Gustin is the farm director for KBMR radio in Bismarck, ND. Check out Gustin's latest, "Perspective on the News."


No Thanks
What disgusts you? Maggots, leeches -- do you know why exactly? Join host Marty Goldensohn to discover why those very critters are back in the doctor's bag. Hear about Rosalyn Franklin who got no thanks for her DNA discoveries; and how record stores say no deal to treasured vinyl record collections. Then check out the romantic rejection hotline -- let your fingers do the dumping. All that and more on this edition of Been There / Done That.

Links of the Week:


The Magic Show
Host Marty Goldensohn takes us on a magical mystery tour. We experience dazzling tricks at "Monday Night Magic," an all-star magician's revue. We experience sleight-of-hand---on the radio! We hear the mesmerizing radio theater of writer and producer,Tom Lopez of ZBS Foundation; explore the roots of the African-American conjuring tradition; and deconstruct the alchemy of falling in love. Plus, the miracles to making stains vanish and the scams of con artists that make your money disappear. Poof! All that and more in this edition of Been There / Done That.

Links of the Week:

  • "Monday Night Magic" is a weekly, magic show in New York City.
  • The radio dramas of Tom Lopez, ZBS Foundation, can be found at www.zbs.org.
  • Susan Grant is the director of the National Fraud Information Center at the National Consumers League.
  • Helen Fisher is the author of "Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love." She's also Research Professor and member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University.
  • Yvonne Chireau wrote Black Magic, Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition. She's also a Religion professor at Swarthmore College.
  • Virginia Friedman, along with Melissa Wagner and Nancy Armstrong, wrote Field Guide to Stains: How To Identify and Remove Virtually Every Stain Known to Man. Visit Quirk Books.




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