To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Being a kid has never been cooler. In fact, it's SO
cool, it's not just for the twelve and under set anymore. These
days more adults watch the Cartoon Network than CNN, Care Bears
are making a comeback, and Scoobie-Doo underpants come in grown-up
sizes. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, born-again
kids. Also, why being forever young might be robbing society of
some of its best virtues like wisdom and maturity.
Journalist Christopher Noxon tells Jim Fleming
about "rejuveniles" - adults who cultivate aspects of
their childhoods and have made "kid culture" fashionable.
Noxon wrote about rejuveniles in a New York Times article called
"I Don't Want to Grow Up." Also, Marcel Danesi
is the author of "Forever Young." He teaches semiotics
and anthropology at the University of Toronto. He tells Steve
Paulson why it's dangerous for a culture when its members forsake
maturity and wisdom in favor of a search for eternal youth.
TTBOOK producer Veronica Rueckert reports
on kids' music that appeals to both children and adults. And we
hear lots of music!
Maurice Sendak is best known as the award-wining
author of "Where the Wild Things Are." His new book,
"Brundibar" is a collaboration with playwright Tony
Kushner. It's a story about confronting evil, based on events
from the Holocaust. Sendak tells Steve Paulson that as a Jewish
child in New York, he was completely aware of the fate of the
Jews in Europe, which contributed to his view of childhood as
a frightening time.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-01-11-A.
- Marcel Danesi, Forever Young: The Teen-Aging'
of Modern Culture (Toronto)
- Maurice Sendak, Brundibar (Hyperion)
- -Puddle Dance/ Teletubbies - The Album/ Kid Rhino
- -You're Aging Well/ Dar Williams/ The Honesty Room/
Burning Field Music
- -Farm Animal Friends/ Gwendolyn and the Goodtime
Gang/ Gwednolyn and the
Goodtime Gang/ Whispersquish
- -I Don't Think I Like It/ Gwendolyn and the Goodtime
Gang/ Gwednolyn and
the Goodtime Gang/ Whispersquish
- -Knick Knack/ Twink/ Supercute/ Mulatta Records
- -Hoppity Jones/ Twink (Mike Langlie)/ Dyspepsidisc
- -Enter Sandman/ Twink/ Supercute/ Mulatta Records
- -Chipmunks Christmas Song/ Alvin and the Chipmunks
- -Japanese Banana/ Alvin and the Chipmunks
- -Overture to The Magic Flute by Mozart/ Die
Zauberflote/ Sir Charles
Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Chorus/ Telarc
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