To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
It started as a joke. Danny Wallace put a small ad
in a London newspaper. It simply said "Join me" and invited
people to send a passport-sized photo to join Danny. The only problem
was, Danny didn't know what kind of group his thousands of respondents
were joining. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
the story of Danny Wallace's "Join Me" collective. Also,
the terrifying true-life tale of one man's quest to pass the bar
Danny Wallace is the author of Join Me.
He's also the leader of a cult of the same name. Wallace tells
Steve Paulson how he got the idea for his cult while visiting
Switzerland, and what the attraction is of his cult which has
no agenda other than existing. Also, novelist T. Coraghessan
Boyle talks with Jim Fleming about his latest. Drop City
is set in a California commune in the 1970s, and concerns the
activities at one of America's many private little Utopias.
Susan Braudy is the author of Family Circle:
The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left. The book tells
the story of Kathy Boudin, daughter of famous lefty lawyer Leonard
Boudin. Kathy got involved with the anti-way extremist group The
Weathermen and ultimately spent 22 years in prison for her part
in a robbery which resulted in the deaths of a Brinks guard and
two policemen. Braudy says Kathy was motivated by rivalry with
her father. Also, Brad Land tells Anne Strainchamps about
his terrifying experiences being kidnaped, then pledging a fraternity.
He's the author of Goat: A Memoir.
Alex Wellen is the author of Barman: Ping-Pong,
Pathos and Passing the Bar. The book chronicles Wellen's experiences
at law school and his showdown with the dreaded New York bar exam.
He talks with Anne Strainchamps.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-03-28-A.
- Danny Wallace, Join Me! - the true story
of a man who started a cult by accident (Plume)
- T. Coraghessan Boyle, Drop City (Penguin
- Susan Braudy, Family Circle: The Boudins
and the Aristocracy of the Left (Knopf)
- Brad Land, Goat: A Memoir (Random
- Alex Wellen, Barman: Ping-Pong, Pathos
& Passing The Bar (Harmony Books)
- -- "The Join Me Song"/Danny
- -- "Spooky"/Money Mark from the CD, "Mark's
Keyboard Repair" (MoWax/A&M Records)
- -- "10 Attacks of Dagger"/Drums &
Tuba from the CD, "Vinyl Killer" (Righteous Babe Records)
- -- "Fraternity"/Foo Fighters from the
CD, "There Is Nothing Left To Lose" (Australian version)
- -- "Slow Flames"/Money Mark from the
CD, "Mark's Keyboard Repair" (MoWax/A&M Records)
- -- "The 'In' Crowd"/Ramsey Lewis Trio
from the CD, "Rock Instrumental Classics, Volume 4: Soul"
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