THE NEW THIRTYSOMETHINGS
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Turning thirty used to be embarrassing, an occasion
for angst and misery. Today young adults are embracing thirty as
cause for celebration. They're renting yachts, giving speeches and
spending thousands of dollars to celebrate the big three-oh. In
this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the new thirty-somethings.
And the Broadway hit about young adults making a living in New -
Journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis tells Steve
Paulson about the extravagant bashes some young people are throwing
to celebrate their 30th birthdays. She says it's because they're
delaying marriage for so long. Also, Robert Lopez and Jeff
Marx wrote the music and lyrics for "Avenue Q" -
the hit Broadway musical about life and love in New York performed
by puppets. John Tartaglia is the voice of the lead character.
All three talk with Anne Strainchamps about the show and why puppets
can tackle scary subjects like racism and homosexuality. And we
hear excerpts from the show. For more information, visit their
website at www.avenueQ.com
Ethan Watters is the author of "Urban
Tribes." Watters tells Jim Fleming that the TV show "Friends"
is a good example of the kind of social group he's talking about
and explains what tribes are good for, and why they're not replacements
for families. Also, commentator Amanda Henry recounts her
experience of life with a group of friends in the Big Apple.
Faith Adiele flunked out of Harvard and went
to Thailand to study languages. There, she became the first ordained
Black Buddhist Nun. She's written about it in a memoir called
"Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun."
Adiele tells Jim Fleming she wasn't religious when she went to
Thailand, but believes in getting outside of your comfort zone
as a means of finding yourself.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-05-16-A.
- Faith Adiele, Meeting
Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun (Norton)
- Ethan Watters, Urban Tribes: a generation
redefines friendship, family, and commitment (Bloomsbury)
- Avenue Q: The Musical (Original
Broadway Cast Recording) (Victor 8286-55923-2)
- -I Did It My Way/ Frank Sinatra
- -"I'll Be There For You"/ The Rembrandts/
L.P./ East West Records America
- -Toy Balloons/ Perry Kingsley/ "The Out Sound
From Way In"/Vanguard
- -In My Room/ Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet/ "Dim
the Lights, Chill the Ham"/ Card 14
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