To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Americans change their dining room tables about as
often as they change their spouses, that is about one and a half
times in their lives. IKEA isn't concerned about your marriage,
but it does want to change the way you look at your furniture, and
yourself. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, how
IKEA is refurnishing the American house. And, speaking of Scandinavian
Chic, we'll sample the new haute cuisine not IKEA's Swedish
meatballs, but the unique flavors of Norway.
Mikael Niemi is the author of "Popular
Music from Vitula," the single best-selling book in Swedish
history. Niemi tells Steve Paulson that he wrote the book about
the part of Sweden where he lives to reflect those people's lives.
Karl Schmidt reads excerpts. And we hear Swedish rock from
John Leland is a Style writer at the N.Y.
Times. He tells Jim Fleming about the IKEA phenomenon and the
company's corporate and social vision. He says they're into equality
and affordability. And we hear a little ABBA, in Swedish.
Also, public Television's Rick Steves reports on a different
utopian vision - the Danish anarchist-hippie commune called Christiana.
And we hear a bit of the Copenhagen band the Raveonettes.
Andreas Viestad is host of PBS' "New
Scandinavian Cooking." He tells Jim Fleming stories from
the location filming of the series. And we hear some traditional
Norwegian folk music. Also, members of the Finnish band Vartinna
talk from Helsinki with Anne Strainchamps and do some a capella
singing. Their new CD is called Iki. And, Joseph Romm,
author of "The Hype about Hydrogen: tells Jim Fleming how
Iceland plans to become the first country in the world to become
100% independent of fossil fuels by using their boundless geothermal
energy to create hydrogen cells to power their motor vehicles.
And finally, we hear a bit of Bjork.
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- Mikael Niemi, Popular
Music from Vittula (Seven Stories Press)
- Joseph J. Romm, The Hype About
Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate
- Andreas Viestad, Kitchen of Light: New
Scandinavian Cooking With Andreas (Artisan Sales)
- Sigor Ros "Staalfur"
and "Agaetis Byrun" and "Hjartad Hamast" off
Agaetis Byrun CD on Fat Cat Records.
- The Hives "Declare Guerre Nucleaire"
off of the Veni Vidi Vicious CD on Burning Heart Records.
- ABBA "Waterloo (Swedish Version)" off
of the Waterloo CD on Polydor Records.
- The Raveonettes "Noisy Summer" off of
the Chain Gang of Love CD on Columbia Records.
- Torleiv and Hallvard Bjorgum "Huldreslatten"
off of the Folk Music from
Norway CD on Sylvartun Records.
- Bjork "I Go Humble" off of the Family
Tree CD on One Little Indian Records.
- Varttina "Sepan Poika" off of the Iki
CD on Northside Records.
- All other Varttina music was recording live
in Helsinki for To The Best of Our Knowledge.
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