To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Calling Lynne Cox a swimmer is like calling Mohammed
Ali a tough guy. At age fourteen, she swam to Catalina Island from
mainland California. At eighteen she swam between the islands of
New Zealand. Years later, with miles of hard swims behind her, she
turned her eye to the unthinkable - the icy waters of Antarctica.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, tales of a
long-distance swimmer. Also, some of Hollywood's toughest women
the stunt doubles.
Amanda Micheli is a film-maker whose new
documentary is called "Double Dare" and traces the lives
of two Hollywood stunt women. Micheli tells Anne Strainchamps
that stunt women are expected to be just as athletic as their
male counterparts, while wearing skimpy costumes with no padding.
She explains what stunt women do, how and why they do it. And
we hear clips. Also, Lia Macko is the co-author (with Kerry
Rubin) of "Mid-life Crisis at 30: How the Stakes Have Changed
for a New Generation and What to Do about It." She tells
Jim Fleming women still blame themselves for not being able to
achieve everything imagined in the days of the Feminist Revolution.
Lynne Cox is a long distance swimmer who
specializes in the impossible. So far, she's broken the men's
and women's records for the English Channel, crossed the Strait
of Magellan, and taken on the icy waters of Antarctica without
a wetsuit. She's also written a book: "Swimming to Antarctica."
She tells Steve Paulson how she trained, and how she's able to
do survive in such cold water.
Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for
Women International, a group that helps women rebuild their lives
after the devastation of war. The group funds multi-phase projects
in education, political organizing and economic development and
has run successful programs in ten countries including Rwanda
and Iraq. Salbi tells Jim Fleming how her organization works and
why it succeeds.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-06-20-A.
- Lynne Cox, Swimming
to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer (Knopf)
- Lia Macko & Kerry Rubin, Midlife
Crisis at 30: How the Stakes Have Changed for a New Generation
and What to Do About It (Rodale)
- Amanda Micheli, Double Dare: Saving the
Film Industry, One Actress at a Time (Runaway Films &
- -The Swimming Song/ Loudon Wainwright
III/ BBC Sessions/ Strange Fruit UK
- -Kill Bill Vol. 1 Soundtrack/ Maverick\
- -Hedningarna/ Bulldog/ Nordic Roots 3/ Northside
- -Heaven and Earth/ Ale Moller/ Nordic Roots 2/
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