To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
"Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never
eat at a place called Mum's. And never go to bed with a woman whose
troubles are greater than your own." -- Nelson Algren.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll catch
up with Studs Terkel to talk about why an American master like Nelson
Algren never got his due.
Studs Terkel tells Steve Paulson about his
friend Nelson Algren. Algren wrote "A Walk on the Wild Side"
and won the first National Book Award for "The Man with the
Golden Arm," but was too gritty for most critics. Terkel's
latest book is "Hope Dies Last." We also hear Algren
reading from "Chicago: City on the Make." Also, journalist
Marc Cooper is the author of "The Last Honest Place
in America: Paradise and Perdition in Las Vegas." He tells
Jim Fleming that Las Vegas has its own integrity in that all that
matters there is money and the city is completely honest about
Independent producer Angie Blake presents
her radio documentary on a group of gay men who have been outsiders
from both gay and straight culture since the 1950's the
Noah Levine is the author of a memoir called
"Dharma Punx." He tells Anne Strainchamps how he's combined
the spiritual traditions of Buddhism with punk rock in his own
life and says his message seems to resonate with other people
his age. Also, Steve Paulson talks with Diamanda Galas
about her two new CD's - "La Serpenta Canta" and "Defixiones:
Will and Testament." Galas is a classically trained pianist,
with a vocal range of three and a half octaves whose music is
dark and intense. And we hear lots of it.
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- Marc Cooper, The Last Honest Place in
America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas (Nation
- Noah Levine, Dharma Punx: a memoir
(Harper San Francisco)
- Studs Terkel, Hope Dies Last (The
- Sex Pistols "God Save the
Queen" off of the CD Never Mind The Bullocks
Here's the Sex Pistols on Warner Records.
- Charles Mingus "Body and
Soul" off of Mingus Plays Piano on Impulse Records.
- Dinah Washington "Bad Luck" off of The
Complete Dinah Washington (Vol. 5:
1956:1958) off of Mercury Records.
- Minor Threat "Stumped" and "Straight
Edge" off of The Complete Discography on Dischord Records.
- Fugazi "Waiting Room" off of 13 Songs
on Dischord Records.
- Our closing music was Diamanda Galas "Burning
Hell (reprise)" off of La Serpenta Canta on Mute Records.
(note: All music used during the Diamanda Galas interview were
off of La Serpenta Canta and Defixiones: Will and Testament. Both
are on Mute Records.)
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