AGING: DYING YOUNG AS LATE AS
Henry Alford believes that old people are wise. And to
prove it, he interviewed many people over the age of seventy, including
Phyllis Diller, Harold Bloom and a retired aerospace engineer who eats
food out of the garbage. The result is Alford's new book, "How to
Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still On this
Earth)." In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Henry
Alford shares the age-old wisdom he received. Also, David Greenberger
and the art he creates out of his conversations with older people.
David Greenberger transforms the words of elderly
people in his series of "Duplex Planet" zines, comic books,
spoken-word performances and radio plays. The latest is a CD called
"Cherry Picking Apple Blossom Time" which features music by
singer/songwriter Paul Cebar and focuses on artistic ideas about
memory loss developed during a three month residency Greenberger spent
at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee's Center on Age and Community.
Greenberger talks with Steve Paulson about the CD and the people who
helped him make it. Also, Henry Alford is the author of "How
To Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on
This Earth.) He talks with Anne Strainchamps.
Greg Critser is a veteran science and medical
journalist. He's the author of three critically acclaimed books, most
recently, "Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging."
He tells Jim Fleming about the scientific progress against aging and
the several varieties of snake oil you can buy trying to stay young
Meghan O'Rourke wonders if there's a better
way to be bereaved in an essay called "Good Grief" which recently
appeared in the New Yorker. She's also working on a book about grief
for Spring 2011. O'Rourke is the culture critic for "Slate"
and a poetry editor of "The Paris Review." Meghan, whose mother
died in December 2008, talks with Jim Fleming, whose father died in
January 2010. The poem Jim refers to is "The Dead" by Billy
Collins, from his collection "Sailing Alone Around the Room."
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 10-02-21-A.
- -- Music heard in David Greenberger/"Cherry
Picking Apple Blossom Time" Mix:
- -- "The Limits of Dreaming"/David Greenberger,
with music by Paul Cebar
- -- "A King in Milwaukee, Part 1"/David Greenberger,
with music by Paul Cebar
- -- "No Rooms Here"/David Greenberger, with
music by Paul Cebar All from the CD, "Cherry Picking Apple Blossom
Time"/David Greenberger, with music by Paul Cebar (PelPel Recordings)
- -- Music heard after David Greenberger interview:
- -- "Things Were Going So Well"/Mychael Danna
& Rob Simonsen from the CD, "Score from the Motion Picture
(500) Days Of Summer" (Sire) http://www.500daysmusic.com/
- -- Music heard after Henry Alford interview:
- -- "Morning"/Mark Adler
from the CD, "Focus - Original Score" (Milan Records/BMG Entertainment)
- -- Music heard after Greg Critser interview:
- -- "Sunday Gardena Blvd."/Money Mark
from the CD, "Mark's Keyboard Repair" (MoWax Records/A&M)
- -- Music heard after Meghan O'Rourke interview:
- -- "Life and Death"/Michael Giacchino
from the CD, "Lost: Original Television Soundrack" (Varese
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