YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ
Concerned that your family never spends time together
as a family? Sure, everyone is connected. There are computers all over
the house. Everyone has a cell phone and the number of text messages on
the last bill frankly blew you away. But are you connected to each other?
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll meet William
Powers. He thinks he's got a remedy. The Internet Sabbath. On Friday night,
he unplugs his modem, and the family stays off line until Monday. Even
his 12 year old son urges his friends to leave their phones in the house
when they go out to play. Powers says today's digital chaos is nothing
new. Every communications advance required a period of adjustment. Just
William Powers wrote "Hamlet's Blackberry:
A Practical Philosophy for Building A Good Life in the Digital Age"
because he feared people were getting lost in their electronic worlds.
Powers tells Anne Strainchamps that the challenges of our new technologies
are just the latest versions of problems we've faced every time technology
changes. Sooner or later, we adjust and learn better ways to use our
tools. Powers favors an Internet Sabbath at his house, even for his
12 year old son.
Patrick Hennessey tells Jim Fleming about his
war service in Iraq and Afghanistan and the role that books played in
his life as a soldier. His memoir is "The Junior Officers Reading
Club." Also, Timothy Ryback is a Holocaust scholar and cofounder
of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation in Paris.
He's also the author of "Hitler's Private Library: The Books That
Shaped His Life." Ryback tells Steve Paulson the shocking truth
that the two books that most influenced Hitler's thinking were American.
Amitav Ghosh was born in India and educated
in Delhi and at Oxford. He's the author of many award winning novels,
as well as non-fiction and essays. The first book in is new trilogy
is "Sea of Poppies." Ghosh tells Jim Fleming that English
has been a global language for 200 years and cites some of the many
Asian words that have long been in the Oxford English Dictionary. And
he reads sections from his book.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 10-10-17-A.
- After Powers and first option:
John Danley, "Falling Pears" from Amber Dispositions, JCDP-06,
A Priori Records, 1612 Woodland St. Nashville, TN 37206
- After Hennessey:
Dan Lambert, "A Life's Dream" from "Melodies/Improvisations"
HT 919 Coordinate Records
- After Ryback and second option:
John Danley, "Dust for Sparrows" from Amber Dispositions,
JCDP-06, A Priori Records, 1612 Woodland St. Nashville, TN 37206
- After Ghosh: John Danley, "Syncope" from
Amber Dispositions, JCDP-06, A Priori Records, 1612 Woodland St. Nashville,
week of 10/17/2010 - hour 1
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