Amateur Hour

September 21, 2003

It sounds like a deal in the ads - submit your poems, have them set to music, and start a fascinating new career as a hit songwriter.  Of course your chance of success is slim to none and you have to pay for the privilege.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the strange subculture of song-poems.  And Timothy Ferris talks about the important role amateurs play in astronomy.

  1. Herman Gollob on "Me and Shakespeare"

    Herman Gollob is the author of “Me and Shakespeare: Adventures with the Bard.”  He talks about how he became addicted to Shakespeare’s plays in his later life and why he teaches them to senior citizens.

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  2. Timothy Ferris on "Seeing in the Dark"

    Timothy Ferris is the author of nearly a dozen books of popular science, including “Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril.”

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  3. Peter Larson on "Rex Appeal"

    Peter Larson is a professional paleontologist and commercial fossil hunter.  His book is “Rex Appeal: The Story of Sue, the Dinosaur that Changed Science, the Law and My Life.” 

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  4. Jamie Meltzer on Song-Poems

    Jamie Meltzer directed a documentary film called “Off the Charts.” It’s about the business of “song-poems.”

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