Cultural Touchstones

November 30, 2008
(was 12.09.2007)

Sometimes, a single word speaks volumes about its era. Sputnik conjures up both the heady excitement of the early Space Race and the whole scary history of the Cold War. In this hour, To the Best of Our Knowledge touches on a few of these cultural touchstones....from Sputnik to Snoopy. We'll talk with the biographer of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and find out how much of himself the cartoonist revealed in good old Charlie Brown. And we'll hear why Miles Davis' landmark recording "Kind of Blue" remains one of the best-selling albums ever made, almost fifty years after its release.

  1. David Michaelis on "Schulz and Peanuts"

    David Michaelis tells Steve Paulson that Charles Schultz put a lot of himself into the Charlie Brown character, was greatly influenced by his mid-Western upbringing.

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  2. Nick Abadzis on Laika

    Nick Abadzis is the author of a graphic novel called  "Laika."  She was the little dog the Russians sent up into space aboard Sputnik II.

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  3. Ashley Kahn on Miles Davis

    Ashley Kahn takes Steve Paulson through the creation of Miles Davis' landmark recording "Kind of Blue."  The piece is lavishly illustrated with music from the album.

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  4. William Drennan and Nancy Horan on Frank Lloyd Wright

    Frank Lloyd Wright is a titan of American architecture, but he was grievously wounded, at least, psychologically, by a tragedy that occurred when he was in his forties.

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