Mountain Splendor

May 11, 2003

In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Simon Winchester tells the remarkable story of Krakatoa.  The volcanic eruption spewed chunks of land 25 miles into the air.  The blast was heard three thousand miles away.  And it kicked up monstrous tidal waves that killed nearly forty  thousand people. We’ll also talk with the sons of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the men who first climbed Mount Everest.

  1. Peter Hillary and Jamling Norgay on "Surviving Everest"

    Peter Hillary and Jamling Norgay are the sons of the first men to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Both men are climbers and have made a documentary film called “Surviving Everest” for National Geographic which details their own expedition up the mountain.

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  2. Simon Winchester on Krakatoa

    Simon Winchester talks about the enormous volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in Indonesia in 1883. The tidal waves killed almost forty thousand people, and the resulting social chaos gave rise to the first incidents of Muslim clerics fomenting violent uprisings against Westerners.

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  3. John Taliaferro on "Great White Fathers"

    John Taliaferro is the author of “Great White Fathers: The Story of the Obsessive Quest to Create Mt. Rushmore.”

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  4. Mark Spragg on "Where Rivers Change Direction"

    Mark Spragg grew up at Holm Lodge, the oldest dude ranch in Wyoming. He talks about growing up on horseback in the American mountain West

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