Seven Deadly Sins

April 6, 2003
(was 03.24.2002)

According to George Bernard Shaw, the seven deadly sins are food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children.  This time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll explore the more traditional Seven Deadly Sins.  Musician Joe Jackson will tell us how lust, gluttony and the other sins inspired his album “Heaven and Hell.”  And we’ll experience the Angry comedy of Lewis Black.

  1. Joe Jackson on "Heaven and Hell"

    Musician Joe Jackson talks with Jim Fleming about his concept album “Heaven and Hell” which is based on the Seven Deadly Sins.

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  2. John Portmann on "In Defense of Sin"

    John Portmann contributed to and edited the collection of essays, “In Defense of Sin.”  He tells Steve Paulson why, as a child, he loved going to confession.

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  3. Lewis Black on Anger Comedy

    Comedian Lewis Black is an angry man. He talks with Jim Fleming about the fine line between playing angry and being angry.

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  4. Stewart Lee Allen on Forbidden Food

    Stewart Lee Allen explains why the ancient Greeks wouldn’t eat beans, how Spanish Christians began the tradition of eating ham for Easter, and what he’d serve at a dinner dedicated to the Seven Deadly Sins.

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