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Glamour Addiction

Dave Beck
04/12/2007

Ballroom dancing is a dangerous drug. Today, the UW Dance Faculty's Juliet McMains takes us inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry and tells us how the dance she loved became an obsession she despised. Later, Amanda Wilde shares a song we didn't know we knew so well.

07:00 - Ballroom Addiction (Archive from 12/13/06)
Ballroom dancing is a dangerous drug. Like many of life's richer pleasures, the glamour, attention, and competition of dance can lure people into a cycle of constant yearning. Juliet McMains is a member of the UW Dance Faculty who wrote about her experience inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry in the book, Glamour Addiction. In an archive from December 13, 2006, Juliet tells us how the dance she loved became an obsession she despised.

20:00 - Flower Confidential (Archive from February 14th, 2007)
What has been gained – and what has been lost – in tinkering with Mother Nature? Should we care that roses have lost their scent? Or that most flowers are sprayed with pesticides? In a global marketplace, is there such a thing as a socially responsible flower? Author Amy Stewart speaks with Dave Beck about the intersection of nature and technology, and the balance of sentiment and commerce.

34:00 - Sounds Familiar: 'Spring Song'
Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years and Beyond, joins us with the little–known history of songs we didn't know we knew so well.

50:00 - Dan Zanes and Friends
The Grammy–award winning CD Catch That Train brings together family music maestro Dan Zanes with the Kronos Quartet, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Father Goose, Dan's mother–in–law, and the children of South Africa's Agape Orphanage to sing Zulu folk songs, an old labor organizing tune, a song about the joys of farming the English countryside, and of course a few train songs. We'll sample highlights from Catch That Train later this hour.

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