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Death And Absurdity, Kites in Darfur, and Misha Berson's Theater Reviews

Megan Sukys
01/29/2009

University of Washington English professor David Shields thinks about how our bodies decay and die. His father is 97 and doesn't give death the time of day. We hear from David as well as a man who is teaching refugee children in Darfur to make kites.

At 2:00 p.m. – David Shields: Death and Absurdity (from To the Best of Our Knowledge)

University of Washington English professor David Shields is the author of "The Thing about Life is that One Day You'll Be Dead." He talks with Anne Strainchamps about his book, which is a meditation on how our bodies decay and die, and his irrepressible father who is 97 and who doesn't give death the time of day.

At 2:20 p.m. – Kites in Darfur (from The Story)

While working for the U.N., Patrick McGrann observed that people need more than jobs and stability — they also need to have fun. He talks with Dick about where he got the idea to teach children in refugee camps to make kites. Patrick says the kites lift kids' spirits — and give them a way to earn some money.

At 2:40 p.m. – Misha Berson

In the next few weeks area theatre goers can solve mysteries in ancient Egypt, enter the world of rural quilt makers in Alabama, visit a sculpture garden in South Africa or learn about the roots of rock and roll in Memphis. Misha Berson is the Seattle Times theatre critic. Her reviews and previews are a regular part of our program.

This week Misha reviews:
"Road to Mecca" at ACT Theatre
"Act a Lady" at Theater Shmeater
"Gee's Bend" at Taproot Theatre
"Memphis"at the 5th Avenue Theatre
"Pharaoh Serket and the Lost Stone of Fire" at Seattle Children's Theatre

At 2:50 p.m. – Rich Like Them (from Marketplace Money)

Ever wonder how the wealthiest Americans make all their money? So does writer Ryan D'Agostino, and after walking around some of America's wealthiest zip codes, he found out. Tess Vigeland talks with him about his new book "Rich Like Them."

At 2:55 p.m. – StoryCorps in Seattle

We hear a highlight from The StoryCorps project from their trip through Seattle.

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