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To the Best of Our Knowledge: It's a Wonderful Afterlife? | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: It's a Wonderful Afterlife?

Eighty per cent of Americans say they believe in heaven. But when they're asked to describe it, many are at a loss for words. Do they think that there's another universe in the sky or do they believe that heaven is something more abstract and metaphorical? In this hour, we'll explore our enduring fascination with the afterlife by talking to Lisa Miller, the author of Heaven.
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In this hour, Neuroscientist David Eagleman is the author of Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. He tells Anne Strainchamps about some of the different things he has imagined might happen to us after we die. He starts by reading the title story Sum.

Next, religion editor for Newsweek magazine Lisa Miller is a journalist as well as author of a book called Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife. She tells Jim Fleming about the common denominators the three Abrahamic religions have about the concept of heaven.

After that, literary scholar John Casey is also a philosopher with an interest in heaven, and talked with Steve Paulson about his book After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. He says Christian and Muslim traditions often involve the afterlife, but it's not so important to the Jews.

Finally, Carlos Eire won a National Book Award for his memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana. His new book is A Very Brief History of Eternity. He tells Steve Paulson he started to worry about death as a child, growing up in Cuba during an era of public executions. [Broadcast Date: May 26, 2010]

Listen to Heaven by Lisa Mille.

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