Regular price: $3.95

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

In this hour, cultural critic Richard Todd looked at modern life and saw others telling what is and isn't real. He wrote a book called The Thing Itself: On the Search for Authenticity. He tells Anne Strainchamps that authenticity is less a condition in itself than a desire.

Next, Sherman Alexie is a celebrated fiction writer who is also Spokane and strong opinions about what it means to be a real Indian. Steve Paulson asked him to read an excerpt from his story The Search Engine."

Then, music critic Yuval Taylor tells Steve Paulson that authenticity in music is a complicated business. Taylor is the co-author (with Hugh Barker) of Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music. And we hear examples, from Leadbelly to Punk.

After that, Vikram Chandra touched off a bidding war among New York publishers for his new novel, Sacred Games. But he writes in English, the language of the colonizer, and faces accusations that he's not really an Indian writer. Chandra talks with Jim Fleming about his personal history and sense of identity as a writer.

Following that – don't look for authenticity on your plate, either! That's the message of Barry Glassner's book, The Gospel of Food. He talks with Steve Paulson about so-called "authentic" Chinese and Mexican food.

Finally, Alan Doyle, Bob Hallet and Sean McCann are the founding members of the band Great Big Sea. Their music has its roots in Newfoundland traditional folk music, but it rocks! They tell Jim Fleming why they combine folk and rock and how they approach their music. And we hear lots of it. The band's new album is called The Hard and the Easy. [Broadcast Date: June 16, 2010]

Listen to Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

Want more To The Best of Our Knowledge?

  • Subscribe for one month or 12 months.
  • Get the latest issue.
  • Check out the complete archive.
  • (P) and ©2010 Wisconsin Public Radio

    What members say

    Average Customer Ratings

    Overall

    • 4.7 out of 5.0
    • 5 Stars
      2
    • 4 Stars
      1
    • 3 Stars
      0
    • 2 Stars
      0
    • 1 Stars
      0

    Performance

    • 5.0 out of 5.0
    • 5 Stars
      1
    • 4 Stars
      0
    • 3 Stars
      0
    • 2 Stars
      0
    • 1 Stars
      0

    Story

    • 5.0 out of 5.0
    • 5 Stars
      1
    • 4 Stars
      0
    • 3 Stars
      0
    • 2 Stars
      0
    • 1 Stars
      0
    No Reviews are Available