Old-Time Eats

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Monday, December 22, 2008

A 1935 WPA project assigned out-of-work writers to report on American regional cuisine. Find out what Americans were eating in the 1930s - from fish fries to chitlin feasts! Also, Philip Glass on a new box set retrospective of his music. Hear the history of scrapbooking in America. Plus: a look at the Great Books movement in postwar America.

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Philip Glass

Great Books for All Americans

In post-war America, the Great Books movement, door-to-door book sales, and the Encyclopedia Britannica aimed to bring high culture to the masses. We look into whether it succeeded, and how it shaped modern ideas of literature. Alex Beam is author of A Great Idea at the Time.

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Philip Glass: The Glass Box

Philip Glass, one of the most influential modern composers, is often described as a minimalist – but he prefers to call himself of a composer of “music with repetitive structures." He talks about a new box set retrospective of his work called "The Glass Box."

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Scrapbooking American History

Designer and art critic Jessica Helfand writes: “To read another person's scrapbook is to acquire a body of knowledge about an entirely different time and place." We look into the history of scrapbooking, and what it reveals about changes in American cultural life. Ms. Helfand’s recent book is Scrapbooks: ...

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American Food in the 1930s

Find out what Americans were eating in the 1930s...from fish fries to chitlin feasts and Brunswick stew! Pat Willard tells us about a 1935 WPA project, which assigned out-of-work writers to report on American regional cuisine. Her new book is America Eats!.

Weigh in: Do you know what were ...

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