American Icons: The Wizard of Oz

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Follow the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discover places in the land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.

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It's been over seventy years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense. Discover how Oz captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule. Hear how the playwright Neil LaBute, the late filmmaker Nora Ephron, the novelist Salman Rushdie, and the musician Bobby McFerrin, found magic, meaning, and inspiration in Oz.

(Originally aired: November 19, 2005)

Music Playlist

  1. When You Love, Love, Love

    Artist: Thomas E. Whitbred
    Album: The 1903 Broadway Musical: The Wizard of Oz
    Label: Hungry Tiger Press
  2. Wizard of Oz Theme

    Artist: Arthur Pryor's Band
    Album: The 1903 Broadway Musical: The Wizard of Oz
    Label: Hungry Tiger Press
  3. Wizard of Oz Theme

    Album: Aeolin Piano Roll
    Label: Hungry Tiger Press
  4. L'Diva de l'Empire

    Artist: Klara Kormendi
    Album: The Best of Erik Satie
    Label: Naxos
  5. Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    Artist: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
    Album: Facing Future
    Label: Mountain Apple Company
  6. Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    Artist: Maceo Parker
    Album: Roots Revisited
    Label: Minor Music
  7. Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

    Artist: The Chad Lawson Trio
    Album: Dear Dorothy: The Oz Sessions
    Label: Summit
  8. Follow the Yellow Brick Road

    Artist: The Chad Lawson Trio
    Album: Dear Dorothy: The Oz Sessions
    Label: Summit