To The Best Of Our Knowledge: Amusement Parks

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In this special from To The Best Of Our Knowledge, celebrate one of the most fundamental past times of summer: amusement parks. 

Learn about the history and importance of amusement parks with historian Lauren Rabinovitz. Sideshow performer Todd Robbins demonstrates a few of his tricks -- including eating a lightbulb and hammering a nail into his nostril. Then, actor and comedian B.J. Novak takes a look at some rather unusual theme park attractions, like a Christo-designed roller coaster modeled on real life. 

The special closes with a journey to the most iconic amusement park of all: Walt Disney World. John Jeremiah Sullivan experiences getting high at “The Happiest Place on Earth,” and explores Disney’s cultural and corporate influence.

Listen: 

  • Saturday, August 29 at 6am on 93.9FM/NJPR 
  • Saturday, August 29 at 2pm on AM 820 
  • Saturday, August 29 at 9pm on NJPR 
  • Sunday, August 30 at 8pm on AM 820