I'm Sorry

February 16, 2003
(was 01.27.2002)

In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge one man’s attempt to apologize for the sins of his family’s past.  Also, mizuko kuyo, the Japanese ritural ceremony of apology to aborted fetuses.  What does it mean to say “I’m sorry.”

  1. Cary Sudler on Slavery and the Past

    Cary Sudler is descended from a slave-holding plantation family.  He discovered that he shares the Sudler name with both black and white families in the area around the old plantation.

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  2. Robert Karen on False Contrition

    Psychologist Robert Karen, author of “The Forgiving Self: The Road from Resentment to Connection,” tells Jim Fleming that forcing kids to apologize when they’re not really sorry is a bad idea.

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  3. William Frey on the Science of Tears

    Dr. William Frey, director of the Alzheimer’s Research Center at Regents Hospital in Minnesota and author of “Crying: A Mystery of Tears,” talks with Steve Paulson about the physiology of tears.

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  4. William LaFleur on Abortion in Japan

    William La Fleur is the author of “Liquid Life: Abortion and Buddhism in Japan.”  He tells Anne Strainchamps about the Japanese mizuko rituals which are a form of public apology addressed to aborted fetuses.

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