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Week of February 23, 2014

Lies That Last


Popular myths, urban legends, and just plain lies... Why do we persist in believing things that just aren't true? 

  1. Oklahoma Basement Myth - Mike Hancock


    Oklahoma is famous for tornados.  And the safest place to be in a tornado is a basement, right?  Well  in Oklahoma, they don’t have many basements.  In fact, only 3 percent of homes have them.  Why?  Because people in Oklahoma think you can’t build basements in their soil.

    Average: 4.6 (5 votes)
  2. Crack Baby Myth - Ira Chasnoff


    What if Crack Babies were a myth?

    To see the NYTimes video on Crack Babies click here.

    Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
  3. The Unknown Known - Errol Morris


    The question of how and why we come to believe lies fascinates filmmaker Errol Morris.

    Average: 4.8 (4 votes)
  4. Sonic Sidebar - Cow Tipping


    To the Best of Our Knowledge is produced at Wisconsin Public Radio, and if there’s one thing we know here in America’s dairyland, it’s cows.  So as long as we’re talking about lies that last… have you ever tried to tip a cow? 

    Interesting in that cow tipping equation? Click here.

    Average: 5 (6 votes)
  5. Little White Lies - Sam Harris


    Do do I look good in this dress?  We all know the answer, right?  It’s "you look great." Even if that’s not quite true.  

    Average: 4.4 (7 votes)
  6. BookMark: Karen Joy Fowler

    Karen Joy Fowler bookmarks "Dazzle of Day" by Molly Gloss.

    Average: 4 (2 votes)
  7. On Our Minds - Snake Handling


     Reverend Jamie Coots was a snake handler and Pentecostal preacher in Middlesboro, Kentucky.   He died this past Saturday, when the rattlesnake he was handling during a church service bit him.

    Average: 4 (1 vote)
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Afghan Traditions


Not every story about Afghanistan involves guns and soldiers.  We see the country through art, poetry and games - from the ancient sport of Buzkashi to Afghanistan's famous hand-woven carpets.   

  1. "Buzkashi Boys" - Sam French

    The film “Buzkashi Boys” is a coming of age story set in Afghanistan’s national sport, Buzkashi. It's a game of horse polo played with a dead goat instead of a ball. Plus, a coda from novelist Khaled Hosseini.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  2. Afghan Carpets - Anna Badkhen

    Anna Badkhen spent a year in the remote Afghan village of Oqa. She got to know the master weavers, who make some of the world's most beautiful carpets.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  3. Landay Poetry - Eliza Griswold

    Eliza Griswold went to the Pashtun region of Afghanistan to gather landay poems - a tradition of secret poems spoken by Pashtun women.

    Average: 4.3 (7 votes)
  4. Sonic Sidebar: Khaled Hosseini's "Mountains"

    Afghan-born writer Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner," reads from his latest novel, "And the Mountains Echoed."

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  5. BookMark: Hanan Al-Shaykh

    Hanan Al-Shaykh bookmarks "Season of Migration to the North" by Tayeb Salih.

    Average: 4.3 (3 votes)
  6. On Our Minds: Science Fictional Universe

    Charles Yu on quantum parenting, time travel and other science fictional paradoxes. Yu is the author of the acclaimed novel "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe."

    Average: 5 (3 votes)