News from the Red Desert; Dead Mom Talking; Man's Search for Meaning
Kevin Patterson is a doctor and a writer; in 2007, he volunteered at a Canadian military hospital on the Kandahar Airfield base. He mined that experience for his new novel, News from the Red Desert.It's a gripping account of the moral complexities faced by war correspondents, soldiers and generals caught up in the absurdity of war.
Don't let the title scare you. "Dead Mom Talking" is a tender and loving tale of a mother and daughter who re-connect, through the magic of radio. It was produced by Rachel Matlow; and is a winner at the 2016 Third Coast International Audio Festival.
Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor. His memoir, Man's Search for Meaning has sold in the tens of millions. We will hear from people whose lives were changed after reading the book -- including political prisoner Mohamed Fahmy, and Cold Play's Chris Martin. Our special hour, "The Meaningful Man", was produced by Cate Cochran.
Elsewhere, a farewell to legendary folk musician Oscar Brand, and listeners' thoughts about unwanted, upright pianos.
Music this week by: the Creaking Tree String Quartet, Ludwig Van Beethoven, pianist Catherine Wilson, Stephen Foster, Michael Kaeshammer, Oscar Brand and The Travellers, Arvo Part, Les Violons du Roy, and jazz pianist Peter Dent.