Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Failing Our Brightest Kids, Peanuts

Episode: Failing Our Brightest Kids, Peanuts

  • Nov 20, 2015 10:00 pm
  • 52:22 mins

Guests: Stephen J Lind, PhD, Author of “A Charlie Brown Religion: Exploring the Spiritual Life and Work of Charles M. Shulz”; Amy Schulz Johnson, Daughter of Charles Schulz  “Peanuts” is back on the big screen in beautiful CGI and 3D - there’s the bossy girl named Lucy, tom-boy Peppermint Patty, a dreamy-eyed dog named Snoopy, a wise-for-his-age-but-still-carries-a-security-blanket tot named Linus and, of course, the angsty Charlie Brown who can never seem to do anything right and it just eats him up.  Peanuts is possibly the best known and most -successful comic strip of all time and Charles Schulz drew it for 50 years – up until the final frame published on the day he died in 2000. But Peanuts was groundbreaking in another, less-appreciated way: it was the first mainstream comic strip to openly address religious themes – and even spout scripture on occasion. nd sound bites.