The Magi, Arthurian Legends, Stamps, League of Wives
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 321
- Dec 17, 2019 9:00 pm
- 1:41:13 mins
The Book of Leonard, the Other, Other Wise Man Guest: Tim Slover, Professor, Theatre, University of Utah No Christmas scene would be complete without the three wise men. Tim Slover shares an original tale, of Leonard, the other other wise man who never made it to Bethlehem. The Mystery of the Magi Guest: Daniel Peterson, Professor, Arabic, and founder and long-time editor, Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, Brigham Young University The magi have appeared in the traditional Christmas narrative for centuries, bringing their gold, frankincense, and myrrh from faraway lands. But how much do we really know about their origins? King Arthur and the Knights of the Evergreen Table Guest: Leah Tether, faculty member and Co-Director, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol Perhaps no legend in the English language has been as enduring as the story of King Arthur. Thousands of off-shoots and iterations of the central Arthurian ideas have led to story after story of chivalry, conquest, love and magic that could’ve filled the lifetime of a hundred different Arthurs. Now a new contribution to the Arthur legend. Discovering the World Through Stamps Guest: Graham Beck, philatelist and YouTube host Perhaps nothing is quite as synonymous with the stereotyped image of an eclectic collector as that of the philatelist, or stamp collector. Since 1774 when John Bourke first started the practice, dedicated individuals have hunted down and been captivated by the humble postage stamp. Beck takes this obsession one step further and uses stamps as a lens on the world. Wives of POWs Brought their Husbands Home from Vietnam Guest: Heath Hardage Lee, author, “The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home from Vietnam” In 1967, the wives of POW/MIA soldiers in Vietnam revealed years of coded letters they had sent to their husbands, proving that their captors were violating the Geneva Convention’s rules for treating prisoners of war. The League of Wives helped change public perception of the war.