Filmmaker John de Graaf pulls up a chair to discuss his 1997 documentary Affluenza; a forthcoming project on Arizona politician and JFK/LBJ’s Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall; the politics of beauty; and a whether John Muir should be cancelled. Singer/songwriter Wendell Kimbrough closes out the show with “The Ballad of Freida the Goose” from his album Find Your Way Home.
0:50 An FPR podcast, really?
2:15 “Home” to John de Graaf
3:15 Vachel Lindsay and the “Gospel of Beauty”
4:45 Gracy Olmstead’s Uprooted
6:00 From Berkeley to a frozen Midwestern VISTA to Seattle
7:30 It all started with the film of the year
8:45 Alan Chadwick, master gardener
9:15 “Affluenza” explained
12:30 20 million views, a best-seller, and in the dictionary
15:45 Beloved by BYU
16:45 Take Back Your Time
18:30 French to Fox News?
20:00 Pandemics and “the good life”
25:00 David Brower, Republican
28:00 Floyd Dominy, a dam man
30:45 Stewart Udall, liberal conservative
35:30 LBJ pressures Udall on Vietnam
38:45 Barry Goldwater, Democratic donor
42:00 Politics of Beauty
43:00 GDP as Holy Grail?
46:15 Cancel John Muir?
50:15 Udall as cultural Mormon
51:00 Will beauty save the world?
52:00 Wendell sings “The Ballad of Freida the Goose”
Films of John de Graaf