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Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
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Stay curious-- in May with these great programs on PBS/WFSU-TV. Few events were more significant than the rise of Islam. Islam: Empire of Faith (5/8, 9 pm) tells the story of the great sweep of Islam power and faith during its first 1,000 years. The conquest of the New World in less than 50 years is one of history's most profound events--and remains one of its greatest adventures. British historian Michael Woods captures these 16th century explorations on Conquistadors (Wednesdays beginning 5/9- 5/18, 9 pm.) The remarkable synergy between modern biology and technology blurs the line between man and machines. Beyond Human (Tuesdays, 5/15 - 5/22, 8 pm) explores this critical juncture in human evolution. Then discover the joy of uninterrupted world-class figure skating on An Evening of Championship Skating (5/23, 8 pm.) For this month's Perspectives book review, program host Danae Jones and guests will revisit an American classic, and discuss Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow.
Published in 1975, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War. The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters.
Join Perspectives host Danae Jones and guests for a discussion of the bestseller, Thursday, May 31, at 11:00 am, on 88.9 FM.

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