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Program Information
Paradigm Tales
Original Child Bomb
Thomas Merton read by Vincent Di Stefano
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Aug. 3, 2012, 5:19 a.m.
Something from our collective memory, I know, I know we only like the Kodak type of memories.
But, Trappist monk, writer and mystic Thomas Merton wrote a poem - Original Child Bomb- in 1961, the title being an exact translation of the Japanese word for the bomb that dropped on Hiroshima 67 years ago on August 6, 1945. The poem is a short history written in numbered, laconic sentences about the development and first use of nuclear weapons
see program notes
A co-operative production between the land of OZ and the Amerikan heartland
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Commentary by:
Vincent Di Stefano reading the poem Original Child Bomb by Thomas Merton

Music (complete or excerpts):
Sentimental Journey by Les Brown with Doris Day (1945)

Hell, Fire and Damnation by Jocelyn Pook
from Untold Things – 2001 Real World Records

Only the Devil Laughed by Hildegard van Bingen
performers: Catherine King, Emily Van Evera and Sister Germaine Fritz
from Vision-The Music of Hildegard van Bingen – 1994 Angel Records

URLs of note:

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