In this hour, Lewis Hyde is the author of the acclaimed Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art. He talks with Steve Paulson about the meaning of the word "trickster." His book explores the cultural history of such infamous Trickster figures as Loki and Monkey.
Next, Eileen Kane is the author of Trickster: An Anthropological Memoir, in which she revisits her experience as a young, newly married, trainee anthropologist studying the Paiute Indians of Nevada. She tells Jim Fleming about her adventures trying to find out more about a local man named Jack Wilson, or "Wovoka."
Then, we hear a clip from the late Carlos Castaneda, then Anne Strainchamps talks with Robert Marshall, author of a Salon.com story called "The Dark Legacy of Carlos Castaneda." Marshall tells Anne that Castaneda was a literary trickster who invented most of the teachings of Don Juan which made him famous in the sixties. He fooled millions of people and at the end of his life, may have led several female followers into suicide.
Finally, Erica Rowell has worked in the movie industry and as a journalist. She's the author of The Brothers Grim: The Films of Ethan and Joel Coen. Rowell talks with Steve Paulson, and we hear lots of film clips. [Broadcast Date: August 3, 2011]