Growing Bolder: Dawn Wells; Estella Pyfrom; Steven Johnson; Theodore Bikel
“Gilligan’s Island” remains one of the most beloved and popular shows in TV history, even though it only aired for three seasons. Dawn Wells, who played girl-next-door Mary Ann, discusses the show’s enduring appeal and relevance and explains why we could all stand to think a little bit more like Mary Ann in today’s fast-paced world.
Estella Pyfrom is living proof you don’t need a lot of money or contacts to make a big difference. After a lifetime of teaching underprivileged children and adults, she retired but the need to help was still strong. So she created a mobile learning center to bring education to underserved communities.
What are the most important innovations that helped create the modern world? Writer Steven Johnson discusses his book and PBS special “How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World” and describes our tremendous leaps forward over the past several decades.
Theodore Bikel, a legend of stage, screen and folk music, tells us about finding love and purpose at 90 and why he’s been so busy lately that he had to update his autobiography, which he wrote at 70!
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