Fairy Tales

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photoThe power and relevance of fairy tales. We've all heard them growing up: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk. They tell us about the quest for romance, riches, and power. They teach morals and lessons of hard work, staying on the right path and good prevailing over evil. But in a world of war, corporate scandal, politics, and economic insecurity, can tales of giants, glass slippers and gingerbread houses still speak to us today? Living happily ever after in an age of Terror.


Maria Tatar, John L. Loeb professor of Germanic languages and literatures at Harvard University and author and editor of "The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales"

This program aired on January 7, 2003.


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