To die alone and unattended seems like the sorriest way to leave this world. But two men in Amsterdam have taken it upon themselves to arrange funerals for those who would otherwise meet eternity unremembered. Producer Michele Ernsting brings us this touching documentary.
‘Parodies of funeral marches aren’t new, according to Jeffrey Kallberg, a Chopin scholar and chair of the music department at the University of Pennsylvania. Kallberg says they trace back all the way to the piece that originally inspired Chopin to write his own funeral march.
"Chopin’s march is modeled after a Rossini opera, La Gazza Ladra, and that served as the basis for parodies," Kallberg says. "If you’re old enough to remember, that was the theme music for Alfred Hichcock’s show."’ From http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124039949
Caustic Soda puts the fun in funeral! Guest Arinn Dembo joins us to talk neanderthal cave burials, cremains, martyriums, slave sacrifice, wife-burning, The Great Death Pit, viking ship burials, Tibetan sky burial, corpse demons, the soothing rite of fire and much more!