Jonestown

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I've always heard of Jonestown and "drinking the Kool-Aid," but I've never known much about it. On this morning's Oregon Public Broadcasting local news segment, I heard an interview with one of only five survivors from Jonestown (he lives in Oregon now). Listen to the interview with Tim Carter, who survived because he was sent away on an errand while the rest of the colony...you know, drank the Kool-Aid. (Actually, apparently it was Flavor Aid.) What was the errand? According to Wikipedia, Carter was sent by Jim Jones (pictured at left) to the Soviet Embassy in Guyana to drop off money and documents.

The radio story was linked to an American Experience documentary on Jonestown which airs tonight on PBS stations in US. I'm certainly going to tune in!

More resources: Wikipedia article on Jonestown, Word Spy on the phrase "Drink the Kool-Aid," Father Cares (a 1981 NPR audio documentary on Jonestown).

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April 9, 2007 - 8:06am
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