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Below you'll find more information on some of the topics touched on in Bill Moyers' conversation with Anne Provoost. You can also find more information on religion in the news in our main Resources section. Plus, you can explore freedom and tolerance, myths and sacred tales and other matters in our Perspectives section.

Noah and The Flood
Anne Provoost's book THE SHADOW OF THE ARK retells the familiar story of Noah from the point of view of those left off the Ark. This Wikipedia entry links to many texts concerning Noah in the Rabbinic, Christian and Islamic traditions.

There are a multitude of sites dedicated to the story online. You can read the story from the Book of Genesis in many translations, view a collection of ark images throughout history, follow a film crew from the PBS show NATURE in search of the reputed landing places for the Ark or read a PBS SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS essay on the scientific analysis of the flood story.

You can also listen to interpretations of the flood story from BILL MOYERS: GENESIS, A LIVING CONVERSATION:

Flood Myths
Flood myths similar to that of Noah and the Ark can be found in many different religions and cultures throughout the world. This site compiles summaries of these flood myths arranged by geographic area.

Hans Christian Andersen
Each year Anne Provoost chooses a lesser-known story by the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen and writes him a letter. In 2006 she chose "The Story of a Mother." Read Anne Provoost's letter to Hans Christian Andersen.

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