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Archive for 1996

It’s a Small World: The Threat of Unchecked Population Growth
December 27th, 1996 - (0 Comments)

The world’s population is expected to double between 1990 and 2050, the shortest doubling rate in man’s history. The pressures on food and water supplies will be unprecedented. George Mason University sociologist and anthropologistThomas Dietz and Christopher Newport University population biologist Ron Mollick discuss the dangers of overpopulation and what’s being done to improve our odds of long-term […]

The Sky’s the Limit: The Role of the Heavens Across Cultures
December 20th, 1996 - (0 Comments)

From astrology to Zen, the heavens have been revered in every culture under the sun. Have Martian bacteria and multiple moon walks demystified the skies for modern man? University of Virginia anthropologist Roy Wagnerand Virginia Commonwealth University religion professor Cliff Edwards discuss how the relationship between man and his celestial mantal has changed through time and cultures. Also […]

Holy City, Holy Wars: Jerusalem and the Rise of Fundamentalism
December 13th, 1996 - (0 Comments)

Jerusalem is a city of unmatched importance to Christians, Muslims, and Jews alike. Throughout history, the City of David has triggered fierce reverence and fanatic revenge. Virginia Tech historian William Ochsenwald and William and Mary religion professor John Alden Williams discuss the role of Jerusalem through the centuries and how growing religious fundamentalism today threatens the future of arguably […]

Tis the Season: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Gift-Giving
December 6th, 1996 - (0 Comments)

Part I: It may be the thought that counts, but often its the gift that gets sparks flying between the sexes. Virginia Commonwealth University marketing professor Pam Kiecker and Mary Washington College English professor Chris Kilmartin discuss the sometimes thorny issue of gift-giving between men and women.  Part II: In Japan, white flowers symbolize death. A housewarming gift to an Arab […]

Searching for the Promised Land: History of Jews in Virginia
November 29th, 1996 - (0 Comments)

Jews were among the earliest settlers in Virginia, and they have played a pivotal role in Virginia history. Oddly, their history is seldom told. In this Hanukkah special, Myron Berman, author of Richmond’s Jewry; University of Virginia historian Phyllis Leffler, co-author of To Seek The Peace of the City: Jewish Life in Charlottesville; and Virginia Commonwealth University historian Mel Urofsky discuss the often overlooked story […]

The First Thanksgiving and Virginia’s Native American Tribes
November 23rd, 1996 - (0 Comments)

William and Mary historian James Axtell joins Old Dominion University anthropologist Helen Rountree for a lively look at early colonist-Indian relations in the towns of Plymouth, Mass., and Jamestown, Va. Also: Reporter Andy Washburg examines claims to the first Thanksgiving. Most people think the Pilgrims at Plymouth hold that honor. But some Virginians contend it happened here first—and they […]

So Sue Me: The Demise of Common-Sense Law
November 16th, 1996 - (0 Comments)

Clogged court dockets and multi-million dollar settlements are just two troubling signs of our litigious society. George Mason University law professor David Bertsein says we need more-focused laws that specifically spell out awards and sentences. Paul D. Camp Community College professor David Lydick says just the opposite: Judges should have wide discretion to determine the outcome of cases. Together […]

Humbling Empires: U.S. Efforts to Defeat the Axis Powers
November 9th, 1996 - (0 Comments)

Part I: Old Dominion University historian Carl Boyd, author of Hitler’s Japanese Confident, discusses how the U.S. cracked the Japanese diplomatic code and intercepted critical communications about Nazi activities and attitudes sent from Berlin to Tokyo. Part II: Historians Larry Bland of Virginia Military Institute, curator of the Marshall Museum, and Ken Werrell of Radford, author of Blankets of Fire: The B-29 Bombing Campaign Over Japan, discuss […]

Political Literacy: What Americans Should Know Before Voting
November 2nd, 1996 - (0 Comments)

On Tuesday this week, millions of Americans will cast their votes to elect our nations’ leader. Yet many Americans know little about politics, and the blurring of lines between party positions on controversial issues has done little to help. George Mason University historian and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Roger Wilkins joins Virginia Commonwealth University political scientist Scott Keeter, author […]

Dark Passages: The Role of Evil in Literature
October 25th, 1996 - (0 Comments)

From ancient Greek epics to the latest best seller, depictions of evil have remained a staple of human literacy output. Why are we fascinated by what we fear? English professors Roy Ball of Clinch Valley College and Robert Geary of James Madison University discuss how different authors have depicted evil throughout the ages and why we love to be […]