With Good Reason

Archive for 2003

Improving Global Health
December 27th, 2003 - (0 Comments)

While some believe there’s a health-care crisis in the United States, many citizens of developing countries have no access to health care at all. Dr. Richard Guerrant (University of Virginia) has spent most of his career helping train foreign medical students, and spends part of the year in a small Brazilian city. Also featured: Tom Calogrides (Tidewater Community […]

Christmas Songs and Stories
December 20th, 2003 - (0 Comments)

On this special holiday edition of With Good Reason, we feature an assortment of songs, stories and thoughts about Christmas. Jazz pianist John Toomey (Old Dominion University) plays his rendition of several Christmas classics. Essayist Sharon Hoggard (Norfolk State University) reminisces about how her mother’s annual traditions. Writer Jay Lidington (Tidewater Community College) explains how his father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s has […]

The Next 100 Years of Flight
December 13th, 2003 - (0 Comments)

On December 17, 1903, two brothers from Ohio successfully flew a powered aircraft 852 feet in 59 seconds, marking the beginning of humanity’s era of flight. Since Orville and Wilbur Wright spread their wings, planes have gone from unstable contraptions to sleek vehicles that can traverse the globe in a matter of hours. Today, aerospace […]

Overcoming Appalachian Stereotypes
December 6th, 2003 - (0 Comments)

Last year’s announcement that CBS planned to create a new reality show called “The Real Beverly Hillbillies” generated objections that it would foster more disparaging views of the Appalachian Mountain culture. The show would have followed an Appalachian family as they adjust to life as Hollywood millionaires. English professor Parks Lanier (Radford University) is tired of Appalachian […]

Conscientious Objectors in the Shenandoah Valley
November 29th, 2003 - (0 Comments)

When America began drafting soldiers for World War I, a legal right to abstain from fighting was encoded in law. But many conscientious objectors sent to work for the medical corps were beaten for their views. During World War II, pacifist churches like the Quakers and the Mennonites worked with the military to design a […]

Not Your Father’s P.E.
November 22nd, 2003 - (0 Comments)

The field of physical education has gone through dramatic changes over the past 25 years. It’s even gotten a new name – kinesiology. While P.E. is still about getting people physically fit, it’s also about the role movement plays in our human experience. John Charles (William & Mary) heads a kinesiology department and uses texts like “Zen […]

Living Donor Transplants
November 15th, 2003 - (0 Comments)

Thousands of Americans who suffer from liver disease die each year while waiting for a transplant. It has been the case that these patients must wait for an organ donor to die first. But surgeons at the University of Virginia are trying to make it safer for volunteers to donate half of their liver to […]

Special Education: In Search of Better Angels
November 8th, 2003 - (0 Comments)

People with mental and physical disabilities are required by law to have equal access to an education and a livelihood. But cutbacks in federal and state appropriations threaten many programs that help those who need a little extra care. J. David Smith (University of Virginia-Wise) says people with disabilities are part of the human family, and our […]

Every Business Needs an Angel
November 1st, 2003 - (0 Comments)

What’s the most important thing required to start a new business? Money! But often, funding is the missing ingredient that prevents an entrepreneurial idea from becoming a successful enterprise. Sure, you can ask friends and family for a $1,000 here or there, and the bank might be willing to lend you some money. But, how […]

Democracy and the Media
October 25th, 2003 - (0 Comments)

We all know that a free press is one of the key ingredients of a healthy democracy. But what if the media doesn’t do it’s job very well? If you rely on the television networks for news, you might not be able to make an informed decision when you go to the polls. At least, […]