With Good Reason

Archive for 2007

Endangered Languages
December 29th, 2007 - (0 Comments)

On average one language disappears every two weeks on this planet and by the end of the century, half of the world’s languages will be gone. Linguist Jack Martin (William and Mary) discusses why languages disappear and what can be done to preserve these languages, particularly the dialects of Native Americans. Also: historian Gilmer Blackburn […]

Into the Light
December 22nd, 2007 - (0 Comments)

People experiencing out of the body near death experiences have been depicted in movies and even on television shows like the Sopranos. Bruce Greyson (University of Virginia) is one of the first researchers to gather empirical data on near-death experiences using scientific methods. He has documented clear patterns in the long-term health of those who have experienced […]

An Illusion of Inclusion
December 15th, 2007 - (0 Comments)

In the midst of America’s mortgage meltdown, black and hispanic homeowners are taking especially hard hits.  Business Professor Greg Fairchild (Batten Institute) says the lack of a down payment is the biggest obstacle for these communities, which historically have only a small fraction of the family wealth available to white households. Also featured: Peter Rodriguez (Batten Institute) is an […]

Hidden Persuasion
December 8th, 2007 - (0 Comments)

Many companies are now hiring “actors” to strike up conversations with unsuspecting customers in order to convince people to buy their products according to Vince Magnini (Longwood University). This growing use of undercover sales agents along with ‘product placement’ in the movies and television raises ethical and legal questions. Also: We think of the Holidays as a […]

Virginia Folklife Traditions
December 1st, 2007 - (0 Comments)

Virginians enjoy a wealth of traditional music, food, and crafts, some of which grew out of our state’s unique conditions and others which were brought to us by newcomers. Learning these traditions — like old-time banjo music, Brunswick Stew, duck decoys or tabla drumming — takes years of dedication and a skilled and competent teacher. […]

Escape to Hotel Rwanda
November 24th, 2007 - (0 Comments)

Egide Karuranga (Virginia State University) is a Tutsi who survived genocide by seeking refuge in the real Hotel Rwanda. All his life, he feared the “final solution” was coming. He says events leading up to genocide follow a predictable pattern, which makes the mass killing something that can be averted. Also: Gregory H. Stanton (University of Mary […]

Wretched Sisters: Women and the Death Penalty
November 17th, 2007 - (0 Comments)

Eleven women have been put to death for murder since the United States reinstated the death penalty in 1976. In her book, Wretched Sisters, Mary Atwell (Radford University) offers an analysis of the circumstances that determined how these eleven came to be subjected to the ultimate punishment. Also featured; The gun-toting woman holds enormous symbolic significance in American culture. […]

Climate Change in the Garden
November 10th, 2007 - (0 Comments)

Whether or not you believe in global warming, the past 20 years in Virginia have been getting noticeably hotter and drier. Internationally acclaimed horticulturist Ian Robertson (Piedmont Virginia CC) pays careful attention to plants in his work and says we can already see changes in the fauna of Virginia. While the issue is a global one, there […]

Mourning Katrina
November 3rd, 2007 - (1 Comments)

Joanne Gabbin and Alexander Gabbin (James Madison University) believe in the healing power of words.  They have collected more than 170 poems from survivors of Hurricane Katrina who, through poetry, bear witness and respond to one of America’s worst natural disasters.  Under the auspices of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the Gabbins have created a […]

“Oh Shenandoah!”
October 27th, 2007 - (0 Comments)

Virginia’s Shenandoah River is in trouble and environmental toxicologist Tom Benzing (James Madison University) wants to raise awareness about threats to the river from acid rain, industrial discharges, agricultural runoff, and rapid development. He leads “Shenandoah Sojourns” where interested citizens and students spend a week paddling the river and talking with farmers and industry and community leaders […]