With Good Reason

Archive for December, 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. […]