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Archive for October, 2008

The Horror of It All
October 25th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Why do people get so much pleasure from movies that frighten them out of their wits? Stephen Prince (Virginia Tech) says horror films allow us to explore the anxieties of our times along with questions about human nature, all from the safety of a darkened movie theatre. Also: science fiction writer John Rosenman (Norfolk State […]

Do Negative Political Ads Really Work?
October 18th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Paul Freedman (University of Virginia) says negative political ads actually help to educate and engage voters. Television viewers may instinctively reach for their remote controls when yet another negative ad airs during a commercial break, but those who stay tuned might reap some surprising benefits. Also: Quentin Kidd (Christopher Newport University) examines the likely impact—or […]

Remarkable Trees—and Birds—of Virginia
October 11th, 2008 - (1 Comments)

Despite what many people believe, fall leaf color in Virginia is remarkably consistent every year. Dendrologist John Seiler (Virginia Tech) has been studying fall leaf color for decades. Also: biologist Dan Cristol (William & Mary) says mercury pollution in waterways is not only bad for fish-eating birds, but for songbirds as well, who are absorbing […]

Going Green and Staying in the Black
October 7th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Batten Institute Director Mike Lenox (University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business) and internationally-renowned ethicist Ed Freeman (Batten Institute) engage in a lively discussion about the corporate world’s recent and increasing interest in sustainability. How, they ask, can businesses move beyond the “low-hanging fruit” of the green movement, taking major strides toward making service and […]