With Good Reason

Archive for December, 2008

Old World Beat
December 27th, 2008 - (1 Comments)

Klezmer music, once rooted in the Jewish religious tradition, is now being played on festival stages, nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world.  Many of the roots of American Jazz and Broadway music can be traced to Klezmer.  Joel Rubin (University of Virginia) is both a historian of Klezmer music and a clarinetist who regularly […]

Ten Cents a Dance
December 20th, 2008 - (1 Comments)

During and despite the Great Depression, the entertainment industry was working overtime.  The roughest years in American history produced what many consider the greatest era of popular music.  Elliot Majerczyk (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) looks at the songs that became the soundtrack of the ‘lost generation’ and helped pull America through the hard times. […]

Trickster Heroines
December 13th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

During the Vietnam War, many young Vietnamese women moved from country villages to bigger cities to become bargirls.  Some later came to the United States as refugees.  Mai Lan Gustafsson (Christopher Newport University) has been talking to these women for over ten years.  They proudly consider themselves to be “tricksters”: smart and cynical manipulators who […]

The Hair Detective
December 6th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Your hair collects evidence that you really are what you eat! Environmental scientist Stephen Macko (University of Virginia) has analyzed hair to determine the dietary intake of the likes of George Washington, journalist Diane Sawyer, poet Edgar Allan Poe and even 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummies.  His scientific method tells if you’ve been ingesting an unusual amount […]