With Good Reason

Archive for 2011

You Got To Move
December 24th, 2011 - (1 Comments)

There’s no doubt that the number of obese Americans has increased dramatically over the last 25 years – putting them at risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoarthritis. But Cathy Roy (Longwood University) says it’s not necessarily the fat making people sick.  Her research suggests a lack of physical activity might be […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Now Know
December 17th, 2011 - (4 Comments)

When 62 year old Bill Wood turned to his wife at the funeral of a family member and asked, “Who are all these people?” she knew something was terribly wrong.  Alzheimer’s Disease had struck the witty and dapper former newspaper editor early.  His wife Carol Wood (University of Virginia) describes her daily challenges as she […]

What’s the Economy For, Anyway?
December 10th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

An epidemic of over-consumption is sweeping the United States and the rest of the industrialized world. With Good Reason sat down with PBS documentary producer John De Graaf, among whose best-known shows is Affluenza, for an in-depth discussion of happiness and the economy and how the life/work balance got out of whack for American workers. […]

Ups and Downs of Dynamic Ticketing
December 3rd, 2011 - (1 Comments)

In 2010, baseball’s San Francisco Giants became the first professional sports team to use dynamic ticket pricing for games. It was the same year they won the World Series. Stephen Shapiro (Old Dominion University) studied the Giants’ ticket pricing practices and says more teams are following suit. Also featured: Female athletes are three times more […]

Behind Bars
November 26th, 2011 - (1 Comments)

Written in another time and in another country, the Russian classics — Tolstoy, Lermontov, and all the rest — are still relevant today.  Andrew Kaufman (University of Virginia) and his students are proving that by teaching masterpieces of Russian literature to incarcerated youth.  The readings prompt discussions: What makes for a “successful” life? How I […]

From the Volga to the Mississippi and Back
November 19th, 2011 - (2 Comments)

In the period between the American Civil War and the Russian Revolution of 1905, American and Russian travel writers wrote home about their encounters abroad.  At first the observations were mostly positive.  But as time went on the writings became increasingly hostile.  Margarita Marinova (Christopher Newport University), in her new book, says these negative characterizations […]

Total Artificial Heart
November 12th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

The Total Artificial Heart is one of the many wonders of modern medicine.  It is a mechanical device that replaces the human heart. Vigneshwar Kasirajan (Virginia Commonwealth University) has performed 60 operations implanting the Total Artificial Heart, saving the lives of patients who may have died while waiting for a transplant. Also Featured:  Researchers around […]

The Physics of Dance: Step by Step
November 5th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

Nine teams of step dancers from black Greek organizations wowed spectators recently at what has become the largest folk festival in the nation.  Dance historian Benita Brown (Virginia State University) says stepping routines at the sororities and fraternities are part of a tradition that goes back to African tribal rituals.  Folklorist Jon Lohman (Virginia Foundation […]

Girl Scouts: Beyond Campfires and Cookies
October 29th, 2011 - (1 Comments)

Just shy of their 100th birthday, the Girl Scouts are working to shed their cookie and campfire image with new badges that focus on skills such as such as robotics, web design, and even “The Science of Happiness.”  Sandra DeLoatch (Norfolk State University) has just been given the highest Girl Scout award and a badge in her […]

Tours for the Chills, Tours of the Hills
October 22nd, 2011 - (0 Comments)

Halloween is just around the corner.  Haunted houses, graveyards, and ghost walks – paranormal tourism is more popular than ever.  Teresa O’Bannon (Radford University) is an expert on what she calls “dark side tourism.”  Then, With Good Reason will also do a little ghost-busting of its own. Also featured: The Shenandoah Valley is prehistoric home of mastodons and giant sloths, […]