With Good Reason

Post archive for ‘Arts & Culture’

How Animals Grieve
April 18th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

An author challenges prevailing notions that grief is an emotion experienced only by humans. In her new book, How Animals Grieve, Barbara King (College of William and Mary) shows there is ample evidence of many species experiencing loss, love, and mourning. Also: Most Americans who own pets treat them like family members and grieve when […]

Weathering the Changes
April 11th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

For this Earth Day, we’re taking the planet’s pulse—and our own. Robert Gifford (University of Victoria) explains the dragons of inaction that keep us from changing our behaviors, even if we know they’re bad for the environment. Plus: Are younger people more worried about climate change than older people? Does doubt about the future make […]

Starting Up
April 4th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

Just after finishing college at the University of Virginia, Alexis Ohanian, with his friend Steve Huffman, created Reddit. Designed to be the front page of the Internet, Reddit is now one of the most talked about and influential spots on the web. Plus: Inspired by her architecture degree from the University of Virginia, Becca McCharen […]

The Madam Next Door
March 7th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

There’s a small town in Idaho where prostitution was practiced openly—in effect, decriminalized. The practice was tolerated, even embraced, until 1991. Heather Branstetter (Virginia Military Institute) has been interviewing local residents, discovering who the madams were and what they did to cultivate widespread public acceptance of their work. Plus: If you’ve ever had a coworker […]

Truth and Fiction
February 28th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

Fairy tales like Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood are all part of early childhood literature. Robert Godwin-Jones (Virginia Commonwealth University) has created an online database of Grimm’s fairy tales that reveals the evolution of these iconic stories, whose earlier versions were often violent and sexually suggestive. Plus: Pro-choice advocates often complain about the way […]

Landscapes of Longevity
February 21st, 2015 - (3 Comments)

Blue zones are areas of the world that have been identified as having the longest expected lifespans. Reuben Rainey and Asa Eslocker (University of Virginia) explain the factors that create these “landscapes of longevity.” Plus: Today, most computers have more than one tiny silicon brain that makes them tick—this is called parallel computing. And yet, kids […]

I Am…In Love
February 7th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

Sonali Gulati’s (Virginia Commonwealth University) film, I Am, chronicles her personal journey to Delhi, India, where she confronts the loss of her mother whom she never came out to as gay. And: For parents who are gay or transgendered, the act of coming out to their adult children can be scary. Jennifer Apperson and Sarai […]

How the Bard Meant It
January 31st, 2015 - (2 Comments)

Throughout 2014, Shakespeare’s 450th birthday inspired festivals and performances around the world. As the year of his birth comes to a close, we take a look back at how the Bard’s plays would have been performed in their day. David Crystal is a linguist and author who has researched Original Pronunciation, or OP, the accent […]

Where Did You Come From?
January 24th, 2015 - (2 Comments)

“Where Did You Come From?” is the title of the first track on Suz Slezak’s upcoming collection of lullabies Watching the Nighttime Come. Slezak and David Wax, both members of Mexo-Americana band David Wax Museum, perform live in the studio—and share some challenges and triumphs of taking their baby on the road. And: In their […]

Telling American Stories
January 17th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

What are the biggest challenges facing American society today? And how can we solve them? Bro Adams, the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, says that science and technology can’t solve those challenges—but the humanities can. Plus: Most of us know the history of the battle at Gettysburg, but Jennifer Murray (UVA […]