With Good Reason

Post archive for ‘Arts & Culture’

Horror in the Hills
October 18th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

Emily Satterwhite (Virginia Tech) talks about two very different images of Appalachia: the pastoral, small towns of literature and the often violent cannibals of horror films. And: In the mid-90s, Latino immigrants started to migrate to smaller towns in the South. Barbara Ellen Smith (Virginia Tech) says the new Appalachia includes chicken enchiladas and tamales. Plus: […]

Furious Flower Honors Rita Dove
October 11th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

The most celebrated African American poets in America pay homage to the life’s work of former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove (University of Virginia). The occasion was the inspiration of Joanne Gabbin, Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. With Good Reason interviews Rita Dove and features readings […]

The Gospel Roots of Rock and Roll
October 4th, 2014 - (2 Comments)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and early rock and roll. She became the first superstar of gospel music and was an early influence on Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Johnny Cash. Chris Kjorness (Longwood […]

Paddle Battle and Puppy Play
September 20th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

For coastal cities around the world, surf tourism brings huge revenue, but it can also bring conflict. Lindsay Usher (Old Dominion University) studies the rough waves that are sometimes made between locals and surf tourists. And: It’s no surprise that dogs make friends at the dog park, but it turns out people do too. Ed […]

Summer Melt and the Z-Degree
September 13th, 2014 - (1 Comments)

Bob Templin (Northern Virginia Community College) is president of one of the largest community colleges in the nation. He’s launched an innovative program that prepares the burgeoning population of Latino high school students for college. And: Too many low-income students who graduate from high school with the intent of attending college in the fall never […]

When America Took to the Air
August 30th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

In the years after World War I, stunt pilots in small airplanes would fly throughout the country, performing tricks and selling rides to locals—introducing Americans to flight for the first time. By the end of World War II, says Historian Houston Johnson (Virginia Military Institute), air travel and airports were commonplace, in large part because […]

Aw Shucks…Oysters!
August 16th, 2014 - (5 Comments)

From the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, oysters have influenced our history, our culture and, of course, our eating habits. When Captain John Smith sailed into the Chesapeake Bay, he said oysters were as big as dinner plates. Chefs, oystermen, conservationists, oyster-lovers, and poets Nikki Giovanni (Virginia Tech) and Tim Seibles (Old Dominion […]

Talking after the Trauma
August 9th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

Getting people to talk about their trauma is an essential part of helping people heal. Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung (George Mason University) created Counselors Without Borders and use talk therapy in their relief work following disasters in Thailand, Myanmar, Haiti and New Orleans. Also featured:A new study finds that widows and widowers experience […]

Auto Biography
August 2nd, 2014 - (0 Comments)

The lives of 13 people are featured in a new book, but the star is a 1957 Chevrolet Townsman wagon. Auto Biography: A Classic Car, An Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 years of the American Dream tells the true story of the car and its many owners. Author Earl Swift is a fellow at the Virginia […]

Uptalk on Jeopardy
July 26th, 2014 - (4 Comments)

“Uptalk” is that rising, questioning tone some people use when ending a statement. It’s becoming so common that Thomas Linneman (College of William and Mary) studied its use by contestants on the game show Jeopardy. He found women use it more than men, but male contestants often use “uptalk” after a woman competitor gets a wrong […]