With Good Reason

Post archive for ‘Arts & Culture’

A Founder’s Folly
August 8th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

We all know of Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin, but few of us have heard of Robert Morris, who was also a founding father. Ryan Smith (Virginia Commonwealth University), in a new book, tells the tale of this wealthy financier of the Revolution who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but ended up in […]

Grandparents Who Parent
July 25th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

Although grandparents have always been involved in the care of their grandchildren, a growing number of grandparents are now responsible for raising their grandchildren. Megan Dolbin-MacNab (Virginia Tech) has gained insight into the needs and experiences of this growing family form. Also featured: Young people who have been in foster care have an increased likelihood […]

Fugitive Red
July 18th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

Cochineal, a parasitic insect native to Mexico, is the source of a vibrant red dye called carmine, which Spain’s Conquistadors encountered for the first time in 1519. We talk with Amy Butler Greenfield, author of A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire, about the history of this highly sought-after […]

What Would You Do?
June 20th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

If you swipe a stranger’s car and nobody sees, what do you do? Do you leave a note? Do you track the owner down? Bill Hawk and Erica Lewis (James Madison University) give coping strategies for deciding what to do when faced with an ethical dilemma. Plus: Zooplankton are microscopic animals in the ocean that […]

Under Magnolia
May 30th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

When Frances Mayes moved to Tuscany, she left behind her family and roots in Fitzgerald, Georgia. In her new memoir Under Magnolia, the renowned author of Under the Tuscan Sun returns to her hometown to explore her coming of age in the Deep South. And: Since 2000, furniture imports from China have increased dramatically and […]

How to Save a City
May 23rd, 2015 - (0 Comments)

The first 24 hours after a city declares bankruptcy, there’s a reckoning: what gets to stay and what has to go. Frank Shafroth (George Mason University) walks us through what it’s like when a major city goes bankrupt and gives insight into the future of Detroit. And: While some people see social media as a […]

Imagining Yoko Ono
May 9th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

Yoko Ono is best known for her marriage to John Lennon and was vilified by the press in the 1960s for her perceived role in the breakup of the Beatles. Kevin Concannon (Virginia Tech), an expert on Ono’s work, notes she was an accomplished and innovative artist long before she met Lennon. Plus: A novel […]

Mr. Turner and the Industrial Revolution
May 2nd, 2015 - (0 Comments)

The critically acclaimed film Mr. Turner examines the life and work of the British Romanticist painter J.M.W. Turner, whose style earned him the informal title “the painter of light.” Historian William Rodner (Tidewater Community College) is the author of J.M.W. Turner: Romantic Painter of the Industrial Revolution. Rodner says Turner was one of the first […]

Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton
April 18th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

  The late poet Lucille Clifton was widely acclaimed for her powerful explorations of race, womanhood, and spirituality. She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and received the Robert Frost Medal for lifetime achievement posthumously, from the Poetry Society of America.  An anthology of her work; “The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 recently won the […]

Dragons of Inaction
April 11th, 2015 - (3 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. And: Edward Maibach (George Mason University) is starting conversations about climate change in unexpected places: Facebook, the doctor’s […]