With Good Reason

Metroburbia, USA
January 24th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Has the American dream evolved from 1950s suburbia to “vulgaria” today?  Urban Planning Professor Paul Knox (Virginia Tech) explores conspicuous consumption and communities of gigantic houses in contemporary upper-middle class suburbia.   His new book is Metroburbia, USA.  Also: While owning a home is still part of the great American dream, most of us are novices […]

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. […]

Autism in Contemporary Film, Literature – and Life
August 23rd, 2008 - (3 Comments)

One in every 150 American-born children is diagnosed with an autism-spectrum disorder. Christofer Foss (University of Mary Washington) has examined how autism is portrayed in contemporary literature and film and says it is time to re-think difference, dignity, discrimination, and other disability issues. Also: Nicole Myers (University of Mary Washington) says with proper training, teachers […]

Darwin of the Mind
July 19th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Of the two giants of psychology, Freud and Jung, the latter’s groundbreaking investigations into the workings of the mind have not always been fully appreciated. In his new book, Carl Jung, Darwin of the Mind, Thomas T. Lawson redresses the imbalance and offers new insights into the evolution of consciousness. Also: One popular image of […]