With Good Reason

Tours for the Chills, Tours of the Hills
October 23rd, 2010 - (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 […]

Dogs, Chimps, and Bats, Oh My!
October 2nd, 2010 - (2 Comments)

Dogs are man’s best friend, but why?  It’s a friendship that goes way back – possibly all the way back to prehistoric times.  Dog-owner and forensic scientist Darcy Morey (Radford University) traces the evolution of dogs back 15,000 years to the present and says ancient dog burials are proof that we’ve always had a soft […]

Making the Invisible Cloak
July 17th, 2010 - (1 Comments)

Before Harry Potter had a cloak that made him invisible, the Romulans had a cloaking device that made their space ships invisible to crew of the Enterprise on the TV series Star Trek.  Sir John Pendry says the power of invisibility could soon become a reality thanks to the use of materials which bend light.   […]

Hope for Trapped Miners
May 8th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Last month 29 miners were killed in West Virginia in the worst mining disaster to strike America in four decades.   In an effort to prevent future mining tragedies, Col. Jim Squire, Lt. Col. Jay Sullivan, and Maj. Elizabeth Baker (Virginia Military Institute) have developed a device that uses seismic waves to communicate with miners […]

Getting Medieval: Torture Through the Centuries
February 27th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Passionate debate about the ethics and effectiveness of torture is nothing new.  Medieval literature professor Larissa Tracy (Longwood University) says torture was actually outlawed in many countries during Middle Ages, and when it was used, there were strict rules governing how and when it could be applied.  Although there were many depictions of torture in […]

The Steel-Driving Man and the Man of Steel
February 21st, 2009 - (1 Comments)

The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history but, for years, nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a tall tale. Recently, Scott Reynolds Nelson (College of William and Mary) discovered a historic record of a railroad worker named John Henry, who was buried […]

The Steel-Driving Man and The Man of Steel
November 1st, 2008 - (0 Comments)

The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history but, for years, nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a tall tale.  Recently, Scott Reynolds Nelson (College of William and Mary) discovered a historic record of a railroad worker named John Henry, who was buried […]

You Sound Like You’re Not From Around Here…
September 13th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Within seconds of hearing someone speak, we make judgments about that person and background, just based on their accent. Linguistics professor Steven Weinberger ( George Mason University) explains how and when we develop accents and how they affect our identity. Also: Geoffrey Chaucer’s fourteenth century writings may seem impenetrable, with strange pronunciation and incomprehensible phrases […]

Counterfactuals
July 5th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

What if the South had won the Civil War? Noel Hendrickson (James Madison University) helps students consider questions about what might have been if the past had happened differently. Instead of taking possibilities to bizarre realms of science fiction, they use philosophy, social science and history knowledge to answer big hypothetical questions in realistic ways. […]

You Sound Like You’re Not From Around Here
June 7th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Within seconds of hearing someone speak, we make judgments about that person and their background, just based on their accent. Linguistics professor Steven Weinberger (George Mason University) explains how and when we develop accents and how these accents affect our identity. Also: Written in early English, Geoffrey Chaucer’s fourteenth century writings may seem impenetrable, with […]