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The Hustler Who Inspired the Beats

The author of a new book about Herbert Huncke says his unrepentant deviance caught the imagination of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. Hilary Holladay (James Madison University) …

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Replay: The Legacy of Massive Resistance

When faced with a court order to integrate, Prince Edward County in Virginia closed its entire school system in 1959 rather than integrate. The closure lasted five years and was …

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Replay: Behind Bars

Written in another time and in another country, the Russian classics — Tolstoy, Lermontov, and all the rest — are still relevant today.  Andrew Kaufman (University of Virginia) and his …

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The Kids Are Alright

Have more children, don’t stress out about parenting, and spend less time on activities that you and your children don’t enjoy. This is the advice of Bryan Caplan (George Mason …

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Replay: Father Spirit

When Jonathan Dickinson’s father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease – a fatal neurodegenerative disorder – Jonathan decided to take him on an epic adventure.  They set out on a motorcycle …

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Replay: The Controversy Over International Adoption

Inter-country adoptions gone awry have a way of capturing headlines. Karen Rotabi (Virginia Commonwealth University) says overseas adoptions, while a source of hope and love for many families, can have …

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Behind Bars

Written in another time and in another country, the Russian classics — Tolstoy, Lermontov, and all the rest — are still relevant today.  Andrew Kaufman (University of Virginia) and his …

Episode

The Legacy of Massive Resistance

When faced with a court order to integrate, Prince Edward County in Virginia closed its entire school system in 1959 rather than integrate. The closure lasted five years and was …

Episode

Father Spirit

When Jonathan Dickinson’s father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease – a fatal neurodegenerative disorder – Jonathan decided to take him on an epic adventure.  They set out on a motorcycle …

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The Controversy Over International Adoptions

Inter-country adoptions gone awry have a way of capturing headlines.  A missionary group lands in jail after trying to remove children from Haiti.  An American woman puts her seven year-old …

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Replay: Sisters of Mercy

The contributions that Irish nuns made to help destitute immigrant Catholic children in New York City were instrumental in developing modern American social institutions like foster care and welfare. Maureen …

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Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor

Children of Asian immigrants face tension between pressures at home and demands of the broader American culture. Social Worker Peter Nguyen ( Virginia Commonwealth University) says we need more culturally …