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Dark Passages: The Role of Evil in Literature

From ancient Greek epics to the latest best seller, depictions of evil have remained a staple of human literacy output. Why are we fascinated by what we fear? English professors Roy …

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E Pluribus Unum? Divisiveness and Defining America

Melting pot or seething cauldron? Americans strive to forge a national identity while clinging to their own ethnic, racial, social, political, historical, or sexual identities. University of Virginia historian James Davison …

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The Shadow of a Doubt: Minorities and the Courts

The percentage of black inmates on death row is 10 times higher than that of whites. Penalties for possession or distribution of crack are much more severe than those for …

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Innocence Lost: The Politics of Child Abuse

Is child abuse in America on an alarming increase or merely better reported? Who stands to gain—or lose—in the debate? James Madison University psychologist Anne Stewart joins Virginia Commonwealth University sociologist David Stoesz, author …

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Home Improvement: Building Family Communication Skills

Kids say the darndest things. Sometimes so do their parents. Longwood psychologist David Stein specializes in family therapy, especially controlling difficult teens. He is joined by Mary Washington psychologist Thomas Moeller for a frank …

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Simply Irresistable: The Changing Face of Popular Culture

From cars to computers, from movies to murder trials, pop culture remains a vivid reflection of the best and worst that is America. Marshall Fishwick, Virginia Tech communications professor and author of The …

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Good Cops/Bad Cops: New Efforts to Prevent Police Misconduct

A nation was shocked to view the Rodney King video. Some argue that beatings of civilians by police officers seem sadly commonplace. What’s causing these apparent breakdowns? Criminal justice professors Tod …

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From Athens to Atlanta: The Centennial Olympic Games

Virginia Military Institute organizational psychologist Tom Meriwether organized the 80,000-member staff of the 1996 Games prior to joining the VMI faculty. He joins Clinch Valley College historian Brian Wills to discuss how the Olympics …

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The Road Not Taken: Transportation for the 21st Century

University of Virginia urban designer Warren Boeschenstein discusses his work to create desirable communities around commuter rail stations and how rail transit in Virginia can ease highway congestion, road maintenance costs and …

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A Breed Apart: Exploring Unique Appalachian Cultures

Part I: Clinch Valley College mass communications professor Brent Kennedy discusses the history and culture of the mysterious and remote Melungeon people of southwestern Virginia, whose origins and ethnicity are still much debated. …

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A House Divided: Irish Politics and Society

Centuries of violence, poverty, discrimination and conviction have forged the spirit and history of the two nations we call Ireland. How have these powerful factors influenced Irish politics amd culture? …

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A Hold the Presses: Electronic Publishing and the Future of Books

As more Americans turn to their computers for information and entertainment, will printed books soon become obsolete? English professors Ed Falco of Virginia Tech, author of one of the first poetry volumes …