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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 …

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Words to the Wise: African-American Oral Traditions

Southern laws once prohibited blacks from learning to read and write, but many African-Americans passed the wisdom of their legends and stories from generation to generation through oral histories. The …

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Passion Play: Balancing Work and Romance in the ’90s

Corporate downsizing. Global competition. Flat Organizations. Increased productivity. The bottom line. These phrases may tickle stockholders, but they can tackle employees – particularly successful, single workers who want rewarding personal …

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Sighs and Whispers: Sexual Harassment and the Law

Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas brought the murky issue of sexual harassment into national focus. Still, many Americans remain unclear and anxious about the subject. Where do we draw the …

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A 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 psychology professor Anne Stewart joins David …

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Terrorists and True-Believers: The Fear of Islam

Islam is a centuries-old religion of high moral standards. Like many religions, its followers are devout – sometimes zealous. Have terrorists’ links to Islam tarnished its image to Western eyes? George …