Beyond Redemption? The Debate over Prisoner Rehabilitation

For the better part of a century Americans believed education and training would help criminal offenders turn their lives around. Today, however, Virginians have abolished parole, and the state spends …

June 13, 1997

It Doesn’t Add Up: The Role of Gender in Math Education

Do girls get inadvertently shortchanged on math education by teachers who feel boys are more adept and interested in the subject? Education professors Lee Doerries of Christopher Newport University and Marie Sheckels of Mary …

May 30, 1997

On the Town: The Debate Over Reversion and Revenue-Sharing

Virginia has 40 independent cities—28 are eligible to revert to town status. With increased competition between city and county, reversion promises cities new clout and relief from costly education and …

May 23, 1997

Double Vision: The Science and Ethics of Cloning

The appearance of Dolly, the cloned Scottish ewe, sparked worldwide controversy over scientists’ newfound ability to clone mammals. Medical College of Virginia geneticist Walter Nance describes the science behind animal cloning, as …

May 9, 1997

Buried Treasures: Unearthing Historical Sites in Virginia

Virginia is rich in archeological sites from the grand plantations along the James to primitive forts and simple schoolrooms long since abandoned. Longwood anthropologist James Jordan joins Mary Washington historic preservationist Douglas Sanford for …

May 2, 1997

Danger Underfoot: Efforts to Remove the World’s Land Mines

Some 60 nations, including Bosnia, Cambodia, and Laos, lose thousands of lives each year to land mines left behind by warring parties. In many cases, the mines remain years after …

April 25, 1997

Images of Madness: Media and the Mentally Ill

From The Silence of the Lambs to news coverage of Jeffrey Dahmer case, the media paints a detailed and disturbing picture of mental illness. George Mason University sociologist Otto Wahl, author of Media Madness, …

April 11, 1997

The Roots of a Cure: Native American Medicinal Plants

Part I: Virginia Commonwealth University pharmacologist John A. Rosecrans describes his research on the neurological effects of nicotine and how anti-smoking efforts may be stifling research on the beneficial applications of nicotine in …

April 4, 1997

New Advances in Medical Research

Part I: University of Virginia oncologist Dr. Leland Chung is working with a team of scientists, who may be just two years away from testing on humans a vaccine for prostate cancer. Chung …

March 21, 1997

Bound for Glory: New Books and Poetry by Virginia Writers

Part I: Novelist George Garrett of University of Virginia and poet Lucinda Roy of Virginia Tech discuss their latest works, the role of poetry in modern life and ways to encourage its appreciation among young …

March 7, 1997

Changing Places: Coal Towns and Appalachian Oral Tradition

Chronic underemployment and mass media threaten to erase unique cultures and traditions in mining towns throughout Appalachia. Scholars are racing to document the lives and lore of these communities before …

February 28, 1997

Drawing the Line: The Legacy of Warren Burger

Chief Justice Warren Burger presided over the Supreme Court from 1969-86, issuing/landmark decisions on abortion, pornography, and Constitutional questions related to Watergate. Law professor John Jeffries, who clerked in the Burger …

February 21, 1997

Stories Seldom Told: A Celebration of Black History Month

Negro History Week was changed to Black History Month in 1976. Why do we have it? And how does it help us to understand the contributions of African-Americans. Historians Edgar Toppin of …

February 14, 1997

Tragic Endings: Suicide and the Elderly

The rate of suicide among the elderly is 50 percent higher than that of the general population. And it continues to climb. For some people, suicide is becoming a ritualized …

February 7, 1997

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A black and white photo in which one light-skinned US Marine in uniform leans against the Vietnam memorial wall.

Voices of Vietnam

The Vietnam War pulled America apart, dividing our country into factions. And yet, memories of the Vietnam War unite us. In a new eight-part special series, With Good Reason explores the unresolved tensions in our understanding of the war and the perspectives and people it forever changed.