Family Dispositions: Implications of Genetic Testing

Blame it on your parents and their parents before them. Science tells us that the predisposition for certain illnesses, including breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and sickle cell anemia, can be …

September 25, 1998

Dirty Secrets: Nuclear Mishaps and the Environment in Eastern Europe

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world has gotten a closer look at the flawed history of that nation’s nuclear weapons program. Geneticist and former Soviet dissident Valery Soyfer of …

September 18, 1998

Uncommon Bonds: Black Culture in 18th Century America

Prior to 1820, three times as many Africans came to American shores as Europeans. Most lived in the Chesapeake region of Virginia and Maryland or in the Lowcountry of South …

September 11, 1998

No Easy Assignment: Elementary School Reform in the ’90s

As the school year gets underway, Education school deans Gary Galluzzo of George Mason University and Elaine Witty of Norfolk State University offer a primer on how we’re educating our young …

August 28, 1998

Eastern Stars: The Futures of China, Hong Kong and Macao

The pomp and circumstance that surrounded the reversion of Hong Kong to the Chinese offered a glimmer of hope for continued prosperity on that island. But one year later, Asia …

August 21, 1998

Replay: Cutting Class: Education and the Lost Generation

A 1951 protest of poor conditions at Moton High School in Farmville resulted in the school becoming one of the plaintiffs in the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended legal …

August 7, 1998

Replay: By Definition: The Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924

Passed at the height of the Eugenics Movement, the Virginia Racial Integrity Act proclaimed the existence of only two racial categories in Virginia – “colored” and “white.” This law effectively …

July 31, 1998

Intoxicating Danger: Pfiesteria and Air Pollution

Part I: Fish kills from last summer’s outbreak of Pfiesteria panic for residents and watermen. Biologists Stephen Smith (Virginia Tech), Harold Marshall (Old Dominion University), and Larry Haas (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) unravel the complicated story of this …

July 24, 1998

Turning Points: The Election of Abraham Lincoln and First Manassas

Part I: The North calls it “Bull Run;” the South, “First Manassas.” But both agree that on July 21, 1861, the Confederacy was victorious – dashing any hope for a short …

July 17, 1998

Women’s Work: The 150th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention

When housewife Elizabeth Cady Stanton and four friends sat down to afternoon tea on July 13, 1848, they had no idea their impromptu discussion would sow the seeds of an …

July 10, 1998

Made to Order: The Rise of General Washington

On July 4, 1776, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were busy championing the Declaration, leaving George Washington in the field to fight a war with an undefined objective. What drove …

July 3, 1998

Tales of the Underground: Exploring Virginia Caves

Virginia and West Virginia have the second largest network of caves in the nation. John Holsinger (Old Dominion University) takes reporter Julieanne Welby on a tour of two underground vistas. And Karen Kastning (New …

June 26, 1998

Greek to Me: Teaching Foreign Language to Children

Foreign language is for kids. At least that’s what research shows. Children under age 10 learn languages better than adults who will always mentally translate into English. Susan St. Onge (Christopher Newport …

June 19, 1998

Democratic Drift and the End of History: A Discussion with Francis Fukuyama

In his award-winning 1992 essay, The End of History, Francis Fukuyama says liberal democracy is the only political system that the world views as legitimate. As a result, he contends, nations of the …

June 12, 1998

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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.