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 …

October 25, 1996

Mineral Fights: The Role of Geology in Civil War Battles

Virginia was the most populous Southern state and the most agriculturally and industrially developed. But it wasn’t Virginia’s cities, farms or factories that set the stage for some of the …

October 12, 1996

Seeing Green: The Economics of Environmentalism

For more than 30 years, environmentalists have stressed the long-term benefits of environmentally friendly business practices, but has big business finally gotten the message? Some economists are even trying to …

September 21, 1996

Heal Thyself: Over-The-Counter Drugs and Alternative Medicines

Part I: With the explosion of over-the-counter drugs, consumers can treat dozens of illnesses that once required trips to the doctor. Dr. Graham Patrick, professor of pharmacology at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical …

September 14, 1996

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 …

September 7, 1996

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 …

August 25, 1996

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 …

August 11, 1996

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 …

July 21, 1996

Up a Creek: The Health of Virginia’s Waterways

Erosion, farm run-off, and expanding development are placing a strain on Virginia’s streams and rivers. Virginia State University marine scientist Barry Fox joins Virginia Tech wildlife scientist Richard Neves for a look at the …

July 7, 1996

Rival Visions: The Political Legacies of Adams and Jefferson

Few historians question the contributions of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to democracy, but the two giants seldom saw eye to eye. Both were egotistical, opinionated, and downright ornery, and …

June 30, 1996

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 …

June 23, 1996

Replay: Risky Business: Storing Hazardous Chemicals and Waste

Part I: Virginia Tech environmental scientist David Conn discusses the dangers of above-ground storage of hazardous chemicals in Virginia and what can be done to prevent a potentially fatal accident. Find the segment …

June 16, 1996

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 …

June 9, 1996

What’s My Line? Managing Careers in the 21st Century

American businesses have been downsizing, right-sizing and, in some cases, capsizing for more than a decade. Some American workers are more anxious than ever. Virginia Military Institute economist Doug Woundy and Virginia …

June 2, 1996

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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.