Forever Young: New Medical Research to Live Longer, Better

Part I: University of Virginia biomedical engineer Paul Allaire discusses his development of magnetic bearings for use in heart pumps. The bearings improve blood flow and eliminate the need for mechanical lubricants that …

April 28, 1996

Spreading the Wealth: Regional Tax Revenue Sharing

To stave off annexation battles and to improve metropolitan regions as a whole, many Virginia counties are now sharing tax revenues with neighboring cities. Norfolk State University sociologist Ronald Proctor and Virginia …

April 21, 1996

Turf Wars: The Debate Over Regional Government

As Virginia’s innercity problems spill over into the surburban counties, local governments are looking at the ways cities and counties can cooperate to improve the lives of all citizens. Christopher …

April 14, 1996

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. …

April 7, 1996

Between Iraq and a Hard Place: The Fifth anniversary of the Persian Gulf War

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the end of the Persian Gulf War. The high-tech military wizardry was dazzling, what did we ultimately win? William and Mary political scientist James …

March 31, 1996

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? …

March 17, 1996

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 …

March 10, 1996

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 …

March 3, 1996

From Camelot to Watergate: The President and the Media

For one brief shining moment, the media treated the U.S. president with kid gloves. Today the gloves are off, and reporters go for the jugular. Veteran network news reporter Roger Mudd and …

February 25, 1996

A Engineering History: Railroads and African-American Life

From the westward expansion of slavery, through emancipation and segregation, to the rise of the black Civil Rights movement, railroads have played a pivotal role in African-American history. In this …

February 18, 1996

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 …

February 11, 1996

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 …

February 4, 1996

The Value of a Friend: Foreign Aid in the Post Cold-War Era

The cash-strapped United States spends millions each year to buy the cooperation of nations large and small at the same time lawmakers propose cutting welfare and Medicare for its own …

January 28, 1996

The Loneliest Number: Boredom and Social Phobias

Part I: University of Virginia English Professor Patricia Spacks discusses her new book, bravely titled Boredom: A Literary History of a State of Mind. Find the segment audio here. Part II: Mark McCormick, a Virginia …

January 21, 1996

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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.