Peter Davis, author of "If you Came This Way: A Journey through the Lives of the Underclass," talks with Judith Strasser about the human dimension of poverty in America.SEGMENT 2:
Journalist and photographer Camilo Jose Vergara uses his work to document the decay of urban America, especially inner city neighborhoods. He tells Steve Paulson about some of the images in his book "The New American Ghetto" and explains what they say about how we live now.SEGMENT 3:
Deborah Meier, principal and founder of Central Park East High School in East Harlem, tells Steve Paulson that the key to successful school reform is involving parents and the community. Meier is the author of "The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem." Also, Walter Turnbull, founder and director of the Boy's Choir of Harlem, tells Jim Fleming how singing in the choir brings hope to the lives of New York's poorest children. Turnbull is the author, with Howard Manly, of "Lift Every Voice."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 01-28-A.
John Gibbons is President Clinton's Science Advisor and directs the White House Office of Science and Technology. He tells Judith Strasser that government funding for basic research is crucial and that partnerships need to be developed between business and governments from many nations to create technology that will benefit everyone. Also, Joseph Lyding tells Steve Paulson about his research into nanotechnology - putting things together at the atomic level. Lyding teaches electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois.SEGMENT 2:
Experimental archaeologists Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth, who direct the Center for Research into the Anthropological Foundations of Technology at Indiana University, tell Jim Fleming how playing with rocks helps them understand how humans came to be who they are. Their book is "Making Silent Stones Speak."SEGMENT 3:
Technology is a guy thing, right? Australian science writer Margaret Wertheim tells Steve Paulson why Western science, especially physics, excludes women. Wertheim's book is called "Pythagoras' Trousers."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 01-28-B.
This hour, we look at some of the odder varieties of religious experience. Writer and journalist Dennis Covington tells Judith Strasser about his experiences with snake-handling Christians in remote Southern Appalachian communities. Covington's book is "Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia.SEGMENT 2:
The tigers of India's Sundarbans swamps are man-eaters. They devour hundreds of people every year! Nature writer Sy Montgomery tells a flabbergasted Steve Paulson that the locals have not tried to exterminate the tigers - instead, they worship them! Montgomery's book is "Spell of the Tiger: The Man Eaters of Sundarbans."SEGMENT 3:
Malidoma Some (mal' i doe' mah so' may) tells Jim Fleming that he was kidnapped by Jesuit missionaries and later had to undergo a difficult initiation to rejoin the Dagara people of West Africa. Some's autobiography is "Water and Spirit." Also, writer Philip Graham and his anthropologist wife Alma Gottlieb tell Steve Paulson about living with the Beng people of Africa's Ivory Coat and trying to understand the Beng spirit world. They chronicle their experiences with the Beng in a book called "Parallel Worlds."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 04-16-C.