Sociologist Jorge Bustamante tells Judith Strasser that it's too soon to gauge the effects on Mexico of NAFTA; that there are really three different Mexicos; and that Americans are being unrealistic if they dismiss conditions in Mexico as irrelevant to their lives. Bustamante teaches at Notre Dame and is President of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana.SEGMENT 2:
Janice Steinberg was promotions director at KPBS in San Diego. Now she writes mysteries featuring a public radio reporter. The latest, "Death Crosses the Border," is set in Mexico and concerns the maquilodoras industry - American owned factories operating in Mexico to take advantage of cheap labor, lax environmental enforcement and favorable taxation. Steinberg tells Jim Fleming some of the horror stories she heard while doing her research.SEGMENT 3:
Historian Steve Stern talks with Steve Paulson about the history of patriarchy and sexual stereotypes in Mexico and Latin America and explains how men and women both had stategies to circumvent the cultural codes. And he tells a couple of very funny war stories from the battle of the sexes! Stern is the author of "The Secret History of Gender: Women, Men and Power in Late Colonial Mexico." Also, Rigoberto Menchu, winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, talks with Judith Strasser about her life and her work as a leader of the Guatemalan Indians' political struggle. Menchu is heard with the assistance of translator Laura Fuentes.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-04-A.
Kevin Mitnick was the world's most wanted computer outlaw. This hour, two views of his career and arrest. First, journalist Jonathan Littman, who held over fifty hours of telephone conversations with the notorious hacker, tells Steve Paulson what he learned about Mitnick. Littman's book about Kevin Mittnick is "The Fugitive Game." Then, Tsutomu Shimomura, the computer security expert who actually caught Mitnick, tells his side of the story to Judith Strasser and (with co-author John Markoff) in a book called "Takedown."SEGMENT 2:
Douglas Coupland became an overnight celebrity with his first novel, "Generation X." Now he's written "Microserfs" - a barely fictional account of the lives of some of the hyper- intelligent geeks who work for Microsoft. Coupland tells Jim Fleming that the computer industry prolongs the adolescence of its employees to keep them fixated on their work, and that their feelings about that work are ultimately religious.SEGMENT 3:
Sherry Turkle, a sociologist and clinical psychologist at MIT, tells Steve Paulson that computers are transforming our very identities. Turkle is the author of "Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-04-B.
Media critic and journalist James Fallows tells Steve Paulson what's wrong with the news business and why we should care. Fallows is particularly upset by the media's focus on strategy, not substance; and the apparent impropriety of journalists (such as NPR's Cokie Roberts) accepting huge fees for appearances before corporate interest groups. Fallows' latest book is "Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy."SEGMENT 2:
Retired Executive Editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee tells Judith Strasser why he went to work for the Post; why he fought to publish the Pentagon Papers and why his paper is still important. Bradlee's memoir of his career is called "A Good Life." Also, former Post Assistant Managing Editor Ben Bagdikian recalls for Jim Fleming how his friendship with Daniel Ellsberg brought the Pentagon Papers to the Post. Bagdikian's new book is a memoir called "Double Vision: Reflections on My Heritage, Life and Profession."SEGMENT 3:
Juan Gonzalez prides himself on being the most hated columnist in New York. He tells Steve Paulson why: he doesn't take the police's word for things but seeks out his own answers in ghetto communities. Some of Gonzalez' columns for the New York Daily News have been collected in a book called "Roll Down Your Window: Stories from a Forgotten America."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-04-C.