Sociologist John Hagedorn explains that the children's welfare system is not the same thing as "welfare," and that it now focuses almost exclusively on allegations of child abuse. He tells Steve Paulson that social workers need to spend less time in court and more helping families stay together. Hagedorn's book is "Forsaking Our Children." Also, Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman speaks passionately (with Judith Strasser) about the ways in which American society is failing children and why she turns to God for support. Edelman's latest book is a collection of prayers and meditations for children called "Guide My Feet."SEGMENT 2:
Mary Dalton, an abused child who became an abusive parent, tells Judith Strasser how she was able to reclaim her life and create a loving home for her family. Dalton teaches child development and psychology at Columbia College in Chicago and is the author of "It's Not in the Genes." Also, Vice President and Publisher for Children's Books at Houghton Mifflin, Anita Silvey is the editor of a reference book called "Children's Books and Their Creators." She tells Jim Fleming what lasts in children's literature and what reading can do for children and families.SEGMENT 3:
Newton Minow (of "vast wasteland" fame) tells Steve Paulson that television's mandate to serve the public interest must include service for children. Minnow chaired the FCC under President Kennedy and is the co-author (with Craig Lamay) of "Abandoned in the Wasteland," a book about children, television and the first amendment.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-11-A.
Peter Defur is a senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund and teaches environmental studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He tells Steve Paulson that researchers around the world are noticing dramatic decreases in the quality and quantity of human sperm and attributes the damage to our exposure to hormone-influencing chemicals. He says the next generation may face serious fertility problems.SEGMENT 2:
An anthropologist at Cornell University, Meredith Small is the author of "What's Love Got to Do with It?: The Evolution of Human Mating." Small tells Judith Strasser that despite all the racy stuff in the tabloids and on television, many humans are profoundly ignorant about sex.SEGMENT 3:
Forget the birds and bees! Think big! Cynthia Moss, director since 1972 of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in Kenya, tells Steve Paulson about musth in bull elephants. It's a time of heightened sexual activity when the bulls search out females and warn off or confront other males. And the most successful males are in their forties and fifties! Meanwhile, underwater the whales are getting up to all sorts of things. President of the Whale Conservation Institute, Roger Payne, talks with Steve about the sexual behavior of right whales, and the (probably sex-driven) songs of the humpbacks.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-11-B.
Anthropologist Helen Fisher tells Steve Paulson that growing equality between the sexes has been the hallmark of the twentieth century but has been wreaking havoc with traditional courtship rituals. Fisher is the author of "Anatomy of Love." Also, writer Liesl Schillinger tells Jim Fleming about the European Connection which arranges meetings between American men and Russian women interested in marrying and emingrating to America.SEGMENT 2:
Michelle Lovric, author of "Love Letters - An Anthology of Passion" and "How to Write Love Letters" talks with Steve Paulson about - that's right - love letters! She says you have to infuse your declarations of love with your own unique personality.SEGMENT 3:
Andrea Gabor is the author of "Einstein's Wife: Work and Marriage in the Lives of Five Great Twentieth Century Women." She tells Judith Strasser how these brilliant, ambitious women juggled their marriages and careers.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-11-C.