China expert Ed Friedman, who teaches political science at the University of Wisconsin, tells Judith Strasser that the threat of military action against Taiwan by mainland China is real and frightening. And there is little the outside world can do: the conflict really has to do with the succession struggle in China and China's status as the last of the Communist dinosaurs.SEGMENT 2:
Robert Thurman tells Steve Paulson the strange story of the young boy chosen by the Dalai Lama to replace a high-ranking Chinese Buddhist monk. The Chinese jailed the boy and picked their own future lama. Thurman is himself a Buddhist monk, chairman of Columbia University's religion department, and the author of "Essential Tibetan Buddhism." Also, novelist Amy Tan ("The Joy Luck Club" and now, "The Hundred Secret Senses") talks with Jim Fleming about yin eyes, literal ghost writers, the meaning of kinship and becoming an American, with a little help from Popeye the Sailor Man.SEGMENT 3:
Yale historian Jonathan Spence, author of "God's Chinese Son," tells Steve Paulson about the Taiping Rebellion. Inspired by an apocalyptic dream, a teacher named Hong Xiuquam (hoong shee- oo chwan) founded a religion influenced by Western Christianity which became a political movement that threatened the Quing (ching) dynasty. The resulting civil war killed twenty million people and inspired the Communists nearly a century later.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-25-A.
David Wann talks with Judith Strasser about "deep design" -- a holistic design philosophy that uses the natural world as a model for environmentally friendly building and technology. Wann is a policy analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency and the author of "Deep Design." Also, Sim van der Ryn and Stewart Cowan tell Jim Fleming about "ecological design," a collaborative process involving experts from many fields, which has sustainability as its primary goal. Sim Van der Ryn is founder and chief designer of the Ecological Design Institute in Sausalito, CA; Stewart Cowan is a freelance ecological designer and writer. Their book is "Ecological Design."SEGMENT 2:
Don Schueler is the author of "A Handmade Wilderness: How an Unlikely Pair Saved the Least Worst Land." In the book, and in this conversation with Jim Fleming, Schueler tells how he and a friend turned eighty acres of ravaged, clear-cut backwoods into a successful wildlife reserve.SEGMENT 3:
Ecologist David Abram tells Steve Paulson that those who live in cultures with written language ought to become more sensitive to other ways of communicating. Abram is an ecologist and the author of "The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-25-B.
Social historian Barbara Dafoe Whitehead tells Steve Paulson why she'd like to see a reconsideration of "no-fault" divorce: children are being hurt by their parents' divorces, especially when the divorce is capriciously instigated by one partner or the becomes highly adversarial.SEGMENT 2:
Journalist Maggie Scarf has been a fellow at Harvard, Stanford and Yale and is the author of three books on family dynamics. The new one is called "Intimate Worlds: Life Inside the Family." Scarf outlines her five level model of family functioning fo Judith Strasser and says that most of us fall somewhere in the middle. Also, A. Manette Ansay reads from, and talks with Jim Fleming about, her debut novel, "Vinegar Hill." The novel is a portrait of a rigid, unhappy family haunted by its past.SEGMENT 3:
Ian Frazier, NPR commentator and author of "Dating Your Mom," "Great Plains," and "Family," tells Jim Fleming why decided to write his family's history and what he learned from the experience. He also reads a passage from "Family."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-25-C.