John Hume, founder and President of the Social Democratic and Labor Party in Ireland, has been at the heart of the peace process that led to the seventeen month long truce which was shattered by the recent IRA bombings in London. Hume tells Judith Strasser that the peace process involves two stages - the cease-fire, then all-party talks - now scheduled to begin in June. Also, Baroness Jean Denton, Northen Ireland's Minister for the Economy, tells Judith Strasser that the Irish are attempting to re-write centuries of history and that economic issues are critical to the success of the peace efforts.SEGMENT 2:
Behind today's troubles in Ireland, looms the shadow of the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s which saw more than a million Irish die of starvation and a mass exodus of the survivors to the United States. Irish-Americans Jim Donnally and Tom Archdeacon, historians at the University of Wisconsin, tell Steve Paulson that the famine quickly became a political weapon for Irish nationalists and also explain why it was so devastating to the population.SEGMENT 3:
John Gleeson is the Director of Milwaukee Irish Arts, and has been known to tell a story or two. He tells Jim Fleming a story about a bad priest, and explains how the traditon of Irish story- telling is thriving in some new forms. Also, Thomas Cahill tells Jim that the monks and scribes of ancient Ireland sheltered the intellectual wealth of Western Civilization during the Dark Ages. Cahill is the author of "How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 03-17-A.
Ron Numbers, a historian of science at the University of Wisconsin, talks with Jim Fleming about the history of creationist beliefs in America. He says they've changed dramatically since the 1960s. Numbers is the author of "The Creationists: The Evolution of Scientific Creationism." Also, Stephen Jay Gould, an ardent fan of evolution, says that even though Darwin's theory is hard to swallow, it's still the right one.SEGMENT 2:
Arne Wyller is an astrophysicist and former professor at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences who's critical of both evolution and creationism. In his book "The Planetary Mind" and in this conversation with Steve Paulson, Wyller outlines his theory that there is an intelligence field that organizes molecules into more complicated forms of life.SEGMENT 3:
Molecular biologist Peri Senapathy feels that Darwin's theory cannot account for the origins of life. Senapathy has his own theory involving an analysis of genetic material which he explains to Judith Strasser and in a book called "Independent Birth of Organisms."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 03-17-B.
Lady Borton (that's her name - it's not an aristocratic title!) has been active with Quaker organizations in Vietnam since the Vietnam war. She talks with Judith Strasser about some of the people she chronicles in her book "After Sorrow: An American Among the Vietnamese."SEGMENT 2:
Writer Tim O'Brien has used his experiences as a Vietnam combat veteran to create three outstanding novels - ""Going After Cacciato," "The Things They Carried," and "In the Lake of the Woods." He tells Jim Fleming what it was like to return to Vietnam twenty five years later. He says that while he'll always have nightmares, he now has beautiful memories to place alongside the horrific ones.SEGMENT 3:
Nguyen Ngoc Hung (that's win noc hoong) is a North Vietnamese veteran. He tells Steve Paulson about his experiences during what he calls "the American war," and about the profound effect on him of his visit to the Highground, a veterans memorial in western Wisconsin. Hung is now involved in the creation of the Vietnamese American Peace Park near Hanoi. Also, Mike Boehm, an American Vietnam vet, also involved in the Peace Park, tells Judith Strasser how his first trip back to Vietnam (to help build a clinic) transformed his life: he has now devoted himself to furthering reconciliation efforts between Americans and Vietnamese.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 03-17-C.