Attorney Steve Donziger is a member of the National Criminal Justice Commission which has just published a scathing report called "The Real War on Crime." Donziger tells Steve Paulson that fear of crime has created a prison-industrial complex in America and that incarcerating more and more people for nonviolent offenses will not make us any safer. Also, NY State Supreme Court Justice Harold Rothwax thinks the criminal justice system has acquired too many bureaucratic accretions and that trial lawyers are out of control. He says most people who come to trial are probably guilty and we should be glad about it. Judge Rothwax is the author of "Guilty: The Collapse of Criminal Justice."SEGMENT 2:
New York Times reporter Fox Butterfield talks with Judith Strasser about Willie Bosket who had committed some 2,000 roberies and several murders before his sixteenth birthday. Willie is the subject of Butterfield's book "All God's Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence."SEGMENT 3:
New Orleans has one of the highest crime rates in America and a recidivism rate of seventy five percent. Tulane University professor Bob Roberts is the director, and Nelson Marks the program manager, of Project Return - a prison rehab program in New Orleans that actually works. Roberts and Marks (a program alumnus who served twelve years for armed robbery) explain to Steve Paulson how they're able to turn lives around.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 03-24-A.
Sleep deprivation can kill you! So says Stanley Coren, neuropsychologist at the University of British Columbia, in this conversation with Judith Strasser. Coren says we're seriously sleep-deprived and should shut off Letterman and go to bed! Coren is the author of "The Intelligence of Dogs," and "Sleep Thieves: An Eye-Opening Exploration into the Science and Mysteries of Sleep."SEGMENT 2:
Stanford University researcher Joel Benington talks with Jim Fleming about his (and colleague Craig Heller's) theory about why we sleep. He thinks it's so the body can feed the brain. Also, some sleep disorders can kill. Neurologist Mark Mahowald of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at Hennipin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, tells Steve Paulson about some spectacular cases of sleep-related violence and how little we understand them.SEGMENT 3:
Jungian analyst Robert Bosnak takes dreams seriously, but he tells Steve Paulson that it was an aboriginal dream doctor who taught him that dreams are real. Bosnak is the author of "tracks in the Wilderness of Dreaming." Also, poet, novelist and literary critic A. Alvarez tells Jim Fleming that he was terrified of the dark as a child. Now he's fascinated by the culture of night, which he documents in his book "Night."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 03-24-B.
Dee Costanzo, a senior instructor with Impact Self Defense in Chicago, tells Judith Strasser about teaching women martial arts skills for self defense. She says women neeed to be able to deliver a knock out blow in five to eight seconds and that strong women can fight and cry. Also, Robin Cooper, a fifth degree Black Belt in Akido, tells Judith Strasser that her martial art has left her more physically graceful, but also helps her find balance in all her interactions with people. She says the aim in Akido is to resolve conflict without harm to either party.SEGMENT 2:
Historian Winston L. King, professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University and author of "Zen and the Way of the Sword," tells Jim Fleming how Japanese swordsmanship differed from the European style, and that the sword, though central to Japanese martial arts, is ultimately of less importance than the individual's character. Also, writer Mark Salzman tells Jim Fleming that he got into martial arts to attract girls. Later he studied with a major Chinese martial artist and ended up (after a back injury) practicing Tai Chi. Now he finds the same fulfillment in playing the cello. Salzman's book about his experiences in China is "Iron and Silk." His most recent novel is "The Soloist."SEGMENT 3:
David Bordwell is a film scholar at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In this rollicking conversation with Steve Paulson, Bordwell explains why Jackie Chan's films are irresistable - even when (like "Rumble in the Bronx") they make no sense at all. Bordwell also explains why Hong Kong cinema is so exciting, and talks about the huge presence the martial arts now have in American popular culture.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 03-24-C.