Sociologist Eddie Webster of the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa tells Judith Strasser that the transition to true democracy in his country is proceeding, even though the legacy of apartheid is still evident in people's everyday experience. He says the problems for the future are economic not political. Also, Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka - a Nobel laureate and chairman of the African Democratic League - tells Steve Paulson about his opposition to Nigeria's leader (Sani Abacha); his struggle to go on writing while in prison; and his fears for his country's future.SEGMENT 2:
Anthropologist Adam Kuper, a native of South Africa who now teaches at Brunel University in England, tells Steve Paulson that the colonial past is the cause of most of present day Africa's social, political and economic problems.SEGMENT 3:
Nozipo Maraire was born in Zimbabwe and educated at Harvard. She has a medical degree from Columbia and trained as a neurosurgeon at Yale. While doing her medical residency in the United States, she found time to write a novel: "Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter." Maraire tells Jim Fleming some of the stories from the novel and how they have influenced her life.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 03-31-A.
This hour, it's the rights of property owners vs. the Endangered Species Act in America's new land wars. University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein tells Steve Paulson how the fury of landowners is prompting congressional action. And, Ted Steinberg, author of "Slide Mountain: Or the Folly of Owning Nature," tells Judith Strasser why he rejects cost- benefit analyses of environmental issues. Steinberg teaches history at Rutgers.SEGMENT 2:
Frank and Deborah Popper have a vision for the Great Plains: give them back to the bison! They tell Jim Fleming about their idea for a "buffalo commons" and explain why bison ranching makes good economic sense for cattle ranchers and is better for the land. Frank Popper teaches urban studies at Rutgers; Deborah is a geographer at the College of Staten Island in New York.SEGMENT 3:
Theodore Roszak directs the Ecopsychology Institute at California State University and is co-editor (with Mary Gomes and Allen Kanner) of "Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind." He tells Steve Paulson why he is critical of the mainstream environmental movement -- it ignores basic psychological insights.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 06-25-B.
Lawrence Soley teaches communication at Marquette University and is the author of "Leasing the Ivory Tower: The Corporate Takeover of Academia." He tells Jim Fleming that corporations are profiting from taxpayer funded research and that they put their own money exclusively into those university activities that advance corporate interests.SEGMENT 2:
Eduardo Ochoa teaches economics and statistics at California State University at Los Angeles where he is the associate dean of the School of Business and Economics. He tells Judith Strasser that Ph.D. training that emphasizes research over teaching is misguided and that universities need to be more sensitive to the real world effects of their work. Also, William Tierney of the University of Southern California, tells Judith Strasser why the tenure system needs to be reformed. Tierney is the co-author (with Estela Bensimon) of "Rethinking Promotion and Tenure: Culture and Socialization in Academe."SEGMENT 3:
Cherie Lohr, Florida state dean of the Union Institute College of Undergraduate Studies, tells Steve Paulson that her students are mostly adults who do very well with a learning system of one-on-one tutorials, and have a major role in designing their own programs of study. Also, recent grad Jeremy Smith tells Judith Strasser that his own college experience was less than wonderful, but that he has some ideas of how higher education could be reformed. Smith is publications coordinator of the Center for Campus Organizing.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 03-31-C.