Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne talks about his new book "They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era" with Steve Paulson. He says social and political conditions today mirror those at the end of the nineteenth century when Progressivism first became popular in America. Also, Jeff Isaak tells Steve Paulson that he thinks Dionne's book reads like a Liberal's wish list, not a realistic prediction. Isaak teaches political science at Indiana University.SEGMENT 2:
Michael Sandel tells Judith Strasser that understanding the similarities and the differences between today and the first Progressive Era may help Americans find solutions to our current social and political needs. Sandel teaches government at Harvard and is the author of "Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy."SEGMENT 3:
David Newby, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO tells Jim Fleming that the Labor movement is not dead; that economic issues are important to today's workers; and that they find they have power when they organize in unions.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 04-07-A.
In his book "Dark Nature: A Natural History of Evil," biologist Lyall Watson redefines good and evil in genetic terms. He tells Steve Paulson that animals are programmed to be greedy, duplicitous and violent. On the other hand, primatologist Franz De Waal thinks animals have moral codes and even a sense of justice. He tells Jim Fleming some stories from his work with monkeys that prove his point.SEGMENT 2:
On the other hand, primatologist Franz De Waal thinks animals have moral codes and even a sense of justice. He tells Jim Fleming some stories from his work with monkeys that prove his point.SEGMENT 3:
Ecologist Paul Shepard tells Steve Paulson that animals and the natural world teach humans how to co-exist with "the Other" and by extension, with each other. Shepard is the author of "The Others: How Animals Made Us Human." And, Natalie Angier, a science writer with the New York Times, tells Judith Strasser how she learned to love some of the other-est creatures of all, including the roaches in her apartment. Angier is the author of "The Beauty of the Beastly: New Views of the Nature of Life."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 04-07-B.
Talmudic scholar Daniel Boyarin of the University of California at Berkeley tells Steve Paulson that the Apostle Paul is the real source of universalism in Western thought and is best understood as a Jew with a particular vision of what Judaism should be. Boyarin is the author of "A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity."SEGMENT 2:
Chana Bloch talks with Steve Paulson about her new translation of the Song of Songs -- she thinks it's the most beautiful love poem ever written. Also, Marianne Wiggins talks with Judith Strasser about "Eveless Eden" - the first book in a trilogy of re-tellings of Bible stories. "Eveless Eden" is the story of Paradise, though it's set in the world of contemporary photojournalism.SEGMENT 3:
Sue Bender, author of the hugely successful "Plain and Simple" - an account of time spent with an Amish family - continues her spiritual journey in a book called "Everyday Sacred." Sue Bender tells Jim Fleming how the new book came about and gives examples of people who appreciate the beautiful, the sacred, in everyday life.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 04-07-C.