Civil rights lawyer Morris Dees warned the US Attorney genera about the militia movement six months before the federal building was bombed in Oklahoma City. Dees' Southern Poverty Law Center has been tracking hate groups for years, but in the past few years he's noticed something new -- private armies burgeoning. In a new book "The Gathering Storm" Dees writes about hate grup tactics. In this segment he tells Judith Strasser about the Patriot Movement. Sociologist William Gibson thinks the militia movement is a relatively modern idea, and he tells Steve Paulson that it grew out of the Vietnam War.SEGMENT 2:
The modern militia movement is often, but not always, based in right-wing philosophy. That wasn't always true -- just remember John Brown and the troops he led against the federal army at Harper's Ferry. Novelist Bruce Olds has tried to imagine one of history's most forbidding - and fascinating characters. He tells Steve Paulson about his fictional John Brown.SEGMENT 3:
Philip Caputo has experience war first-hand, first as a foot soldier in Vietnam and later as a correspondent. His new novel, "Equation for Evil", looks at racially-motivated killings closer to home. He tells Jim Fleming how his fictional story grew out of the real shooting of a school bus in Stockton, California.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 04-21-A.
Bob Ballard is Director of the Center for Marine Exploration at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His most recent book (written with Malcolm McConnell) is "Exploration: My Quest for Adventure and Discovery under the Sea." He tells Steve Paulson about some of his undersea adventures, especiallt the 1985 discovery of the wreck of the Titanic.SEGMENT 2:
Richard Ellis is a writer and marine painter. His latest book is "Monsters of the Deep." He tells Margaret Andreasen about the strange creatures that live in the depths of the sea -- and the human mind. Also, Roger Payne tells Steve Paulson some amazing things about whales. Payne is President of the Whale Conservation Institute in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and the author of "Among Whales."SEGMENT 3:
Author of the best sea stories ever, Patrick O'Brien tells Jim Fleming that his novels use the adventure story as a vehicle to comment on the human condition, and he also recalls how he learned to sail. Patrick O'Brien has published seventeen novels in his series, starting with "Master and Commander." The latest is "The Commodore."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-07-09-B.
Barry Sanders once dreamed of being a stand-up comic; he turned out to be a professor, instead. But he never lost in interest in it--he's the author of a new book on the subject--Sudden Glory: Laughter as Subversive History. Sander's told Jim Fleming about the evolution of laughter -- Neanderthals, Ancient Greeks and Lenny Bruce.SEGMENT 2:
Robert Provine, a psychologist at University of Baltimore, Maryland County, studies everyday laughter, eavesdropping in shopping mall, restaurants and office building. He told Judith Stasser that what people laugh at isn't funny. The greatest laugh hits he's overheard are one-liners like "Gotta go now" or "Look there's Andre!"--not exactly great punchlines.SEGMENT 3:
Mel Watkins traces the history of African-American humor in his book On the Real Side, from slavery to Richard Pryor. He told Steve Paulson that laughter was key to African-American survival. Also excerpts from some of the great comic voices-- Moms Mabely, Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson and more.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 04-21-C.