New York Times correspondent Judith Miller talks with Judith Strasser about the radical Islamic groups of the Middle East. She says what makes them dangerous is their intolerance for other views. Miller is the author of "God Has Ninety Nine Names: Reporting from A Militant Middle East. Also, John Esposito, director of Georgetown's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, tells Steve Paulson that it's wrong to think of all Muslims as brutal religious fanatics. Esposito's books include "The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality," and "Islam and Democracy."SEGMENT 2:
Middle Eastern scholar Leila Ahmed tells Steve Paulson that Westerners are too quick to criticize Islamic culture for its teatment of women. Ahmed directs the Near Eastern Studies program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is the author of "Women and Gender in Islam."SEGMENT 3:
Vincent Cornell, an American convert to Islam, talks with Jim Fleming about the spiritual peace he finds in his religion and explains that it is not a creed of intolerance and fanaticism. Cornell teaches religion at Duke University.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 05-05-A.
Nature writer Diane Ackerman tells Steve Paulson that she feels compelled to serve as a witness for endangered species of animals. Among her books is "The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds." Also, naturalist Richard Ives, talks with Steve about tigers. There are only a few thousand left and they may go extinct in the next decade. Ives studied tigers in India, Nepal and Southeast Asia, and describes his work in a book called "Of Tigers and Men."SEGMENT 2:
Philosopher of science John Leslie tells Jim Fleming why he believes there's a forty percent chance human beings will go extinct within the next 500 years. Leslie teaches at the University of Guelph in Ontario and is the author of "The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction."SEGMENT 3:
Paleontologist Robert Bakker, dinosaur curator of the Tate Museum in Wyoming, has turned novelist. "Raptor Red" tells its story from the point of view of a Utah raptor. Bakker tells Judith Strasser that he can't help wondering about the emotional lives of the creatures whose fossils he excavates.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 05-05-B.
Film critic Michael Medved tells Steve Paulson that American children watch too much television and that Hollywood is dysfunctional: it keeps making "steamy stinkers" that nobody wants to see. Medved has a book coming out to be called "Saving Childhod: How to Protect Your Children from the National Assault on Innocence." Also, Joanne Cantor, who teaches and does communications research at the University of Wisconsin, tells Steve Paulson how people use the media to regulate their moods and explains how the entertainment industry exploits human arousal mechanisms.SEGMENT 2:
David Foster Wallace has written a massive futuristic, satiric novel called "Infinite Jest" in which humanity is threatened by totally addictive entertainment. Wallace tells Judith Strasser that his absurd future is not all that far off. With interactive virtual reality pornography just around the corner, society needs to re-examine its atttitude towards passive entertainment.SEGMENT 3:
Philip Kunhardt is the author of "P.T. Barnum: An Illustrated Biography." He tells Jim Fleming that Barnum was a real museum man, as well as a huckstering showman, and that he maintained respectful personal relationships with his "living curiosities" no matter how outrageously he packaged them for public exhibition.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 05-05-C.