NPR's Tom Gjelton talks with Steve Paulson about the current cease fire in Bosnia and the prospects for long term peace. Gjelton covered the war from Sarajevo and is the author of "Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper under Siege."SEGMENT 2:
Robert Kaplan, contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly, tells Steve Paulson that much of the Third World is on the brink of anarchy due to rising populations, ethnic rivalries, environmental disasters and ineffective governments. Kaplan is the author of "Balkan Ghosts" and "The Ends of the Earth: A Journey at the Dawn of the 21st Century."SEGMENT 3:
Journalist David Bornstein talks with Jim Fleming about his book - "The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank and the Idea That is Helping the Poor to Change Their Lives." The Grameen Bank in Bangladesh loans out money to some of the poorest people in the world. Also, Nicholas You, coordinator of the Best Practices and Local Leadership Program at the United Nations, tells Judith Straasser about "Best Practices," a number of successful solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing the world today.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 05-19-A.
The fields of molecular biology and computer science are merging in the guise of the DNA computer, invented by University of Southern California mathematician Leonard Adelman. Keith Devlin, editor of "Focus," the magazine of the Mathematical Association of America, describes Adelman's astonishing experiment to Margaret Andreasen, and explains the tremendous excitement about the new field of biocomputing. Also, according to mathematician John Allen Paulos, a lot of the math in newspapers should make all of us think twice. Paulos' last book, "Innumeracy," was a best seller. He talks with Judith Strasser about "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper."SEGMENT 2:
The kind of math illiteracy that troubles John Allen Paulos is related to how math is taught in the schools. Mark Saul, a math teacher at Bronxville School in New York, tells Steve Paulson that math education is quite different in Russia, where the structure of the teaching experience kindles students' enthusiasm.SEGMENT 3:
Aptitudes for math and music often seem to go together, and Edward Rothstein, chief music critic of the New York Times (and one-time math student) explores the relationship between the two fields in his book "Emblems of the Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics." He talks with Jim Fleming about the similarities and beauty of these two passions. Also, mathematician Eli Maor tells Steve Paulson why everyone from the ancient Greeks to modern children is fascinated by the idea of infinity. Maor is the author of "To Infinity and Beyond" and "e: the Story of a Number."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-06-11-B.
Marian Burros, food columnist for the NY Times and author of "Eating Is the Best Revenge," talks with Steve Paulson about the growing popularity of organic foods and how the grocery industry cashing in on the public's demand for healthy food. Also, Johns Hopkins anthropologist Sidney Mintz, tells Steve that food choices and rituals define our cultural identity. Mintz is the author of "Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom."SEGMENT 2:
Food writer Margaret Visser (Pronounced Fisser) tells Judith Strasser that the argument about whether or not humans should eat meat goes back at least to the ancient Greeks; that meat is the ancestral food and charged with religious significance. Also, journalist Lolis Elie tells Judith Strasser about his two year barbecue tour of America. Elie is a columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the author of "Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country."SEGMENT 3:
Pretentious culinary and literary writing gets skewered in food critic/literary editor John Lanchester's novel "The Debt to Pleasure." Lanchester tells Jim Fleming about his main character - a food enthusiast, chef, culinary scholar, and very weird guy.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 05-19-C.