Journalist Elizabeth Drew tells Jim Fleming what made Newt Gingrich so powerful after the '94 elections and what's happened to him since. She also assesses the strange relationship between Gingrich and Bob Dole. Drew's new book is "Showdown: The Struggle between the Gingrich Congress and the Clinton White House."SEGMENT 2:
University of California-Berkeley linguist George Lakoff tells Steve Paulson that the liberal and conservative positions are riddled with contradictions and grow out of radically different perceptions of reality: conservatives espouse the strong father model, while liberals prefer nurturing families. Lakoff is the author of "Moral Politics."SEGMENT 3:
Andrew Bard Schmookler thinks we can learn more by examining the contradictions in our own position than by just bashing the other guy. He tells Steve Paulson that we need to find common ground in our polarized moral landscape. Also, two members of an innovative citizens project in Colorado tell Judith Strasser what happens when people who are ideological opposites meet regularly for meals and respectful conversation. Amy Divine and Glenn Paauw are board members of Food for Thought.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 05-26-A.
When a research team at Rice University discovered a new form of carbon, congratulations from scientists all over the world poured in. But the world at large hardly noticed. Chemist Rick Smalley tells Jim Fleming about the buckyball - which may revolutionize industry. The buckyball, he says, is 100 times stronger than steel. Art Ellis of the University of Wisconsin- Madison tells Jim about another human material that is already changing things -- memory metal remembers how it was meant to look like, and returns to that shape upon request.SEGMENT 2:
Nature loveres may just want to "get away from it all," but they don't like to remember just how much that's made possible by the discoveries of the past few decades. REI product designer David Mydans (MY-dance) tells Judith Strasser how materials like Goretex have revolutionized outdoor sports.SEGMENT 3:
Remember the advice Dustin Hoffman received early in the film "The Graduate"? "Plastics" said the man at poolside. Well, he may not have been much of a role model, but he was right none the less. Art professor Jeffrey Meikle has traced the impact of plastic on American life in his book "American Plastic," and he tells Steve Paulson that plastic is here to stay.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 05-26-B.
Margaret Gullette (goo let') writes on gender and age issues for national magazines and is the author of "Safe at Last in the Middle Years: The Invention of the Midlife Progress Novel," and the forthcoming "Cultural Combat: The Politics of the Midlife." She tells Judith Strasser that the story of aging as inevitable decline forms the background noise of our culture but is being challenged by forces like feminism. Also, Stephen Katz, who teaches sociology at Kent University in Peterborough, Ontario, tells Jim Fleming that "middle-aged" and "elderly" are recent intellectual constructs and are still evolving. Katz is the author of "Disciplining Old Age: The Formation of Gerontological Knowledge."SEGMENT 2:
Letty Cottin Pogrebin tells Judith Strasser how she confronted turning fifty and learned to live in the moment. Pogrebin is a feminist activist, a founding editor of Ms. magazine, and the author of seven books, including "Getting Over Getting Older: Intimate Journey."SEGMENT 3:
Photographer Jacqueline Hayden works with older artists' models to create life-sized nude portraits that echo ancient statuary. She tells Steve Paulson why she works with older models, how her work offers an alternative vision of the ideal, and how viewers respond to it.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 05-19-C.