Judith Wallerstein is a clinical psychologist and the author of three books on marriage and divorce, including the landmark "Second Chances: Men, Women and Children A Decade after Divorce" and her new one, "The Good Marriage: How and Why Love Lasts." Wallerstein tells Judith Strasser what happily married couples have in common. Also, Stephen Levine, a meditation teacher and the author of six books on death and dying, tells Steve Paulson that coping with his wife's cancer helped him realize that being in a relationship is the most spiritually demanding work anyone can do. The Levines' new book is "Embracing the Beloved: Relationship as a Path of Awakening."SEGMENT 2:
Sociologist Constance Ahrons tells Steve Paulson that while lots of them are doing it, deep down, Americans disapprove of divorce. She says ending a marriage is neither a moral failure nor a social sin. Her new book is "The Good Divorce."SEGMENT 3:
Susan Eisenhower (Ike's grand-daughter) fell in love with the Director of the Soviet space program just as Mikhail Gorbachev began his policy of reform and renewal. Despite the changing climate, it wasn't easy for romance to bloom. Eisenhower tells the story of those days and her marriage to Roald Sagdeev in a memoir called "Breaking Free" and in this conversation with Jim Fleming.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-10-08-C.
The five part Animals series kicks off with an hour on conservation issues. George Schaller, widely regarded as the world's leading field biologist for his work with mountain gorillas, lions and giant pandas talks with Steve Paulson about the dilemmas of animal conservation. Schaller is science director of the Wildlife Conservation Society.SEGMENT 2:
Michael Hutchins is director of conservation and science for the American Zoo and Acquarium Association and co-editor of "Ethics on the Ark: Zoos, Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation." He tells Jim Fleming that the goal of most zoos now is conservation, not human entertainment and that some species will survive only with the help of zoos.SEGMENT 3:
Merlin Tuttle is the founder of Bat Conservation International. He is a tireless advocate for these often feared and despised animals. Tuttle has spent a lifetime pursuing bats in manner that has made him the Indiana Jones of field biologists. He shares some of his wildest stories with Steve Paulson.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-10-01-B.
Gail Levin teaches art history at Baruch College and the graduate school of the City University of New York and is an expert on the work of Edward Hopper. Her new book is "Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography," based on diaries kept by Hopper's wife. Levin tells Jim Fleming that Jo Hopper was an artist in her own right who sacrificed her own career to support her husband's. Also, Christo and his wife, Jeanne- Claude, tell Judith Strasser that their work has always been a joint effort and involves more than wrapping things. They describe several of their projects and explain why only Christo's name is famous.SEGMENT 2:
Margaret Maron writes mysteries set in the art world. She tells Jim Fleming about her latest - "Fugitive Colors" - and explains how she uses her own experience as an artist's wife to fill in the background.SEGMENT 3:
Much celebrated and still controversial writer Norman Mailer has just published a biography of the painter Pablo Picasso called "Portrait of Picasso as a Young Man." Mailer tells Steve Paulson that Picasso always felt a social inferior in Paris while believing in his own superiority as an artist.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-12-17-C.