Economist Jeremy Rifkin tells Steve Paulson that the only way to preserve jobs in the information age is to shift to a thirty hour work week. Rifkin's latest book is "The End of Work." Also, historian Benjamin Hunnicutt, a Professor of Leisure Studies (seriously!) at the University of Iowa, talks with Judith Strasser about the American obsession for work, work, work.SEGMENT 2:
New York Times science writer Natalie Angier tells Judith Strasser that laziness is normal and commonplace in nearly every species in the natural world. Angier's New York Times stories have been collected in a book called "The Beauty of the Beastly."SEGMENT 3:
Physician Stefan Rechtschaffen thinks we need to become more aware of how we use and abuse time in our lives. He explains his ideas on "time shifting" to Margaret Andreasen. Stefan Rechtschaffen is a medical doctor and president of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. His book is "Timeshifting: Creating More Time to Enjoy Your Life."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-09-03-C.
Princeton biologist James Gould tells Margaret Andreasen that studying animal intelligence is tricky because animals sometimes look smart when they're just doing what's hard-wired into their brains. Gould is the author, with Carol Grant Gould of "The Animal Mind." Also, University of Arizona ethologist Irene Pepperberg tells Jim Fleming about her star pupil -- an African gray parrot named Alex, who not only talks but can tell you how he's feeling.SEGMENT 2:
Lou Herman is a psychologist at the University of Hawaii based at the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory. He's done the most thorough study ever of dolphin intelligence. He tells Jim Fleming that dolphins are entirely different from humans, and fundamentally mysterious to us. Also, Harvard entomologist E.O. Wilson tells Steve Paulson that ants are remarkably clever creatures who communicate chemically. Wilson is the author, with Bert Holldobler of "Journey to the Ants."SEGMENT 3:
Cynthia Moss may know more about elephants than anyone else on the planet. She tells Steve Paulson some of what she's learned in her twenty five years studying the elephant herds of Kenya's Amboseli National Park.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-10-15-B.
We hear a lot about about single mothers, welfare moms, and mothers who do or don't deserve government aid. Where is the talk about fathers? Social critic and author of "Fatherless America" David Blankenhorn tells Jim Fleming that the missing dad is our most pressing social problem. Also, lawyer and labor expert Rhona Mahoney agrees that men aren't doing their part, but as she argues in her book "Kidding Ourselves," women have to stop blaming men for the problem. She tells Margaret Andreasen that if women want out of the mommy track, it's up to them to change.SEGMENT 2:
There's nothing like having children to teach you to love your parents, and men are finally learning that's true for fathers and sons. Commentator Andy Moore reflects on what his father taught him about raising kids. And, psychologist Sam Osherson tells Judith Strasser that the relationship of fathers and sons deserves a lot more attention than it's getting, but it's not too late to start.SEGMENT 3:
Poet Li-Young Lee has been called one of America's finest young poets, and he's now published his first prose work -- "The Winged Seed," a memoir of his family's long and sometimes dangerous journey from China to America. Lee tells Steve Paulson that searching for memories of his father made him realize how much a stranger his father was.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-6-18-A.