Craig Ferris conducts research in the Behavioral Neuroscience program in the psychiatry department of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He tells Judith Strasser that bullied hamsters have measurable differences in their brain chemistry and that his colleagues have begun to see the same thing in troubled children.SEGMENT 2:
Andrew Vachss is an attorney who defends abused children and a novelist whose works depict the same horrors he confronts in court. Vachss tells Steve Paulson that human predators have universally been the victims of abuse and that rehabilitation is not possible for the worst of them.
*****This is a compelling and frightening interview with a remarkable advocate. Listeners may be upset by it, particularly by two examples of abuse Vachss provides. At @1:52 into the the interview, he cites an instance where a child is tortured with a soldering iron; and at @7:08, he reports on the case of an infant with a prolapsed rectum. Vachss uses no sexual slang or profanity, but the content of his remarks is shocking and disturbing.*****
Also this segment, sociologist Michael Radelet of the University of Florida, tells Jim Fleming that while support for the death penalty is at an all-time high, it's an expensive and ineffective way to address the nation's crime problem. Radelet is the author of "In Spite of Innocence: Erroneous Convictions in Capital Cases."SEGMENT 3:
NPR reporter Maria Hinojosa (ee' nah hoe' sah) talks with Judith Strasser about young New Yorkers who belong to "crews" - - and explains why they join, and why the crews, which are sometimes violent, are so important to them. "Crews" is the title of Hinojosa's book of interviews with members of these gang-like organizations.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-10-15-A.
Laurie Marker-Kraus talks with Steve Paulson about cheetahs - Nature's ultimate killing machine. After working with a cheetah cub at a safari park in Oregon, Marker-Kraus later moved to Namibia and founded the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Also, Peter Steinhart, author of "The Company of Wolves," tells Steve Paulson about the wolf's social structure and hunting techniques.SEGMENT 2:
Cultural anthropologist Richard Nelson is one of America's leading nature writers and a subsistence hunter. He tells Judith Strasser what he learned from working with native peoples in Alaska as they hunted bear, walrus and other big game.SEGMENT 3:
Writer Doug Whynott, an eleventh generation Cape Codder, spent two seasons watching master harpooner Bob Sampson hunt ten foot long, fifteen hundred pound tuna. The result is a book called "Giant Bluefin." Whynott tells Jim Fleming about the lives of the hunters and their quarry.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-10-22-B.
Thomas Inge is a professor of Humanities at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and a passionate, life-long fan of comics. He tells Steve Paulson that comics are an art form worthy of serious critical attention and have both a distinguished past and a bright future, in print and on-line.SEGMENT 2:
Terry Zwigoff directed a critically acclaimed documentary film about his friend of twenty five years - cartoonist R. Crumb. The movie is newly available on video. The father of the underground comic, R. Crumb is best known for "Keep On Truckin," "Fritz the Cat," and "Mr. Natural." Zwigoff talks with Judith Strasser about Crumb, the movie and the man. Also, cartoonist Neil Gaiman, author of the Sandman series, tells Jim Fleming how he got into comics and what he tried to achieve with the Sandman character.SEGMENT 3:
Art Spiegelman's comic "Maus" (which told his father's story of the Holocaust) won the Pulitzer Prize and was followed by "Maus II." Now there's a CD-Rom version. Spiegelman tells Steve Paulson why Maus is making the move to computer.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-05-28-C.