Political scientist Evan McKenzie tells Judith Strasser about the new gated cities and other "common interest developments" that are luring Americans out of their traditional urban centers. McKenzie's book about these communities is called "Privatopia."SEGMENT 2:
Cynthia Hamilton tells Judith Strasser that the key to saving our cities is not merely fixing them up: the massive urban renewal projects of the 1960s often destroyed the very communities they set out to preserve. Hamilton directs the African-American studies program at the University of Rhode Island. Also, historian Richard Sennett tells Steve Paulson that ancient Greek cities were designed to showcase the naked male body and that our cities reflect our obsession with sex. Sennett's latest book is called "Flesh and Stone: The Body and City in Western Civilization."SEGMENT 3:
Writer Mark Salzman tells Jim Fleming about his unconventional youth and fascination with Eastern philosophy and martial arts. Salzman's latest book is called "Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-11-12-A.
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gary Snyder lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, where his neighbors include bears and cougars. Snyder tells Judith Straser how the various species keep peace in the neighborhood, and what happens when they don't. Also, Jane Goodall talks with Steve Paulson about her pioneering work with chimpanzees.SEGMENT 2:
Allen Schoen founded and is the director of the Veterinary Institute for Therapeutic Alternatives, and is the author of "Love, Miracles and Animal Healing." He tells Margaret Andreasen some remarkable stories from his veterinary practice. Also, humorist Cynthia Heimel, whose six dogs consider her pack leader, tells Steve Paulson where some of her dogs came from and why adopting pound puppies is a good idea.SEGMENT 3:
Roger Tory Peterson, the man who virtualy invented modern bird- watching, talks with Steve Paulson about the art of birding.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-10-29-B.
Writer C.D.B. Bryan attended the 1992 conference at M.I.T. on alien abductions. Much to his surprise, he became fascinated by the subject and has written a book about it: "Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind." Bryan tells Steve Paulson what the alledged abductees and UFO investigators are saying, and why he's given up his conviction that this is all utter nonsense.SEGMENT 2:
Master magician James Randi thinks the abductees and their supporters are fooling themselves. He tells Judith Strasser that people like to believe in magic, and that irrationality can be dangerous in a democracy. Also, Michael Zimmerman, a philosopher at Tulane University, explains why the abduction phenomenon - whether it's real or not - is of tremendous interest to people whose business it is to consider the nature of reality and systems of knowledge. Zimmerman talked with Steve Paulson at a conference of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science.SEGMENT 3:
Theologian Ted Peters is the author of "UFO's: God's Chariots? Flying Saucers in Politics, Science and Religion." While Peters doesn't believe in alien abductions, he thinks the whole UFO business has religious overtones and explains to Jim Fleming some of the universal religious symbolism associated with space aliens.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 95-10-29-C.