Daniel Lazare, author of "The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution is Paralyzing Democracy," tells Judith Strasser that government needs to be fluid to be effective in the modern world and that the Constitution ought to be re-written. Also, Richard Brookheiser, author of a new biography of George Washington, tells Jim Fleming that the father of his country deserves his venerable reputation. Brookheiser is a senior editor at the National Review and a columnist for the New York Observer. His book is "Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington."SEGMENT 2:
According to historian Harvey Kaye, Tom Paine was the key figure of the American Revolution. Kaye tells Steve Paulson about Paine's extraordinary career. Kaye directs the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and is the author of "Why Do Ruling Classes Fear History? and Other Questions."SEGMENT 3:
Harvard historian of science Bernard Cohen tells Jim Fleming that the founding fathers were men of the enlightenment with good scientific educations and tremendous faith in using scientific models for modeling human affairs. Cohen is the author of "Science and the Founding Fathers."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 07-07-A.
Steve Paulson talks by cellular telephone with tornado chaser Joshua Werman as he hunts for funnel clouds in Oklahoma. Werman is a meterologist who teaches at the University of Oklahoma. He explains why people chase storms and what they hope to learn.SEGMENT 2:
Geologist Stanley Williams unintentionally experienced a volcanic eruption from inside the crater. He was the research team's only survivor. Remarkably, he recovered and continues to go into craters. He tells Jim Fleming about his accident and what he's learning from his on-going work on volcanoes.SEGMENT 3:
Eleanor Helin directs Nasa's Near Earth Asteroid Tracking Project. She tells Judith Strasser how and why her team scans the sky looking for killer asteroids, and what might happen if they find one. Also, science fiction writer Norman Spinrad tells Judith Strasser about his book "Journals of the Plague Years," set after a generation of AIDS. He says what's really scary is the way people use science and technology.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 07-07-B.
William Ferris who directs the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and sits on the Board of the International House of Blues Foundation tells Jim Fleming about the current blues revival and the importance of places like House of Blues to popularizing and preserving this music. But, blues scholar and enthusiast Peter Aschoff tells Judith Strasser, when blues music is divorced from its cultural context, something important is lost. Aschoff writes for Living Blues Magazine and teaches Anthropology and African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi at Oxford.SEGMENT 2:
Corey Harris is a young Blues performer who has dug into the blues' roots to find his own voice. A former French teacher, street musician and Appalachian Trail Guide, Harris has just released his first CD - "Between Midnight and Day." Harris tells Steve Paulson why he's drawn to the sound of classic blues and how he updates it and makes it his own.SEGMENT 3:
Albert Murray is part of the Black intellectual community that included Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin. The preeminent scholar of the blues, Murray is the author of many books including "Stomping Away the Blues," "The Hero and the Blues," and "The Blue Devils of Nada: A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement." Murray talks with Steve Paulson about his belief that the blues is the quintessential reflection of American life.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 07-07-C.