In this segment, three takes on the Confederate flag. Tony Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prine winning reporter for the Wall Street Journal, tells Steve Paulson about an incident in Kentucky where a young white man was killed by a group of young African- Americans for flying the Confederate flag from his truck. Also, historian John Koski of Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy, tells Steve Paulson about the history and later uses of the Confederate battle flag and explains why it remains meaningful for some white Southerners. Finally, historian Ervin Jordan - one of the few African American scholars who specialize in the Confederacy - explains to Steve Paulson why the rebel flag is a provocative, racist symbol for most American Blacks. Jordan is a curator at the University of Virginia Library.SEGMENT 2:
Anthropologist Carol Stack talks with Judith Strasser about the reverse migration of African-Americans back to the rural South. Stack teaches Women's Studies and Education at the University of California at Berkeley and is the author of "A Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South."SEGMENT 3:
Osha Gray Davidson tells the story of an unusual friendship between CP Ellis, a poor white Ku Klux Klan member, and Ann Atwater, a poor black woman in his book "The Best of Enemies" and in this conversation with Jim Fleming.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 07-14-A.
James Gordon - a psychiatrist at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, author of "Manifesto for A New Medicine" and a leading advocate of mind/body healing - tells Steve Paulson how he got interested in alternative therapies and how the field has grown. Squaring off against poeple like Dr. Gordon is Robert Park, a physicist at the University of Maryland. Park tells Jim Fleming what he thinks is wrong with NIH's Office of Alternative Medicine -- he questions both the validity of what they're studying and the way they're going about it.SEGMENT 2:
Anne Harrington is a historian of science at Harvard University. She talks with Steve Paulson about the debate over mind/body healing and the significance of the placebo effect.SEGMENT 3:
Caryle Hirshberg is co-founder of the Remission Project at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the co-author (with Marc Barasch) of "Remarkable Recoveries." She tells Judith Strasser about some of the people whose stories she tells in the book and the importance of living your life to the fullest for as long as you can.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 07-14-B.
David Giovanonni tells Judith Strasser that public radio has to make choices about how to best serve its audience and that those choices should be guided by audience research. Giovanonni is President of Audience Research Analysis. Also, Charles Bernstein believes that a single listener justifies the presence of important programming on public radio. Bernstein's passion is radio poetry. He teaches English at SUNY Buffalo and hosts "linebreak" - a new public radio program. He talks with fellow poet Judith Strasser.SEGMENT 2:
Susan Douglas teaches communications studies at the University of Michigan and is working on a history of radio. She talks with Steve Paulson about Paul Lazarsfeld, a Viennese socialist who founded market research in America in an effort to bring high culture to a mass audience. Also, Mark Fried tells Judith Strasser about Radio Venceremos - the clandestine broadcast service operated by guerilla fighters during El Salvador's protracted civil war. The full story is told in a book called "Rebel Radio" by Jose Ignacio Lopez Vigil, translated by Mark Fried.SEGMENT 3:
Rolland Marchand teaches history at the University of California at Davis. He tells Jim Fleming about the most popular American radio program of the 1930s - The Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour - which entertained Americans during the Depression and helped form a sense of national identity. We also hear archival excerpts from the show. Rolland Marchand is the author of "Advertising the American Dream," and the forthcoming "Creating the Corporate Soul."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 07-14-C.