Former U.S. Senator George McGovern is a hero to millions of Americans who opposed the Vietnam War. McGovern's public acclaim is matched by private tragedy -- his daughter battled alcoholism for years; it finally killed her in 1994. McGovern tells her story in a memoir called "Terry" and in this conversation with Jim Fleming.SEGMENT 2:
Science writer Stephen Braun describes to Steve Paulson the biochemical effects of alcohol on the human brain and explains why anti-depressant medications seem to help some alcoholics. Braun is the author of "Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine." Also, addiction expert and self-described iconoclast Stanton Peele tells Judith Strasser what's wrong with Alcoholics Anonymous and describes what he considers more effective therapeutic treatment strategies.SEGMENT 3:
California writer Caolyn See chronicled her life in a family ravaged by alcoholism in a memoir called "Drinking: Hard Luck and Good Times in America." No teetotaler, See rejects what she considers America's puritannical attitude towards alcohol. She tells Steve Paulson why.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 07-21-A.
Michael Korda was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1994. He's turned his experience with the disease into a book: "Man to Man: Surviving Prostate Cancer." Korda tells Judith Strasser that men can learn a lot from the way women have handled breast cancer and that letting embarrassment keep them away from treatment is the worst thing they can doSEGMENT 2:
Frederica Perera explains to Jim Fleming how the new field of molecular biology tracks the physical effects of pollutants in specific populations. Perera is associate director of the Columbia-Presbyterian Cancer Center in New York. Also, organic chemist Kip Guy tells Judith Strasser about the development of synthesized taxol, an anti-cancer drug derived naturally from endangered old growth yew trees in the Pacific Northwest. He explains why taxol is an interesting substance to chemists. Guy (and co-author K.C. Nicolaou) wrote about taxol in the June '96 issue of Scientific American.SEGMENT 3:
Poet Donald Hall, himself a cancer survivor, shared a long and happy marriage with poet Jane Kenyon, who died of leukemia in 1995. Hall talks with Judith Strasser about the marriage, his and Jane's illnesses and how cancer affected their work. Hall also reads some of Jane's poetry and his own.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 07-21-B.
Alfie Kohn hates competition - in sports, in education, in the workplace. He tells Steve Paulson why fostering cooperation is a better way to elicit excellence. Kohn is the author of "No Contest: The Case against Competition" and "Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes."SEGMENT 2:
Sports columnist Joan Ryan has written an expose of high- profile girl's athletics called "Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters." Ryan tells Jim Fleming that these girls are subject to relentless pressure and sometimes brutal coaching. They may win medals but at staggering cost to themselves.SEGMENT 3:
Neil Snyder says competition is the surest path to success - certainly in the new world markets. He tells Steve Paulson that it also enhances self-esteem. Snyder teaches business at the University of Virginia and is the author of "The Will to Lead." Also, philosopher Drew Hyland reminds Judith Strasser that the "com" in "competition" means "together." He thinks competition is natural and doesn't have to be alienating. Hyland teaches philosophy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 07-21-C.