Vanderbilt psychologist Oakley Ray agrees that drugs and alcohol are a problem, but goes on to tell Judith Strasser that they are just the tip of the iceberg. America, he says, is an addictive society. Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein concurs. Like Ray, the author of "thoughts without a thinker" believes that the lure of addiction is in its promise of pleasure without pain. He talks to Steve Paulson about his efforts to define and to treat addiction.SEGMENT 2:
Valerie Monroe knows first-hand about the realities of addiction. Her husband almost threw away a successful career and a loving family in his commitment to cocaine. Her book is called "In the Weather of the Heart," and she tells Jim Fleming that it took her almost as long as Keith to admit that he had a problem, and that beating the addiction was no simple matter.SEGMENT 3:
Addiction isn't just something that happens to someone else. Science writer Stephen Braun points out to Steve Paulson that much of America is addicted to caffeine. In writing his book "Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine," he uncovered all sorts of interesting information. Novelist Mark Helprin would probably agree with most of the study. He has never drunk coffee and almost certainly never will. He tells Judith Strasser that the protagonist of his novel "Memoir from Antproof Case" found his whole life changed by a cup of coffee.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 08-04-A.
In June, astronomer George Gatewood announced the discovery of a planetary system around a nearby star. Steve Paulson discusses this and other planetary discoveries--and their implications for our view of the universe--with David Black, director of the University Space Research Association Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas.SEGMENT 2:
Andrew Ingersoll, professor of planetary science at the California Institute of Technology, tells Judith Strasser that recent astronomical surprises--including the discovery that Jupiter's satellite, Ganymede, looks more like a planet than our moon--are moving us toward the completion of the Copernican Revolution. Also, Jim Fleming talks with University of Chicago astronomer Priscilla Frisch, who describes the movement of our solar system through interstellar clouds, including the "local fluff."SEGMENT 3:
Pennsylvania State University astronomer Peter Usher believes that Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet," at least in part, in defense of the Copernican revolution. Usher offers his evidence to Judith Strasser--including the origins of the names Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in the family history of the Danish anti- Copernican astronomer Tyco Brahe.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 08-04-B.
Historian David Scobey tells Judith Strasser about the parallels between 19th century New York and the frontier West. He says they were both places where it was possible to play out a utopian vision of America as unbelievably vast and dynamic. David Scobey teaches history and American Culture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Also, Richard Slotkin, author of "Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth Century America" talks with Steve Paulson about the centrality of violence to the American myth and how this is reflected in popular culture. Slotkin directs American Studies at Wesleyan.SEGMENT 2:
American performance artist and writer James Luna calls himself half Indian and half Mexican. He tells Judith Strasser about some of his installations in which he put himself on display; about making art for an Indian audience and about dealing honestly with some of the negative realities of Native American life.SEGMENT 3:
Novelist Louise Erdrich talks with Jim Fleming about her latest book "Tales of Burning Love." It's set mostly in and around Fargo rather than on the Reservation, and involves the enormously complicated romantic life of Jack Mauser, whose four living ex-wives are trapped in car together during a North Dakota blizzard.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 08-04-C.