Michael Lind, A senior editor at the New Republic, tells Margaret Andreasen about the new elite - the meritocracy - that's running America. Lind's book is called "The Next American Nation: The New Nationalism and the Fourth American Revolution." Also, Nicholas Lemann tells Steve Paulson how the meritocracy screens potential new members through the scholastic aptitude tests. Lemann is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly.SEGMENT 2:
Gore Vidal tells Judith Strasser that America has always had a ruling class; that much of the country is owned by about a dozen families; and that you're unlikely to move out of whatever economic class you're born into. Vidal is the author of many novels and books of criticism. His memoir is called "Palimpsest."SEGMENT 3:
Eugene Lang, chairman and founder of the "I Have a Dream" foundation tells Jim Fleming about the program which guarantees its children a college education and provides caring and guidance throughout their childhood.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 11-26-A.
Psychologist Frances Rauscher tells Judith Strasser about her research showing that children as young as three who are given simple musical training develop significantly improved cognitive abilities including temporal/spatial imaging skills. Rauscher teaches at the University of Wisconsin in Osh Kosh. Also, radio games! Harvard psychologist Stephen Kosslyn has spent twenty years figuring out how the mind conjures up images. It turns out there are a variety of imaging skills, and Kosslyn demonstrates on Steve Paulson that they are not necessarily related and have nothing to do with intelligence. Kosslyn's book is called "Image and Brain."SEGMENT 2:
Daniel Goleman is a science writer for the New York Times and the author of "Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ." He tells Jim Fleming what emotional intelligence is and why school systems (including New Haven's) are wise to work at developing it.SEGMENT 3:
The central character of Alan Lightman's novel "Good Benito" is a physicist completely lacking in emotional intelligence. Lightman tells Judith Strasser why some scientists have trouble dealing with the messy ambiguity of human relationships. Lightman teaches physics and writing at MIT.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 11-12-B.
Media critic and journalist James Fallows tells Steve Paulson what's wrong with the news business and why we should care. Fallows is particularly upset by the media's focus on strategy, not substance; and the apparent impropriety of journalists (such as NPR's Cokie Roberts) accepting huge fees for appearances before corporate interest groups. Fallows' latest book is "Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy."SEGMENT 2:
Retired Executive Editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee tells Judith Strasser why he went to work for the Post; why he fought to publish the Pentagon Papers and why his paper is still important. Bradlee's memoir of his career is called "A Good Life." Also, former Post Assistant Managing Editor Ben Bagdikian recalls for Jim Fleming how his friendship with Daniel Ellsberg brought the Pentagon Papers to the Post. Bagdikian's memoir is called "Double Vision: Reflections on My Heritage, Life and Profession."SEGMENT 3:
Juan Gonzalez prides himself on being the most hated columnist in New York. He tells Steve Paulson why: he doesn't take the police's word for things but seeks out his own answers in ghetto communities. Some of Gonzalez' columns for the New York Daily News have been collected in a book called "Roll Down Your Window: Stories from a Forgotten America."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-04-C.