Media critic Jay Rosen thinks campaigns should be about debating the issues. He tells Judith Strasser that the media obsessively focus on winners and losers resulting in the worst possible campaign coverage. Rosen directs the Project on Public Life and the Press at New York University. Also, Bob Woodward tells Steve Paulson how he rates the media coverage of the Clinton and Dole campaigns. Woodward is an assisting managing editor at the Washington Post, and the author of several books, including "The Choice."SEGMENT 2:
In addition to being public television's most visible journalist, Jim Lehrer is also a novelist. He tells Jim Fleming about his book "The Last Debate" -- a sort of fable on journalistic ethics during a volatile presidential campaign. Lehrer is host of the PBS show "News Hour with Jim Lehrer."SEGMENT 3:
Stanley Cloud and Lynne Olson tallk with Steve Paulson about the crack team of reporters who, with Edward R. Murrow, set the standard for broadcast journalism. Cloud and Olson are the authors of "The Murrow Boys: Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 09-15-A.
Astonomer Paul vanden Bout talks with Jim Fleming about radio astonomy and the discoveries it has made possible. Vanden Bout directs the National Radio Astronomy Observatory - a facility of the National Science Foundation. Also, astronomer Anita Cochran talks with Judith Strasser about comets and explains that they're just rocky ice balls in space. Cochran studies comets at the University of Texas MacDonald Observatory.SEGMENT 2:
Gale Christianson tells Judith Strasser about the achievements of astronomer Edwin Hubble (for whom the space telescope is named) and why it's fair to say we're living in Hubble's universe. Christianson is the author of "Edwin Hubble: Mariner of the Nebulae."SEGMENT 3:
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (who walked on the moon with Neil Armstrong) tells Steve Paulson why he thinks manned space flights are essential and that ordinary people should get to go into space. Aldrin has written a science fiction book with John Barnes called "Encounter with Tiber." Also, Jim Fleming ends the hour with Walt Whitman's poem "When I heard the learn'd astronomer."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 9-15-B.
Psychotherapist Mandy Aftel tells Jim Fleming about "narrative therapy," and how people can change their lives by rewriting their life-scripts. Also, human potential advocate Jean Houston tells Steve Paulson that most people use only a tiny portion of their basic equipment, and recalls memorable meetings with Helen Keller and Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy.SEGMENT 2:
Patrice Gaines is a reporter at the Washington Post. In her book "Laughing in the Dark," and in this conversation with Judith Strasser, she talks about how she went from being a middle-class military child to a junkie with a prison record, and how she finally regained control of her life. The complete title of Patrice Gaines' book is "Laughing in the Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman of Color - a journey from prison to power."SEGMENT 3:
Writer Victor Villasenor has collected family stories in his book "Wild Steps of Heaven." He tells Steve Paulson about the time his grandfather was attacked by a snake that stood seven feet tall (really!) and about his own school days as a Spanish-speaker in an American school.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 9-15-C.