This segment, the debate over leaving children with abusive parents. Richard Gelles, director of the Family Violence Research Program at the University of Rhode Island, tells Jim Fleming why he thinks abusive parents should have their parental rights terminated and their children put in foster care for early adoption. Gelles is the author of "The Book of David" - a case study of a fifteen month old boy suffocated by his mother. Also, Charlotte Booth is all for keeping kids safe, but tells Judith Strasser that she believes resources ought to go into helping parents learn life and coping skills. Booth is executive director of the Behavioural Sciences Institute in Federal Way, Washington.SEGMENT 2:
Psychologist Mary Pipher tells Steve Paulson that it's harder than ever to raise healthy kids. A lot of kids are terrified and Pipher blames TV. Pipher is the author of the best-selling "Reviving Ophelia" and "The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families."SEGMENT 3:
Doug Rushkoff says kids have a totally different relationship to television than their parents do -- they're naturally more skeptical. Rushkoff tells Steve Paulson that we should stop worrying about and start learning from our kids. Rushkoff is the author of several books, including "Playing the Future: How Kids' Culture Can Teach Us to Thrive in an Age of Chaos."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 09-22-A.
Sharman Apt Russell tells Steve Paulson that archaeologists, under pressure from new legislation and politically aware native peoples, are changing the way they handle artifacts from ancient cultures, and that this is good for the field. Russell teaches writing at Western New Mexico University and is the author of "When the Land Was Young."SEGMENT 2:
Writer Dan Buettner tells Judith Strasser about the second MayaQuest project: archaeologists and photographers communicated on line with academics, amateurs, and school children who directed - and debated - their work in the field. Buettner tells the story in "MayaQuest: The Interactive Expedition." Also, Alan Kolata directs the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago and is the author of "Valley of the Spirits: A Journey to the Lost Realm of the Aymara." He tells Judith Strasser about this largely unknown Bolivian culture that rivals the glories of the Incas and Maya.SEGMENT 3:
David Traill has written a book de-bunking "the greatest archaeologist of all time." "Schliemann of Troy: Treasure and Deceit" exposes Hermann Schliemann as an unscrupulous individual and a pathological liar. Traill tells Jim Fleming why, after twenty years of research, he doubts the veracity of Schliemann's most famous discovery. Traill teaches classics at the University of California at Davis.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 9-22-B.
John Krakauer, contributing editor to "Outside" magazine, tells Steve Paulson the story of Chris McCandless - an experienced outdoorsman who perished in the Alaskan wilderness while on a spiritual quest. Krakauer tells the full story in his book "Into the Wild."SEGMENT 2:
Historian Stephen Ambrose tells Jim Fleming stories about the Lewis and Clark expedition. They went in search of the Northwest Passage and found the Garden of Eden, and grizzly bears. Ambrose's new biography of Meriwether Lewis is called "Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West."SEGMENT 3:
Historian Simon Schama makes the case in his book "Landscape and Memory" that "nature" is a product of the human imagination. He tells Judith Strasser the various things that mountains have meant to mankind and finds the source and inspiration for Mount Rushmore (well-oiled and wearing a lion skin) at the court of Alexander the Great.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 3-10-C.