David Shukman is a BBC correspondent and the author of "Tomorrow's War: The Threat of High-Technology Weapons." He tells Jim Fleming that robotic soldier ants, genetically engineered killer algae, and noise bombs are not the stuff of science fiction: they actually exist and make the world an increasingly dangerous place. Also, the poor man's atom bombs are chemical and biological weapons which can be cooked in the average kitchen. Leonard Cole, author of "The Eleventh Plague: The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare" tells Steve Paulson that global acceptance of Iraq's use of these weapons against Iran eroded the long-standing taboo against such poisons.SEGMENT 2:
Writer Donovan Webster has visited the sites of several twentieth century wars in Europe, Asia and Africa. He tells Judith Strasser that war's left-overs -- land mines, radiation, unexploded poison gas shells -- are still killing and maiming innocent civilians years after the conflicts supposedly ended. Webster's book is "Aftermath: The Remnants of War."SEGMENT 3:
Cultural historian Paul Fussell was an infantryman during the Second World War. He tells Steve Paulson that his idyllic childhood left him unprepared for the horror of war and that his combat experience left him with life- long feelings of shame. Fussell's books include "The Great War and Modern Memory" and "Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 09-29-A.
Cornell University biologist Tom Eisner loves bugs. He tells Steve Paulson why and cites the amazing Bombardier Beetle (which attacks its enemies with jets of boiling toxic chemicals) as an example of a truly fascinating bug.SEGMENT 2:
University of Arizona entomologist Stephen Buchman and Gary Nabhan, director of science for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, have co-authored a book called "The Forgotten Pollinators." They tell Jim Fleming that without pollinating insects, we would lose about a third of our foods, and that pollinators (especially honey bees) are at risk from disease and habitat degradation. Also, Penn State biologist James Marden tells Judy Strasser that he's close to being able to explain one of the greatest mysteries in entomology: how insects learned to fly.SEGMENT 3:
Biologist Roger Knutson tells Jim Fleming about the many insects that make their homes on human beings. We're not just talking fleas here! Knutson taught biology at Luther College in Iowa for over thirty years and is the author of "Furtive Fauna: A Field Guide to Creatures Who Live on You."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 9-29-B.
Candace Morgan, former Chair of the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee, tells Jim Fleming about the three most banned books in America and the nature of the challenges against them. Morgan works at the Vancouver Regional Library in Washington state.SEGMENT 2:
Ivan Klima published all of his work abroad to avoid trouble with the communist censors in his native Czechoslovakia. Klima tells Steve Paulson that his work explores the consequences of censorship. Klima's most recent novel is "Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for Light." Also, Ahdef Soueif is a feminist Egyptian who writes in English. She tells Judith Strasser what happened when portions of her novel "In the Eye of the Sun" were translated into Arabic.SEGMENT 3:
Honduran poet Roberto Sosa tells Judith Strasser that whatever he writes about, his work is seen to be political. We also hear one of Sosa's poems read by Jim Fleming. A bilingual edition of Sosa's poetry, "The Common Grief," is available from Curbstone Press. Also, Ursula Owen, editor of the British periodical Index on Censorship, tells Judith Strasser that the United States is the least censored society in the world. Considering the dangers of hate speech, she wonders if American free speech is a little too free.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 9-29-C.