Eminent sociologist William Julius Wilson tells Steve Paulson that the root problem in America's inner cities is chronic joblessness which contributes to or creates all the other social ills. He advocates WPA-type programs as a temporary solution. Wilson teaches at Harvard and is the author of "When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor."SEGMENT 2:
Reporter Leon Dash won a Pulitzer Prize for his Washington Post articles about a drug and welfare dependent woman. He's expanded her story into a book: "Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America." Dash tells Jim Fleming that Rosa Lee regarded prostitution, drug trafficking, and shoplifting as simple survival skills which are now manifest in a fourth generation of her family.SEGMENT 3:
Geoffrey Canada grew up in the South Bronx. It was poor and violent then -- it's much worse now. Canada tells Steve Paulson about the codes of behavior he learned as a child, and how he works with young people today to teach them alternatives. Canada is president of the Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families in Harlem, and the author of "Fist Stick Knife Gun."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 10-27-A.
Sleep deprivation can kill you! So says Stanley Coren, neuropsychologist at the University of British Columbia, in this conversation with Judith Strasser. Coren says we're seriously sleep-deprived and should shut off Letterman and go to bed! Coren is the author of "The Intelligence of Dogs," and "Sleep Thieves: An Eye-Opening Exploration into the Science and Mysteries of Sleep."SEGMENT 2:
Stanford University researcher Joel Benington talks with Jim Fleming about his (and colleague Craig Heller's) theory about why we sleep. He thinks it's so the body can feed the brain. Also, some sleep disorders can kill. Neurologist Mark Mahowald of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at Hennipin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, tells Steve Paulson about some spectacular cases of sleep-related violence and how little we understand them.SEGMENT 3:
Jungian analyst Robert Bosnak takes dreams seriously, but he tells Steve Paulson that it was an aboriginal dream doctor who taught him that dreams are real. Bosnak is the author of "tracks in the Wilderness of Dreaming." Also, poet, novelist and literary critic A. Alvarez tells Jim Fleming that he was terrified of the dark as a child. Now he's fascinated by the culture of night, which he documents in his book "Night."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 3-24-B.
Cultural critic Harold Bloom tells Judith Strasser that angels are traditionally terrifying beings; today's benign guardians are actually a debasement of an ancient spiritual tradition. Bloom teaches Humanities and English at Yale and New York University. His most recent book is "Omens of Millenium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams and Resurrection."SEGMENT 2:
Anthony Aveni teaches astronomy and anthropology at Colgate. He tells Steve Paulson that magical systems of belief like astrology and alchemy were the common sense science of their day. Aveni is the author of "Behind the Crystal Ball: Magic, Science and the Occult from Antiquity through the New Age." Also, Jonathan Cott tells Jim Fleming that superstitions surrounding the number thirteen go back to pre-Christian times. Cott is the author of "Thirteen: A Journey into the Number."SEGMENT 3:
Starhawk is a San Francisco based Wiccan (or witch.) She tells Steve Paulson that Wiccan traditions have ancient roots; that her rituals have a lot in common with those of other religions; and that Wiccans are devoted to good.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 10-27-C.