Rutgers political scientist Benjamin Barber sees two cultural trends in the contemporary world -- "jihad" or parochial fundamentalism and "McWorld" or global consumer capitalism. Barber tells Jim Fleming that these forces are in opposition to each other, but also need each other, and both undermine democracy. Barber's latest book is "Jihad vs. McWorld." Also, former State Department analyst Francis Fukuyama tells Steve Paulson that social trust is the hidden virtue in successful societies. Fukuyama's new book is "Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity."SEGMENT 2:
Mexican novelist and social critic Carlos Fuentes talks with Steve Paulson about the rifts in Mexican-American relations which, he says, can be attributed to contrasting national myths - Mexico's obsession with its tragic past and America's belief in its own innocence. Fuentes' latest novel is "Diana: The Goddess Who Hunts Alone."SEGMENT 3:
Writer and filmmaker Ginu Kamani (gee' new kah mah' nee) has lived the clash of cultures. She was born in India but came to the United States as a teenager. She tells Judith Strasser about the "junglee girls" of India - women who've dared to break social convention.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 1-21-A.
Nature writer Diane Ackerman tells Steve Paulson that she feels compelled to serve as a witness for endangered species of animals. Among her books is "The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds." Also, naturalist Richard Ives, talks with Steve Paulson about tigers. There are only a few thousand left and they may go extinct in the next decade. Ives studied tigers in India, Nepal and Southeast Asia, and describes his work in a book called "Of Tigers and Men."SEGMENT 2:
Philosopher of science John Leslie tells Jim Fleming why he believes there's a forty percent chance human beings will go extinct within the next 500 years. Leslie teaches at the University of Guelph in Ontario and is the author of "The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction."SEGMENT 3:
Paleontologist Robert Bakker, dinosaur curator of the Tate Museum in Wyoming, has turned novelist. "Raptor Red" tells its story from the point of view of a Utah raptor. Bakker tells Judith Strasser that he can't help wondering about the emotional lives of the creatures whose fossils he excavates.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 5-5-B.
Psychologist and teacher Cheri Erdman tells Steve Paulson why we should strive to be healthy, not thin. She's fat, fit, happy and successful, and the author of "Nothing to Lose: A Guide to Sane Living in a Larger Body." On the other hand, Stephen Gullo tells Steve that thin is better, whatever the cost -- and his help costs plenty. Gullo is a psychologist and weight loss coach for the wealthy. His book is "Thin Tastes Better."SEGMENT 2:
Jounalist Barbara Ehrenreich tells Judith Strasser about the dark side of the American quest for physical perfection -- intolerance of the ugly, overweight or disabled. Ehrenreich's latest book of essays is "The Snarling Citizen." Also, vocational counselor Dan Eckert, (a former jock who now uses a power wheelchair as a result of a spinal cord injury) tells Jim Fleming how changing attitudes and modern technology have increased the range of options for people with physical disabilities.SEGMENT 3:
Abigail Padgett has written a series of mystery novels featuring a heroine with manic depressive illness. She tells Judith Strasser that she created the character of Bo Bradley in part to educate people about bi-polar disorder, and describes how the illness both helps and hinders her heroine.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 1-14-C.