Jane Kramer is the New Yorker's European correspondent and the author of "The Politics of Memory: Looking for Germany in the New Germany." She tells Judith Strasser that Germans constantly re-interpret their past in an effort to discover, or forge, a national identity.SEGMENT 2:
Daniel Goldhagen is the author of "Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust." Goldhagen has studied the perpetrators of the Holocaust and concluded that they were not forced to follow Nazi orders. Goldhagen teaches government and social studies at Harvard. Also, Noel (Lord) Annon was a military intelligence officer in Germany after the War charged with helping to establish and develop political parties. He tells the story of those days in his memoir "Changing Enemies: The Defeat and Regeneration of Germany" and in this conversation with Judith Strasser.SEGMENT 3:
German novelist Peter Schneider takes a satirical look at life in Berlin just before the Wall came down in his book - "Couplings." Schneider tells Jim Fleming that the story concerns the efforts of three friends to defeat the strange "separation virus" that infects modern German relationships.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 12-01-A.
Russell Seitz tells Steve Paulson about the experiments which seed the ocean with iron in an effort to influence the climate and curb global warming. Seitz thinks the idea is worth considering although this kind of eco- engineering worries many of his colleagues. Seitz is an affiliate of the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard.SEGMENT 2:
Joe Cann teaches earth sciences at the University of Leeds in England. He tells Steve Paulson about the light produced as a result of a chemical process around the hydothermal vents in the deep ocean. He says this is where photosynthesis, and all of life, got its start. Also, marine illustrator and master sea story spinner Richard Ellis tells Jim Fleming about some of the bizarre creatures who live in the deep ocean, and his own fascination with the mysterious giant squid. Ellis is the author of a number of books on marine life including "Deep Atlantic: Life, Death and Exploration in the Abyss."SEGMENT 3:
Best-selling novelist Clive Cussler hunts shipwrecks in his spare time. He talks about it in his book "The Sea Hunters: True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks," and in this conversation with Jim Fleming. Also, historian Steven Biel tells Judith Strasser why we seem to be obsessed with the sinking of the Titanic. Biel is the author of "Down with the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 12-01-B.
Peter Stanford, author of "The Devil: A Biography," tells Jim Fleming that believing in the devil can be a way of letting ourselves off the hook for our own misdeeds; and that while he's a rationalist, he can't dismiss the posibility that there's someone evil out there.SEGMENT 2:
David Remnick is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of "The Devil Problem and Other True Stories." He tells Judith Strasser why Americans exiled Gary Hart to the political wilderness; what it was like to meet Alger Hiss and why Dennis Rodman is not a bad guy, but Mike Tyson is. And, Mark Singer, also a staff writer for the New Yorker and author of "Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin," talks with Steve Paulson about the convicted felon who claimed to have sold drugs to Dan Quayle. Singer says Kimberlin's the most convincing liar he's ever met.SEGMENT 3:
David Cordingly tells Steve Paulson the truth about pirates. They were ruthless criminals even if they did provide a rudimentary form of health insurance for crew members. Cordingly is the author of "Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life among the Pirates."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 12-01-C.
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