Alison desForges is a consultant for Human Rights Watch- Africa and the author of "The Killing Machine: Genocide in Rwanda." She tells Judith Strasser that the conflict there is only apparently ethnic and has its real origins in the social structures set up during the Belgian colonial regime.SEGMENT 2:
Ali Mazrui was born in Kenya and now directs the Institute of Global Culture Studies at SUNY Binghamptom. He tells Jim Fleming that Western aid is essential for Africa -- but that doesn't mean that the West should always rush in with troops. Also, writer Jamaica Kincaid explores the lasting effects of colonialism on individuals in her novel "The Autobiography of My Mother," and in this conversation with Judith Strasser.SEGMENT 3:
Loretta Ross directs the National Center for Human Rights Education. She tells Steve Paulson that judged by the standards of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United States is guilty of numerous human rights violations, especially in the area of economics.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 12-08-A.
Harold Koplewicz is a practicing and teaching psychiatrist and the author of "It's Nobody's Fault: New Hope and Health for Difficult Children and Their Parents." He tells Steve Paulson that while drugs like Ritalin are often inappropriately prescribed, they can achieve miraculous results for some children, and gives an example. Also, psychiatrist Peter Breggin, well-known for his criticism of his profession's dependence on drug therapy, tells Judith Strasser that relying on Ritalin enables adults to avoid dealing with kids' real problems. Breggin is the author of "Toxic Psychiatry" and "Talking Back to Prozac."SEGMENT 2:
Ellen Winner teaches psychology at Boston College and is the author of "Gifted Children: Myths and Realities." She tells Jim Fleming about a couple of baby geniuses, why they have trouble inter-acting with other children, and what the schools ought to do about it.SEGMENT 3:
Michael Berube is the author of "Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child." He tells Steve Paulson that his son has Down Syndrome but is more like other children than he is unlike them, and that everyone benefits when children like his son are included in ordinary classrooms. Also, a selection from "Letters for Our Children," a book compiled by U.S. News and World Report editor Erica Goode from readers' letters to children about the things that really matter.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 12-08-B.
Historian Tom Sugrue tells Steve Paulson that much of what we believe about the 1960s is wrong. The real story involves the emergence of modern conservatism. Sugrue teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.SEGMENT 2:
Journalist Paul Hendrickson researched the role of Robert McNamara in the Vietnam War. He tells Steve Paulson that McNamara continued selling the War to the American people long after he had personally given up on it. Hendrickson is a reporter for the Washington Post. His book on McNamera is called "The Living and the Dead." Also, Robben Fleming, one-time Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin and later President of the University of Michigan (and our own Jim Fleming's father) tells Judith Strasser what it was like to try to manage schools that were hotbeds of student activism. Robben Fleming's memoir is called "Tempests into Rainbows: Managing Turbulence."SEGMENT 3:
In her book "Babel Tower," novelist A.S. Byatt chronicles the passions of the 1960s and describes a utopian community just after the French Revolution. She tells Steve Paulson that the two eras have much in common. Byatt's best-known book is the novel "Possession."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 12-08-C.