Many two-career couples consider a nanny the ideal solution to their childcare needs. Julia Wrigley, who teaches sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, tells Margaret Andreasen that the reality is a lot more complicated. Wrigley describes the situation in her book "Other People's Children." Also, Columbia University legal theorist Martha Fineman tells Judith Strasser why the mother-child relationship should replace the husband-wife sexual relationship as the basis for family law. Fineman's provocative book is called "The Neutered Mother, the Sexual Family, and Other Twentieth Century Tragedies."SEGMENT 2:
Family therapist Olga Silverstein stells Judith Strasser that we can create better men by changing the way we raise baby boys. Silverstein is the author of "The Courage to Raise Good Men." Also, Hope Edelman tells Judith Strasser about the letters she got from bereaved women after the publication of her book "Motherless Daughters." Edelman has edited a new book: "Letters from Motherless Daughters."SEGMENT 3:
Elliot Gorn is working on a biography of Mary Harris Jones the fiery labor organizer who recreated herself as "Mother Jones." He tells Steve Paulson about the private and public lives of this remarkable woman. Gorn teaches history and American Studies at Miami University.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 5-14-A..
The U.S. Forest Service is in the midst of a landmark legal battle that could force a change in its conservation policy. Wisconsin attorney Walter Kuhlmann argues that the Forest Service should set aside large, unbroken tracts of land to protect biodiversity. Kuhlman is co-author, with William Alverson and Donald Waller, of "Wild Forests: Conservation, Biology and Public Policy." Also, Susan Vogt, a former E.P.A. advisor and now an administrator for the huge wood products company Georgia-Pacific, tells Steve Paulson that the timber industry is not the bad guy in the forest use debate. She explains the role of private landowners and outlines some of G.P.'s ecologically sensitive forest mnagement practices..SEGMENT 2:
Historian Simon Schama says much of human history is entangled in our relationship with the woods. He tells Steve Paulson that identification with the primeval forest is at the root of German nationalism and that ancient middle-eastern tree cults led to a ban on greenery in Jewish cemetaries. He also comments on the current efforts to roll back environmental legislation. Schama's book about forests and human history is called Landscape and Memory.SEGMENT 3:
Chilean novelist Isabel Allende shares some memories and reflections on trees and nature. Also, Stephanie Kaza tells Judith Strasser about her communication with trees and her intimate relationship with the wood she burns to heat her house. Kaza, a practicing Buddhist, teaches environmental ethics at the University of Vermont and is the author of "The Attentive Heart: Conversations with Trees."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 5-14-B..
Why is beauty such a painful subject for so many women and men? In this segment, fashion reporter Michael Gross talks with Margaret about his best-selling book "Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women". Gross says modelling and prostitution have a few things in common. Also, writer Ellen Lambert tells Judith Strasser that she doesn't have to hide her fashion magazines under the bed -- it's ok to be a feminist and care about how you look. Lambert's book "The Face of Love: Feminism and the Beauty Question" is due out this summer.SEGMENT 2:
Fairy tales are full of stories of women who are remarkable mainly for their beauty -- or ugliness. Therapist Sara Halprin tells Steve Paulson that women should take a closer look at those old stories -- because they have a lot to teach about sources of power and the personal politics of appearance. Halprin's the author of Look at My Ugly Face!SEGMENT 3:
Writer Kathleen Norris spends a lot of time reading ancient Church history. She tells Judith Strasser that lately, she's been fascinated by stories of the virgin martyrs -- and thinks they make great role models for teenage girls! Kathleen Norris' last book was Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. Also, poet Jean Feraca reads a letter to her body.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 5-14-C..