Reverand Lou Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, tells Judith Strasser why many conservative Christians support a "Religious Equality" amendment to the U.S. constitution. Also, Anne Gaylor, president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, tells Jim Fleming why her group opposes prayer in public schools.SEGMENT 2:
Historian George Marsden tells Jim Fleming that prior to the 1960s, America believed that Christian principles and democratic principles were the same thing. Now religious considerations of any kind have been banished from the Academy. Marsden teaches history at Notre Dame and is the author of "The Soul of the American University." Also, Phyllis Tickle, religion editor of Publisher's Weekly, tells Judith Strasser that America is in the midst of the biggest spiritual revival in its history, if book sales are anything to go by.SEGMENT 3:
Neil Douglas-Klotz is the author of "Desert Wisdom: Sacred Middle Eastern Writings from the Goddess through the Sufis." He tells Steve Paulson that he has re-translated these texts and found a common wisdom that underlies all Western religions.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 5-21-A.
Therapist William Doherty tells Judith Strasser that the purpose of therapy is not to let patients off the hook and that it's time to bring back the idea of moral responsibility. Doherty is the director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at the University of Minnesota and the author of "Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility." Also, clinical psychologist Paula Caplan is the author of "They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal." She tells Margaret Andreasen what's wrong with the DSM - the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.SEGMENT 2:
Clinical psychologist Martha Manning resorted to radical measures to deal with her intractable depression. She chronicles her experience with ECT - electro-convulsive therapy, or shock treatment - in her book "Undercurrents" and in this conversation with Jim Fleming.SEGMENT 3:
Ellen Herman teaches in the social studies department at Harvard, and is the author of "The Romance of American Psychology." She tells Steve Paulson that mass screening of recruits during the Second World War introduced Americans to psychological ideas and methods which gradually came to dominate the culture.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 5-21-B.
Newspapers have moved on-line, and that's only the beginning. Roger Fidler, director of the Knight-Ridder Information Design Lab in Boulder, Colorado, tells Jim Fleming about the flat-panel technology his group is working on that will combine the technological possibilities of computers with the portability of print. Also, Norma Green tells Judith Strasser about "StreetWise," a newspaper in Chicago written, produced and sold by homeless people. Green directs the Graduate Journalism program at Chicago's Columbia College.SEGMENT 2:
His biographer believes that newspaper columnist H.L. Mencken was the greatest non-fiction prose stylist in America. Fred Hobson tells Steve Paulson what drove Mencken and talks about his blatant anti-semitism. Hobson's book is called "Mencken: A Life."SEGMENT 3:
This segment, another newspaper biography: Brooke Kroeger's "Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist." Kroeger tells Judith Strasser about stunt journalism and Bly's indomitable spirit. Also, Sparkle Hayter, journalist turned fiction writer, tells Jim Fleming about the early days of CNN, thinly disguised in her hilarious "comic mystery" novel, What's A Girl Gotta Do?.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 5-21-C.