Aired: December 28, 2013

10 Cents a Dance


Image courtesy Library of Congress
Image courtesy Library of Congress


  • 10 Cents a Dance (16 min.)

    With: Elliot Majerczyk, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

    During and despite the Great Depression, the entertainment industry produced what some consider the greatest era of popular music. We look at the songs that became the soundtrack of the ‘lost generation’ and helped pull America through hard times.

  • Roosevelt’s New Deal (11 min.)

    With: Nigel Sellars, Christopher Newport University

    Roosevelt’s New Deal originally focused on regulation and stimulating the industrial economy. It was not until 1935, when the Second New Deal began putting millions of people to work, that most Americans felt relief from the Great Depression.

  • World Peace Game (4 min.)

    With: John Hunter

    An elementary school teacher has created what he calls his “World Peace Game,” and it asks students to solve everything from oil spills to insurgencies and border disagreements.  With Good Reason visits a class.

  • Give Peace a Chance (11 min.)

    With: Elavie Ndura-Ouedraogo, George Mason University

    Teaching kids about peace might be just as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic. One professor believes peace-building should be a part of school curricula and is using her country of Burundi to show how such programs can work.

  • Safe Haven? (8 min.)

    With: David Haines, George Mason University

    Refugees founded this country, but historically America has had a complicated relationship with its refugee population.  The Displaced Persons Act of 1948 codified our commitment to help refugee populations – from Cuba, Vietnam, and elsewhere.  But since then the American people have been both generous in their welcome but at times also disinterested and hostile.  Haines has three decades of experience in refugee research and policy and is the author of a new book, Safe Haven?



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