Literature for Young Adults

What should middle and high school students be reading? How can we “grow” their love of literature? Is Goosebumps all bad? Answers from expert Leila Christenbury (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Elizabeth Poe (Radford …

March 14, 1999

The Accelerating Universe

Our mission is to explore the outer boundaries of what we now know about our universe. The question “what’s out there?” has captivated and perplexed our species through the millennia. …

March 7, 1999

Attention Deficit Disorder: A Treatment Dilemma

An estimated 5 percent of American children and some 6 million American adults are affected by Attention Deficit Disorder. What causes this disorder? And what’s the best way to treat …

February 28, 1999

Virtually Virginia

Virginia scholars are finding the Web more than a marketplace for plane tickets and books. It’s a valuable teaching tool. Historian Randy Shifflett (Virginia Tech) conducts a guided tour through Virtual Jamestown, …

February 21, 1999

Shakespeares in Love

Poets and authors from Norfolk, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Fairfax, Richmond, Charlottesville and Blacksburg send verbal Valentines as they read from their most romantic writings. Romeos and Juliets include Nikki Giovanni (Virginia Tech), …

February 14, 1999

The Hairstons: Two Races, One Family

Charlottesville author Henry Wiencek gives his first broadcast interview about his new book, The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White. Wiencek shares stories culled during eight years of painstaking research on …

February 7, 1999

Espionage in the Ancient World

We take a look at one of the oldest professions with historian Rose Mary Sheldon (Virginia Military Institute). Learn about secret messages tattooed on heads and inked on sheep bladders. And …

January 31, 1999

String Bands in Virginia – Then and Now

While Kentucky may have helped in naming the music, Virginia played a central role in the development and spread of “bluegrass.” History professor-cum bluegrass disc jockey Kinney Rorrer (Danville Community College) takes …

January 24, 1999

Here a Weapon, There a Weapon – Weapons Proliferation in the ’90s

While the end of the Cold War may have put a stop to the Soviet-U.S. arms race, elsewhere in the world nations continue to stockpile weapons.Wayne Lesperance (Christopher Newport University) and Tom …

January 17, 1999

Aging in Rural Virginia

Too often older Americans suffer the ravages of illnesses and even dementia without knowing there are remedies. Anita Heisterman (University of Virginia)and Susan Garrett (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) evaluate the efforts of …

January 10, 1999

Communication and the Great Apes

When did language begin? Was its appearance sudden? Or did it evolve over thousands of years? And are humans the only animals with the mental capacity to use language? Linguist Talbot …

January 3, 1999

Mind and Body: Respecting the Whole Person

Is the mirror your friend? Or does it leave you wishing for a little less here and a little more there? Plastic surgeon Kelman Cohen (Virginia Commonwealth University) and psychologist Cindy Bulik (Virginia …

December 27, 1998

Encore, Encore!

An encore presentation from the With Good Reason archives. A visit with poets George Garrett (University of Virginia) and Lucinda Roy (Virginia Tech).

December 20, 1998

‘Tis the Season, Again

We celebrate the holidays with a three-course feast for the mind. Like Scrooge, Charles Dickens knew the value of a penny. Annette Federico (James Madison University) looks at the circumstances under which …

December 13, 1998