Civil War Sound

Recent studies have shown that “sound anomalies” during the Civil War may have led to some deadly strategic blunders. Physics professor Chuck Ross (Longwood University) discusses how atmospheric acoustics affected several key …

May 2, 1999

Medicine for the Millenium

Increasingly Americans are turning to people other than MD’s to cure their aches and pains. Is there a place in health care for these practitioners of alternative therapies? Can MD’s …

April 25, 1999

The Baffling Balkans

We explore the conflict in the Balkans with a former Yugoslav government official and experts on conflict resolution and genocide. Visiting scholar Mihailo Crnobrnja (William & Mary), a former ambassador from …

April 18, 1999

Jefferson Speaks

Once again, it’s birthday time for the squire of Monticello. Our celebration of Jefferson’s 256th birthday includes a discussion with Jefferson scholar Garrett Sheldon (Clinch Valley), who posits some theories as …

April 11, 1999

Ballpark Science

To celebrate Opening Day 1999, we couple a little R.B.I. and E.R.A. with some E = mc2. Physicist Richard Minnix (Virginia Military Institute) explains the science of a curve ball and proves there really …

April 4, 1999

Dream Lovers

We all dream every night. But few of us remember our night journeys. Psychologists Peter Sheras (University of Virginia) and Phyllis Koch-Sheras say with a little training we can not only remember our nocturnal …

March 21, 1999

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