With Good Reason http://wmra.org en Evicted From the Mountains http://wmra.org/post/evicted-mountains <p>When Shenandoah National Park was built, hundreds of families were forced off their land. <a href="https://www.brcc.edu/"><b><u><font color="#0066cc">Margaret Marangione (Blue Ridge Community College)</font></u></b></a> says new information has emerged suggesting that some of those displaced people were sent to state colonies and sterilized. <b>Plus: </b>Veterans of the<b> </b>Revolutionary War collected the nation’s first pensions for wounded soldiers. Wed, 07 May 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 39353 at http://wmra.org Evicted From the Mountains Bible Babel http://wmra.org/post/bible-babel <p>In her book <i>Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time</i>, <b>Kristin Swenson </b>explains what the Bible is, where it comes from, and how it’s relevant today. <b>Also featured:</b> <a href="http://ww2.odu.edu/%7Eeneukrug/"><b>Edward Neukrug</b> (<b>Old Dominion University) </b></a>has <a href="http://ww2.odu.edu/%7Eeneukrug/therapists/">collected oral histories</a> of colleagues and former patients of some of the great psychologists of our time, including B.F. Skinner and Carl Rogers.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 38690 at http://wmra.org Bible Babel The Doctors of Nazi Germany http://wmra.org/post/doctors-nazi-germany-0 <p>In the late 19<sup>th</sup> century, German medical practices were considered to be the best in the world. But by the start of World War II, German physicians were directly involved in the mass killings of the Holocaust. <a href="http://cnu.edu/reiffcenter/"><b>Theodore Reiff (Christopher Newport University) </b></a>looks at the subversion of German doctors in the Nazi era.<b> Also featured: </b>The movie <i>The Great Escape</i> dramatizes the experience of American and European prisoners of war in Germany during World War II. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 38046 at http://wmra.org The Doctors of Nazi Germany Viva Voce and Civil War Selfies http://wmra.org/post/viva-voce-and-civil-war-selfies <p>Today when we vote, we enter a private space, secretly make our choice, and go about our day. <a href="http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/don.debats"><strong>Don Debats (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow)</strong></a> explains that early voting wasn’t just public; it was a raucous, drunken community festival. <strong>Plus:</strong> It’s hard to find a smile in a 19th century photograph—instead, you’ll see stern faces and stiff poses. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 38376 at http://wmra.org Viva Voce and Civil War Selfies Extreme Nursing in Bush Alaska http://wmra.org/post/extreme-nursing-bush-alaska <p>There is an extreme shortage of nurses in “bush” Alaska, a stunningly beautiful part of the world only reachable by plane or barge.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nursing.jmu.edu/people/devalpine.html"><b>Maria DeValpine (James Madison University) </b></a>has spent the last three years learning why nurses elect to stay in this challenging environment on the edge of the earth. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 37382 at http://wmra.org Extreme Nursing in Bush Alaska Slavery: The Rise of American Capitalism http://wmra.org/post/slavery-rise-american-capitalism <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"><p style="text-align: left;">The tribulations of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, are depicted in the popular film <i>12 Years a Slave</i>. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 36735 at http://wmra.org Slavery: The Rise of American Capitalism Good Sport http://wmra.org/post/good-sport <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"><p>Nobody knows their exact price tag, but the Sochi Olympics were widely hailed as the most expensive Olympic games ever.&nbsp;And the real question: is it worth the cost?&nbsp;Political science professor <a href="http://patrickrhamey.com/"><b>Patrick Rhamey (Virginia Military Institute)</b></a> says hosting the games <i>doesn’t </i>actually give countries a political advantage, but winning the medal count can. <b>Plus:</b> The United States is the only country that attaches big-time sports to universities. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 36732 at http://wmra.org Good Sport Sheer Good Fortune: Celebrating Toni Morrison http://wmra.org/post/sheer-good-fortune-celebrating-toni-morrison <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"><p>Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in 1931. She was 39 when she published her first novel about a black girl’s painful coming of age in a white society. <i>The Bluest Eye</i> and many subsequent works have earned Morrison the highest accolades in literature and established her as one of America’s leading fiction writers. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 36152 at http://wmra.org Sheer Good Fortune: Celebrating Toni Morrison Brow Anxiety http://wmra.org/post/brow-anxiety <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"><p>During the 1910s and 1920s, the question of whether one was “highbrow” or “lowbrow” became a concern in the minds of modernist Americans. <b>Brooks Hefner (James Madison University)</b> says this “brow anxiety” dominated the career of Willard Huntington Wright, who fancied himself an intellectual aristocrat while secretly writing a series of wildly popular detective stories under the pseudonym S.S. Van Dine. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Matt Bingay 36148 at http://wmra.org Brow Anxiety Beyond the Books http://wmra.org/post/beyond-books <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"><p>American teens spend approximately two million minutes in high school. &nbsp;With Good Reason talks with <a href="http://www.2mminutes.com/call-me-bob/"><b>Bob Compton </b></a>about how kids in America, China, and India are using those two million minutes. <b>And: </b>There’s a difference between hands-on science that asks kids to make models out of Jell-O and hands-on science that puts kids in front of microscopes. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:00:00 +0000 wmra 35549 at http://wmra.org Beyond the Books