With Good Reason
The Opera Singer
John Aler made his operatic debut in 1977 as Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Since then, he’s performed in some of the greatest opera houses in the world and has won four Grammys for his classical recordings. Aler shares his thoughts on voice and the future of singing. Also featured: It’s Mozart meets the Clash. A musicologist draws on the heavy metal and grunge of her youth to take classical music where it’s never been before. Plus: The sonic frenzy of a laptop orchestra. And: How to...
Butterfly in the Typewriter
Butterfly in the Typewriter by withgoodreason
Rainbows On Demand
Rainbows On Demand by withgoodreason
Giddy Up show
Giddy Up show by withgoodreason
Do The Math
Do The Math by withgoodreason
Dead Zones and Fly Fishing
Dead Zones and Fly Fishing by withgoodreason
Not Your Mother's Shop Class
Not Your Mother's Shop Class by withgoodreason
Equal Time by withgoodreason
Goodnight Moon by withgoodreason
A common historical myth is that Native Americans were an “oral people” and did not engage in literacy. In his new book Red Ink: Native Americans Picking Up the Pen in the Colonial Period, Drew Lopenzina (Old Dominion University) argues that Native Americans early on acquired the skills of reading and writing. Also featured: In the movies, the American frontier is a lawless place. But historian Turk McCleskey (Virginia Military Institute) studied 18th-century court records and found that the...
Feminists Intense Mothers
Feminists tend to be thought of as “anti-motherhood.” But psychologist (and mom) Miriam Liss (University of Mary Washington) says feminists are actually more likely than non-feminists to be intense mothers who practice parenting techniques like co-sleeping, breastfeeding, and carrying a child in a body sling. Also featured: To some, being funny at work might seem counterproductive. But John Morreall (College of William and Mary), past president of the International Society for Humor...
Why Stem Matters
To boost performance in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the White House has launched an “Educate to Innovate” campaign, and it even held the first White House Science Fair. In this series on STEM education in America, With Good Reason is asking national policy experts, educators, and innovators why STEM matters and why women and minorities are being targeted. We talk with Linda Rosen (Change the Equation) about changing how we teach, Robert Tai (University of Virginia)...
Engineering Change: Why STEM Matters
Blue Square Thing / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA American students rank 21st out of 30 developed nations in science literacy and 25th in math literacy. To boostperformance in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the White House has launched an “Educate to Innovate” campaign, and it even held the first White House Science Fair. In [...]
Dialing Through the Years
If the inventor of radio had not been so stubborn, perhaps 1,600 souls would not have perished when the Titanic sank in the icy Atlantic 100 years ago. Bill Kovarik (Radford University) looks at the history of radio and its effects on American politics and popular culture. Also featured: Local sports segments have been a [...]
Brigham Young: American Moses?
Brigham Young was a rough-hewn transient from New York whose life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He married more than 50 women, and transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. In his new biography Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, John Turner (George Mason University) explores Young’s thirty-year battle with the [...]
The Hustler Who Inspired the Beats
The author of a new book about Herbert Huncke says his unrepentant deviance caught the imagination of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. Hilary Holladay (James Madison University) writes that Huncke (rhymes with “junky”) often said, “I’m beat, man.” His line gave Kerouac the label for a generation seeking spiritual sustenance and “kicks” [...]
Black in Cuba
Two years after his 1959 speech at the Havana Labor Rally Fidel Castro declared that the age of racism and discrimination was over. Geoffroy de Laforcade (Norfolk State University) and William Alexander (Norfolk State University) discuss the validity of Castro’s declaration in today’s Cuba.They are part of a program where students from Norfolk State University, [...]
‘Tis the Season!
Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock and roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season. The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music. Poet Tim Siebles (Old Dominion University), ethnomusicologist Ann Rasmussen ( College [...]
After the Berlin Wall Came Down
More than twenty years after Germans tore down the Berlin Wall, they are still negotiating how to deal with the stigmas of a formerly divided country. Jason James (University of Mary Washington) says there are still divisions within German culture—between the “good” former West Germans and the “bad” former East Germans—and both sides struggle with [...]
Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Now Know
When 62 year old Bill Wood turned to his wife at the funeral of a family member and asked, “Who are all these people?” she knew something was terribly wrong. Alzheimer’s Disease had struck the witty and dapper former newspaper editor early. His wife Carol Wood (University of Virginia) describes her daily challenges as she [...]
Master of the Mountain
The new book Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and his Slaves is based on new information from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson’s papers. Henry Wiencek (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow) creates a portrait of the founding father that challenges the long-held perception of Thomas Jefferson [...]
The Case for Coffee
Call it java, brew, mud, the a.m. savior, or just coffee. Many people can’t conceive of starting their day without their dose of caffeine. Lisa Pawloski (George Mason University) is a part of team of researchers who say coffee may reduce the risk of liver disease. Also featured: Some of us are more apt to [...]
New research is constantly uncovering the benefits and problems that come with drinking coffee. A George Mason University study recently found that two cups of coffee a day can help prevent liver disease. Allison Quantz has details.
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