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Each week on With Good Reason, our ever-curious host Sarah McConnell takes you along as she examines a wide range of topics with leading scholars.

Each week on With Good Reason, our ever-curious host Sarah McConnell takes you along as she examines a wide range of topics with leading scholars.
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Charlottesville, VA

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Each week on With Good Reason, our ever-curious host Sarah McConnell takes you along as she examines a wide range of topics with leading scholars.

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English

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145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 1 877 451 5098


Episodes

Let's Talk Turkey

11/17/2017
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Politics around the Thanksgiving table can sometimes be fraught, but at least it's not as bad as it was when the tradition began on the eve of the Civil War. This week, we dive into the origins of this most American of holidays and offer some tips on navigating tricky family conversations. Plus, we sit down for a long conversation with the founder of the farm-to-table food movement.

Duration: 00:51:58


Short Listen: Thanksgiving & Politics

11/16/2017
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Thanksgiving was once a holiday known for bringing people together -- now, it's almost synonymous with uncomfortable political conversations and familial drama. In preparation for the big holiday, we talk with an expert who offers some tips on navigating the more delicate aspects of family gathering. From With Good Reason, the Short Listen combines short-form storytelling and compelling interviews to bring you the best of each week's episode in under five minutes.

Duration: 00:04:04


Getting Into Vietnam

11/10/2017
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In the first episode of With Good Reason’s new documentary series on the Vietnam War, historians Fred Turner and Wilbur J. Scott explore how the self-image of America was shattered in Vietnam, and we hear the first-hand accounts of veterans’ return to America after the trauma of conflict. Then, historian Christian Appy tells the story of the draft -- who it ensnared, who escaped, and the trauma it left on a generation of Americans.

Duration: 00:51:59


Diamond Worlds and Super Earths

11/3/2017
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Every day, scientists are discovering exotic new planets, encrusted with diamonds and wandering between distant stars. We talk to one of the people making these discoveries about the crazy planets he's seen -- and what hope there might be for life out there. Plus, more stories in science, from "sonic nets" used to save birds from jet engines, to a database of plays that hopes to put science onstage.

Duration: 00:51:57


Short Listen: Space is Neat

11/1/2017
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For decades, sci-fi writers have imagined distant planets unlike our own— it turns out the real things are even weirder. From With Good Reason, the Short Listen combines compelling interviews and short-form storytelling to bring you the best of each week's episode in around five minutes.

Duration: 00:06:13


The Crossword Kid

10/27/2017
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This week, an hour of wordplay. We begin with the tale of the Crossword Kid, the New York Times' latest crossword editor, fresh out of university. Plus, we take a look at the under-appreciated literary genius of Christopher Marlowe, and talk with two authors about their latest work.

Duration: 00:52:05


Short Listen: The Crossword Kid

10/25/2017
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Sam Ezersky sold his first crossword at 16. Now he's taking on the biggest puzzle of them all: the legendary New York Times crossword. From With Good Reason, the Short Listen combines compelling interviews and short-form storytelling to bring you the best of each week's episode in under five minutes.

Duration: 00:04:19


Enter the Subconscious

10/20/2017
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Religious scholars, neuroscientists, and psychoanalysts agree – there is a deep reservoir of activity beneath our conscious minds. This week, we take a deep dive into the mind, and ask: how can we control what we don't understand?

Duration: 00:51:59


Short Listen: The Illusion of Control

10/18/2017
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When you make a decision, is it really you deciding? New research suggests we might be living with an illusion of our own control, and our unconscious minds might be calling all the shots. From With Good Reason, the Short Listen combines short form storytelling and compelling interviews to bring you the best of each week's episode in under five minutes.

Duration: 00:04:15


Kitchens of the Future

10/13/2017
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It's obvious to some and obscure to others -- why do we really need science? We talk to designers who see it changing the way we live, teachers who are inspiring kids to discover new methods, and engineers who are seeing it save lives.

Duration: 00:51:57


Twinning Against Disease

10/6/2017
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Turns out one of our best weapons against disease is a database of thousands upon thousands of twins. We talk to the doctor who runs the database, plus doctors behind new science on allergies and an artificial pancreas that's giving diabetes sufferers a new peace of mind.

Duration: 00:51:59


Short Listen: An Artificial Pancreas

10/4/2017
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For more than a million Americans with Type 1 diabetes, managing their disease can be a lot of painful -- and dangerous -- guesswork. But now, a new piece of technology promises to automate insulin delivery, and its helping some sufferers sleep through the night for the first time in their lives. From With Good Reason, the Short Listen combines compelling interviews and short-form storytelling to bring you the best of each week's episode in under 5 minutes.

Duration: 00:04:46


An Outrage: Reflections on Racism

9/29/2017
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For many in Charlottesville and around the country, the events of August 12th were a shock. But for black residents, it wasn't a surprise at all to see white supremacists marching in the street of a southern college town. Charlottesville brought into light, again, America's long history of racism. This week on With Good Reason, we reflect on American racism past and present. We talk to two filmmakers who documented the "social phenomenon" of lynching that claimed 4,000 lives; we hear from...

Duration: 00:52:07


Short Listen: Car Attack In Charlottesville

9/27/2017
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For many Americans, August 12th marked a shift in the national conversation about white supremacy and racism. For the people who were injured in the vehicle attack in Charlottesville that killed Heather Heyer, the 12th marks Day One of a long process of recovery. From With Good Reason, the Short Listen combines short-form storytelling and compelling interviews to bring you the best of each week's episode in a short, digestible segment.

Duration: 00:11:07


We Got to Get Out of This Place

9/22/2017
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Vietnam veterans could all name the songs on the unofficial soundtrack of the war: "Purple Haze," "What's Going On," and "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" are just the start. Now, a new book explores what these songs meant to men and women awaiting deployment into the unknown.

Duration: 00:51:58


Short Listen: The Music of Vietnam

9/21/2017
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Spanning the golden age of American rock 'n' roll, the Vietnam War has one of the most evocative soundtracks of any conflict. Now, two scholars have interviewed hundreds of veterans to compile the "official" soundtrack to one of America's longest wars. From With Good Reason, the Short Listen combines compelling interviews and short-form storytelling to bring you the best of each week's episode in under five minutes.

Duration: 00:06:01


"They're Just People"

9/15/2017
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Underneath the heated rhetoric, sometimes our biggest bogeymen are nothing to fear. We talk to two professors who are busting stereotypes about illegal immigrants by teaching English in the east coast's largest detention center; we hear the guy who hunts poachers "telephoning" fish and stealing bear spleen; and we look at some misunderstood monsters of cinema and literature, from Godzilla to Germany's hard-bitten detectives.

Duration: 00:51:59


Short Listen: English for Detainees

9/13/2017
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Farmville may only be a tiny Virginian town, home to about 8,000 mostly White people. But nearby, Farmville Detention Center is the home to people from the world over -- it's the biggest immigration jail on the whole east coast. Two professors decided it was time to bring the two worlds together. From With Good Reason, The Short Listen combines compelling interviews and short-form storytelling to bring you the best of each week's episode in under five minutes.

Duration: 00:04:45


Facing It

9/8/2017
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"Facing It" is the title of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusuf Komunyakaa's most famous poem, exploring themes of race, war, and home. On this week's show, we speak to Komunyakaa and other authors about how artists' work is impacted by the environment of their time.

Duration: 00:51:59


Short Listen: Sargent's Women

9/6/2017
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John Singer Sargent painted the portraits of American richest people at the peak of the Gilded Age. So why do some of his women look so sad? From With Good Reason, the Short Listen combines compelling interviewing and short-form storytelling to bring you the best of each week's episode in under five minutes.

Duration: 00:04:41

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