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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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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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Driving While Black

Poet Kiki Petrosino in her poem, If My Body Is a Text, reflects on a year of tragic outcomes during traffic stops between police and African American drivers. Plus: Most of us have heard of Negro League Baseball, but there were many other all-black sports leagues and teams across America in the 20th century. David Wiggins shares how African-American athletes built their own place for sports in a segregated world.


Love Me Do

Wine, chocolate, and flowers. We talk with experts about these Valentine's Day essentials.


Civil Rights and Civil War Monuments

Maggie Walker was an African American teacher and businesswoman and the first woman of any race to charter a bank in the United States. There's now a statue of her in the former capital of the Confederacy. Plus: A town’s historical markers tell visitors the story of a place. But what do they leave out?


Lethal Doses

America is hooked on opioids—by one count, there are currently more opioid prescriptions than people in the southeastern United States. This week we’re taking a deep dive into the causes of the opioid crisis. And more.


The New Minority

Donald Trump’s election was seen by many commentators as a decisive statement by a marginalized White working class. A new book The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality explains where this theory comes from and why so many White voters are feeling class and racial resentment. Plus we dive into the immigration debate and why good numbers are hard to find.


People Count

Today we hear a lot about "blue collar" voters, but it wasn't always the case that the working class mattered. In this week's show, we look at why working class neighborhoods tend to get the short end of the stick, how a British monarch leveraged the working class to extend her reign, and who is responsible for the origin of the census.


Getting to Know the Presidents

After one year in office, can we pass judgement on Trump's presidency? We talk to two experts from the University of Virginia's Miller Center who have made presidential first years their speciality. Plus, we dive deep into presidential history and ask the tough questions about America's founding fathers -- like how did these guys live so long?


The Future Of Music

Until recently, Caroline Shaw was uncomfortable calling herself a composer–violin, singer, musician, sure. But not a composer. Then in 2013, her composition Partita for 8 Voices made her the youngest recipient ever of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Now she’s one of the most respected composers on the New Music scene and has been heralded as the future of music. Today, Shaw’s compositions range from traditional quartets and solo piano pieces to a cappella and collaborations with Kanye West.


Good to Great for Nonprofits

Could nonprofits benefit from the same business coaching the private sector gets? Celebrated business writer Jim Collins says the best business leaders in the nonprofit world tend to share the same qualities with their private sector counterparts.


The Birthplace of American Spirits

Small-scale artisan distilleries are popping up all over the country, and behind many of them are new communities of women makers and consumers. In this special holiday episode, we connect the present to the past as we uncover little-known stories of Virginia spirits, from a recently revived 19th-century julep recipe to an event that draws “women who whiskey.”


Revisiting Deliverance

This week, we explore the lesser known poetic work of the man behind the iconic horror-thriller Deliverance: James Dickey. Plus, we revisit our interview with former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, and much more.


Whistles in the Mist

This week, a grab bag of some of our favorite stories of unexpected discoveries. First, we talk to an anthropologist cataloguing one of the few remaining melodic forms of speech among the rugged mountains of Mexico. Then, we talk to one of the world's foremost experts in dimes on discovering a small fortune in his father's tackle box. Later on, we revisit our story about the discovery of a lost vault of klezmer music, and talk to a scholar about America's long-forgotten love affair with...


Short Listen: Virtual Cities

The ancient settlement of Çatalhöyük existed from 7500 to 5700 B.C. in what is now Turkey. Saikou Diallo and his colleagues at Old Dominion University have made a 3D virtual recreation of Çatalhöyük that transports the visitor back in time, including the sounds and smells of the ancient city.


Encounters at the Heart of the World

This week, we replay two amazing interviews with Pulitzer Prize winners. First, Elizabeth Fenn tells the story of her work recovering the forgotten history of a nearly extinct Native American tribe. Then, Sarah McConnell speaks with award-winning author Junot Diaz about his experiments in language and storytelling.


Let's Talk Turkey

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.


Short Listen: Thanksgiving & Politics

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.


Getting Into Vietnam

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.


Diamond Worlds and Super Earths

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.


Short Listen: Space is Neat

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.


The Crossword Kid

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.


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