Archive for February 12th, 2006

Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” carried a supershow on the South and Race. It ran today, but you can still get the show from their website.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winning historian and the author of “A Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” talks with Jim Fleming about the political genius of the man she considers America’s greatest President.

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Steve Paulson produced this report on Abolitionist John Brown which explores the question of whether terrorism is ever justified. What are we to make of this enigmatic figure who committed murder in his efforts to end slavery?

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E.L. Doctorow’s latest novel is called “The March” and is about the devastating effect on the South during the Civil War of General William Tecumseh Sherman. Doctorow talks about the book with Steve Paulson and we hear excerpts read by Karl Schmidt. Also, historian Tim Tyson tells Anne Strainchamps about the racially motivated murder that has informed much of his professional life. He writes about it in a book called “Blood Done Sign My Name.”

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David Menconi recalls better times for Sly Stone in the News and Observer blog after Sly’s decidedly odd appearance at the Grammys. But Johnny Hong Kong has the more sensible story: Sly has evolved just as Gizmo evolved in part to Spike in “Gremlins.”

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Because they carry mindcontrolling parasites, toxoplasma gondii. In rats, the infection causes the victims to commit suicidal acts (uninfected rats avoid the smell of cat urine, but infected rats seek it out). In humans, there seems to be a link between toxoplasma gondii and schizophrenia. Yahoo took the story from Technovelgy. Imperial College London has the Cat-parasite-schizophrenia research story.

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