15-19 Story 2: Women of the Atomic Age

 

Synopsis: The Atomic Age is credited mostly to men like Einstein, Oppenheimer and Fermi. Although there’s no question that these eminent scientists were leaders in the development and understanding of nuclear power, there were also many women who contributed knowledge and sometimes their health and lives, but who are overshadowed by the men. We talk to two authors whose books give these women the recognition they deserve.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Craig Nelson, author of “The Age of Radiance: The epic rise and dramatic fall of the Atomic Era.” Denise Kiernan, author of the best-selling book, “The Girls of Atomic City,” now in paperback.

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15-18 Story 1: Baseball Movies: Why are they so popular?

 

Synopsis: There are movies about a lot of sports and athletic competitions, but for some reason baseball outnumbers them all. Why is that? And what are the hallmarks of a good baseball movie? We talk to an author and professor of communications, and to a baseball novelist, player and screenwriter about these issues. We’ll also hear about a novel way one guest is seeking to “crowdfund” and cast his upcoming baseball film.

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Brother Gerry Molyneaux, Prof. of Communications, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA, author of several film biographies including John Sayles: An unauthorized biography of the pioneer filmmaker. Mark Donahue, author of the novel, Last At Bat, screenwriter and life-long baseball player.

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15-18 Story 2: A New Look at the Bill of Rights

 

Synopsis: When we learn about the Bill of Rights in school, we often look at it as ten separate amendments to our Constitution instead of as a single, well-structured work, like a poem or symphony. Our guest didn’t see this either, until he needed a document to type while practicing his word processing program. We’ll hear about his realization that the Bill of Rights is, indeed, a cohesive and carefully plotted document, how it captures the essence of democracy that our forefathers fought for, and how, in modern cases, he thinks some Supreme Court decisions undermine the founders’ intentions.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Burt Neuborne, Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties at NYU Law School, former National Legal Director of the ACLU, author of the book, Madison’s Music: On reading the First Amendment.

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