2.28.11 Associate Professor and Director of the Historic Preservation Program in the UVA School of Architecture Dan Bluestone joins Coy to discuss the Meadowcreek Parkway. Bluestone talks about the history of the road, and he also touches on the lawsuit which has brought the Meadowcreek Parkway into the news stream recently.
2.25.11 Historian Rick Britton joined Coy for a history discussion and another edition of his history quiz. Call the Senior Center at 974-6538 for more information on Rick Britton’s history class at the University of Virginia.
2.23.11 Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia Ed Murphy joins Coy to discuss the latest news from space. Today’s conversation covers NASA’s development plans for a new spacecraft, and the most recent findings from the Kepler Observatory. Murphy also explains the controversy surrounding the “Tychie” planet discovery down in Louisiana.
2.3.11 Author and Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia Grace Hale joins Coy to discuss her new book A Nation of Outsiders. The rebel, the recluse, and the bad guy have always beloved figures in American society, and Professor Hale has the explanation as to why this fascination is so strong. The full title of Hale’s book is A Nation of Outsiders: How the White Middle Class Fell in Love with Rebellion in Postwar America.
1.28.11 Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia Daniel Willingham joins Coy to discuss the recent New York Times study on childhood education. According to the article in which Willingham is quoted as an expert, students learn better when tested on material before they study it. The UVA professor explains how the research experiment was conducted, at what levels this study can be applied, the benefits of “concept mapping,” and where we go from here. Be sure to check out Willingham’s most recent book Why Don’t Students Like School?.
1.25.11 Professor of History at the University of Virginia Brian Balogh joins Coy to discuss vitriolic speech in America. Is this hateful rhetoric a new trend in American politics? Balogh and Barefoot take a trip back and look at some of the most impactful events in American media history in order to determine the answer. Balogh does feel as though rhetoric has become more violent during his lifetime, and while he himself would not use some of the language found seemingly daily on national talk radio, he would defend the rights of other hosts to use it. You can also hear Balogh every week as a part of the BackStory Radio team.
1.24.11 Director for Communications at the UVA Center for Politics Isaac Wood joins Coy to discuss George Allen’s announcement for U.S. Senate Candidacy. Wood breaks down the reasons behind Allen’s decision, and he also provides insight into who might oppose the former Senator both within his own party and on the other side and what chances the Republican has of winning. In addition, callers chime in with both early support and early opposition for George Allen.
Miller talks about the origin of the title of his new work, which received the 2010 Charles Goodwin Award of Merit from the American Philological Association, and then delves into what life was like from both a political and a mythological standpoint in the Roman Empire about which he has written. Today’s conversation also touches on one of the most famous of the classics- Vergil’s epic poem The Aeneid, plus the role of the classics in today’s higher education in America.
1.19.11 Editor of the Thomas Jefferson Retirement Papers Jeff Looney joins Coy to discuss the release of the newest volume of the Jefferson Papers. The recently published Volume 7 covers the War of 1812, and Looney describes the letters penned by our 3rd President regarding the series of events which kickstarted the war between the United States and Great Britain. Also included are the first documents referencing Albemarle Academy- the school which would eventually become the University of Virginia.
1.17.11 Pulitzer-Prize winning Professor of English and Poet Laureate at the University of Virginia Rita Dove joins Coy for a special discussion of poetry. Dove offers a reading of a couple of her own poems- “Testimonial” and “Black Billy Waters, at His Pitch”- amongst an explanation of her words and the roots of her career. Her love of poetry is explored, as are her affinities for music, movement, and dance. Also, in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday, today’s conversation recaps the wonder of King’s ability to galvanize an audience. Dove’s list of honors and accolades is truly remarkable, and here is a chance to hear one of the most notable members of the Charlottesville community speak at length on her career.
1.12.11 Author and Professor of English at the University of Virginia Jennifer Greeson joins Coy to discuss her new book Our South. The conversation first touches on Thomas Jefferson’s true identity (American, Virginian, but not necessarily Southerner) before traveling through the history of the U.S. South from a literary approach beginning with the Revolutionary War. In what ways was the Mason-Dixon line viewed as a barrier between worlds from both inside and outside of the South? How can the fantasy world of literature help us to understand the relationships between South-North and South-World? Professor Greeson’s book Our South: Geographic Fantasy and the Rise of National Literature, addresses these questions and much more.