In a new book about the constitutional separation of church and state, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills insists that that separation was meant as “the great protector of religion, not its enemy.” That, as Wills tells guest host Dave Davies, hasn’t stopped fervent believers from challenging the concept. Wills, a translator of St. Augustine and author of What Jesus Meant, is an emeritus professor of history at Northwestern University; the new book is titled Head and Heart: American Christianities.
In The Secret History of the War on Cancer, environmental-health expert Devra Davis warns that we’re ignoring dozens of cancer-causing chemicals, like asbestos, benzene, vinyl chloride, and dioxin. She writes that, like the tobacco companies, the chemical industry has managed to obfuscate the carcinogenic dangers of chemical and other toxic waste.
Davis directs the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and teaches epidemiology in the university’s public-health graduate program. Her earlier book When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution was a finalist for the National Book Award.
One year into his second term, Gov. Rendell has unveiled some ambitious initiatives including health care and energy reform. He’s also still pushing to privatize toll roads and get an increased role in overseeing the Convention Center. We talk with TERRY MADONNA and AMY WORDEN about what lies ahead for the Governor and the legislature. Tracey Matisak fills in for Marty.
A conversation with St. Joseph?s University men?s basketball coach PHIL MARTELLI. In his new book, Don?t Call Me Coach Martelli passes on what he has learned about basketball and life from his own rich experience, which includes over 30 years of coaching at the high school and college levels. Tracey Matisak fills in for Marty.
THE WORLD CAFE
Luke Temple joins host David Dye on the World Cafe for music and conversation drawn from his sophomore record, Snowbeast. Despite his formal training as a painter, Luke’s 2005 songwriting debut stirred the indie music scene with melodic guitar tunes and spot-on tenor vocals. A true artist, he experiments with a new sound on Snowbeast, trading in his acoustic-based entr?e for free-form arrangements and synth instrumentals.
LUKE TEMPLE: Private Shipwreck