51% Show #1240

Apr 19, 2013

We studied the heroic myths in school, and our kids are drawn to books and games that let them access their own inner heroes and heroines. Think of Harry Potter, Twilight's Bella and just about every video game on the market. We long to be big, to do great things. Jean Houston is a widely respected philosopher and researcher, one of the founders of the Human Potential Movement. Her work with UNICEF, as advisor to presidents and first ladies and with the United Nations Development Program has taken her around the world, where she works to build community, to empower people and train future leaders.  Her new book, The Wizard of Us – Transformation Lessons from Oz, uses the time-honored practice of teaching through myth, using the film version of the classic movie about Dorothy's journey to find her way back to Kansas as a metaphor for our own search for meaning.

Lean In has certainly got women talking.  The book by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandburg says women are the architects of their own glass ceilings... calling for women to lean in and embrace ambition and their careers instead of worrying about the challenges of balancing work and family. It's opened up an important discussion about women, work and society.  Commentator March Gallagher says it's a book she won't be reading. She's living it.

March Gallagher is an attorney, director of Business Services for Ulster County, NY and an expert in business and industrial development for the region.

Finally, a woman who changed our understanding of the world around us.  Rachel Carson was a marine 

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  biologist and ecologist who started her career as a writer. That writing skill helped propel her best known work, Silent Spring, onto the bestseller list and opened our eyes to the effect we have on the environment.  Gilles Malkine has more.

Gilles Malkine is a writer and musician. He lives in New York's Catskill Mountains.

That’s our show for this week. 

Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme music is by Kevin Bartlett.

This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.