Forgiveness in Rwanda, Chernobyl, Valium Today
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 170
- May 16, 2019 8:00 pm
- 1:38:06 mins
Surprising Forgiveness in Rwanda as Killers Return Home from Prison Guest: Laura Frizzell, PhD candidate in sociology at The Ohio State University 25 years ago, Hutus slaughtered their neighbors, the Tutsis, in Rwanda. Convicted killers have served their time and are coming home. What are they finding? Forgiveness, actually. Scotland's Recumbent Stone Circles Guest: Neil Ackerman, freelance archaeological consultant Everyone’s heard of Stonehenge, but have you heard of Scotland’s recumbent stone circles? An archaeological wonder, these stone circles have been around for literally thousands of years, but this is the story of a replica stone circle that nearly had the experts fooled. How did an 18-year-old's gap year turn into a nonprofit helping children in Nepal? Guest: Maggie Doyne, founder of the BlinkNow Foundation and the Kopila Valley Children’s Home, School, and Women’s Center Do-it-yourself projects are all the rage online--you can learn how to create practically anything, from crafting plush poodles out of pom-poms to slapping a jet engine onto your Port-a-Potty! But you don’t usually run across instructions on how to DIY a nonprofit. Tune in to learn about a college student who used her gap year to help hundreds of orphans in Surkhet, Nepal. Chernobyl's Untold Story Guest: Adam Higginbotham, author of" Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster" Everyone who’s gotten past 8th grade has heard of Chernobyl and the accident at the nuclear power plant. But author Adam Higginbotham introduces a new perspective on what happened there, telling stories that have literally never been told before. From Mother's Little Helper to Psychiatric Scandal Guest: Robert Whitaker, journalist, author, "Mad in America" and "Anatomy of an Epidemic" 50 years ago, a pill for controlling anxiety and insomnia called Valium climbed to the top of the ranks of prescription drugs. Valium remained the most prescribed medication until the news broke that Valium was pretty ineffective after a couple weeks, but still highly addictive. After falling out of favor, the drug returned to popularity with a new packaging and a new name, Xanax.