4:00 - St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography
Ireland's patron saint has long been shrouded in legend: he drove the snakes out of Ireland; he triumphed over Druids and their supernatural powers; he used a shamrock to explain the Christian mystery of the Trinity. But his true story is more fascinating than the myths. We have no surviving image of Patrick,
4:20 - The Irish American Chronicle
The phrase Irish-American
4:40 – Brain explosion: big neuroscience teams up with Obama
In the recent State of the Union address, President Obama has said he will commit the United States to a ten-year project to build a comprehensive map of the activity of the brain. He believes that the proposed Brain Activity Map is an economic gold mine, arguing that the Human Genome Project, for example, produced $141 in economic activity for every $1 invested. Our guest, Denyse O’Leary, has many reservations. She says it may not even turn out to advance the cause of science or help society and is fraught with moral peril. She makes her case.
5:00 – The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic PART 2
Two weeks ago Stephen Krason joined us to consider whether the Founding Fathers’ vision of the American democratic republic has been transformed and if so, in what ways. We made it only about half-way through his very important book so Stephen joins us again today. We look to the basic principles of the Founding Fathers, we discuss changes that resulted from evolving contemporary attitudes about and approaches to government, and we consider how contemporary law and public policy might be reshaped in accordance with the religious principles and cultural norms of the eighteenth century and earlier.