Social Thought Programs with Transcripts 

Joyce Appleby, historian, UCLA Transcript of Interview (click here) Much of Our Perception of the Contemporary Economic World is Based on Ideology That Pre-Dates Adam Smith.  

Ian Boal, historian of culture and technology. . Transcript of Interview (click here) The Modern Mega-Machine That Threatens Our Survival Is Propelled By Metaphors in Science and Technology.  

Mary Douglas, sociologist, England. Transcript of Interview (click here)  (1) The Right, Left and Invisible Hands are Market Metaphors that give Validity to Business.

(2) Knowledge and Society are the Same; Each Defines the Other.  

Michael Doyle, management consultant. Transcript of Interview (click here)

Consensus Comes From Having a Common Memory.  

Stanley Fish, Duke University. Transcript of Interview (click here) There is No Way to Be Objective, One Always Has a Standpoint.


Bernard J. Frieden, professor of urban studies. Transcript of Interview (click here)

Downtown Cities Were Nearly Destroyed in the 1950's By the Metaphors of Slums as Cancer and Surgical Renewal.

Kenneth Gergen, social psychologist. Transcript of Interview (click here)

Entering-Level College Students Already Accept a Relativistic World Without Truth, Progress or Certainty.  

Todd Gitlin, sociologist. Transcript of Interview (click here) Each Person's Generation Shapes His or Her Perspective on the Current World.  

Stephan Greenblatt, professor of English. Transcript of Interview (click here)

Columbus Set Sail with Concepts and Metaphors that Gave Him and Spain Rights in the New World.  

David Hollinger, intellectual historian. Transcript of Interview (click here)

Multiculturism, Based on Ethnicity and Race, Is Now An Accepted Fact of American Life, Replacing The Idea of a Universal Society With Only Religious Differences.  

George Lakoff, linguist. Transcript of Interview (click here)  The Metaphors We Live By.  

Seymore Martin Lipset, political scientist. Transcript of Interview (click here)  America Is as Different From Canada as Revolution Is From Counter-revolution.

Mark Crispin Miller, social critic, professor of media studies. Transcript of Interview (click here)

(1) Many of the Emotional Elements in the Design of Shopping Malls are Derived from Television.

(2) There is a New TV Effect On Society. We Now Run Wars On a TV Plot Line, Using Comparable TV Emotional Patterns.  

Laura Nader, anthropologist. Transcript of Interview (click here)

In Other Cultures, American Women are Used as Examples of the Terrible Consequences of Feminism.

Elaine Pagels, professor of religion. Transcript of Interview (click here)

Satan in the Old Testament Was an Angel Who Played the Role of Skeptic. The New Testament Satan is an Evil Force.

Barbara Phillips, urban sociologist. Transcript of Interview (click here)

A City Is Always Described From a Highly Personal Viewpoint.

Neil Postman, Dept. of Culture and Communication, NYU. Transcript of Interview(click here)

Television Has Destroyed the Concept of Childhood, Which is Why Eleven-Year-Olds are Being Tried as Adult Criminals.

Peter Sherrill,entrepreneur and communciation theorist. . Transcript of Interview (click here)

Scientific Practice in the Natural Sciences Has Become So HeavilyStatistical That It Resembles Social Science.  

Neil Smelser, sociologist emeritus. Transcript of Interview (click here)

Three Ideas Determine the Structure of All Major American Institutions from Universities to Health Care Legislation -- Individualism, Equality of Opportunity and Democracy.

Jane Tompkins, professor of English. Transcript of Interview (click here)The Western Movie Displays an Open Rejection of Christianity and Communal Values.  

Aaron Wildavsky, public policy analyst. Transcript of Interview (click here)

Nothing is Safe; The Concept of Safety Covers a Large Continuum.