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Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Biology, English Profs Will Be Guests on 'With Good Reason' Radio Show

Old Dominion faculty and staff members make up the entirety of next weekend's guests on the public radio show "With Good Reason."

Lytton Musselman, professor and Eminent Scholar of biological sciences, and Delores Phillips, assistant professor of English, will be interviewed on the 30-minute program, produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The show airs at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, on WHRV-FM, 89.5.

For some, Christmas may conjure images of bourbon mixed in eggnog or hot-buttered rum, but biologist Lytton Musselman is making his own cordials and spirits from wild plants like mushrooms, roots and berries. Musselman loves the distinct differences in flavor each plant brings to the liquor because, he said, "we are reminded of the glens, marshes, prairies, lakes and forests where they live, who they hang out with and their seasons of life."

Musselman is joined on the segment by Jim Raper from ODU's Office of University Relations, who agreed to be part of the show to offer his comments as designated taster of the concoctions. Raper is the editor of Monarch magazine (see photo below).

Phillips will discuss how multicultural families deal with holiday foods that will be on the table at this time of year. She speaks from personal experience as an African American married into a Vietnamese American family, with in-laws from both cultures.

Audio files of the full program and its companion news feature will be posted the week of the show to our website. A permanent link can be found here:

Funded by a consortium of schools from across the state, "With Good Reason" spotlights research being conducted at Virginia's public universities.

Faculty members are encouraged to join the "With Good Reason" Facebook page,, or subscribe to the show's podcast,

"With Good Reason" has twice won the Gabriel Award for Best Documentary/Public Affairs Program. It also is the recipient of top honors from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and won a second-place award in the Public Radio News Directors competition.

The show can be heard around the state on public radio stations, and in markets ranging from Atlanta to Alaska. Broadcast times are posted at

Musselman, right, is joined by his graduate student, Peter Schafran, center, and Jim Raper, from ODU's Office of University Relations, at the taping for the "With Good Reason" segment. Musselman and Schafran, who have made and tested liquors and liqueurs flavored by wild botanicals found in Virginia and elsewhere on the East Coast, hope to publish a book about the topic. Raper agreed to be a part of the show as the designated taster of some of the concoctions. Photo by Chuck Thomas

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