Voices in the Family
Stereotypes, Stigma and Mental Illness04/13/15
With diseases of the brain and mind, we lack the ability to open our arms and hearts to those who suffer. We often generalize about what a person with mental illness is capable of achieving in relationships, work and life. We’ll take a look at the...
A Change in Leadership
What kind of leadership is required to meet the challenges we face locally and globally? What if we looked at leadership in a new way that is different from the traditional top down model? Can neuroscience play a role in how we affect change? How...
Is ADHD an Epidemic?
Are we medicating children for being “just kids” or are we helping kids who are suffering with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – enabling them to do well in school and at home? The heated debate over different approaches to ADHD has gone on...
Sport and religion: Connections
If you were to draw a Venn diagram of concepts associated with baseball and religion, there is a surprisingly large amount of overlap: faith and doubt, blessing and curses, miracles, conversion, and community. In some circles, springtime is synonymous...
Living With . . .
One day everything changes. Getting a diagnosis of a lifelong illness changes the way we feel about our bodies, our lives and our death. Some are resilient and life begins anew. Some are not so fortunate. We hear several personal stories about...
Our Pet Bond
Many of us feel our pets are family, but what is that special bond? We’ll look into that remarkable inter-species relationship and talk to the author of Weekends with Daisy about a unique prison program that trains service dogs to assist people with...
Julianne Moore received an Oscar for her portrayal of a woman with Alzheimer’s in the movie, Still Alice, but what about daily life for the 5 million diagnosed with the disease? We talk with Michael Ellenbogen who not only has been living with...
Is there a science to love and trust?
Renown relationship expert, Dr. John Gottman, joins for the hour to discuss his forty years of research into marital stability. At The Gottman Institute, which he co-founded, he has studied couples' verbal and non-verbal communication over a long...
Stepfamilies: What works, what doesn’t
Blended families with children have a lot on their plates. There are roles to define, needs to pay attention to, and loyalties to understand. There is an entirely new family architecture to consider when fostering a healthy stepfamily.
The teenage brain
Any parent with a teenager can tell you that their child's adolescent years can be confusing, anxiety-ridden, tumultuous. Even the strongest parent/child relationships are tested during this time, leaving both sides frustrated. But what parents,...
Asylum for the severely mentally ill
Forty years ago, we thought closing psychiatric hospitals was the humane action. But was it? In a recent article Penn bioethicists have called for a return to asylums-- not surprisingly to some opposition. What's in the best interest of the severely...
The body keeps the score
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a pioneer in trauma research and treatment, discusses his latest book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. He’ll explain the neurobiology of the traumatized brain and what treatments are...
What are teens learning about Civil Rights in school?
According to a new study from the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than half of the states are doing a sub-par job of teaching about the civil rights history of America in public schools. Some states are teaching nothing at all, while Pennsylvania...
Is depression contagious? A fresh look at a debilitating...
The incidence of depression is escalating throughout the world. So can depression be contagious? Is it part of our social make-up or a biological illness? Since prozac hit the market we've known that drug treatment has been widely used. What is its...
When the mirror lies: The transgender journey
The tragic death of a transgender teen in Ohio brings to our attention the alienation and pain transgender individuals face. Lee Ann Etscovitz shares her story living much of her life as a man and finally becoming the woman she was meant to be. We'll...
How and why we laugh
Humor unites us - we connect with other people through laughter, and share collective struggles and confusions. It offers uncensored insights into our unconscious. Studies say that laughter can lengthen our lives and sharpen our cognition, but why do...
Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?
Christmas decorations and holiday music bombard us right after Halloween. For Christians, it seems the holiday had become overly commercialized. In our increasingly diverse nation, there are many who observe different holy days. So, how do...
Desire, Craving and Addiction
Desire is a natural part of life, but what happens when desire becomes an insatiable craving? Whether it is drugs, alcohol, too much food or even sex, there's a line that can be crossed into addiction.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Tis the season of desire, whether it is for gifts, extra desserts or shopping for the perfect outfit. Excess seems to be the watchword of the season. What is desire and when does it turn to...
Teenage sexuality in today’s world
We humans are sexual beings; and like it or not so are our children. How do we deal with our own feelings about their sexuality and how do we help them deal with theirs? In this age of media and technology, it’s even more important to understand...
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