Voices in the Family
Independence Day/Independent Life07/06/15
At this time of year when we think about our nation’s independence, let’s look at what independence means in our lives. Your first steps, a driver’s license, making a home of one’s own. Across our life cycle there are milestones that mark our moving...
Ambition: Good News Bad News
Determination, individualism - work hard you’ll get ahead and get a piece of the American pie. Those are hallmarks of our society - but does ambition come at a cost?
Fatherhood: Wisdom and ways
Fatherhood will be celebrated this month on Father’s Day. For many, fathers and father figures are key to supporting and raising children, and like mom, can serve as role models and mentors throughout the life cycle. Dr. Dan Gottlieb speaks with...
Some of us are fortunate to have good neighbors. They're the folks we chat with, invite over, borrow a cup of sugar from, and do favors for. On the other hand, some neighbors can be a nuisance--a source of nightmares and profound anxiety. They're...
You Are What You Read
Want something more than simple beach reads on your summer list? We’ll hear from several authors who inform, inspire and challenge us. Rachel Simon discusses the craft of memoir and reveals what she reads when she is writing. From contemplative...
Female troops returning from deployment
Female soldiers are returning from deployment in record numbers, according to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, they are 15 percent of the active-duty military. Women at higher risk than male soldiers for developing PTSD, they’re likely to...
On Living and Dying
What is HOSPICE care really and is there an art to dying? Can death be the final act of living fully? Nina McKissock is an RN and writes about her fourteen years as a HOSPICE nurse in her book, From Sun To Sun. She believes there is an art to dying if...
When Families Feud…
Silences, grudges and cutoffs between family members that can last for decades. How does this happen, what's the price everyone pays and why is it so difficult to let go of resentment? Let’s talk about what we don’t talk about—family rifts and...
Autism and Families
We know autism is affecting more families and as these children with autism grow up, they face new challenges. April is Autism Awareness month and to understand families touched by autism, we’ll talk to Temple Grandin and her mother, Eustacia Cutler,...
Stereotypes, Stigma and Mental Illness
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...
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