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August 29, 2002 -The Sights and Sounds of Schizophrenia

All Things Considered presents a multi-media presentation about Schizophrenia, including a drug company which creates a simulation of ollness' Symptoms

August 27, 2002 -Women's Health Series Part V - Mental Health

Talk of the Nation program on women and depression. American women are twice as likely as men to experience depression. This segment looks at why it happens and how it's being treated.

August 26, 2002 -Foster Care Children

This Morning Edition segment features a talk with guest Seletia about being an abused child, and becoming an adult through the independent living program. (5:20) .

August 8, 2002 -Colleges Address Student Depression

Madge Kaplan of NPR reports on the need for campuses across America to respond to the growing number of students who have chronic mental health issues.

August 1, 2002 -Autism Treatment

Morning Edition segment about a new drug which discusses the use of an antipsychotic drug and its effect on problem behaviors in autistic children.

July 30, 2002 -Housing for the Mentally Ill

Part 3 of a series on finding homes for people who need support and services, Joanne Silberner visits a Pittsburgh, Pa. neighborhood that feels squeezed between its own needs -- and its duty to others.

July 29, 2002 -Greed

An intriguing Talk of the Nation hour featuring guests like Rochelle Kainer
Psychoanalytic psychologist and author of The Collapse of the Self: And it's Therpautic Restoration.

July 13, 2002 -Musical Therapy

A morning edition segment on Lucy Kaplansky, who has changed careers between being a psychologist and folksinger. She talks the about similarities between her two careers and about her new album, Every Single Day. (12:30)

July 10, 2002 -Spanking

An intriguing discussion about spanking and whether or not it only increases bad behavior. Two experts discuss: Elizabeth Gershoff, a research scientist at Columbia University's National Center for Children in Poverty, and Howard C. Stevenson, a professor of clinical child psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and a co-author of Stickin' To, Watchin' Over, and Gettin' With: An African American Parent's Guide to Discipline.

July 8, 2002 - Influence - The Psychology of Persuasion

This Morning Edition broadcast interviews Robert Cialdini on his new book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.

July 8, 2002 - Fire Lovers

Talk of the Nation broacast about the psychology of arsonists. With the recent wildfires in Arizona and Colorado allegedly set by people, there is a growing urgency to understand the psychology of those who set, and those who fight, fires.

June 24, 2002 - Living Through War

This Talk of the Nation Broadcast focuses on how people psychologically manage to function during times of War. Psychiatrists from Jerusalem and Palestine discuss.

June 19, 2002 - Autism and Education

Because the number of children with autism has risen sharply in the recent years, there is an urgent need to research the best teaching methods. On Morning Edition, Larry Abramson reports on emerging strategies for educating children with mild forms of autism. (12:30)

June 12, 2002 - Father Loss

"Do men and women deal with loss differently? Some psychologists believe men who lose their fathers grieve differently from women, and their recovery can be a complicated process. Some need to create a monument to their lost father, others need to become a father themselves. On the next Talk of the Nation, join Neal Conan for a discussion about fatherloss"

May 27, 2002 - Preventing Sexual Abuse in Children

"May 27, 2002 -- Catholic priests are the focus of the current child sexual abuse scandal, but the realm of possible predators extends to anyone with access to children: teachers, coaches, baby-sitters, scout leaders, relatives. Mental health professionals and educators have been trying to develop programs that help prevent sexual abuse by arming kids with information. For Morning Edition, NPR's Brenda Wilson reports."

May 27, 2002 - Mexico's Mentally Ill

"May 27, 2002 -- In the 1960s, advocates for the mentally ill badgered authorities into closing squalid psychiatric hospitals in the United States. But they were less successful in getting community-based facilities for the mentally ill opened. American cities ended up with the mentally ill living -- and suffering -- on the streets.

Today in Mexico, there's a woman leading a similar revolution against large psychiatric asylums, but she's taking it one step further. NPR's Joanne Silberner reports for All Things Considered."

May 7, 2002 - Grandparents as Parents

"According to the latest census figures, 4.5 million children are now being raised in households headed by grandparents, an increase of 30 percent over the last decade. While grandparents have a lot of love to offer their grandchildren, many of them struggle with the new financial and emotional burden of starting again as parents, frequently with insufficient support from their families, communities and the social service system. Tavis Smiley speaks with Sylvie de Toledo, author of Grandparents As Parents and grandmother Wanda Cooper. (7:58)"

May 7, 2002 - Suicide

"Commentator Rosalyn Kirkel is coping with her son's suicide two years ago. She says that ensuring your children's happiness may be a parent's biggest challenge. (2:48)"

April 19, 2002- Suicide Among Black Males

"Tavis Smiley speaks to Dr. Ivan Walks, the chief health officer for the District of Columbia, about the high rate of suicide among young black males. Walks says the numbers reflect the widespread availability of firearms in the African-American community, and highlight the need for better treatment facilities for black men who suffer from mental depression. (6:03)"

April 9, 2002- St. John's Wort and Major Depression

"A new study finds that the popular herbal remedy St. John's wort is no better than a sugar pill for treating major depression. But the study also came up with the same result using a common prescription medicine, Zoloft.."

April 2, 2002- Educating Homeless Kids

"In a two-part series for Morning Edition NPR reporters Claudio Sanchez and Wendy Kaufman look at the dire state of homeless children and the controversy over how public schools can best help them."

February 26, 2002- Growing up with Gay Parents

" On the next Talk of the Nation, Neal Conan talks with young adults who were raised by openly gay parents."

February 27, 2002- Agressive Girls

Girls are not all sugar and spice according to some researchers. The latest study on girls says they may be AS likely to use aggression as boys. Rather than fists, girls express it through manipulation, exclusion and gossip-mongering. It's become quite a problem in some middle and high schools, but what's the solution? Girls who bully other girls. Join Neal Conan on Talk of the Nation from NPR News.

January 31,-2002 - Divorce

"Divorce is rarely desirable, but is it as devastating as past reports say it is? Author and researcher Mavis Hetherington has conducted one of the most comprehensive studies on divorce. She found that 75% of the children in her study became reasonably well adjusted after divorce. She also found divorce can give many adults a chance at a better life. Join host Neal Conan and guests for a discussion about a new look at divorce... Is it really that bad? "

January -2002 - Premature Babies

"A new study following premature infants into adulthood finds that some babies who started out weighing less than three pounds grow into remarkably resilient adults. NPR's Rachel Jones reports for All Things Considered. (4:00)"

January -2002 - Newborn Hearing Tests

"A new pediatric study finds that infants can get their hearing tested days after being born, possibly identifying hearing problems early enough to correct them. But as NPR's Rachel Jones reports, not everyone is behind the test. (5:29)"

January -2002 - Mental Hospitals

On Talk of the Nation, writer Alex Beam's new book Gracefully Insane is featured. It chronicles the Massachusetts' tony McLean hospital which has ministered to the likes of James Taylor, and poets Robert Lowell and Anne Sexton. Join host Neal Conan, Alex Beam and others from the world of mental health advocacy as they discuss the past and future of the American mental hospital.

01-01-2002 - Breaking Bad Habits

On Talk of the Nation, join guests as they discuss the best ways to break bad habits!

12-26-2001 - Talk of the Nation- Forgiveness

On Talk of the Nation, join Neal Conan as he explores the act of forgiving. He explores questions such as: should good will extend to people who have hurt us? Some say it should -- and that the act of forgiving is the best gift you can give yourself. Is every evil act forgivable?

11-24--01 Weekend Edition: Recovering from 9-11

NPR's program about the recovery of "Camille" -- a woman who witnessed the collapse of the World Trade Center and who has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

11-16-01 Fresh Aire: Andrew Solomon's Book on Depression

Andrew Solomon's Book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression recently won a National Book Award. The author draws on personal experience as well as interviews with patients, physicians, philosophers and drug designers.


10-19-2001 - Fresh Aire - Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton

An expert on terrorism and cult groups, psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton is the author of the "Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism." The book covers the Japanese cult group that released sarin nerve gas in the Tokyo subways. Lifton will soon join the Harvard faculty as a visiting professor.

October 2, 2001 How Are You Coping with the Attacks?

Dr. Robert Reiner, Executive Director, Behavioral Associates (counseling practice in Manhattan)
Faculty Member, Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center

Many Americans are still in shock over last months terrorist attacks.....others are trying to move forward and return to some form of normalcy

September 5, 2001 The Forgetting:A Profile of the 'Demographic Time Bomb' of Alzheimer's Disease

Program Description: Alzheimer's disease has been called a "demographic time bomb" that has evolved from a curious affliction to an American epidemic. In the past quarter century, the number of elderly people diagnosed with the disease has risen from 500,000 to five million

August 24, 2001 Understanding Autism

The News Hour presented a special segmgent on Autism: Elizabeth Brackett reports on a developmental disorder afflicting about half a million Americans.

July 5, 2001 Adoption and How it's Changed

Program Description: "Americans are increasingly looking overseas to adopt children. And countries like China, Russia, Bulgaria and Korea have been the most popular for parents from the United States. But how does it affect the child to be raises as an American? What are the challenges facing families when they adopt from outside their own culture?"

June 27, 2001 Study Finds More Children May Have Autism

Program Description:"New research shows that autism in children may be much more common than researchers previously thought. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that one in 600 children have severe autism and one in 160 children have a less severe form called a Pervasive Developmental Disorder. "

May 30, 2001 Crossing the Water: Working with Troubled Boys

Program Description: "More states are prosecuting teenage boys as adults and sending them to adult jails. Are there other options for these difficult kids? Juan Williams talks with adults who have worked in special schools for boys in tough situations and with young men who've been through these schools."

April 17, 2001- Fresh Aire: Writer Wendy Swallow on DIVORCE

Wendy is a former staff writer for the Washington Post who has written a memoir about divorce entitled "Breaking Apart: Dreaming of Divorce" (Hyperion). She writes about the slow unraveling of her 12 year marriage, and the impact on herself, her husband, and their two sons. She writes, "There are those who believe it is simple selfishness that leads people to divorce. For those of us who have lived it, itís hard to see why anyone would rip out their veins for some immature or narcissistic desire to get what they want."



March 27, 2001Autism Therapies

NPR's Patricia Neighmond reports many parents of autistic children are experimenting with treatments for autism and working to speed up research on the disorder. (12:30)

October 24, 2000 Long-Term Effects of Divorce on Kids

For 25 years, Judith Wallerstein has studied a group of Californians who all lived through their parents' divorce. She found that the lingering effects of their parents' breakup still effects them in profound ways. Other researchers dispute her findings. Join Juan Williams and Judith Wallerstein for a look at the long term effects of divorce on kids, on the next Talk of the Nation, from NPR News.

September 6, 2000 Divorced Parents and Joint Custody of Children

Today, more parents are opting for custody arrangements that share day-to-day childrearing duties as well as legal responsibilities. Fathers' rights groups say joint physical custody is a vindication for dads who have been relegated to the unemotional role of financial provider. But opponents say courts that prescribe shared parenting have lost sight of children's best interest. Does the time kids spend with their divorced parents need to be equal time to be quality time, or have the courts taken gender equity too far?

July 28, 2000 Causes of Schizophrenia

Some scientists are studying whether giving anti-psychotic drugs to teenagers deemed at risk for developing schizophrenia could actually prevent the disease--a controversial approach because it's so tough to determine who's at risk. In this hour, we'll discuss the causes of schizophrenia, including the role of genetics and a theory that viruses trigger the illness.

May 22, 2000 Single Moms

Nearly eight million U.S. households are run by single moms-- that's a million more than a decade ago. The stigma of being a single mother is easing, but are the struggles?

March 3, 2000 ADHD/ Medicating Pre-Schoolers

A recent study showed a doubling in the number of prescriptions issued to preschoolers for Ritalin, Prozac, and other powerful drugs. But who are these medicated tots? And what made their parents decide to take such drastic measures? In this hour, we'll take a look at the reasons - and risks - behind medicating the nation's youth.

February 17, 2000 Communities and the Mentally Ill

GUESTS: Dr. E. Fuller Torrey *Research psychiatrist *Executive Director of the Stanley Foundation (supports research on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) *Author, Out of the Shadows: Confronting America's Mental Illness Crisis (John Wiley & Sons, 1996).

January 4, 2000 What Makes a Family?

GUESTS: TBA The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case next week to determine if grandparents and others have legal rights to visit with children over parental objections. All 50 states have adopted some kind of "grandparents' rights" laws in recent years. Some organizations, such as those advocating gay and lesbian rights, feel caught in the middle of a debate that boils down to how we define what a family is. Join Korva Coleman and guests to discuss who, beyond the parents, should have legal visitation rights with children.

December 15, 1999 Worry

Worrying can be a healthy thing-- it can make you act with forethought, or keep you on your toes in a dangerous situation. But for some people, worrying becomes downright toxic-- to the point that it disrupts work, pleasure, and physical health.

December 14, 1999 Mental Health Report

GUESTS: DR. DAVID SATCHER Surgeon General of the United States OTHER GUESTS: TBA Half of all Americans will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetimes, according to a comprehensive review of research on mental disorders just issued by the Surgeon General.

December 7, 1999 Suicide

The rate of suicide among young people has tripled in the past half century, and among ten to fourteen year olds, the rate has doubled since 1980.

December 2, 1999 The Changing American Family

The American family is undergoing a major transformation. People are getting married later-- if at all-- and families with more than one child are becoming more and more rare. Researchers say that by the turn of the century, more than half of the nation's children will not be living with both parents.

December 1, 1999 Memory and Remembering

GUEST: CYNTHIA GREEN, Ph.D. (in clinical psychology) *Founding Director of the Memory Enhancement Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York *Author, Total Memory Workout: 8 Easy Steps to Maximum Memory Fitness (Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1999) STEVEN FERRIS, Ph.D. (in experimental psychology) *Executive Director of the Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center at New York University *Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine

November 4, 1999 Infidelity

Infidelity is no longer a private matter... beyond political scandals, therapists and family counselors are writing more about the issue, and new studies are researching what motivates infidelity, and ways to repair the damage it inflicts on marriages and families.

August 18, 1999 'Lone Wolf' Hate Crimes

A number of recent hate crimes have been committed by so-called 'lone wolf' types. While no organized hate groups can be connected to these attacks, the 'lone wolf' strategy has long been advocated by some white supremacist groups. Can these groups be held responsible for attacks like last week's shooting at a Jewish center?

08/04/1999 Why We Dream

GUESTS: ALLAN HOBSON *Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School *Director, Neuro-physiological Laboratory, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston, MA *Author Sleep (Scientific American Press, 1989), and Consciousness (Scientific American Press, 1998) *Author, Dreaming as Delirium (forthcoming, MIT Press, 9/99) ROSALIND CARTWRIGHT *Director, Sleep Disorder Service & Research Center, Rush Presbyterian-St.Lukes Medical Center *Author of many books, including Crisis Dreaming (Harper Collins, 1992) and Nightlife (1977)

05/06/1999 Ophelia Speaks

Issues such as eating disorders, reactions to old style feminism and the newer girl power, dealing with depression, sexuality and self-image as well the special issues of minority girls are all represented. Join guest host, Melinda Penkava and a panel of teens to discuss Ophelia Speaks .

04/15/1999 Science of Love

Psychologist John Gottman offers marital advice, but unlike most relationship gurus, he actually has scientific research to back up his theories. Gottman has studied hundreds of couples in his Seattle-based Family Research Laboratory, dubbed the "love lab."

04/01/ 1999 Children of War Part 2

Deborah Amos concludes her two part series. She reports on difficulties faced by humanitarian groups trying to provide psychological help for Rwandan children traumatized by the 1994 genocide there. There is a massive need for counseling. But therapists face cultural resistance to discussing psychological issues. Until recently, there were no words in the local language to describe different states of mental health. (6:30)

03/31/ 1999 Children of War Part 1

In the first of a two-part series, Deborah Amos reports from Bosnia on efforts to treat thousands of children traumatized by that country's war. Recent scientific research has found that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder occurs not only in adults, but in young people as well. United Nations and private aid agencies are employing the latest therapies to help kids suffering from flashbacks, physical pain, intense anxiety, and other symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (8:00)

03/03/1998 Juvenile Crime/Mental Health

The vast majority of children in the juvenile justice system reportedly have some sort of mental or emotional problem. But most of those kids don't get the help they need ... the institutions are often overcrowded and offer inadequate counseling, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs.

10/23/ 1998 Girls in Custody

NPR's Jon Hamilton reports that a new study shows adolescent girls in custody for serious offenses often suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (4:06)

10/13/1998 The Life and Times of Freud

Sigmund Freud's granddaughter Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, died nearly 60 years ago. But his theories can still start an argument. This week, a long-delayed exhibit is opening at the Library of Congress devoted to the life and work of Freud.

08/06/1998 Talk of the Nation Families of the Mentally Ill

GUESTS:Victoria Secunda Author, When Madness Comes Home: Help and Hope for the Families of the Mentally Ill [Hyperion, 1998] Families often feel responsible for mentally illrelatives, but feel powerless to help them.

07/31/1998 Talk of the Nation Science of Schizophrenia

05/19/1998 Talk of the Nation Kids and Divorce

It's widely agreed that divorce is a painful and confusing experience for children, but there's debate over its long-term affects.

05/13/1998 Talk of the Nation Raising Boys

They say, "boys will be boys" but just what ARE boys supposed to be? For at least a decade, child psychologists have focused much attention on the social and emotional development of girls. Now, they say we need to spend more time trying to understand boys.

01/13/1998 Talk of the Nation Mental Competency and the Courts

Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski will be examined for mental illness. The possibility of an insanity plea in Kazcynski's case is creating public outcry and a quandary for legal and mental health practitioners. There are no clear-cut rules determining whether a defendent is mentally competent to stand trial or possibly defend himself.

10/13/1997 Talk of the Nation Manic Depression

The intoxicating highs and despondent lows of manic depression are chronicled by two women who have written memoirs about the disease: NPR's Jacki Lyden and Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison. Lyden chronicles her mother's 20-year struggle with the illness and Dr. Redfield Jamison, a leading mental health professional, describes her own bout with manic depression

09/30/1997 Talk of the Nation Our Parents' Keepers

Caring for aging parents is becoming a defining life issue for many Americans.

09/02/1997 Talk of the Nation Myths about Aging

Images of aging are sometimes bleak: outrageous hospital costs, patients on life support, and unneccesary doctor visits. At the heart of the debate is what to do about Social Security, Medicare costs, physician-assisted suicide, and medical research priorities.

09/04/1997 Talk of the Nation Mental Health Crimes on Campus

When a Harvard student murdered her former roommate, then hung herself, many were shocked. This crime was particularly heinous, but it raises a larger issue of the need for strong counseling programs to deal with students' mental and emotional problems before they escalate.

07/10/1997 Talk of the Nation HEALTHCARE POLICY Re: Mentally Ill

Mental health professionals have forever grappled with commiting a patient against the patient's will. A lot of things have to be considered: how to preserve civil liberties, how to protect society from potentially dangerous individuals, how to decide which patients are simply untreatable.

04/09/1997 Talk of the Nation Children's Mental and Emotional Disorders

Ray Suarez is joined by a leading child psychiatrist to discuss the advances in the treatment of troubled children. New hope and help for difficult children and their parents, on the next Talk of the Nation from NPR News. Guests: Dr. Harold Koplewicz Vice-Chairman and Director, The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU Medicare Center/Bellevue Hospital Author It's Not Your Fault (Times Books, 1996)

08/20/1996 Talk of the Nation Losing a Parent

The death of a mother or father is one of the most common and difficult events in our lives. On the next Talk of the Nation, join Ray Suarez for a discussion of how the\n experience changes our lives, and how we can better cope\n with losing a parent.

03/19/1996 Talk of the Nation Teaching Children About Grief

Ray and his guests discuss how to teach children about coping with trauma and grief. They'll discuss children's reactions to stress and disaster, presentations of death and dying in the media, and how parents and teachers can help kids work through their feelings of confusion when something terrible happens