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Thursday, August 26, 2010

We’ll visit the front lines of contemporary psychotherapy and talk to one therapist who claims we’re fighting a war on unhappiness. Then, award-winning author Grace Young gives tips on mastering the wok. Also, wine expert Harry Karis on the French wine region Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Plus, our latest Underreported segments look at the massive floating patch of garbage in the Atlantic Ocean and at the problem that an increasing amount of space junk poses to satellites and spaceships!

Positive Psychology

Gary Greenberg, psychotherapist and contributor to Harper's magazine, examines how psychotherapy has changed since the days of Freud. Psychology today focuses on winners: strong people who are highly resilient and psychologically fit. His article “The War on Unhappiness,” in the September issue of Harper’s, describes the latest U.S. brand of psychoanalysis—Positive Psychology, which is not being funded not by the National Institutes of Health, but by the Department of Defense.

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Mastering the Wok

Grace Young discusses the technique and tradition of stir-frying. Her cookbook Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories shares more than 100 classic stir-fry recipes from the great Cantonese stir-fry masters, to the culinary customs of: Sichuan, Hunan, Shanghai, Beijing, Fujian, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

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Wine expert Harry Karis talks about the French wine region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The Chateauneuf-du-Pape Wine Book gives detailed information on over 200 winemakers, and an in-depth look at climate, soil, grapes, and winemaking.

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Underreported: Space Junk

Orbital debris is quickly becoming a serious problem for satellites and manned spacecraft. Collisions and other incidents have increased the amount of potentially harmful space junk floating around in low earth orbit by a third in the past year-and-a-half alone. Mark Matney, of NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office, and Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute, tell us about the problem and what (if anything) can be done about it.

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Underreported: The North Atlantic Garbage Patch

On today's second Underreported segment, Kara Lavender Law and Giora Proskurowski, both oceanographers at the Sea Education Association (SEA), discusses the North Atlantic garbage patch, where plastic bags and bottles form a floating, swirling mass in the ocean. They’ll talk about the 22 years of research on the garbage patch, and new research that shows it hasn’t been growing.

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Recipes by Grace Young

Grace Young shares some of her famous homemade wok recipes for you to enjoy

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