Why We Hang on to Too Much Stuff

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

cluttered desk Some people have a difficult time throwing things away, even when clutter gets in the way. (Kris Krug/flickr)

We’ll take a look at the psychology behind hoarding and how we can learn to purge what we don’t need and live with less. Michael Rossato-Bennett on his documentary “Alive Inside,” about the healing power of music. He’ll be joined by Dan Cohen, founder of Music & Memory, who uses music to treat Alzheimer’s patients. We’ll find out about how the things Marlon Brando read, collected, and cared about influenced his performances. Ian Gordon, editor at Mother Jones magazine, on what happens to the unaccompanied child immigrants who are sent back home after they’ve crossed into the United States.

Why We Hang on to Too Much Stuff – and How to Stop

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — and that can be a problem. The psychology behind why it’s hard (but often necessary) to let go of our excess things.

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Music Brings Ailing Brains Thrillingly to Life

The documentary “Alive Inside” examines at the power music has to reawaken memories in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

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Masks, Accents and Bugs: Things That Inspired Marlon Brando

Brando — “a man who could’ve been an icon but chose to be a character,” in the words of biographer Susan L. Mizruchi — collected four thousand books, promoted Indian and Civil Rights, and refused an Oscar. He also kept acting until he could barely breathe.

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Trying to Escape Violence, Gangs, and Crushing Poverty by Coming to America

What’s driving the estimated 70,000 kids to cross the border into the United States, what happens to them when they’re caught by border agents, and what awaits those who are sent back to their home countries.

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