Canada's Syrian Refugees, Protestants & the Modern World, 'Emperor Jones,' Psychosomatic Illness

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A Syrian family poses while waiting in an airport in Amman, Jordan, to board a plane to Canada where they will be resettled, Sunday, Dec. 2015.

Peggy Karas discusses the year she spent with a Syrian family that she and her friends "adopted" as part of Canada's unique refugee resettlement program. Karas and her friends donated their time and money to get the family comfortable in their new lives. By month 13, Canadians were dealing with the challenge of letting their Syrian families go after developing relationships with them. New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor spent a year covering the program and also joins us to share what she learned. Alec Ryrie discusses the origins of the Protestant faith and how it has shaped civilization. Director Ciaran O'Reilly and actor Obi Abili discuss their new production of Eugene O'Neill's “The Emperor Jones” at the Irish Repertory Theatre. For this week’s Please Explain, we learn about psychosomatic illnesses and the mind-body connection with neurologist and author, Dr. Suzanna O'Sullivan.