How to Cope When the News is Grim & Overwhelming

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It's been one of those weeks where the bad news just kept piling on: Death in Gaza and in Syria, unanswered questions about a plane crash in Ukraine, a botched execution in Arizona and an ebola outbreak in West Africa, and so much more.  

For a number of Takeaway listeners, it was all too much. "I tend to be an anxious person anyway, and with everything going on in the world on top of the usual stresses of life it's just overwhelming," one listener told us. "I want to stay informed but sometimes need to know when to turn the news off."

John Cassidy, a staff writer at The New Yorker, found himself trying to figure out how to stop watching the bad news when it followed him along on vacation recently. In a new piece for, he reflects on the value  and shortcomings of a "news blackout."

And rather than just feel helpless, if you want to do something for people caught up in these conflicts across the globe, visit some of these trusted organizations, like the American Red Cross, the United Nations, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch.