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The Leonard Lopate Show

American Soldiers and Torture

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Reporter Joshua Phillips discusses how American veterans have been psychologically scarred by their abusive treatment of Iraqi prisoners. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Irrational Behavior

Friday, June 11, 2010

Dan Ariely uses behavioral economics to explain how human irrationality affects life, business, and public policy. In The Upside of Irrationality, he describes such idiosyncrasies as the IKEA effect and the Baby Jessica effect, and talks about what behavioral patterns can improve how we love, live, work, innovate, manage, and govern. 

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The Takeaway

Aiding Suicide... With Words?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A former nurse appears in court in Minnesota this morning charged with two counts of aiding suicide. His weapon? Words. For years, William Melchert-Dinkel, 47, allegedly spent hours in online chat rooms with suicide themes, posing as a young female nurse and befriending vulnerable people contemplating suicide. He encouraged them to end their own lives, gave them tips on how to do it, and entered into suicide pacts with some - pacts police say he never intended to keep. At least two of the people he advised took their own lives – a 32-year-old British man in 2005, and an 18-year-old college student in Canada in 2008. Now Melchert-Dinkel is being charged with their deaths.

 

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The Takeaway

Do Men Really Suffer From Postpartum Depression?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study stating that approximately ten percent of new dads experience postpartum depression.

We speak with the author behind that study, Dr. James Paulson of the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He explains how postpartum depression in men differs from the same condition in women, whether hormonal fluctuations play a role in how it manifests itself, and what treatment options are available.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain

Friday, May 21, 2010

Science writer Barbara Strauch discusses how and why the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle age.

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Radiolab

The Beloved Others

Friday, May 14, 2010

Can you ever really know those most beloved to you? Are you sure? Jad wonders how his tiny son experiences the world. Developmental psychologist Dr. Charles Fernyhough explains what science conjectures about what the world is like for a newborn...and shatters Jad's warm fuzzies. But how can ...

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Radiolab

Who Are You?

Friday, May 14, 2010

How well can you ever really know the people around you?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Moral Life of Babies

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Yale professor Paul Bloom has studied the moral life of babies at Yale’s Infant Cognition Center, and he explains describes his research showing that babies are actually capable of understanding morality.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rosalynn Carter on the Mental Health Crisis

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter talks about her 35 years of advocacy work in the field of mental health. She describes a system that continues to fail those in need. In Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis, she gives a powerful account of a subject previously shrouded ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Private and Public Lives

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

On today’s show, former first lady Rosalynn Carter discusses her advocacy for the mentally ill. Then, Pam Grier talks about her life, career, and her with many memorable roles, like Jackie Brown. Also, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley on her latest, called Private Life. Humorist Dave Barry tells terrifying tales ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Can't Let Go

Monday, April 26, 2010

When does collecting become hoarding?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Danger in Stereotypes

Friday, April 23, 2010

Claude Steele, social psychologist and author of Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, explains why what's called "stereotype threat" can affect psychological and emotional health, even absent blatant discrimination.

Do you find yourself changing your behavior to avoid confirming a negative stereotype about your race, class, gender, age, etc...? How does 'stereotype threat' manifest in your experience? Tell us about it!

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The Takeaway

A Rational Argument for Financial Oversight

Friday, April 23, 2010

President Obama was on Wall Street yesterday pushing for stronger oversight of the financial industry, which he set forth as the best way to prevent another massive financial collapse.

"The only people who ought to fear the kind of oversight and transparency that we're proposing are those whose conduct will fail this scrutiny," Obama said during a speech at Cooper Union.

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The Takeaway

New Treatments for PTSD Among US troops

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Since 2001 almost two million American service personnel have been deployed in either Afghanistan or Iraq. These conflicts have taken their toll on the mental wellbeing of many veterans — thousands have come home suffering from various levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our partner, the BBC, has been investigating some innovative new programs to help identify, treat and prevent PTSD at Walter Reed military base in Washington D.C., and Fort Hood in Texas.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bounce

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Matthew Syed, columnist for The Times of London and a commentator for the BBC, explores our competitive nature. He explains why some people thrive under pressure while others choke and considers the value of innate talent versus practice, hard work, and will. His book Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Persuasion

Monday, April 19, 2010

Every day we see hundreds—perhaps thousands—of marketing messages. Terry O’Reilly discusses our marketing-driven world and gives an inside view of a rapidly evolving industry. He’s the author of The Age of Persuasion, written with Mike Tennant, with whom he also co-hosts the radio show “The Age of Persuasion,” on ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Overcoming Speechlessness

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Alice Walker talks about her trips to Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the aftermath of the genocide in Kigali, and to the Gaza Strip. In Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel, she bears witness to cruelty she saw, and presents ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Real World

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

On today’s show, Bill McKibben talks about how we can deal with the challenges of an already warming planet. Then, Alice Walker gives a first-hand account of the devastation she’s seen in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and the Gaza Strip. Historian Hugh Ambrose talks about the companion book he wrote to ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Research Report

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Jeremy Singer-Vine, who writes the Research Report for the Wall Street Journal, talks about the most interesting recent medical research and how it can be used to inform and improve our health. He covers myriad topics—from why some people sneeze when they look at the sun comes out ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Untold War

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Philosopher, ethicist, and psychoanalyst Nancy Sherman looks at the psychological and moral burdens borne by soldiers serving in war. In The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds and Souls of Our Soldiers, she looks closely at servicemen and women preparing for, experiencing, and returning home from war, probing the ...

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