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Proposed Changes For New Edition of DSM

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The American Psychiatric Association started a two year negotiation process Tuesday, as it heard proposals for the fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Columbia psychiatry professor Michael First edited the manual's fourth edition and he is critical of some of the proposals.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Extreme Fear

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Science journalist Jeff Wise explains the latest research about how the brain reacts to fear, and describes his hands-on approach to his reporting. His book Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger reveals how the simple "fight or flight" model has been replaced by a more complex ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Deep Down

Thursday, February 04, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll look into what a yearlong investigation has revealed about secret prisons in military bases in Afghanistan. Then, Alex Lemon discusses being afflicted with strokes and undergoing brain surgery while he was still a college freshman. Also, science journalist Jeff Wise tells us about the latest research ...

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The Takeaway

This is Your Brain on Google

Thursday, February 04, 2010

A few weeks ago, Roz Chast, esteemed New Yorker cartoonist, created a cartoon that had us all charmed. It depicted an imaginary "Google Magazine" with story titles like "Capitol Nebraska What" and "Parakeet Molasses Safe." For this week's tech segment, we talk with Roz about how she came up with her cartoon, and how Google has become a regular part of her life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hidden Brain

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Shankar Vedantam, author of the Washington Post’s "Department of Human Behavior" column, explains the brain functions, emotional responses, and cognitive processes that happen without conscious awareness, but that control our behavior. In The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hidden Brain and Underground Crime

Thursday, January 28, 2010

On today’s show, Mike Pesca fills in as guest host. Science writer Shankar Vedantam explains how our unconscious minds help us make all kinds of decisions. Then, we’ll trace the evolution of cybercrime and learn why it’s become so popular with Russian and American gangsters. And we’ll look back at ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Schizophrenia and Race

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dr. Jonathan Metzl, associate professor of psychiatry and women's studies and director of the Culture, Health, and Medicine Program at University of Michigan, talks about his new book, The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease and provides a cautionary tale of how anxieties about race continue to ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Invisible

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Filmmaker and painter Hugues de Montalembert was blinded in an attack in his home in New York in 1978. His memoir Invisible, is a meditation on what it means to see and be seen. In it he reveals his approach to life, and how he learned to navigate the ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

In Her Wake

Monday, January 25, 2010

When Nancy Rappaport was just 4 years old, her mother committed suicide after a bitter divorce and custody battle. In In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide, Dr. Rappaport, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, uncovers the story of her mother’s ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Favorite Child

Monday, January 25, 2010

Clinical psychologist Ellen Weber Libby delves into the "favorite child complex," which can lead to great advantages as well as emotional handicaps. In The Favorite Child, she explores why parents, consciously or not, choose a favorite child, and looks at the long-term effects of being the favorite son or ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leaving a Legacy

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sometimes parents can unconsciously choose a favorite child, and on today’s show: guest host Julie Burstein talks with a clinical psychologist about what the “favorite child complex” can do to both children and parents. Then, a child psychiatrist discusses the impact her mother’s suicide had on her life. Also, Sadie ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Other Brain

Friday, January 22, 2010

Neuroscientist Douglas Field, explains how glia, which make up approximately 85 percent of the cells in the brain, work. In The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science, he explains recent discoveries in glia research and looks at what ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mental Health, American Style

Friday, January 15, 2010

In his new book, Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, author Ethan Watters writes that American culture is not only changing the way the world treats mental illness, but is actually altering the symptoms and prevalence of the diseases themselves. He talks about the recent spread ...

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The Takeaway

How Checklists Can Save Your Life

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Can a checklist save a life? Dr. Atul Gawande thinks so. He talks with us about his new book, “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right,” and about how the simple act of checking items off a well-designed list can transform healthcare, workplaces, and our response to life’s disasters. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mental Illness by the Book

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is commonly known as the “bible” of psychiatry. Christopher Lane, Northwestern University English literature professor and author of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, discusses the controversy around revising this manual.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Making a Good Marriage Better

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

There is an entire industry out there hoping to create perfect, happy marriages. Elizabeth Weil’s, latest New York Times Magazine piece takes readers through her marriage classes, counseling, and self-help-book-filled journey to improve her mostly-good relationship with her husband. She discusses her experiences.

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The Takeaway

Why It's Not Easy Being Green

Monday, December 07, 2009

Most of us know that environmental change is an issue and that our choices affect it... so why aren't we doing all we should to fix things? David Biello, associate online editor for Scientific American, and Benjamin Ho, behavioral economist at Cornell University, discuss why humans aren't more ecologically responsible, and how we can convince (or trick, even) ourselves to change our behaviors for the common good.

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Radiolab

Innate Numbers?

Monday, November 30, 2009

In "25 Minutes to Go," Johnny Cash counts down the minutes to his hanging. This precipitates an argument between Robert and Jad about whether you could live without numbers. Jad introduces his newborn son, Amil, and insists that he has no concept of numbers whatsoever. Like father, like son? Producer ...

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Radiolab

Calculove

Monday, November 30, 2009

Producer Soren Wheeler brings us a story about a friendship between Steve Strogatz and his high school math teacher, Don Joffray. Steve explains how numbers can connect you and where they fall short.

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Radiolab

Killing Babies, Saving the World

Monday, November 16, 2009

Robert ambushes Jad with a question we've all been dying to ask him since he became a father. And we revisit some other ideas from our Morality show to think about a few really big modern-day problems (think global warming and nuclear war).

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