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Family of Injured Man Press Charges Against NYPD

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The family of a mentally ill man who was hospitalized after a confrontation with police this weekend say they will press charges against the NYPD.

Gamalier Reyes is schizophrenic. His sister Zully De La Cruz says he refused to take his medicine and his social worker ...

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The Takeaway

Watch your head! Keeping yourself sane in hard economic times

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tough economic times aren’t just hitting us in the pocket, they’re hitting many of us in the head as well. Last week Pam Belluck from the New York Times reported on the heightened psychological anxiety many people are experiencing due to the economy— a phenomenon we're calling Recession Depression. But once you start worrying about the economy, what can you do to stop? For some advice on how to cope with psychological stress brought on by the economic downturn, The Takeaway talks to Dr. Robin Kerner, a clinical psychologist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.
"Some of that discharge is actually a good thing, though, if you don't recommend firearms or throwing objects that can hurt somebody. But the idea of keeping it bottled up, that's not healthy and that actually can cause a lot of those physical symptoms of stress."
—Clinical psychologist Dr. Robin Kerner on dealing with anxiety over the economy

For more, read Pam Belluck's article, Recession Anxiety Seeps Into Everyday Lives in the New York Times.

Also, check out the government's website, Getting Through Tough Economic Times for more information on the signs of recession depression and where to get help.

Read Dr. Kerner's notes from the segment.

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WNYC News

NYC Appeals Launches Appeal to Gay and Lesbian Tourists

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

New York City is launching a nearly $2 million marketing campaign called the "Rainbow Pilgrimage" to attract more gay and lesbian tourists. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the conflict between gay New Yorkers and the NYPD that sparked the modern ...

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The Takeaway

Lessons of self-control via Warren Buffett's weight-loss plan

Friday, April 03, 2009

Investor Warren Buffett’s financial wizardry is a mix of shrewd analysis and a steely self-control, which keeps his instincts in check when panic claims Wall Street. But when the numbers indicate an uptick in his weight, the Oracle of Omaha cashes in his mid-western pragmatism for some wacky weight management ways. Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely says that Warren Buffett’s weight loss program offers an object lesson in self-control. He joins us from Duke University where he is the James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics. He is also the author of Predictably Irrational.

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WNYC News

Clinics Benefit from Federal Fast-Track Funding

Friday, April 03, 2009

Local health clinics are looking forward to expanding staff and services, thanks to ‘fast-track’ funding from the federal stimulus package. Elizabeth Howell of the Community Healthcare Network says her nine-clinic group hopes to being hiring new doctors with the $500,000 she expects to get in ...

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The Takeaway

Honesty is to Taxes as Oil is to ... ?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Tax season has arrived. As we’ve seen with several of President Obama’s administration nominees, paying taxes honestly and correctly is not the easiest thing to do. Kansas Governor and Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee, Kathleen Sebelius, is the latest casualty. Do you pay your taxes honestly and correctly? Or is finding a tax loophole superseding baseball as the real national pastime? Mark Goulston, is a business psychologist and author of the book, Get Out of Your Own Way at Work … and Help Others Do the Same. He joins The Takeaway to help explain why it is just so hard to pay your taxes.

For more, read Sitara Nieves' Producer's Note on tax evasion, tax resistance and tax rebellion.

To help explain the tax basics, watch this video of a rapping Matthew Lesko.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Deep Brain Stimulation

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

There are some brain disorders that do not respond to traditional treatments and therapies. Science writer Jamie Talan investigates a new and controversial procedure for the treatment of rare disorders in which electrodes are implanted in the brain with a device similar to a pacemaker. She'll be joined by Dr. ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

It Takes a Brain Surgeon

Monday, March 30, 2009

As chair of the department of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Keith Black is one of the best neurosurgeons in the world. In his book, Brain Surgeon, he writes about his daily journeys into the body’s most delicate organ.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lowboy

Friday, March 27, 2009

John Wray's critically acclaimed new novel Lowboy is about a 16-year-old schizophrenic who has wandered away from the mental hospital into the subway tunnels believing that the world will end within a few hours and that only he can save it.

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John Wray will be interviewed as ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

I Am, Therefore I Think

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

U.C. Berkeley philosopher Alva Noë challenges the assumptions underlying neuroscientific studies of consciousness in Out of Our Heads. According to Noë, consciousness arises from interactions with out surroundings and is not something that simply happens inside of our brains.

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The Takeaway

The anatomy of cheating

Monday, March 16, 2009

In the last few weeks we’ve witnessed some high-profile duplicity: From Bernie Madoff’s masterminding of a $65 billion swindle or the tax lapses of the Obama cabinet nominees (Daschle, we're looking at you). But high stakes cheating is actually not nearly as common or collectively damaging as the petty crimes of dishonesty that most of us perpetuate daily. Joining us to talk about the human nature of cheating and the consequences of overlooking the common charlatan is Dan Ariely. Dan Ariely is James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University and author of Predictably Irrational.

Watch master poker cheats at work in the video below.

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Radiolab

Mischel’s Marshmallows

Monday, March 09, 2009

Psychologist Walter Mischel explains how one little test involving a marshmallow might tell you a frightening amount about what kind of person you are.

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The Takeaway

Commercial breaks may be good for the brain

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Talk about turning a notion on its head. What if your coveted winter vacation—the time when you leave the bitter, snowy cold behind and head for a few days of palm trees—could actually add to your winter blues? New research in psychology shows that interruptions from things we dislike may make us detest them all the more, whereas interruptions from doing something we really adore say, watching an episode of Friday Night Lights may highlight our appreciation. Benedict Carey, a science reporter from the New York Times, joins The Takeaway to explain.

Read his story on the dreaded commercial break Liked the Show? Maybe It Was the Commercials in today's New York Times.

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The Takeaway

More to worry about: Could stroller choice affect your baby’s language development?

Monday, March 02, 2009

A recent British study suggests that babies who face forward in their stroller are much less likely to talk, laugh, and interact with their parents. It’s just that kind of interaction that stimulates brain development. Liz Attenborough, who manages the Talk to Your Baby campaign at Britain’s National Literacy Trust, joins John to explain.

Read the New York Times op-ed piece on this discussion, One Ride Forward, Two Steps Back by M. Suzanne Zeedyk.

"Let's look at it from the child's point of view. The child would so much prefer to be looking into someone's eyes, because that's where they get their stimulating start from."
— Liz Attenborough on the difficulty of communicating to your baby when using a front-facing stroller

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The Takeaway

The Love of Labor (and Ikea)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Today nearly 14 percent of Americans are underemployed. This is proving to be a challenge for beleaguered bosses and disgruntled employees struggling to keep morale up in the workplace. For those who are despairing, fear not. The ideal that IKEA holds forth in the form of those little flat wrenches and a lot of elbow grease, could prove to have some answers for business leaders, policymakers and everyday workers. It turns out what is true for the success of IKEA—the sense of accomplishment many experience in assembling IKEA’s housewares—could have broader implications. Joining us to discuss a phenomenon called “The IKEA Effect" is Dan Ariely, the James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University and author of Predictably Irrational.

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The Takeaway

Sex ed goes mobile and melodramatic

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sex education has gone mobile. Anywhere that you can get a phone signal, you will be able to watch safe-sex soap operas on your cell phone. We’ve been seeing safe-sex campaigns for years, but now that they are smaller and harder to see, will the direct-to-cell phone message finally reach young women of the dangers of HIV / AIDS, STDs and pregnancy? Fred Mogul, reporter for WNYC, joins us this morning to explain.

For more information, head to the website.

India has gotten in on the safe sex campaigns, too, and in typical Bollywood style it is a very long ad.

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The Takeaway

Neuroeconomics: This is your financial system on drugs

Friday, February 06, 2009

Neuroscientist Dr. Gregory Berns has likened America’s financial system to a drug addict. If the drug is money, and if the financial sector is in withdrawal, what would the stimulus package mean for Wall Street? We turn to Dr. Berns for his prognosis. Dr. Berns is the Director of the Center for Neuropolicy at Emory University and the author of Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently.

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The Takeaway

Ten years after the death of Amadou Diallo, questions still persist

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Ten years ago today, four New York City police officers shot at Amadou Diallo 41 times, hitting him with 19 bullets. Diallo, a 22-year old immigrant from West Africa was unarmed. The officers, all charged with second-degree murder, were eventually acquitted. One of the many unanswered questions surrounding the Diallo shooting is: If Amadou Diallo were an unarmed white man would he have been shot at? That’s a question that Joshua Correll has been trying to answer since 2002. Correll is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. His primary line of research uses videogame simulation of police encounters to examine racial bias in shoot/don't-shoot decisions. He joins us to discuss his results.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Shopaholic?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

April Lane Benson, psychologist and author of To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop, talks about whether compulsive buying is an actual psychiatric disease.

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Radiolab

The Obama Effect, Perhaps.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A study that finds a link between President Obama's election and the test scores of African Americans gets Jad and Robert thinking about an earlier study on a psychological effect called "stereotype threat."

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