Synopsis: Human papilloma viruses are responsible for many cancers, especially cervical cancer and throat cancer. Vaccines exist for the major HPV’s that cause these cancers, yet relatively few eligible youths have gotten them. Experts discuss the toll of HPV and the reasons so many people avoid both vaccination and Pap tests that can detect cervical cancer early.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Rodney Willoughby, Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin and member, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases. Dr. Susan Vadaparampil, Senior Member, Division of Population Sciences, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL. Dr. Leah Smith, postdoctoral fellow, Queen’s University. Dr. Linda Levesque, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, Queen’s University
Synopsis: Music thanatology is a specialized practice of playing harp music for the dying. A practitioner of the art explains how there is also science to it as well.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Betsy Haraf, family member who witnessed thanatology vigil. Tony Pederson, certified music thanatologist, Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center, Northbrook, IL and President, Music Thanotology Association International
Synopsis: The military is beginning to recognize a new category of emotional and spiritual injury in war–moral injury, a result of committing or witnessing an event such as an atrocity that violate deeply held ethical beliefs. Experts discuss evolution of the concept, how moral injury occurs, and what psychologists are doing to prevent and treat it when it occurs.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Brett Litz, clinical psychologist, VA Boston Healthcare System and Director, Mental Health Core, Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research & Information Center; Dr. William Nash, co-editor, Combat Stress Injury: Theory, Research & Management and independent consultant, Boston VA Research institute.
Synopsis: The new year is a time for people to stop bad habits and start new, good routines. An expert discusses the psychology of habits and how people can be more successful in changing their lives for the better.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Jeremy Dean, psychologist and author, Making Habits, Breaking Habits
Synopsis: Professional musicians often suffer from repetitive motion injuries, while dancers suffer athletic injuries. Both often “play hurt,” in part due to fear of losing position or income, or because they are more likely than most professions to have no health insurance. Experts discuss ways performers are recognizing the problem and seeking to treat and prevent workplace injuries.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Amy Roisum Foley, Professor of Music and Director of Bands, Minnesota State University. Lynne Krayer-Luke, professional flutist and licensed Andover Educator. Dr. George Shybut, Wellington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Cincinnati and Past President, Performing Arts Medical Association. Julie Daugherty, physical therapist, American Ballet Theater.
Synopsis: It’s much more common today for 20-somethings to delay moving out of Mom and Dad’s house to start an independent life. An expert discusses the reasons for this trend, and emerging thought on whether this apparent new stage of life is normal.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Professor of Research Psychology, Clark University and author, When Will My Grown Up Child Grow Up? Loving and Understanding Your Emerging Adult
Synopsis: Almost everyone is victimized at some point by a cutthroat co-worker who lies with ease and feels no remorse. These people may be “almost psychopaths,” people with psychopathic characteristics too subtle to be diagnosed. Two experts explain how these people operate and how the rest of us can avoid being played.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Jim Silver, former federal prosecutor, and Dr. Ronald Schouten, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Director, Law and Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital. They are co-authors of Almost a Psychopath