Synopsis: Only about a fifth of people who could use hearing aids have them. Reasons include stigma, high cost, and poor training of people who actually get hearing aids. An audiologist, hearing aid manufacturer, and hearing aid user discuss solving these issues.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Mark Hammel, psychologist and hearing aid user; Dr. Cynthia Compton-Conley, Director, Consumer Technology Initiatives, Hearing Loss Association of America; Shawn Stahmer, Vice President of Business Development, Sound World Solutions
Synopsis: Seriously ill teenagers still act like teens in the hospital, sometimes aided and abetted by staff. A novelist discusses her observations from years on the hospital floor with her sick child as the basis for her book.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Hollis Seamon, Prof. of English, College of St. Rose, faculty, MFA in Creative Writing program, Fairfield Univ. and author, Somebody Up There Hates You.
Synopsis: The holidays are like no other time in your local hospital’s emergency department. Having family in from out of town results in pickup football injuries, carving knife gashes, and maladies that should have been addressed long ago. Heart attacks additionally create a spike in dead-on-arrival cases greater than any other days of the year. Experts discuss why these occur and how to prevent them.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Christopher Michos, Connecticut ER physician; Dr. Robert Kloner, Director of Research, Heart Institute, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles and Professor of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Dr. David Phillips, Professor of Sociology, University of California at San Diego.
Synopsis: Traumatic brain injuries, even mild ones, may produce cognitive and personality changes months later, when that “bump on the head” has been forgotten. An expert explains these injuries and how to prevent some of the consequences.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Sandeep Vaishnavi, neuroscientist, Duke University Medical Center, Director, Neuropsychiatric Clinic, Carolina Partners and co-author, The Traumatized Brain: A Family Guide to Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior After Brain Injury
Synopsis: Slavery was officially outlawed 150 years ago in the US, but millions of vulnerable low-wage workers are still exploited and trapped in the US and around the world. Experts discuss why foreigners are especially at risk of being intimidated into forced labor in the US and how they might be rescued.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Melysa Sperber, Director, Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking; Catherine Longkumern Project Manager, Human Trafficking Initiative, Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago.
Synopsis: Surveys show that most Americans are less than happy, and seldom experience joy. Two experts discuss how even naturally glum people can manufacture joy.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology, University of California Riverside and author, The How of Happiness and Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy But Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, But Does; Dr. Alex Korb, postdoctoral researcher, UCLA and author, The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression One Small Change at a Time
Synopsis: A recent study finds that about 35 percent of children receiving treatment for mental health issues are being treated only by a primary care physician. This is due in part to a shortage in pediatric mental health care providers as well as a stigma in consulting them. Experts discuss readiness of pediatricians to treat mental illness in children and adolescents and efforts to be sure they’re prepared.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Jeanne Van Cleve, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children; Dr. Douglas Tynan, clinical psychologist, American Psychological Association; Dr. Scott Benson, child & adolescent psychiatrist, Pensacola, FL