Only Children…and Their Parents: Only children have been villified for more than a century as inevitably selfish, spoiled and lonely. Yet research finds that children without siblings are psychologically quite similar to those with brothers and/or sisters. Today the proportion of only children is increasing. Experts refute the myths about only children and discuss how parents can help children navigate life with no siblings.
The Sense of Touch: The sense of touch is often taken lightly, yet it conveys more emotion than any other sense because it literally has a separate emotional wiring system. A neuroscientist explains the sense of touch, how it works, the power it has over everyday decisions, and what can happen when it’s not working as it should.
Synopsis: Vitamins are essential to our health, and most of those we need we can get through our diets. Many foods are fortified today. Standards for dietary minimums help prevent deficiency diseases, but little is known about whether it’s possible to consume too many vitamins.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Catherine Price, author, Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection; Dr. Valerie Tarasuck, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto; Dr. Mara Vitolins, Professor of Epidemiology and Prevention, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Links for more information:
Synopsis: Many people have misconceptions about what addiction is and is not. A noted British journalist explains how these myths fuel the war on drugs, and alternatives that might really curb addiction and drug trafficking.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Johann Hari, author, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Synopsis: Color blindness (or color vision deficiency) affects up to eight percent of men. Until recently, doctors could do nothing to treat it. Now high-tech glasses can make colors come alive for many people with the most common form of color blindness.
Experts explain color blindness and the glasses that can treat it. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Sean Reynolds, color blind patient; Dr. Michael Marmor Professor of Ophthalmology, Stanford University School of Medicine and Byers Eye Institute; Dr. Don McPherson, Vice President of Products, Enchroma, Inc.
Synopsis: Most people would like to eat healthy foods. But other factors such as cost and ease of preparation are much more important in our food choices. A longtime food market researcher discusses why we choose the foods we eat.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Harry Balzer, Chief Industry Analyst, NPD Group.
Synopsis: Scientists are learning that some people can be physically addicted to certain kinds of foods, especially highly-processed foods, and suffer withdrawl when they can’t have them. Experts explain the brain chemistry of food addiction, how it is virtually identical to the chemistry of drug addiction and alcoholism, and what it means for the nation’s fight against obesity.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Ashley Gearhardt, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan; Dr. Vera Tarman, Medical Director, Renascent Addiction Treatment Center, Toronto, and author, Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction
Synopsis: Studies are showing that people who train hard and long at running have death rates similar to couch potatoes, while those who exercise moderately or even lightly are likely to live much longer. Experts discuss how much exercise is enough and how to make the most of light exercise.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Carol Ewing Garber, Professor of Movement Sciences, Teachers College, Columbia University; Dr. Vijay Vad, sports medicine specialist, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and author, The New Rules of Running
Synopsis: Millions of people can’t carry a tune when they sing and believe they’re tone deaf. However, most simply have trouble matching tones when they sing and would benefit from more practice. To the truly tone deaf person, all pitches sound alike. No amount of practice would help. Experts discuss the concept and offer hope to the karaoke-challenged.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Psyche Loui, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Wesleyan University; Dr. Dominique Vuvan, post-doctoral fellow, International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research; Dr. Steven Demorest, Professor of Music Education, Northwestern University
Synopsis: The US once led the world in proportion of women in the workplace, but that number has declined the last 15 years. Experts explain the social, economic, and governmental factors that are leading women to quit their jobs–often unwillingly–and stay home.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Pamela Stone, Visiting Scholar, Stanford University Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and author, Opting Out: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home; Dr. Claudia Goldin, Professor of Economics, Harvard University