Synopsis: A surprisingly large number of people may become agitated or even enraged when they hear “mouth sounds” such as chewing or slurping, sniffling, or crunching of paper. This disorder, misophonia, is largely unknown, but researchers believe audio processing of these sounds is mis-routed to rage centers in the brain. Experts and a sufferer discuss the syndrome.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Paul Tabachneck, IT professional, musician, and misophonia sufferer; Judy Krauthamer, author, Sound Rage: A Primer of the Neurobiology and Psychology of a Little Known Anger Disorder; Dr. Aage Moller, Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas.
Synopsis: Everyone deals with grief at one time or another. An expert discusses how it’s experienced by most people, and what separates normal grief from more problematic depression A writer/illustrator discusses his experience dealing with his spouse’s sudden death.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Ronald Pies, Professor of Psychiatry, State University of New York Upstate Medical Univ. and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University; Danny Gregory, author and illustrator, A Kiss Before You Go
Synopsis: Young women are at relatively low risk of heart attacks, but when they have one, a much greater proportion die than among men of the same age. Surveys show young women are often unaware of their risk and are much less likely to go to the emergency room when a heart attack occurs. Experts discuss reasons and possible remedies.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Judith Lichtman, Associate Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health; Dr. Holly Andersen, attending cardiologist and Director of Education and Outreach, Perelman Heart Institute, New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Synopsis: Colleges are now required by Federal law to present anti-sexual assault training to new students, but rather than instilling “no means no,” some experts think we need to do much more to enlist men to help prevent sexual assault. Experts discuss how it can be done by making men allies, rather than regarding them as potential perpetrators, and through bystander training.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. John Foubert, Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, Oklahoma State University, National President, One in Four, and author of 7 books on preventing sexual assault; Ashley Warner, psychoanalyst and author, The Year After: A Memoir; Dorothy Edwards, Exec. Director, Green Dot, Etc.
Synopsis: Researchers are learning that tears shed for different reasons are chemically different. Emotional tears, for example, contain high levels of stress hormones, indicating they may be a way for the body to reduce stress. Experts discuss why it’s good for people to cry.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. William Frey, University of Minnesota and Research Director, Health Partners Neuroscience; Dr. Judith Orloff, psychiatrist and author, Emotional Freedom
Synopsis: Consumers who purchase medicines online for convenience and price are taking a big risk–experts say 97% of online “pharmacies” are rogue sites operating illegally. Often the medications they sell are counterfeit or substandard. Experts discuss the risks and how consumers can buy safely.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Carmen Catizone, Exec. Dir., National Associate of Boards of Pharmacy; Libby Baney, Executive. Director, Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies; Dr. Roger Bate, scholar, American Enterprise Institute and author, Phake: The Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines
Synopsis: Multitasking seems like a necessity for most people, and most of us think it inproves our efficiency. However, studies show that only a tiny proportion of people can juggle tasks well. Researchers discuss why our brains can’t do two things at once, and why “supertaskers” may be different.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. David Strayer, Professor of Cognition Neurosciences, University of Utah; Dr. Jayson Watson, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Utah
Synopsis: Few people are aware that the vehicle occupant most likely to be hurt in a crash is the one in the front passenger seat. Experts discuss why this occurs, the different injuries that can occur there, and many ways car occupants can protect themselves from injury.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Meghan Smeenge, injured in auto accident; Dr. David Pedley, consultant, accident and emergency medicine, Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, Scotland; Dr. Peter Cummings, Emeritus Prof. of Epidemiology, Univ. of Washington; Dr. Elisa Braver, Adjunct Assoc. Prof. of Epidemiology, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine
Synopsis: It’s a fine line between preserving life and prolonging death. An award winning science writer discusses her experience observing how medical professionals and patients differ in their acceptance of impending death, and what families need to know to navigate the end of life toward a “good death.”
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Katy Butler, author, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death