Synopsis: Scientists have discovered that tinnitus, or “ringing in the ears,” involves many more areas of the brain than just those involved with hearing. Experts explain why the findings mean it will be difficult to develop treatments for tinnitus, and what sufferers can do now.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Richard Salvi, Distinguished Professor of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo; Dr. Phillip Gander, University of Iowa
Synopsis: Children whose parents die by suicide face a difficult emotional recovery. Well-meaning adults often make it worse with their mistakes in how they talk about the death. Experts discuss the right and wrong ways to help children cope with parental suicide.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Wendy Parmley, psychotherapist and author, Hope After Suicide: One Woman’s Journey From Darkness to Light; Donna Schuurman, CEO, Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families, Portland, OR.
Synopsis: The death rate surrounding pregnancy in the US has been climbing to the point it compares with some third world countries rather than the western European nations we once compared to. Experts discuss possible reasons for the increase and one possible way to reverse it–more reliance on midwives.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Kate Menard, Professor and Chief, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Patricia Harman, certified nurse-midwife and author, The Midwife of Hope River novel series.
Synopsis: Research shows that singing in a group has health benefits, as well as simply making people feel good. Experts and participants discuss this increasing singing trend in society, and how singing is being used to treat one serious disease.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Stacy Horn, author, Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others; Dr. Barbara Reuer, CEO and Founder, Musicworx, Incorporated music therapy practice, San Diego; Karen Hesley, speech pathologist and director, Tremble Clefs singing group
Synopsis: The ability to “know” the musical pitch of any sound has traditionally been thought to be learnable only at a very early age through musical training. But new research shows perfect pitch is teachable to adults as well. Experts discuss the implications on all forms of learning.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Diana Deutsch, Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Diego; Stephen Van Hedger, PhD student in cognitive psychology, University of Chicago; Dr. Howard Nusbaum, Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago
Synopsis: Air pollution is blamed for one of every eight deaths worldwide, including 200,000 in the US each year. A noted lung physician discusses some of the diseases smog can cause and ways to keep your lungs safe.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Steven Nathan, Director, Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Program, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA
Synopsis: Most people don’t think much about what happens to their trash after they set it at the curb. But day in and day out, refuse workers have the most dangerous municipal job, with more injuries than police or firefighters. Two experts discuss the massive job of hauling our garbage away.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Robin Nagle, Clinical professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies, New York University, anthropologist in residence, New York Sanitation Dept., and author, Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City; Sam Shick, franchise operator, 1-800-GOT-JUNK