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Week of July 5, 2015

Healing Trauma

July 5, 2015

As terrible as it sounds, most of us will go through something traumatic at some point in our lives. The experience can be deeply isolating and crushing, but it doesn't have to be. Today, researchers are discovering new ways to help people recover. This hour, we explore how to cope with and learn from trauma.

  1. A Brief History of PTSD

    David Morris spent three years reporting in Iraq before an improvised explosive device forced him to return home. The attack haunted him, and kicked off a bout with PTSD that would take years to recover from. He spoke to Anne Strainchamps about the historical impact of PTSD.

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  2. Secondary Violence and PTSD

    In 2011, Mac McClelland was reporting on reconstruction in Haiti when she witnessed another woman's traumatic flashback. Just seeing the horror in that woman's face was enough to traumatize Mac. She tells Doug Gordon her resulting PTSD and the impact of secondary trauma.

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  3. The Positive Side Of Pain

    While trauma is often deeply isolating and painful to experience, there's a growing body of research that suggests there could actually be an upside to it. Journalist Jim Rendon tells producer Rehman Tungekar that resilence in the face of trauma is actually quite common.

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  4. Feeling Through Trauma

    Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk is studying the healing power of helping people with post traumatic stress disorder focus less on telling their stories, and more on how their stories feel — how they sound, look, or smell.

    You can also hear van der Kolk's extended interview, including more on yoga and the neuroscience of trauma.

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  5. BookMark: The Argonauts

    Eula Biss recommends "The Argonauts" by Maggie Nelson.

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  6. The Science Of Skin Color

    Skin color is so loaded with assumptions about race and identity. But what should would make of racial distinctions like black and white? Are they actual scientific categories - or is the whole biology of race just a fiction? It turns out skin has its own fascinating history. Steve Paulson recently caught up with anthropologist Nina Jablonski to find out more about the science and history of skin color.

    You could read the entire interview in Nautilus Magazine.  

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The Amazing Brain (Update)

July 5, 2015

It's hard to wrap your head around the future of the human brain.  Augmented intelligence, memory playback, downloadable skills - it's all coming.  We explore the future of the mind, and hear how a brain injury can transform your life.

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  1. Struck By Genius - Jason Padgett

    Jason Padgett was a hard-partying guy until a traumatic brain injury turned him into a math genius. Now, he sees complex geometric designs everywhere he looks.

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  2. Future of the Mind - Michio Kaku

    What if you could take a pill or download netware to supercharge your brain? Physicist Michio Kaku says augmented intelligence and memory playback systems are the future of brain science.

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  3. Disharmony

    Noa Guy was a promising Israeli composer whose musical career was derailed by a car accident. In this episode from Israel Story, Shai Satran tells the story of how she learned to make music again.

    Click here to hear more pieces from Israel Story.

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  4. What if America really is exceptional?

    The whole idea of American Exceptionalism has lost currency in recent years. But in this Dangerous Idea, cultural historian Andrew Warnes asks, What if American is exceptional after all?

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  5. Reclaiming the Declaration of Independence

    Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence? You'll find it's a surprisingly radical manifesto even today, as we struggle with income inequality and racial justice. Political philosopher Danielle Allen says reading the Declaration has actually changed the lives of her students.

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