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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.