Week of February 7, 2016
Segment 1: Honey, You're Stressing Me Out!
Frank Sinatra sang that love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, but its just not that easy. John Gray, Why Mars & Venus Collide: Improving Relationships by Understanding How Men and Women Cope Differently with Stress is the psychologist that first introduced the idea that men and women are from "different planets." In this book he shows how we can reduce stress in our relationships.
"Almost every couple I counsel or coach, they’ll start talking about their problems. And the first thing I focus on is helping them realize that this is not about your partner, it's not even about you – it's about the effects of stress on you and on your partner."
Segment 2: A History of Marriage
The fact that marriage is now based on love between two people is a relatively recent phenomenon. Stephanie Coontz, Marriage A History: From Obedience to Intimacy Or How Love Conquered Marriage explains how the institution of marriage has evolved over history and the dramatic changes it has gone through.
Week of January 31, 2016
Segment 1: Raul Midón - "Don't Hesitate"
This show is sponsored by the American Council of the Blind, an organization of blind and sighted people, who work to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.
"I don't know what the unemployment rate is, but it's still really high among blind people. So, ... Education is important, it equals the playing field. Technology is important, it equals the playing field."
Segment 2: Your Brain and Moral Decisions
Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us) and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern times have forced the world’s tribes into a shared space, resulting in epic clashes of values along with unprecedented opportunities. Joshua Greene, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them is an award-winning teacher and scientist. He works to understand how people really make moral decisions and to answer the question: How can we get along with Them when what they want feels so wrong to Us?
“When it comes to controversies - where whole groups of people are divided - that’s when your gut reactions are likely to be very unreliable and to be the source of the problem, rather than the solution.”