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Week of January 25, 2015

Segment 1: Walking the Camino de Santiago

Would you walk 500 miles to do some soul searching? Every year, around 150,000 pilgrims walk the ancient route to the church of St. James in Santiago de Compostela near the Atlantic coast in Northern Spain. American film Director and Producer Lydia B. Smith has created a film called Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago. She profiles six individuals from various countries, with various spiritual backgrounds, walking for various reasons.

We thank Rayo Travel for their support, designing custom walking trips on the Camino de Santiago for North American travelers. Walk The Way, your way.

"Most people come back changed, and come back more conscious and more kind."

-Lydia B. Smith

Segment 2: Mark Lane: Lawyer, Activist, Author

Freedom Rider, friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, Dick Gregory’s vice-presidential running mate, legal defense at Wounded Knee, survivor of the Jonestown Massacre—Mark Lane, Citizen Lane: Defending Our Rights in the Courts, the Capitol, and the Streets has been inspiring social consciousness, influencing history makers, and inciting controversy for more than six decades. He tells the story of his remarkable life, demonstrating how a single dedicated individual can fight for the underdog, provoke the establishment, and trigger change.

“I’ve represented all kinds of people. But, my heart is where people are being oppressed, people are being pushed around.”

-Mark Lane

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Week of January 18, 2015

Segment 1: Making Sense of Anxiety Disorder - A Personal Story

Thirty-five years ago, anxiety didn't exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it's the most common form of mental illness. Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Scott Stossel, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind presents the history and efforts to understand an affliction that is pervasive yet often misunderstood.

We thank The Anxiety and Depression Association of America for their support of the program. Support their mission to promote the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders through education, practice, and research.

"It's a misfiring fight or flight response - that is, either there's nothing truly to be afraid of or, your response is disproportionate to the threat at hand.  And you end up marinating in a stew of stress hormones that makes you feel physically and cognitively awful."

-Scott Stossel

Segment 2: Out of Work and Over 40

The Great Recession ended in 2009.  But today, millions of college educated and experienced workers, like Charli Coon, are still unemployed. Frustrated by the lack of opportunity, labor economist Heidi Shierholz, says millions of Americans have simply stopped looking for work.   Sociology Professor Ofer Sharone is studying the stigma associated with long-term unemployment and has opened a new center at MIT to help get people back to work.

“That has always been my biggest fear. To have no money, and to live on the street.”

-Charli Coon
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