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Using Psychedelic Drugs To Treat Mental Disorders

Using Psychedelic Drugs To Treat Mental Disorders

October 2, 2014

Psychedelic drugs like LSD and ecstasy have been considered dangerous and illicit for decades. But new medical research indicates these substances can help treat post-traumatic-stress disorder, addiction and depression. A discussion about the benefits and risks of psychedelic drug therapy.

Walter Mischel: "The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control"

Walter Mischel: "The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control"

October 1, 2014

The world's leading expert on self-control on his now-famous "Marshmallow Test" and how delayed gratification is critical for a successful life.

Friday News Roundup - International

Friday News Roundup - International

September 26, 2014

U.S.-led airstrikes hit Syrian oil refineries under the control of ISIS. At the U.N., President Barack Obama calls for global unity in the fight against Islamist extremism. And India becomes the first Asian nation to reach Mars. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Matt Richtel: "A Deadly Wandering"

Matt Richtel: "A Deadly Wandering"

September 25, 2014

A conversation with a Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times journalist on his book about one of the first known cases of a deadly car accident caused by someone who was texting while driving. In 2006, an ordinary Utah college student killed two rocket scientists while texting and driving along a highway bordering the Rocky Mountains. An examination of the case and an exploration of the latest scientific findings on the impact technology has on attention and focus.

The State Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Challenges Of Achieving Global Unity On Climate Action

The State Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Challenges Of Achieving Global Unity On Climate Action

September 23, 2014

Scientists report global greenhouse gas emissions spiked to record levels in 2013. Diane and her guests discuss the state of climate change and growing pressure on world leaders to take action.

The Growing Use of Food Additives and New Pressure for More Oversight

The Growing Use of Food Additives and New Pressure for More Oversight

September 18, 2014

More than 9,000 additives are in the food supply, ranging from seaweed extract to chemical flavorings. But in many cases, companies certify that these substances are safe without FDA oversight. A discussion about food additives, health concerns and new pressure for a better federal review process.

New Thinking About Treating Cancer

New Thinking About Treating Cancer

September 18, 2014

Advances in research are leading doctors to rethink how to treat cancer—and in some cases of early detection, whether to treat it at all. We explore new ideas in the approach to cancer treatment.

The U.S. Steps Up Efforts To Contain The Ebola Epidemic In West Africa

The U.S. Steps Up Efforts To Contain The Ebola Epidemic In West Africa

September 16, 2014

President Barack Obama is stepping up US efforts to treat Ebola victims and contain its spread in West Africa. Addressing the medical, social and political threats posed by the widening epidemic.

The Growing Ebola Crisis And The International Response

The Growing Ebola Crisis And The International Response

September 8, 2014

The World Health Organization predicts there will be 20,000 Ebola infections by year’s end. Other estimates are far higher. Please join us to discuss the potential scale of the expanding crisis and the international response.

The Environmental Outlook: How Noise Pollution Can Harm Our Health

The Environmental Outlook: How Noise Pollution Can Harm Our Health

September 2, 2014

A growing body of research shows that excessive noise in our environment can have dangerous effects on our health. Diane and her guests discuss the risks of noise pollution and what needs to be done.

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