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Voices In The Family

April 2007

Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen

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Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen inspired millions of readers with her books "Kitchen Table Wisdom" and "My Grandfather's Blessings" As a doctor, she is a pioneer in the field of holistic health, as a patient with a chronic disease, she has an intimate knowledge of the health care system. Dan Gottlieb and Dr. Remen will discuss medicine and healing, the power of people to heal each other, and the importance of story-telling in healing.

Dr. Remen will be in Philadelphia in April, speaking at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Jefferson. Learn more.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

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April 15th marks Holocaust Remembrance Day. Our guest is Dr. Arthur Shostak, who suggests that we approach the Holocaust from a different perspective, by taking an in-depth look at how victims held on to their humanity and helped each other even while being forced to liver under atrocious conditions. We'll also hear from Holocaust survivor Kim Fendrick, who was hidden from the Nazis as a child. Dr. Stephen Post will discuss altruism and the resilience of humanity. Post is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Case Western University.


Healing after Affairs

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Most Americans disapprove of extramarital affairs, but according to the American family therapy Association, 25% of wives and 44% of husbands have cheated on their spouse. How do couples go on in the aftermath of an affair? Dan Gottlieb and his guest, Janis A. Spring will discuss trust, betrayal, and healing in relationships. Spring is a therapist and the author of several books, among them "After the Affair" and "How can I forgive You".

Autism Throughout the Lifecycle

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The Autism Society of America states that autism is the fastest growing developmental disability. But what do these rising numbers mean? What can we do now to help autistic children as they get older, and want to lead productive, independent lives? How can families navigate the challenges of autism? How can communities service the population of adults with autism? We'll hear excerpts from a recent panel discussion on the topic of autism throughout the lifecycle. It was part of a conference on autism put together by Variety, The Children's Charity.

Our guests were Suzanne Buchanan, Robert Naseef and Stephen Shore. Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D. is Director of Clinical Services for The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community. Dr. Robert Naseef is a psychologist specializing in families of children with disabilities. He's a father of four, including a son with autism. His has edited Voices from the Spectrum: Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People With Autism, and Professionals Share Their Wisdom. Stephen Shore has written Beyond the wall: personal experiences with autism and Asperger syndrome."