Missy LeHand and FDR:Everyone knows about the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, but not many know about the powerful and loyal confidant FDR relied on, Marguerite “Missy” LeHand. Our guest discusses the life and work of this remarkable woman and how she helped and influenced one of the greatest chief executives of our time.
Urban Farming:Urban gardens are popping up all over the country, and they’ve provided “food desert” communities with fresh fruits and vegetables for their residents’ tables as well as taught urban dwellers to put abandoned plots of land to good use. But have you ever heard of an “urban farm”? Our guests talk about both of these projects and describe why they provide hope and employment for people in need as well as educational opportunities to students and residents.
Although he never became president, Bobby Kennedy spearheaded a great deal of change in America with his work in civil rights, crime fighting and by combatting corruption. Our guest remembers this icon and talks about his more personal side, how he helped his brother John become president, and how his legacy inspires liberals and conservatives to this day.
We’ve had quite a number of natural disasters this year, and many Americans have been killed or injured in the chaos, not to mention losing all of their material possessions. Could they have been better prepared for disaster? Our guests are emergency response experts and they lay out some strategies for weathering big storms and fires to keep yourself and your family safe during an emergency.
When something happens that weighs on your mind and affects your relationships, your work and your life, how do you escape from the feeling? What can you do if you are working toward a goal, but your emotions get in the way of achieving it? Or you can’t quite get out of a rut you’re in with your job or a relationship? Our guest talks about how to develop “emotional agility” to deal with the thoughts, emotions and the stories we have in our lives, so we can attain the goals we set for ourselves, and live a more fulfilling life.
With the baby boomers transitioning into retirement in record numbers, and their parents living longer, we’re facing an eldercare challenge that’s bigger than we’ve ever seen before in this country. Who will take care of all of the older Americans who will need medical and end-of-life assistance in the coming decades? And how will we ensure that elder citizens will be able to live in comfort and dignity during their senior years? We talk to an activist about her own experiences with the system, and learn about strategies for dealing with the eldercare challenges that face us.
With all of the rumor mills out there online, how do you fight back if your name is smeared? And who are these people who take great pleasure – and often make money – out of spreading rumors about others? Our guests discuss how gossip websites operate and how to protect yourself and your family from false and/or embarrassing information that appears online.
There have been news stories all summer about wildfires destroying thousands of acres of forest in the West and elsewhere. Most of the time we hear about the devastation, but our guests says that fires actually help forests stay healthy and can even bring them back to their natural states by removing non-native plants.