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Easing Financial Anxiety: A new survey shows that many Americans are suffering from “financial anxiety” and it’s affecting their health and happiness. What’s causing this anxiety and how can people alleviate it? Our guests address the issue, discuss the survey and offer ways to bring more financial security, and happiness, into our lives.

Measuring Animal Intelligence: How smart are animals? That’s a question that scientists, and pet owners, have been asking for decades. Our guest is a scientist who has studied animal intelligence and he discusses how neuroscience and biology are coming up with new definitions of what it means to be an intelligent animal, and using medical technology and unique experiments to better understand intelligence in non-humans.

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16-29 Segment 1: Making water safe to drink

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Much of the world is without clean, potable water on a consistent basis, and even in developed countries where water is available, cleaning it for drinking and bathing and treating the wastewater is expensive and uses a lot of energy. We talk to a scientist who is working on new technology that will make filtering and sanitizing water more efficient, use less resources and provide clean drinking water to countries where water-borne diseases negatively affect the population at alarming rates.

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16-29 Segment 2: Getting What You Want From Others

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How do you get what you want from others? Our guests say that developing good “people skills” such as listening carefully and being authentic in your communications can go a long way toward persuading the other person that you’re sincere. We discuss how to engage the person you want something from, how to “mirror” their behavior and how to prevent “vertigo” – that is being sucked into destructive, emotionally charged situations – to resolve conflicts and come to a mutual understanding.
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16-28 Segment 1: The Power of Introverts

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Wallflower, shy, anti-social. All negative words we’ve used to describe people who are “introverts.” Our guest – an introvert herself — talks about just what an introvert is, and how they are actually very sociable in the right settings. She also discusses ways in which teachers and others can encourage introverts’ participation in school and in other groups, and how “quiet ones” complement the more gregarious and outgoing extroverts in their lives.

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16-28 Segment 2: Men, Women and Equality

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Women have made great strides in our society, but they still lag behind men in pay and promotions to the corner office at work. Many young men, on the other hand, are finding that women are getting a lot of support from employers and advocacy groups while they’re left out in the cold – and sometimes even ridiculed in the media. Our guests talk about these issues and offer suggestions for why they happen and how we can level the playing field for both women and men.

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16-27 Segment 1: Making public discourse less toxic

16-27 Public Discourse

The presidential primaries this year underlined the sorry state of public discourse in the U.S. Name-calling, bullying, shouting and misinformation took center stage along with the candidates,and it makes you wonder if we’ll ever get back to reasoned, polite discourse on important issues during this election cycle. Our guest wondered too, and he researched the topic of toxic public discourse and why it permeates our political and social communications these days. He also provides some suggestions for advocates and candidates to get their points across without resorting to nastiness and acrimony.

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16-27 Segment 2: Healthier Eating: It doesn’t have to be boring or bland

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Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean eating bland foods made with expensive ingredients that are hard to find. Our guests talk about how to introduce more fish and healthy fats, less gluten and less salt into your meals without a lot of fuss or fancy cooking techniques. They also discuss how to use spices and herbs to create flavor combinations that will keep you and your family satisfied at every meal.

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