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LISTEN: Parenting during a pandemic means managing mental and physical health in new ways. We’re here to help.

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COVID-19 has altered our lives dramatically, and will for the foreseeable future. how will we each navigate our individual challenges in a way that will foster growth in us and our children?
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LISTEN: Is it safe to send kids back to school?

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As coronavirus cases spike in the U.S., states are in a mad scramble to figure out what to do about kids returning to school in the fall. Is the virus really “low risk” for kids and how easily do they catch and spread it?
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LISTEN: In the era of social media, connecting it easy. But how do we find genuine connection with others?

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In her new Book, “400 Friends and no One to Call” Val Walker explains how people from all walks of life can end up struggling to find real connection and meaning with others.

LISTEN: With the death of George Floyd, America comes face to face with persisting racism

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The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer is just the latest version of a story heard way too often in America. Eric Gardner, Breanna Taylor and Aumaud Arbery are just a few of the Black lives that have been cut short due to the entrenched, systemic racism persistent in American culture.

LISTEN: The first step to genocide is dehumanization. How do stop it before it starts?

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The Rawandan Genocide, the Holocaust, and the ongoing plight of the Rohingya people, are just a few examples of the human capacity to persecute others for being different than ourselves.

LISTEN: A psychologist joins us to discuss the keys to healthy aging

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Can an old dog learn new tricks? In his book, "Our Wisdom Years," psychologist Dr. Garfield makes the case that as we enter our 60s, 70s and 80s, we are actually entering into a “developmental stage.”

LISTEN: An hour of gratitude and compassion amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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Prentiss Pemberton is opening up the phone lines for you to share stories of grace and compassion over the last 2 months.

LISTEN: As coronavirus concerns grow, telehealth connects patients and doctors virtually

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As the novel coronavirus has forces the world to adapt to a “new normal,” telemedicine has become the perfect tool for the delivery of vital physical and mental health services while protecting patients and health care workers alike.

LISTEN: Coronavirus has changed how we socialize. How do we stay connected?

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With routine, socialization and connection being such vital parts of mental health and wellness, how do we maintain these critical connections to family and friends?

LISTEN: Eating disorders are a serious health concern with a variety of causes

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Did you know that 81 percent of 10-year-olds are worried about being fat? Eating disorders — such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder — include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.

LISTEN: Fighting to add mental health education to Alaska’s high school curriculum

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Legislation that aims to address the emotional health of our youth is being introduced across the country. In Alaska, HB 181 intends to introduce mental health education to the Anchorage School District curriculum.

LISTEN: Can you really usher in the new year with a “new me?” Let’s dive into the science of change.

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Is it true that “a leopard can’t change his spots?” Are we, as human beings capable of changing bad habits and altering unhealthy patterns of behavior? Are we just fooling ourselves when we set out to change things about ourselves that we do not like?

LISTEN: Why does giving feel so good? Diving into the science of generosity.

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Why does helping out a friend in need feel so good? Evolutionary scientists believe that altruism has such deep roots in human nature because helping and cooperation are necessary for our survival as a species.
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LISTEN: A bear attack left him blind. Now he’s on a continuous path of self rediscovery.

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It happened in the blink of an eye. Walking back after a day of fishing, Dan Bigly ran into a brown bear on the trail. Before Dan had time to react, the bear was on him. The attack left Dan blind, suffering chronic pain, and wondering what his life would be like.
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LISTEN: This Anchorage resident sought out conversion therapy. Now he’s speaking out against it.

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This week on Line One, an Anchorage resident joins us to discuss growing up gay in the 70s and 80s, seeking out conversion therapy, and what happened when he decided to “be straight.”
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LISTEN: Dyslexia affects nearly 20% of children. An expert and advocate help break down why

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Dyslexia is a lifelong brain-based issue that makes it difficult for people to learn to read and comprehend written text. Finding resources to assist children is both challenging and expensive.

Shell shock: Traumatic brain injury in the military

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Almost 400,000 active duty military personnel have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. Often hard to diagnose, due to being an “invisible injury,” veterans suffer longer term consequences from TBI like higher rates of Parkinson's disease and dementia.

The power of music

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Music has the power to make us move, cry, love, feel pain, and can even help us clean the house. But music is much more than a tool to deepen our emotions and inspire feelings.

The causes, consequences and management of stress

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Stress is a word that most of us use with regularity to describe our state of mind or our lives but what does it really mean? Being in a prolonged state of stress is toxic to our body and mind. This state of “toxic stress” has serious emotional and physical health.

Listener questions, comments and stories about mental health

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Are you or a loved one struggling with a mental health problem? Whatever you are dealing with, you are not alone. On the next Line One co-host and licensed clinical social worker Prentiss Pemberton devotes the hour to listener questions and comments.