Friday: On The Psychological Side
From Trayvon Martin to Freddie Gray, the stories of police violence against Black people are too often in the news. In Policing Black Bodies Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith make a compelling case that the policing of Black bodies goes far beyond these individual stories of brutality. They connect the regulation of African American people in many settings, including the public education system and the criminal justice system, into a powerful narrative about the myriad ways Black bodies are policed

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An urgent and timely memoir exploring the unseemly reality of childhood sexual abuse, a scourge on too many neighborhoods, often hiding in plain sight. Millions of victims remain silent, buried under the weight of their own guilt, shame, and addiction. Many men are among the abused and choose to remain silent. As an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, Larry Ruhl shows how only by sharing can healing begin.
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When former homicide detective Michael Calvin starting having hallucinations and delusions, no one thought that it might be Parkinson's disease. The stereotypical image of a Parkinson's disease patient, after all, is that of a slow-moving, shuffling man or woman. It took Michael seeing icebergs floating in the warm Caribbean Sea and his grown children sitting on the couch when they were nowhere in sight for his wife Renee, a registered nurse, to spring into action. And spring into action she did...
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Watching friends and neighbors arrested for the simple crime of being Jewish, a young couple in Belgium face impossible decisions during WW2. Should they send their two-year-old son into hiding without them? Would that save his life? And what about their newborn daughter?  The author, the daughter of that little boy, recounts the astounding courage that led to her family's survival during the Holocaust. In spite of numerous near-misses, the family not only made it through the war, but were reunited when the Nazis were defeated. 
But there was a cost. And maybe it was etched into their very genes.
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She took charge of her life, acknowledged her multitude of interests and worked hard to make it all happen!  Even if you don't believe you can live your life this way, listen to her story and then pretend you believe in yourself as she did in herself and go for it!
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Through one tragedy after another, Carmen was forced to rely on her inner strength to keep herself and her family from falling apart forever. Carmen faced betrayal, loss, and hardship. Today Carmen is able to celebrate the lessons learned from her pain and teach us the joy that true love can bring to our lives, no matter the circumstances.
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Dana Peterson teaches and conducts research in the areas of youth violence, youth gangs and gang prevention, delinquency treatment, and sex/gender issues in delinquency and gang involvement. She is an Investigator on the “Process and Outcome Evaluation of G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training),” a multi-site longitudinal evaluation of a school-based gang prevention program." Dr. Peterson talks today about the existence and impact of girls in a gang. Don't miss this surprising and informative conversation. 
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This is not a partial glimpse of addiction—it is the whole story.
It begins with a violent childhood that bonded two children
together forever, perhaps setting the stage for what was to come. Jodee’s younger brother Brett became an alcoholic. And she the sister of an alcoholic. As he walked the thin line between
life and death, she experienced gut-wrenching highs and lows, obsessively doing everything she could to get his life back
on track, sacrificing her own young children, marriage, career,
and personal health. 
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Love Fraud tells two parallel stories. The first is the true story of Donna Andersen's marriage to a sociopathic con artist … It was the second time he committed bigamy. The second story is about Andersen's personal spiritual journey. … For people unaware of these human predators, Love Fraud is a stern warning. For people who have tangled with sociopaths, Love Fraud explains why it happens.
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Mahagony B is the creator and director of The Raging Boom - a science fiction film that focuses on the lives of five New York college students, who are assigned the task of evaluating human response to sound by their science professor. What begins as a class project, progresses into a catastrophic response to the experiment and resounding realization that sound has the ability to leave a mental and emotional imprint on its listeners.  Meet Mahagony, listen to her story - and be inspired to create your own! 
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