Alyssa Kapnik Portraiture

Dismantling the stigma around black mental health

Violinist Danielle Taylor is tall, in her late 20s, with a shaved head and a beanie cap propped to the side. She smiles a lot and upon meeting her for the first time, my instinct is to give her a hug instead of a handshake. When she picks up her violin for an impromptu song, she shifts into a deep calm.
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Your Call: How are people in the Gulf faring 10 years after Katrina?

On the September 1st edition of Your Call, we’ll mark the 10th anniversary of the hurricane by speaking with investigative journalist Gary Rivlin about his new book Katrina: After the Flood.
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Daily news roundup for Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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California lawmakers propose sweeping ivory ban to curb elephant poaching // Contra  Costa Times

SAN FRANCISCO -- "Two years after imposing a controversial ban on the sale of shark fins, California lawmakers are shifting their activism from the ocean to the jungle with a new effort to slow the alarming killing of African elephants by shutting down the market for ivory.

On the September 1st edition of  Your Call, we’ll mark the 10th anniversary of the hurricane by speaking with investigative journalist Gary Rivlin about his new book Katrina: After the Flood.

The stigma for African Americans in seeking out mental health care.

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“When I look back on my life and I look at the things that I did, they were always people-centered,” says Cedric Jackson. He’s training to become a clinical psychologist, and says it’s something that’s always appealed to him.

Alyssa Kapnik Portraiture

Violinist Danielle Taylor is tall, in her late 20s, with a shaved head and a beanie cap propped to the side. She smiles a lot and upon meeting her for the first time, my instinct is to give her a hug instead of a handshake. When she picks up her violin for an impromptu song, she shifts into a deep calm.

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In many African-American communities, mental health issues have a history of being under-treated and under-diagnosed.

According to the federal government's Office of Minority Health, African-Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population -- but for a number of reasons, including lack of access and limited insurance options -- they're less likely to seek treatment. But there's also something less concrete: there's a stigma attached to needing mental health care in the first place.

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Daily news roundup for Monday, August 31, 2015

Aug 31, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California Death Penalty, Struck Down Over Delays, Faces Next Test // The New York Times

"Whether California’s application of the death penalty is so drawn out and arbitrary that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment will be argued on Monday before a federal appeals court in Pasadena."

On August 31st edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with public interest attorney Steven Druker about his new book, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth.

"Rags to Riches" by Fat Chops

Aug 30, 2015

Fifteen-year-old Ari Liccardo's artist name is Fat Chops. The song "Rags to Riches" is one of the first songs he ever produced as a musician, and it addresses some of the struggles he's been through in his life.

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Will terminally-ill Californians gain the right to end their lives?

August 31, 2015. Brittany Maynard brought end-of-life decisions to the attention of Californians, but nearly a year after her death state law still prevents terminally ill patients from ending their lives. But a bill has been introduced that might change that.
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Philosophy Talk goes back to school to ask who should shape our children's values

How should we reconcile conflicts between the state’s responsibility to properly educate minors and the parents’ rights to influence their children's values and ideals?
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National Cherry Popover Day-KALW Almanac-9/01/15

244th Day of 2015 121 RemainingAutumn Begins in 22 DaysSunrise:6:40Sunset:7:3812 Hours 58 MinutesMoon Rise:9:45pmMoon Set:10:04amPhase:87%Full Moon September 27 @ 7:52pmFull Harvest Moon / Full Corn MoonThis full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon...
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