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The Tap Code

Bob Shumaker, a former POW in Vietnam, describes how he and his fellow prisoners developed a social network that was crucial to their surviving three years in solitary confinement. They succeeded by creating a tap code that allowed them to communicate through their cell walls.

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Love's intensity

  • John Leguizamo
  • Actor John Leguizamo talks about the intensity of youthful passion and how those feelings mature over time.

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Asperger's Syndrome

  • Jason
  • Jason, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, talks about his struggle to overcome his problems with social interactions.

    Dr. Ami Klim explains the challenges people with Asperger's have with intuitive behavior.

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Sorting out the good from the bad

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The space between your thoughts

  • Richard Gere
  • Actor Richard Gere ponders his personal philosophy of meditation. He talks about the value of using meditation to find the personal space between our thoughts.

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Remembering to exhale

  • Michael Baime, M.D.
  • Dr. Michael Baime, director of the University of Pennsylvania Program for Stress Management, tells us why meditation and mindfulness may help us undo the negative affects of stress. He says “We found huge changes in what (program participants) report. Anxiety and depression drop by about 50%.”

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Eat, Pray, Love...and Relax

  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author of the book, Eat, Pray, Love, talks about why divorce produces such a high level of stress, how she discovered her own pathways to happiness, and why we must stand firm against the river of forces of stress in modern life.

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