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Obama Tackles Mental Health

June 04, 2013 Bonnie Erbe, To the Contrary Host

President Obama did something incredibly important this week. He shined a spotlight on mental illness. His purpose was not only to raise awareness so more Americans can spot signs of it among family and friends and to increase treatment, but also to spread the word recovery is more attainable than ever.

U.S. society is woefully ignorant of mental illness. The President's intervention will, it is hoped, help close the knowledge gap. The President armed himself with the firepower of Hollywood stars Bradley Cooper and Glenn Close, whom he invited to the conference. They've both played mentally ill characters and in Close's case, has helped a close family member battle bi-polar disorder. The President aims to eradicate the stigma associated with the array of bio-chemical disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, bipolar disorder, depression and so on.

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To The Contrary At The Women Deliver Conference

May 30, 2013 EP Cari Stein and Melinda Gates

Executive Producer Cari Stein met with Melinda Gates, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the 2013 Women Deliver Global Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Please watch for Cari's half hour documentary which includes an interview with Ms. Gates later this summer. 

Pope Calls for End to 'Cult of Money'

May 22, 2013 Bonnie Erbe, To the Contrary Host

Just about everything about Pope Francis rings true. A mere two months into his papacy he has shed many of the Church's gaudy and inapt symbols of materialism and returned the philosophical focus of the Church to where Jesus Christ would have wanted it to be: on the poor. Banished to the closets of the Vatican are his predecessors' ornate Renaissance vestments along with an assortment of un-Christ-like ostentatious adornments including a solid gold crucifix.

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DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano at Women of Washington

May 16, 2013 DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in a Q &A session
By Katie Snider, Associate Producer
Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, discussed her career in politics, the country’s safety, and what it’s like to run the show in a male dominated organization at the Women of Washington event Thursday.  Napolitano was candid about the protection of U.S. citizens just a month after the Boston Marathon Bombings.
“We have a much better understanding of what terrorism is. . . We’re still figuring out what causes someone to look at radical literature and then to carry out an act of terrorism. . . We have the capacity to respond and get a community back on its feet quickly . . . that didn’t exist 10 years ago.”
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Why Does Sexual Assault in the Military Persist?

May 14, 2013 Bonnie Erbe, To the Contrary Host

Raise your hand if you, like me, have a hard time understanding why the military seems powerless to end sexual assault within its ranks.

This week, its efforts to obliterate sexual assaults on female personnel reached an unbelievable nadir. The Air Force officer appointed to lead his branch's Sexual Assault and Prevention and Response unit was charged with sexual battery. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski allegedly groped a woman in a parking lot (the majority of assaults are against women, though some men are persecuted, too). Is there no way to screen for this type of behavior? One way might be to appoint women to run such units.
Either Air Force brass didn't have the common sense to make this seemingly logical move, or didn't believe they had a woman on hand who could carry out the job. Instead they created a disastrous situation.
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About the Host - Bonnie Erbé

To The Contrary Host: Bonnie Erbé

Bonnie Erbé is a nonpartisan, award-winning American journalist and television host based in the Washington, D.C. area who has ...

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