Obesity’s link to Child Abuse

An interview with Dr. Vincent Felitti about his groundbreaking work discovering the high prevalence of child sexual abuse among those who are obese.  In his clinic 55% of patients coming in for treatment of obesity had histories of child abuse.  When the patients were asked, it turned out that obesity was a form of solution [Read more…]

Loving Across the Political Divide

An interview with Sheila Heen, co-author of Difficult Conversations:  How to Discuss What Matters Most  and member of the Harvard Negotiation Project; about how she manages difficult conversations in her own marriage.  Sheila and her husband are on opposite sides of the political spectrum and [Read more…]

Restraints in Mental Hospitals

An interview with Bob Stains of the Public Conversations Project about the use of restraints on patients in mental hospitals.  He discusses facilitating a series of conversations in which both the workers who apply restraints and the people to whom restraints have been applied are able to talk about their experiences [Read more…]

Talking to the Enemy

An interview with Laura Chasin, the founder of the Public Conversations Project, about her work facilitating a dialogue between leaders of the pro-life and pro-choice movements in Boston after the abortion clinic shootings in 1994.  [Read more…]

Fostering Difficult Conversations

An interview with Tim Wilson, a senior advisor to Seeds of Peace; bringing youth from war-torn countries together for dialogue each summer in Maine.  Tim describes the way that trust, respect and communication are practiced at camp to build relationships that can foster peace throughout a lifetime.  He tells the story of how an apology between a Palestinian and an Israeli boy helped build trust that effected relationships throughout the camp.  He described the destructive pattern of kids competing to prove that their side had suffered more as a way to gain advantage. We spoke about his own formative experience losing a family member to the Klu Klux Klan, and how his parents had helped him overcome bitterness and hatred.