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Stories by Josette Herdell

These Days

Music Therapy Enriches Lives of Local Youth

Music therapy is an alternative approach for helping people of all ages with emotional, physical and mental disorders. We speak with a music therapist and a health rhythms facilitator about their experience healing others through music.

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Perceptions of the Tree of Life Before and After Darwin

The Tree of Life is commonly associated with Charles Darwin, though its iconography predates the theory of evolution. We speak with a local professor of biology about the perceptions of the Tree of Life before and after Darwin.

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What Lies Do You Tell Your Children?

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New research shows that parents lie to their children more than they realize. We speak to an author of the study about her findings as well as a local therapist about the kinds of lies parents are telling and when to be concerned about your child's lying.

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Local Resident Discusses 20th Anniversary Of Velvet Revolution

November marks the 20th anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia, which led to the downfall of Communism. We speak with a local resident about her life during this time.

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San Diego Landfill Makes Room For Food Waste Recycling

San Diego just expanded its landfill in order to keep up with the growing demand of recycling food waste. We speak with a city official about the process of recycling food as well as two universities that are working to recycle their leftover food scraps.

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Biologist Jeff Corwin Draws Attention To The Earth's Most Endangered Species

Scientists estimate that more than half of all existing species on earth will be extinct well before the end of the 21st century. We speak to conservationist and TV host, Jeff Corwin, about his new book, 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth's Most Endangered Species.

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Study Says Generation Gap Is The Widest Since The 1960s

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A Pew poll takes a look at what it calls the widest generation gap among Americans since the 1960s. We speak with a local psychology professor about the findings of the study and how generations are changing over time.

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Jazz Guitarist Earl Klugh Returns To San Diego After 10 Years

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Grammy-award winning jazz guitarist Earl Klugh has been performing for over 30 years. His distinct musical style blends classical guitar, Latin music, soul and jazz. He has recorded more than 30 albums and worked alongside Chet Atkins, Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder. Earl Klugh joins us to discuss his musical inspiration and his upcoming show at Anthology.

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New Memoir Recounts Nazi Devastation Through 10-Year-Old Eyes

Local Author Robert Frimtzis traveled across Europe with his family to escape Nazi devastation. His new memoir, 'From Tajikistan to the Moon,' details his brave account of World War II.

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Richard Dreyfuss Fights For Civics In American Education

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Actor Richard Dreyfuss has committed his life to a new passion: reinstating civics in the American classroom. He joins us today.

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National Geographic Photographer Discusses Development In Baja California

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A photographer who has worked for National Geographic has been exploring development taking place in beautiful areas and his latest focus is Baja California. Ralph Lee Hopkins joins us to discuss his three month journey into the depths of Baja California.

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Companies Concerned About Data Leaks, E-mail Security

Companies are increasingly concerned about data leaks caused by employee misuse of e-mails, blogs, social networks and text messages. We speak with two experts about what companies are looking for and how the recession is affecting data leaks.

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Local Muslim Community Discusses Life After 9/11

San Diego's Muslim community continues to deal with stigma and misconceptions as a result of 9/11. We speak with a local imam and others within the Muslim community about what it means to be a Muslim in San Diego and how their community is affected by the long wars in the Middle East.

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Autistic Teen Shares Memoirs of A Unique Life

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A local, 22-year-old high functioning autistic student joins us to discuss his memoir, Episodes - My Life as I See It. It's a unique glimpse into an adolescent mind that is just wired differently.

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Should Congress Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'?

The debate over the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is heating up on Capitol Hill as gay-rights groups call for the law to be repealed. We speak with a legal defense group about the developments as well as a retired lesbian service member about how the law affected her career.

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How to Help Your Depressed or Suicidal Teen

Many teens who are depressed or suicidal are undiagnosed. We speak with the executive director from the TeenScreen National Center about a voluntary mental health check-up program for schools. We also speak with a local therapist about adolescent depression, how to tell if your teen is at risk and what to do about it.

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Documentary Looks at the Pursuit of Happiness

Following Dreams is a documentary that looks at the lives of people whose pursuit of happiness has led them down unconventional paths. We speak with the director of the film and a "dreamer" who says he's the "luckiest man alive."

Family These Days

Study Says Generation Gap Is the Widest Since the 1960s

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A new Pew poll takes a look at what it calls the widest generation gap among Americans since the 1960s. We speak with a local psychology professor about the findings of the study and how generations are changing over time.

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Should Your Daughter Get the HPV Vaccine?

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Controversy surrounding the human papillomavirus vaccine continues as parents consider whether or not their young daughters should receive it. We speak with a pediatrician about the latest research on the vaccine.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Reveals New and Bizarre Stories in Book

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The new Ripley's Believe It or Not! book was just published and is filled with bizarre, interesting and unbelievable facts. We speak to the vice president of Ripley Entertainment Publishing and Communications about the new book.

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Surfer and Zen Master Discusses Journey of Self Discovery

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A visiting author speaks with us about his quest of self-discovery as he surfed Hawaii, traveled the world and became a Zen master.

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How Do Divorce and Remarriage Affect Your Health?

A new study says the effects of divorce may linger even after remarriage. We speak with an expert about how divorce affects your health and how to cope with life after divorce.

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San Diego Prepares for Growth in Green Job Industy

Environmentally-friendly jobs are taking center-stage as California reacts to global warming and continued growth. We speak with an expert about the green job industry and its outlook for San Diego.

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The Latest on How to Cope with Parkinson's Disease

Nearly one million people are suffering from Parkinson's Disease in the United States. The president of a local neurology group says there are many ways for those with Parkinson's to cope with the disease. He's speaking at a local event aimed at educating patients and their families about the disease and he joins us today to discuss the latest research and treatment.

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Walt Disney Filmmaker Discusses New Animation Book

Walt Disney Filmmaker Don Hahn has produced classics such as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. He just published a new 2-volume book covering the animation lectures of Walt Stanchfield. He joins us to discuss his new book and his upcoming panel at Comic-Con.

Padres Pitcher Mat Latos Makes his Major League Debut

It was a weekend of old guys and young guys in the sports world. There were disappointments for both, but no surprises. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

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Jazz Guitarist Earl Klugh Returns to San Diego After 10 Years

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Grammy-award winning jazz guitarist Earl Klugh has been performing for over 30 years. His distinct musical style blends classical guitar, Latin music, soul and jazz. He has recorded more than 30 albums and worked alongside Chet Atkins, Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder. Earl Klugh joins us to discuss his musical inspiration and his upcoming show at Anthology.

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Freedom is Not Free Aids Wounded Veterans

Severely wounded soldiers continue to return from Iraq and other war zones in need of a variety of support. We speak with an Iraqi war veteran about his experience in combat, as well as his involvement in a local non-profit that helps wounded military veterans and their families.

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Local Non-Profit Dedicated to Empowering the Capable

The founder and president of a local non-profit speaks with us about his plans to launch a humanitarian aid program in East Africa dedicated to empowering the capable.