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PTSD: What it is, and how it affects families

 

 

Millions of Americans suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, but often we think it’s only combat veterans who live with the issue. We talk to a physician who specializes in PTSD about just what it is, its symptoms, and how it can affect the families of sufferers. We also discuss PTSD with a novelist who writes about the topic – and lived through the anguish of PTSD with her father, a veteran of World War II.

 

Kitty Genovese: What really happened 50 years ago?

 

 

In 1964, a young bar manager was brutally assualted and stabbed to death in New York, supposedly while 38 bystanders watched and did nothing to help her. The story of Kitty Genovese made headlines around the world, and made New York City famous for its cold, unfeeling people who “didn’t want to get involved.” But was the story as told in the press true? We talk to a journalist who uncovered what really happened that chilly March night, and find out how it changed our emergency response system, prompted research on why we do or do not help people in need, and even prompted some to become Good Samaritans.

Featured guests:
Featured guest:

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Dr. Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD, former Exec. Dir. and currently a senior advisor for the National Center for PTSD, and Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (www.ptsd.va.gov)

Kevin Cook, author of “Kitty Genovese: The murder, the bystanders, the crime that changed America,” (http://books.wwnorton.com).

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Laurie Halse Anderson, best-selling author of young adult literature. Her latest book is titled, “The Impossible Knife of Memory,” (www.madwomanintheforest.com).

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