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Dr. Norman Rosenthal: "The Gift Of Adversity"

Today, seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, is a widely accepted mental condition. But when Dr. Norman Rosenthal first showed that dark winter months can cause depression -- and that it could be treated with light -- he was met with skepticism. It’s this kind of challenge Rosenthal addresses in his newest book, “The Gift of Adversity." Part autobiography, Rosenthal describes his journey from growing up in apartheid South Africa to his breakthrough work in the U.S. at the National Institute of Mental Health. Along the way, he outlines setbacks in his own life and how we can benefit from inevitable hardship.

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Excerpt from "The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections" by Norman E. Rosenthal. Copyright 2013 by Norman E. Rosenthal. Reprinted here by permission of Tarcher/Penguin. All rights reserved.


Reading Gaol, Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned, Unlocks Its Gates For Art

In 1895, Wilde was convicted of homosexual activity and sentenced to two years Reading Gaol. Built in the mid-1800s, the facility was operational until 2013. Now, it's hosting an unusual art exhibit.

Trick Or Treat? Critics Blast Big Soda's Efforts To Fend Off Taxes

Several U.S. cities have sugary drink taxes on the ballot. As efforts to reduce soda consumption gain traction around the world, critics say the industry is using the tobacco playbook to fight back.
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The Politics Hour - October 21, 2016

Virginia’s online voter registration will be extended after a system crash. Montgomery County keeps Marriott headquarters local with big incentives. And Washington D.C. dukes it out with Washington state over their shared moniker.


No Snapchat In The Bedroom? An Online Tool To Manage Kids' Media Use

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched more liberal guidelines on children's media use. They're offering parents an online tool to help manage the what, where and when of family screen time.

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