#1416: Tinker Camp, Recovery On Stage And Founding Friendships

Sep 14, 2016

On this week’s 51%, it was the inaugural year for an engineering camp for girls, a mother who lost a daughter to childhood cancer dedicates her time to helping others, we hear about theatre therapy for recovering from addiction, and bring you an historical look at friendships between men and women. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Kids are back in school and some high school girls in New York’s Hudson Valley are bringing with them a weeklong summer experience from engineering camp. I spent a few hours with the girls one day as they worked on a project at the camp’s host – the State University of New York at New Paltz, in Ulster County.  

This week we bring you another installment of the 51% segment called “Force of Nature,” from Dr. Sharon Ufberg. She is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom, in Napa Valley, California. She also blogs for The Huffington Post. This week Ufberg interviews Annie Melloy Gould, who has served on the National Board of Directors of Curesearch for Children’s Cancer since January 2014. She has taken on this cause in memory of her daughter, Eloise, who passed away in 2010 from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer. Her dedication to this cause is all in the hope of improving children's lives. Curesearch for Children's Cancer supports targeted and innovative children's cancer research and is a source of information for those affected by children's cancer.  

The disease of addiction has strikingly high relapse rates, and addiction specialists are looking for better tools for long-term recovery. One researcher in Indianapolis is trying out a new idea: could acting in a play be a key to staying sober? Reporter Jill Sheridan from Side Effects Public Media has the story. 

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health. 

There’s a perennial question in romantic comedies, novels, and even self-help books: can men and women ever be just friends? One Virginia scholar argues that, in fact, American men and women have maintained close friendships since our country’s founding. Allison Quantz has the story. 

And that's our show this week. Thanks to Patrick Garrett for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio  

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