Don’t Die Of Ignorance.

In 1987 Aids became part of the public discourse. It came crashing into the awareness of many people complete with prejudice and ignorance.

In this radio programme from the BBC the extraordinary response of the government and some pressure groups is examined. Thirty years on it seems hardly credible that one of the ideas seriously discussed was the formation of modern leper colonies to quarantine people suffering from the disease. The radio broadcast can be heard HEREhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08pfnqj

Have a listen to the show. The advertisement – Don’t Die Of Ignorance – is quite remarkable. The leaflet that is referred to was delivered to every single household in the UK shortly afterwards.

The word itself is a bad joke for dyslexics

I feel the word dyslexia is so demeaning in itself. Why should we characterise a different way of thinking as an illness? It’s actually anything but an illness. It’s been a great asset to me in so many ways. Psychology labels dyslexia as a dysfunction and they study what’s wrong with you – but this is an intrinsically wrong approach – they should be studying what’s right about you and what you can excel at.

Why we still don’t understand sleep, and why it matters

For the first 20 years of his life, Henry Nicholls had a healthy relationship with sleep. Shortly after his 21st birthday, he began to experience symptoms of narcolepsy, a debilitating disorder that’s plagued him ever since. Sleep research is progressing, so why are he and others like him still waiting for a cure?

How frustration can make us more creative.

Challenges and problems can derail your creative process … or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the best-selling solo piano album of all time, Tim Harford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess.

PTSD – Our lonely society makes it hard to come home from war.

Sebastian Junger has seen war up close, and he knows the impact that battlefield trauma has on soldiers. But he suggests there’s another major cause of pain for veterans when they come home: the experience of leaving the tribal closeness of the military and returning to an alienating and bitterly divided modern society. “Sometimes, we ask ourselves if we can save the vets,” Junger says. “I think the real question is if we can save ourselves.” (This talk comes from the PBS special “TED Talks: War & Peace,” which premieres Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m. EST.)

PTSD – We train soldiers for war. Let’s train them to come home, too.

Before soldiers are sent into combat, they’re trained on how to function in an immensely dangerous environment. But they also need training on how to return from the battlefield to civilian life, says psychologist Hector Garcia. Applying the same principles used to prepare soldiers for war, Garcia is helping veterans suffering from PTSD get their lives back.

The Art Of Story Telling.

Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.