The Takeaway Weekender: The Summer of 2014, Racial Diversity, and Rewriting Memories

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

A supermoon rises in the sky above an oil platform and container ship on August 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Mario Tama/Getty)

From HBO's series "VEEP," which was nominated for an Emmy for best comedy, to Netflix's "House of Cards," which was nominated for an Emmy for best drama, television loves Washington, and apparently so do viewers. But what do people in the Beltway think about all of this? Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, asked some D.C. insiders to weigh in.

How diverse is your friendship group? A recent study found that 75 percent of white Americans have no non-white friends. Arun Venugopal, host of WNYC's Micropolis, discusses the role historic segregation plays in the diversity of Americans' friendships today.

What if you could take any one unpleasant memory and rewrite it? Researchers at MIT say they've figured out how to shift positive associations onto the negative memories of mice. David Moorman, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, explains how this research could be applied to humans.

Three supermoons. A girl dominated the Little League World Series. It wasn't hot and gross. As the summer sun sets this Labor Day Weekend, let's remember how good we've had it. What were your favorite moments from the summer of 2014? Leave a comment below or give us a call at 1-877-869-8253.

Hosted by:

Jay Cowit, Arwa Gunja and Kristen Meinzer

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Gillian Ellenby from Portland, Oregon

I was quite shocked to listen to Prof. David Moorman talking about the possibility of actually doing operations on people's brains and other invasive or drug-type therapies in order to change the impact of unpleasant or stressful memories. It is time he came out of his ivory tower and checked what is going on in the world outside.
There has been a completely non-invasive, non-drug therapy available, which is easy for all to learn and use themselves, that has been around for more than thirty years, and which has recently been receiving a lot of attention and spreading in popularity. It is called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or more commonly Tapping.
Tapping involves tapping on acupressure points in a special sequence with ones fingers while talking about the stressful event or issue. It works well even when the person going through the process does not think it will do any good. It is very good for curing phobias, which can be eliminated in a matter of minutes. Not only traumatic events can be dealt with in this way: stress, pain, depression,illnesses,and many other problems can also be dealt with by using Tapping. The Veterans Administration has been using this technique to treat their patients suffering form PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)for some time now.

Aug. 30 2014 06:49 PM

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