Air Date: Nov. 7, 2018
Episode: T.L.C.

On today’s show we’re delving into the world of self care.
First we’ll take a look at a new internet stress relief craze.
Then we’ll hear about a new Day of the Dead tradition.
We’ll also hear how today’s politics are weighing on people’s mentality.

Julian Klepper joins us for an interview. He directs and stars in his own films, such as Free Therapy, a comedic take on how unaffordable mental health care can be.

Singer-songwriter Jane Bruce serenades us with a live performance and Q&A.

Producer: Lea Ceasrine
Host: Josh Christensen
Assistant Producer: Matt Cutler
Music Producer: Rob Dozier
Digital Producer: Allie Weintraub
Stories by Rob Dozier, Lea Ceasrine and Michael Rosenthal

Weekend in Tattoine by Unicorn Heads

Inspiration by Force Majeure

Rororo by Foodman


Will This Internet Trend Catch On As a Treatment for Anxiety and Insomnia?
By Rob Dozier

What do you do when you’re stressed out? As it turns out, a large portion of people of people turn to the internet to help them out. Rob Dozier reports on ASMR—Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response—which researchers are beginning to take seriously as a treatment for things like anxiety and insomnia.

Honoring the Dead Through Tradition 
By Lea Ceasrine

Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a 3-day Mexican celebration that many here in the US might recognize – but this year, at the American Museum of Natural History, they were honoring a different kind of dead. 

Mental Health in the Age of Trump
By Michael Rosenthal

If you’ve felt more anxious since the 2016 election, you’re not alone. Across the world, nationalist and authoritarian power has been growing. Here in the U.S. the daily grind of this administration has been negatively affecting the stress levels of millions of more liberal Americans. Democrats were able to take control of the House last night, no doubt providing some relief to many, but the effects of the Trump administration on the country’s mental well-being may be lasting.