Award winning children’s author Kate Messner joins us to talk about her new book, “The Seventh Wish”, a modern day fairy tale about a girl named Charlie who’s struggling with typical middle school problems. But there’s a bigger problem looming in Charlie’s family, and it’s creating a great deal of controversy around the book. We spoke with Kate about her book, and the importance of breaking the stigma of addiction at an early age.
Maia Szalavitz, reporter and author, joins us to talk about her new book “Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction”. In addition to arguing that “drug laws are historical accidents”, Szalavitz takes the position that more people than ever before see themselves as addicted to, or recovering from, addiction, whether it be alcohol or drugs, prescription meds, sex, gambling, porn, or the internet. But despite the unprecedented attention, our understanding of addiction is trapped in unfounded 20th century ideas, addiction as a crime or as brain disease, and in equally outdated treatment. Join us for our exclusive interview with Maia as she works to break the mold and bring society’s understanding of addiction up to date.
“Learn 2 Cope is the family I never wanted to belong to, but it’s a damn good family to be a part of.”
So says biker Bruce Fiene, co-founder of Rally 2 Recovery, a 40-mile charity fundraiser motorcycle ride to benefit Learn 2 Cope.
Bruce and his wife Tracy were sidelined when their son developed an opioid addiction as a teenager. They found the supportive recovery community they needed at Learn 2 Cope, and have been raising awareness ever since.
Check out Right Turn Radio’s exclusive interview with Joanne Peterson of Learn 2 Cope, Bruce Fiene, and Tracy Wheeler from Rally 2 Recovery.
Matthew Quick is the bestselling author of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. He joins us to talk about his latest book EVERY EXQUISITE THING, a story about “an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of a mysterious, out-of-print cult novel –the rebel within her awakens.” In this candid interview, author Matthew Quick shares his experience of “white knuckling it” though his own teen and early adulthood years, and his journey to become someone who didn’t need to “fake it” anymore.
Did you know more than a quarter million American children and teens are at risk for sex trafficking every year? We look at the toll of Human Trafficking and what can be done about it. Our guests are Kate Price from the Children’s Advocacy group at Wellesley University, Audrey Morrissey from My Life My Choice, and Sergeant Detective Donna Gavin from the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit.