PLEDGE NOW
Winter Blues, Spring Highs & Our Emotional Calendars

We look at the science of our emotional calendar — how our minds, bodies, and emotions surf the seasons.

A woman walks on a wintry road in Philadelphia. (AP)

It’s winter out there, and a bunch of the country really knows it today.

Our bodies are always aware of the weather and climate. Blood pressure, gut, immune functions, hormone secretions – all affected and, of course, our emotions.

We frolic more in springtime, hunker down in winter. We live large in summer, regroup in the fall.

For many, they’re natural transitions. For some, they’re really tough, emotionally. And then come days of hard personal history on the calendar, and their whack.

We look at the emotional calendar of the year, and how we deal.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

John Sharp, psychiatrist and executive medical director of “Bridges to Recovery,” a residential treatment program in California. He’s on the medical staff at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and on the faculty at Harvard and UCLA Medical Schools. His new book is “The Emotional Calendar.”

Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and professor of writing at the University of Alabama. He’s author, most recently, of “The Most They Ever Had” and “The Prince of Frogtown.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
RECENT
SHOWS
Jun 9, 2016

Newly-minted college graduates on the job hunt. We’ll look at who’s hiring, starting salaries, and strategies for landing that first job.

 
Jun 9, 2016

Europe, India and China, are taking on American tech giants over privacy, monopolies, and more. We’ll look at the global technology pushback against the U.S.A.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Jessica Valenti: ‘Objectification Is About Dehumanizing People’
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016

“There is some power in laying claim to the word victim.” — Jessica Valenti on the Stanford sexual assault case, and the importance of language.

More »
Comment
 
Why The ‘Roots’ Remake Matters (And What Stays The Same)
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016

The recent remake of “Roots” on the History Channel makes important changes, Morehouse College’s Stephane Dunn argues. But it also holds true to the original story.

More »
Comment
 
Former Trump Advisor Roger Stone: ‘Trump’s Going To Be The Next President’
Monday, Jun 6, 2016

Longtime political consultant Roger Stone apologizes for his “two martini tweets,” even as he predicts Donald Trump will be the next U.S. president.

More »
Comment